Through reflections on my daughter, I will ask us to consider that children and those younger than we are like messengers from another world, another way of being that is more in touch with optimal human flourishing. Our “raw” and uninitiated young children have an important perspective on human culture and meaning, particularly a willingness to love […]

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One Boy’s Journey through a Toxic Landscape

Our male children are in crisis and have been for decades now. Research shows that boys are more vulnerable than girls, even in terms of live birth rate, but also in finding their way in the world, trying to balance cultural “norms” of toughness with emotional expressiveness. The result of this collision, combined with institutions that […]

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Africa’s Past and Our Future

A Nigerian proverb notes, “In a time of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.” Today I would like to build a bridge from 21st century US culture and history to African history. Such a bridge can provide a new story about the human place in the scheme of things, and African history […]

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Sustainability can mean different (and sometimes competing) things to different people. The most common word-based image of sustainability is a balanced three-way relationship between the environment, society and the economy. The idea is that if you consider all three equally you will have a sustainable outcome. Several years ago, I began to try to understand […]

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The 10,000 Year Revolutionary

Agriculture is approximately 10,000 years old. Thus, it has only been practiced for a very small portion of human existence, yet agriculture is arguably the single most important development in human history. It is also probably the most ecologically disruptive development in human history. A sustainability visionary has been working on changing human agriculture, undoing […]

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