Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

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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Resources on Whiteness

by • July 17th, 2016

A continuum of character development from white fragility through white fog toward appropriate whiteness.

These articles informed a recent talk on the topic of whiteness for sign language interpreters. “White people [must move] from an individual understanding of racism—i.e. only some people are racist and those people are bad—to a structural understanding [of white privilege].” ~ Dr Robin DiAngelo ~ White People: Stop Microvalidating Each Other, Stephanie Jo Kent […]

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Social Polyculture at PV2

by • April 2nd, 2015

One Day You Will Turn To Sustainability

Learning, the Permaculture Way was a pre-conference workshop by David Eggleton and me at the 2nd Permaculture Voices conference (PV2) in San Diego. Our session drew about 50 participants, some of whom continued a dialogue that seemed—on the surface—to have a narrow focus but, over the five days of PV2, grew wider, broader and was deepened […]

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Learning, the Permaculture Way

by • January 24th, 2015

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This workshop at the 2nd Permaculture Voices conference in San Diego will help you plan how to maximize your PV2 conference experience by applying a tool for lifelong learning. Learning throughout your life involves steady investments of attention, time and energy. In this session, you will acquire and work with a set of considerations that […]

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The Message of Interstellar, Birdman, and Dear White People

by • November 15th, 2014

Mentoring for the Earth, Utne Reader, Mar-Apr 2014, p. 70.

The declining ability to grow food foretells the end of humanity in Interstellar much as it does in actual climate science. Food doesn’t enter Birdman, and is only racialized in Dear White People. Now, stretch with me, will you?

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Guide to Earning #KRKTR Points

by • May 29th, 2014

This ReTweet is worth 700 points: 100 (tweet itself) + 100 (it's a RT) + 500 (First Response).

#KRKTR is an open game for everyone interested in developing individual character and social resilience. Points are earned for promoting and continuing communication, especially across different topics and among different groups. The idea is that both character and resilience are built at the intersections. Rules Every Tweet must include the hashtag #KRKTR Conference-based players should also include the conference […]

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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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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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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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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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