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    Tue, 4 Oct 2011
    Reflections on Ribbons and 9/11

    During the tenth anniversary weekend of September 11, I had the privilege of spending a lot of time in Battery Park, not far from where, a decade earlier, the horrific scene was unfolding as towers collapsed, clouds of toxic dust filled the streets, uncertainty reigned, people died. We had invited individuals, organizations, clubs and... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 4 Oct 2011
    On Being Interdependent

    The Jewish New Year is a time of deep introspection focused on one’s relationships with others and with the Divine. There is a wonderful discussion about that process by our colleague in the Leadership and Values Roundtable Rabbi Allen Lurie in his recent blog in the Huffington Post.  He talks about how easy it is to go... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 15 Sep 2011
    Being A Ribbon of Hope

    Some of the most meaningful moments in our lives catch us by surprise.  So it was, when last Thursday I sent out a reminder to my contact lists that Intersections and its Prepare New York partners were launching a 9/11 Ribbons of Hope initiative.   Everyone was invited to come down to Battery Park to put a thought, prayer... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 1 Sep 2011
    Changing the Game

    I am reading Practical Wisdom by Barry Schwartz.  In the book he discusses the impact of “framing” or context on how people make important decisions.  He uses the example of the Prisoner’s Dilemma and what has become known as the “The Wall Street Game” versus the “The Community... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 30 Aug 2011
    ArticleDon’t Be Fooled By a False Conversion

    When religious magazine Sojourners refused an ad that promoted acceptance of LGBT congregants, did it send a signal that GLAAD couldn’t squelch simply by placing a new ad? The recent publication of an ad in the progressive religious magazine Sojourners, placed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and created by the... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Aug 2011
    ArticlePower and Values: Confessions of a Former Smoker

    My interest in the intersection of people in positions to impact the world through their decisions and the values they use to make decisions is rooted in my own personal history as a former smoker.   As I was growing up cigarette smoking was an integral part of the American culture.  As I look back even to the pop-culture... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Aug 2011
    ArticlePower and Values: Confessions of a Former Smoker

    My interest in the intersection of people in positions to impact the world through their decisions and the values they use to make decisions is rooted in my own personal history as a former smoker. As I was growing up cigarette smoking was an integral part of the American culture. As I look back even to the pop-culture of my youth, I... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 12 Aug 2011
    ArticleNative Americans and 9/11

    Last night at the American Indian Cultural House, I had an opportunity to experience a profoundly symbolic expression of hope and healing. A group of young people from the Lummi nation, a small (less than 7,000 members) Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, journeyed across the country to share their experience of cultural... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Aug 2011
    ArticleWhat Would Jesus Cut

    “What would Jesus cut?” is the title of an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Friday, August 4, by Michael Gerson.  It seems to be prompted by the advocacy campaigns of two different coalitions, the “Circle of Protection”, which is a broad group of Christian organizations, including the Reformed Church in... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 5 Aug 2011
    ArticleWhat Would Your Ribbon Say?

    In a few short weeks, people everywhere will commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Ceremonies of remembrance will be particularly poignant here in New York where grief and loss still weigh heavy. Memories of last year’s vitriolic debate over proposed construction of a Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan... more...

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