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The Extraordinary Challenge of Wanting to Create Change, Part 2: Beyond the Personal

The Extraordinary Challenge of Wanting to Create Change, Part 2: Beyond the Personal

Last week I wrote about how we can approach individuals when we want to see change in their behavior. I ended with an exploration of relating to children, which can serve as a possible entryway into exploring change within organizations, the original context that started me thinking about this rich …

Embracing Nonviolence

Embracing Nonviolence

When I discovered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 1993, I had no concept of the rich world that would open up to me over time. My intellectual and moral lenses were transformed beyond recognition through this encounter with NVC. When I thought of what to write my Ph.D. dissertation about, NVC …

Pushing the powerful into a moral corner at India’s Barefoot College

Pushing the powerful into a moral corner at India’s Barefoot College

by Miki Kashtan

One of the challenges that nonviolent campaigns face is how to engage those in power. Whether it be the British officials, as in Gandhi’s case, or the 1 percent, as for the Occupy movement—seeing and appealing to the humanity of those whose actions we oppose is central …

Gandhi and the Dalit controversy: The limits of the moral force of an individual

Gandhi and the Dalit controversy: The limits of the moral force of an individual

by Miki Kashtan

When I first heard that Gandhi was viewed as “the enemy” by many Dalits in India (formerly called “untouchables”), I was dumbfounded. How and why could Gandhi be seen as having betrayed the Dalits when he opposed untouchability even in the face of active discomfort on the …

The Two Faces of Convenience

The Two Faces of Convenience

I landed in Delhi on Friday morning, Jan 13th. By noon I was already in love with India. By the time I left 3 weeks later, I was committed to going back to learn more about life, to offer, humbly, what I have learned about human relationships and systems, and …

Why Victory Wouldn’t Be Enough – Notes about the Occupy Movement, Nov 11th

Ever since the beginning of the Arab Spring, and especially since the early days of the Occupy movement in the US, I have been following the wave of unrest that’s been sweeping the globe with great interest. I have visited the Oakland Occupation and participated in the general strike on…

Bringing the Salt March to Wall Street

Bringing the Salt March to Wall Street

In a few days the Occupy Wall Street movement arrives in my town, Oakland, and I am thinking a lot about what I want to do. As I reflect on what’s been happening in the last number of weeks, I feel quite uplifted and so, so relieved. For months I …