Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Seeds: The Gardener’s “Hour of Power”

by • May 22nd, 2019

It was the end of the day in the gloaming, afternoon fading into the earliest stage of evening. Steph was reluctant. There was, however, no point in arguing against Soirée-Leone’s enthusiasm:  learning how to garden for food was the whole, entire point! Tromping out to the newly-cleared and fenced-in garden, Soirée-Leone explained the purpose of the hour … Continue reading “Seeds: The Gardener’s “Hour of Power””

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“Do What’s Right for All of Us”

by • April 23rd, 2019

gardening to grow food….understand the food economy where you live, because then you can identify what staples to produce for yourself and strategize whether and how to fill a specific niche for your community.

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Design “A” is a Success

by • April 22nd, 2019

Colorfully dressed black woman jumping in the air, surrounded by trees at a driveway.

I thought I’d have a minute to myself at the gate. Instead this blur of color materialized into a screaming Negro. Let me put quotes around the relevant words: “Negro” (as in her most common label of identity); “screaming” is the adjective chosen by me to describe what was happening. We waited for Triple awhile … Continue reading “Design “A” is a Success”

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Dismantling White Feminism with Layla F. Saad

by • March 10th, 2019

http://laylafsaad.com

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Resilience Certification

by • November 26th, 2018

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We Are Water: Walking the Howsatunnuck for the 7th Generation

by • May 30th, 2018

Grandmother Carole Bubar-Blodgett, explaining aspects of the 220-mile Prayer Walk of the Howsatunnuck River (Housatonic).

Just another crazy old lady, Carole Bubar-Blodgett talks a lot. Her stories are personal, about the lessons, teachings, and experiences she’s had walking the Good Red Road. Emotion runs through her, especially gratitude. Grandmother Carole was at Standing Rock, where she gifted an Eagle Staff to the youth of the Seventh Generation. “It was always […]

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My First Risky Nonviolent Action

by • September 29th, 2017

Stellan Vinthagen holds the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at UMass Amherst.

Going to Boston to counterprotest white supremacy following the violence in Charlottesville did not turn out to be dangerous, but there was no way to know this in advance. Walking the Talk or keeping my plans? When I first learned of the antiracist rally in Boston, it did not cross my mind that I should […]

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The Plurilingual Advantage: Making the Business Case for Simultaneous Interpretation

by • September 28th, 2017

If culture is a tree, the health of the trunk is composed by the practices of codeswitching among languages.

Language has become a serious issue for multinational corporations. Research in this sub-field of international management has blossomed in the past decade, generating powerful data pointing to the need for interpreters within the daily operations of international business. However, there is a strong bias toward language standardization. Arguments in favor of ‘one corporate language’ rely […]

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Interpreting Eureka! The Possibilities of Plurilingualism

by • July 4th, 2017

Presented by co-author Jeffrey A Kappen in Copenhagen, Denmark at GEM&L 2017
“Revisiting Multilingualism at Work:
New Perspectives in Language-Sensitive Research in International Business”
GEM&L, Groupe d’Etudes Management &am…

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Native Nations Rise (5 Seconds of Eternity)

by • March 10th, 2017

We exist. We resist. We rise.

She was watching from a window. I waved. She waved back, then gave the universal symbol of prayer and respect. I returned the gesture: “I greet you. I honor you. We are connected.” She pressed her hand to her heart. I flashed a thumbs up.

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