Arlene Goldbard

Arlene Goldbard
Richmond, California, USA
January 16
Writer and speaker on culture, politics and spirituality. Works with arts and cultural organizations, funders, policymakers and educational institutions. Latest book: New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development.


Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 12, 2012 4:29PM

Four Future Memories

My lack of interest in sports competitions is so total that I’ve sometimes wondered if it is dangerous, un-American, or both. You know the World War II movies where the German spy is discovered among war prisoners in the Stalag because he can’t say who won the most recent World Series?… Read full post »

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AUGUST 24, 2012 11:00AM

Fifty Years After

This year marks the 50th anniverary of The Port Huron Statement, a democratic manifesto drafted largely by Tom Hayden and modified and adopted by Students for a Democratic Society, a leading activist organization of that period.

For many people like myself who came up in the sixties, it was an import… Read full post »

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JUNE 7, 2012 10:30AM

The Mystery: Annals of The Culture of Politics

If the question had been put outright, my friend and I agreed, a supermajority would have voted on our side: Do you want to live in a nation where a few ultra-rich individuals own as much as everyone else put together, have carte blanche to use their wealth to shape public… Read full post »

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MAY 29, 2012 11:00AM

The Impasse: Annals of The Culture of Politics

What principle do you hold dearest? What sense of American identity matters most to you? If I put a question— say, What do you stand for?—what answer resounds with total conviction?

My friend and I were at lunch, discussing our usual topic: The Impasse, aka the gulf between what we know… Read full post »

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MAY 8, 2012 10:30AM

Five Books That Changed My Life

The rambling life ain’t restful, to paraphrase Satchel Paige. The last five weeks have been almost nonstop work for me, including nearly 10,000 miles of air travel. I always think that 30,000 feet above the planet will be a great place for introspection, but instead, I shift in my seat, get… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 11:14AM

Shades of Green

When you wake up three weeks from today, possession, cultivation, and transportation of marijuana for adults’ personal use will either be legal in California—or not. The polls are close for Proposition 19, the “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010.” Nearly a dozen cities… Read full post »