Resistance and Human Venture Progress

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles

Resistance is in the air of our continental next-door neighbour these days. The U.S. is navigating an unfolding adaptive shock – one with global significance – and resistance is a growing part of the story. As always there is much to be learned by observing how others get into and out of messes. The ’16 presidential election was won by … Read More

Stephane Hessel, The French Resistance, and the Human Venture

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Book Reviews

Born in France in 1917, Stephane Hessel experienced a time of great sorrow and great hope for humanity. When Marshal Phillippe Petain rose to power in 1940, many progressive policies were reversed, collusion with Nazi Germany became the norm, and an authoritarian state was created, causing outrage among those who believed in the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. … Read More

Resistance in Action

Natalie MuyresArticles

Resist, ‘to exert force in opposition’. Latin origins resistere, from re- + sister ‘to take a stand’. At the Human Venture Institute, we are committed to studying the common patterns in human striving, failure and achievement throughout our species’ history and development. This includes the exploration into specific fields of endeavor. Anthropology is one such field. At the recent Society for … Read More

Truth, Understanding, and the Human Story: Whence Came This Mess?

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles

by Ken Low “How often do people claim superior wisdom on the score of their age and experience. The Chinese especially regard age with veneration, and hold a man of eighty years or more must be wiser than others. But eighty is nothing for a student of history. There is no excuse for anyone who is not illiterate if he … Read More

The Challenge of Truth in Reporting

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Book Reviews

A Book Review of Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi, and Liberty and the News by Walter Lippmann. “There is everywhere an increasingly angry disillusionment about the press, a growing sense of being baffled and misled; and wise publishers will not pooh-pooh these omens.” Walter Lippmann, 1920 It is totally cliché to take a quote … Read More

Solstice Reflection

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, News


by Ken Low The solstice season is here again: one of two seasonal turning points in our 940 million kilometer journey around the sun. Solstice holiday celebrations, like most cultural traditions, contain a mix of meanings from superficial to profound. Ideological, commercial and entertainment interests harness the season for their own limited purposes, but the opportunity to search out deeper … Read More

Reading for Life Learning

Natalie MuyresArticles, Book Reviews

The winter brings us darker and colder days and nights. I love this time of year because it gives me the opportunity to read more, reflect on my learning and plan the year ahead. Reading is a critical part of our learning process. Reading for knowledge and understanding versus ‘simple reading’ takes practice and persistence. Think of reading as ‘empowerment’, … Read More

Human Learning Ecology in a Time of Unrest

Dana PenriceArticles

by Dana Penrice Board Chair, Human Venture Leadership As we are sorting through the recent events in America, it is important to recognize that this is a significant source for learning and reflection, and an important time to pause to take stock of the situation and to learn. As a community involved in Human Learning Ecology, we have some amazing … Read More