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Image of the Future Episode Three: Place is Inevitable

The Institute for Everyday Democracy is a place to exchange ideas, join in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy. Through our Image of the Future podcast, we host conversations that collectively explore ideas that prepare us for the future. Such a collective exercise is not about what we like or don’t like, nor is it about the “me” or “mine.” It is a much deeper and courageous exploration of what ought to happen.

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Ground Rules Deep Dive #8: Listen Willingly to New Information and Allow it to Change Your Mind

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

When I ride my bicycle, I scare creatures along my country route: robins fly off and cry out warnings and cows stampede in a panic attack. Noisy trucks and speeding cars, the road regulars, register no such response. When they thunder by, the creatures do not budge. But I, on my slow bike, cause alarm.

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A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff pledged a $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the pledged funding.

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Image of the Future Episode Two: Collaborative Democracy by Design

The Institute for Everyday Democracy is a place to exchange ideas, join in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy. Through our Image of the Future podcast, we host conversations that collectively explore ideas that prepare us for the future. Such a collective exercise is not about what we like or don’t like, nor is it about the “me” or “mine.” It is a much deeper and courageous exploration of what ought to happen.

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Meet Our New Intern: Fahad Aldaajani

Wondering where that heartwarming Woods at Golden Given video came from? How about the teaser trailers for the Image of the Future podcast? Those are all thanks to the talents of our new communications intern Fahad Aldaajani. Fahad joins us from the University of Washington’s CommLead program where he is earning a Master of Communications in Digital Media. He brings to Pomegranate a talent for photography, an interest in narrative filmmaking, and an openness to always learn something new–great news for us as we explore the world of podcasts!

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