Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Latest: Race and Ethnicity promote Character and Resilience

by • April 4th, 2014

At the end of May, I’ll be presenting two major workshops at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in higher education.   One presentation, called Social Interpreting: An emerging model of simultaneous interaction, involves Babelverse, which you can learn about by watching this 20 minute video prepared for the @ think! Interpreting conference in Istanbul (March, […]

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Latest: Can Permaculture Voices guide us through climate change?

by • March 19th, 2014

  Dominic reminded me that the way we talk needs revision. There is no “solution” to climate change; nothing to stop the forces already in motion. “We have to go through it.” What there are, instead, are ways of living during the escalation of natural disasters. Perhaps, against the odds, if enough of us change fast […]

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Latest: Permaculture Balance: Approaching Wholeness with David Eggleton

by • February 28th, 2014

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I’m thrilled to be co-presenting with David at Permaculture Voices on the necessary care of people dimension of generating (and re-generating) collectively-oriented social webs for planetary maintenance and survival.

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Latest: Memory of a Circle

by • December 26th, 2013

“It is over.” With this epigraph, Charles Genoud begins his book on the non-sense of time. Near the end of Gesture of Awareness (pp. 164-166), Genoud writes: I hold on to the notion of a subject. On the impersonal world of experiences, with a single letter, I— I trace a person, as if creating a blower of […]

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Latest: This thing I have to do

by • December 24th, 2013

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I’m trying to track my social interaction in real time, using screenshots and text messages, mostly. The more I go ahead I started by sending a text message to both sides of my family. The same message but separately to my mother’s side first and then to my father’s side. Uncle Dick just replied. (5:25 […]

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Latest: The Deaf World is Watching. Will we respond?

by • December 12th, 2013

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Click here for a related vlog (in American Sign Language) The second day after Mandela’s Memorial we were greeted the news that the so-called fake interpreter Thamsanqa Dyantyi/Jyantie is schizophrenic. (His claim and apology is being met with a mixture of belief and doubt.) Whatever sympathy he gleans should be suitable to his illness. This does not […]

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Latest: The Madiba Lives, by Barbara Love

by • December 11th, 2013

I danced in Trafalgar Square the day Nelson Mandela was released from Robbens Island. After twenty seven years in prison, much of that time in solitary confinement, Nelson Mandela was released.  The whole world rejoiced, and watched. In prison, Mandela was a symbol of resistance to tyranny.  His life was a statement of willingness to sacrifice everything, […]

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Latest: Creatives versus Doomers: WE Are the Planet

by • October 13th, 2013

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Neal Stephenson has said that he is interested in “the attention span of our society” and comments that we have “350 years of perspective” on the scientific process. In the face of climate disruption, can Cultural Creatives prove the Doomers and Deniers wrong? This week, a symposium at UMass Amherst aims to “Harvest Hope.”

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Latest: When Europeans got scared

by • September 5th, 2013

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I recently wrote an aggressive guest editorial challenging whiteness in the Doomer movement. Guy McPherson and commenters at Nature Bats Last skewered me.

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Latest: The ANSWER . . . is DIRT (the question is irrelevant)

by • July 6th, 2013

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One of the challenges of inspiring people to care about transforming land to better grow food is making the lifestyle appealing. So far, no go! The aesthetic is monotone: white people playing folk music. This is seriously problematic! Forging alliances is not easy work, but it is meaningful labor.

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