Posts Tagged ‘Boundary work’

  • The unConference

    The unConference

    April 14th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 11 Comments

    They are scattered about the steps and lawns. A knot of people puzzling over the relationship between education and politics. Sari-clad women practicing Brazilian martial arts. A group of home-schooled 10-year-olds selling handmade paperweights. A young man recounting with artistic precision his transformative experience on the front lines of the Egyptian revolution. There are workshops […]

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  • “That’s how the light gets in”

    “That’s how the light gets in”

    November 23rd, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 4 Comments

    One of the things we’ve gotten used to in meetings at Kufunda is ants. Also millipedes. Also sitting on rocks. Dogs. Five-year olds. The occasional bat. Weird little crabbish things that dash about randomly in a panic. Straw. Wind. A careening traffic of odors – of bodies, blossoms, life. Tana’s last post was about reclaiming […]

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  • Social identity and the paradox of oneness

    Social identity and the paradox of oneness

    October 31st, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 1 Comment

    In my last post, I talked about the enlivening effect of seeing every person as belonging to our social purpose organizations. I mentioned Social Identity Theory, which explains how difficult holding such a universal intention can be. Social Identity Theory offers a particularly dispiriting explanation of how crudely we construct our identities through the groups […]

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  • Oneness


    October 22nd, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 8 Comments

    I’m seeing it again. The tilt toward everything. Most people say it is impossible. That community is always closed. That we only know where we belong when we know whom and what we have barred. In a review of several books on community participation, Malcolm Payne argues that community identity is necessarily formed through a […]

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  • The shores of Kufunda

    The shores of Kufunda

    September 29th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 5 Comments

    Rennie and I have spent an emotion-filled couple of weeks leaving our home and friends in Montreal and flying across the globe to our new temporary home in Kufunda Village, Zimbabwe. Contrary to the title of this post, Kufunda is quite land-locked, nestled under a large canopy of trees on a farm outside of Harare, […]

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  • Boundary crossing

    Boundary crossing

    June 28th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    In the late 90s I was involved in getting a grassroots school reform movement off the ground in Baltimore City. One of the first schools that agreed to participate was exceptionally low performing and lacked really basic resources like textbooks, a library, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria. Its team of dedicated teachers and administrators were […]

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