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Recent Posts

CBT and Peacebuilding

November 9th, 2022|Comments Off on CBT and Peacebuilding

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a well-established therapeutic too. See you how it can be applied to peacebuilding.

Here to Hear

October 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Here to Hear

How do we effectively persuade people we disagree with so that we can build bigger and more powerful movements" This post explores that question by taking off from Anand Giridharadas' new boo, The Persuaders.

Curious Not Furious

October 11th, 2022|Comments Off on Curious Not Furious

AJ Jacobs is a funny man who writes serious books. This post talks about the serious side of his most recent effort, The Puzzler.

Community Mediation

September 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Community Mediation

Community Mediation I just joined the board of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). I had worked with its President, D. G. Mawn, for the last few years and already [...]

Rotary’s Four-Way Test

September 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Rotary’s Four-Way Test

The Rotary Four-Way Test is an excellent tool to use in determining what you do "in the world." Even if you aren't a Rotarian,


September 6th, 2022|Comments Off on SuperCrowd22

SuperCrowd22 is a terrific (and almost free) way to learn about new ways to fund social change startups.

Dedicated to Building

August 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Dedicated to Building

This post takes off from the titles of two book I just read that made me (re)think some of the work I'm doing.

Crowdfunding 22

July 19th, 2022|Comments Off on Crowdfunding 22

Crowdfunding is a new way to raise equity funding for companies, including those working for radical social change.

Connecting the Dots 2.0

July 5th, 2022|Comments Off on Connecting the Dots 2.0

Barely six months ago, I launched Connecting the Dots. Now, it's already time for version 2.0

Beyond Polarization

June 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Beyond Polarization

My friends at Beyond Intractability have written a brilliant essay on what peacebuilders can do about toxic polarization. I love their ideas, and this post takes them farther given my work on other issues.

Activism in a Time of Crisis

June 7th, 2022|Comments Off on Activism in a Time of Crisis

How can activists remain active when facing strong headwinds? A half century of activism and analysis led me to these six conclusions.

Rotary and Peacebuliding

May 23rd, 2022|Comments Off on Rotary and Peacebuliding

Much to my surprise, I find myself engaged with Rotary in a number of ways that go beyond its long-term commitment to peacebuilding. I now see it as a vehicle for social change in general.


May 6th, 2022|Comments Off on Innovation

Innovation in Peacebuilding: Taking Advantage of Affordances A few days ago, Melissa Mannis of the newly formed Peace Innovation Initiative (PII) at the UN University of Peace asked me to send [...]

Our Unstable and Interconnected Reality

April 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Our Unstable and Interconnected Reality

Our Unstable and Interconnected Reality By Emily Evans This is the first of what I hope will be many guest posts on my web site. I met Emily Evans at a session [...]


April 7th, 2022|Comments Off on Leadership

I came late to thinking about leadership as key to connecting the dots. Read why it matters here.

Social Therapy

March 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Social Therapy

Social Therapy Apologies in advance. This started out as a simple blog post to try out an idea that I think has legs, definitely needs a lot more thought, and might [...]

When Will They Ever Learn?

March 8th, 2022|Comments Off on When Will They Ever Learn?

What can I say about Ukraine that hasn't been said before? By people who know more than I do about the situation? Maybe my emotions are worth sharing? And how they have shaped my work over the decades?

Finding My New Tribe

February 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Finding My New Tribe

Last weekend, I found a new community which I will be working with for the indefinite future. I'm not giving up on my third tribe--peacebuilding. Just adding a new and complementary one. This blog lays out how and why I am dong so. pst

PeaceCon@10–Connecting the Dots

February 7th, 2022|Comments Off on PeaceCon@10–Connecting the Dots

PeaceCon@10 is now over. Read this post to see how it helped me develop the Connecting the Dots Community at my own session and be yond.

We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves

January 25th, 2022|Comments Off on We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves

If we are going to change the world, we have to start by changing our narratives or the stories we tell ourselves which define how we understand and act in the world.

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