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Book: Only the Sacred: Transforming Education in the Twenty-first Century edited by Peggy Whalen-Levitt

In this remarkable collection of articles originally published in “Chrysalis,” a publication of the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, we journey with twenty-three educators through an exploration of fundamental questions of our time, a path of inner … Continue reading

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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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Karma Kitchen: Meals Paid for by Those Who Came Before You

by Toan Lam

Learn generosity at one very special restaurant run by volunteers in California.

What would you do if, after dining out, your server says, “There is no charge. Your meal was paid for by the person who came before you”? Yep, that’s right, there is nothing, zip, zilch — on your bill. You literally see “$0.00.”

In a world and society where we’re taught if it’s too good to be true, then it’s not, that’s hard to believe. In this case, you have to feel it, experience it — to believe it.

Every Sunday at The Taste of Himalayas restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., Karma Kitchen is cooking up kindness and generosity across the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a volunteer-run experiment in generosity that is growing. On your zero-dollar and zero-cent bill, there is a kind note that reads: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you.” Patrons can choose to pay whatever they’re moved to offer.

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The Hidden Hope of the World

by Michael Meade, Founder, Mosaic Multicultural Foundation – There is a second level of hope found, not by clinging to old dreams or by denying despair, but by surviving it. When life becomes darkest the eye of the soul begins … Continue reading

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Film: Journey of the Universe

This film project and book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the … Continue reading

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No such thing as a thing

How we are all connected through an essential, irreducible Bond, by Lynne McTaggart in “Ode Magazine,” July/August 2011

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Greek Tragedy Mirrors Women Prisoners Lives

The women prisoners at the Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida use art and acting to soothe troubled souls through the Artspring program. By Celeste Fraser Delgado, Miami Herald, April 16, 2011 Read more>> NPR feature, aired April 8, 2011 Listen>>

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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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Insight Prison Project Supporter Karen Jandorff Wins Volunteer of the Year Award

Contributed by Jennifer Thompson, Insight Prison Project, CA

Congratulations to the very dedicated volunteer Karen Jandorff for winning the 2011 Center for Volunteer and Nonprofits Leadership’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award! Not only did Karen get acknowledged for her work, IPP received a generous $5,000 gift from Brayton Purcell LLP in Novato, California.

Karen’s outstanding work within IPP includes facilitating weekly Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) classes inside San Quentin State Prison and inside FCI Dublin, serving as chief editor of IPP’s first ever Annual Report and supporting fundraising endeavors. Many thanks to Karen for her heart felt and continued support of IPP. She is IPP’s volunteer extraordinaire! Continue reading

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What is Something That You Have Done, Recently, for Someone Else?

Insight Prison Project Volunteer Becky LoDolce writes about her experiences inside San Quentin State Prison in this month’s New Cartographer magazine. For the complete story, click here: http://newcartographer.net/2011/01/what-is-something/

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