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Withering into the Truth

Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun, Now may I wither into the truth. — William Butler Yeats In a few days, I’ll turn 78. When friends...

Tough Love

Here’s a little Valentine’s essay for all the caring change-makers out there, especially those whose efforts are ignored or misunderstood. ~ Al Marrying love with justice isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes an open heart to fall in love...

Are We There Yet?

In a recent interview in preparation for NewScoop's conversation on An Other Kingdom, John explored the questions How will we know when we have departed the consumer culture? and How will we know we have arrived?  John believes that as we see three particular...

Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight in Conversation

John and Peter were joined in their conversation on March 8, 2018 by Walter Brueggemann, co-author of their recently released new book An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture. Also joining them were special guests and friends Peter Pula and...

Innovation Is Birthed from Disorder

Here’s some advice for the explorer in you who desires to make the world better, particularly the young bright sparks who are just setting out. Trust all your senses. When your experience compels you to seek something different and your...

Giving In to Joy

Ed. Note: John and Peter’s online/dial-up conversation with Edd Conboy on August 4 inspired a thought-provoking email exchange with Jeannie Masterson on scarcity, gifts, joy and abundance. Enjoy!   Peter, John, Edd – I listened to your conversation today, enjoying and being...

Ruston Seaman in Conversation with John McKnight

My comments on the deeply touching and intensely relevant conversation on faith during the June 2, 2015 Abundant Community “on-line interchange”   What motivates our business behaviors?  Personal gain or higher purpose, greed or social conscience?  Or what percentage of each? ...

The Redemption of Silicon Valley

"About 1,700 people gathered at Stanford University for the memorial of David Goldberg on Tuesday." — News release. It was the culture of mechanical hi tech heartlessness paying homage, en masse, to the higher and deeper eternal virtues of human existence. The...

Not the Visitation You Asked For

At 5:30 a.m. EST on December 16, 2014 the Vatican held a press conference reporting on the findings and conclusions of a four-year Apostolic Visitation conducted regarding American nuns. The investigation was completed two years ago. This process called...

Class Warfare on Earth and in Heaven

The phrase “class warfare” may be taken as a descriptive term to identify the power dynamics of politics and economics. “Class” refers most often to the gap between the “haves” who enjoy political leverage and economic advantage over the...

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Why Social Coops Offer Potential Transformation of Care & More

Last week, the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center (RMEOC), Shareable, and a growing list of partners launched the first...