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Archive for Commentary

CMM as a community of practice: Organic growth

CMM as a community of practice: Organic growth

Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Joan Camilo Lopez, as part of their ongoing project with youth community leaders in Medellin, Columbia, have observed how these community leaders have taken to the language of CMM. CMM has given them a common language to talk about and strengthen their peacebuilding work.

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Stories told and stories to be told: Going down memory lane and looking ahead to the Learning Exchange September 2021

Stories told and stories to be told:
Going down memory lane and looking ahead to the Learning Exchange September 2021

Marit Eikaas Haavimb tells us about her journey down memory lane as she browsed the CMMi website videos. As she found, the video section is full of insights, ideas to ponder on, inspirations to be had, and hence to be shared and built upon She also points to the offerings yet to come at the forthcoming London conference in September.

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Living beyond difference

Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Living beyond differencewords

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a sad loss to the judiciary and to the American people. Beth Fisher-Yoshida reflects on one of RGB’s many virtues: her capacity to see beyond difference and show us all how to create a metanarrative and higher orders of context that can bring us together.

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When does a critical moment become an inflection point?

When does a critical moment become an inflection point?

Up until now, we have heard many stories about racial injustices, and systemic inequality. Yet, despite all the stories, personal and public, all the books, articles, lectures, podcasts, and movies available, there has not been systemic change. Ilene Wasserman reflects on the current critical moments we are all experiencing and wonders if it is enough now.

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Humanity Rising

Humanity Rising

Humanity Rising’s goal is to being communities together to empower young people to change the world, especially in matters to do with our climate crisis. Sergej van Middendorp describes his experience in participating in Humanity Rising and reflects on that from a CMM perspective.

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Reflecting on our year

Reflecting on our year

We are excited about how we have responded to significant social challenges this year. Our end-of year reflection highlights our activities and invites your contribution.

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Inviting others into non-polarizing conversations

Inviting others into non-polarizing conversations

We have been having monthly CMM community calls this year on topics of social importance. The May Community Call focused on the question of how to invite others into non-polarizing conversations. Arthur Jensen, the host for May describes the highlights.

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Hurricane Harvey as one metaphor for our current political climate and the role of CMM as a first responder

Hurricane Harvey as one metaphor for our current political climate and the role of CMM as a first responder
The months of August and September, 2017 will go down in history as months of fierce world-wide natural disasters that will not be forgotten anytime soon. These disasters, and the ways ordinary people have responded in a time of crisis, have inspired me to think about another type of disaster entirely of our making: national/international social/political disasters. I have asked myself “what can we learn from our response to natural disasters that can help us in our social/political disasters”? This paper is my exploration of this question. Please join me in this exploration.

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