Entries by Michelle Holliday

Beyond the Buzzwords: The Need for a Deeper Look at Thrivability, Regenerativity and Resilience

Over the past two decades, the business world has gradually become more aware of living systems principles. The vocabulary of emergence, resilience and self-organization has grown more common, as has the general language of purpose, passion and thriving. Even the human spirit has emerged as a more welcome concept at work. It has also been […]

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Destiny or Downfall? The Decision Point in the American Experiment

The United States seems to be veering dangerously close to Constitutional crisis. Both sides of today’s political divide claim to be standing up for the true intentions of the nation’s founders. So, who’s right? The answer is: neither, and both. The founders laid out a quite a brilliant and comprehensive plan. But their vision is […]

The Refugee’s Gift

I’ve been helping a family of Syrian refugees – Omar, Salwa and their 7 children – since they arrived here 3 weeks ago, sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Montreal. After escalating violence, their home was destroyed by bombs 4 days after the youngest child was born, by Caesarean. That day, they began the long walk to Jordan, where […]

Where Do We Go From Here?

Just as communism fell in Russia, capitalism and Western-style democracy are not immune to the same fate. In fact, the US election, the global rise of nationalism and the worldwide persistence of poverty, social unrest and environmental degradation are all signals that capitalism may be about to hit a wall. The difference is that the […]

A City of Two Tales

Three suitcases. Two stuffed animals. A bag full of typically Canadian gifts.  And we were off! My ten-year-old and eleven-year old children and I are traveling along the East Coast of the US on a two-week “epic adventure road trip.”  The journey is a response to my growing urge to show them more of life.  […]