Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

It’s been a real privilege to convene a wide array of groups and individuals through the Civic Salon; not just at the events themselves, but through organizing meetings and interviews to gauge what issues and opportunities seem most ripe for convergence....

Moving from contemplation to action

I would like to offer some thoughts regarding the role of art* in the conversation about caring for the common good of Goshen—and beyond—and “continuing the conversation.” As one who works as spiritual director and an artist, I have spent considerable time reflecting...
The Possibility of Agricultural Diversity?

The Possibility of Agricultural Diversity?

The Possibility of agricultural Diversity? Back in 1998, I came across a somewhat obscure seed catalog called Deep Diversity, A Planetary Gene Pool Resource. This collection of seed was unique in the rareness of many of the seed varieties offered, but what really...
The Value of Open Space

The Value of Open Space

The premise for the Civic Salon as a pop-up democracy incubator is rooted in several key ideas, which this blog will help explore.  The first is the role of civic society as a buffer between commerce and government.  Another element is the value of spontaneity for...