Monthly Archives: August 2004

TEN REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC

My writing of late has been pretty intense, sometimes angry, and, in the words of one reader, ‘exhausting’. I keep making the point that if we’re going to save the world, we’re going to have to pace ourselves, be good … Continue reading

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WHEN COMMONS CAN’T BE SELF-MANAGED

In my rambling post last year about community (ours) I described how once a year we set up a ‘goofy golf’ course in our neighbourhood. The 100-acre fence-free community has nine ‘holes’, with a one-foot diameter pail sunk in the … Continue reading

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Awfully Personal Question for August 21, 2004

Welcome to That’s Awfully Personal, an opportunity for blog writers and readers to reveal a little more about themselves than might normally happen during the daily blogging process, and hence get to know each other a bit better. It’s a … Continue reading

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WORST CASE SCENARIO

I‘ve been browsing, with great unease, some of the neocon sites discussing what they should do after the upcoming US election. One of the most frightening thing about Bush’s first term has been his massive deregulation by deliberate neglect — … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NATURE – PART THREE

Third and final part of a three-part essay. Part One is here. Part Two is here. Bibliography of all sources cited is here. In Part Two I explained what we lost when, thirty thousand years ago, in response to a … Continue reading

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USING TECHNOLOGY IN ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESS

(Eleventh instalment of the upcoming book Natural Enterprise. List of previous instalments here.) A lot of readers of How to Save the World will probably be disappointed with this chapter in my upcoming book Natural Enterprise for two reasons: I’m … Continue reading

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A PAEAN TO SOVEREIGNTY

Almost three years after the 9/11 attacks, there is every indication that our world is now more insecure than it has ever been. Anti-Western extremists willing to use violence are more numerous and more committed than ever. They have been … Continue reading

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CREATING MODEL INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES: SETTING THE EXAMPLE

My article last month proposing Model Intentional Communities (MICs) as a means of showing young people a better, more natural way to live provoked a strong and positive response. Many readers commented on how important it is to teach by … Continue reading

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THE OUTRAGE OF INJURED CITIZENS

This week there were three separate memes in the newsmedia about corporations blaming citizens and consumers for their woes. Put them together and it’s not a pretty picture: The Customer Isn’t Buying It… The NYT reports that, despite companies’ attempts … Continue reading

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THE MONEY’S ON ANOTHER REPUBLICAN SWEEP

Opinion polls can be biased by wishful thinking, contrarian responses, and even deliberate lies of participants — after all, there’s no real motivation to tell the pollster the truth. But as James Surowiecki argues in The Wisdom of Crowds, put … Continue reading

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