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The Barbarism of Power in the Workplace and the Evolutionary Nature of Trust

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.14.2016 | Business
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Companies often talk to their employees about teamwork and building relationships, yet suffer from a lack of collegiality in the workplace. Organizations rely on their people to be explicitly united in a common purpose, toward a common goal and to respect each other's abilities to work toward that purpose.

25 Years of Success and Mistakes

Pioneers for Change | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I started Common Purpose when I was 29, I am now 57! Stuck with it all these years because I am as passionate about leadership and citizenship now as I was at 29.

U.S. World Cup Win: A Civic Parable for Our Time

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

As a huge soccer fan, I was ecstatic about the U.S. national team's 2-1 victory over Ghana Monday. As an American, I was struck even more by the words...

Is Social-Actualization Replacing Self-Actualization?

Chip Conley | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Chip Conley

I propose we start imagining "social-actualization" at the top of the pyramid. We're moving from an era when "rugged individualism" was foundational to how we defined success to an era when collaboration is essential for both personal and societal success.

Why I'm a Little Mad at Maria Shriver

Seth Matlins | Posted 08.14.2012 | Women
Seth Matlins

What's the difference between being a good woman and being a good man and being a good person? Shouldn't those of us fighting for equality speak to what makes us the same when we can?

Where Was the "Professional Left" a Year Ago?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

I don't share Robert Gibbs' outrage that the "professional left" is being too critical of President Obama. What I am outraged about is that the professional left wasn't more critical of Obama a year ago.

Why The Sierra Club No Longer Deserves Your Trust

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jane Hamsher

The Sierra Club's ability to successfully advocate for environmental causes doesn't depend on access to politicians. But they have opted for an "inside" game, and have thus dropped the ball on pressuring officials from the outside.

A New Year's Wish -- A Self-Efficacious America

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

If a person can realize dreams by setting clear goals and believing in them, why can't a city or a nation?