The Committed Optimist

Creativity, personal development and catalysing large-scale social change…interlaced with occasional humour and great stories.

Improving brain functioning and social change

At a garden party in Tel Aviv in the 1950s Moshe Feldenkrais observed a little girl trying to catch a light ball. The adults would gently throw the ball to her, and she would try to catch the ball by throwing her arms wide. This did not work. The ball would hit her in...

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Mind-blank: A new climate psychology insight

A few months ago, reflecting on the confrontation between the US/NATO and Russia in Ukraine I concluded that there was a high probability of escalation to an intercontinental nuclear war, which via would mean the horrible unravelling of civilization as we know it....

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We may not get out of this alive, but we should try

Like all wars, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is monstrous. To my mind, the lead up to the war is even more monstrous. I’m writing this because I think a highly probable outcome will be nuclear exchange between Russia and the United States. We should do our best to...

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Climate anxiety in kids

I received an email requesting information about how various practitioners help kids deal with climate anxiety. Here is how I responded. What I am about to say is not what you’re looking for, but it is relevant to the climate change and anxiety conversation....

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The glass ceiling of aspiration

At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin commented, We must all hang together, or surely we shall hang separately. In my view, if we are to really be effective, the environment-progressive movement must align together to inspire mainstream...

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Hope for tomorrow’s children

Hope for tomorrow’s children

What will it take to provide real hope for young people? I think there is only one thing. Young people will have hope when they see that society as a whole is passionately committed to transitioning to a life-affirming global culture, rather...

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