Hope Tank

“We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.” ~M.K. Gandhi

Support and strategy for a new story

Some 10 years ago Michael Nagler, our founder and president, proudly announced to a young adult friend that he was planning to inaugurate a new think tank on peace and nonviolence. “We don’t need another think tank,” she replied. “We need a hope tank.” And so Hope Tank came into being.

The benefits of the hope tank are many, including but not limited to: getting to practice listening in a small group; building nonviolence community; processing nonviolence principles more deeply (actually talking about how nonviolence works makes us more prepared to use it); finding general inspiration; and thinking strategically and realistically—without losing hope—about solutions to today’s toughest challenges. One of our biggest projects, Roadmap, largely emerged from hope tank conversations with many participants over many months.

During this time of social distancing, we are working with the following format and open-but focused topic: 

  • On Friday morning at 9:30 am PST we meet on Zoom. We suggest people do 30 minutes of meditation before joining the call. (Many of us follow passage meditation, while others use other methods.)
  • The call lasts about 1h30 minutes. 
  • Bring something inspiring to share at the beginning of the call if you can. A quote, a poem, a big question.
  • If you like Hope Tank, consider supporting the work of the Metta Center as a monthly donor. (Thank you!) 

Our current discussion is about how we can strategically help shift our world away from “business as usual” which led us into a pandemic, and how to train nonviolently for what’s to come. Please see Michael Nagler’s Un-shock-Doctrine piece from Waging Nonviolence. 

Information to join Hope Tank: 

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