With Trump In Charge, America Is Going Back To More Hostile Times

With Trump In Charge, America Is Going Back To More Hostile Times

In the face of mass protests against anti-Black policing and racism in the United States, President Donald Trump first dialed the country back to 1967 by tweeting an old quote from the surly police chief of Miami, who made it known to the activists of that era that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Twitter Labels Trump Tweets Disinformation

Twitter Labels White House Disinformation

In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directly to two tweets from President Donald Trump.

Why Women Leaders Are Excelling During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Why Women Leaders Are Excelling During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Since the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a lot of media attention paid to the relationship between female leaders at the helm of various nations and the effectiveness of their handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rebuilding and Rediscovering Community: Wholeness Can Heal Us

Rebuilding and Rediscovering Community: Wholeness Can Heal Us

Reconnecting with the Earth is simple. But just as initiations in traditional cultures demand some kind of dismemberment, staying reconnected requires breaking down the walls we’ve built inside and outside of ourselves, toppling old secure structures...

Are We Living In A Dystopia?

Are We Living In A Dystopia?

Dystopian fiction is hot. Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” have skyrocketed since 2016.

We’ve Got a Better World in Mind

We’ve Got a Better World in Mind

The climate is in crisis. Mass extinctions and mass migrations mark our days. Cities are running out of water or deluged by it. Inequality and polarization are political cronies, their twisted outbursts manifested as information warfare.

5 Ways Seniors Are Saving The World Right Now

5 Ways Seniors Are Saving The World Right Now

It's time to rethink the strength of our seniors. They're anything but fragile. They're stronger, smarter and more resilient than they're getting credit for. And right now, they're an invaluable resource we can't afford to overlook.

Why Did Women Vote For Hitler?

Why Did Women Vote For Hitler?

The rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in the 1930s came on the back of votes from millions of ordinary Germans – both men and women.

7 Ways You Can Help The Coronavirus Response

7 Ways You Can Help The Coronavirus Response

When a major earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, resulted in a devastating tsunami, people from all parts of the world contributed to one of the largest relief efforts ever.

5 Ways Businesses Can Contribute To A More Balanced Future

5 Ways Businesses Can Contribute To A More Balanced Future

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the very real imperfections in coordination among global governments and international organisations, many of which were already suffering from low levels of public trust.

Should Elections Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus?

Should Elections Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus?

Local elections scheduled to take place in England and Wales in the first week of May – including the London mayoral vote – have been postponed as part of attempts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the UK.

Even in the Age of Trump, Why Facts Matter

Even in the Age of Trump, Facts Matter

Years ago, during a summer break from college, I was in the offices of a public interest advocate, a grizzled veteran of the fight for social justice.

3 Ways Public Health Has Saved Lives

3 Ways Public Health Has Saved Lives

The coronovirus outbreak has reminded us of the importance of public health responses in managing the spread of disease.

Getting The Courage To Show Up and Stand Your Ground

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Now is not the time for safe and credible creativity. Now is the time for new, edgy, and innovative ideas and experiments and creative, spiritual initiations that provide authentic and lasting growth.

The Invitation: Designing a Life That Works for All Life on Earth

The Invitation: Designing a Life That Works for All Life on Earth
We are living with a confluence of crisis points that affect us all. We may think we can hole up in our homes and get on with our lives, keeping everything that is unpleasant from affecting or harming us. It is inevitable, however, that in some way or other, the crisis will arrive at our doorstep.

Think The US Is More Polarized Than Ever?

Think The US Is More Polarized Than Ever?

It has become common to say that the United States in 2020 is more divided politically and culturallythan at any other point in our national past.

Stolen Elections Open Wounds That May Never Heal

Stolen Elections Open Wounds That May Never Heal

There are not many examples of so-called “stolen elections” in U.S. history, but the ones that had irregularities and were controversial, in 1824 and 2000, had an oversized impact on the decades that followed.

Is The US Paralleling How Ancient Rome's Republic Died?

Is The US Paralleling How Ancient Rome's Republic Died?

Along with the senatorial fealty that was again on display, there was another development that links the era of the Roman Republic’s transformation into an autocratic state with the ongoing political developments in the United States.

Why Some People Like Leaders Who Break The Rules

Why Some People Like Leaders Who Break The Rules

Many of today’s politicians appear to appeal to the basic human need for safety, presenting their versions of strong leadership as the best hope for order and safety in a fearful world of growing instability and risk.

If Truth Doesn't Matter, We're Lost

If Truth Doesn't Matter, We're Lost

Can any of us really have the confidence that Donald Trump will put his personal interests ahead of the national interests? You know you can't count on him to do that. That's the sad truth.

I Have A Dream (text & video)

I have a dream speech and video

The I Have A Dream speech is the crown jewel of the 20th century. Given before 250,000 souls on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it  is called the defining moment of the US Civil Rights movement. It is the speech by which all other great speeches must be measured. Its haunting rhythm towards the end of the speech has an almost musical sound and feel.

What Shaped Martin Luther King's Prophetic Vision?

freedom for oppressed 1 16The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance and victory speeches in 2008:

The Secret Origins Of Presidential Polling

The Secret Origins Of Presidential Polling
In the run-up to its January 14 debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the Democratic National Committee called on private polling firms to conduct more polls.

The Undeniable Benefits Of Reporting Negative News

The Undeniable Benefits Of Reporting Negative News
Negativity has become a key indicator for how newsworthy a story is considered to be, not only by the industry but also by us, the consumers. And many news professionals and news consumers will tell you that there is good reason to report bad news.

Young People and Activists To Change the World

Teens To Change the World
The events that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001, have made it desperately obvious that our world must be changed, or soon there may be no world to change at all. I am reminded here of the wonderful soul-searching inquiry of the Jewish tradition: If not now, when? If not me, who?

How Workers Can Force Progressive Change

How Workers Can Force Progressive Change
In November 2018, 20,000 Google employees across the world walked out of work. They were protesting the ways in which their employer had failed to address sexual harassment in the workplace.

Getting to Know Marianne and Her Vision for America

Getting to Know Marianne and Her Vision for America
Marianne Williamson is a complete departure from same old, same old... Her platform: putting in place policies based on caring for our children, our environment, and each other... policies based on what's right for the people and the planet, not what's right for a few. She is raising the bar for what a Democratic candidate, and a President, must stand for.

Would You Stand Up To An Oppressive Regime or Would You Conform?

Would You Stand Up To An Oppressive Regime Or Would You Conform? Here's The Science
Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the best people could hope for, being powerless to kick against the system. But her sequel, The Testaments, raises the possibility that individuals, with suitable luck, bravery and cleverness, can fight back.

Why More Mental Health Care Won't Stop The Gun Epidemic

Why More Mental Health Care Won't Stop The Gun Epidemic
Guns exact a heavy toll on the American public every day. On the average day, around 100 people die from a gun death. Because of the rise in gun deaths in recent years, the nation now faces a serious man-made epidemic.

Here's What Happens When Political Bubbles Collide

Here's What Happens When Political Bubbles Collide
Social media has transformed how people talk to each other. But social media platforms are not shaping up to be the utopian spaces for human connection their founders hoped.

What If We Ran Society Not Based On The Market But On Evidence?

Following the successful Brexit campaign, Dominic Cummings – the then campaign director of Vote Leave – published a series of blog posts describing how the campaign was run and what his plans were for a successful civil service.
Following the successful Brexit campaign, Dominic Cummings – the then campaign director of Vote Leave – published a series of blog posts describing how the campaign was run and what his plans were for a successful civil service.

How Did The Presidential Campaign Get To Be So Long?

How Did The Presidential Campaign Get To Be So Long?
Four hundred and thirty-two days prior to the election and 158 days before the Iowa caucus, millions of Americans were expected to tune in for the second round of Democratic debates.

Why Vegan Activism Needs To Switch Gears

Why Vegan Activism Needs To Switch Gears
Vegan activists have historically been vocal in their ‘meat is murder’ campaigns. With a plant-based protein revolution upon us, it’s time vegans rethought their tactics.

Choosing to Love the World (and Those On It) More

Choosing to Love the World (and Those On It) MoreLove... has it become a "four-letter word"? In many cases, love has become equated with other things such as attention, rewards, approval, etc. In many cases, what is depicted in movies as love is simply a need for someone or something -- either a need for security, approval, etc.

Daring To Dream Of A World That Nurtures All

Global Healing and Renewal: Creating A Beloved CommunityLet's dare to dream of a Beloved Community where starvation, famine, hunger, and malnutrition will not be tolerated because the civilized community of nations won't allow it. We should dare to dream of a world being reborn in freedom, justice, and peace, a world that nurtures all...

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