Jared Diamond: How Societies Can Grow Old Better (TED video)

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There’s an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It’s no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders — some better, some worse… Read more »

Lessons From the Rust Belt with Geoff Lawton

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Trailer only – watch the full video here! Does history repeat itself? Geoff Lawton looks at the rust belt collapse of an entire industry in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the lost opportunity that could have been prevented if people thought differently and redesigned their way using some proven Permaculture techniques. The future might have been vastly… Read more »

Chaitraban – the Journey (Maharashtra, India)

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The beginning of life for a new permaculturist…. Living in the concrete jungle of Mumbai, there is a terrible smog and a mild stench of ammonia in the air. I try to ignore the noise that comes from the various households. People are busy with their morning chores, children are getting ready to go to… Read more »

Genetic Fallacy: How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent (video)

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That a former Monsanto scientist should find himself in charge of a specially-created post at the very journal that published two landmark studies questioning the safety of that company’s products should surprise no one who is aware of the Monsanto revolving door. This door is responsible for literally dozens of Monsanto officials, lobbyists and consultants… Read more »

Thinking Like a Russian

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Soviet soldier waving the Red Banner over the central plaza of Stalingrad in 1943 The rule is as old as human war and conflict: If you are to prevail, you must know the mind of your adversary. Chess masters know this. Winning football coaches know this. Victorious generals know this. Successful diplomats know this. If… Read more »

Elections: Understanding the Invisible Structures – an Interview with Peter Emerson

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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. See a previous interview with Peter here. Marcin Gerwin: This autumn we will have local elections in Poland and instead of the proportional representation a new… Read more »

Christopher Soghoian: Government Surveillance – This is Just the Beginning

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Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what’s… Read more »

Steve Marsh’s GMO Case: Update

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Steve Marsh’s court case finished on Feb 28, 2014, and although we are not sure when the verdict will be out, we will put an update on our website as soon as we know the outcome of this important landmark case that could change the future of farming in Australia and beyond. Steve’s legal costs… Read more »

Permaculture – a Lesson in Patience

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by Leanne Ejack (Alberta, Canada), PDC student, Jan/Feb 2014 at PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, Qld., Australia I was bred, born and raised in the Western Canadian prairies, surrounded by massive cattle feedlots and kilometre-long stretches of monoculture grain crops. I always enjoyed the farming lifestyle, but I knew as a young teenager that the farming… Read more »

Holmgren’s ‘Crash on Demand’: Be Careful What You Wish For

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Originally published on TransitionNetwork.org It is a rare occurence that I disagree with David Holmgren. One of my heroes, and the co-founder of permaculture, I generally find his intellect formidable, his insights on permaculture revelatory, and his take on the wider patterns and scenarios unfolding around us to be deeply insightful. But while there is… Read more »