Tim Hjersted
Location:   Lawrence, Kansas
I'm currently working full-time on Films For Action, a non-profit organization that works to support the people working to change the world. Our current projects include regular documentary film screenings and the continued improvement of the Films For Action website. Our site features over...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 22 2016
Halle/Chomsky: an Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting)
Among the elements of the weak form of democracy enshrined in the constitution, presidential elections continue to pose a dilemma for the left in that any form of participation...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 22 2016
7 Traits of People Who Are Great at Relationships
Relating to your partner, spouse or significant other can be challenging. Here's what the people who make it work know that you may not.
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 22 2016
Distorting Fascism to Sanitize Capitalism
The facile and indiscriminate use of the term fascism has led to a widespread misunderstanding and misuse of its meaning. Asked to define fascism, most people would respond in...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 22 2016
Empathy: Why It's Important, Why We Should Nurture It in Our Kids
One of the most important skills we can teach our kids is empathy. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another person is feeling or experiencing. When we see someone...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 22 2016
Mushrooms as Spiritual Teachers, A Brief History
The human use of fungi for changing consciousness extends far into pre-history. Arguably, the first food product humans produced was a mead (honey wine). Early humans, so the...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 22 2016
Turning the Problem Around: Mental Health in a Sick Society
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ― Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein The rise of people who are...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 19 2016
Frequently Asked Questions about Scientific Pantheism
Why do pantheists believe in pantheism? What's the evidence for pantheism? How do you know the universe is worthy of reverence? If I accept pantheism, what difference would it...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 19 2016
4 Reasons Every Straight Person Needs to Go to Pride (At Least Once)
I HAVE LIVED IN CITIES WITH PRIDE celebrations for many years, and I had never attended. It always seemed like a party that was meant for a group of people to which I, a...
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Tim Hjersted added a video on Jun 16 2016
Joanna Macy: The Courage to See, the Power to Choose
Non-stop war-making, climate chaos, lost harvests, poisoned seas and bodies, refugees in the millions pouring over borders while millions of Americans are locked in prison...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 15 2016
They Want to Use Orlando for the "War on Terror"
The outpouring of grief and outrage at the murders in Orlando stands in stark contrast to the cynical rhetoric of political figures, from top to bottom, writes Eric Ruder.
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 16 2016
What Does It Mean to Be Political?
Despite having been raised in a politically aware environment, as a young adult I made the conscious choice to dis-involve myself from politics. While I always cared deeply...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 16 2016
How Native Americans Managed "Wild" Land Long Before Settlers
When European settlers first came to North America, they assumed they were looking at "untouched" nature. Sure, there were native peoples, but history tells us they didn't...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 16 2016
Seven Must-Have Skills for the 21st Century
We live in a world that moves faster than we do. Trying to keep up can be an overwhelming task that at times feels hopeless, like we are falling further and further behind—but...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 14 2016
World's Banks Driving Climate Chaos With Hundreds of Billions in Extreme Energy Financing
Wall Street continues to back the most polluting fossil fuel industries "at the expense of some of the most vulnerable communities on the planet," states new report
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 16 2016
Dumbing Us Down: The 7 Hidden Lessons of Compulsory Education
While teaching means different things in different places, seven lessons are universally taught from Harlem to Hollywood Hills.
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 16 2016
25 of the Best Documentaries That Tell the Truth About How Government Really Works
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Tim Hjersted rated Who Rules America? (2012) 5 stars on Jun 16 2016
Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 15 2016
When We Attack Nature by Clearcutting Forests & Paving Farmland, We Attack Ourselves
Growing up in southern England and Wales, we always lived close to the woods, streams, and hills of the nearby countryside. The towns were built to be dense and tight, so it...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 15 2016
5 Tips for People Who Feel Like They're "Living Alone in a World of Wounds"
Profound ecologist and writer, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), once said: “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 15 2016
Clinton and Sanders Agree on Trump Threat, but Neither Ready to Endorse Other's Vision
While Clinton won Washington, DC contest as primary season came to an official end, neither camp shows much willingness to offer concessions to the other
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 14 2016
It's Time to Admit That Toxic Masculinity Drives Gun Violence
Our national attachment to dominance models of manhood is a major reason why we have so much violence.
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 14 2016
Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power
When attending meetings with peace and justice activists, I often find myself the only business person in the room. Inevitably, someone makes a comment about the evils of...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 14 2016
Money and the Divine Masculine
I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 14 2016
In a Rhino, Everything
I received the following email from a young woman, a student at an elite law school. I want to quote it in full, because it cuts so deep to core issues so many change agents...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 14 2016
This Feminist Is #Still Sanders
I write as a feminist, a well-seasoned historian of American women, and a die-hard supporter of Bernie Sanders. Long-time colleagues disparage my loyalty to the Sanders...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Apr 11 2016
Mutiny of the Soul, Revisited
Over the years, I’ve probably received more mail about Mutiny of the Soul than any other essay I’ve written. The idea of the article has been hugely validating for many...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Apr 11 2016
Radical Politics in the Age of American Authoritarianism: Connecting the Dots
If the left is to fight back against authoritarianism, we must bring together diverse movements working for social change.
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Tim Hjersted added an action on Apr 11 2016
How Not to ''Bern Out'': Ten Steps Toward a Future We Can Believe In
In the last six months, a relatively low-profile senator from a low-profile state has become a national and even global political phenomenon. At a recent speech in the South...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Apr 11 2016
Five Dangerous Thoughts about Capitalism
Our system of modern capitalism is just one story; it is not the only one there is. It’s not inherent within us. It isn’t some inevitable expression of predefined Human Nature...
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Tim Hjersted shared an article via Tim Hjersted on Apr 7 2016
Films for Action's Strategy to Help Catalyze a Global Paradigm Shift
It finally hit us several years ago. A heavily monopolized, commercialized and profit-driven media was choking the health of our culture. It was the problem that made every...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Apr 7 2016
The United Nations of the Spirit - Naciones Unidas Del Espíritu
In 2015 leaders and members of diverse indigenous communities throughout America founded the United Nations of the Spirit. Durante el mes de diciembre del 2015 en la Eco...