Failure to Listen

Failure to Listen

It has been a deeply disturbing week witnessing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford give voice courageously to her sexual assault. We have observed listening at its most wrenchingly empathetic. And we have observed its utter absence. Listening is an act of love, says StoryCorps...
Do You Have The Courage To Confront Racial Bias?

Do You Have The Courage To Confront Racial Bias?

This week, Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores so around 175,000 staff could take part in racial bias training. Yes, Starbucks staff in one of the company’s Philadelphia stores acted egregiously after calling police who then arrested two black men who were simply...
Four Attributes for Civil Discourse

Four Attributes for Civil Discourse

“We live in two Americas,” opines Nicholas Kristof in a recent New York Times Op-Ed. “The one thing we all agree on: Our social fabric is torn.” Kristof goes on to suggest, “It should be possible both to believe deeply in the rightness of one’s own cause and to...
Robert Putnam and an Omaha Community of “We”

Robert Putnam and an Omaha Community of “We”

There is a troublingly massive and widening opportunity gap for kids today, asserts expert Robert Putnam. The most significant criterion that defines this gap is class, illustrated by conditions of increasing community segregation by wealth and by level of educational...

Listen at Thanksgiving

I embarked recently on a project, a couple of 830 mile long conversations, adventuring in an RV across the small roads and into the small towns across Nebraska, discovering its places and its people. Among other matters, I explored the nature of conversation and its...

Traveling into Conversation

I have spent the last three weeks traveling around Nebraska engaging in conversation with people. The project, a couple of 830 mile long conversations, can be explored further here. Some interactions have been planned, though many have been spontaneous. It has been...

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