One of our favorite resources, Berkeley’s Greater Good, asks whether it is indeed true that politics have the US deeply divided right now.  Many people, and perhaps you dear reader, might emphatically say, “Yes, like never before!”  On the other hand, others of you might say this isn’t the first time politics have been bitter and divisive in this country.  …

08/20 How To Bridge Political Divides Click to Read Post »

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Rebecca has recently been involved with a focus group that is looking at how the arts and culture can reduce violent extremism, a project which includes collaborating with some pretty “colorful” characters. For example, in the group is Daryl Davis, an African-American blues singer who has conducted multiple interviews with members of the KKK. Also involved is Arno Michaelis, a …

01/20 The Other Side of the Story Click to Read Post »

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August 2018 Summer is over and so ends our youth series. We thank Tabitha, Gioia’s 18 year old daughter, for reminding us how easy it is to not only take the people that we care about for granted but to sometimes not treat them as well as they deserve. We also thank Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, for revealing her …

08/18 Out of the Mouth of Babes Click to Read Post »

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“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” Roy Disney Seems pretty straightforward–we assume we know what our values are, right?!  But when we propose this activity in our workshops and groups, it often draws a blank at first.  This may be partly because too many of us our values are so inherent to our understanding of …

06/15 Getting Clear on Your Core Values Click to Read Post »

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Paul Holdengräber, who interviews cultural icons through the New York Public Libraries, always asks his guests to provide a 7 word biography. He calls them biographical “haikus” or “tweets”.Here are some wonderful examples he has elicited: • “Writer, artist, Zen Buddhist, death row survivor.” Damien Echols, author of Life After Death, about 18 years he spent on death row and …

07/13 Seven Word Biographies Click to Read Post »

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