This blog is one of the primary ways we share core ideas and new developments in the Building A New Reality movement.
This is the second in a four-part series about Democracy in Practice’s work replacing student elections with lotteries in schools in Bolivia. It speaks to students learning early about ways…
Democracy In Practice is changing the way student governments are formed and how they work, making them more diverse and representative of student bodies.
Restorative practices provide a simple framework to give people a voice in a noisy world, and agency at a time when global events happen faster and with more frequency than we have the time to keep up with. Restorative practices are indeed a social science that allow us to fully express and experience our humanity with dignity.
What if your workplace sparked, instead of stunted, creativity? What if you worked at an organization that intentionally developed leaders who structure collaboration, conversations, and connections to nurture creative solutions?
By Kerra L. Bolton Americans are addicted to the idea of voting. Voting represents ownership of the public policy and lawmaking processes. It denotes exclusive (citizen) membership in the American…
“It started as a way of surviving, but then it became the most precious, human thing you can do at such moments,” she said. “We sat down…in a circle just to come back to ourselves, to try to find the words for what we were feeling and try to make sense of it.”
I feel that my journey so far has been one long proof of the concept proposed by Ted Wachtel in his blog post, Revolution By Conversation: that We, The People can take back our peaceful, convivial way of life, but only if we are willing to do the difficult work of taking back our democracy through working toward True Representation. And that begins with having civil, respectful dialogue with each other.
The future of democracy – whether we live in Baltimore or Brussels – depends on citizen assemblies coming together, putting their differences aside, and working toward common sense solutions that benefit everyone. Without True Representation, we’ll continue to live in societies in which fear is allowed to place barbed-wire fences on our borders and in our hearts.
There is a plethora of ideas among those of us who are interested in building a new reality, using strategies with different names and in different settings, but all with a common thread—an emphasis on opportunities for people to talk to each other.
If you’ve been following this latest series about Kenneth Danford’s upcoming book, Learning Is Natural, School Is Optional, and had serious doubts about that whole concept…welcome to the club.