Posts Tagged ‘Relationship’

  • How to occupy democracy

    How to occupy democracy

    January 30th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Baj Mukhopadhyay | No Comments

    When the civil rights movement abandoned its focus on nurturing personal, individual relationships and instead resorted to broad principles and detached theorising, it lost its power. It became coopted, removed from the people who otherwise held it accountable with the gentle discipline that is required in being true and kind to one’s friends.

    I suspect that this aspect is where grand nation-building projects, based on the most beautiful of ideals, stumble.

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  • The promise of the square: A conversation with Motaz Attalla

    The promise of the square: A conversation with Motaz Attalla

    January 8th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Motaz Attalla | 1 Comment

    Warren: Can you take us back a bit to how you experienced the early days of Tahrir Square?

    Motaz: There was this sense of rediscovering pure community- with all its good and bad. Knowing what it means to receive gifts and give gifts, to receive care and give care between absolute strangers and with a totally open heart. And feeling just a sweetness of courage. And to know that we don’t have to worry about the consequences of stepping out- not because things won’t turn out bad but because there is a lot of support for the act of bravery itself. And to me that’s the glue of society. Feeling like people are for you and you are for people.

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  • City of Sanctuary

    City of Sanctuary

    December 15th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    Casper ter Kuile shared this City of Sanctuary clip with us as a beautiful example of a social change initiative that is completely rooted in meaning and experience. On the City of Sanctuary blog, Giuilia, a newly arrived volunteer from Italy, shares how surprised she is to see so many asylum seekers and refugees […]

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  • Turning John McKnight inside out

    Turning John McKnight inside out

    October 25th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 3 Comments

    In workshops and classrooms I frequently hear some form of the question: “But how do we deal with those people who just don’t get it?” The ‘it’ is usually undefined, but everyone in the room understands it to be some combination of justice, sustainability, compassion…Heads nod. How can we hope to move forward when so many people don’t see the world from this perspective, when so many people don’t seem to care about the things we care about?

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  • The social innovation space

    The social innovation space

    September 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | No Comments

    Inscaping is too broad a concept to explain some of the variation we see in the capacities of different organizations to become true social innovators. Many organizations might reasonably describe themselves as good at inscaping. They are relatively open and honest. The members of the organization care about each other and are willing and able to share their experiences. Yet these organizations often struggle to fully develop their capacities for meaningful, resilient social change. Why?

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  • Whole person, whole system

    Whole person, whole system

    August 14th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 1 Comment

    What is less well understood is that treating each other as the patchwork, unruly human beings we are, rather than the zippered office functionaries we pretend to be, is also the only way we can really come to understand, let alone affect, the larger institutional patterns we are trying to change […]

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  • Dancing with Zenith Cleaners

    Dancing with Zenith Cleaners

    June 16th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    I was reading through the Zenith Cleaners blog recently and came across a reflection written by our friend Tolu Ilesanmi titled Invitation to the dance. In it he describes the kind of reciprocal relationship he works hard to create with his staff, clients and suppliers.

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  • The people in the room

    The people in the room

    March 25th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    Gregory Branch is a doctor and public health official who also happens to direct an unusual gospel choir in Baltimore. We knew Gregg a number of years ago when we lived in Maryland, and for a little while we even sang in the choir. Gregg is a fiercely kind man with a large spirit and […]

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  • Appreciative feedback triads: Kupa humbowo muhutatu

    Appreciative feedback triads: Kupa humbowo muhutatu

    March 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    At Kufunda Learning Village, we’ve recently experimented with a powerful exercise called ‘Appreciative Feedback Triads’ or ‘Kupa humbowo muhutatu’ in Shona. Here’s how it works…

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  • Turn to wonder

    Turn to wonder

    January 16th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    Several years ago, when I was in the thick of major organizational shifts at COCo, I came home one evening in a fit of tears and with a back full of knots. I felt horrible about how things felt at work and frustrated that my attempts to move things to a better place seemed to […]

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