31 August . Comment
- A curated page of video resources for sacramental initiation: http://t.co/rZaD2byh2p 2015-08-26
- I liked the sentiment on this poster in particular! https://t.co/VWtPPSOx7P 2015-08-29
- It was great standing with other faith leaders on this day! https://t.co/3nNiPQldUZ 2015-08-29
- RT @neiltyson: As none other, he explored the private universe of our minds — awakening us all to ourselves. RIP @oliversacks (1933-2015) 2015-08-30
- Interesting reflection on engineering, racist, and apps: http://t.co/QSPm8a8Yw7 2015-08-30
30 August . Comment
I like the Theory U articulation of systems and organizational change. Here’s a really cute/fun explanation of it with kids:
28 August . Comment
For all those who are wondering whether you should take part in the #BlackLivesMatter St. Paul march tomorrow, to the State Fair, please consider the following:
“Nonviolent resistance is the practice of achieving goals through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, satyagraha, or other methods, without using violence” (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_resistance)
At the core of the #BlackLivesMatter movement is the conviction that Black lives matter. Which is to say, it’s an assertion of hope and resilience, in the face of widespread evidence to the contrary. It is NOT a statement that ONLY Black lives matter. (If you still don’t understand this, try reading Ta Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me).
Many people are arguing that the State Fair is not the place to protest, that the Fair is symbolic of the “great get together” that is all inclusive of MN’s diversity. But if you listen just a little bit to voices from non dominant settings, you will discover that it’s an “image” of inclusivity, not much of a reality. (Not to mention, there are many, many people who can’t afford the admission price even just to enter the Fair grounds.)
Resisting that dominant narrative, inviting people to think about who is left out from that “symbol,” is a useful exercise. I think there’s something profoundly congruent about using a symbolic form of protest, to protest a symbolic form of inclusivity.
Further, we know that nonviolent resistance works. If you need some convincing, watch this TED talk by political scientist Erica Chenoweth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w
Maybe you’ve heard some version of Martin Niemoller’s poem (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Martin_Niemöller)
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
I think, for me as a white person, this poem holds deep power. Many of us with white privilege don’t have to think about whether or not Black lives matter. We may not have deep friendships with anyone who is Black, we may not live in neighborhoods, or go to parks, or even shop at Target stores that are racially diverse. We can manage to live comfortably without ever seeing the violence being perpetrated against Black persons (or Native American persons, or East Asian persons, or Latino/a persons, or Arab persons, etc. etc. etc.)
But just because we our living structures keep us away from this consciousness, doesn’t mean that we should accept that level of ignorance.
Going to a march — or even just going to the Fair, and being willing not to hurl insults or anger at people who ARE marching — might give you a glimpse of a different reality.
Please don’t be afraid to open yourself up to new insights.
Please don’t allow your fear or discomfort or irritation to close you off to the possibility of glimpsing the hope and resilience and generativity of those who will march tomorrow.
Join us if you can. But if you cannot, please at least don’t contribute to the widespread mocking (and worse) that is going on already in advance of this march. Some of what is being said in social media is so horrible that I think it’s worth going to the march just to ensure that people recognize that such speech is NOT indicative of all of MN.
Minnesotans have a history of resistance to racism which we should be claiming, and tomorrow is one more opportunity to be part of that history. (cf. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN Compass, St. Paul Foundation, Headwaters Foundation, etc. etc. etc.)
I hope you’ll consider walking with us.
26 August . Comment
26 August . Comment
24 August . Comment
- Excellent reflection on teaching/learning: http://t.co/r59mHgJpcL 2015-08-18
- Are you coming to REA15? Please help us out! https://t.co/TmCdoAssoj 2015-08-19
- A brief and useful take on MOOCs: http://t.co/Tl9go5jhtT 2015-08-19
- I wonder what we might learn from reddit moderators about speech and community? http://t.co/KhXGxTASFI 2015-08-19
- Cornel West on “black prophetic fire” http://t.co/LyLHlC3vqe 2015-08-20
- More ideas for being a white ally of the BlackLivesMatter movement: http://t.co/3bkjx7A26z 2015-08-20
- A pragmatic way forward to end police violence: http://t.co/1HMNOUzKad 2015-08-21
- A handy compilation of the #BlackChurchSyllabus offerings: http://t.co/SVd5mDJBrW 2015-08-21
- What does connected leadership look like? a slideshare by Harold Jarche: http://t.co/vOLrKqTBcr 2015-08-21
- great counters to white ignorance: http://t.co/abwtImVySB 2015-08-21
- “the liberating role of conflict in group activity” http://t.co/KFyx4ssYLr 2015-08-22