The Toolbox

 "We have the tools, and we have the talent!" - Winston Zeddemore, in the movie Ghostbusters


The quote is true: we do have the tools; we definitely have the talent.  One of the primary missions of is to provide tools and resources for you, your friends, your family, or your organization to use to counter fear.

This whole website was developed in anticipation of a great disruption or transformation, with the perspective that the US would not be ready for a catastrophe, and that there is no national coordination system - there are 12.  We've also been gearing up to respond to the emerging tyranny and nationalistic oligarchy of the current Administration.

The Shift the Country work is totally structured to help with all of this; to help us find our way through.  Shift the Country uses a 5-part approach for navigating this time of transformation and disruption. developed 25 Focus Areas to help with navigating large-scale disruption.  We do coaching and consulting in these areas, too, with years of experience and preparation for exactly this kind of moment.

The Toolbox:

This Toolbox is free.  Add your own tools, and tools you borrow from others, as they work for you.  Use what resonates.  A good toolbox is set up for the work that typically needs to get done, and only you know what that is.

This is a toolbox.  The basic tools are in place, and more will be added over time, although the focus here has moved to the Shift the Country work in 2022 at least through the election.  Links are not endorsements.

Toolbox tools include resources, posts, and links:

  • Tools to Shift the Country:   A growing set of tools for civic engagement in the time of coronavirus to help people help each other through, to engage voters, to help hold civil society together, and to make transformation as we find our way through together.
  • Core Resources, Ideas, & Tools:   Blog posts and resources that are the core parts of the counterfear idea.
  • * Resource Collection:  Dynamic page with the full set of resources on books, music, videos, information, articles, and inspiration.  Sortable by tag topic.
  • Counterfear Tools (in Blog):  Blog posts written specifically as tools to counter fear; updated through 2020.
  • Books:  Counterfear book resources.
  • Music:  Counterfear music resources.
  • Video, Movies, & TV:  Counterfear video, movie, and TV resources.

Most everything on the website is a tool of some sort:

  • Services:  The array of services offered to provide consulting, coaching, workshops, speaking engagements, and on-site work.
  • Focus Areas: The 25 focus areas of the counterfear work.
  • * The Blog:  Dynamic page with blog posts sortable by tag topic, and also alphabetically or chronologically.
  • Live Twitter Feed:  Real-time Tweets are posted regularly with all kinds of thoughts, articles, inspiration, and additional counterfear resources, inspiration, perspective, or relevant news.  You can also go to @CounterfearZone or @ShiftTheCountry on Twitter.
  • * Calendar of Events:  Dynamic page with occasional workshops and connection events.  Check out events at Shift the Country for 2022 activities.

Several "compartments" of The Toolbox are accessible either by left-side menu navigation or through a mobile device browser expandable menu available at the top of the page.

You might just need a quick song, or a quote, or an idea.  Pop in here for a minute, or dive in to go deeper.  Some of the tools are meant for a moment - to help calm or counter a mood, or to process or shift some emotion.  Some of the tools are provided to help with working through fear, perhaps on a deeper or longer term level.  Some are for use every day.  You can find what resonates with what you need, and there may be different things for different parts of your life.  Some tools work better for individuals, and some work well for both people and organizations.


* The website makes use of sortable tag topics through a Content Management System (CMS), with additional tweaks.  Three dynamic CMS functional pages are searchable using tag topic buttons:  the Resource Collection, The Blog, and Events.

All website pages are dynamic, as each page loads the resources, blog posts, or events that match the tags on that page.  As an example, the Core Resources, Ideas, & Tools page shows all of the blog posts and resources with that page's tag.

Shift the Country
I'm In!  Sign Me Up -
The Blog
The Focus Areas - for Navigating Disruption