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 …

Apart and Together: Grounding in Interconnection and Solidarity

Apart and Together: Grounding in Interconnection and Solidarity
June 3 / 2020

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 …

Is Nonviolent Use of Force an Oxymoron?

Is Nonviolent Use of Force an Oxymoron?
May 23 / 2020

The following is the beginning of an article I posted on Medium. It’s way too long for this site, and so I provide a link below it to continue reading if you are interested.

This article has been in the works consciously for at least three years, and, implicitly, since …

Apart and Together: Addressing Needs beyond Market Economies

Apart and Together: Addressing Needs beyond Market Economies
May 3 / 2020

“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)
May 3 / 2020

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)
April 26 / 2020

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 …

Apart and Together: Responding to Opportunity in Extreme Times

Apart and Together:  Responding to Opportunity in Extreme Times
April 14 / 2020

I am one of 7,773,458,922 (and changing faster by the millisecond) who are affected by the Coronavirus eruption into our lives. 32,782,280 of us were born this year alone. These numbers are staggering beyond my imagination, and yet our fates are deeply intertwined.…

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
February 24 / 2020

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 …

Liberation Lessons from the Desert: Choice, Togetherness, and Flow

Liberation Lessons from the Desert:  Choice, Togetherness, and Flow
January 6 / 2020

On November 19th, three of us: Emma Quayle, Erin Mychele, and myself, embarked on a journey to a remote part of the California desert for four weeks of what I envisioned would be a restful, relaxing time enjoying the natural hot springs present there. I was longing for a spiritual …