Working for Change in a New Era – How?

Working for Change in a New Era – How?
January 15 / 2017 We can always hear and understand each other’s deeper purpose. Once we know this and integrate it fully, I trust that we will approach confrontation differently, and I then have more hope that miracles of transformation can happen.

Accountability, Love, Shame, and Working for Transformation

Accountability, Love, Shame, and Working for Transformation
December 23 / 2016

“All through history, and for many of us in our own experience, there are deeds done, causes furthered, and values proclaimed, that must be regarded as destructive, motivated by hate or greed, harmful to humanity on whatever scale, local or world-wide. These things may all be ‘good’ in the eyes …

You’re Not a Bad Person: How Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating

You’re Not a Bad Person:  How Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating
November 26 / 2016

“Having wealth is unjustified, but the Rockefellers justify it by doing good. I had to cut through all this and understand that there is no rational justification for my family having the amount of money that it has, and that the only honest thing to say in defense of it …

Protecting and Learning in a Time of Hatred

Protecting and Learning in a Time of Hatred
November 18 / 2016 It’s clear to me that without seeing everyone’s humanity, we will not find a way of moving forward that will actually create change. I have a complete conviction that making individual voters the problem and attacking them is a continuation of the very mindset that’s implicated in getting us here.

A Nation, Divided, with Liberty and Justice for the Few

A Nation, Divided, with Liberty and Justice for the Few
November 10 / 2016

I am one of the few people who predicted (not in writing) that Donald Trump would be the 45th president of the US since early in 2016, at a time when everyone else said it was just plain impossible, providing a long list of facts and figures that proved, for …

The Challenge of Connecting Dots

The Challenge of Connecting Dots
September 16 / 2016

Alice Walton and Jim Walton, children of the Wal-Mart founder, at the 2011 Wal-Mart shareholders meeting. Each has assets of over $30 billion.

by Miki Kashtan

I am often haunted by moral questions or conceptual puzzles, sometimes for years on end. In the last couple of months, I made some …

Social Justice and Theater at a Time of Crisis

Social Justice and Theater at a Time of Crisis
July 14 / 2016

Augusto Boal at Riverside Church, NY City, in 2008

All of last week I was at a Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) training. I was drawn to the intensely evocative and provocative forms first created by Augusto Boal in the 1960s, designed to support marginalized groups in creating social change. …

Instead of Being Silent

Instead of Being Silent
June 15 / 2016

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is something about people dying that I cannot fully make sense of. When it’s a group of people, and even more so when it’s …

Forward, Up, and Sideways: A Conversation about Nonviolence and the Great Turning

Forward, Up, and Sideways: A Conversation about Nonviolence and the Great Turning
June 2 / 2016

Guest post by Anna Barnett, communications and outreach manager for The Fearless Heart

Last week, Miki and I sat down for dinner with Chris Moore-Backman and Rebecca Sutton, both recently back from a 10-day gathering in Missouri with a group of about 40 people who are dedicating their lives to

Aim for Taste: Collaboration in the Restaurant Business

Aim for Taste: Collaboration in the Restaurant Business
May 7 / 2016

Gilboa Herb Farm – a collaboratively run restaurant

John and Jane (fictitious names), brother and sister, run a hotel in a small tourist town, featuring farm-to-table organic food and a commitment to environmental considerations entirely unfamiliar in their region. They’ve been aiming for some time to move away from top-down …