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My Essay about Malala Yousafzai appears in new book, Women and Global Leadership!

Malala Yousafzai: The Paradox and Power of Global Celebrity I’m proud to announce that my article appeared last month in Information Age Publishing’s new collection of essays about women and global leadership! This collection includes essays by many respected leadership specialists, including Barbara Kellerman, Susan Madsen, and Nancy Adler, and was published under the umbrella […]

Update: Pussy Riot in Vanity Fair

From punk protest to world renoun, check out who’s profiled in Vanity Fair? Pussy Riot has made the pop culture grade, acquiring glamour as well as a reputation for standing up for freedom of speech in Russia. Here’s a preview! “‘How do you pronounce this word? En-door? Endure. Endure.” Masha Alyokhina repeated the word several […]

PASSINGS: Pete Seeger, Leader from the Heart, Singing us Forwards

Pete Seeger’s life was all about transformation —  connecting with people, celebrating positive changes, and challenging the oppressions we consider the status quo. He leaves behind a legacy for change as well as some great leadership advice! He was a jester troubador, a caregiver folk artist, and a heroic leader who stood by his core […]

Leading from Youth: Malala Yousafzai at the Indian Student Parliament

Inspiration: it’s one of the side effects for leaders who have survived dark times. Malala Yousafzai shared her message  at Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad, the Indian Student Parliament, this month in Pune. Although she had been scheduled to attend, the Sakal Times reported that security concerns forced her to make her visit via the internet. She […]

Teens Resisting the Taliban: Aitzaz Hasan and Malala Yousafzai

In the culture wars of Pakistan, standing up to the Taliban is the essence of courageous leadership, with activists risking their lives, not just economic and social status.  Malala Yousafzai has become an international leader for universal education but at great cost. Most resistance means martyrdom or exile. This week, Aitzaz Hasan sacrificed his life […]

Update: Pussy Riot activists freed, more dedicated to radical leadership than before prison sentence

Hooliganism may be a criminal offense in Russia, but the prison work camp conditions don’t seem to be a deterrence to dedicated activists like Pussy Riot, the women fighting for free speech through punk music, theatrical interventions and eloquent oratory.  In a move widely interpreted to mollify international human rights movements as Russia prepares to […]

Passings: Lou Reed, American Innovator, Leading from the Wild Side

This week, we mourn the passing of a great American musical philosopher, Lou Reed. He showed up, spoke up, sang up, transformed rock n’ roll and modeled a kind of crass, independent, principled artistic leadership that deserves to be recognized. He died at 71, from liver failure. His inspiring role as an artist on the […]

Day 69: Celebrating George Orwell’s 110th birthday (dob 25 June 1903)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday By Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras Dutch artist duo Front404 decorated security cameras with party hats in one of the Netherland’s largest cities to celebrate George Orwell’s 110th birthday. “George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian…

Day 63 Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA (2013)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
Guerilla gardening is gardening on land that the gardeners do not have legal right to use, often an abandoned site or area not cared for by anyone. It encompasses a very diverse range of people and motivations, from the enthusiastic gardener who spills over their legal boundaries to the highly political…

Leadership and Witness: In Communist China, Remembering Tiananmen Square

Monday’s Washington Post featured an article about the conundrum facing the survivors of the government attack on unarmed civilian protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989. These civilian leaders, killed or maimed, and the subsequent silence required by the government propoganda machine, means that telling the truth is dangerous. Time has not changed the official policy; […]