Bioneers 2016: Highlights and Questions

Bioneers is, by definition, a recurring utopia. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s a conference! Everyone is happy: beaming, grateful, present, and kind. For example, […]

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Earth Champions: Book Launch

This post serves to launch my third book; my second anthology of poetry. Called Earth Champions, it documents the journeys of authentic leaders who seek to […]

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Reinventing Academia

I’m a lifelong learner and student, and have spent about 24 years in school. My stint at Stanford consisted of seven years. The first two years I […]

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Gratitude for a Better Brain

I’ve often said that if I had a religion, it would be gratitude. These days I activate and maintain my gratitude through time in nature […]

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Research: Meditation Boosts Compassion

Research from Northwestern University shows that those who practiced mindfulness meditation were three times more likely to exhibit compassionate behavior toward people who were suffering, compared to […]

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Science: Vulnerability is Beautiful

According to social scientist Professor Brené Brown, humans are wired for connection. “It’s why we’re here,” she says in her TED talk. In fact, the […]

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Beyond Racism: Creating Identity in a New Paradigm  

It was July 11, 2014. As I sat in Cline Library Assembly Hall at the Northern Arizona University listening to Dr. Sandra Fox speak about […]

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From Cruelty to Compassion

One of the ways I understand and practice ethics (Kantian ethics, for example) is that when we hold a principle, we make no exceptions, because […]

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