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Peter Koehler

Don't Get Defensive. Get Curious.

You know that feeling when someone contradicts you, or says something you believe is wrong, or ignorant, or offensive?

If you pay close enough attention, you can literally feel it: your jaw tightens, your breath becomes more bated, your heart rate might go up, and you may crinkle your face, or tense your shoulders.

This is the physical . . .

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November 13, 2017

The Defiant Power of the Human Spirit

A Post-Election Reflection On Moving Forward

Preface

I almost didn’t post this.

Since the election, I’ve found myself writing down some reflections, in an attempt to clear my mind and gain perspective.

Mostly it has been a personal exercise, but I thought perhaps I could stitch together my disparate thoughts into something worth sharing.

But by the time I cobbled together . . .

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November 23, 2016

Your Political Donation is Zero Sum

How to think about maximizing impact when donating politically

It's election season, which means there's a good chance you've been asked for money. Or maybe you've been invited to a fundraiser or a phone bank.

Perhaps you've even given money to a candidate or a cause while attending a fundraiser, or after receiving an email with an irresistible pitch.

During this season, I think it's important . . .

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September 22, 2016

Rethinking Political Power

Do a quick mental exercise:

Imagine for a moment that you can hire a staff of 17 full-time people, control a multi-million dollar budget, and a have wide range of influence over a variety of valuable resources.

Your mission: Affect positive change in your city.

What would you do?

Who would you hire?

What would they do?

How would you and your . . .

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April 28, 2016

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