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11 Mar

The Time I Messed Up During a Negotiation

We are often scared of failure. But the truth is, there is no such thing as failure. In life, there is only feedback. We learn a great deal from our mistakes. Bernard Shaw once wrote that experience is the name we give to our mistakes. I add: I have lots of experience. And for that I am grateful, ... Read More

04 Oct

About History. About Our Times

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"History: our present. Lowered into it, we listen," writes the poet Tomas Transtromer. My good friend Laura Simms, a wonderful and transformative storyteller, sent me Transtromer's poem About History. It enchanted me and it put me in a state of trance. Though written in the 1960s, I believe, the ... Read More

27 Sep

The GULD Conference in New York

It doesn't happen every day to be on a panel and have Harry Belafonte sitting in the front row, listening to you. I had this honor last Thursday at the "Grow Up Locked Down" conference. An extraordinary and unique 3-day event organized by The Gathering for Justice and her visionary executive directo ... Read More

03 Sep

Going Back to Work…

"How do you mentally prepare to go back to work?" a friend asked me early this morning. Today I return to Rutgers University in Newark after my sabbatical. I will step into the classroom and meet my new students. Today we kick off the fall semester, and for many of my students it will be the beg ... Read More

27 Jul

The Power of Mindful Listening

I am often asked this question: how come that guerrilla fighters, paramilitary leaders and gang members sit down with you and confess to you?  More often than not, I respond with a smile and a gentle shrug of the shoulders, but over the past few weeks, as I was designing a new training in effect ... Read More

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