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Connecting Across Divides, Opening Minds and Hearts

Some time ago, a friend told me about “White Right: Meeting the Enemy”. This brilliant documentary by Deeyah Khan, a Muslim woman of color, is her creative response to the deluge of hate mail she received after an interview on the BBC. Khan…

Theocracy, Religious Freedom, and the Soul of America

My aunt died a few days ago. She left this world, and began her journey into the great Beyond.

Only a year and four months older than me, she felt more like an older sibling than an aunt. …

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I am wanting to share some of what’s been lifting my spirits, in these highly uncertain times… this essay is on the hopeful signs I’ve been seeing, and I’m writing it for my fellow politically-progressive/green, spiritual-but-not-religious peeps… unlike my last two essays, which were written primarily for the conservative evangelical…

Part Two: Bridging political divides

(Part One of this article explores three different ways we can respond to the question of “mixing business and politics”. Option One, the most challenging one, is to actively encourage political conversations across divides; Option Two involves refining our niche, so that we can have productive political conversations among generally…

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(this is part three of a four-part article titled On Relational Facilitation: Supporting the Creative Potential of Divergent Perspectives”; the second part immediately preceding this one, is “I. Psychological safety, feeling “gotten”, and the social engagement system”.)

While the first principle explored earlier has to do with creating a basic…

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(this is part two of a four-part article called On Relational Facilitation: Supporting the Creative Potential of Divergent Perspectives”)

As a practitioner interested in theory-building, one of the more exciting encounters I’ve had recently has been with the work of Dr. Amy Edmonson¹⁴ on the importance of psychological safety for…

Rosa Zubizarreta

Deepening democracy through participatory leadership, empathic group facilitation, and co-intelligent design. Learn more about my work at www.DiaPraxis.com.

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