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A Truer Picture

A Truer Picture

Suppose two people are on opposite ends of a vast and lush forest that stretches for many thousands of acres. One stands beside a rushing stream, watching the light play on the water. The other is in a heavily wooded thicket, so dense that very little light filters...

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Listening is Revolutionary

Listening is Revolutionary

There is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln that inspires me: "I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. " So much of our social discourse has dissolved into stalemates. Now more than ever, listening may be the most revolutionary heartivist act that any...

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Banyan Grove: A Space for Heartivists

Banyan Grove: A Space for Heartivists

Inner transformation has been a foundational principle of our theory of change since our inception. We firmly believe that in order to change the world, we also have to change ourselves.  We are excited to announce that Banyan Grove, the retreat space in West Marin,...

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Make it your problem

Make it your problem

“Let me drop everything and work on YOUR problem.”  I recently saw this written on a tin sign in a novelty store. It was on a wall next to another that read “I may be old but at least I got to see all the good bands,” flanked by one reading “I’m sorry for what I said...

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Becoming Justice

Becoming Justice

Over the last year, much of America and the world waited with heavy hearts for the outcome of the case against Derek Chauvin.  This wasn’t just a fight for George Floyd. This wasn’t just a fight against Derek Chauvin. This was a fight for the soul of a nation, a fight...

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The Entire Ocean in a Drop

The Entire Ocean in a Drop

One person can’t make a difference. - 7.8 billion people At The Pollination Project, we often say that the greatest untapped resource for social change is the potential for goodness within each human heart. I’ve lived long enough to know that one person can not only...

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Activism, Identity & Service

Activism, Identity & Service

The scholar Juana Rodriguez defines activism as “an engagement with hauntings of history, a dialogue between memories of the past and the imaginings of the future manifested through the acts of our own present yearning.” Her work examines the relationship between...

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Never Waste A Good Crisis

Never Waste A Good Crisis

The New York winter was beginning and I had just made a decision that was going to change life as I knew it. After a deep and prolonged time of contemplation, I came to a realisation - I had grown as much as I was going to grow as a monk. The time had come to hang up...

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Activism Takes Both Hands

Activism Takes Both Hands

Growing up in a working class town to immigrant parents, I found myself in the same kinds of mischief common to young boys the world over. And like many children, I was adept at justifying my actions whenever I was caught. Particularly in cases where I felt I was the...

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Seek and ye shall find

Seek and ye shall find

I have a dear friend who is a gifted biologist. Hiking with her, she always manages to notice a ring snake among the leaves, the curved tail of a salamander just below a river rock, or the fluttering wings of some reclusive bird species high up in the canopy. I...

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Seeds of responsible citizenship

Seeds of responsible citizenship

Active citizenship, community empowerment and volunteer experiences: how three Italian women are seeding the change and making responsible tourism bloom!The Pollination Project community is made of volunteer grassroots leaders who put their time and energy in service...

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Seeds to Trees

Seeds to Trees

Here in California, the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range are the only natural habitat of the Giant Sequoia, the largest trees on earth. The majesty of these living giants is truly something to behold; some have even been measured to be more than 300 feet...

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