The challenge of engaging a diverse audience in a focused conversation.

Measles, Mumps, and Collective Action

By | February 15th, 2015|Collective Conversations, Culture Change, Engagement, Mobilization|

Over the last few months, those of us in the United States have been engaged in a vigorous debate about whether parents have the right to refuse to vaccinate their children. It’s a conversation that evokes passion on all sides of the issue. […]

Restorative Justice and the Power of Confession

By | November 13th, 2014|Collective Conversations, Culture Change, Emerging Leaders, Headlines, News|

We live in a deeply divided country. There are divides that cut across racial, political, and socioeconomic lines. These divides are the stories and headlines we see daily on the news all around the country. […]

Collective Action and the American Cooperative Extension System

By | June 4th, 2014|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact|

This week I facilitated a conversation for some of the most influential leaders of the American Cooperative Extension System. You may not know who they are or what they do, but these individuals lead some of the largest land-grant university systems in the country. Collectively, they have the power to transform our nation. […]

The American Field Service and Cross-Cultural Collective Action Since WWI

By | February 1st, 2014|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact|

I had the privilege of speaking to the Trustees of the American Field Service (AFS). They assembled this weekend in Long Island for their annual strategic retreat. AFS has a long and distinguished history with cross-cultural learning and exchange. The organization was formed as part of a collective action initiative led by young Americans residing in Paris [...]

Cultural Narratives and the Great Civic Awakening

By | July 16th, 2013|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact, News|

I just returned from a week-long visit to Austria and Germany, where I met with leading thinkers in government, business, and the non-profit sectors. The trip was an amazing experience and I come home with a renewed interest in helping to promote collective action across national borders.  […]