Take a Few Paragraphs to Describe a Perfect World: That’s the challenge from zaadz. This is the subject of my novel-in-progress (the illustration above is from my draft), so if anyone can capture it in a few paragraphs I want to hear it. The responses on the zaadz site don’t do it for me, but read them over — they’re inspirational, and they’ll get you thinking. Thanks to Siona for the link and the one that follows.
Women Fight Stress Through Companionship: A UCLA study suggests that hormones produced by stress, which in men trigger fight-or-flight responses, in women also trigger a female bonding response. There is strength, and safety, in numbers committed to a common cause.
No Longer Out of Touch: Mike Morris tells his personal and slightly troubling story of how reconnection to the land generated renewed respect for it, and everything living on it: Excerpt:
The simple connection of bare feet and hands in contact with the soil… The simple connection of watching water fall from the sky, the music of it trinkling into your water tanks. Often, when it rains, I go into the kitchen, pour myself a glass of water, and drink it as I watch the rain fall outside the window: Now this rain falls through my body. No other water ever tastes as good. Then go outside and return the water to the Earth. Hard not to feel connected, then.
The Road to a Community-Based Economy: Bill McKibben joins the bandwagon, hoping his descendants will have the sense to realize that community self-reliance offers the only way to cope with looming and cascading social, economic and ecological crises.
Huge Bee Die-Off Linked to GM Corn: Not yet proven irrefutably, but until recently neither was the connection between human activity and global warming. Monsanto does it again, and this time the consequences for farmers who don’t grow from sterile trademarked seeds, and for wild plants everywhere, could be catastrophic.
The Looming War Against Iran and the Looming US Debt Crisis: Jeff Vail makes the connection. A half trillion dollars in high-risk US mortgage debt coming up for renewal over the next two years at much higher interest rates. And Bush determined to start yet another catastrophic Middle East war, this time with nukes. Yet the stock market is at record highs. Students of history are shaking their heads.
Not a Nation as We Know It: John Robb explains that the concept of a ‘virtual’ caliphate, which underlies much of the political and religious ambition in the Middle East, is utterly different from our notion of a nation-state, in that it has no firm borders or boundaries, political, social oreconomic, and is less hierarchical than rhizomic.
Latin American Assesses Gonzales: And they don’t think any more of him than we do.
We Don’t Know What We Need: Roger Schank’s observation that we need to observe and converse and understand what people need, instead of just asking them, has applications far beyond business.
(Corrected): Hear me blather live April 26 at 11am EDT (GMT-5h) during an online forum on innovation. Get free tickets by e-mailing me or requesting them in the comments below (I have 20 to give out). More on this soon!
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Preparing for Civilization's End:
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)
The Mushroom at the End of the World
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Complexity and Collapse
Save the World Reading List
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
What to Believe Now?
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Several Short Sentences About Learning
Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
A Culture of Dependence
So What's Next
Ten Things to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation Manifesto Nobody Knows Anything
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity
Ten Things I Wish I'd Learned Earlier
The Problem With Systems
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish
A Synopsis of 'Finding the Sweet Spot'
Learning from Indigenous Cultures
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media
The Wal-Mart Dilemma
The Illusion of the Separate Self:
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
What Happens in Vagus
We Have No Choice
Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)
The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Only This (Poem)
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)
The Only Way There (Short Story)
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses' Bodies (Poem)
Distracted (Short Story)
Worse, Still (Poem)
A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)
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