Published on September 21, 2020.

This is a critical moment for the environmental movement. As we watch in horror the effects of climate change – the catastrophic droughts, floods and fires – grow in severity and frequency, our ability to galvanize a broad-based response has been under attack. The Right’s onslaught on science and bedrock environmental protections is terrifying. Misinformation […]

The Toolbox You Really Need

Published on September 15, 2020.

I’ve been thinking a lot about toolboxes lately. Our local home improvement stores are busy with customers and their DIY home repairs. We are gardening more, painting more, reorganizing and unclogging. But we need more than screwdrivers and sanders. We need a toolbox for activists to fix what’s going wrong in our country today. I […]

The Unhappy Marriage of Food and Politics

Published on September 9, 2020.

Food insecurity is particularly visible among immigrants, the same people who work so hard to supply food to our tables. Undocumented immigrants are barred from most government aid, so the CARES Act has done them little good. Last month’s new “public charge” rule, set to go into effect October 15, is even discouraging legal immigrants […]

Peace, Power and Love

Published on August 26, 2020.

As we watch the party conventions these past two weeks, we are thinking about how spirit, compassion and humanity – or the lack thereof – influence and shape us. Michelle Obama said last week: first, we must listen to each other. Only then, as Linda’s work has shown, can we build vibrant, diverse and thriving […]

How We Keep Our Voting Rights

Published on August 18, 2020.

The November elections are about more than just who will win or lose. The anxiety and apprehension reportedly surrounding them is the latest example of the long-running dispute over voting rights, since key parts of the Voting Rights Act were invalidated in 2013 by the Supreme Court. States with a history of discriminatory voter laws […]

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 […]

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