Building a new world, one community at a time

I believe that our best hope lies in building new systems at the community level. Yes, we should fight the big national and global fights, but if we want to do anything other than paint the same battleship a different color, we need to figure out how to build a different vessel. Watch the video, and let me know what you think.

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The Podcasts I’m Listening To (November 2016 Edition)


I listen to a lot of podcasts, and the list is constantly changing. Here’s what I’m currently subscribed to. Forgive the all caps. My OPML-to-text converter did it that way and I don’t feel like retyping everything. The shows marked with an asterisk (*) are my main, always-listen-to, never-unsubscribe shows.

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Nuance And Morality

Someone challenged me on my nuanced view of Castro, saying “history is complicated but it is not hard, neither is taking a moral stand.” I think taking a moral stand is very hard, especially living where I do, in the wealthy first world. In this video, I talk about my own view of morality and how it will inform my choices during the Trump administration and beyond.

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My lunch with a Trump voter

Today I had lunch with a Trump voter. Here’s my take on our conversation.

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POEM: quakes


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Both my sons are amazing humans. Today I appeared on my friend Angela’s show on The B94.5 Live to talk about my 10-year-old son, John. He’s one of my heroes, so I talked about why. This clip ends with a lovely call from a listener.

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