A Call to Action for Our Time

The essential responsibility of anyone living today, especially those privileged with societal power of any kind, is to fully activate the truth of our human condition – that being our inherent interdependence and implicit connection to each other, other beings and the planet we call home. 

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As Fate Would Have It

I guess I should have predicted my fate over this, our annual solstice pivot. Several months back, when confronted with the news that I had no cartilage left in my right hip joint, I chose surgery to replace the degrading bone on the very auspicious date of December 21. 

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Sovereignty

I subscribe to the idea that every one of us leads. As in, cutting a path, parting the waters or taking the helm. So when I think about leadership, it’s not a lofty vision for individuals who manage people in an organization or who run for public office or who launch a movement.

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Grief’s Invitation to Meet Our Innocence

Ever since the election I’ve felt disembodied.  It’s like my brain and my body are not in radio contact.  Last week when I couldn’t find my keys, I finally found them on top of the yogurt in the refrigerator.  After a contentious work meeting, I left a journal filled with confidential musings behind with no guarantee of who might read it before I could retrieve it. 

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Making Room for our Relational Intelligence

So this Halloween I decided to go as my psoas.  For the last few weeks, it’s been screaming at me, so loud I have no idea what it’s saying.  It just hurts.  For those of you who haven’t communed with your psoas much, it’s a muscle central to just about everything else.  

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Bushwhacking a Trail Home

People ask me all the time, “so…are you an artist?” And these days I say, “I am, because I live a creative life.”  I used to stutter my way through it.  It almost sounds awkward as I write it.  But I’ve become more confident, and it’s this creative life that’s grown my confidence. 

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The logic of choosing life

A sophomore from Duke called me this week and asked if she could interview me for a mock newspaper article she was writing for a public policy class.  I’d met with her a few times this summer as part of a program for students interning at various Seattle non-profits.

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Breaking with the known

Staggering around Rome over the holidays, trying to find any cognitive through line, and then maybe a stable emotion or two in the aftermath of a 24-hour travel day, I blurted out to no one in particular, “what the hell am I doing here??”

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Transparency as Power

Power.  In the evolutionary chapter we find ourselves in, power and the struggle to embody it in ways that are life affirming, not hurtful or harmful to others, remains the essential struggle.

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Tragedy and Invitation….

Big….Stuff….Is…..Happening.  All round us.  Inside us.  Right next door.   Up and down the east coast.  Across the globe.  And it’s moving into the realm of “beyond description.”

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Money with a Consciousness

Spurred on by my good friend Andrea Hiott who started the magazine Pulse in Berlin, I wrote a piece for an edition on money.  I struggled to write for a while, because my relationship to money has been so, well, tortured.  So I found it easier just to interview myself and put some distance between me and my emotions. 

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Challenging Authority…..

I seem to recall always questioning “the way things are.”  Hearing an uncle, or was it my grandfather, explain reality to me as if it were carved in stone, immediately prompted a question.  The problem was their explanation of reality didn’t match my experience of the world. 

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A Game Changer

I’ve been on a busier speaking circuit of late.  Always about the same topic…you know…creativity.  The upside to all this speech giving is I’m forced to continuously refine my thinking and find new metaphors for challenging ideas.

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There seems to be a consensus…

Last spring IBM released a study conducted with over 1,500 CEOs representing over 60 countries and 33 industries across the globe.   They cited creativity as the single most important factor for success, at every level of an organization, in the coming decades.

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Creativity Unleashed

I can only somewhat recall my life before Creative Ground’s most recent retreat held on the island of Moloka’i.  Looking back, the woman I feel myself to be right now is not the same woman I saw in the mirror the day I left for Hawaii. 

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