Engagement, Community, and Movement

This post explores the intersections of engagement, community and movement. In February, I participated in a drop-in class of  InterPlay, one of the three modalities I am exploring on my sabbatical.  When I attended the class, in its headquarters in Oakland, CA, I was still honing in on the essence of my research questions so I didn’t…

Incorporating Movement to support Human Capital

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”  — Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind I am in the beginning of this learning so its all about the art of the possible at this stage. This post looks at applying movement-based approaches to address human capital issues. In looking at a…

The Body as a Lens for Accelerated Communication

The focus of my curiosity right now is on body-based approaches for accelerated communication in a group and group problem solving. Some colleagues asked last night: what does body-based mean? Embodiment seems to be establishing itself as a field, albeit fledgling and rapidly evolving. There is no one website  I can link you to. Using the…

Push Pull, Flowing into the Unknown

After 2 months of transitioning people into my job responsibilities and leaving to pursue an independent research sabbatical, I find myself smack dab in the midst of the unknown – no schedule, no structure, no playbook for right now. My relationship to the unknown can be a key determinant of wellness or anxiety right now….

Information has a shape

I was very fortunate to have a friend my senior year of high-school, now an architect, who dragged me to Art Club, looked me in the eye and said, “Everyone can draw” and left me with some pencils and paper. I am grateful for the connection because as a solitary, meditative activity, it provided a source of…

Traffic lights and implosion

This is a post-script to my traffic light post. I shared the  story earlier this summer while participating in RISD’s Institute for Design and Public Policy. It turns out the notion of taking the traffic light out of its context, from a corner in Fairfax, VA to a corner in Delhi, India to gain insights is…

Intersections, diversity and governance

  Stopped at a traffic light, a man in his car perpendicular to me on the right came out cautiously even after the light turned green for him. I had been glancing at him earlier trying to gauge his body language and glean information on whether the light had changed on his side or not. This tells you…

Embracing the problem, you solve it.

Two weeks ago, a friend told me a story about her husband building a squirrel feeder. She described how he sits back and watches the squirrels feeding on one feeder and the birds feeding on another when it hit me. “Wait a minute,” I said, “are you telling me that as a result of having…