The only way we are going to get through this marathon of malaise, with our well-being intact, is to practice self care. “Yeah, it’s tough out there.” “No,” I say, “it’s impossible. That’s different than tough. It’s worse.” A fellow prison volunteer and I were talking about the wages for unskilled work, and how a […]
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The structure of a system, even if populated with fair-minded or generous actors can give rise to vast inequalities. For the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the gifted faculty who teach leadership at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. In particular, I find Adam Grant’s research has […]
We cannot individually grasp the whole of reality, so we need one another to figure it out. One of the most important things to do now is to learn to listen to one another. It’s so easy to get rooted in that place where what we individually see, hear, and feel are the one Truth, the […]
Vices such as boastfulness, cruelty, vulgarity, spitefulness, pettiness, dishonesty, excessive ambition, violence, and/or greed, lead me to respect a person less. I’ve been thinking about respect lately. I think people have pretty different working definitions. So maybe I’ll share, and you can add your thoughts? For me, there are different kinds of respect. And I […]
Educated enough to be comfortable. Comfortable enough to care more about decency than money. I was as surprised as anyone about the outcome of the election. I should have seen the clues. I’m from rural America, Pennsylvania, the Keystone state. In our monthly pilgrimage there, we drive through a lot of small towns, and almost […]
In a recent meeting held by SURJ-Boston (Stand Up for Racial Justice) and the Boston Anti-Racism Knapsack group, we talked about all the laws and practices that have led to structural racism throughout our history. This is the list we came up with collectively; it is not exhaustive. From a systems thinking point of view it is quite impressive. […]
Systems thinking tools focus on cause and effect relationships that together drive the behavior of things we care about over time. Profits are just one of those things. This blog is part three in a several part series on Incarceration & Health. Below are links to the three previous blogs in this series: Part I: A […]
This blog is part three in a several part series on Incarceration & Health. Here are links to the two previous blogs in this series: Part I: A Lifelong Sentence Part II: Families Repeating Patterns Preface I welcome your comments. On this topic, I am groping in the dark. I opted to publish this before editing […]
In February 2016, at the request of the Minnesota Dept. of Health, a diverse group of about 30 people met in Minnesota to talk about the relationships between incarceration and health. In the previous blog, Part I, we discussed the more direct relationships between health and the people in prisons and jails in the US. The group also […]
In February 2016, I traveled with some ReThink Health colleagues to St. Paul Minnesota where Jeanne Ayer, the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Health, and Dana Farley had convened about ~30 people to talk about the connections between Health and Incarceration. Using a set of group thinking tools to shift the way we usually talk and […]
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