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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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The Seven of Pentacles — Marge Piercy

A friend spoke this poem today. It was a perfect cap to the learning circle that we had just completed.

Marge Piercy is an American poet, novelist, and activist. I enjoy how her writings so often point to the theme of keeping it real – “build real houses, weave real connections, create real nodes.”

The Seven Of Pentacles
By Marge… Continue reading


Last week I wrote that many of us have an involved relationship with expertise. The same feels true of failure.

I was raised in an era when failure was to be avoided or hidden. Failure of not getting it right (“get it right or go home;” “get it right the first time or don’t do it at all”). When speed… Continue reading

Adult Tantrums

I don’t remember throwing that many tantrums as a kid, but the biggest was when I was about three. I was in a clothing store with my mom. I was being a brat. I don’t remember over what. I remember being inconsolable and rigid and stubborn and loud. I think I was standing on the edge of a round clothing… Continue reading