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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 is an environmental activist, founder of 350.org, and bestselling author of the novel 'The End of Nature'. Here at the 2015 Seeds of Change Conference, McKibben talks about recognizing 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
Connecting a Community of Change Leaders   For more than a decade, nonprofit organizations—large and small—working in the region, across the country, and around the world, have brought their teams to Omega to work and rest so that they can return to their efforts replenished and invigorated.   Learn more about Nonprofit Retreats at Omega   More
Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia and an authority on Critical Race Theory and Civil Rights, walks us through a brief history of feminism, race, and class in the U.S. More

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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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Empowerment & Follow Through
My advice is just usually my mom's good advice recycled. I feel more comfortable just redispensing her advice because I know it came from her Grandma. I know it's been tested, it's got deep legs. It's a home remedy. We know how to make apple butter. I'm not doing your new fangled fancy culinary molecular advice here, this is advice you know grandma to grandma to granddaughter to granddaughter that got passed on. More
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Personal Financial Planning for Everyone
When you think about your personal finances, do you feel overwhelmed, confused, and stressed about where to start? Increasingly, this is the norm, not the exception, when it comes to how Americans relate to their financial planning and well-being. More
Omega Institute Anger, Race & Creating Change: An Interview With Tara Brach
An Interview With Tara Brach
Omega: Many activists are fueled by anger at injustice, but approaching this important work with anger often leads to burnout. How can we do activist work in a more conscious, sustainable way?  More
Omega Institute 4 Surprising Benefits of Rest
When the battery runs low on your phone or tablet, you plug it in to recharge. Sadly, many of us don’t realize we can do the same for ourselves with a little rest.  Research reveals some surprising health benefits to taking a little R&R, and it points out why we need it. In a fast-paced world that boasts a 24-hour news cycle and offers "connection" through social media at any time, most people feel like they are just trying to keep up.   More
An Interview With Elizabeth Gilbert
Omega: Your book Big Magic is about the creative process. “Stubborn” is a word you evoke to describe your writing practice. But you also “ascend toward stubborn gladness” as a way of being joyful and loving.  What is the relationship between discipline and playfulness? More

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