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Michael Kimmel, author & Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Gender studies at SUNY at Stony Brook, explains how gender equity benefits men as well as women.  More
Leymah Gbowee, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and cofounder of The Women Peace & Security Network, invites women to unite together to fight against patriarchy. More
Daniel Rechtschaffen, a therapist and pioneer in bringing mindfulness into schools, explains that mindfulness isn't just something to regulate behavior. To really make a difference in kids' lives, educators must first practice mindfulness themselves. Watch the full talk: The Educator's Role in Creating Mindful Kids. More
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, recognizes that taking collective action is one of the most powerful things we can do when it comes to combating climate change. He urges us to join together with others in meaningful movements that are large enough to matter.    More
At the 2015 Seeds of Change Conference, young poet Betye Arrastia-Nowak delivers a heartfelt poem dedicated to the civil rights and food justice movements.     More
Educator Linda Lantieri argues that teaching kids mindfulness and social and emotional learning practices could someday result in doing away with standardized testing in schools. But to get there, she warns, we need to understand that these practices aren't just for managing behavior—when practiced deeply and steadily, they produce a change of heart from within that can lead kids to become more kind and compassionate people. More
Top executive coach Richard Leider exposes the 3 top myths about finding your life's purpose. More
Top executive coach Richard Leider interviewed thousands of people over 65 and asked them what they'd do differently if they could live life over. They said they'd be more reflective and authentic, take more risks, and have a clear purpose. More
Educator Linda Lantieri explains how research shows social and emotional learning can improve results on standardized reading tests better than any other reading program. More
Richard Leider, ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, redefines what purpose means in your life by asking a simple, straightforward question: "What gets you out of bed in the morning?"   Check out the workshop based on his classic best selling book: The Power of Purpose   More

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Conflicts arise when communication is not clear and open. Having an open heart helps us tap into our inner truth and communicate with confidence and compassion. This mindful communication exercise can help you open yourself to deep levels of self-awareness. When you practice it, you develop a courageous and effective way to approach conflict from a place of personal power.  Get Settled More
Omega Institute Family of Woodstock Builds Relationships at Service Week
The motto of Family of Woodstock (Family) is: “Any problem under the sun.” This year, Family celebrated its 45th anniversary in part by returning to Omega Service Week, an initiative that supports fellow nonprofits who come for self-led organizational retreats on Omega’s campus. More than 30 organizations took part in the retreats this year. More
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Healthy Relationships to Anger
Anger is capable of pointing us back to love. It arises as a result of an offense to what we love. If we can use anger to reconnect to love, then that anger—the response that we have to injustice, pain, and suffering in the world—can be a generative force rather than a destructive one. More
An Interview With angel Kyodo williams
Omega: You’ve said, “The heart that hurts is the very same heart that heals.” How do we build a bridge from personal to collective healing, and apply inner gentleness to systems and structures that urgently need to alter? angel: I think it’s incumbent upon us waving our flags about inner work during such a pressing experience of social ills and destabilization to respond—at least as best we can. More
Curiosity & Resilience by Elizabeth Gilbert
Omega: What is your relationship to curiosity and how do you cultivate resilience? More
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Burnout. Compassion fatigue. Secondary traumatic stress. These are terms used to describe the emotional (and physical) drain experienced by many trauma workers. The symptoms can mimic those of post-traumatic stress, or PTSD: feeling numb, anxious, depressed, cynical, discouraged, or fatigued. Caregivers may also experience sleep issues from working too many hours or seeing too many patients.  More
Omega Institute Pioneering Media Literacy Activist Jean Kilbourne Is Juno Resident
Jean Kilbourne, internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on images of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, recently stayed on Omega's campus as a Juno Leadership Resident with the  More
Omega Institute Don't Let Your Vacation Days Slip Away
Call it martyrdom. Call it work-a-holism. Call it what you like. The fact is, Americans are taking fewer vacation days than ever before. A recent study shows that Americans basically work for free for about one week per year. More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Steady State Economy
Today we live in an era of information, statistics, metrics, and measures. In nearly all aspects of life things are quantified by data—sometimes, it seems, to the point that the metric becomes confused with the thing being measured. The Dominance of the GDP  In economics this preoccupation with data manifests itself in the close scrutiny of the Gross Domestic Product. Is the GDP growing? Is it growing fast enough? What can we do to increase its growth? More
Omega Institute Let’s Bring More Women Into Permaculture’s Leadership: An Interview With Lisa DePiano
An Interview With Lisa DePiano
Omega: How do you see the place of women within the permaculture movement today? More

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