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The Horizons Project Discusses Sensemaking

Get to know The Horizons Project team better, as our Chief Network Weaver Julia Roig and our Director of Partnerships and Outreach Tabatha Pilgrim Thompson share their own approaches to sensemaking in one of the episodes...

Presenting Horizons Presents

There are two types of people in the world, those that like podcasts and those that do not. If you've checked out any of our VISTAS, then you know that...

Rethinking “Polarization” as the Problem

On June 6, 2022 Horizons’ Chief Network Weaver Julia Roig, shared the main stage at Rotary’s 2022 Presidential Conference in Houston with Gary Slutkin, the founder of Cure Violence and...

For US Independence Day, January 6th Hearings Reveal Authoritariani...

This article was first published on Just Security. The January 6th hearings have exposed a fundamental truth about authoritarianism: that it ultimately depends on the consent and acquiescence of individuals....

Watching the January 6th Hearings through the Lens of both Accounta...

This article was first published on The Fulcrum. “How did we get to this point?” was how the third day of the January 6th hearings began on June 16th. Many...

THE VISTA: June + July 2022

To say June was an intense month in the US would be an understatement. We encourage everyone to keep tuning in to the January 6th hearings, a testament to the...

Authoritarianism: How You Know It When You See It

Purpose: The purpose of this document is to help US organizers, bridge-builders, and ordinary people understand the key attributes of authoritarian systems, how authoritarians wield power, and ways to counter...

Forgiveness, Accountability, and Societal Healing

The Horizons Project is partnering with Rotary International to explore how to embed concepts and practices of forgiveness, accountability, and societal healing within Rotary clubs and their partners around the...

THE VISTA: May 2022

As we grapple with the horrific mass violence that occurred this past month - and that continues daily in the United States - one piece that gave us solace and...

ACTIVATING KEY PILLARS: Combatting Authoritarianism to Uphold Democ...

The Horizons Project has been convening various conversations with network leaders to reflect together on how key institutional pillars, notably business, faith, and media, can incentivize pro-democratic behavior and discourage...

THE VISTA: April 2022

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING, AND LISTENING TO AT HORIZONS In April, we joined many friends and colleagues in mourning the sudden loss of Peter Ackerman, a visionary and treasured leader...

Sensemaking

One of the three lines of work of The Horizons Project is “sensemaking.” As organizers and coalition-builders who believe in the power of emergent strategy, the practice of sensemaking is...

Narrative Engagement Across Difference (NEAD) Project

The work of “deep narrative” engagement calls for identifying and curating a wide array of tools informed by multi-disciplinary insights, combined with adaptive and inclusive movement-building strategies (“inclusive” broadly defined)....

THE VISTA: March 2022

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING & LISTENING TO AT HORIZONS In March, as the war in Ukraine took up so much of our news feeds, we have been inspired by the...

It’s time to take inspiration from Ukraine and double down on globa...

This article was first published on Waging Nonviolence. As courageous Ukrainians and Russian antiwar protesters resist Putin’s brutal war, we can do far more to support pro-democracy activists and movements....

THE VISTA: February 2022

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING & LISTENING TO AT HORIZONS The Horizons Project continues to reflect deeply as a team and with our partners on the wonderful resources produced by so...

Our Relationship to The Future: Narratives, Imagination Skills and ...

How do we think and talk about the future? This is one of the tension points Horizons has identified within the social change ecosystem: our different feelings about, and relationships...

THE VISTA: January 2022

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING & LISTENING TO AT HORIZONS  There are so many wonderful insights and ideas that inspire us at The Horizons Project, helping to make sense of what’s...

Kicking Off the Horizons Project

By Embracing Our Healthy Tensions We are thrilled to announce that in January 2022, The Horizons Project has launched under the auspices of our fiscal sponsor, the New Venture Fund....

Meet the Horizons Team!

The Horizons team is made up of experienced organizers, facilitators and trainers with a deep commitment to prioritizing relationships with all our partners. We look forward to finding ways to...

Combatting Authoritarianism: The Skills and Infrastructure Needed t...

This article was first published on Just Security. As the United States celebrated Martin Luther King Day this January, Americans also confronted the reality of the recently failed attempt to pass voting rights legislation...

America’s Democracy Moment 

This article was first published on Just Security. As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, it is crucial to recognize the gravity of the threats still facing U.S....

How Domestic Civic Movements Could Reshape US Foreign Policy

This article was first published on Just Security.President Joe Biden’s early reversals of Trump policies have included at least three that were the direct or indirect result of grassroots movements. The...

Seven Foreign Policy Issues to Watch In 2022

This article was first published on InkStick.“We Didn’t Start the Fire” is a column in collaboration with Foreign Policy for America’s NextGen network, a premier group of next generation foreign policy...

Restorative Movement Building

What does it mean to challenge injustices and address societal harms in ways that strengthen social bonds and encourage longer-term healing? Restorative Movement Building is at the nexus of social...

Healing Resistance: A Conversation with Author Kazu Haga

Nonviolence is a cornerstone of activism and radical change, but less attention has been given to the restorative power of nonviolent resistance. In this recent Horizons Project event, Senior Advisor...

Good vs. Toxic Polarization: Insights from Activists and Peacebuilders

Polarizing narratives are key tools of nonviolent mobilization and social justice activism. But today, deep-seated polarization, exacerbated by a growing faction that rejects basic democratic norms and practices, threatens the...

Good vs. Toxic Polarization

Polarization is generally considered a necessary and healthy aspect of democratic societies. In his writing on social change work, Quaker activist and trainer George Lakey compares polarization to “a blacksmith’s...

Calling In and Calling Out

Building powerful movements for a just and democratic society requires tearing down the walls separating people and welcoming new people into the movement. It takes recognizing that individuals, shaped by...

Trauma Healing

Unaddressed traumas pose significant challenges to building a healthy democratic society, exacerbating intra-group and inter-group conflicts and making it difficult to find common cause. Healing individual and group traumas is...

Narrative Competency

As we continue the collective work towards a just, inclusive and peaceful democracy, it is important to be able to understand and talk about the shared values and ideas that...

Democracy Narratives and Sacred Values

What are the common values that underpin US democracy? What is the “big story” we all share about how society should work and how we fit together as citizens? In...