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Human to Human is a daily blog, Monday through Thursday, on which I post current learnings (taking sporadic weeks off to write longer pieces or to rest). Posts are 300-500 words, often with photos, intended to be read in five minutes and inspire reflection, individually and communally, on varied aspects of participative leadership practices, insights, and human to human depth.

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I’ve been asking people,
“Are you finding the trouble
that is yours to find?”

This is a question
that changes the game,
many of us know only
of trouble’s flagrant foul,
and seek to abandon it.

Know further,
that trouble’s invitation
seems to free us,
and awaken us to
long dormant

By… Continue reading

Being Circly (In a Car)

Meet Bessie. That’s her above (I’ve always thought of her as feminine). Beauty, right. She’s a 1999 Honda Accord, now with 231,ooo miles on her, all of them with me and family. I’m seriously grateful for a car that lasts (and knocking on wood now). My favorite line with my kids (who are a wee bit more oriented to replacing… Continue reading

To Wake

To wake.
Perhaps this is
the most important
process of our times.

To wake,
and to wipe the sleep
from our eyes,
that has become
living nightmare
of presumed, needed,
and unchecked consumption —
consuming things and people
is only a surface that masks
what we have forgotten
in these many nights compiled over years.

To wake,
to remember the… Continue reading

On Emergence — Daniel Schmachtenberger

I first really started learning about “emergence” in the early 1990s with Margaret Wheatley. She was bringing forward an understanding of life and science that helped to describe how things happen in systems. I was learning about how a system, a collection (including people), can have properties that none of the parts of the system have. When the parts come… Continue reading

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