The Mystery and Mastery of Strategic Thinking

Dana PenriceArticles, Updates

There is a show on Netflix called Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits. The reality show takes people from today and puts them through the Special Operatives Executive (SOE) training implemented by the British during WWII. Imagine pulling on your itchy wool socks and heavy felted uniform to master the art of using a hair pin to pick a lock, … Read More

Turning Everydayism on its Head

Dana PenriceArticles, Updates

It is 8:30 am when I roll my sleepy self out of bed. Sorry people, I have yet to figure out this whole waking up early part of adulting. I get in my grubby clothes, jump in the car and drive out to our farm just outside of town. Feed the chickens, look for eggs, look out in the field … Read More

Perspective: The Rise of Trump

Natalie MuyresArticles, Book Reviews, Updates

This past year, the Human Venture Institute has been exploring the rise of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. There have been a variety of opinions and there are many resources out there that attempt to explain how and why he became President. Few resources dig deep enough to understand the causal architectures, or the reasons that … Read More

Beyond Remembering

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Updates

by Ken Low Remembrance Day originated as a memorial to members of commonwealth forces who died in the line of duty in the bloodiest conflict to that point in history. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, so November the 11th was chosen as the annual date for the nation to honour … Read More

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Dana PenriceArticles, Book Reviews, Updates

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization by Roy Scranton stirs one’s soul to the core. Concise and powerful, this book articulates our human situation and is a must read for those concerned with where we are headed. We grapple with death as individuals and with our communities, often poorly, but rarely do we … Read More

Resistance and Human Venture Progress

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Updates

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

Witness to the Revolution

Dana PenriceArticles, Book Reviews, Updates

The anti-war movement of the late sixties and early seventies was a short, intense period of social transformation. At the same time it was a continuation of a transgenerational process of striving to bring out the best of humanity. Building on collective actions that came before, the anti-war movement drew on lessons learned from movements like the civil rights movement … Read More

Stephane Hessel, The French Resistance, and the Human Venture

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Book Reviews, Updates

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