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  • Blog
    Wed, 6 Mar 2013
    Developing a Values Practice

    Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? How often have you used that as an explanation of why something that you intended or wanted to do did not get done? As business leaders talk and think about their leadership and specific concepts of “values based leadership.” Thanks to my little sister Sue (Simon) Pickens-Owens, I have... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 19 Feb 2013
    Love Matters

    What do I love that impacts my leadership at work and at home? That is the question asked of twenty people gathered for Intersections’ monthly Washington Dialogue at the fabulous Smith Center for Healing and the Arts on Valentine’s Day. We learned from one participant that love from an Islamic perspective is held in a... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 8 Feb 2013
    Thinking about Love

    February sends me thinking about love. You know, Valentine’s Day and all of that. What has really piqued my interest is that “love” is often advocated as a way to solve problems and resolve debates. What does “love” have to do with how we approach problems and disputes in life? If I were to list the values... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 31 Jan 2013
    An Intimate Conversation with a Surprise Ending

    How old are you? Where were you born? What is your religious experience and affiliation? What political party do you belong to? These were the very personal questions we asked participants at our Washington Dialogue this past month at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. Our Washington Dialogues are... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 22 Jan 2013
    Does it Matter Who You Are?

    On January 2nd, retiring Congressman Gary L. Ackerman – a member of Congress for 30 years from New York’s 5th Congressional District – wrote in the New York Times op-ed page about his emotions on leaving office (My Last Day In Congress). He writes eloquently about his background as the son of immigrants who lived in... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Jan 2013
    Who Am I – Who Are You

    What is his heritage, who were his parents and grandparents? What were the traditions and values in his home? Does he have siblings and what did they grow up to be? Is he married? Does he have children? What is his faith tradition? I unearthed very little public information about Wayne LaPierre. I know where he went to college, and that... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 8 Jan 2013
    Leadership and the Redskins Game

    Leave it to professional sports to raise some of the most interesting leadership questions. I live in Northern Virginia and have enjoyed access to Redskins season tickets for many years. It has been my greatest joy to see my son and grandson off to the games in their Redskin’s gear! Monday night was the first home field playoff... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Dec 2012
    Art and Policy

    We talk a lot here at Intersections about the role of art in our work in pursuit of social justice, and we are blessed to have amazing artists working with us in the persons of Fred Johnson and Radha Kramer. On Wednesday evening, December 12th, I had the privilege to attend a public dramatic reading of a play called... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Dec 2012
    ArticleNewtown and Islamabad

    A week ago I was in Pakistan. Along with my colleague Eduardo Vargas, I was visiting the International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIU) and Lahore University for Management Sciences (LUMS), two prestigious institutions of higher education in Pakistan with whom Intersections is in partnership, preparing for a conference to take place... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Dec 2012
    Sacred Tasks

    Some things, some activities or some places can be considered sacred if they connect to the divine. The word’s history says it is so, you can read it here. It also says, though, that something is sacred when it is highly valued and important, such as a “sacred responsibility.” I also think of sacred in terms of actions... more...