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Recent Posts

A Weekend in Columbia

March 3rd, 2023|Comments Off on A Weekend in Columbia

We spent a remarkable weekend plotting social change in Columbia SC.

Three Dilemmas/Three Solutions

February 1st, 2023|Comments Off on Three Dilemmas/Three Solutions

Last week, I was handed three tough dilemmas involving social change. Three unexpectd (at least to me) experts helped me out.

To Peace

January 20th, 2023|Comments Off on To Peace

An overview of my next book, which could better be called, "peace, the verb."

Stranger’s Guide–Ukraine

December 16th, 2022|Comments Off on Stranger’s Guide–Ukraine

Stranger's Guide's most recent issue on Ukraine provides amazing insights into the country and its people in ways that go beyond the war.

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 [...]

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