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Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, social activist, and consultant who works for justice, compassion and honor in every sphere, from the interpersonal to the transnational. She is known for her provocative, independent voice and her ability to inspire and activate.

Arlene's essays have appeared in such journals as Art in America, The Independent, Theatre, High Performance and Tikkun. Her books include Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture; New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development; Community, Culture and Globalization; and her novel Clarity.

Arlene has helped dozens of organizations to make plans and solve problems. They include nonprofits such as the Independent Television Service, the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art; foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media; a score of state arts agencies; and many others.

She is President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and Tsofah/President of Congregation Eitz Or in Seattle. She co-founded such activist groups as the San Francisco Artworkers' Coalition, the California Visual Artists Alliance, Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts and Draft Help.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tell The Story Right: The Jobs Plan We Need, Part 2 Part 2 of an essay on the jobs plan we need, one that addresses social and cultural infrastructure just as much as physical infrastructure. We can't afford not to do it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tell The Story Right: The Jobs Plan We Need, Part 1 President Obama's jobs plan is better than anticipated, but our national conversation about job creation is still devastatingly inadequate. Fixing infrastructure means not just roads and bridges, but repairing our social fabric, and that requires public investment.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 29, 2011
Surreality: Against Inner Exile How many people share this sense of dislocation, this perception of a general condition of surreality, in which ordinary customs and habits seem somehow off? Visit the Twilight Zone with Thomas Friedman, Cornel West, Carl Gibson, Van Morrison, Sheik Abdul Ghani Aboughreis, and me.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Window and The Mirror Warren Buffett, empathy and entitlement, racism and privilege, with soundtrack by Booker T and Bob Dylan.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 5, 2011
Theater of the Absurd The budget drama being enacted in Congress is at its core and essence theater: a national performance of symbolic speech designed to generate emotional responses so powerful they obscure the falsity of the enterprise.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2011
In The USA Our best and worst on Independence Day: the evergreen enterprise of immigrants; the cacophony of languages aligning like coherent light in the "A-a-a-h" following each fireworks explosion. The way we enshrine privilege, obey authority, fall into the habit of disbelieving in our own power. Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Waskow, immigration, the economy, community, and more.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Fall of The Empire: Cui Bono? Rome fell, the history teacher told us, because those in power pursued personal wealth and privilege at the expense of collective well-being.

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