Monthly Archives: March 2012

How Many Circles Does it Take to Make a Community?

Last evening I spent a couple of hours with three of my Bowen In Transition colleagues — Don Marshall, Rob Cairns and Robert Ballantyne — discussing what, if anything, we might do to start preparing our community (Bowen Island, off … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: March 21, 2012

kereru (native species), painting by NZ artist Robyn Forbes, from my own collection Vera over at Leaving Babylon has written an interesting series of articles on the hazards of planning and on permaculture design. She’s also very good at responding … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Unimaginable

image from FlaSunshine on Flickriver One of the lessons of Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan is that the events that have caused the greatest changes (and collectively most of the substantive change) to our civilization and our way of life … Continue reading

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Song of the Satyrs

The word ‘tragedy’ has a wonderful etymology. It literally means ‘song of the satyrs’ (the first ‘tragedies’ were ‘satyres’ of the human condition in which the players dressed in goatskins). Although it has come to mean a play with an … Continue reading

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