Losing the Big Teacher

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Members of any society must know a great many things in common…. Whether they know them can make a fatal difference. The future of the world may depend on how many do. — Mark Van Doren, Liberal Education (1) The evidence that our dysfunctional relationship with the earth is surpassing tolerable limits is increasingly becoming… Read more »

Majority Voting is Inadequate – an Interview with Peter Emerson

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This is an extended version of the interview which first appeared in Dziennik Opinii in Polish. Peter Emerson is the director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a leading authority on voting systems for use in both decision-making and elections. Marcin Gerwin (Poland): There are many divisions and even hostility… Read more »

The Farm: Where We Have Come From and Our Plans For the Future

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As we in the North approach the winter solstice — traditionally a time of slowing down, contemplation, and letting go of the past year — we are filled with gratitude for so much that we have been given, and only barely awakened to the new possibilities these gifts bestow. Our small non-profit educational and scientific… Read more »

Invest in Humanity (video)

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In this compelling video montage (an artistic blend of TED talks, Burning Man, Samsara and others) Tim Jackson redefines our understanding of investment. It is an invitation to embrace a new form of economy; one bridging our shared past with our common future. In Tim’s words, "prosperity is a shared endeavor" and it requires first… Read more »

One Rolex Short of Contentment

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Materialism promises satisfaction. It delivers despair. by George Monbiot All photos taken from Rich Kids of Instagram That they are crass, brash and trashy goes without saying. But there is something in the pictures posted on Rich Kids of Instagram (and highlighted by the Guardian last week(1)) that inspires more than the usual revulsion towards… Read more »

Transylvanian Count to Chair Bloodbank

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A new government appointment provides a chilling insight into its priorities. by George Monbiot (UK) You want to appoint a new chairman for Natural England, the government body responsible for protecting nature. Do you look for: a. someone with a background in ecology and a track record of interest in the natural world? Or b…. Read more »