Posts Tagged ‘Relationship’

  • Intimacy

    Intimacy

    October 24th, 2016 | Expressive Change | Akaya Windwood | 2 Comments

    It is becoming increasingly clear to me that social change, when done well, is an intimate act. For many years, I was taught to ignore my feelings and intuition, and to develop unassailable plans and irrefutable theories to explain and legitimize my work. These days, I don’t […]

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  • The presence of an absence

    The presence of an absence

    May 2nd, 2016 | Expressive Change | Allan Kaplan | No Comments

    The recognition – that we are all now so close, our global footprint so large, and all our processes of life so befouled – releases increasing tendencies towards management and control. We appear caught in a vast paradox that exceeds our capacity for irony – we foreground ourselves as the solution to the problems that we have created through foregrounding ourselves.

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  • A conversation with Dayna Cunningham

    A conversation with Dayna Cunningham

    February 23rd, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    I’m just finishing up a fascinating six-week on-line course on Theory U. I found this 10-minute excerpt from Otto Scharmer’s interview with Dayna Cunningham particularly moving. She shares about her experience as a civil rights lawyer and how she came to understand the importance of developing an individual and collective capacity for empathy in social change work.

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  • Becoming a festival

    Becoming a festival

    February 9th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Katherine Therese Whaling | 1 Comment

    In a letter to her fellow organizers, Katherine Therese Whaling offers a heartfelt reflection on her experience organizing last year’s Muizenberg Festival, a week-long celebration of community-led development in the seaside town of Muizenberg, South Africa. We were struck by how beautifully her reflection illuminates what it means to live an event as a process rather than simply plan it as an outcome.

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  • Networks: a love story

    Networks: a love story

    November 11th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Curtis Ogden | No Comments

    We recently stumbled upon the work of Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), one of a growing number of capacity-building organizations taking an ‘inside-out’ approach to social transformation. One of their associates, Curtis Ogden, wrote this piece a few months back reflecting on their journey of stepping more fully into their most deeply held value: “the love that does justice”.

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  • Calling in

    Calling in

    November 2nd, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    This provocative essay on Black Girl Dangerous sheds light on how the oppressive social patterns that we’re trying to change ‘out there’ inevitably live inside us and our social movements, no matter how hard we try to chase them out. Author Ngọc Loan Trần invites fellow activists to engage with these patterns more consciously and lovingly in order to be a stronger force for change.

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  • Structuring our Beloved Communities?

    Structuring our Beloved Communities?

    September 8th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Liam Barrington-Bush | 2 Comments

    If we believe that changing the world involves changing the kinds of relationships we have with one another, what role do organising structures have in helping or hindering the relationships we are trying to create?, asks Liam Barrington-Bush.

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  • How we gather

    How we gather

    April 21st, 2013 | Expressive Change | Marianne Knuth | 3 Comments

    At Kufunda Learning Village we had fallen into the rut of our weekly meetings having become very task oriented. They were the least inspired place of our village (mostly), and several issues were being discussed with only a few voices repeating themselves. There was little collective wisdom at play, and oftentimes we left our weekly Village Circle feeling drained and tired, although we might have managed to tick off many items on our to-do list. One day – after one too many such meetings – I decided, no more […]

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  • The Bike Shed

    The Bike Shed

    June 27th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Sadaf Kashfi | 10 Comments

    Once members get past the initial challenge of putting together a jigsaw puzzle of missing parts, they quickly realize that something greater than bike repair and the inhalation of kerosene is happening here; a sense of purpose and community is beaming through the interaction of those involved in the repair.

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  • Transcending discontent

    Transcending discontent

    March 12th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Tolu Ilesanmi | 2 Comments

    We aim to make more people see that Nigeria is not “them” but “I” and “us”, bringing closer to home the urgency and the responsibility of change. We aim to show that change begins when many more Nigerians stop being frustrated at the government, the polity and the society and channel the same energy into becoming the bigger change they seek, in day-to-day interactions with family members, friends, colleagues, clients and other Nigerians and non Nigerians.

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