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What is Willful Blindness vs What is a Whistle-blower?

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What is ‘willful blindness’, how influential is it in our personal, workplace, community, and political lives? What motivates whistle-blowers? Margaret Heffernan reviews what she’s discovered as answers to these questions in a 15 minute TEDx talk. Well worth a listen! Continue reading

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America’s All-Too-Human Ignorance – and How Cute Kitten Videos Can Lead to War or Peace

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As some of our policy makers continue to emphasize war against Iran, (see current news and links below my signature) – or as we in other ways stay on the path of brutality, we can notice the ‘old paradigm’ at play. We can begin a shift toward ‘something tender and good’. We can do so immediately – we can choose to correct the inclination to war against another people. The posted March 2013 TalkingStickTV interview with Cathy Breen – who was in Iraq as peace worker when ‘shock and awe’ began in 2003, and who has re-visited the people of Iraq several times including late 2012 – is highly recommended, Continue reading

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Notes on the Potential of Transformative Justice

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I’ve posted previously on Circle Justice and on Restorative Justice; I’ve a modest resource page for these in my “Essential Practices” section, see right hand column, this page. Both Circle and Restorative Justice models place emphasis on healing individual and community – healing of victim, perpetrator, and rupture in community brought about by harm done. With this post, I want to alert readers to the emerging “third form” of healing justice – Transformative Justice. Continue reading

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Reminders about ourselves …

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Today’s offering “… a ‘repository’ where foundational ideas, ‘samples’ of our human doings, and pointers to possible solution – that I find valuable and important” – are collected in one place. One theme not well represented here that I nearly daily comment on with passion and plea is ‘earth care’ – our stewardship of all earth, all life. … Continue reading

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“People Get Ready … The head and the heart are gonna drive this train”

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Buoyed and enthused at the richness of today’s ‘exposure’ to “the best we can be”, including direct reminding of Adler, and science that supports belief in ‘our best’, I paused to ‘soak it in’ only to find the song, “People Get Ready…,” rise up in my thoughts. (I’ve posted a YouTube selection here.) Continue reading

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Lars von Trier Cannes Banishment Needs 2nd Look

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We’d rather live with our own suppressed disturbed feelings about Hitler than listen to this man. We abhor the least hint that ordinary humans, including ourselves, might have a ‘shadow side’ corruptibility. …Even when we know this to be true, we’d just as soon ‘stay as far from it as possible’. We’re even willing to banish and shun – to create physical separation between ourselves and anyone who might, by action or word, ‘energize’ our ‘fear of the human monstrous’. Continue reading

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Strauss-Kahn, IMF, Justice – Lessons for Humanity

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When in university, I told a friend I hoped “to one day write all that needs to be said in a single sentence”. This single post brings me closer. For me, it’s possible to ‘see’ much of “all humanity’s 21st century challenge” captured in the ‘S-K, IMF, Justice’ drama. This post explores what the drama suggests to me. … I see no viable option for humanity but to ‘dream a big INclusive dream’ and ‘go for it’. Continue reading

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Glencore: Profiteering from hunger and chaos – Features – Al Jazeera English (Reflections)

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This world needs economic systems that do what economic systems ‘theoretically’ are supposed to do. They’re supposed to serve humanity. They’re supposed to help us uplift ourselves and one another toward greater fulfillment of our astonishing potential and promise. … This post features an Al Jazeera article on food insecurity, but offers also larger awareness. The better we understand, the better we can be strict and clear in our questions and demands to those we elect. Continue reading

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May Day: a new global movement « 21stcenturymanifesto (Response)

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What I especially value in Sutton’s piece is that he reminds us of the universal nature of a general ‘uprising’. It is world-wide. He briefly notes many ‘movements’ of current time. I would add Iceland and Asia. From my perspective, this is not only ‘political’. The rising is, as American founders said: “unalienable” – inborn and inevitable….We (all humanity) do have this time, this 21st Century, to “pull together” thousands of years of experience and contemplation – and to – finally! – “get our ‘head/heart’ act together! Continue reading

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A Case For Nurturing and Developing Empathy – 21st Century Solutions

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The 10 minute video posted here – an entertaining animated summary of Jeremy Rifkin’s Empathic Civilization, originally via The Royal Society of Arts website – is in complete solidarity with the purpose of Thoughts From The Well – promoting ideas and practices for our 21st Century. (And – predictably – it challenges old, entrenched, paradigms!) Continue reading

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