Showing posts with label Society and politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Society and politics. Show all posts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

We Caught A Whopper!

When an energetic discussion on society and politics can handle the “big” question of the cost of our having a heritage of “Founding Fathers but no Founding Mothers,” you know you’re getting close to some of the “real deal” problems in today’s American culture.

(This point thanks to Jack.)

Soon after, if you get into the role of love (agape = unconditional people love) or the lack thereof in our enormous cache of cultural problems (thanks to Mike), then you know you might be talking a bit about solutions rather than merely complaining about problems.

This is what you get to hear if you listen to the podcast of our lively exchange of thoughts and ideas on yesterday’s Possible Society In Motion Radio Show with G.M. (Mike) Corrigan as our featured guest.

To take the theme of “100 Ways To Sunday: or how to become…a possible society in motion rather than a troubled one!” to even more enticing heights, on our extended conference call portion, one participant, a woman of course, brought up the idea of sending a thousand mothers rather than the National Guard to our child-immigrant threatened borders.

What a whopper of catch all this made of yesterday’s special program!

P.S. No more shows now for two weeks. Anastasia leaving for vacation.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Week: Two Wonderful Possible Society In Motion Radio Shows

Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:30 p.m.

With Anastasia Rosen-Jones and Jack Slattery

In this episode Anastasia and Jack explore the other side of "leaning in," the disconnected self, its roots and its consequences in modern America. For this evening’s program a particularly relevant article, “Alienation Under Capitalism” by Erich Fromm is used as a discussion launching point.

Jack, reliably, adds his astute perspectives to analyzing the implications of this piece from Erich Fromm. And, then joins with Anastasia to merge the overarching theme of the show; leaning in as antidote to the poisonof polarization, with the upcoming special program with guest, G.M. (Mike) Corrigan, investigative journalist and author.  

For both shows:

The on-air, broadcast portion of the show is followed by a conference call forum discussion.  Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

If you miss the original conference call discussion, please contact New Horizons, the show's sponsoring organization, at: for access code for the conference call recording.

2.    A Special Event Program

Saturday, July 26, 11:30 a.m

...a possible society in motion rather than a troubled one, now!

Investigative journalist and author G.M. (Mike) Corrigan

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When Worlds Collide

This week on New Horizons' The Possible Society In Motion Radio Show
Thursday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Anastasia and Jack return with new stories that reflect the struggles and failures that lead –or not – to the kinds of successes that derive from the application of the principles of the “The Lean In Legacy Template.”

In this episode Anastasia leads off with a story from a recent experience where she, of an Observant Jewish family, collided, head-on, with a devout Catholic woman. For a time the interminable, age-old conflicts of Christians and Jews reared their ugly heads. But not for long as New Horizons’ Board Member, Sue deVeer, a Quaker educator whose timely intervention was welcomed by both women, gently guided the two to the safe shores of unity.
Again the on-air portion of this show continues with a conference call forum discussion. Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I Am Changing, We (New Horizons) Are Changing. Are You Changing Too?

Jack and I presented a wonderful radio show episode, “The Times They Are A-Changing” on Thursday, May 15. Be sure to check it out if you have not already.

I, admittedly, was almost shaken by our exchange on-air, even more so by our discussion forum after, on the conference call. So much that I felt prompted to contact several loyal supporters, requesting that they give me feedback on the show. I was that much in need of checking out my perceptions.  I never did quite get what I was after.

Oh, well. The perceptual gap might be reconciled by checking out various theories about it. But who has time these days to bother over such minutiae?
Oh, dear!

Like the White Rabbit of Alice In Wonderland, most of us are feeling perpetually as if we are “late, late” for the next thing, whatever that is. No doubt about it, we must run off, quickly, trying to catch up with something.

I drew attention to the idea of slowing down in my “Overcoming The Polarization of Politics Address presented at Hood College, not long after Obama’s second presidential victory.

Emphasizing a quote from  Mary Pipher in her book, Writing To Change The World
“The two most radical things you can do in America are to slow down and talk to one another.”
I made the assumption that this suggestion meant, also, listening to one another. And, I might add, listening, carefully.

Each time Jack and I do one of our Possible Society In Motion programs, we embark upon this “radical” endeavor; slowing down and talking and listening to one another. The effort has seemed to bear fruit, especially, since my “Lean In Legacy Template” was introduced, becoming the center piece of the show. The intentionality of this formula as an antidote by which one can offset polarization, socially, culturally or politically, comes clearer to me, program by program.

As a “teaching series,” we now have a a specific framework for an emerging curriculum for the program. And, in the “doing” we are slowing down and listening and talking to one another, along with whoever joins us. By taking time to be with one another in this way, we are establishing a venue for a purposeful, yet informal discussion, heightening our consciousness, individually and collectively. Then we carry the intention forth into the conference call portion of our program that follows. 

We are doing the same, digging even deeper within ourselves and one another, in our new Sohbet/study group. As a result, our discussion forums are, even now, hinting at the potential for our offering to reach the peak of the Mountain of Awe, that magical place where each and every one present can feel the beautifully, compelling sense of synergy that becomes the foundation for collective unity.

The intimation is there, perhaps most noticeably to me, having had decades of experience in creating the conditions for transformation within sustainable communities.

I am delightfully amazed that the group of guests and participants New Horizons has drawn together, most of whom have never even met one another, face-to-face, with only a telephone call connecting us, has been able to achieve this.

Our Possible Society In Motion Radio Show is now growing a group of strangers into a unique and wonderful, community discussion forum. We are becoming that “radical” venture – and will do so more and more as we gain experience with our project.

Apparently, it was the doing of this on-air and on a conference call that frightened me. I think it was the expansiveness, especially in a public forum of my “doing” that scared me so. I’d been so long, only imagining the experience of creating a forum for heightened and shared consciousness that when it came right up close, I wondered if something might not be wrong. As if I might get in trouble, somehow, for talking about, doing and “being” in an authentically personal and collective transformation mode, in public.

Nonetheless, in spite of my fear, I see that I am changing and New Horizons is changing too in the ways for which we’ve been striving.

Are you changing too?

If you are, how about sharing your adventure with us by updating your Possible Human, Possible Society Study interview. Or, perhaps, you might like to be a guest on our radio show. 

Please feel free to contact me, Anastasia, by email ( or cell: 240.409.5347,

However, we can find pathways to "lean in" towards one another can only up the abundance we are experiencing. 

Take a moment to consider how you might join us, as we become increasingly interactive with real people in real time.

We will even be making mistakes, publicly, as we learn and grow. You can join us in that too!

Note: In case you missed this past week’s The Possible Society In Motion Radio Show, we actually were not on-air as scheduled for May 29 due to a scheduling snag. But we will be back, again, in two weeks on Thursday, June 12 at our regularly scheduled bi-weekly time.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Being the change

Thursday, April 17   6:30 p.m.

With co-hosts, Anastasia Rosen-Jones and Jack Slattery
We each have a critical eye which sees EVERYTHING that’s wrong with the world.  We each have a complaining voice which can go on and on about these things.  We swim in a culture rife with polarization and fragmentation. But it does not have to be this way!

There is good news.  Not by “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” or ignoring the bad to see only the good. But by mining the lead of our social problems, we can turn these into the gold of solutions that make a difference; one day at a time, one person at a time.

By learning to utilize Anastasia’s recently introduced “Lean In Legacy Template” the new centerfold of the Possible Society In Motion Radio Show, each and every one of us can exercise our innate human capacities to be the change we are seeking, individually and collectively.

Co-hosts, Anastasia and Jack, focus on the element of "change" as the focus of this intriguing episode, tonight at 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Leaning In and The Building of A Non-Violent Culture

Tonight on The Possible Society In Motion Radio Show!

Anastasia and Jack expand upon recent discussions of Anastasia’s recipe/formula, The “Lean In Legacy Template,” as an antidote to the poison of polarization.

In this episode, they relate the formula to remeding the most extreme manifestation of polarization; violence deterrence!

“Leaning In And The Building of A Non-Violent Culture”
Thursday evening, April 3, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Join us!

Listen in on-air, 6:30 p.m.

Join in for conference call discussion forum, 7:00 pm till ??????

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Student internship (or qualified volunteers) opportunity

Assist us in -- 

(Especially looking for Communications Majors and/or experienced professionals.)
(Must be able to participate in conference call meetings via our conference call host.)

  • Developing strategies to support general awareness of study findings from our Possible Human, PossibleSociety Study (January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015);
  •       Developing strategies to utilize study finding for impact on the 2016 presidential election.

    New Horizons is seeking student interns (or qualified volunteers) who –
            ·         Are invested in peace action and community development;
    ·         Like people;
    ·         Enjoy data analysis and strategic marketing development planning;
    ·         Enjoy creative, big picture design mind thinking;
    ·         Have competence in concrete action planning.
    We hope to provide --
    ·        A great internship experience;
    ·       An expansion of social action viewpoints;
    ·       Professional develo.pment in marketing, branding, advertising and public          relations;* 
    ·      Personal transformation where appropriate.

    Resource links –

    ·        The Possible Society In Motion Radio Show

    ·     New Horizons Small “Zones of Peace” Project


    ·     Possible Human, Possible SocietyStudy

    ·  Please note, New Horizons’ Executive Director, Anastasia Rosen-Jones who has extensive experience in advertising, marketing and public relations, will supervise internships.

    Find out how you can be a part of our team!

    Cell for Anastasia: 240.409.5347



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Spotlighting the legacy of leaning in

Nelson Mandela was an exceptional leader. Despite his failings of which he had his fair share, no doubt, yesterday’s memorial on his behalf will long be remembered as a testimony to his leadership’s greatness.  Few are those, presently alive or deceased, to rival this acclaim; the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu, among the few living, we may recall.

Choosing to “lean in” towards reconciliation rather than pursuing a path of revenge, Mandela’s leadership brought new hope, along with the end of apartheid to South Africa. Listed among the top ten-fifteen in the “Watkins Spiritual 1oo Lists” for 2011, 2012 and 2013, Mandela takes his place among world leaders, having made a unique and spiritual contribution on a world-wide level.

Today, as I am reflecting on the passing of Nelson Mandela and the legacy he left behind, my mind is called, also, to reflecting that today is the anniversary of the “Overcoming Polarization” event, New Horizons co-sponsored, last year on this date (original date changed due to Hurricane Sandy), and at which I was the concluding speaker. (You can read the full transcript of my talk here.)

The event, held at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, featured a roundtable discussion with a panel of local leaders, representing various community groups; a representative Republican and Democrat, a Maryland State Senator as well as the President of the Frederick County Women’s Commission, were among these.

Personally inspired by the words of author and social researcher,  Mary Pipher, in her book, Writing To Change The World, I called attention, in my talk, to Pipher’s statement that “The two most radical things you can do in America are to slow down and talk to one another.” (Which, I assume means, also listening to one another.)

Based on this quote, I noted that we had been somewhat radical with the evening’s program; taking the time to slow down enough to be present and attentive to the voices that spoke throughout.

I was aware, also,  at the time that, if we had made any difference, at all, with this program, it was only a drop in the bucket, needing to be filled to make the “overcoming of polarization” a genuinely, valued experience, to any extent; “talking was not walking.”

And, New Horizons had, by this time, already made enough headway in its Possible Human, Possible Society Study data collecting to know that swimming just below the water’s surface of “talk,” most people, along with most communities, throughout our fifty states, have a long ways to go, in real time, where and when community unity is sought.

However, prompted by what we had experienced at this event; the positive as well as the problematic, New Horizons redoubled its commitment, following the occasion, to taking an active part in helping to create the changes for which we were yearning, based on our core principles. Thus our Possible Society In Motion Radio Show was born, a few short weeks later, to provide an ongoing forum for discussion on the factors and advantageous elements to consider that contribute to the social change that can help us get out of the many messes polarization can breed.

What we are contributing, through this show and our various other projects and programs, is only a small drop in that bucket that needs filling. But with almost one year of on-air time, continued data gathering for our Possible Human, Possible Society Study, countless discussion hours geared toward collective considerations on how we can overcome our national epidemic of alienation and conflict, we do seem to be finding and joining with others of like-mind to build “a lean in legacy.”

With the support and, thoughtful input of my Possible Society In Motion Radio Show co-host, Jack Slattery, and, occasional, regular guest, retired social worker, Gloria Livingston, we have already, to date, offered stimulating discussion on numerous topics, geared toward the hoped-for “overcoming of polarization” in our society and politics.

Over the coming holiday season and into the New Year, it is our intent, here on this site, to revisit some of the highlights from these radio shows, with links so you can, readily, hear them on podcast and related commentary on these that will enable you, as our audience, to expand your own, personal thinking on how we, all, can best help build a more unified U.S.A.. That "Possible Society In Motion" for which we are yearning.

Above all, we, at New Horizons, are wishing that some of the limitations identified by our data gathering and in our “Press Release” of October 24 will be turned to the good as we leave behind 2013, a year that saw far too much, unhelpful, U.S. polarization, sadly, leaving our country functioning far beneath its capabilities for the exceptional endeavors of a more humane society.

The leaning in with love for one’s neighbor, the leaning in, always, toward healing and reconciliation rather than that of alienation, as Nelson Mandela exemplified in the legacy he left behind.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

YOU breaking the congressional deadlock

Possible Society In Motion report

Five trends our study has revealed.

1.       Close to 95% of interviewees have no significant relationships beyond their own likeminded pods;

2.      Close to 95% of interviewees are almost completely disinterested in interacting with others who are outside their likeminded pods (i.e. there goes the bridge building);

3.      Almost 100% of those interviewed spend better than two hours per day as arm chair coaches, reading about, listening to, contemplating and criticizing our national congressional leaders;
What to do?What
to do?
4.      Better than 80% of our interviewees believe they are powerless or lack the skills or other capabilities to impact our national political crises;

5.      Better than 65% of those interviewed believe that internet conversations can affect national politics.
Well we certainly are in a national political and societal mess, aren’t we? With much of it beyond the range of individual impact.

Still, given that a whole lot of human effort and attention is relentlessly focused, these days, on the changes we need, are there not some daily patterns YOU could, personally, alter?

Or is this way ample for you as your basic entertainment and/or manner of connecting?

To our way of thinking, at New Horizons, this means that if choose to use our time and energies most effectively, we can be the change we are after.

The truth is that we are a nation founded on the principle that we are –

“Of the people, by the people and for the people.”
We need not be a nation that operates instead of the people, like puppets on the congressional string.

As the stepdaughter of a Holocaust survivor, I am always realizing that my “mom” survived because ordinary people acted in remarkable ways during unfortunate times.

So can we!

Think about it –

What is the “one” something expansive that you can do today, on a grassroots level, to make a difference?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bypassing Washington

This posting is an edited version of the same posted yesterday so that the perspectives and principles could be clarified as follows.

Read on, if you are interested in discovering my gist here, based on the community development principles of New Horizons and some of the most recent findings of our Possible Human, Possible Society Study, soon to be posted.
For now, though, the key point I want to make here is this ---
.. if you are in the game of the president (as well as other leaders and celebs) being your Savior, you are, potentially, in the, sometimes deadly, game, I call the GAME of mass dysfunction.
Here is the basic principle of that GAME, as I learned it from my mentor, Martin G. Groder, M.D. (paraphrased)
“Especially in peacetime, most citizens of a democracy, insofar as related to key leaders, particularly the elected president, function out of an operational system that holds that our constitutional rights are --
“Of the people, by the people, for the people and instead of the people (YOU).” (Original thinking of my mentor.)
The translation of this principle means that if you paid your taxes and voted, you may, erroneously, believe that you, personally, are off the hook of further responsibilities to this nation, other than your own personal interests. You have paid your dues, so to speak, delegated national management to others and can now go play at whatever suits you.

The benefit: You have done your part to join our national dysfunctional co-dependency GAME.

What you get, as per our government shutdown and other catastrophes, is that you are, unbeknownst to your world view, quite possibly, not really being a fully, living, breathing grown-up, participating in this life you might be calling your own.

But it’s not your fault. After all, beyond your self-interests, others are responsible.

To carry my point further, ask yourself,

1.    How much time did I spend, today, living my life by the internet, drinking coffee at Starbucks or just, simply, complaining?

Tricky Dick:
An American Anti-hero

1.       Or, conversely, I hope for you and I, ask yourself, how much time did I, actively, spend, today, in being the best possible human, helping to build the best possible society for you and me?
Give yourself points for #2. Take off points for #1.

Here’s how to get the losing points side of our GAME; the GAME of not growing up and playing the game of life with a full deck!
An example of growing up, or not:

When kids let go of whining and complaining that the grown-ups aren’t accommodating their needs and just don’t understand, we, typically, say they are, at last, growing up. They are being more realistic, taking responsibility for themselves instead of blaming parents, teachers and other authority figures for their lot in life. Parents hope for this transition, lamenting the converse until the new state emerges; the adverse is the baby-faker way (a term I learned from my daughter).
Though it is not my wont to take much of a superior, super-knowing role, since Watergate I’ve been watching and wondering when Americans, as a group, were going to move themselves, individually and collectively, beyond adolescence.

In other words, when are, we, as citizens, going to grow up? How about now?

Now, mind you, I didn’t know for a long time, almost a decade, what lay behind the problems as I saw them in them Watergate fiasco, especially the one about how –

The president of the United States of America could lie to the American people – and – they, at least seemingly, believe him (or at least act like they did).

So I stressed and strained, trying as hard as I could, to understand this that was bothering me for a good long time. To add to the burden I, personally, absorbed from my consternation about this one question:

How can the president of the United States of America lie to the American people – and – they believe him?
… another episode, Spiro Agnew’s corruption, which, as chance may be, found its way into my very own living room, due to close association, added another whole layer of dismay. The latter, further prompting me to ponder the problem of the big shot, the power game players and liars, added to Nixon and Watergate.
Many years have passed since Watergate, Nixon and Agnew. And, I am most comfortably assured, thanks to Marty (and me), that I have all the answers I will ever need for analyzing the problems so painfully part of my maturing.

Many others have, also, been pondering the same puzzlement. And, many have analyzed the problems, as well as offering astute solutions that could/would make a difference, if  anyone, especially our leaders, care enough to make the necessary changes.

One solution, above all, however, has topped my “do things differently” list of priorities; the necessity of gathering local folks together to help one another foster our individual and collective maturing, as we develop skill in being the change we are after.  
This,I hold, is the turning lead into gold in the U.S.A. way. I know it.

Not about it because I have had wise elders to guide me, especially Marty and Murat. Do you? Elders make the difference.

What I have learned is that the turning lead into gold way; a participatory, hands-on GAME, folks, requiring face time.
Jack and I spoke of this, at length, last night on our Possible Society In Motion Show.

Our topic drew upon my article, “Putting First Things First,” built upon one of the most hopeful commentaries I have read in a long time, “Bypass Washington, Save America” by Eric Liu .

Thus, the answer to my question

“How can the president of the United States of America lie to the American people – and – they believe him?”
… might be phrased this way, folks, if you are not an active part of the solution, point your finger back at yourself and take a good luck in the mirror.
YOU are a part of the problem!
Jack and I hope you will join us, for each and every one of our programs; our on the air “grown-ups forum.”
Your president need not be instead of YOU!