“Yes, and” core values and the next system

By Ben Roberts ● ben@conversationcollaborative.com ● Facebook ● LinkedIn ● Twitter from our Leading for Well-Being Consortium Yes, freedom is a core value that is essential to a prosperous society., and… Our highest calling is to use that freedom in service to our fellow human beings, and to all life, based on values of compassion, love, and generosity. Yes, prosperity can be …

RevolucionCR created a new space that allows citizens to directly engage and assume the responsibility for proposing, designing, and implementing major reforms that politicians, both in the government and political parties, have not been able to make

 “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres in the new technologies of electronic communication and …

Transforming the economy

By Hunter Lovins – May 2017 The Regenerative Future Summit and the Leading for Well-Being Consortium are working on a regenerative path to an economy in service to life:  a world that works for 100% of humanity.  The doors have been thrown open to anyone who wants to participate, starting tomorrow.  The meeting will be 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, …

Racism, fascism, and working-class Americans.  It’s strongest in wealthy suburbs.

By Jesse Myerson, The Nation, 8 May 2017  As the sun sets, a giant Trump campaign yard sign nearly dwarfs the Antico family, six-bedroom home in Wayland, Massachusetts, November 1, 2016. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa) Throughout the 2016 campaign, amid the shock of its results, and in the various recapitulations of its lessons, great swaths of the mainstream and liberal …

In rural areas, employment has never recovered and disability is higher, as are business start-ups

This piece was published in March 2017 in In These Times, and prior to that, in The Conversation, an online resource that describes itself as “an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community,” asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the factors that contribute to the differences between life in rural and urban America. Contributor attributions are noted in italics at …

An Economy in Service to Life

Published on People-Centered Economic Development, 03/03/2016 by admin This is the title of an article on Natural Capitalism Solutions offering an accurate account of how our current economy developed post war to create the asymmetry of wealth we know to day as the 1% vs the 99% “Natural Capitalism Solutions is convening an international team of business people, thought leaders, scholars, …

Learning from “social defense” in the struggle against the authoritarian regime in Poland 40 years ago

Excerpt from In These Times The Trump era is seeing the emergence of what has been called “social self-defense,” a massive self-organization of millions of Americans to resist Trump’s agenda. It has been manifested by the millions who participated in the Women’s March, the spontaneous actions against Trump’s Muslim ban, the mass demonstrations and community meetings in cities around the …

Take care about moral outrage, say psychologists; it can be self-serving

A cleansing fire: Moral outrage alleviates guilt and buffers threats to one’s moral identity Zachary K. Rothschild, Email author, and Lucas A. Keefer  25 February 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Rothschild, Z.K. & Keefer, L.A. Motiv Emot (2017). doi:10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Why do people express moral outrage? While this sentiment often stems from a perceived violation of some moral principle, we test the counter-intuitive possibility that moral outrage at third-party transgressions …

Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think

By Ralph Nader, March 02, 2017 on Common Dreams Almost 1,000 constituents were gathered inside the Brighton High School auditorium, many booing and shouting, “Do your job!” at Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is chair of the House Oversight Committee, as he claimed that presidents are exempt from conflict of interest laws. (Photo: AP) Back in Congress following February recess’s raucous …