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A Happier New Year: A Note From Our Executive Director

“Happy New Year!” may ring hollow for some of you this year. In light of the overwhelming  dourness of our political, cultural, and environmental condition, the sunny disposition of this banal greeting may come off as an affront. “Happy New Year? Are you kidding?”

If this is how you are feeling, let me cheer you up with some stories of community and hope: The Community Lovers Guide. Scroll through this website, and you will see a wonderful menagerie of ways people are coming together to create a world rooted in strong communities of place: Tool banks, community kitchens, pop-up stores, cooperatives, and more. Are you inspired yet?

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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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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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