Consciousness of Community

One of the great questions of our time, or any other for that matter is: “what is consciousness?” Some think it doesn’t exist. Others think it’s everywhere. Regardless, we are nowhere near to solving this seemingly unsolvable question. But why should it be unsolvable? Now a new project currently under review hopes to close in … Continue reading Consciousness of Community

The New Green Deal: Moving Beyond the Hype

A couple of weeks ago we saw the unveiling of the New Green Deal. In the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with a second from Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts, stood in front of the media and laid down an ultimatum to the American public and political elite alike. The … Continue reading The New Green Deal: Moving Beyond the Hype

Creating Communities of Permission

In "Giving Permission,"(posted December 20, 2018), I did a deep dive into what I believe it means to have a community of inclusion; one that is built on giving its residents permission to be and do what drives them. While it can be, we cannot assume that this permission is implied. Permission requires engagement. It … Continue reading Creating Communities of Permission

Rebuilding Alexandria

About twenty years ago, my daughter Alex and I were living in Marin County above San Francisco. During this time I became addicted to reading. I don't know if I was trying to make up for lost time or what; but a pile of five books (all in various stages of completion) became a permanent … Continue reading Rebuilding Alexandria

“A Saturday in May” … a study in engagement

A few years ago, when visiting my daughter in Los Angeles, I was on a walk through West L.A. when I ran across a homeless man collecting cans and bottles from a dumpster. I stopped and we talked for about for fifteen minutes. We talked about a lot things; the weather, the BP oil spill and eventually … Continue reading “A Saturday in May” … a study in engagement

Thoughts on a ‘Perfect World’ for 2016

Imagine ... Imagine if we were immune from the constraints of “so-called” societal norms – free to determine our own fates, our own definitions of happiness … free of the expectations of others. Imagine if the default was to include … not exclude. Imagine if we embraced and yearned for the future and change – rather … Continue reading Thoughts on a ‘Perfect World’ for 2016

The “Pop-Up Community” and the Evolution of the Commercial Space

More than any other human artifacts, buildings improve with time … but only if they’re allowed to. ~ Stuart Brand Several years ago I read book called “How Buildings Learn” by Stuart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue. The premise of the book was that a building whether it’s a house, a factory, or … Continue reading The “Pop-Up Community” and the Evolution of the Commercial Space