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Democracy Action Circles

Parker Palmer launched his new book into the world this fall titled Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. The Prelude can be downloaded HERE.

Starting in January, all kinds of people are gathering all over the country, once a month for a couple of hours, to explore the habits of the heart that Parker Palmer describes in his recently published book, Healing the Heart of Democracy. The Center for Courage and Renewal will provide a free guide to anyone who wants to participate, plus lots of inspiration along the way through Twitter, Facebook, and our blog. Continue reading

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Book: Healing the Heart of Democracy

by Parker Palmer. At this critical moment in American life, Parker J. Palmer looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good. Building on his decades of social activism … Continue reading

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Uprising! Arab Spring

by Louise Diamond, Global Systems Initiatives, Washington, DC

As people across the Middle East and North Africa rise up against repressive regimes, they are providing the rest of the world with many lessons: lessons in courage, in determination, in people power, and more. They are also offering us an exquisite example of complex systems change, from which we have much to learn.

I have often written about the shift in worldview that the human family is undergoing – from a reductionist, mechanistic understanding about how things are in the world that sees everything as separate, to a holistic, integral view that recognizes the interconnectedness of everything in a larger whole. The uprisings we are witnessing in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Bahrain, and elsewhere are expressions of that shift. Continue reading

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Zócalo Public Square

Established in Los Angeles in 2003, Zócalo Public Square connects people to ideas and to each other in an open, accessible, non-partisan and broad-minded spirit. Through our web magazine, lectures, panels, screenings, and conferences, Zócalo takes on ideas that enhance … Continue reading

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The Leadership Imperative

An interview with Oren Lyons, by Barry Lopez OREN LYONS, seventy-six, is a wisdom carrier, one of the bearers of a variety of human tradition that can’t easily be reduced to a couple of sentences. Published in the January/February 2007 … Continue reading

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Five Habits of the Heart that Help Make Democracy Possible

by Parker Palmer, founder of The Center for Courage and Renewal

“Habits of the heart” are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being and responding to life that involve our minds, our emotions, our self-images, our concepts of meaning and purpose in life. I believe that these five taken together are critical to sustaining a democracy:

1. An understanding that we are all in this together. Ecologists, economists, ethicists, philosophers of science and religious and secular leaders have all given voice to this theme: despite our illusions of individualism and national superiority, human beings are a profoundly interconnected species, with each other and with all forms of life, as the global economic and ecological crises reveal in vivid and frightening detail. We must understand the simple fact that we are dependent upon and accountable to one another—including the stranger, the “alien other.” At the same time, we need to save this notion from the idealistic excesses that make it an impossible dream. Exhorting people to hold a moment-by-moment awareness of their global or even national interconnectedness is a counsel of perfection that can lead only to self-delusion or discouragement and defeat. Which leads to a second key habit of the heart… Continue reading

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