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This is Not the Time to Give Up

Published on August 10, 2020.

As we look around us – a coronavirus spreading uncontrolled; hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires; federal troops provoking peaceful protesters in cities throughout the U.S.; unemployment rising and homelessness for many on the horizon – we see attacks coming from every side. This is not, however, the time to get scared or throw up our hands […]


How do we sustain HOPE in times of crisis?

Published on July 29, 2020.

Four years ago, Linda Stout published this blog. It is just as relevant and forward-thinking today, as is her message:  We CAN and MUST sustain hope. Asheville, NC, September 2016 It’s really hard to have a positive outlook with all that’s happening in the world today: political chaos, hate, violence, environmental disaster: a list much […]


Collective Visioning Exercise 7

Published on July 20, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 7 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use.  I will be sharing them over the course of the next few weeks. If you would like to […]


Powerful Opportunities for Change

Published on July 20, 2020.

“The circle can grow, new voices will be included and alliances to advance a shared agenda may, and we hope, emerge,” said Gail Spotted Tail of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation at Spirit in Action’s network-building Education Circle of Change gathering in April 2009. In these tumultuous times of renewed economic crisis and uncertainty, we can […]


Breaking the Logjam

Published on July 13, 2020.

Of the many lessons we are learning from this pandemic, one is clear to me: we don’t listen to each other enough. We don’t listen to scientists or public health experts. We don’t listen to people we disagree with. We don’t allow people to talk without jumping in with our own opinions before they can […]


Collective Visioning Exercise 4

Published on July 13, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 4 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use.  I will be sharing them over the course of the next few weeks. If you would like to […]


The Leadership We Need Now

Published on July 8, 2020.

Lots of folks are talking about needing national leadership that puts to rest the confusion we feel about what we should be doing during this pandemic. But all leadership is not created equal. Leadership is not about laws, rules and strongmen tactics. It is about building consensus, creating buy-in and a shared vision for the […]


Collective Visioning Exercise 8

Published on July 8, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 8 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use and will be sharing them over the course of the next few weeks. If you would like to […]


Artists and Environmentalists

Published on June 30, 2020.

In 2010 Linda Stout shared her personal vision with TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellowship Program.  Run by the National Audubon Society, TogetherGreen was looking for leaders who wanted to learn across disciplines and work with others to achieve results and engage new audiences in conservation. As we think about Christian Cooper, a birdwatcher in Central Park […]


Collective Visioning Exercise 3

Published on June 30, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 3 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use.  I will be sharing them over the course of the next weeks. If you would like to receive […]


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