Posts Tagged ‘Vulnerability’

  • Multiply wounded

    Multiply wounded

    July 12th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 4 Comments

    We recently came across an illuminating talk by Nicaraguan psychologist Martha Cabrera- Living and Surviving in a Multiply Wounded Country. In her talk, she describes the uniquely holistic approach to societal healing that she and her team developed over a decade of experimental work in Nicaragua.

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  • Rayat-Bahra Teachers College

    Rayat-Bahra Teachers College

    September 22nd, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 5 Comments

    The landscape turns from deep green to sepia-yellow as we drive out of the tree-lined streets of the city and onto a dusty road lined with wheat fields. At some point we return to pavement and I glance out the back window to see a horse gallop across the road in our wake. Our taxi slows and turns onto a smaller road, meanders through an enclave of large white-washed structures, and comes to a stop in front of a cheerful looking building with students streaming through its front doors.

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  • When our first instinct is to run away . . .

    When our first instinct is to run away . . .

    June 11th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 2 Comments

    I once asked a guy named Pedro, who had spent his life founding and working in one of the Mondragon industrial cooperatives, what his most engaging organizational experience had been. He gave me a kind of half-smile. “It was when we went bankrupt.”

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  • In memory of Penny

    In memory of Penny

    August 5th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 4 Comments

    Last Saturday, Tana and I went to the funeral of Penny Parkes. We had gotten to know Penny through our work with Santropol Roulant. She was a client, volunteer, and board member there and reflected the spirit of the place in a beautiful and charming way all her own. Penny struggled with a degenerative disease, […]

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  • Unknowing

    Unknowing

    May 30th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 1 Comment

    The theme of vulnerability that Tana introduced a few posts ago is an important one for me. Like Tana, I have noticed that one of the strongest threads running through expressive organizations I have spent time with is their willingness to face up to and explore their vulnerability. At a personal level, people share their […]

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  • Vulnerability as a strength

    Vulnerability as a strength

    May 11th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 9 Comments

    I recently finished reading the book Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, by Adam Kahane. A number of the themes he raised in the book have had a kind of haunting effect on me. One point that I keep revisiting is the idea of approaching vulnerability as a source of wisdom rather […]

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