Resources for Powerful Conversations

Dear friends, A large and growing body of knowledge exists about how to carry on powerful conversations — methodologies, facilitation know-how, dynamic understandings, and more.  This knowledge informs professions ranging from therapy to diplomacy and conflict resolution, from organizational development to creativity and innovation, from community revitalization to activism and deliberative democracy, from family relationships …

SOCIAL SYSTEMS AND TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

SOCIAL SYSTEMS AND TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE by Tom Atlee Transformational change depends primarily on changing social systems. A social system — an economic or political system, for example — is how a society is organized.  It is a pervasive and powerful pattern of social arrangements that shapes people’s lives and interactions. Any time we seek to …

Short Videos – Eye-opening, heart-opening, mind-opening, amazing

Dear friends, Sometimes when this work seems too hard, someone will send me a video link… and I’ll suddenly find myself bathed in one more reason why it is worth pouring so much of life into creating a decent, joyful, healthy society. There is so much going on in the world that is worth preserving, …

Diversity Magic–Breakthrough Possible

Diversity, like fire, is a powerful part of life. Let us use it well on our shared journey, weaving our unique stories into new possibilities around the great shared fire of life. DIVERSITY IS AS BIG AS THE UNIVERSE by Tom Atlee SUMMARY Our use of the word “diversity” primarily to address issues of racism, …

2011 Food Crisis, Urban Gardening, Social Systems

Dear friends, Food is basic. Lester Brown — founder of both the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute, author of over 50 books on environmental issues, recipient of 26 honorary degrees and a MacArthur Fellowship, and (according to the Washington Post) “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” — has just published a cogent …

Search: the death of humint + HUMINT RECAP

Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is not dead–it just does not exist within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the Department of Defense (DoD).  “Butts in Seats,” bureaucracy, political flag officers with no sense of responsibility for the commonwealth, this is our lot today. Rule 1:  HUMINT is not an organization.  It is a state of mind …

DELIBERATION: Jim Turner Dissects Paul Krugman

Jim Turner, #2 to Ralph Nader in the day, is co-author of VOICE OF THE PEOPLE–The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life.  This is his contribution to the current dialog. My view is that Krugman’s article — Paul Krugman / We fundamentally disagree America is divided by two very different views of government Saturday, January 15, …

Philosophy: Eye of the Needle, the Rich, & Community

Dear friends, Below are the final three relatively short articles I mentioned earlier this week in my “Rise and Role of Concentrated Wealth” post. 1.  Twenty-two Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America – http://t.co/lNFYiK6 2.  A Modest Proposal to Transition to a “Cater to the Rich” …

TRUTH: Another Way of Looking at the Shooting

VIEWPOINT #1: Gabby Giffords, a tragic prophet Washington Post, By E.J. Dionne Jr.  Monday, January 10, 2011 There is one commentator whose words should enlighten us on the meaning of Saturday’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the savage murders that took the lives of, among others, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. The …

Journal: Rise and Role of Concentrated Wealth in USA

Dear friends, Most people — at least in the US — think of wealth as a source of happiness.  Rich people can, seemingly, get what they want, secure themselves from suffering, and improve the lives of others through their philanthropy.  While this story true in many ways, it is also very incomplete.  The lives of …

Evolution and Social Change I

Prior Conversations Leading Up to This One: Journal: Get America Working–A Conversation Part II Journal: Get America Working–A Conversation Part III Journal: Get America Working-A Conversation Part IV Enter usfruct (husbandry of the planet) and Spiritual Ecology Tom Atlee: Dear Alexander, I’m afraid I don’t have much useful to offer to Robert’s initiative at this …