George Takei Enchants NPR, Changes My Life

George and James

The first time I met George Takei I was too terrified to speak. My brother had to drag me toward the desk where he was sitting, and took on the responsibility to communicate that we were hoping he would sign a photo for my Mum. When told she had been feeding us Star Trek since [Read More...]

The Freethought Movement in 2013 – 5 Hopes and Challenges

It’s time to get the freethought movement moving. 2012 has been huge: The Reason Rally powerfully demonstrated the rise of a new political constituency, and the presidential election – with 70% of religious “nones” voting for Obama –  showed the potential of freethinkers to shape American politics in the future. But it won’t be easy: activating our influence [Read More...]

ROUSE Them: The Eight Elements of Inspiration

ROUSE Them

Over at my new website ROUSE Them I’ve developed a model for helping leaders inspire people to act around an issue. It’s relevant to anyone in any leadership position, including members of freethought groups who wish to mount a campaign to defend and promote secular values! In the post I outline the eight elements of [Read More...]

At Last I’m 30 – Introducing ROUSE Them!

ROUSE Them

I’m 30 years old today, and have finished my retrospective “how did I get here?” countdown. But instead of celebrating the the normal way (or perhaps as well as…) I wanted to use the occasion of my birthday to start a new journey. And here it is: ROUSE Them is my latest project, an attempt to take [Read More...]

Countdown to 30 – 1 Day to Go! – Felix Adler Calling

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The seventh and last post in my “Countdown to 30″ series, looking forward to my 30th birthday (tomorrow!) and back to how I got here. Felix Adler Calling Throughout my time researching Humanism and working as a Humanist activist, Ethical Culture (a movement of Humanist congregations dedicated to ethical living and the improvement of society) had [Read More...]

Countdown to 30 – 2 Days to Go! – Humanist Activist

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The sixth post in my “Countdown to 30″ series, looking forward to my 30th birthday and back to how I got here. Humanist Activist The past two years or so has been a whirlwind of Humanist activism. I launched this blog, Temple of the Future, to present a positive, powerful, passionate vision of Humanism that might [Read More...]

Countdown to 30 – 3 Days to Go! – Finding Myself in Humanist Community

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The fifth post in my “Countdown to 30″ series, looking forward to my 30th birthday and back to how I got here. Finding Myself in Humanist Community The Humanist Community at Harvard was a revelation. While I had attended Humanist discussion groups, read Humanist books, and frequented Humanist blogs for a while, I had never enjoyed [Read More...]


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