Thoughts On Thrivability

The Call to Stewardship

The Call to Stewardship

There is a certain amount of reverence that comes when you see something - really see it - as alive. When you understand that it has a life of its own. That it exists for its own ends. That it has potential that can’t fully be known and that may or may not be...

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Reality TV and the (Even More Real) Search for Reverence

Reality TV and the (Even More Real) Search for Reverence

When my teenage daughter told me she was getting hooked on a cooking show, I thought that was wonderful. “It’s Gordon Ramsay,” she said. “I like watching him yell at people,” she continued, with a conspiratorial smile. In a surprised reaction, I blurted out that I...

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The Silver Lining of These Dark Days

The Silver Lining of These Dark Days

These are wildly encouraging times. (No, really, they are.) So many of us have been horrified to realize the extent to which bigotry and intolerance still exist - and currently drive the national agenda - in the US and elsewhere. And yet, the ugliness that has been...

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The Wisdom and Folly of Systems Thinking

The Wisdom and Folly of Systems Thinking

I’ve just read an article that excites me and irritates me in equal measure. This is usually a sign that there’s something profoundly valuable there. The article is called The Programmable Enterprise. In it, Esko Kilpi brilliantly articulates the dynamic, responsive,...

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It Takes a Village to Raise an Entrepreneur

It Takes a Village to Raise an Entrepreneur

Like the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child, I would also say: it takes a village to raise an entrepreneur. We have this myth of the lone, heroic entrepreneur. And certainly, there is courage and heroism in launching a business. But if you are to...

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The Refugee’s Gift

The Refugee’s Gift

I've been helping a family of Syrian refugees - Omar, Salwa and their 7 children - since they arrived here 3 weeks ago, sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Montreal. After escalating violence, their home was destroyed by bombs 4 days after the youngest child was...

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Just as communism fell in Russia, capitalism and Western-style democracy are not immune to the same fate. In fact, the US election, the global rise of nationalism and the worldwide persistence of poverty, social unrest and environmental degradation are all signals...

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