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Recent Posts

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.

Narrative Change

January 18th, 2022|Comments Off on Narrative Change

I've long resisted using terms like "narrative." Now, I know that that was a mistake. Read here to see how building and spreading new narratives will have to be part of the Connecting the Dots Community that I'm helping to build.

Superpowers for Good

January 10th, 2022|Comments Off on Superpowers for Good

Devin Thrope is a force of nature whose Superpowers 4 Good work has changed my own work for the better. Read about him and what he does here.

How to Connect Dots

December 20th, 2021|Comments Off on How to Connect Dots

How to Connect the Dots I’ve used my last two posts to introduce the ideas behind the Connecting the Dots Community which I’m in process of creating with a few of [...]

Why We Need to Connect the Dots

December 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Why We Need to Connect the Dots

In this second post launching the Connecting the Dots Community, I explore why it is important to do just that.

The Connecting the Dots Community

November 30th, 2021|Comments Off on The Connecting the Dots Community

I'm delighted to announce the soft launch of the Connect the Dots Community, a network of organizations I'm assembling that want to change the world by doing just what the name suggests.

Climate Change 2.0

November 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Climate Change 2.0

We may have been disappointed by the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow. Nonetheless, there is reason for hope in what I'm calling Climate Change 2.0 movements.

Civil Society to the Rescue

November 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on Civil Society to the Rescue

Since it is unlikely that the American government will take the lead in addressing our wicked problems, how can civil society do so instead?

The Political is Personal–And Vice Versa

October 18th, 2021|Comments Off on The Political is Personal–And Vice Versa

The political and personal and vice versa. See how viewing these two statements from a systems perspective can help change the way we try to change the world.

Commons Project

September 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Commons Project

The Commons Project is one of the most promising efforts to build community and confront toxic polarization on line.

Zebras, Unite!

September 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Zebras, Unite!

In the next months, I'll be writing about groups which will be featured in my new book, Connecting the Dots. This one is about one of my favorites, Zebras Unite.

Stranger’s Guide

September 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Stranger’s Guide

Stranger's Guide is a travel magazine and a whole lot more. Here, I look at how it adds to my work as a peacebuilder.

La Rentrée

September 7th, 2021|Comments Off on La Rentrée

Vive la Rentrée! When I used to spend a lot of time in France, the first week in September was known as la rentrée because it felt like the whole country [...]

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