From Darkness to Thrivability

I have been championing thrivability for almost a decade now (since February 2007). What a journey! Lately, I have felt a struggle to champion it in the face of loss and change and setbacks. I feel, even implicitly, the pushback — usually unarticulated — about “daring to talk about thriving in the face of loss and crisis.” So maybe[…]

Playing with the Profane and Divine

Are we animal or are we spirit? Reading David Whyte’s poem on maturity, I am reminded to be in the past, present, and future simultaneously. Can we also hold both the profane and divine simultaneously? MATURITY is the ability to live fully and equally in multiple contexts; most especially, the ability to courageously inhabit the[…]

The Critic’s Pursuit of Happiness

I totally love Žižek, of course, that old rabble rouser! And I am not a fan of chasing happiness. However, in this post, I will invert both of those. Žižek talks about happiness, here on Big Think. First, it is important to understand the tradition that Žižek comes from. His is Slovenian, the first to[…]

Friction is Your Friend: Why Sharing Values isn’t always Valuable

I hear about it all the time… Collaborate with people who share your values. Really? You know why they say this? Because it is pleasant and easy. When you are around people who share your values you can agree all the time, because you are using the same basis for your judgements. There isn’t much[…]

Co-Created Solution Design Workshop at Chicago Bioneers

I hope you will join me November 2nd in Chicago for a workshop on Co-Created Solution Design at Chicago Bioneers. This workshop is for you if: you work with others that you don’t have total control over to come up with new ideas or actions you want to tap into the wisdom of a group[…]

Multi-dimensional Constructions

For simplicity’s sake, we often pretend we live in a one or two or maybe three dimensional world. By which I mean, for example, in the world of “identity” I am a white woman from the middle class. Those are two “planes” of the conceptual realm. The first thing we need to correct is that[…]