Update from Brie Mathers: Partnership Next Generation

Update from Brie Mathers: Partnership Next Generation

January 17, 2019 Brie Mathers, Founder of Love the Skin You’re In, is a member of the Speaker's Bureau for the Center for Partnership Studies and an ambassador for CPS' "Partnership Next Gen" program. Who's Holding Your Inner Talking Stick? Last Saturday 20 moms and middle school-aged daughters climbed the stairs that run along the side of our house and poured into the front door. For the next seven hours an inaugural mother/daughter retreat came to life—Love the Skin You're In partnered with Amy Ahlers’ Inner Mean Girl/Inner Wisdom project—and my living room…continue reading →
4 Ways to Create Partnership Families

4 Ways to Create Partnership Families

by Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW, CPS Partnership Leader If every child grew up in a home where partnership was practiced, the world would be transformed. That is my vision, and I’m on a mission to help families develop partnership patterns and shed the shackles of domination that have formed rigid family roles. I want all people to see themselves as important caregivers in the lives of others, as creators of their lives, and as crucial leaders in the larger world. I want children to feel connected to themselves and others, to…continue reading →
Be yourself … a perfectly, imperfect awakened mother

Be yourself … a perfectly, imperfect awakened mother

by Wendy Silvers, CPS Partnership Community My daughter, Joie-May, who turns 18 in a few weeks, created this wise graphic when she was 8 years old. Isn't this insightful? I just love the simplicity of her illustration and the clarity and declaration of her message! Whoever said, wisdom is wasted on the young, certainly didn't spend much time empowering these amazing beings. It is incredible to behold their natural intelligence and authenticity bloom. A child who is loved at the very depth of their being, just for being, grows into a healthy, conscious adult…continue reading →
The joy of intergenerational connection

The joy of intergenerational connection

Young children naturally practice the caring reciprocity of Partnership family and community relationships by Suzanne Jones, CPS Partnership Community A couple of decades ago, I read about research conducted on the development of male/female roles in children. I was surprised to read that at the pre-school level, ages 3 and 4, differences in relationship interactions and social values between children (males and males and females and females) were already surfacing. For example, as I recall, males would often play games such as King of the Mountain, where they would gain a hierarchical position,…continue reading →
Trust the child: how the Montessori philosophy reflects Partnership values

Trust the child: how the Montessori philosophy reflects Partnership values

by Sheryl Morris, CPS Partnership Community “... what human beings so passionately want and need: the fulfillment of truly loving and equitable intimate relations based on mutual respect, caring, and trust.” ––Riane Eisler, Sacred Pleasure One reason Riane Eisler’s messages resonate with me so strongly is the connection I also have with the Montessori early childhood teaching philosophy and the influences from voices in the broader arena of “holistic” education. I envision more partnerships forming between the various holistic-based education systems, such as Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio, etc.; one basic tenet of these approaches…continue reading →
Patterns of a Domination System: the real impact of intergenerational trauma

Patterns of a Domination System: the real impact of intergenerational trauma

By Melanie Blow, CPS Partnership Community It’s been twenty years since the Centers for Disease Control discovered that childhood trauma, like abuse or neglect, dramatically increased survivors chances of dying of 7 of America’s 10 leading causes of death. The Adverse Childhood Experiences study demonstrated that children who survive any type of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), experience neglect (physical or emotional), witness domestic violence, depend on an addicted or severely mentally ill caregiver, experience a parent’s incarceration, or endure parental divorce, abandonment or death are more likely to experience impaired mental health, physical…continue reading →
True Partnership

True Partnership

By Gaylen Curtis, CPS Partnership Community As a divorce attorney, I have a front row view into broken marriages. And unlike our own relationships, being inside of someone else's relationship lends itself toward an objective perspective. From this perspective, for me, it is clear what brings marriages to an end and informs about what works in marriage and what doesn't. It would seem obvious that before a person creates a business, or before a city becomes a city or a state becomes a state, some organizing agreement or principle would be put into…continue reading →
The International Yehudi Menuhin: intercultural dialogue and social justice through the arts

The International Yehudi Menuhin: intercultural dialogue and social justice through the arts

By Marianne Poncelet, CPS Global Partnership Community I had the great honour to meet Yehudi Menuhin in 1991 through one of my fairy tales, for which he kindly wrote a preface (« Romuar, a child from the earth and from the sky »). Together we created the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels, Belgium, to contribute actively to intercultural dialogue and societal inclusion through the creative arts, by enabling co-creation and exchange of emerging musicians and artists, including from lesser-known minorities and by promoting and implementing the use of the creative arts to educate children…continue reading →
Women, Power and That Thing We Do

Women, Power and That Thing We Do

December 2018 By Terrie Lupberger, CPS Partnership Community Power. It’s a word that conjures up lots of mixed feelings – confusion, anger, desire, fear, misunderstanding, etc. In my work with women leaders, I find it’s a concept that continues to trip us up. The confusion is understandable. Up until now, we’ve primarily had masculine role models of leadership to emulate and aspire to.  We’ve pursued goals and accomplishments based mostly on external measures of success and in a win-lose paradigm. We’ve had to hide parts of ourselves to play the game and get…continue reading →
The Equal Rights Amendment: what you didn’t know

The Equal Rights Amendment: what you didn’t know

December, 2018 by Sandy Oestreich, CPS Partnership Community Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment is not yet fully a part of the U.S. Constitution? The National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance and hundreds other ERA organizations nationwide are and have been for almost 100 years at fairly steady work to amend the U.S. Constitution since the ERA was first written in 1923 to guarantee that women and girls are treated equally with men and boys in the U.S.A.  It's important — now more than ever — for the U.S. government to state…continue reading →