The Story of Story

By Pia InfanteThere were several key messages John shared from the Conversation with Van Jones hosted by NCG yesterday. One, lifted from a comparison of the 99% movement to the rise of the Tea Party, is that the 99% movement will only succeed if it seeks the best for the 100%, not by propelling another divisive “Us vs. Them” narrative. Another is that the power of story to capture imagination, to educate, and to catalyze action continues to demonstrate time over time that data does not instigate change, and people’s stories do. A compelling example of the power (and story) of Story is Annie Leanard’s …   Read more

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Some Among Us

By Pia InfanteThis week we wanted to highlight a few of our colleagues as a sample of the profoundly rich contributions of the TWI community’s efforts to promote a more just and sustainable world. On The Move’s Executive Director Leslie Medine was recently recognized in the Napa Register, spotlighting her tireless efforts to support and empower young people. Spark celebrated its 9th Annual Black and Pink Ball in October, an event that regularly attracts over 800 guests who are part of Spark’s community of young global citizens invested in changing patterns of global inequality.Our friends at the Center for Courage and Renewal recently launched …   Read more

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The Politics of the Broken Hearted

By Pia InfanteWhen I first read Parker Palmer’s description of “the politics of the broken hearted” in his new book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, my heart expanded and contracted in resonance. I have a patched together heart full of despair, resilience, and ferocious hope about the time and world we live in.As I track the impact on the public imagination and consciousness of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I experience a similar sense of expansion and contraction. Stories from the streets have been inspiring (encampments have grown in over 1000 cities) and terrifying (Oakland police raiding a camp of 70 sleeping occupiers with 500 …   Read more

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Relationship Building As A Measure of Impact

By John Esterle(The following can also be found on Beth Kanter’s blog, as a guest post from John.)One of the themes raised up as the GEO/Monitor Institute conference came to an end was the importance of trust and relationship building in networks. Indeed, that was my theme for the day given that I facilitated a couple of morning conversations on that topic and then in the afternoon heard Ify Mora from the Barr Foundation (http://www.barrfoundation.org/) talk about how they use social network mapping to capture the relationships that have been built through their innovative Fellows Program. So, as I leave …   Read more

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Mindful Media

By John EsterleRecently, I was fortunate to attend Images and Voices of Hope’s annual Summit. The people, the setting, and what transpired left me feeling, in a word, hopeful! Corny, I know, but there it is.I’m honored IVOH has posted some closing reflections I shared at the end of the summit, which can also be read below. I hope they, and Lois Fiore’s thoughtful summary, capture some of the flavor of this rich, distinctive event.John Esterle’s remarks at the end of Images & Voices of Hope SummitSeptember 18, 2011 I want to thank the Brahma Kumaris for hosting …   Read more

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