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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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Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (Primo) Annual Meeting

Posted on March 30, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

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 David Blumenkrantz and Kalani Souza welcomes the PRIMO group to song at the 2010 Pacific Partners Meeting

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David Blumenkrantz and Kalani Souza welcomes the PRIMO group to song at the 2010 Pacific Partners MeetingNational security is dependent upon our education and youth development policy and practices. Youth & community development through rites of passage is one focus of the March annual meeting of PRIMO.

The Center’s Founder and Executive Director and member of the Traditional Knowledge and the Environment Hui, David Blumenkrantz along with the Olohana Foundation’s founder an IKE Hui Steersperson M. Kalani Souza serve as host & convener of conversations at the PRIMO’s annual meeting in Hawaii, March 13-15, 2012. (more…)

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Ancestors, Nature & Beyond a Cultural Imperative

Posted on March 5, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

culturalAn architectural structure for community resilience focusing on youth and community development through rites of passage1 includes twenty interrelated elements. They serve as design principles for individuals in organizations and communities to “co-learn” and “co-create” their rites of passage experience. Two of these elements are:

Connection with Nature – E - # 11
Connection with the Ancestors – E - # 13

For some there are no differences between the two. There is a consciousness of Mitakuye oyasin – All my relations - the perception that we are all connected. There are no distinctions between our biological relatives and all that exists in nature in relationship with us. We are all in relationship, Mitakuye oyasin. That is at the core of this ecological approach to youth and community development through rites of passage. Not only are we in relationship with others and everything in nature, but also all of the twenty elements are in relationship with each other. (more…)

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Paradigm Shift Blog

Posted on February 12, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz
[fbls] The PARADIGM SHIFT Blog will be launched in Spring 2012. Meanwhile, we invite you to read David's initial blog posts on this website page below. If you would like to be notified when the blog goes live and about new blog posts, please contact us. February 2012 David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D. M.Ed. Paradigm Shift © 1 A knight returned from battle and went directly to the nursery to see his infant son. Upon entering the nursery he found blood all over. The walls and floor were covered. He ran to the bassinet. A quick look revealed a mass of blood. He looked over at his dog lying in a corner. Over come with grief and anger he took out his sword and slay his dog, figuring it killed his baby. He returned to the bassinet and upon closer inspection saw a wolf lying on top of his infant son. When he lifted the wolf from his son he realized his son was alive. It then came to him that his dog had killed the wolf and saved his son. He had killed the dog that saved his son. (more…) Posted in ROPE

Helping Children To Heal The World ©

Posted on January 15, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz
[fbls] January 2012 David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D. M.Ed. The second element in the architectural structure for youth & community development through rites of passage is values & ethics (E-2). What are your values and ethics for 2012? What would our actions be if we valued education as the greatest resource? The Greatest Resource – Education. That is the first chapter in Part II of E. F. Schumacher’s 1972 seminal work: Small Is Beautiful. The first two paragraphs offer key insights into his courageous thought provoking questions. They are worth remembering here. (more…) Posted in ROPE
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