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Listening to Autism: From Awareness to Communion

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Contopulos

I have grown weary of the word "awareness." It connotes a kind of distant observation; a somewhat disengaged knowledge of rather than communion or relationship with.

Faces of a Failed War

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Contopulos

We will only change our policies and our attitudes when we open ourselves up to the stories of those affected by addiction and recognize the true human cost of decades of failed strategy.

Threads in a Blanket: Creativity and Healing in the Face of Violence

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Vanessa Contopulos

A small group of artists and leaders in the field of peacebuilding came together to reflect on the roots of compassionate presence. As they shared their stories, I was struck by the way artists shine a light on what might be, even in the midst of bleak violence.

My 6-Year-Old Teacher

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Contopulos

From the beginning of our time together, Isabel moved my heart deeply. Without spoken language, she communicated through her eyes, the slight lifting of the corner of her mouth to form a little smile, and with movements of her tiny fingers.

Hope in a Human Story

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Vanessa Contopulos

It turns out that we all have a lived experience of mental illness touching our lives, whether it is personally or though someone we love. It is in the courage to share our journeys that we are able to transform our pain and our struggle into a blessing, a human connection, and a shared path.