A Thought Partner
A Thought Partner
As an activist & organizer who draws from traditions of community organizing & nonviolent action campaigns, I believe that we can transform the institutions in our society. Yet change that is only achieved out in the world loses its groundedness. And change limited to our selves is hollow. To be transformative, we must stretch to both know our ever-revealing center and challenge the injustice present in our world.
There is a core that carries us through this work. A core that comes from our ancestors and joins us with the larger interconnectedness of the universe. Some call force this God, Spirit, or Allah. Whatever the name, we all have access to this force; we all have a role to play. I look to nature, to science, and to spiritual traditions as guides in building a more just and sustainable world.
Art calls us to move beyond the realities that bind us. It illuminates pathways forward that highlight our diverse truths. Music, movement, and stories have an important role in deepening our movements for change, and opening us to possibilities for transformation on the individual, group, and societal levels. Whether on the streets or in a performance hall, I carry this belief into the process of co-creation.
I used to be a little boy.
I used to believe in people and dreams.
I used to trust adults and Christmas and bedtime.
I used to think that everything would be alright.
These days call for us to hold more than one truth at a time.
There were shootings in Paris and many other places around the world, Donald Trump is considered by many a serious contender for President of the United Sates, and there is a stream of citizen journalism refocusing attention to how polarization feeds into terrorist groups.