Situational Leadership

A few days before Christmas 2016, a phone call took place that no one could have predicted. One of the world’s most esteemed HIV doctors, Professor Sheena McCormack – whose life’s work as an epidemiologist has been to track and fight the virus – picked up the phone to deliver a message that would make … Continue reading Situational Leadership

Moving Beyond The Hierarchy

We assume our way of life in 2018; one of governments and states, and the endless media coverage of their every detail are the pinnacle of civilized existence. We depend on these hierarchies to delivery us from evil or whatever else ails us. I suppose we believe this since that’s all any of us have … Continue reading Moving Beyond The Hierarchy

Moving Beyond The Movement

Well here it is, May of 2018, and we're six months away from the mid-term elections. We have descended into Dante's Hell of campaign missives. All news is to now to be framed in a political narrative - yet none of it is really informing us to make better decisions at the polls. Combine this … Continue reading Moving Beyond The Movement

Rhizomes and Front Porches: “A Cure for Societal Dysfunction”

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." Demosthenes In my last post, "Recognizing the Problem," I vented my frustration, dismay and utter anger over the current political situation in the United States. But if I lived somewhere else, such as Great Britain, I'm sure my response would be similar. Regardless of the geography … Continue reading Rhizomes and Front Porches: “A Cure for Societal Dysfunction”

“What do we do now?” A Civic Call-To-Action!

From way back I’ve been interested in politics. Actually interested may be an understatement. I remember being consoled while crying by the principal in 1968 as a 4th grader in North Dakota. It was the day after the Humphrey/Nixon election and I couldn’t understand why the black constituent in the South side of Chicago didn’t … Continue reading “What do we do now?” A Civic Call-To-Action!

Dugnad … The Next Chapter for the Progressive Movement

“We have to be idealists, thus we can make man what he is capable of being.” — Viktor Frankl It is striking how many of the world’s problems are created by leaders who lost their way and fail to live up to basic idealistic principles. Somehow idealism is perceived as weakness in current times and not as … Continue reading Dugnad … The Next Chapter for the Progressive Movement

Building Community Through “Green” Student Engagement

“Creating communities for the future created by those of the future” That seems like common sense. Shouldn't those who will live in the future have a say in what is looks like? Pathetically so, seldom do they. On the contrary, the future normally is designed by those near or at retirement age often mirroring what … Continue reading Building Community Through “Green” Student Engagement