We live in an age of profound disruption. Global crises, such as finance, food, fuel, water, resource scarcity and poverty challenge just about every aspect of society. Yet, this disruption also brings the possibility of profound personal, societal and global renewal. We need to stop and ask: Why do we collectively create results nobody wants? What keeps us locked into the old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform these root issues that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past?
The book Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economiesponders these questions and proposes a new line of thought that is summarized in the 10 insights here.
Mission: To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.
As cities become more conscious of their environmental and social impact, smart growth has become a ubiquitous umbrella term for a slew of principles to which designers and planners are encouraged to adhere.
NewUrbanism.org has distributed 10 points that serve as guides to development that are similar to both AIA’s Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design and New York City’s Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design. Planners all appear to be on the same page in regards to the nature of future development. But as Brittany Leigh Foster of Renew Lehigh Valley points out, these points tend to be vague; they tell us “what” but they do not tell us “how”.
10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth by Bill Adams of UrbDeZine San Diego enumerates how to achieve the various design goals and principles that these various guides encourage.
Across the world, workers are under attack by the 1%. Wages are at a historic low while unemployment remains stuck near a record high. Governments are attacking the poorest amongst us with brutal austerity plans. Unions are being destroyed, while autonomous workers’ movements meet with severe repression from Oakland, to Montreal, to Athens, and Cairo.
The power of the 1% is based on their control of the workplace. We need a new labor movement of the 99% to occupy the workplace and transform the economy, but the working class is divided – between union and non-union, immigrant and native-born, young and old, North and South, private sector and public sector; by national borders, race, language, creed, color, education, and industry.
"Rather than enlarge the moral imagination and critical capacities of students, too many universities are now wedded to producing would-be hedge fund managers, depoliticized students, and creating modes of education that promote a “technically trained docility.” Strapped for money and increasingly defined in the language of corporate culture, many universities are now driven principally by vocational, military and economic considerations while increasingly removing academic knowledge production from democratic values and projects. " Interview with Dr. Henry A. Giroux.
By Eric Maisel, Ph.D. - 'The mental disorder business, where folks sit around a table and turn “symptom pictures” into “mental disorders,” rests on the Orwellian conceit that the average person is gullible enough to believe that there is a clear meaning to the word “normal” and a clear meaning to the word “abnormal.” Anyone willing to give the matter a second’s thought would see that these words have so many usages as to empty them of meaning.'
Influential author and speaker Dr Brené Brown tackles the myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Instead, she argues, it is the clearest path to courage and meaningful connection, and has the power to transform the way we engage and educate.
"Our capacity for wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be brokenhearted." -Dr. Brené Brown
"Empathy fuels connections. Sympathy drives disconnections." -Dr. Brené Brown
Shame: "I am bad" | makes us think that we can't changeGuilt: "I did something bad" | creates cognitive dissonance HumiliationEmbarrassment
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"Okay, I know this subject has been beat to death but I need to go there one more time. Why? Because Paula Deen’s crying, pleading, borderline belligerent I is what I is, and I’m not changing play for forgiveness mirrors the way that too many white people react to accusations of racism. And that reaction is no small thing. It’s one of the obstacles to ending interpersonal racism which, as we know, is the justification for institutional racism and the perpetuation of racial inequality.
So, for white people who want to be good allies, here are five things not to do when accused of racism:"
Chris Diplock believes his research has the potential to make Vancouver not only greener but less lonely. The Sharing Project, founded by Diplock, is already generating nationwide buzz for its plans to explore exactly how Vancouverites could share both goods and services -- one neighbourhood at a time.
"The Sharing Project focuses on finding out what Vancouverites want to share, and how they want to share it, in different regions and neighbourhoods across the city," explains Gala Milne, the project's community engagement manager. "Determining the demand for, say, if Kitsilano wants to share watersports equipment, like kayaks and canoes, or if people in Strathcona want to be sharing tools, or space, or skills."
Known by a variety of titles (the Peer-to-Peer Market, The Collaborative Economy, Collaborative Consumption), the Sharing Economy is hardly unique to Vancouver. In fact, it's already exploding on a worldwide scale, having enjoyed a surge of popularity in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. By expert's estimates, the market is already worth approximately $26 billion, and, in March 2013, a story on the Sharing Economy even graced the front page of The Economist. However, despite these gains, the concept is still a relatively new one. Many companies who serve to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions (Airbnb, Weeelz, RelayRides) currently operate in legal grey areas, and even the parameters of the market itself aren't set -- including anything from communal use of shared items, to borrowing and bartering, to renting goods or space from individuals.
For Diplock, the idea to explore opportunities for the Sharing Economy in Vancouver grew from his experiences as founder of The Tool Library, a co-op which, over the past two years, has proved exceedingly popular in its Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, now boasting over 600 members, and renting out approximately 3,000 tools per year.
Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.
Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week. Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.
Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...
"A new study by Kathryn Freeman Anderson in Sociological Inquiry adds evidence to the hypothesis that racism harms health. To study the connection, Anderson analyzed the massive 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which includes data for other 30,000 people. Conceptually, she proposes a simple pathway with two clear steps. First, because of the prevalence of racial discrimination, being a racial minority leads to greater stress. Not surprisingly, Anderson found that 18.2 percent of black participants experienced emotional stress and 9.8 percent experienced physical stress. Comparatively, only 3.5 and 1.6 percent of whites experienced emotional and physical stress, respectively.
Second, this stress leads to poorer mental and physical health. But this is not only because stress breaks the body down. It is also because stress pushes people to cope in unhealthy ways. When we feel stressed, we may want a drink and, if we want a drink, we may also want a cigarette. But discrimination is not just any form of stress. It is a type of stress that disproportionately affects minorities.
Here we see how racism works in a cycle to damage health. People at a social disadvantage are more likely to experience stress from racism. And they are less likely to have the resources to extinguish this stress, because they are at a social disadvantage."
"...it serves the agenda of conservatives to laud the supposed industriousness of Asian Americans in order to disparage the work ethics of those who, by race or class, suffer from higher rates of poverty. It suggests that our work ethics and not the cumulative impact of historical injustices and public policy are to blame for social and economic inequities."