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What if Human Evolution is the Ultimate Clinical Trial?©

Posted on August 2, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz

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Marc B. Goldstein & David G. Blumenkrantz

 The Andes of Ecuador 2 by Frederic Edwin Church

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In contemporary behavioral science, the randomized clinical trial has emerged as the gold standard for evaluating the efficacy of medical and social interventions. Indeed, today, for an intervention to not be "evidence-based" is to be largely shunned from most funding streams. But are there other ways we can judge the viability of potential interventions?

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Parties & Rites of Passage: In Honor of Kaitlin & Peter

Posted on July 8, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz

kandpI like to have fun. Who doesn’t? Parties are a great way to have fun. There’s no better party for me than one celebrating some kind of transition. A rite of passage. No surprise. Yes, I’ve even been to some wild parties after a funeral! What can be more fun than to remember and celebrate the life of someone you loved and the importance of life itself? Even the Hebrew tradition of the Brit milah or Bris - circumcision - is an occasion for celebration and a party. Just don’t sit in the front row! (more…)

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Organizing For A Change – Part 2, Design & Installation Principles

Posted on June 12, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz

If you want to build a ship, then don't drum up men to gather wood, give orders, and divide the work.  Rather, teach them to yearn for the far and endless sea.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Twenty, Ten & Fourteen – Navigational Aids for Charting a Course

Installing rites of passage in large systems and communities is a creative challenge.* Twenty-elements emerged over the past 33 years to form design principles that can help guide a community in the development of their own rites of passage.

We also discovered ten minimum community-organizing conditions necessary for the seeds of rites of passage to grow in a community. Certain conditions support people learning together and then co-create ways for the twenty elements to emerge in their rite of passage experience.

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Organizing For A Change – Part 1, Shifting Your Attention

Posted on May 29, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz

june1I arrived at England’s Heathrow airport early the other morning after an all night flight across the pond. Disoriented and half asleep the baggage carousel looked like a giant swiftly moving river. My bag floated by and I lunged to save it, dragging it over to the long line where I waited to clear customs. The stoic custom official’s inquisition into my country of origin jarred me into thinking about where I was from. Going from a sleepy trance to an official inquiry shifted my attention. Abruptly. I felt uncertain saying; “America.”

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The Only Thing Constant in Life is Change ♥

Posted on May 13, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz

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But No One Ever Wants To Change© 1

No one goes willingly into an initiation. Leaving a place that is familiar and entering the unknown is upsetting and causes considerable anxiety. Think about birth. This is the first initiation and rite of passage from the womb into the world. It is almost always announced with the screams from the newborn. A harrowing experience. And, that’s not just for the newborn, but for the mother, father and family as well!

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What If All Real Living is Meeting?

Posted on April 1, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz
A Conversation with Richard Geer, David Isaacs & David Blumenkrantz Integrating rites of passage into community organizing effects individual, group and community transformation that result in collaborative actions, which support continual adaption. When the Story Bridge process works as an explicit rite of passage, the bedrock wisdom of that ancient human tradition helps a community move from being a collection of alienated individuals to a cohesive force for committed action. Join the conversation in  Staging Change Institute – 2 April 25-28, 2013.  (more…) Posted in ROPE

Why Youth & Community Development through Rites of Passage Now?

Posted on March 4, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz

William Lavine, DMD, MsD & Hyacinth Douglas-Bailey, JD
With David Blumenkrantz, PhD, EdM
© 2013 The Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family & Community Services. Inc.

Bill-Hyacinth_Photo_Feb2013-225x300 William Lavine, DMD, and Hyacinth Douglas-Bailey, JD., members of the leadership team, Rite of Passage Experience© - ROPE®.

There are two significant and related challenges defining human progress. One is the need to adapt to a constantly transforming world. The other is the need to communicate and incorporate those adaptations into functioning and diverse communities. Indeed, the integration of adaptive strategies into viable social institutions has charted the course of human history.

Today, cultural changes, coupled with scientific and technological advances, are occurring with such rapidity that we find ourselves in a continually emerging “new world” – one that requires constant awareness and adaptation. Having to continually develop strategies to reconcile the conflict between what we know and what is constantly changing presents us with a set of ongoing challenges. The 21st century is clearly emerging as a crucial time. Recognizing the major transformations associated with the unanticipated consequences of technology and climate change is essential for adaptation, strengthening community, and ultimately, our survival. (more…)

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