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Gloria Steinem, leading feminist and social justice activist, calls on women to celebrate their independence on the way to achieving a healthy and equal interdependence. More
Jamia Wilson, feminist media organizer and Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media, in conversation with journalist Nadia Al-Sakkaf, describes how she learned to embrace what set her apart. More
Ten thousand people a day turn 65 in the U.S. Ai-jen Poo, MacArthur Fellow and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, describes the "Age Wave" and how to build a sustainable culture of care. More
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission following Apartheid. She explores the nature of our humanity. More
Sister Joan Chittister traces the arc of social change between the 1960's and the early 2000's, offering a new social perspective and paradigm. More
Majora Carter, eco-entrepreneur, urban revitalization strategist, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, explains why no community should bear the brunt of environmental burdens and not enjoy environment benefits. More
Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author and speaker, describes what she would say to her 15 year-old self about making mistakes and taking risks. More
Sally Field, Academy Award-winning actress, tells an intimate story of facing her most intense experience of fear to claim a place of belonging. More
Loung Ung, author, lecturer, and activist promoting equality and human rights describes how she keeps putting her voice forward, in spite of doubts and setbacks when following her passion to speak for change. More
Bonnie St. John, Paralympic gold medalist, best-selling author, and leadership consultant, describes how she and her daughter set out on a journey to explore styles of women's leadership. More

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Three women in a garden
Game changer (noun): a person or idea that significantly affects the outcome of something Do Your Own Work & Own Your Part Sean Corn   There are many ways to become an effective game changer, but in the context of spiritual activism, committing to your inner work and transforming your own limited beliefs is primary. More
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An Interview With Raquel Lavina of The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
Omega: The “New Economy” has moved beyond freelancing and is flooded by terms describing it variously as: gig, sharing, informal, barter, contract, and online. What does The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) mean by “caring economy” and “care” as a value—not just a monetary value? More
"If we want a sustainable future, we have to educate for a sustainable future," says Jaimie Cloud, founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. And if you are a parent who wants your child to attend a school that educates for sustainability, you may have to help your school make the transition to this kind of curriculum and instructional practice by encouraging them to become an early adopter/leader. More
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We can use our body as a fortress or as a cathedral—protecting ourselves from the possibility of pain or danger, or opening ourselves to the beauty and wisdom in every cell. We’re taught to trivialize our bodily sensations because we’re afraid of suffering, eros, or narcissism. So we close ourselves off to our deepest yearnings, our desires for love and freedom, our hunger for expressing from the deepest parts of ourselves. More
Mother and daugher hugging and sitting outside.
Jean Kilbourne on Women & Media
Many mainstream media ads for food and diet products normalize shame, guilt, bingeing, and purging. Eating has become divorced from hunger and nutrition in our culture. It’s difficult to find women, especially young women, who have really healthy attitudes toward food and their bodies. My own daughter has struggled with these issues. When she was a child, I did all the things I advise people to do. I talked with her very openly about body image, sex and sexuality, media literacy—everything! I created a safe place for her to ask me anything. She often attended my lectures. More
An Interview With Elizabeth Gilbert
Omega: Women in the 21st century are forging new paths while being held to impossible “women's magazine” standards—“perfection” and “balance” are words you encourage women not to use. The Signature of All Things tells the 19th century life story of a rare, intrepid woman scientist. Do you consider yourself political in your writing? Elizabeth: Somebody asked if Signature of All Things is a feminist novel and I said, “I'm never going to write anything that's not a feminist screed in some way or another, explicitly so or not.” More
Omega Institute Personal Growth Lessons From Permaculture: An Interview With Abrah Dresdale & Keith Zaltzberg
An Interview With Abrah Dresdale & Keith Zaltzberg
Omega: What do you mean when you say permaculture can be useful for changemakers? Abrah: Permaculture's regenerative design process can be used by anyone who is already anchored in a professional field. It is a framework to help people design and reimagine their personal lives, personal sustainability, approach to project management, and vision for the world. More
Women of color in an audience look forward.
A Call for Anti-racism
When my first book Being Black came out in 2000, I was chagrined by what I had done. I realized that, out of my love and appreciation for the dharma, I issued this invitation to people of color into the American Buddhism culture and it was not welcoming. Obviously there were pockets and exceptions—but for the most part, the Western Buddhist community did not want or know how to receive them. I had invited black folks to crash the private upper middle class party that was going on and it was just not wanted. More
Omega Institute Paris Climate Agreement Is the Start Not End of Action
COP21 Was Either a Historic Success, or Massive FailureBill McKibben wrote, in an opinion piece for the New York Times, “We need to build the movement even bigger in the coming years, so that the Paris agreement turns into a floor and not a ceiling for action.” More
taxi cabs rushing through city streets
I settle in to the taxi, hoping to get a bit of work done before my upcoming meeting. As the driver begins pulling away from the curb, I open my briefcase and take out a folder. Even as I try to settle in to my papers, I can see from the cabbie’s face in the rearview mirror that he wants to talk. “So, whatta you in town for?” he asks.  “I’m giving a speech. A presentation to some business people,” I say, hoping to make it sound uninteresting so the driver will leave me alone.  He doesn’t take the hint. “Oh yeah? What’s it about?” More

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