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Exploring Gandhi’s Nai Talim

The following post is based on my talk at the India Center in Charleston, West Virginia for Gandhi Day 2015. Please click here to read Part 1 of the post. What can we learn from Gandhi’s ideas about Nai Talim (new education) and how can we apply them to our context now? And how can (must)… read more

The New Abnormal: Reflections on Paris

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We are hearing expressions of shock and sympathy for Paris on all sides, which is appropriate as far as it goes – but it’s not nearly enough. It is clear now that instead of lurching from crisis to crisis, we need to get off this disastrous path. After expressing our condolences we should be saying, “Let… read more

Defining Discipline Within Restorative Practices

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Discipline has been defined in a variety of seemingly contrasting ways. For example, discipline “is a repressive operation by which individuals are seasoned into productive labor” (Foucault, 1977). Moreover, it’s “a policy of coercions that act upon the body, a calculated manipulation of its elements, its gestures, its behavior…thus discipline produces subjected and practiced bodies,… read more

Peace Journalism

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As a former media junkie, I often feel split between complaining about corporate media and cheerleading them on when they put their all into serving as watchdogs. Here’s my latest schism between exasperation and celebration: Exasperation: Why does the International New York Times co-organize the Oil & Money conference? What does this media corporation get… read more

The Power of Our True Selves: Newsletter

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The Values of Peace & Freedom Living our truest values, individually and collectively, asks us to let go of systems and processes that interfere with our ability to create peace and freedom. To be who we truly are—to discover who we can really be—that’s what freedom is all about. May we all be free, may… read more

I Exercise My Right NOT to Bear Arms

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This blog is a response to Donald Trump’s position statement for second amendment rights. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is clear: the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. The US is the only country in the world to have a constitutional amendment meant to protect… read more

A Few Brief Thoughts on Authority

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Old Paradigm Authority says: I have power over you, and you must do what I say. I am in control, and if you don’t obey my orders, I will punish you, by brute force if that’s what it takes for me to maintain power over you. To keep order, we must control “the masses.” Our… read more

Celebrating Gandhi in Charleston, WV


The India Center in Charleston, West Virginia celebrates Gandhi Jayanti, (Spinning Wheel Day, in honor of Gandhi’s birthday, October 2) each year by inviting a guest speaker to talk about a different theme relating to Gandhi and nonviolence. The celebration also includes dinner, interfaith prayers, songs by the children’s choir, and a poster and essay contest for… read more

The Bartleby Project

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In the end of his book, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey through the Dark World  of Compulsory Schooling,  John Taylor Gatto outlines his plan for a very simple project that could have a powerful impact on the future of public schooling. He suggests that everyone involved with schooling, from teachers to students to… read more

Your Real Vocation: Newsletter


Nonviolence as Artful Work Nonviolence does not belong to a single group or kind of work; it belongs to all of humanity and has a place in everything we do. When asked about the vocation of her Sisters, Mother Theresa said that it went beyond wearing the white sari habit. “Our vocation,” she replied, “is… read more