Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Does Presence Look Like?

Since my retirement, I’ve been attempting to practice being more present. One of the obstacles, I’ve discovered, is that I’m not entirely sure what presence ‘looks’ or ‘feels’ like. I think meditation is a worthwhile practice, but it doesn’t quite … Continue reading

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What Makes Us Trust Someone

Trust is an essential requirement for an effective, functional community. Our modern, anonymous neighbourhoods provide none of the prerequisites for trust, and hence can never be true communities. In our search for community, many of us reach out instead to … Continue reading

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A Dark Mountain Event I Would Attend

This past weekend the Dark Mountain artist collaborative held its third “Uncivilization” Festival. For those unfamiliar with the project, Dark Mountain was launched by Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hind with the publishing of their Manifesto, a bleak, brilliant declaration and … Continue reading

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Collapse! The Game: Take 3

Last February I published the second draft of my Transition game called Collapse!¬†and several readers were kind enough to download the game materials and try it out. Others have commented both on the specifics of the game (design and implementation), … Continue reading

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The Ten Hardest Questions

I‘m not a believer in self-help books, the value of leadership, gurus, transformation, twelve-step programs or, despite the title of this blog, saving the world. Pollard’s Law of Complexity states:¬†Things (and people) are the way they are for a reason. … Continue reading

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