Environmental Superhero Coming to the U.S.

Posted by Bob Stilger on April 11, 2017

(Seattle, WA) Esmeralda Planet Protector (actor/costume designer Sara Holt), hero to millions of kids across Canada, and her sidekick Goober (actor/co-writer Ian Gschwind) are now getting ready to train young Apprentice Planet Protectors across the USA. “It’s clear to me with everything going on, that the US could use an environmental superhero about now,” she said Read post

Facilitator as Energy Conductor

Posted by simonepoutnik on February 20, 2017

Three years ago, I had a client situation where two people engaged in an intense conflict during a gathering I was facilitating and I felt terribly unequipped how to handle the conflict. I knew I needed more training in order to be of best service my clients amidst these kinds of intense, unexpected conflict situations. Read post

The Wisdom Of the Fringes

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Dear friends, In the end, I believe that those who call forth the most collective intelligence and wisdom will be those who can manifest – and help others manifest – two vital capacities: 1. the ability to include more of what is normally overlooked and excluded and 2. the ability to use diversity and disturbance Read post


Posted by barbarabash on February 15, 2017

I traveled to the Middle East in January to be part of a Nonviolent Communication intensive in the West Bank with 40 Israelis, 40 Palestinians and 15 internationals. We lived together for nine days, listening and speaking deeply, while the Inauguration and the Women’s March and the wild first weeks in the White House unfolded on the other Read post

3 Ways Progressives Can Reconnect With Rural America

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Anthony Flaccavento wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Anthony is an organic farmer, activist, and sustainable development consultant based in Abingdon, Virginia. His book, “Building a Healthy Economy From the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change” (June 2016) was published by the University Press of Kentucky. He writes and speaks widely on these issues Read post

What is the purpose that would make you want to live another year?

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With the loss of my husband Lorne’s father in 2016, and my own father recovering from a series of small strokes (he is doing great and back in full swing with his speaking and writing), the year was marked by a sense of mortality. Mortality is an interesting thing.  It has made me feel the Read post

Complexity, Strategy and Possibility

Posted by Ben Roberts on January 7, 2017

Complexity, Strategy, and the Possibility of “A World that Works for All.” [Originally published Dec 22, 2016, on Medium and reposted here at Bob Stilger’s request] In a recent Facebook post, the brilliant and prolific Joe Brewer of Evonomics writes: “Every time I hear someone say ‘You need to simplify that so everyone can understand’ — when dealing with the most complex challenges Read post

Why Hosting Is Harder than Leading

Posted by peterpula on December 23, 2016

We have become so remarkably accustomed to a form of leadership that comes from the top. Why? Well, because it is easier for everybody. It is easier for the leader because they can indulge in their narcissism. And, well, we want them to. You see, if they are shaping things according to their filters and Read post

Daughter’s Post Election Letter to Mom

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 11, 2016

My 29 year old daughter Anne Lucy Stilger Virnig wrote this amazing text to her mother, Susan Virnig, after this week’s election: Thank you, for all you did in the sixties and seventies and eighties. I keeping having all these conversations with friends about how we grew up in this world where we never ever Read post

Women’s Leadership in Zimbabwe!

Posted by Bob Stilger on April 16, 2016

My dear friend Maaianne Knuth recently shared this story from the month long women’s leadership journey at Kufunda Learning Village A few weeks ago we completed our second Young Women are Medicine retreat. A month long journey with 18 young women, 16 from all over Zimbabwe, with two joining us from Europe. Your support enabled Read post