You Can’t Build on Broken

When a biologist encounters an ecosystem in trouble, she/he will pay close attention to what has broken in the pattern of relationships among diverse species. Health will be restored by creating new connections and strengthening existing ones. This solution is found in the etymology of the word health. It comes from an old English word for wholeness. That word comes from an earlier word for holiness. Whenever two or more are gathered. . . .

For many years, the Berkana Institute (I’m co-founder and serve again as president) proclaimed, “Whatever the problem, community is the answer.” I learned this working in southern Africa, among indigenous communities in many places and, time after time, from my now dear friend, Angela ...

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