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  • Blog
    Fri, 19 Jul 2013
    ArticleTribal America

    Last year several months after the death of Trayvon Martin, Intersections’ hosted a Washington Dialogue to explore root causes of how and why Trayvon Martin ended up being stalked and shot to death while walking home through the gated community he was visiting. The small group was diverse. A black man and a black woman, an... more...

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    Tue, 2 Jul 2013
    Plan for Serendipity and Then Help Others

    The second Network for Meaning gathering, held on May 7th at the Intersections office on 5th Avenue, was one of contradictions. How can we be successful and have meaning and purpose in our work and our life? The answer to that question was provided by our three keynote speakers: Julien Gorden, Rabbi Joshua Stanton and Matuya... more...

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    Wed, 17 Apr 2013
    Regular Order

    “Settling Sam” – that was my nick-name in the mid-1970s as a young lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army. I spent four years on active duty at a time when the country was still engaged in the Viet Nam conflict, but most of my time was spent in the Office of Chief Trial Attorney in... more...

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    Wed, 3 Apr 2013
    Share, Help and Give

    I love it when seemingly totally unrelated ideas and articles come together to create a logical argument or obvious solution.  The topic is economic inequality. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the income and wealth inequality in America — indeed in the world — is corrosive to civil society.  I... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 6 Mar 2013
    Developing a Values Practice

    Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? How often have you used that as an explanation of why something that you intended or wanted to do did not get done? As business leaders talk and think about their leadership and specific concepts of “values based leadership.” Thanks to my little sister Sue (Simon) Pickens-Owens, I have... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 8 Feb 2013
    Thinking about Love

    February sends me thinking about love. You know, Valentine’s Day and all of that. What has really piqued my interest is that “love” is often advocated as a way to solve problems and resolve debates. What does “love” have to do with how we approach problems and disputes in life? If I were to list the values... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 31 Jan 2013
    An Intimate Conversation with a Surprise Ending

    How old are you? Where were you born? What is your religious experience and affiliation? What political party do you belong to? These were the very personal questions we asked participants at our Washington Dialogue this past month at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. Our Washington Dialogues are... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 22 Jan 2013
    Does it Matter Who You Are?

    On January 2nd, retiring Congressman Gary L. Ackerman – a member of Congress for 30 years from New York’s 5th Congressional District – wrote in the New York Times op-ed page about his emotions on leaving office (My Last Day In Congress). He writes eloquently about his background as the son of immigrants who lived in... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Jan 2013
    Who Am I – Who Are You

    What is his heritage, who were his parents and grandparents? What were the traditions and values in his home? Does he have siblings and what did they grow up to be? Is he married? Does he have children? What is his faith tradition? I unearthed very little public information about Wayne LaPierre. I know where he went to college, and that... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 8 Jan 2013
    Leadership and the Redskins Game

    Leave it to professional sports to raise some of the most interesting leadership questions. I live in Northern Virginia and have enjoyed access to Redskins season tickets for many years. It has been my greatest joy to see my son and grandson off to the games in their Redskin’s gear! Monday night was the first home field playoff... more...

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