Trust the Conversation: How to Create Change Inside Companies

Is it better to tell a working group what they should be doing, or ask them questions? Bill Jensen suggests the latter. Rather than tell them the best practices that other companies were following (what everyone always wants to hear), … Continue reading →

How Tribalism Overrules Reason

We are genetically wired to have a deep need to belong to a tribe. Humans are social animals;  we evolved to live in groups. During most of our evolution, to be rejected by our tribe meant almost certain death. So … Continue reading →

Disputation Arenas

David Brin proposes a new method of dispute resolution in an article titled “Disputation Arenas:  Harnessing Conflict and Competitiveness for Society’s Benefit.“ What follows is my abridgement of Brin’s article, which I hope preserves his key points.   “In the … Continue reading →

The Power of Being Heard

“A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology looked into this phenomenon. They studied the tension between Palestinians and Israelis, as well as Mexican immigrants and white Arizonians. What they found was that when individuals were given … Continue reading →

The Charter for Compassion

 I’ve joined the Charter for Compassion. The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world. … Continue reading →