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In the current ….

As some of the founding members and a council in service to the Ways of Council network,A people supporting, offering, and bearing witness to council and circle ways in many places and cultures,As people committed to ensuring all voices be heard and all life be respected,As part of this prayer and …

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Step Inside the Circle

Unaddressed childhood trauma changes how we respond to the world and when triggered, we make choices that sometimes have devastating consequences including domestic violence, addiction, murder and prison. I, too, would have been incarcerated had I not had the privilege and support system I lucked into. Let’s shift the paradigm …

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Call for Online Councils

In ancient Greek, a ‘corona’ was a circular ornament often made from interwoven leaves and flowers. Might this corona-virus be a loud reminder shouting into the old grid world that the Circle time is nigh? We look forward to hearing from you! Dear Community, With the current state of the …

Young Climate Activists and Two Grandmas

by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea Reposted from PeerSpirit Newsletter – October 2019   On the morning of Friday September 20, we joined about 150 islanders in a mix of grey-haired steadfastness and teenage enthusiasm marching several blocks through town from the local branches of Wells Fargo Bank to Chase …

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The Wisdom of Circles: In Conversation with John Malloy

— Originally posted on ServiceSpace Dec. 2018 As part of our Community Anchors mobious and dynamic process we have engaged in different conversations during last months! Labour of Love Values, Holding Space, Nurturing Ripples, Laddering Journeys, Engagement Spectrum… All of it and so much more! Few weeks ago we had the joy …

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Playback Theater and Council in the Middle East

Throughout 2018 the Israeli organization Together Beyond Words conducted 12 events in which a Playback Theater group of Arab and Jewish actresses performed in front of an audience on topics related to various international and national events. They addressed issues such as “Civil Rights Day,” “Unity among Residents in Israel,” …

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Trainer’s Mentoring Circle Update

September 20th Community Zoom Council About 17 of us took up this topic after offering an internal ‘climate’ report and shared in the joy and grief of facing this reality. Jack provided us with a poignant theme: “We join together in council with the intention to speak to the past …

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What about Council Today?

By Gigi Coyle and Jack Zimmerman, Spring 2018 The English word or term “council” itself has a wide variety of meanings and applications today. The dictionary’s definition is an assembly of people summoned or convened to consult, deliberate, or make decisions. A council may function as a legislature, especially at a town, city or county …

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A Talking Stick in the Senate!

With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown By NICHOLAS FANDOS JAN. 22, 2018 WASHINGTON — The ground rules were simple: Senators wishing to voice their opinion needed to wait their turn and could speak only once they had grabbed hold of a Masai tribal talking stick. As …

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Honoring James Seligman

James Seligman, the documentation responsible for films on school-based councils since 1986, and our dear friend passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 21, 2017.  He had been recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and decided to live his final days in this form with his wife Kathleen …

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Ojai Foundation Fire Report

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Ojai Foundation, Less than 48 hours ago, the evening sky promised another beautiful night of clear skies, a magnificent moon, and the delicate flickering of stars that cannot help but remind us of all the blessings of our world. And as we all know, …

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A Message from the Board: New Leadership at The Ojai Foundation

Dear friend of The Ojai Foundation, The Ojai Foundation (TOF) Board of Directors is delighted to announce new leadership and a new leadership structure at TOF. Last spring, Adam Rumack and Miriam Tassone announced that their tenure as co-executive directors of The Ojai Foundation was coming to a close. Both stayed …

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Circles and Spirals

Circles and spirals are everywhere, in the ground we walk, the air we breathe, in the ice crystals of every glacier, in the river eddies and the ocean waves, in the waters inside and out of our very own bodies, our blood, and in the fire that burns slowly into …