Author Archives: Miki Kashtan

Apart and Together: Addressing Needs beyond Market Economies

Apart and Together: Addressing Needs beyond Market Economies

“Each of us lives in and through an immense movement of the hands of other people. The hands of other people lift us from the womb. The hands of other people grow the food we eat, weave the clothes we wear, and build the shelters we inhabit. The hands of …

Sharing Impact for Liberation: Integrating Power and Love in Moments of Distress (part two)

Sharing Impact for Liberation: Integrating Power and Love in Moments of Distress (part two)

In my last piece, I offered a general framing about the challenge and opportunity that the task of fully and lovingly sharing impact presents. In this post, I use one example to illustrate and deepen some of the points I named in the first piece. It’s based on an actual …

Sharing Impact for Liberation: Framing the Challenge (part one)

Sharing Impact for Liberation: Framing the Challenge (part one)

This, then, is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well. The oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by virtue of their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. Only power that springs …

Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication – Part 2

Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication – Part 2

In September of last year, I posted the first part of this piece in response to an article questioning the potential of personal practices like mindfulness to transform, or even challenge, the existing social and economic structures of our social world. I explored three deep questions I have about why …

A Window into Structural Power Differences

A Window into Structural Power Differences

Oakland has a long and fractious history of difficult relationships between the school district and the community. A few months ago, at an Oakland school board meeting, my friend and colleague Lisa Rothman spoke passionately about Convergent Facilitation as an alternative method that the district could use to make decisions …