A Conversation: Community Change in the Midst of a Pandemic

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute, based in Waterloo, Ontario. I met Liz several years ago at the first collective impact “Champions for Change” event in Cincinnati. Since that time I have had the opportunity to get to know Liz, work with her, and even do some writing with her. In the … Read more

Aren’t We All?

There is little in the news that makes me laugh these days. Occasionally, though, I’m surprised. Yesterday morning was one of those occasions. I read a headline from The Washington Post that did it for me. Then it made me pause and think, “Hmmm, aren’t we all?” I think you’ll know what I mean when … Read more

With Appreciation

This week we watched the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS. I usually avoid award shows like…well…the coronavirus. However, being married to a proud Colombian who has made amazing contributions to her adopted country, it seemed appropriate (and wise) to set aside my disdain for award shows and tune in. Besides, it was only an … Read more

On Working More Productively from Home

Where do you work most productively? In the office? At home? At your local coffee shop? In a crowd? There was a time when I was most productive amid a crowd. Sometimes I would go to a busy mall, sit down on a bench or in a chair, open my laptop, and go to work. … Read more

Awakening?

After listening to George Lakey’s webinar, What to Do if There is a Coup?, I found myself checking out some of his other videos and his books. I wrote about this in my last blog “Suspension” and shared a couple of other brief videos. In looking over the books he has written or contributed to, … Read more

Suspension

I have decided to engage in a bit of suspension. I do not mean suspension in the musical or chemical sense, nor do I mean it in the sense of being prevented from playing a sport or stopping something. I mean it in the sense that Edgar Schein uses it as a technique for dialogue. … Read more

Coming November 3: The Great American Character Test

Elections say more about the electorate than the candidate. Since casting my first presidential vote in 1972 I have become more convinced of this over time. If I had any doubt left, the U.S. presidential election campaign of 2020 has erased it. The American people know who Donald Trump and Joe Biden are. I am … Read more

What Trump Knew and When He Knew It

What did Trump know about the Coronavirus? It was the “biggest national security threat“ of his presidency and far worse than anyone imagined. When did he know it? January 28, 2020 Why did he not speak up then? “I wanted to always play it down,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Woodward on March 19. “I still … Read more

On Social Science Research

“Research” is a funny animal. What passes as social science research can be fascinating, funny, tragic, or maddening depending on its quality and presentation. To ensure high quality, there are standards researchers are ethically bound to observe which serve as guardrails to ensure they do not fly off track into the abyss of speculation.  One … Read more

It Feels Like Raindrops

True story…when I was in junior high school, my mother mentally prepared me to serve in the Vietnam War by playing Barry Sadler’s “Ballad of the Green Beret” each morning to wake me up for school. She made a point of regularly telling me how proud she would be if I became a Green Beret. … Read more

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