Category: Interviews

Bill Drayton on Becoming a Changemaker

“An invasion of armies can be resisted,” said Victor Hugo, “but not an idea whose time has come.” This certainly holds true for social entrepreneurship, an idea that has attracted an enormous amount of attention—to say nothing of money and talent—in recent years. The rise of social entrepreneurship reflects a growing sense today that many of […]

John Taylor Gatto on Beating the System

John Taylor Gatto’s career as a school teacher began in 1965 when he borrowed his roommate’s teaching license and began working as a per diem substitute in New York City. He went on to become the city’s Teacher of the Year three years in a row and then New York State Teacher of the Year. […]

Honoring the Late James Hillman

The current issue of The Sun magazine includes an interview I did with the late psychologist James Hillman. Hillman passed away last October at the age of 85 and to honor him and his contribution to the world of ideas, the magazine is reprinting portions of several interviews originally published in the 1990s and early […]

Becoming an Adult in Relationships

“New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything,” wrote Michael Ondaatje in The English Patient. It’s a bittersweet fact of life — and a recurring theme in literature, film and the arts — that we start out reckless and clumsy in matters of the heart. Learning how to love and be loved takes time […]

Things Are Not As They Seem

Some years ago, I had the good fortune to spend time with Huston Smith, the distinguished philosopher of religion. Over a period of two months, we met for a series of interviews covering fascinating subjects like the troubled relationship between science and spirituality, the rise of fundamentalism, the common threads at the heart of the […]

A View From the Melting Pot

When Richard Rodriguez entered first grade at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento, California, his English vocabulary consisted of barely fifty words. All his classmates were white. He kept quiet, listening to the sounds of middle-class American speech, and feeling alone. After school he would return home to the pleasing, soothing sounds of his family’s Spanish. […]

Fulfilling Your Highest Potential

Today it’s widely recognized that we use only a fraction of our human capacities even though we carry within us an almost unlimited power to learn, develop, expand and evolve. Michael Murphy has devoted the better part of five decades charting our human potentialities. He co-founded the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, in the […]

Effecting Change: How Much Do We Really Know?

Some years ago, I was asked by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change to prepare a review of the literature on how change happens and how to make it happen. As I began mapping the literature in the field, I was staggered by the sheer volume of writing on a subject we actually know very […]

The Promises and Perils of Technology

I’ve posted two new interviews on how technology is remaking our world — for better and for worse. Howard Rheingold, who had staked out a presence on the Net before most of us had a personal computer, let alone a modem and a dial-up connection, talks about the idea of “virtual community” and the true […]

The Ecology of Magic

In this interview, ecologist, philosopher and sleight-of-hand magician David Abram reflects on language, perception and what he sees as a deepening divide between human beings and the natural world. Also available in an unauthorized Italian translation by Carlo Martini from the October 2006 issue ofcomeDonChisciotte.

Mapping the Political Landscape

The Politics of Education, an interview I conducted with philosopher Benjamin Barber some years ago, is included in the second edition of Mapping the Political Landscape, edited by Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay, just published by Thomson Nelson. The interview explores the problems of education, diversity, political correctness, and the narrowing of public discourse in the United States.

A Voice in the Wilderness

An interview I conducted with writer and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams is included in a new book entitled A Voice in the Wilderness. The book brings together a set of 16 interviews edited and introduced by Michael Austin. They explore a wide range of topics, including wilderness and wildlife, place and eroticism, art and literature, […]