In an IIRP eForum news article, Joshua Wachtel writes: “Nursing homes, even very nice ones, tend to regiment life for their residents, based on the rhythms established by the institution. But at Maranatha House Aged Care Facility, staff have taken a different approach to help residents ‘live life my way, made easy,’ to paraphrase the organization’s […]
Those who see technology as the solution to humanity’s problems simply don’t get it. They talk about building colonies on Mars and beyond as the way to a better future. The problem with that plan is that we will have to take ourselves with us.
By Ted Wachtel Is it possible to choose a President without an election? Find out by watching the video or reading the text version below the video. (VIDEO TEXT) — In the 45 U.S. presidential elections, five presidents have won with less than a popular majority. More than ten percent of the time, the majority […]
How I long for the days of the good old NRA, when it was dedicated to making us safer, rather than endangering us.
Elections foster more conflict than conversation. However, under the right conditions, people with different political views can have a good conversation and even get to like one another.
Unlike the chaotic exchange of tweets and press releases that leaves everyone feeling angry about public misdeeds, a restorative justice approach—whether formal or informal—provides a calmer, more thoughtful environment.
By Ted Wachtel In a recently published collection of historian David McCullough’s speeches, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, he said: “To Jefferson, the Revolution was more than a struggle for independence; it was a struggle for democracy, and thus what he wrote was truly revolutionary. Why do some men reach for […]
By Ted Wachtel The Green Bay Packers football team is the only major sports franchise in North America whose fans own the team. On August 18,1923, the Hungry Five—so named because they were always begging for money to keep the Packers alive—persuaded the National Football League to make an exception to the rule that a […]
By Ted Wachtel FaithCARE, a part of Shalem Mental Health Network in Ontario, Canada, brings restorative practices to faith communities struggling with conflicts in their congregation, helping them resolve their issues through a series of open and honest conversations held in facilitated circles. As the FaithCARE website notes, “One of the mysteries of faith is […]
By Ted Wachtel Tom Albright—whom I first met when he was a master’s degree student at the IIRP Graduate School—and his wife, Carolyn, founded Ripple in 2006, as a community-focused Christian church serving inner city residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania; a city that, like many others, lost its prosperity when it lost its largest industries. As their small […]