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Reflections On Helping Children To Make A Better World© ♥

Posted on January 2, 2013 by David Blumenkrantz
2012 offered many opportunities to stop and pay attention. Whether it was a major weather event like Super Storm Sandy or the random acts of violence culminating in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. What’s going on? How are events related. (more…) Posted in ROPE

All Children are Our Children©

Posted on December 17, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

by David G. Blumenkrantz

STOPVIOLENCEcondencedIt's been an amazing vibration here in CT.... I've had an outpouring of calls and e-mails. Plus, everywhere I go around town conversations occur. I live in a small New England town about the size of Newtown.... Feels like being close to the epicenter of an emotional earthquake.

Kasserian Ingera?

This is the traditional greeting passed between Masai, one of Africa’s most fabled and accomplished tribes. It means: And, how are the children? Are the children well?

The Children are not well. (more…)

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Earth As Elder and its ally, Weather, as Initiators©

Posted on November 14, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

By David G. Blumenkrantz♥ & the ROPE® Community

What if these weather events are the Earth’s way of initiating humans? A curious possibility.

Earth is a living, sentient organism in an intimate interactive and interdependent relationship with all living species, including human beings - a truly symbiotic association. This is a constantly evolving and adapting ecosystem where Earth and its ally, weather, when needed, serve as an initiator of humans in order to transmit essential lessons necessary for whole planet survival. (more…)

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Circle Sitting – Ideas & Unimaginable Efforts ©

Posted on November 8, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

circlesitI'm reminded of a story. In 1984 Wethersfield Connecticut was celebrating their 350th anniversary. At the time I was the Director of the town's Youth Service Bureau (YSB). To honor the event I had the "brilliant idea" of having students, who had been in ROPE®, break the world’s circle sit record. Notice I didn’t say, “try to break the world’s circle sit record.” The formulation of brilliant ideas rarely considers that they may not work or the energy, resources and effort necessary to “try them,” let alone have them succeed. (more…)

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Mars – Curiosity & Raising Children ©

Posted on August 15, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz


marsCuriosity, a one ton roving robotic laboratory landed today on Mars. We continue to make amazing advances through technology. What if we applied this amount of intellectual capital, resources and time to improve the way we raise our children?

This article was first written about ten years ago. In celebration of Curiosity and our unbridled capacity for creativity and technical ingenuity, I’m releasing it again. Perhaps it can nudge policy-makers to consider our children as a frontier worthy of exploring and devoting resources and time to helping them grow up better. How are our children doing? (more…)

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Shift Is Happening- 4 Arguments For The Initiation Of Youth

Posted on June 21, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

blog-shifthappening M. Kalani Souza, outgoing IKE Hui Steersperson, officiates the appointment of new co-steerspersons Kesner Flores, Jean Tanimoto, David Blumenkrantz, M. Kalani Souza (left to right), Penny Larin, PRiMO and NOAA Pacific Services Center administrative support is in the foreground.

In the March blog I discussed our work with PRiMO - the Pacific Risk Management Ohana, which is a collaboration of local, national and regional agencies, institutions, organizations and academia. Over the past several years a growing number of federal agencies have begun to recognize the essential value of youth engagement and the role of rites of passage. At the March PRiMO meeting a major shift occurred. The Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment Hui (IKE Hui) chose "youth integration" through the youth and community development through rites of passage framework as its project for 2012-13. It was a great honor to be appointed "Co-steersperson" (chairman) of this distinguished group, along with Kesner Flores, Kapay Allaince and Jean Tanimoto, Pacific Services Center. (more…)

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The Fish in All of Us

Posted on April 27, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz


freshwaterfish-300x225If we save the children we save the fish, the waters and the planet.

The only approach that makes sense to me is an ecological one. In this we see what our ancestors saw, “that all things are related.” Mitakuye Oyasin… all things are connected - Schema, the primary prayer in Judaism, we are one with God and all that there is.

In almost all traditional cultures there are similar concepts of “oneness” and the interrelatedness of all things. (more…)

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