What Rituals for Modern Times?

What Rituals for Modern Times?

It was a year ago, during a week-long island retreat, that I strongly felt the connection between ritual and reverence and the vital need for both in every context of our lives.  For over a decade, my work has been driven by the belief that if we are to be wise and...
Nothing is Worth More than this Day

Nothing is Worth More than this Day

Nothing is worth more than this day.  So says the wall in front of me.  Years ago, I posted those words as a constant reminder to myself.  But, of course, at some point, they fade into the background, unnoticed.  Today, I felt drawn to reflect on them again. This...
Generative Journalism

Generative Journalism

I’m at the end of three head-spinningly rich days with Peter Pula, the founder and CEO of Axiom News.  We’ve been exploring what he and his team mean by “generative journalism” and what more it might come to mean.  The gist of our discussion has been that there’s...
Cultivating Homefulness

Cultivating Homefulness

“Placemaking” was the official topic of the week-long retreat that has just come to a gentle close. But the phrase has never felt quite right.  Volker Hann, the host of 6-acre Wasan Island where we gathered, hinted at the inadequacy of the term: “Am...
The Social Labs Revolution

The Social Labs Revolution

I spent a nourishing day recently learning about social labs — an extended process to solve complex challenges by gathering diverse stakeholders in an alternating rhythm of meetings and on-the-ground prototyping. In one example, a lab to accelerate the adoption of...