Announcing Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future by Riane Eisler and Douglas P. Fry Check It Out
Thank you for the rich content of your piece and the great work you are doing!
Great writing! The caring economy is indeed significant in the contributions to our social and cultural wellbeing. GDP is so bogus as a measure of national economic “success” because it’s rigged to ignore carbon costs or the very real cost to human lives from production of weapons of mass destruction. We need more weapons of mass Instruction! Indeed, I share your hurt for the attacks on education over the past 10 years. If we are to survive this war on education, we must go underground, to foster and care for communities of people working to better this world; regardless of the destructive ramblings of the uneducated, corporately corrupt, political puppets.
Riane, I’ve just read your report, I think it is excellent! But it’s a long range plan. How can we put that into motion fast enough to address the urgency of climate change?
That’s really shwrde! Good to see the logic set out so well.
It seems many of us have been shown this same vision. The Human Family being made of two wings-male and female-and the need of these two wings to be balanced and working together in order for the Human Family to fly. To see from above solutions we can’t see here on the ground.
Dianne Eister, I came across your name yesterday in the book by Martianne Willianson, Healing the American Soul. The page I’ve read for years. The need of the Native American Voice to heal our country. I am so glad you are doing what you’re doing. This center sounds wonderful!
I married a full-blood Tlingit in 1963 and am now as red as I am white. The red and white within me more at peace. Why I call myself Pink Eagle. It only takes a tiny bit of red to make white pink.
I AM A PENN MAPP GRAD (’16) TEACHING IN A LAW SCHOOL AND INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE BUT CANNOT ATTEND AT THE TIMES INDICATED. WHAT ALTERNATIVES ARE THERE? THANKS.
I’m so excited about this interview series, and deep thanks to Riane for being my keynote speaker!
Greetings from London
My name is Carina Coen I would like to share with you my eco mythology educational fantasy novel
“Sylvie’s Wish” as I believe story telling has a unique way of opening people’s minds and hearts as to how we can heal the complex issues facing our environment and how to love ourselves and change the economy into a Caring Economy. I am truly inspired by these wise women coming together and want to share my work with you. I only have my book in physical form printed on recycled algae with bio degradable inks and now available in my local library as I feel immeadiate community and those around you is the right place to start to share this important message about the divine feminine.
I am a veteran Brazilian writer and journalist, and have been an admirer of
Riane Eisler in the last 20 years, at least. But I dont know if there is any movement here in Brazil interested in propalling her ideas. Please inform me about this. I propose to do this job and, at your request, I´ll send more information about my career and my possibilities. I won the ESSO Prize of Journalism in 1980 , when I was working in Folha de São Paulo.
My heartfelt congratulations – so well deserved!!
Thanks for all you do for a better, more benign and peaceful world – I feature your stuff from time to time at the social media we manage at TFF.
Also congratulations to the 30th anniversary of that classical book – that you introduced to so many in Copenhagen when we met for the first time.
I wish you every strength and good health – the Western world is in deep crisis and the US Empire will fall. One must hope without more violence – and thereafter it will be a better world for us all, a cooperating world and not a confrontation/dominance/militarist world.
When I first read The Chalice and the Blade in the early 1990’s I thought to myself, “She is describing my lived experience of the United States’ domination-filled health care system!” Riane’s cultural transformation theory gave me a language to call out the domination behaviors and a template for building a better system based on partnership.
Congratulations on 3o years of building a better future!
-Teddie Potter, Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies
The Chalice and the Blade was instrumental in supporting my initially timid beliefs about leaning toward Partnership and away from systems of Domination. Because of Riane’s research, I have been able to introduce concepts of cultural transformation into many areas of my professional career. The Chalice and the Blade provided the foundation for my “heart work” — the creation of safe, healing community-based camps for child survivors of sexual abuse. I doubt that the camp program would continue today without Riane Eisler’s clear vision of transformative Partnership systems. The Chalice and the Blade is a tremendous gift to the world. Congratulations, Riane, on 30 years of commitment, dedication, and transformation!
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Impressive work by CPS.
Indeed SWEI is a much better indicator of growth with equality and prosperity.
I am running an NGO here in Malaysia, wish to be linked directly to CPS for future works in Malaysia on SWEI and Partnership Studies.
Professor Hasan Bin Mad,
Thank you for your comment on the post “A new economy that recognizes the value of care: 2018 Futures Congress”. You might also refer to the Caring Economy Campaign’s website on SWEIs: http://caringeconomy.org/newindicators/
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thank you for your wonderful research David! It is informing a great deal of my work on Masculinity and the dominator system
If the paradigm shift is happening now (and it is!) it is in no small part because of the seeds of partnership thinking Riane has been planting for decades, tirelessly, with extraordinary grace and courage. Thank you, Center for Partnership Studies and thank you Riane!
Wow, well done dear Antonella, what a wonderful accolade. Well deserved.
Antonella Riem and her latest book undisputedly deserve the inaugural prize
Congratulations, Antonella! Well deserved!
Great news, Antonella!
Well deserved prize! More to come….
-Jaydeep Sarangi, Kolkata
hy ami I not surprised!! Cingratulation plus plus – more than well deserved!!
The warmest congratulations, Antonella.
A wonderful achievement Antonella, a fitting accolade among many others in a career studded with the fruits of close literary critical study, ground-breaking and innovative research and sheer initiative and resilience.
Well deserved recognition for a long-standing research activity and dissemination in the field of Partnership Studies. Congratulations!
Thank you, Antonella, for having involved so many of us in this area of research and practice.
Yessss!!!! Well deserved indeed. Brava Antonella!!!
Good stuff indeed, congrats. Antonella is much deserving in spreading Partnership Studies in this part of Europe and wider.
I’m excited by all I’ve read of this. I’m looking for current access to classes etc. for 2018.
Dear Antonella, You have been so innovative and generous in your scholarship- huge congratulations on being awarded this international prize. Just the right kind of reward and visibility to promote your further research and publications!
We are proud of you! Your prize brought rain here in Kolkata.
My wishes and love,
Dear Antonella, a truly fitting acknowledgement of your scholarship, mastery of your subject and linguistic competence. .Heartiest congratulations his recognition of your academic excellence.
Congratulations! Well deserved indeed!
Congrats (well deserved)!!! And thank you for offering me the opportunity to learn about all this.
Great news! Well deserved prize.
You inspire us.
Light and love from Kolkata!
My warmest congratulations to you Antonella for this amazing award which you well deserve after years of hard work and sincere conviction in the importance of partnership studies. Thank you for encouraging many of us to be part of your group.
I just began a #MeToo men’s group with the purpose of connecting men’s hearts and emotions to both their perpetrations and the ways in which they have been perpetrated against. What I am learning is astounding. These men are sharing how they have been abused by both men and women as well as the ways in which they have been abusive of others. My focus is on moving past the perpetrator/victim paradigm and into the human experience and expression of dominance and violence. I teach my anger management as well as my Five Steps to Exquisite Partnership. If you are interested in knowing more about my work, let me know.
Congratulations Antonella. Well done and a timely reward for all your work internationally.
I am sending my deeply felt congratulations on the well deserved prize you have been awarded!
My congratulations to Professor Antonella! I’m delighted to know that her remarkable, creative, and tireless work in these areas is being recognised so appropriately.
As someone whose work she has invited to appear in “Simplegadi” and as someone who has read her work on the goddess, I have experienced working with her an witnessing her work as a breath of fresh air as well as gifted.
Vivissime congratulazioni Antonella. Carissima ed amatissima Maestra.
Vermiglia rifulgenza un dì mi travolse.
Dimora del nome dell’animo mio smarrito.
Fucina di uno spirito che affannata rincorrevo.
Nitido mi parve allor cammino,
libera l’impervia strada,
soave la fatica dell’attesa.
Mi nominasti Dea.
E riconobbi il mio segreto nome.
Velato in una spira.
Ti nominai Madre.
E riconobbi il tuo segreto nome.
Avvolto in una crocchia di Lupa.
Dear Vironica Monet, as a woman of Wits (womankind in transitions) in tandem with Mits . . . i.e. Men in Transitions in Fits . . i.e. Families in Transtions . . . in Partnership with the phenomenal mentoring of the Center for Partnership Studies . . I commend your contribution to the #me to initiative and would to share with you some of my elderwize womanly wizedom .
You can connect with me via firstname.lastname@example.org and/or by phone via 919-676-1473 in Raleigh NC
Dear Antonella, congratulations!
Well deserved prize for all your energy in spreading Partnership Studies with experimental and inter-disciplinary approach. Your work is enlightening!
So excited to see this movement to get Riane some coverage! I’ll share this with friends nd colleagues!
Congratulations Antonella! Great recognition-well done xx
Congratulations Antonella! super deserved prize for your great work!
1) My Museum Curator, Gayle O’Hara, suggested I read The Real Wealth of Nations which leads to:
2) no mention of the Bahá’í Faith where wars cease with gender equality;
3) no mention of Matriarchal Societies, try China and Indonesia;
4) how, suddenly, Y chromosomes disappear in Communist China and Saudia Arabia;
5) infanticide data must specify 10% male, 1% male?
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Well-deserved recognition dear Antonella. Australian literature and indeed world literature has attracted a wonderful critical talent in you. Wishing you many more years of productive and insightful work.
Wonderful article! Thank you, Sharon, and all good fortune for your Congressional campaign! We need leaders like you in office!
(Lauren, please note Sharon is not currently running for office) -AA
Thank you Brie for your wonderful energy, mentorship and wisdom holding the hearts and minds of these audiences of boys and girls — they are the next generation of Partnership leaders!
Greetings! I’m especially pleased to see this student presentation video here, one of the more inspired I’ve recorded in the classroom. This team was from my least “academic” class last year. Nonetheless, at points through the year each member of this team produced at least one top essay. To have them all working together on this team, and on this topic, was pretty special.
One compelling point about this video is the partnership values these kids demonstrate in their presentation. Though not as smooth and professional as kids in an honors class would be, this diverse team shows a cohesive collaboration in their presentation. They show a commitment to the common good. And they show a clear willingness to stand up for the rights of one another’s cultures.
What partnership elements of the course and my teaching would you guess set them up to create this presentation?
Pls include specific tips on HOW to ensure that public events, such as nonprofit events or school-oriented events, are more inclusive?
If women would rule the world we would have NO wars!
very much interested in how women can save the world through empathy, collaboration and partnership with existing patriarchy!!
i want to have access to all or some of product and material you are producing.
My message “disappeared” before I had finished. I was writing to respond to your posting and I wonder: Did my incomplete regarding conversation on how to promote cross-pollinate between Riane’s Partnership/Domination model and anti-racism work reach you.
I am an over 60 woman living in Brooklyn, NY. Can you tell me if there are any groups near me where I can participate in promoting partnership programs for the needs of women in my age group?
For the past 26 years we have known you Riane And partnered many times in the empowering women and girls, especially through the books that you’ve been part of that our Teen Talking Circles Project has produced, especially Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun, which can now be only purchased on Amazon but sold 50,000 copies 💪🏿 and is still as relevant today. In all the years that I have been leading girls circles, I have been enriched by knowing you and your work. Thank you so much For being one of our very first advisers. You are booked the chalice and the blade was Seminole in my own education. It would be wonderful to get in touch with you again And I very much look forward to connecting with the Ashanti And learning about his work with men and boys. And to connect with all of the organizations that are supporting this.
Thank you for your lovely comment; I’ll pass it on to Riane and also to Brie Mathers.
Hola Buenas tardes!
Cómo me sumo a esta propuesta ” Aprendizaje a ritmo propio”?
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Will this speech be webcast or recorded for those unable to attend?
I don’t know the answer to your question—contact the BISC-MI conference organizers: email@example.com
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Miki I love everything you write about the questions we need to ask to move forward from a patriarchal system. EXCEPT. EXCEPT. WHY OH WHY does the word feminist need to be in there? The very word itself is separation. Implies duality in the existence of its antonym: masculine. Men suffer horribly from the inequalities fueled and perpetuated by the system termed patriarchy. The word patriarchy too sows angry resentful feelings …blaming, yes blaming, men for the injustices in the world. And what I am hearing is that people feel RIGHTEOUS about accusing men because there is a word naming the cause – and once named, making it real.
If love to just talk about people. Us. All of us. So that those walls that words have -and are- creating can become wide open windows onto togetherness and abundance.
I really would love to hear what comes up for you as you read this.
With care, Cathie from Cyprus
Thanks for your article, Amber! In my opinion, we women don’t need to fill “every seminary, pulpit, synagogue, mosque, and temple”… as if we needed to “conquer them” and win the battle. We just need to abandon these patriarchals religions forever. I did. Firstly, it’s very unlikely that they change their mind because, for them, it’s God’s word that men have the authority over women. Bible says so. Apostle Paul said so. Women must remain silent. Period! …And, anyway, they are not “the truth” they claim to be. So, who cares? I understood this perfectly after reading The Chalice and the Blade. They are just religions born from these domination models, and there’s no reason for us as women to stay or endorse them anymore.
I think the Bible was on theoretical stories gathered by mostly men to judge all humanity.
Absolutely wonderful. I would really be delighted to do a study together with you in India . Much believe and practice this but the climb is arduous
Thank you for your feedback!
please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or through Lake Erie Institute
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Couldn’t not share this post which goes around my circles.
With any luck all the comments will be attached — for interesting reading.
I’ve fixed the social media links. Thanks for your comment – great Facebook image!
How exciting to see the noted feminist and writer, Riane Eisler and her husband David Loye (note David Loye’s name has an “e” at the end) to see their images in a light show celebrating their contributions to the world of balance and sense with their writings!
Thank you for publishing my story!
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Thank you for writing, Melanie.
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This is important, but I find it hard to believe that the impact upon a child of a clear and conscious divorce, particularly from an untenable situation to a better one, would be the same or even close as the impact of violent sexual assault on a child. They lump everything in together, does the data differentiate at all?
Michelle, I’m inclined to agree with you. The original study was done of people who were born in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, so we’re talking about divorces that happened prior to the 1970’s. There was a lot of stigma on divorced parents then; it seems likely that maternal poverty after the divorce was a near guarantee, and it’s even possible that the divorce back then functioned as a proxy measure for abuse, addiction or mental illness that a child growing up in the home didn’t realize. Humans live a long time, so longitudinal studies are really difficult. It would be interesting to recreate the study with a cohort of adults who were born in the 90’s, when divorce was destigmatized and was often done in ways meant to minimize the impact on children. There would be less information about the rates of some diseases that the original study was able to capture, based on the age of the study participants, but there could still be some useful information. I’m not an expert on divorce research, but last I knew the evidence was starting to build that the impact of divorce can me minimized for children, hopefully to the point that it doesn’t rise to the level of an ACE.
Wendy Silvers has eloquently distilled the way of an awakened mother or parent. Think this one’s going on the fridge. ❤️
“Family dynamics that are patriarchal simply get continued.” Yes, for sure-what is done to you, you usually do, too. But what is it about some of us that drives us to be different? I’m still trying to figure this out.
Thank you for writing!
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I loved this! Wendy is so wise and I am definitely going to follow her advice with my very sensitive 11 year old son.
Feb 11. 2019
Say, a friend just sent me this link to an interview from Freakonomics Radio. I suggest that CPS contact the radio show to propose that an interview with Riane Eisler and the Caring Economy Campaign would be a very good idea. In the show Andrew Yang, a man in his early 40s who I have never heard of, makes mention of the essential work of caregiving. Riane has so much to offer to expand upon his observation.
“It’s that domination thing!” —
In the classroom children will call out when they make connections; I can imagine hearing, “There, there is domination! Humankind over Nature!” or race over race, or religion over religion, or man over man, or man over woman. Stories that propagate in the culture can be changed if recognized and called out. At home or in a classroom evidence of domination abounds in history lessons and in literature from “Cinderella” and “Last Stop on Market Street” to “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Hate U Give.”
Now, I’ve recently come to appreciate, it is just as important to guide adults as well as children to recognize and call out what seems to tie us all up into knots. When I check out any half-dozen current news stories I find myself saying, “There’s that Domination thing!”
Back to children at home and in the classroom—“Children Are The Future.” Let’s help them begin to pick out the knots and avoid them in the first place by recognizing them and calling them out.
Thank you for this posting!
(Recommending “Tomorrow’s Children.”)
Regarding, “We must ask ourselves, “How do I mirror the injustice in the world in my relationships with the children in my life?” “How can I live my life so that my actions and my beliefs are congruent?” Not just in the values I espouse, but in the small actions I take every day with those who are the least powerful in my life. We do this not just for ourselves and the children in our life but for a future world that must be different from what we see now.”
Where might we read and share our thoughts on “how do I?” “how can I?”? If I had it to do over, I would have Family Meetings and document everyone’s observations, feelings, needs, and requests. (This is what I know of Non-Violent Communication.) By everyone, I would start as soon as possible: two years of age maybe earlier. I should remember to do this when my grandkids start to get a little out-of-hand! Call for a meeting and listen TO EVERYONE! Thank you for writing this article, Teresa Graham Brett, JD, Partnership Community.
“… a fan of Riane Eisler. Her message about educating our children and their children in ways that encourage partnership rather than domination really resonates with me.” Me too!
I look forward to reading your book, Suzy Adra, CPS Partnership Community.
Thank you for writing!
How wonderfully engaging!
What strikes me is the enduring love behind the turmoil of the relationship between you and your mom.
… “We laugh.”
… “And we love her for it.”
My own feelings, and in my humble opinion–You are lucky! And, your Mom is lucky to have you.–
You both are still listening and still trying to hold on to your relationship, in different ways perhaps, but still there for each other.
Thank you for writing, Jen Taylor, Partnership Leader.
So happy to see and read Laureen Golden!
Here’s to “long” time, online friends and acquaintances!
Thank You for this excellent article and collection of networked people and ideas. This is an most perfect example of ‘calling in’ which is the necessary pendant of ‘calling out’ – an idea I recently learnt came across in the conversational webinar I attended in part (‘The story of the future’).
This resonates with our family’s experience with Jane Nelsen’s ‘Positive discipline’ that helped us get out of the power struggle we we getting into in our young family. I’m also thankful to the Learning Tree, the Montessori school who taught us so much about parenting with, for and through freedom, equality, empathy and manipulation-free love. Beautiful work, well done. Please send out more!
Thank you, Sheryl! I appreciate your words so much!
Thank you Sheryl. I am looking forward to sharing this book. It is a labor of love and also one of the most difficult things I have ever attempted to do.
Hanks’ 4 suggestions for nurturing positive change in families are outstanding. I believe these same 4 suggestions could be used to improve work life as well. Imagine working in a place where other people will be there for us, caring responses can be counted on, failure is seen as a growth opportunity and responded to with support, and individual uniqueness is celebrated and seen as an asset. Sounds transformative. “As we move away from dominator styles of family life, we can change not only our family, we can change the world.” Yes, indeed! Change yourself. Change the world.
What a moving personal narrative! I appreciate the way you connect it to Riane’s first cornerstone of Partnership Systems—Childhood and Family. I suspect you have caused every reader to reflect on their family of origin and how might heal some wounds, change some patterns of behavior.
Does this seminar offer CE credits for counseling?
CPS does not offer continuing education credits directly, but we can provide a Letter of Verification of Attendance. If you are a K-12 teacher seeking credits, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A friend posted this interview on Facebook and I’m glad I took the time to view it. I’ve never heard of the Center for Partnership Studies, nor have I heard of Riane Eisler, but now I am inspired to check out both the organization and her books.
Thank you so much to Terra and Riane for all that you do to forward the women’s movement. I’ve always been certain that if women had more power and respect in society that there would be more peace in the world.
Thank you Susan! Hope you can join us for the May 16 webinar “Partnership Negotiation: How to Be an Agent of Cultural Change Without Resorting to Domination Tactics” https://centerforpartnership.org/featured/may16webinar/
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Hello Dr Burleson—
I’m writing the final chapter of my dissertation and I’ve been able to access a preview of your dissertation on ProQuest but cannot access the entire document—are the results of your study available in a publication through the center for partnership studies? My research focuses on safety voice behaviors of medical surgical nurses from a caring science perspective and I’d love to see your results. I’ve checked amazon and the peer-reviewed databases available to me through the University of Colorado. This work is incredibly important.
Thanks for your question. Dr. Burleson’s study is not study available through CPS, but I’ve forwarded your contact info to Deeanna and she can respond to you directly.
CPS Leadership & Learning program
Kelly, You might be interested in the book Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care by Teddie Potter and Riane Eisler. Available on Amazon and in the CPS Bookstore.
Also, there are articles on Partnership in Healthcare in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies: https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/ijps
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I’ll try first here to try and connect.
Many months later and I am reading your article.
I wanted you to know about a busy group (if you don’t already know of it)— Montessori for Social Justice. You can find them online. They offer books, book lists, classes, speakers, yearly conferences. Best to you.
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Congratulations on another inspiring book!
I tried clicking the link to register and there was no place to insert my information on the resulting page.
It looks like the registration button on this page is working; it takes you to the webinar registration page: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_COfB5jaqRxiXCl_RuDnJtA
On the registration page, scroll down to the bottom, and you should see the simple form asking for your name and email. If you still have problems registering let me know and I’ll register you manually.
Sorry for any inconvenience,
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Sign me on!
The e-flyer link doesn’t work. Gives 404 error.
Thanks Amal for catching that error–the flyer link has been fixed, it is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/amfvok334go421m/SC%20fullflyer.pdf?dl=0
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Believing in the value of partnerships includes among other things, learning about history; reflecting on and working to change social justice issues; and recognizing and appreciating your own worth. We need ways to configure ourselves in order to talk with each other, listen and share, and resolve problems. This is where I find the value of learning the practice of Sociocracy. Thank you, Ted for writing here! Thank you CPS, for this platform to share and learn.
I note the mentions of Non-Violent Communication in both Riane Eisler’s work and Ted Rau’s work.
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Once again Dr. Hart illustrates the importance of prevention. She clearly identifies core cultural, family and relationship problems which are preventable with education and skills training. For more than three decades Louise has been teaching her core prevention strategies for positive parenting and healthier families, now available at her website. Thank you for publishing this article.
In bringing new proposals to a mixed group, I frequently run into the “who’s going to pay?” and “how much will it cost?” objections. These appear to be responsible, but ignore the costs of the existing systems. Admittedly, these are generalized discussions not focused on generating action solutions.
Another problem I encounter is the inertia effect of conventional, sound bite objections from those who don’t use Biocultural Partnership Dominator Lens tools for analysis and solution generation.
I get a lot of blank stares when I explain that I no longer use left/right, conservative/liberal, Republican/Democrat, etc., models any more.
It’s all part of the change process, so we keep plugging. I do appreciate these insights and will start incorporating them in my work.
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Thank you so much for this. I belong to a group of, mostly, white Boomer retirees who are struggling with this issue–what can we do to help? I’ve been trying to introduce Riane’s PR/DC model into our thinking, but it’s not a familiar topic to them. It’s magic for me, but many of my friends are retired technocrats, professionals, bureaucrats, etc., so I get to practice word economy and patience. I hope they’ll take a look at your work and get involved with it.
I am interested in possibly starting a discussion group for this book. I see a link for Discussion Questions above, but it does not work. Is there a way I can access this or other relevant resources?
Thanks for bringing this to our attention! The link is fixed–the Discussion Questions can be downloaded as a pdf. Please do keep in touch with me, Ann Amberg at email@example.com if/when you launch your Nurturing Our Humanity book group. I’d like to invite you to submit a short blog post for our Leaders Blog, reflecting your thoughts and group experience. We’d like to inspire others to start a similar book group.
Thanks, and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
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Dr. Riane Eisler, Founder and President of The Center for Partnership Studies, is the internationally acclaimed author of The Chalice and the Blade, The Real Wealth of Nations, and numerous books and articles. Visit rianeeisler.com
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