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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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Engineering Bridges That Are Alive

In the northeast of India, the roots of fig trees have been trained for centuries to stop erosion from the flash floods of the Monsoon season and build living bridges that can survive any deluge: Watch video>>

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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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Book: Healing the Heart of Democracy

by Parker Palmer. At this critical moment in American life, Parker J. Palmer looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good. Building on his decades of social activism … 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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Irreparable Human Deficit Looms in Wake of Budget-Cutting Frenzy

by Riane Eisler, Rene Redwood – OP ED

A financial debt can be paid. But the debt we’ll owe our children if investments in health, nutrition and education are slashed is irreparable. Investment in human infrastructure is essential for success in the post-industrial economy, and this should be our policymakers’ guiding economic principle.

It’s up to us to ask the hard questions: Why are we being told we can’t raise taxes on the rich, but must cut wages for teachers, nurses, child-care workers and others on whom our future depends? There is no evidence that lower taxes on corporations and millionaires raise all boats, or that massive cuts in social services have ever helped people in developing nations rise from poverty. The opposite is true. It’s countries like Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Finland that have made commitments to caring for future generations that have risen from poverty to prosperity.

Why are we told that cutting social programs is the road to prosperity, when our past prosperity was the result of the very opposite?

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No such thing as a thing

How we are all connected through an essential, irreducible Bond, by Lynne McTaggart in “Ode Magazine,” July/August 2011

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Another Aspect of Good Water

by Jennifer Greene, Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, ME

This summer Jennifer is hosting a conference at the Water Research Institute, “Steps Towards Discovering the Intrinsic Nature of Water” with Wolfram Schwenk and David Auerbach – July 31 – August 5, 2011, download the brochure HERE.

Preamble:

The following article presents an unusual perspective on water. This perspective is gaining interest from world water policymakers from UNESCO to the World Water Council. How we conceptualize water affects how we manage it. This is central to the industrial world/indigenous world conflicts and the issues around privatization/public water supplies.

Background:

In municipalities all over the US there are unsung heroes and heroines in the environmental movement. They are largely unknown to the populous, they do their work day in and day out, regardless of the season, holidays, weekends; they serve a constant flow that arises out of simply being citizens of life. They are often maligned, for their work is a ‘dirty job”. Their place of work is the last stop for an unending flow of water, where a necessary pause is the stopgap against environmental disaster that the earth and humanity experiences when this is not in place. Continue reading

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World 2.0 – Japan

“Japan should look to satoyama and satoumi for inspiration”. A new article on World 2.0 is posted HERE.

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Book: Walk Out Walk On

In Walk Out Walk On, authors Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create … Continue reading

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