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Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff: Indigenous Elder Wisdom for Modern Times

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff was born and raised with a traditional upbringing on the Pribilof Islands of the Bering Sea. His traditional name, Kuuyux, was given to him when he was four and means extension of ancient knowledge into modern times. … Continue reading

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Occupy Love

Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love with Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics: Watch Video>>

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Voices of Vets with Michael Meade

Mosaic’s recent Voices of Veterans retreat and Welcome Home Ceremony brought together veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the local community. Its purpose was to help heal the distance between the warriors and those they protect, and … Continue reading

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Democracy Action Circles

Parker Palmer launched his new book into the world this fall titled Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. The Prelude can be downloaded HERE.

Starting in January, all kinds of people are gathering all over the country, once a month for a couple of hours, to explore the habits of the heart that Parker Palmer describes in his recently published book, Healing the Heart of Democracy. The Center for Courage and Renewal will provide a free guide to anyone who wants to participate, plus lots of inspiration along the way through Twitter, Facebook, and our blog. Continue reading

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Life Study: How nature nurtures students at an inner-city high school

by Marilyn Berlin Snell

At 16—too young to be so mean—Ashley frequently let her claws fly in class. Scowls appeared at random, over slights no one could recall delivering. Her general disposition often kept the desks around hers vacant while the rest filled with students.

It was January of her junior year at Balboa High School in San Francisco, and the principal had just taken Ashley out of the communication-arts program that would have united her and two disruptive friends in the same classroom until graduation. Only 13 percent of Balboa’s junior class that year scored at or above the national average on the standardized reading and math tests—results that the San Francisco Unified School District called “nothing less than a crisis.” Continue reading

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Creating New Pathways

by Ginny McGinn, Executive Director, Center for Whole Communities

One of the things that drew me to Center for Whole Communities almost two years ago was the organization’s mission to support individuals working for social and environmental change. My work with Bioneers, a nonprofit organization working to share inspiring stories of sustainability and social change, had changed me. I learned first-hand that there were elegant sustainable solutions for many of our social and environmental problems, and that social and environmental issues were interconnected. I also saw that what was often lacking in the effort to create real change on the ground was the ability for inspired leaders to enact change within their organizations – and ultimately help to change the communities they served. Continue reading

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Conversation: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Deep Water

by Richard Whittaker; June 13, 2011

Most of us in the west take clean water for granted. And generally we’re equally asleep to the profound role water plays in our lives. In an interview with Sam Bower of greenmuseum.org [issue #18] I brought up the question of water. He mused, “If you think of what we are, I mean we’re made up of cells and each little cell contains a drop of seawater. In some ways, all the little creatures that emerged from the seas found each other, bound together and found a way of collaborating and sharing the recipe over and over with helpful modifications, and here we are today! Every chance we get to replenish that connection to the seas is just a delight. In some way, it’s a reminder of home.” Sam pointed me to Betsy Damon [see issue#19] who has devoted her life to studying water, to creating systems for the restoration of degraded water and to raising consciousness about what she calls living water. “Basically, higher life-forms like water that has gone up and down the mountain ten thousand times,” she says, quoting an old Chinese proverb. Each of us, if we were to look carefully, would find that some of our deepest memories are intimately connected with water. We need to be reminded of this. Continue reading

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Keepers of the Seeds:

How Native farmers and gardeners are working to preserve their agricultural heritage.

by Winona LaDuke

For 14 years, Caroline Chartrand, a Metis woman who recently traveled from Winnipeg, Canada, to the 8th annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference, has been looking for the heritage seeds of her people. It is believed that in the 1800s, the Metis grew some 120 distinct seed varieties in the Red River area of Canada. Of those, Caroline says, “We ended up finding about 20 so far.”

In Canada, three-quarters of all the crop varieties that existed before the 20th century are extinct. And, of the remaining quarter, only 10 percent are available commercially from Canadian seed companies (the remainder are held by gardeners and families). Over 64 percent of the commercially held seeds are offered by only one company; if those varieties are dropped, the seeds may be lost. Continue reading

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Book: In Search of the Informal Capital of Community

by Hanmin Liu President and CEO of Wildflowers Institute. Hanmin Liu writes of his exploration and understanding of the often invisible strengths and resources in communities, what he calls informal capital. He then describes models and processes to support communities … Continue reading

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A New Shade of Green:

Interview with Pierre Rabhi by Joseph Rowe, on the website “Illuminate Me” – “The priority of the agro-ecological approach is for people to be able to feed themselves, through respect and effective use of their own local resources. Production must … Continue reading

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