Making Art With a Network Mindset

A network of artists doesn't look like what you might think of when you say networking. For Tasai, it's right there on our front page, under the heading Connection. What kind of connection? Well, not like LinkedIn. Not networking. It’s face to face and intimate,...

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Art For The Art-curious

Everyone is asking you to be creative, but you don’t feel very creative. “I need some art in my life,” you think to yourself. But art is kind of incomprehensible, intimidating even. First, if you’re a human being, you *are* creative. Second, you *do* need more art in...

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Good grief!

I wrote a book about lament, so I might be a bit biased, but I find grief and lament turning up a lot lately as important antidotes to many of the diseases of our modern western culture, not the least of which is a severe deficit of meaning.

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Ecologies of Meaning

That’s why, when you scratch under the surface of the shiny happy condo marketing version of Vancouver, you find people who operate within progressive well intentioned organizations that in turn operate within a progressive well intentioned cultural ethos and yet find themselves a jittery jumble of tenuous identities, their days marked with fragmentation, busy-ness, and to a great extent, loneliness.

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A still and graceful peace

With all the bullshit going on in the world right now, the fact that a roomful of adults stood transfixed for even a few moments in this still and graceful peace while beauty unfolded before our very eyes…it just makes me hopeful. Can’t help it. It just does.

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Scotty and the 1300 Year Old Temple

All organizations, of course, make adjustments to the design of their organizational structures while underway. Usually they’re pragmatic hands on Scotty-in-the-engine-room-one-part-duct-tape-one-part-genius adaptations in response to the gap between intention and reality.

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Anxiety Factories and a Useful Un-usefulness

If organizations—even organization arrayed around social entrepreneurship and conscious capital—really want to help create the world we all want, they had better start taking to artists. Why? Precisely because of artist’s tenacious capacity to insist on being human.

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Jean Vanier on Being Human

A friend of mine invited me to spend some time filming Jean Vanier at the L'Arche community north of Paris. It was like being with Gandalf; Vanier was tall and white of beard, he made tea for us, he was gentle and wise and, with an awe inspiring intensity, fiercely...

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Welcome to the Giant Hairball

What did you miss at last Friday’s ONExONE? Here’s some of where the conversation went, with extra musings thrown in at no extra charge.

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Remembering the Future

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope." ~ Thomas Merton A friend posted...

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Craftmanship, kintsugi and Herbert Dreyfus

What if, as I walk through my city, I were to see it through a kintsugi lens? What if skill, as the Dreyfus quote below asserts, meant something? What would it mean to live skillfully in the city, having developed a heart to take good care of things?

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