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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:08:56 +0000


2016: Toward the Deep Future

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:03:40 +0000


One of the oddest features of contemporary industrial society, it seems to me, is the profound ambivalence it displays toward the future. It’s hard to think of any society in human history that has made so much noise about the future, or used images and ideas of the future so relentlessly as rhetorical ammunition in its political and cultural controversies.

If We’re Honest, We All Know Trump’s America

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:02:38 +0000


When a local organizer for a new adult education project in Austin, Texas, asked me to teach a course on politics in January, it was tempting to focus on the potentially disastrous short-term consequences of the election. Instead, I decided to frame the course around the disastrous long-term forces that shape the contemporary United States, no matter who is in office.

Movie Un-Review: Wendell Berry, the Not-Quite Rock Star Seer

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:54:52 +0000


To me, that’s the big question when it comes to film. Is such a thing possible, or does making a film – even one about Berry – not have a net effect of legitimizing film even more, spurring the making and watching of even more films (eco-type films in this case), rather than inspiring viewers and filmmakers themselves to “turn the television [and camera] off and go outside”?

A Good Day for a Walk in the Woods

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:24:39 +0000


Not since the Civil War has an American presidential Inauguration Day been so fraught with fear and dread (on February 23, 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled to his inauguration under military guard, arriving in Washington, D.C., in disguise). The incoming president is the most unpopular of any to assume office since modern polling began.

Green Roofs

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:42:26 +0000


Cultivating plants on your roof creates a patch of natural habitat, partially replacing what was destroyed to create the building in the first place, provides food for bees and other miniature helpers who will fertilise your garden, and helps insulate your home.

Lean Logic and Surviving the Future: Review

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:29:14 +0000


These comments are not those of an opponent but of a dialogue partner. Lean Logic offers the reader the chance to learn, to reflect and to respond. There could be no greater gift bequeathed to us.

Sustainability 4.0

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:53:09 +0000


Sustainability 4.0 implies the empowered co-creation of prosumers in order to re-shape economy and society towards social inclusiveness and ecological soundness.

A Her-story of Transition Wekerle: An Experience of Local Community Activism in Hungary

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:20:56 +0000


I’ve never written a blog. I was advised to choose something that feels pertinent to me at the moment. Maybe activism, more specifically, community activism. Even more specifically, local community activism. Can local community activism as we experience it in Hungarian Transition somehow be regarded as an example of that focus of much adulation, social innovation?

Reinventing Poor Cities at Scale

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:21:38 +0000


Flint, MI presents a very compelling story. A city full of poor, disadvantaged people from which the affluent have fled. An economy in systematic decline where jobs have been shipped out and factories boarded up. Neighborhoods without basic investment to keep things livable. And, the acute, high profile tragedy of a water system delivering lead poisoning to its children. How can we not act?

A Power Zone Manifesto

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:45:36 +0000


What we are about to undertake is to write a prescription. Essentially, over the next 10 or 12 weeks, we are going to write a book comprised of a string of these blog posts, chapter by chapter.

Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:06:47 +0000


The use of hand tools is one of the definitive characteristics of our species. We even go so far as to define our preindustrial past by ages of hand tool technology: stone, bronze and iron.