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- Leadership Is a Process of CommunityMartin Luther King, Jr. did not march for freedom and equality alone. He was the visionary voice for the collective effort of hundreds of thousands of people.When we deconstruct leadership, we will not find a hero at the heart of leadership. We will find community.
- What to Do When the Door to the Status Quo Opens SlightlyThere are times when you manage to open the door ever so slightly to the status quo -- organizations and institutions that have power and resources to back up their perspective and mandate. To make inroads you must walk through that door and engage with the very people you think are the cause of the problem.
- Freeing Yourself from the Consumer CulturePeter talks with Eric Zimmer, host and producer of The One You Feed, named one of the Best Health Podcasts of All Time by The Huffington Post. They discuss the four pillars of the free market ideology, our longing for perfection, how questions bring us together and answers alienate us . . . and much more.
- How Neighborhoods and Local Government Can Work Together to Make Both StrongerTranscription of John and Peter's November 6, 2017 conversation with Pacific Community Solutions founder Ron Dwyer-Voss work helping communities to discover the power within them and mobilize their assets before looking for outside resources. Some of the most important part of this work is organizing or re-organizing those assets to make a stronger comm […]
- 5 Ways Science Says Kindness Will Change Your LifeIs kindness just an individual virtue, or does it have real relevance in building strong communities? As more and more people seek a satisfying communal life, they are discovering the value of committing to kindness in the world.
- When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First ResponderThe FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.
- Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US CultureDon't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integr […]
- The Problem With ProblemsOne of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.
- Who Has the Skills to Build Community? We All DoTranscription of John and Peter's September 12th conversation with YES! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder on her 12,000-mile cross-country journey learning from people who were re-making America from the ground up and how it led to starting up a new project: PeoplesHub, an online space where communities can learn and share the skills of making powerf […]
- I Saw the Revolution in So Many of the Small Places We Call HomeYES! Magazine co-founder and editor at large Sarah van Gelder climbed into a 12-year-old, four-cylinder pickup truck and began a 12,000-mile journey to find out what people are doing in their communities about poverty, inequality, the climate crisis, and racism.
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- [ACTION] Ask Gov. Brown to Support the California Values Act (SB54) September 8, 2017The CA Values Act (SB 54), authored by Pro Tem Senator Kevin Deleon, is a pending state bill that would curtail use of state and local resources from engaging in deportations and create safe spaces, including at schools, health facilities, and court houses. Our ally North Bay Jobs with Justice has let us know that […]Omar Medina
- Noche Sabrosa — August 19, 2017 August 1, 2017Our 5th annual all you can eat taco and dance party. Community Church of Sebastopol — 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastopol, Calif. Saturday, August 19, 2017 — 6:00 -10:00 PM Live music with Los Ritmicos, and Brazilian Capoiera PerformanceDavid Hoffman
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