Monthly Archives: May 2009

Starting Over

Some on Wall Street and in Washington, D.C have signaled that recovery from the Great Recession is on the way. Unfortunately, Main Street recovery will take several more years to emerge. Tragically, recovery from the economic ‘collateral damage’ to our … Continue reading

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September 11 and Our Comfort Bubbles

I have this nagging feeling deep in the back of my mind that our national trauma on September 11, 2001 is still THE dominant factor in many of our decisions. For almost 8 years now, we’ve been self-medicating ourselves in … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About It

“Let’s talk about it.” Unfortunately, these four little words are capable these days to create a significant amount of nervousness, anxiety, suspicion and outright resistance. The ‘it’ in this suggestion doesn’t much matter…the response seems to have become almost Pavlovian. … Continue reading

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Newton’s Laws of Motion

While finishing a report the other day, I was trying once again to communicate some of the qualities of ‘deliberation’ we see in our everyday, average NIF-style conversations. In these conversations, it’s not clear whether ‘deliberation’ happened or not…or when … Continue reading

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Split an Issue to Create a Fresh Conversation

These thoughts address a very thoughtful reply to a previous entry, An Evolutionary Approach to Moral Judgment. Thanks, David from Stillwater, OK. You’re right that all voices need to be willing to come into the same space for a respectful … Continue reading

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