Why Black Lives Matter to This White Man

Why Black Lives Matter to This White Man

August 12, 2020 By Jed Diamond, CPS Partnership Community I'm not black, but what happens to black people strikes very close to home. It’s personal for me. My wife and I adopted Angela, an African American girl, when she was 2 1/2 months old. She's 48 now and has three sons and a daughter who are all African American. For nearly fifty years, I've feared for their lives, particularly my grandsons, Deon (age 22), Derrick (age20), and Trey’Shawn (age 7). In these times of uncertainty and confusion, thoughts and feelings come together and…continue reading →
Out of a Consumer Economy’s Ashes Rises a Caring Economy

Out of a Consumer Economy’s Ashes Rises a Caring Economy

August 10, 2020 By Sydney Solis, CPS Partnership Community The word economy comes from the Greek oikonomia, which means household thrift. In other words, an economy is supposed to work for all the people, not only for the wealthy and for politically connected corporate and religious institutions. For example, giving taxpayer funded PPP loans to private corporations so people can return to work in low wage jobs is like peasants paying taxes in the bricks they make— that their King in turn uses to build their own prison with. The United States can…continue reading →
Now Is the Time to Live Our Partnership Principles

Now Is the Time to Live Our Partnership Principles

August 9, 2020 By Kendra Pink, CPS Community Five years ago, when I was first introduced to the concepts of partnership, I was firmly entrenched in the responsibilities of wife, mother, employee, and student. As I viewed my life within this new lens I was faced with an uncomfortable and humbling truth: I had been conditioned to respond to and reinforce domination across all aspects of my relationships, starting with the one I had with myself. More disconcerting was the realization that I leaned far closer to the domination style than was comfortable.…continue reading →
Vaccine Against Hate

Vaccine Against Hate

August 9, 2020 By Xosé Gabriel Vázquez, CPS Global Community This crisis is producing many facts and consequences. Among them is the race to create a vaccine to stop Covid-19 as soon as possible. It can be said that, today, it is the priority objective of humanity. Something that is logical and evident, since it is the most urgent thing at the moment. However, and above all to illustrate and/or draw attention to my vision and approach, I dare say that I am more concerned with finding an antidote to hatred among members…continue reading →
Parents These Days!

Parents These Days!

August 6, 2020 By Alice Hanscam, CPS Partnership Community Said with a huff, “Parents these days! They are doing SUCH a poor job…” Or maybe (and equally with a huff), “She should give her child some DISCIPLINE!” Or perhaps, “In MY day we knew how to make our kids behave!” And off go the adults huffing and puffing; on go the kids being anywhere from over-the-top challenging to as typical as typical can be; and there go mom and dad as they sink with embarrassment--or maybe just the opposite because their blood pressure goes up and…continue reading →
The Illness of the Domination System

The Illness of the Domination System

August 6, 2020 By Valeria Vanzani, CPS Partnership Community (Editor’s note: this post is excerpted from the author’s blog: One Step Beyond the Light Cone. For the full article in English with references, see the link below). When we talk about trauma we think only of physical and sexual violence, but at the basis of it there is, equally serious, a whole psychological violence: verbal, coercive (punishing if orders aren’t obeyed), social (excluding, discriminatory social measures, deny or threaten to deny food, healthcare and education), cultural (literature, mass media, stereotypes that justify as…continue reading →
Staying Present in Hard Places

Staying Present in Hard Places

August 6, 2020 By Betsy Small Campbell, CPS Partnership Community In March of 2020, when global borders threatened to close due to the Coronavirus outbreak, 7,500 Peace Corps volunteers were hurriedly evacuated from 61 countries. With no time to wrap up or say goodbye, they retreated along with the rest of us behind America's closed doors. It's not surprising that the news of their return hardly made a sound amid the din and anxiety of a surging global pandemic. As the uncertainty of COVID-19 converges with America's long-overdue reckoning with its systemic racism,…continue reading →
Rebirthing a Partnership Nation: Black Lives Matter

Rebirthing a Partnership Nation: Black Lives Matter

June 19, 2020 By Shannon Mannon, Co-Founder, the 3-Minute Storyteller, and Partnership Community Leader Thanks Shannon for your permission to reprint the 3MS June, 2020 newsletter post. Do you also feel like we’re living inside a cycle of epic destruction, the stuff of myths, Book of Exodus times? Black people are being murdered. Riots and looting are unfolding in the streets. Unemployment rates are soaring. A global pandemic isn’t close to being contained. All of these viruses—racism, COVID-19, inequality, poverty, white supremacy—have finally triggered our sluggish, collective immune system to respond. But life…continue reading →
How I Am Unlearning Domination and Relearning Partnership: a Personal and Cultural Journey

How I Am Unlearning Domination and Relearning Partnership: a Personal and Cultural Journey

May 26, 2020 By request we are publishing this letter anonymously. Thank you to the author for their courage to share their story. Professor Riane Eisler's work has had a huge transformative impact on my life. I am someone who was raised in a blended dominance-partnership family and it has taken me many years of self-reflection to unlearn the toxic, parochial, tribalistic mindset that the paternal side of my family imbibed me with as a child. I was raised in a fairly conservative Chinese Singaporean home, with a father who believed that emotionally abusing me…continue reading →