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The Gift of Gifts: a Poem for the Gift Economy

In May 2014 I had the pleasure to present at the 2014 10-Year Forecast Retreat organized by the Institute for the Future. Not only Kumu is a Gift Economy organization from its inception, but we also have two Gift Economy projects currently in our Incubator: The Gift...

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The Social Coin: tracking human goodness

Judging from the news, our world seems to be drowning in depressing stories. Where are the stories about human goodness, consciousness, and kindness? Meet The Social Coin, a coin that allows people to foster, track, and share acts of human goodness. Social Coins...

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Social Artistry: an interview with Nadia Chaney

Kumu Innovator Nadia Chaney is an expert in creative facilitation and social artistry, empowering community voice through radical dialogue. Much of Nadia's current work focuses on issues of identity, diversity, participatory process, and non-violence. She is a social...

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Those Crazy Plastic Cleaning Machines

If I had a dime for each brilliant idea to "clean up the "Garbage Patch" that has been forwarded to me over the last few years I would be a millionaire. These gyre cleanup machines, devices and foundations that emerge periodically are not going to happen. However they...

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A Crash Course on Creativity

Professor Tina Seelig at Stanford University is offering an online, free Crash Course on Creativity. Classes started today, and some Kumu folks, including myself,  are signed up! Tina Seelig's creativity model is laid out in her book inGenius, and summarized by this...

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Kumu is Born

With the new moon of October 15, 2012, Kumu was officially born.  The idea of creating an  innovation lab for transformative activism has been in my mind, my heart, my spirit, and my body for over two years.  A long gestation nurtured by my own work, and my own...

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There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

Jack Kerouac

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