Apart and Together: Mending the Tear

Apart and Together: Mending the Tear
January 6 / 2021

According to my initial plan, this piece would not have been written. The original project included nine pieces: an introduction, and eight peeks into one area after another that the Coronavirus crisis has exposed for us to dig into, see what may have been hidden before, to understand better how …

Apart and Together: Finding Collective Wisdom to Move into a Future for All

Apart and Together: Finding Collective Wisdom to Move into a Future for All
December 30 / 2020

In 1961, at five, in a conversation with my mother, I was working out what to say, as a future prime minister, to all the prime ministers of the world. In 2017, with the same global passion and a larger vision, I convened a group from several continents to submit …

Apart and Together: Reengaging with the Full Range of Our Emotions

Apart and Together: Reengaging with the Full Range of Our Emotions
November 19 / 2020

“There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.” – R. D. Laing

The appearance of the current Coronavirus, and the major disruptions that both the pandemic and the responses to …

Responding to Breakdown of Trust in Police

Responding to Breakdown of Trust in Police
October 28 / 2020

“The belief that if you don’t do “anything wrong” you would never be bothered by the police is deeply entrenched in many places, especially in those countries where the dominant population believes that country to be democratic, which many do. It’s extremely difficult to show: anyone who is not in …

Apart and Together: Blurring the Distinction between Public and Private Spheres

Apart and Together: Blurring the Distinction between Public and Private Spheres
October 28 / 2020

“The personal is political” was one of the rallying cries of second-wave feminism in the US. As much as this slogan has been contested and put to different uses, it came to my mind as I sat down to write this piece (the 7th in my “Apart and Together” series …

Apart and Together: Accepting our Vulnerability to Consume Less

Apart and Together: Accepting our Vulnerability to Consume Less
August 25 / 2020

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
July 23 / 2020

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
July 18 / 2020

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 …

King’s Two Messages: Soul Force in Times of Social Unrest

King's Two Messages: Soul Force in Times of Social Unrest
June 30 / 2020

“I contend that the cry of Black Power is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think we have to see that a riot is the language of the unheard.” – …

The Future of Social Justice Education: A Liberation Perspective

The Future of Social Justice Education: A Liberation Perspective
June 8 / 2020 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 …