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Sister Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time, presenting with the Dalai Lama and working with the UN. In this excerpt she speaks to religion, war, and women’s place in spirituality and creating a tomorrow in which we express values that are sound in ethics, empathy, morality, and love. More
Writer, activist, and women’s rights movement leader, Gloria Steinem, asks us to confront not just the denial, but the hatred, of the feminine around the world. More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), challenges us to consider outdated ideas about women, especially those with a "tendency to change the world". More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), celebrates the "guts" it takes to be an empathetic human being. More
Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, this Grammy Award-winning artist has used her music as a way to convey powerful, personal messages. Here she explains why she believes feminism is truly for every one of us, how we need to promote it to a younger generation, and why she is more convinced than ever that it will save the world. More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), describes the developmental arc of dependence, independence, to interdependence for boys and girls. More
Zainab Salbi, international author, activist, and journalist speaks to the importance of taking care of yourself and remembering to dance in the midst of your activism work. More
Oscar Award-winning actress and social change activist, Jane Fonda, describes her work to face her eating disorder and heal her feminine self. More
Oscar Award-winning actress and social change activist, Jane Fonda reminds us of how toxic patriarchy is to men and boys, blocking their heads from their hearts in the attempts to be "real men". More
Activist, youth educator and cofounder of A Call to Men, Tony Porter describes how sexism and racism are related and the importance of collaboration in ending all forms of discrimination. More

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Omega Institute Scholarship Recipients Talk About #DoPowerDifferently
Name: Gifty Blankson Organization: CUNY   More
Group of women behind frame celebrate in photo
Stand Up and Speak Out
1. To Thine Own Self Be True More
Omega Institute Resource Guide From 2015 OCSL Conference
Seeds of Change: Cultivating the Commons
Will AllenBio: Will AllenWebsite: Growing PowerFacebook: Growing PowerTwitter: @growingpower More
Omega Institute Working Together to Protect Water Could Unite Humanity by Maude Barlow
An Interview With Maude Barlow
Omega: What’s the state of groundwater withdrawal globally? Maude: NASA just put out a report. Of the 37 major aquifers in the world, 21 are deeply stressed to the point of very serious water displacement. The statistics are very terrifying. We are doubling our exploitation of groundwater every 20 years.  More
We need a new water ethic. We need to place water at the center of everything we do: The way we produce food, the way we produce energy, the way way we produce goods, and the way we trade them. I call for this ethic in my book Our Blue Future: Protecting Water For People and the Planet Forever. There are four principles that can guide us in doing this. More
Omega Institute We’re All Seed Savers, Even If We Don’t Know It: An Interview With Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Library Cofounder
An Interview With Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Library Cofounder
Omega: How can people who might not garden, let alone farm, get involved in seed saving?  Ken: One of the challenges I found when I started the Hudson Valley Seed Library was helping people understand their role in seed saving. I really wanted to help people understand how their decisions have repercussions on seeds. I started to see seed saving as a spectrum.  More
A young group of women link arms, one looks back smiling.
Why Everyone Should Have a 16-Year-Old Boss
I love being a part of Rookie magazine. I love that it is an inherently and unapologetically feminist publication, but also operates on the premise that it’s there for girls and young women in creating a space that celebrates instead of stigmatizes young girlhood, which so many other things and some other media outlets do. More

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