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Exploring many perspectives on the Newtown tragedy

There’s a lot of public conversation cropping up in response to the massacre in Newtown. Although not all of it is as creative as it could be, the health of democracy depends on us talking together and opening ourselves to many relevant perspectiv…

What about Newtown? What about America?

It is horrendous. We so easily identify with the children – and teachers – and mother – killed in the Newtown massacre – and with those who knew and loved them, who no longer have these loved ones in their lives. We find ourselves deeply moved by …

Another remarkable evolutionary voice

As many of you know, I find the evolutionary perspective to be one of the most meaningful, powerful, and instructive worldviews I’ve ever encountered. I find fascinating efforts to bring science, spirit, and everyday life together into a coherent …

The role of Honor and Heroism in nuclear catastrophes

This morning my brother, Dick Atlee, wrote the following: I was going through the UCS’s [Union of Concerned Scientists] latest update, from yesterday, and encountered the following, which crystallized a thought that has been nagging at me for days…

The Conversational Commons

The phrase “the commons” refers to domains and resources that belong to or affect the whole of a community. The “conversational commons” then embraces everything that supports or makes possible the enjoyable and productive conversations of a commu…

Social Systems and Transformational Change

Transformational change depends primarily on changing social systems. A social system — an economic or political system, for example — is how a society is organized. It is a pervasive and powerful pattern of social arrangements that shapes peopl…

Avatar Transforming – Its Power, Its Message, Its Possibilities

“Embrace the movie — surely the most vivid and convincing creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures.” — Richard Corliss, Time Magazine “Avatar asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each oth…