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Stephen H. Dinan
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Stephen H. Dinan is an author, marketing strategist, speaker, and entrepreneur, who is currently developing a new company called The Shift Network. He most recently created the Shift in Action media membership program, which serves more than 10,000 globally. He is the co-founder of the Summer of Peace , as well as a major contributor behind the launch of more than a dozen for-profit, non-profit and political groups.

Stephen is also the author of Radical Spirit: Spiritual Writings from the Voices of Tomorrow. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and holds a master's in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has studied many systems of personal growth and facilitated workshops for over twelve years.

Stephen directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute's Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. Stephen recently completed a new book bridging spirituality and politics entitled Sacred America: The Next Evolution of Our Country. His published articles can be viewed at www.stephendinan.com. He is available for speaking engagements and marketing consulting. Contact: stdinan "at" gmail.com

Entries by Stephen H. Dinan

Learning to Turn the Wheels of Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Even though I consider myself an engaged citizen and active participant in politics, I had never been to visit one of our elected officials' Washington, DC offices.

That's partially because something felt intimidating about it. The powerful debates of Congress that do so much to shape our future both domestically...

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The Path to Healing in the Middle East

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 10:13 PM

If you've ever been in a fight with a loved one, you know that in the heat of the moment we can say and sometimes do quite damaging things, even to those we love most.

Our bodies and brains are geared to respond to a fight with aggressive self-protection and...

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President Obama: Do No Harm

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:14 PM

In medicine, the first principle is to do no harm. That's because in the course of treating disease, there are many things that can go wrong. Over-treating disease can lead to more harm than good, even killing the patient.

The "do no harm" principle is enshrined in the practice of...

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From Newtown to a New World: Turning Death into Rebirth Through Planetary Unification

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 4:03 AM

Over millennia, ancient cultures honed the recipe for helping humans transform from one stage of life into another. They enacted potent, even dangerous, rites of passage for their youths to become full adults through the facing of death, a descent into the trials of darkness, and the rebirth into a...

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A Prayer for Poland

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2010 | 6:53 PM

Dear God,

The souls of Poland's leaders have now returned to you. We offer our deepest prayers for their safekeeping and our heartfelt gratitude to them for the noble ways in which they served their country and humanity.

We all know that life includes death and that tragedies may be...

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Declare A Summer of Health, Mr. President

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 5:52 PM

Dear Mr. President,

With health care reform stalled, I encourage you to look more deeply at the issue of American health and see that you have the capacity to create profound progress in that area, regardless of the politics of new legislation right now. Reliable sources say that 75% of...

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Speak to the Soul of America, Mr. President

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 10:50 AM

Dear Mr. President,

Since taking office, I've noticed a decided turn in your use of language, shifting from the more aspirational, unifying, and visionary language of the campaign to the more nuts-and-bolts language of policies and interests.

I think that shift has been a mistake, for it undermines what I...

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Get Out of Bed With the Bankers, Mr. President

(18) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Mr. President,

The signal from Massachusetts' special election is clear: a major course correction is required to move forward your agenda over the next three years.

The first order of business is to pour your heart and soul into being a clear, public champion of Main Street against the...

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It's Time for Audacity, Mr. President

(42) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 5:32 PM

Mr. President,

Let me begin by saying how much I appreciate you. Your clarity, integrity, honesty, and commitment to service are all deeply admirable. You are an extraordinarily thoughtful and noble man and we are fortunate that you have chosen to offer your considerable gifts in service to America. I...

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Dissolving the Palin Prejudice

(57) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 1:10 PM

Over Thanksgiving, I was hiking with my brother-in-law when he commented that he only knew two kinds of people: those who loved Sarah Palin and those who hated her. Nobody was in the gray zone. While I didn't consider myself a "hater," I also knew that she had triggered intense...

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Why Gay Marriage Is Important for All Americans

(12) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 4:42 PM

The California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8 in banning gay marriage is a setback not only for gay rights, but for the psychological and spiritual growth of our country. Gay marriage concerns far more than the 5-10% of our population that identifies as gay. America's deepest tradition is...

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Spreading Peace on Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 6:46 PM

Twitter's name makes it sound like it circulates only inconsequential gossip. However, its ability to propagate ideas more rapidly than any medium in history means that it can also be used for profoundly evolutionary purposes.

On Tuesday, May 19th, Deepak Chopra (@Deepak_chopra) offered a simple 88 character tweet on...

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The Next Evolution of Green

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 6:24 PM

Last Saturday night, an innovative new green iPhone application launched at an event in Hollywood entitled "The Evolution of Green: From Hype to Habit." The 3rdWhale iPhone app is a product of a partnership between two green Internet companies - 3rdWhale (which builds green apps) and Creative Citizen...

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The Shift to Social Synergy

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 1:03 PM

Last week, I wrote about the emerging transpartisan movement and its importance in moving us beyond fractious politics. A similar theme threaded through my radio show yesterday with Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin on "Co-Creating the New World of Synthesis" (download here), who offered deep wisdom on...

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A Time for Transpartisanship

(10) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 6:55 PM

Yesterday's news about Arlen Specter changing parties, likely leading to a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate, has Democrats justifiably elated about the possibilities to move through bolder legislation.

Some jubilation is justified but we need to be careful not to neglect a still deeper need for our country --...

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National Ecological Literacy Standards

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 6:41 PM

In Time magazine this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan emphasized the importance of creating more unifying national standards for education in our country, which currently has a patchwork of local and state standards. The focus for such education standards tends to be on reading, math and other traditional...

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Obama Needs a National Alternative Economic Council

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 2:32 PM

President Obama has been, on so many levels, a great boon for America's confidence, psychology, and relations with other countries. I feel proud of the dignified and focused way he has engaged the enormous challenges our nation faces.

His main Achilles heel so far is that he has not created...

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Spiritual Dimensions of Obama's Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2008 | 11:23 AM

I highly recommend the following article by Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson, which takes an in-depth look at the subtler dimensions of Obama's leadership. This perspective is key to understanding why he has been so effective in inspiring and mobilizing people. Their article is the most in-depth look at this...

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A New Era Begins with Obama

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 10:39 AM

I believe that November 4th, 2008 will live long in the history books as the moment that marked the transition from one American era to the next. The most obvious aspect of this transition was moving beyond the legacy of racism to elect an African-American president, opening doors of possibility...

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America Awakens

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 5:22 PM

Long have we labored to perfect this nation,
Shedding the false images that do not reflect our true nature:
We are one people, indivisible,
Born of wholeness and to
Wholeness we return.

With one momentous leap,
We have crossed a chasm forever;
Our...

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