You don’t have any problems

It’s pretty good news actually. You don’t have any problems. We have problems, for sure. We have plenty of problems. But you, you don’t have any and I mean that sincerely. Problems are in the field, not in you. They’re a description of elements in the common relational space we inhabit. They’re the elephant in the room and that elephant belongs to all of us. Problems aren’t attached to anybody. They’re expressed as symptoms through […]

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Synchronicity strikes again

There’s a new intertwining of personal and social change “out there.” It’s a deep searching for inner answers on the part of so many – very likely you. It’s also political movements in different countries, movements that are stepping out of the party-based mold and aligning around values that consciousness workers are right at home with. There’s The Alternativet in Denmark, the Initiative in Sweden, The Leap in Canada and likely more. They tend to […]

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Is there a place for #wetoo?

As everyone knows who’d ever had a mother or a father – or a partner – the relationship between the sexes is anything but simple and one-sided. It’s complex, multi-faceted and goes to the heart of who we are. You wouldn’t know about that complexity though, from listening to the conversation around sex and gender that’s playing out in our public conversations today. There unipolar certitudes rule the day! We all have a deeply personal […]

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Celebrating the we-space ferment!

It’s so funny, so human. An army of people – a vast army of people like you – are working and dreaming and planning and creating on a new emergent – something as a way to understand and support what is struggling to emerge on the planet right now. We don’t know what to call this aspiration or else it goes by a thousand names and we still don’t know what to call it. It’s […]

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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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How change might come

It seems that the world is going through a lot of changes. We’re working hard on ourselves as well, doing what we can. In this post I’ll share what I and many friends like you are finding is most helpful for addressing both of these challenges, the outer and the inner. I’ll start with an observation (from Peter Block) that analysis is interesting but it’s not powerful. A better analysis doesn’t by itself lead to […]

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