The best thing about #BidenHarris? More @MayaRudolph.

I’m teaming up with @BetoORourke, @MomOfAllCapes, & @lilaenl to judge a new generation’s designs for the US flag. Parents: Got creative t(w)eens who’d compete for cash prizes? Check out ... @kidizenship’s “Fly Your Flag” contest. Kids: Show America’s true colors as YOU see them. 👏🏽

Amanda Little@littletrip

This is a big day! Together with @HKorbey and an amazing team, we’re launching @kidizenship an online platform for political tweens + teens. We're kicking things off with a "Design your own American flag" contest. We've got a killer panel of judges.👇🔥⚡️ http://Kidizenship.com

This is why we must fight for the free speech of #BLM protestors and not just of writers. Don’t fall for the false choice of siding with one but not the other.

Renew Democracy Initiative@Renew_Democracy

Unidentified federal officers. Lafayette Square. Portland. What’s next?

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Irshad Manji

This is me with an adorable kid (of the goat variety) in India a few years ago. Why post the pic now? Because I’ve hit the “pandemic wall” — that place of frustration and fatigue where you either succumb to despair or slog through with a little help from your friends. Well, my friends in this case are novels by Albert Camus and videos of baby goats. Not necessarily in that order.

The good news is, human friends of mine in the Catskill Mountains of New York are applying to adopt goats as well as a pig named Otis! So maybe I’ll ride out the rest of this pandemic with them.

All I know is, to paraphrase Katy Perry, I kissed a goat and I liked it. 🧡
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2 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

How do you avoid being routinely manipulated — by family, friends, employers, politicians, and media? Here’s how: Remember that you don’t have a vision for your life, someone else will have an agenda for it.

I taught that simple lesson in my first Moral Courage class years ago. This might sound dark, but I think it applies even more today.

I explain on Hidden Forces, a podcast exploring the often-invisible stuff that makes us human beings tick: hiddenforces.io/podcasts/irshad-manji-diversity-culture-wars/. Listen. Learn. Live with vision.
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Irshad Manji

In work and in life, one of the scariest things to do is negotiate with someone who disagrees with you. It takes moral courage to start, and sustain, that conversation.

When I teach this skill, a crucial part of my method is improvisational theater (“improv”). Each participant has to accept what every other participant is doing. If you want to move the play in a different direction, it won’t work to say “No.” Instead, you need to build on what’s happening in front of you, a technique known as “Yes, And...” The outcome is like a conversation where everyone is heard.

Recently, I appeared on the “Getting to Yes, And” podcast. It’s produced by Second City — yup, the world-famous improv troupe. Here’s the episode link: www.secondcityworks.com/podcast-posts/guest-irshad-manji.

The interview launches on a deadly serious note. Then... we play. 👏🏽
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3 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

How To Fight Racism *Without* Shaming Each Other ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

I recently hosted a webinar about why & how to fight racism *without* shaming people. The participants asked a ton of great q’s. Time ran out, so I’m answering more q’s on Wednesday at 12 noon Eastern via Facebook LIVE. Want a refreshingly honest convo? Join me. ... See MoreSee Less

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Covid taught me a lesson
Covid taught me a lesson

posted on: April 24, 2020

I teach courage for a living. Over the course of  20 years, I’ve researched, studied, written, filmed, and spoken about the skills needed to exercise “moral courage,” which means doing the right thing in the face of fear. For all...Continue reading ...

Divorcing courageously
Divorcing courageously

posted on: January 14, 2020

Without a doubt, it was the wrong thing to do. And I knew it. I did it anyway. “You think you can bulldoze anybody,” I sneered at her. “Nobody calls you out on your behavior, so you feel entitled to...Continue reading ...

Constructive Conflict
Constructive Conflict

posted on: February 15, 2019

Increasingly, I’m speaking at colleges and universities about the hottest topic going: how to achieve diversity and inclusion. Most educators see diversity as a matrix of skin colors, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations. But diversity is also about airing...Continue reading ...

Elie Wiesel, Border-Buster
Elie Wiesel, Border-Buster

posted on: February 10, 2019

As I prepare to embark on my next book tour, my mind returns to a previous tour and the wonderful friends I made on it. One of them: Elie Wiesel. To the public, he was the Nobel prize-winning author, human...Continue reading ...

This is why we must fight for the free speech of #BLM protestors and not just of writers. Don’t fall for the false choice of siding with one but not the other. ... https://twitter.com/Renew_Democracy/status/1291373823854510080

Renew Democracy Initiative@Renew_Democracy

Unidentified federal officers. Lafayette Square. Portland. What’s next?

“Democracy isn't automatic. It has to be nurtured, it has to be tended to. We have to work at it. It's hard. [John Lewis] knew that it depends on whether we summon just a measure of John's moral ... courage to question what's right and what's wrong.”
- Barack Obama

"You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument"

“To those people it is my privilege to say, I am proof...

The dream version of the Old South never existed."
... https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html?smid=tw-share

Tonight, @GenesisBe and her fellow activists won their fight to drop the #Confederate battle emblem from the #MississippiFlag. Along the way, she sat down with a defender of the Confederate flag. ... @MoralCourage filmed them. Watch as a heart gets changed. https://youtu.be/DGrQMK_cvJQ

2 months ago

Moral Courage
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