Utopian Storytelling

By John EsterleWhat does utopia mean to you? For most of us the word conjures up images of an idyllic world — so idyllic in fact as to be seen as something that’s completely unrealistic or has an inevitable dark, social engineering side to it. Filmmaker Sam Green creatively explores different facets of the notion of utopia and the utopian impluse in both his new documentary, The Universal Language (TWI provided some support) and in his “live” documentary, Utopia in Four Movements, which he’s taken on the road this past year.The Universal Language is a lovely profile of Esperanto, tinged with hope and sadness, humor and …   Read more

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Giving on the Right-Side of the Brain: Beauty = Truth

By CJ Callen”Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” – Jon Keats “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei Once I took a night class on “drawing on the right-side of the brain” based on the book of the same title. The instructor asked us to draw a flower and so I dutifully conjured up from my head that lame representative image that I placed on paper. Next she placed a real flower on the table …   Read more

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Milllenials: From the Next Generation to the Now Generation

By Pia InfanteWhenever I hear the phrase “the next generation,” the first notion that comes to mind is the Star Trek: Next Generation t.v. series which ran from 1987 to 1994. Wow. As I write this I’m realizing this is not a current pop culture reference – dating me as the Gen X’er that I am! I use it here to refer to Millennials – the generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000. And I’ve been reminded of the phrase because I was pleased to see that a couple of Millennial leaders from our TWI midst have been recently recognized as …   Read more

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Life 4.0: Bringing the worlds together

By Kyra Epstein“Our modern western civilization began with a kind of cultural schizophrenia. Our scientific enterprise effectively decoupled itself from our humanistic-spiritual traditions at the beginning of the modern period…we can perhaps dare to ask if this was such a good idea, this splitting up of the universe.”–Brian Swimme, The Universe Is a Green DragonDo you ever feel like your life is divided into little compartments? Open up one “file” and you are at work, open another and there is your family; others hold community or passionate hobbies?I have felt like that, particularly since my life has led me in such seemingly disparate directions: …   Read more

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No time for Learning?

By John EsterleMay 19, 2011How do you build in learning when there’s no time to learn?Grantcraft asked its readers (primarily grantmakers) that question and over 1,400 people responded. Grantcraft has captured the major themes that emerged from this survey in a concise new paper they just put out. Here are their main recommendations: 1. Establish a culture of learning by building learning into routine processes. 2. Raise the profile of learning by noticing when it happens and naming it explicitly.3. Cultivate personal habits of learning that work for you. 4. Try new activities – but choose wisely and keep things simple.They also …   Read more

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