Critical Yeast

November 17, 2009 2 Comments

My friend Arthur Romano does a very good job talking about John Paul Lederach’s concept of “critical yeast.”  We at the Interaction Institute for Social Change have been deeply influenced by Lederach’s book The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace.  Our network-building work is informed by this idea that since we are connected in networks, it is in fact possible for what seems like a tiny minority to significantly affect the whole.

I am appreciative of Arthur reminding us that this age of connectivity significantly enhances our potential to be that critical yeast.  He is very clear that the hard work of building authentic relationships is as important as ever – there are no short cuts in this work, but there are more powerful frames.


  • Melinda says:

    All this talk of bread makes me hungry….


    …hungry to rise up, spread out, change structures and provide nourishment…

    …not even in a long time…but in my near future. Let’s rise up, folks! Let’s keep it on the up and up.

    Good look, Gibran. That background art work looks a little familiar, btw…

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