Thinking, fast and slow: two systems, two species

Two systems System 1 – automatic, fast; System 2 – effortful, slow. System 1 is “the stranger in you”, which controls much of what we do, although we are seldom consciously aware of its activities. It provides the impressions that often turn into our beliefs, and is the source of……

Hypocrisy

Rewrote the Wikipedia entry on Hypocrisy with some expert friends in 2014. It’s been the stable version for over a year, so I’m rerewriting it this week, with the help of people who know what they’re talking about (sorry: who know about what they talk). Hypocrisy  …

Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

Suppose that two American friends are traveling together in Italy. They go to see Michelangelo’s “David,” and when they finally come face to face with the statue, they both freeze dead in their tracks. The first guy — we’ll call him Adam — is transfixed by the beauty of the……

nanogrants for Wikipedia editors

our Demented Mother, Mila del Sol, 93, (who really does have dementia, this time) told me on Christmas Day that i was demented for not allocating funds specifically for the purpose of training “the poor” on how to improve Wikipedia. so as to Honor Our Mother (as if we had a……

nanogrants to end systemic bias in Wikipedia

thank you for helping us end systemic bias and gender bias in Wikipedia you do not have to be an officially recognized organization to qualify you do not even have to be an organization just please let us know, using the form below, which do-gooders on this list https://twitter.com/LeoRomero/lists/do-gooders/members, or friends+family on this……

Best practice malpractice

First in our Best practices in Community Empowerment series. I was asked to prepare a presentation for the “Someone’s Done That Already: the Best Practice of Using Best Practices” session of the June 2 Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp on Empowering Communities. So I got help from a few friends who know far……

إلى إخواني وأخواتي، أبناء الله To my sisters & brothers, Children of God

The Ring of The Romeros

إلى إخواني وأخواتي، أبناء الله أنا لست مسلم أتمنى لو كنت على مسلم ولكن أنا لست مسلم أنا لم تم اختيار فإن النبي لا ندعو لي أعتقد أنني أسمع صوت الله، ولكن هذا هو الصوت الذي أجدادي يعتقد انهم سمعوا عندما أحضروا الحرب على شعبك أجدادي، الذي قدم لي هذا……

Haidt: of Love

Romantic love is part ancient attachment system, part caregiving system, and part modified mating system. But it is much more than the sum of its parts. It is an extraordinary psychological state that launched the Trojan War, inspired much of the world’s best (and worst) music and literature, and gave……

Notes from Firing up the front line

Jon R. Katzenbach and Jason A. Santamaria, in Harvard Business Review For many organizations, achieving competitive advantage means eliciting superior performance from employees on the front line. McKinsey & Company and the Conference Board studied five distinct managerial paths that result in committed, high-performing frontline workers. The approach discussed in……

The Solution – from Covey, The 8th Habit

An organization’s success at the consistent delivery of outstanding service is merely the cumulative result of the contribution of each of its members. Outstanding service is just the consequence of each individual’s choice to be great at service. That’s our decision, as individual providers, to make. It’s our responsibility. And……

Building communities inside out

In distressed communities across the United States, savvy organizers and leaders are rediscovering ancient wisdom about what builds strong communities. Serious community builders have no choice but to return to basics, to the communities themselves to rediscover and mobilize the strengths, capacities, and assets within those communities. Communities can only……

5 rules of community engagement

Building strong communities is not easy. Even so, my 32-year background in community building has taught me some simple rules of engagement that still hold true today. 1. Have Fun Cesar Cala, a community activist in the Philippines and now in Calgary, told me, “The problem is those GD activists.”……

Lessons learned – Jim Diers, in Neighbor Power

I will conclude by summarizing what I have learned about community, community organizing, community initiatives, and the role of government. A neighborhood is not the same as a community. A neighborhood is a geographic area that people share, while at community is a group of people who identify with and……

Core principles of community building

Community building — the process of strengthening the ability of neighborhood residents, organizations, and institutions to foster and sustain neighborhood change, both individually and collectively — is vital to the work of Comprehensive Community Initiatives and many other community-change efforts. The belief that community residents can be agents of change,……

11 key elements in transforming public spaces into vibrant community places

Thanks to Richard Layman for pointing us to PPS, and to Bill Berkowitz for recommending the book. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public places that build communities. It has identified 11 key elements in transforming public spaces into……

Icebreakers & games for team and community building

Some free icebreaking, team-building, community-making resources and selections, mainly from nonprofits, schools, and government agencies. Some notes on when to use icebreakers, and what makes them good – from the Resource Center of the Corporation for National & Community Service (@nationalservice). “Icebreakers are often used to encourage people to open……

Capacity Inventory samples

Source: Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity | The Habitat Exchange. A. From Greyrock Commons Co-Housing Community GIFTS I CAN GIVE MY COMMUNITY GIFTS OF THE HEAD Things I know something about and would enjoy talking about with others, e.g., art, history, movies,……

“A very Intense and complex balancing act”

Excerpts from “A Very Intense and Complex Balancing Act” – a Reflection by Oakland Making Connections Coordinator Fred Blackwell via Site Stories. The local people who took on the role of coordinating the Making Connections work in the 10 sites faced a great challenge: how to pull together and be……

Project Ideas for Make a Difference Day

These projects by past Make A Difference Day honorees can inspire your brainstorm sessions for ideas on how your group can use its special services to make a difference. Also on this site: planning guides and other resources to help you turn your ideas into good deeds. TEEN GROUP LENDS……

Community Policing – Theory & Practice

from Community Change: Theories, Practice, and Evidence (pdf). Amie M. Schuck and Dennis P. Rosenbaum. Edited by Karen Fulbright-Anderson and Patricia Auspos. The Aspen Institute. The community policing era, roughly 1970 to the present, is arguably only the third period in the history of American police reform, following the political……

KaBOOM! – Empowering Neighborhoods and Restoring Play

In Empowering Neighborhoods and Restoring Play, Psychology Today columnist Peter Gray asked his readers to help him develop a proposal to build a neighborhood play and learning center “that could serve as a model that communities everywhere might emulate”. I said I’d help, and after putting in a few hours,……

KaBOOM! Playground Build in West Oakland

Some of my pictures, videos and tweets from the KaBOOM! Playground Build Day at Wade Johnson Park and the Oakland School Police HQ, Acorn & Lower Bottoms neighborhoods, West Oakland. From an introduction by Carletta Starks, one of the principal organizers of the event:  Why Wade Johnson Park: OUSD Police……