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Politics vs. Governance

“It’s just politics.” No one ever says, “it’s just governance.” Politics is organized sparring about power, without much regard for efficacy or right or wrong. Governance is the serious business of taking responsibility for leadership. Over the last twenty years, the mass media has shifted, from “here’s the news,” to,…

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Master Difficult Conversations

This post was originally published on this site Written by Mindy Haas on March 30, 2018. Recently, I’ve had to give not-so-positive feedback to a person close to me. I dreaded it. I could feel my heart palpitating, the knots twisting in my stomach, and my palms sweating.   Do I…

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Strategies for Activists List

Survival Strategies for the Activist

When I started being more vocal about how I felt on different issues, I quickly became aware of how tiring it could be.  Even just a conversation with someone regardless of the direction it was going, was exhausting.  Sometimes I found myself getting angrier and angrier.  Sometimes I found myself…

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Critical Thinking in Everyday Life: 9 Strategies

This article was first posted here. Most of us are not what we could be. We are less. We have great capacity. But most of it is dormant; most is undeveloped. Improvement in thinking is like improvement in basketball, in ballet, or in playing the saxophone. It is unlikely to…

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Luxury or Nourishment?

The post Luxury or Nourishment? appeared first on and was written by Anahita Joon. As I write this, I am nine months pregnant and I just hired the last person on my birth-care team, my postpartum doula. . . Incase you don’t know what a postpartum doula does, she cares…

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Synchronicity: Creating Your Own Luck

Humans are split between two worlds: The first is the world of space and time, cause and effect, energy and matter; the second is the world of histories and futures, stories and meanings, memories and hopes. The happenings of the first world can be measured and predicted as a way to understand the…

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How to Discern Bias and Credibility of a Website

Years ago I attended a workshop with a Yogi who shared a tale illustrating how there are always at least three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth – which is usually somewhere in the middle. Everyone who reads or hears something has the bias of the messenger…

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A Class Divided

Jane Elliott is an American former third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist, and educator who is known for her “Blue eyes/Brown eyes” exercise. She first conducted her now-famous exercise for her students on April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. 50+ years, her exercise is still (unfortunately)…

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Self-Care: A Radical Concept

After the election in 2016, many of my friends and colleagues seem to be struggling with a bout of depression and a sense of hopelessness.  I am grateful for the mostly positive and conscious circle of people I have in my life but the turn of events seemed to have…

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Recommended Books

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (Emergent Strategy)

“We are socialized to see what is wrong, missing, off, to tear down the ideas of others and uplift our own. To a certain degree, our entire future may depend on learning to listen, listen without assumptions or defenses.” ~ Adrienne Maree Brown This is definitely a book you will…

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To Move Out of Oppression We Must Embrace our Erotic Nature | Anahita Joon Tehrani | TEDxBoulder

My favorite line… “question everything”.  

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