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Where Do We Find Our Courage?

As an activist for more than 40 years, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve really only risked my life or serious injury a dozen times or so. I’ve never had to spend time in a real jail…I will not allow fear of my own death to keep me from doing the right thing.

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How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business?

my chapter leader was a 75-year-old fireball who had taken up yoga and become a vegetarian at age 70

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As Bad As Things Are, We Still Can Laugh—And This Made Me Laugh A LOT

uncanny ability to get deep into our angst, to express all the fear and worry we face, and to be side-splittingly funny…a perfectly captured 20-second cameo by Jeff Sessions…and Hillary chomping down on WHAT?

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Is Sexist Excuse Language Covering Up Something Much Deeper?

but I do see him as reachable through his misery. I see him as a deeply unhappy person, traumatized by a tyrannical father, someone who hasn’t found a way to be content even while accumulating a vast fortune, celebrity status, and the most powerful job in the world.

Posted in Activism, Ethics: General, Innovation, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, Psychology, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , ,

Both Left and Right Must Join to Counter DT’s Attacks on the Press

Making thinly veiled threats to beat up journalists is NOT humor… Laughing off threatening behavior as “humor” is creating a culture where the behavior is permissible and excused. Put your glasses back on! We should be able to join across sides to protect First Amendment freedoms.

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What I Told Seth About Seeing the Journey’s End

people start with “oh, you can’t fix hunger, poverty, war, or climate change, we’ve been struggling with them for thousands of years.”…And then as I lay out a few examples of businesses profiting by changing the world, they see that it can actually work

Posted in Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy & Sustainability, Environment, Green Business, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Psychology, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , ,

Why I Don’t Hate “The Donald” (and What I Feel Instead)

I would not consider DT a success. Yes, he’s got a bajillion dollars and has the most powerful job in the world. But he strikes me as a deeply unhappy person.

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What I Told the Democrats, and Why

Remember: you are in someone’s email box because of the recipient’s good graces. Don’t abuse the relationship or overstay your welcome. If you annoy, you don’t get read, and eventually

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 2—Outside the Armories)

But Clamshell made an important strategic breakthrough: being against nuclear was far more effective if we were for something else.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 1—Why We Occupied Seabrook)

About two thousand of us marched into the construction site, armed with such “dangerous weapons” as tents, sleeping bags, and healthy snacks…1414 of us formed our affinity groups into circles, linked arms, and refused to leave when the order to leave or be arrested was given.

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