As human emotions go, shame is one of the most crippling. The fear of exclusion or being exposed is deeply embedded in the human psyche. This can keep us from actions that may harm or cause discomfort to others. Despite its strong self-regulatory impact, we have managed to weaponize it—use it as a tool for […]
Real Collaboration: Difficult But Worth It
The attempt at working together can have many faces: monkey pile on a symptom (a shallow version of collective action); a Band-Aid when a blood transfusion is needed (ineffective at best, but can actually do more harm in the long run); or a deep, reflective analysis of a complex, intractable issue to avoid unintended consequences. In […]
What is Broken and How Would I Fix It?
What if what’s broken is us? We the people became fragmented, narrow-minded and comfortable in our separate worlds, watching as we waited for someone else to save us. “It” covers a lot of ground—infrastructure, water shortages, preventable chronic health issues, disappearing middle class, predatory legal and financial systems, entitlement mentality, cranky and childish political culture… […]
Elevate California – California 2017 Economic Summit
We are seeing the same themes and conversations happening everywhere we look… Complex problems require a new way of thinking and acting together. (Systems approach to intractable issues) We are all connected. (“What affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.) Solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges are interdependent. (Triple-bottom-line) As […]