The Law of Jante

Axsel Sandemose published a novel in Denmark in 1933 called A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks. The book is set in the fictional town of Jante and is famous for setting out the “Law of Jante.” Ten rules made up the Law that governed Jante and perhaps you’ll recognize them: You’re not to think you are anything special. You’re not to think you are as good as we are. You’re not to think you are smarter […]

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Changemakers, you are not alone!

This morning my friend C told me what was on her mind a lot during a recent weeklong workshop she co-presented: How do I bring my authentic voice here without alienating the others? While still belonging, in other words. Authentic voice vs belonging was her theme! An artist friend in the same conversation spoke on this too. He said that he struggles daily with being an artist in a small town that’s all about maintaining […]

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Scenius

In a way the whole evolutionary endeavor is all about your friends, the ones we have and the ones we’re going to have. Your scenius! What’s scenius? Put “scene” and “genius” together and that’s “scenius”, the group of friends who get you and you get too. The  earlier Beats and later the hippies (those we-space grandmas and grandpas) called their being together the “scene.” Scenius is the “extra” quality that a we-space has of carrying […]

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The Climate Change Blindspot

I love what this unpublished research tells us about climate change, and how we might address the future. For her Master’s thesis, my friend Heidi Hendersson conducted in-depth interviews with Swedish students who were planning for a career in sustainable living. Believing in the power of story and narrative, she had them write the story of climate change up to the present moment. Then she then had them project the story forward into the future […]

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Hamburg and the Future of Protest

It was exciting to see so many people on the streets in Hamburg in search of a better future. We all want a better future but here it’s on the march. People are getting out and showing it to each other. But there’s very little coherence and deep resonance on the streets here. Little of the coherence and deep resonance that I know you’ve tapped into and felt and are probably trying hard to manifest. […]

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