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  • COMPLEXITY

    Tough Guys Don’t Come Seventh

    August 13, 2017

    I was thinking about jingoism while enjoying a sparkling performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony last night.  It rather muddied the delight. Before the concert began I had been...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Dans mons regne, le deluge

    May 18, 2017

    “Après moi le deluge” is a commonly cited French expression attributed to French King Louis XV or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.  It can mean, “after I am dead, I don’t care...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Only Connect

    February 13, 2017

    In the tumult of the last few months, I have turned more and more often to old and orderly fiction to soothe myself (a pursuit in which I apparently have company). After meandering...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Clinically fake

    February 11, 2017

    Is it time to get clinical about fake news? I started a blog in early December about fake news.  Since then the meaning of the phrase has been so transformed that a different story...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Fighting Fire with Fire

    January 30, 2017

    It’s hard to believe that it’s only been eight days since the phrase, “President Trump” has become a reality.  How could so much have changed so quickly?  Those in danger and in...

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    By Wendy Bittner

  • CHANGE

    Small mover or shaker?

    January 29, 2017

    Donald Trump’s first seven days as US President has something to teach us about small moves. Trump spent lots of time making lots of noise about the numbers of people who loved...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    A twitter of passing clouds

    January 5, 2017

    When meditating or seeking to be present we are often encouraged to notice our thoughts and, rather than being caught in them, to see them as clouds passing across the sky.  Arising and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    A Resounding Tinkle

    December 21, 2016

    Well the Trump Cabinet discussions on redressing inequality should be pretty straightforward.  By one calculation the combined worth of his first 17 Cabinet-level picks is equal to the...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Chaos

    November 15, 2016

    In this week of the election, I think I am coming to understand what Dave Snowden means when he talks about chaos. Chaos, in his model, is when we cannot see any patterns, when we cannot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Getting busy sitting still

    November 12, 2016

    Nearly a year ago, when my partners and I first started talking about Donald Trump, I said--not really jokingly, “If we elect this man, I’m moving to New Zealand.”  It’s not a...

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    By Wendy Bittner

  • BELIEFS

    Don't knows

    November 10, 2016

    I have a tendency to be over-responsible such that my colleagues often joke that is always Keith’s fault. What about Trump as US President-elect then? Wow. Maybe that’s my fault too?...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Simple habits for bewildering times

    November 10, 2016

    I flew over the US today—from San Francisco to Dallas—and the land looked the same as it always has. Spiky cities with handfuls of suburbs along the coast; crinkled olive hills giving...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Simple Habits to Trump irrationality

    August 1, 2016

    I was flying across the US a few weeks ago, and I engaged in the somewhat dangerous behavior of chatting with my seatmate as the plane filled up. He was in sales, in a global role in a...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Trump and emergence

    December 19, 2015

    Readers might notice I’m in sort of a frenzy about Trump and what he’s doing to ramp up the feedbacks of fear and hatred that live in all of us in one way or another. And I have been...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Trump and the feedbacks of fear

    December 13, 2015

    I have been wondering this week, listening to Donald Trump spin fear into a frenzy of hatred, whether we need a different name for the sort of “leadership” he offers. If...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger