Author Archives: Miki Kashtan

Apart and Together: Accepting our Vulnerability to Consume Less

Apart and Together: Accepting our Vulnerability to Consume Less

This is the 6th piece in a series I named “Apart and Together” to capture the paradoxical reality of the pandemic we are part of: we are being asked to be apart from each other, physically, in the most elemental ways that we are, even as our species’ fate is …

Apart and Together: Restoring Dignity and Meaning to Work and Separating it from Sustainability

Apart and Together: Restoring Dignity and Meaning to Work and Separating it from Sustainability

As a child, I was always struck, when reading 19th century novels, by figures about annual amounts of money given to people. I couldn’t figure out, even taking into account insane inflation rates, how it would have been possible for anyone to subsist on those amounts. …

Apart and Together: Finding Systemic Solutions to Systemic Problems

Apart and Together: Finding Systemic Solutions to Systemic Problems

One of the ways I see the Coronavirus as having brought to us some new possibilities in the midst of a growing crisis is that it calls into question one of the deepest and most pervasive narratives of modern life under liberal democracy-style capitalism: that every problem originates in an …

The Future of Social Justice Education: A Liberation Perspective

The Future of Social Justice Education: A Liberation Perspective A guest post by Victor Lee Lewis

My approach to personal growth, healing, group learning, and activism is grounded in a general systems theory perspective. One of my guides for this approach is r. buckminster fuller. From reading his essays and major works, and sitting in his lectures, I came …

Apart and Together: Grounding in Interconnection and Solidarity

Apart and Together: Grounding in Interconnection and Solidarity

Spiritual traditions the world over, covering the entire range from Indigenous perspectives to monotheistic religions, teach us about oneness, about how we are all part of one interconnected web of life. There’s nothing like the Coronavirus, and the pandemic that we are now living in, to make this lesson much …

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 …