Tag Archives: connection

Where Culture Goes

Catalan Atlas, 1375

Since patterns are an integral part of our world, from flowers to traffic congestion, it’s not surprising that human migration follows an order of its own. Art historian Maximilian Schich and his colleagues, seeking to explore the movement of artistic centers throughout Western history, have mapped the births and deaths of more than 150,000 cultural revolutionaries (famous artists, actors, politicians, ... Read More »

NOTES FROM THE INBOX: if we can transform ourselves…

We’re investigating ways to facilitate change, effortlessly, without ego, without fanfare. If we can transform ourselves (which ain’t easy), and we can connect the dots between all the transformations going on around us, humanity has a chance to move from the notion of separateness to that of unity, where the physical expression of the golden rule is as common as ... Read More »

Will the Racial and Ethnic Divide Ever Become a Distant Memory?  

Michael Jackson's Black or White single cover

The power of media to shape our perceptions and values continues to intrigue me. When I tuned into CBS’s Sunday Morning program on a snowy Mother’s Day in the foothills of the Rockies, I was immediately taken by a story about Cheerios and their Super Bowl ad. General Mills took a bold step by featuring a multi-racial family eating Cheerios ... Read More »

DANNA BEAL, WORKPLACE CULTURE: Renew, Restore, and Rebuild

Gallup’s 2013 Report on the State of the American Workplace is Revealing Spring is a wonderful time of the year to renew, restore, and rebuild in all areas of your life, including your workplace.If you are not fulfilled or are feeling stress from your workplace, you are not alone. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace survey showed that of the ... Read More »

LAURA SIMMS: The Space Between Is Where Peace Happens

ASSUMPTIONS create havoc. They destroy relationships. They ignore the space between speaking and hearing , where everything travels and is alive with energy and feeling. Inquiry before accusation opens territory for dialogue and deeper relationships. It is a pause button of invaluable kindness. Acting on assumptions, hearsay or events out of context are the cause for harm. The few minutes ... Read More »

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Cover to the Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida literature on autism

This is an extraordinary book! When I try to describe it to people I get goose bumps and my eyes well up with tears. I cry almost every time I pick it up. The Reason I Jump has power, which comes from its authenticity as the first of its kind. The author, Naoki Higashida of Japan, is only thirteen years old. ... Read More »

Datsyukian Deke and the Unifying Language of Culture

Red Wing's Datsyuk skates pass Chicago Blackhawk's Handzus

There is a small percentage of folks that know what a Datsyukian reference is. Maybe there are a few hundred thousand of us world wide. It could be more, I don’t know. It’s an obscure colloquialism in a small but growing culture. We don’t brag about it. We relish in it. When Datsyukian things happen, we spread the Datsyuk. Our ... Read More »

The Power of Story

tag cloud of storytelling

I’m from a family of storytellers. It’s the norm at gatherings for clusters to form, circles of five, sometimes ten, where we tell each other stories about our lives. It seems like conversation, but it’s storytelling. Each story relates to the previous, makes a turn, then someone jumps in to make another connection, another story, another turn. We riff off ... Read More »

The Time Café

clock with money as face instead of numbers

Recently, a new kind of café opened in London. Ziferblat, which means “clock-face” in Russian, is a café where the coffee is free, but the time you spend there isn’t. At 3p a minute (that’s a nickle in the U.S.), the cost seems reasonable. That’d be $3 for an hour, which depending on your choice of frothy milk concoction is ... Read More »

Uncle Charlie

homeless man sleeping on grass

Some people emanate light wherever they are. They instinctively see the inner spark in people and feed it. They uplift and empower, because that’s just what they’re here to do. My friend Charlie is one of these people. As many people are, I was drawn to Charlie’s energy. He has a warm, energetic invitation, which his Brooklyn accent only magnifies. ... Read More »