Point Out v. Raise Up

I think it is better to speak out for someone than to stand in silence while they are being insulted, bullied, or attacked. However, I am uncomfortable with the self-congratulatory tone of posts that have been circulating, the ones where someone is being rude in a checkout line, so then the bystander steps in and proceeds to humiliate the initial offender.

Did the person who made the racial slur or derogatory statement, deserve to be called out? Absolutely. But does shaming them really help them have a change of heart, or does it perpetuate the “us against them” story that we are so entrenched in right now? Read More

How to be Part of the Earth’s Immune System

Hopefully you read  Use Your Powers For Good, and identified your strengths to help you discover where you can be most effective in protecting the earth and her inhabitants from the challenges that we face. The next step is to figure out where to apply your talents.

In Coming Back to Life, Joanna Macy and Molly Brown write about the need to move beyond our current Industrial Growth Society and choose to move towards a Life-Sustaining Society, were we can meet our needs without destroying our life-support system. They call this shift The Great Turning.

The appointments of the incoming administration have given many people a sense of urgency as they try to steer the U.S. away from dire environmental, social, and economic threats which are the antithesis of a Life-Sustaining Society.

The three dimensions of The Great Turning, which are mutually reinforcing are: Read More

Use Your Powers for Good

We have been traveling along an unsustainable path for quite a while, but now we find ourselves racing out of control towards a looming precipice. The recent appointments by President-Elect Trump are an all-out assault on the environment, education, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights and his erratic tweets demonstrate why the Oxford English Dictionary selected “post-truth” as the word of the year.

Only 27% of eligible voters actually voted for Trump, so even if none of the people who voted for him will speak out against these appointments and dangerous proposals (and I think some of them will), there is an overwhelming majority of people who do not support his agenda and are desperately looking for the most effective way to oppose this horrifying trajectory. If you are one of these people, you many want to begin your search by identifying your strengths.

Allison Cook, from the Story of Stuff Project says, “No matter who you are, you have a particular role to play. Not just people with the signs who are angry. We need people to design strategies, write checks, develop new materials, etc. People weren’t seeing themselves as activists and with potential to make change. The quiz seeks to change that mindset.”  Read More