Voting silences voices. Listening deeply to people in your group leads to more robust and better decisions.
In formal consensus decision-making, no proposal is adopted until every concern is heard, understood and addressed. Here’s how it can work.
English Quakers on a Barbados plantation.
Image courtesy of New York Public Library
Eighteenth-century Quakers attempted to align their religious beliefs with what they purchased. These Quakers led some of the early campaigns against sugar being produced by enslaved people.
The Reformation’s leading figures had diverse views, and some might have recognized themselves in “spiritual but not religious” people today.
So-called Spiritualists split off from Martin Luther’s Reformation 500 years ago, but some of their ideas carry on.
JFK shaking hands with one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in 1961.
P Photo/William J. Smith
No matter how well-intentioned, volunteers who may be inexperienced can’t solve the entrenched and complex social problems low-income communities endure.
Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine.
Elizabeth Seton was canonized in 1975 as a saint. Charities founded by her continue her work with poor immigrants.
When it comes to engaging young people in their school studies, inclusivity means a lot.
Mohandas K. Gandhi during a prayer meeting on Jan. 22, 1948.
For Gandhi, whose birth anniversary is Monday, Oct. 2, nonviolent resistance meant placing one’s own body in harm’s way to expose social injustices, which made it a powerful political tool.
Sojourner Truth Memorial in Florence, Massachusetts.
Since the 19th century, a long line of black women preachers set in motion a tradition that spoke against injustices and questioned patriarchal attitudes. Here’s their story.
A Quaker ambulance driver in Germany.
The government is unveiling commemorative paving stones laid in the birth places of those members of the British Empire forces in World War I who received the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The government’s…