If the government were like a family at a kitchen table talking $

Are you, like me, getting both mesmerized by and sick of the palace intrigues in Washington DC? John deGraaf suggested a remedy. He picked a 5 item common sense agenda that would help a very confused and distressed populace with their real lives. What does everyone really want and need in their daily lives – that a national government could facilitate? Before I give you John’s list, let’s set the scene around a kitchen table of a

To buy or not to buy… the continuing saga of Standing Rock

Join me in unraveling my wild ride towards buying an old airport parking bus…almost. It started with Standing Rock – as many stories these days do. In August, the door of my heart flew open and the Standing Rock cause flew in. I went, delivered warm winter jackets, stayed to help sort them and support the medic team, and drove off with a seed of that remarkable community in my heart. As the weather chilled and

Hope – in spite of it all * Grad Speech Antioch

Antioch Graduation Speech on Hope in Spite of it All June 2012 Thank you for selecting me as your graduation speaker, and congratulations on your success. In my short time today I want to say why – even with a future as uncertain and discouraging as the one staring us in the face – I am filled with hope. Yes, we live in one of those times in history when the stakes are high and

Ernest Callenbach’s last words of wisdom

“Chick” Callenbach was always thoughtful – kind and considered. So of course he considered us all in his last month, and wrote a final essay of wisdom and encouragement that apparently was found on his computer after he died, with instructions for publication. Here it is – one more testament to his calm ability to see what’s wrong yet point to how we can wander towards safety. He was a mentor and friend – we

Newsletter: Taste of Brazil, Teleclass & more

Hi there, Boy do I have some great opportunities you can jump on, if you choose. * Some are free, * some expensive but worth it, * some are simply a chance to celebratewith me. The free one is my class as part of the Spring of Sustainability Shift Network Teleclass series. The expensive one is a fantastic learning journey to Brazil. The celebrations… okay, we’ll start with one. The rest – my new book,

Slow Money Slow Food

Long time no post! I’m writing a new book about local food and am in steep learning and deep writing mode. But I am taking a break from the computer to attend the Slow Money Conferencing in San Francisco October 12-14 which brings my two fascinations – food and money – together. I’ll write more as the weeks go on about how food and money relate (not just cost!) and how my new book, Blessing

Places to Intervene in a System, in case you don’t know

Donella Meadows was one of my great mentors. She, Dennis Meadows and Jorgen Randers were authors of the revolutionary 1974 Limits to Growth Report. These MIT early systems thinkers had the audacity to reveal the results of their computer modeling of resource flows – to wit, sometime early in the next millennium we’d hit multiple resource walls and systems could start crashing. They were lauded and vilified.  Now they are being proven right – unfortunately

Hope and Resourcefulness

Three years ago I wrote a chapter for a book called Hope Beneath our Feet, a compilation of essays in response to the editor, Martin  Keogh’s, question: If we’re looking down the barrel of environmental disaster, how then shall we live our lives? As I had before (for Imagine by Marianne Williamson, now out of print), I wrote from the perspective of the near future (20-40 years). As I’ve said in recent posts, my sense

Grace Lee Boggs and a Culture of Resourcefulness

Want to be moved and inspired? Please take 2 minutes and read the transcript below of Grace Lee Boggs on Democracy Now yesterday in which  she speaks with Amy Goodman about themes I’ve also lived and taught for years – that as we let go of consumerism and “job-ism” we recognize our most potent resources are our creativity and our community. I’ve highlighted my zingers. And this is precisely what I want to share in

Resilience Resourcefulness Empathy

I just read a super inspiring article by Michael Sammet that wraps resilience, resourcefulness and empathy together in one narrative of creative, collaborative adaptation to the BIG changes upon us. Just my cup of tea, so to speak, since I just finished teaching “resourcefulness” as a teleclass and will teach live at Schumacher College May 31-June 4. I especially like how Sammet defines his terms. Resilience in design “means creating objects, templates and platforms

The 5 C’s of Resourcefulness

Something in the human brain snaps to attention in the presence of counting. I discovered this at one of my early public talks. Someone asked a question and I said, “There are three things to know about that.” Everyone put a “1.”  in their notebooks in unison and looked up like baby birds waiting to be fed. Whoa! Powerful. Then I saw this counting everywhere, noting each time that upon seeing the number I wanted