What does the nation-state do for us, anyway?

Syria has dissolved into a nightmare we are nearly powerless to help, and the US elected a racist, rapist, reality-star in an effort to return to an imaginary past. The [ read more brave ]

Humbling Hospitality Experiences

1) I once held a focus group with women in rural Tajikistan, to learn about the increasing hunger and food insecurity. The women told terrible, desperate stories, of burning fruit trees [ read more brave ]

the bravest people I’ve ever known lived in autocracies

We can all tell a good story, but the truth is that most of the time being brave is optional. We can live a perfectly happy and acceptable life by [ read more brave ]

palm tree in smog


Development people write a lot about failure. We have to take risks, and accept failure. You’re not innovating enough if you never fail. You have to fail to find the [ read more brave ]

photo of Feyisa Lilesa

Brave Olympians past and present

Feyisa Lilesa, an Ethiopian athlete who risked his life to draw attention to Ethiopia’s Oromo rights movement. More on Oromo rights here.  Peter Norman, the Australian athlete who sacrificed his [ read more brave ]

what you can control

  This is pretty amazing. Said Ahmed, a New Zealand resident of Egyptian descent, runs a kebab shop in Christchurch. Last Saturday, he was targeted by as armed robber with [ read more brave ]

Read This: Rachel Barenblatt on yearning

If revelation can flow at any time, what can we do to cultivate receptivity, to attune our psycho-spiritual antennas to that broadcast? The best tool I know for cultivating receptiveness [ read more brave ]

Recommended Reading

Everyone should read this devastating article on the people struggling to provide medical care in Syria. Between the regime, the rebels, the Russians, the Iranians, ISIS and the Kurds, there [ read more brave ]

Hate is a system

Samantha Field has this to say about the Orlando attack: Believing that I don’t have the right to exist exactly as I am is hatred. Fighting against my civil rights [ read more brave ]

Anders Kompass is Brave

Anders Kompass ended a thirty-year career with the UN because he saw children being abused and would not let it stand. Kompass was a senior UN official – field operations director at the [ read more brave ]