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Facebook Censors Author Naomi Wolf On Gaza –

Facebook Censors Author Naomi Wolf On Gaza – | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it

Today, Naomi revealed that Facebook sent her a warning, suggesting her account could be removed, and explaining that they had censored images she posted from her sources in Gaza.


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Social media censorship: the end of net neutrality?

 

Is this Facebook Censorship only, or is this happening on more social media platforms...Which-ones?

If it is : the end of net neutrality
If is is only on Facebook: I don't care, provided it is transparent and widely communicated.

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Bamboo could turn the world's construction trade on its head ? Insights for ZERI Europe

Bamboo could turn the world's construction trade on its head ? Insights for ZERI Europe | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Bamboo, a common grass which can be harder to pull apart than steel, has the potential to revolutionise building construction throughout the world. But that’s not all. As a raw material found predominantly…
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Thank you Dirk Hebel for this powerful article, providing an example of what is possible.

What struck me most was the observation of how the so called development aid has further

"divided the planet between those who produce goods and services, and those who are meant just to consume"

 

Then the analysis of how the incentive system worked in favour of this " unprecedented transfer of products and predefined solutions – instead of capacity-building programs – from the rich countries to poor, under the rubric of “development aid”.

 

It clearly denounces the "the exploitative trade system currently in place".

 

This is all well known, and it is now also established that a similar "exploitative system" is also in place in the so called developed World.

But Dirk goes further, and this also is why his article is so powerful : he shows that this apparent pervasive predicament can be reversed. In particular, the article shows how

"As a raw material found predominantly in the developing world, without a pre-existing industrial infrastructure built to skew things towards the rich world, bamboo has the potential to completely shift international economic relations"

All this brings me to following reflections:

From my perspective from ZERI Europe I am fully aligned with Dirk on this.I indeed believe that the condition for sustainable communities to flourish is to use what is locally available.

But let me go further: indeed, in our view no problem can be seen and understood in isolation. The problems of our time are systemic, they are all interconnected and interdependent. We believe that ultimately they are just facets of one single crisis, a crisis of perception.

That's what I stand for: a radical shift in perception, thinking, ethics and acting. We believe this the only way that can lead to a sustainable society, one designed in such a way that its ways of life, businesses, economy, physical structure, institutions, and technologies do not interfere with nature's inherent ability to sustain life.

This new paradigm (understood according to Kuhn), which is a radically new conception of life, has allowed us to initiate, catalyse, support the emergence of flourishing local communities for 20 years now, communities where everyone has its basic needs met, where everyone can freely grow towards its highest potential, and autonomously auto-determine its life.

In fact we've demonstrated, and in our 183 cases to date, that everywhere on this World  abundance can be created with what is locally available, by turning the waste of one system as a valuable input for another system, using what is locally available, without interfering with nature's inherent ability to sustain life!.

The technologies, both material and institutional, are made available, open source, for responsible application.

I often quote Machiavelli, who wrote in "The Prince":

"It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them."

My task at ZERI Europe is difficult to take in hand , perilous to conduct, especially in Europe, where I am in charge. But not so much "uncertain" anymore.

Recently ZERI had some very significant, major breakthroughs from what Dirk Hegel calls "developing nations".

Developing Nations: is this concept also not old thinking and perceiving? Indeed, I do see the breakthroughs appearing mostly outside of the old colonial and industrialized countries, who are much more stuck in their "Technological/Institutional Lock-Ins" and old paradigms.

Is it not time to look at things differently? I see the possibility of building a new living together, beyond any divide, and certainly between what Dirk Hebel quotes as  "Those who produce goods and services, and those who are meant just to consume".

New thinking does go beyond the old dualism inherent in the Cartesian/Newtonian scientific paradigm.

Let's Follow Aristotle again, and his famous quote:

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts"   

 That's precisely what I am  undertaking in Europe..

 

"How can mutually beneficial learning, support, interactions, interconnections, interdependencies, collaboration, beyond divides, but uncompromisingly, ensure the charting of a new course, to  alter and dissolve the one we are still following, leading us to the yet still invisible and inconceivable Metamorphosis."

paraphrased and translated from Edgar Morin in La Voie

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Are You Ready to Join the Slow Education Movement?

Are You Ready to Join the Slow Education Movement? | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Teacher and PBL consultant Shelley Wright offers her first draft of a Slow Education manifesto and urges other educators to join in the effort.

Via Ann S. Michaelsen
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Education is perhaps one of the most fundamental changes that has to be undertaken...

Let's let it emerge autopoïetically...,This does not mean we should not lead on it...

 

"One must constantly rest on an acting “avant garde” (vanguard). There's never preliminary consensus with respect to innovation. One doesn't progress on the foundation of average opinion, which is not democratic; but “mediocratic”. One progresses on the foundation of creative passion. All and every transformational innovation is first and foremost deviance. It diffuses when becoming a trend before becoming a historic power."

Edgar Morin : Freely translated from French

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Ann S. Michaelsen's curator insight, August 29, 9:22 AM

Education must be personalized – responsive to the real needs of each student. This could mean the abolition of grade levels based on age. When education is personalized, it emphasizes student interests, teaches skills using worthwhile content – and most important – shows kids how to tap into their own innate motivation to learn. It puts the onus of learning on those who have the most at stake in school: students.

Personalized learning requires teachers to become co-learners and release their iron grip on the learning process. It requires districts to trust principals, principals to trust teachers, and teachers to trust students. It requires a great deal of conversation about what real learning is and why it matters.

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Some very important facts and interesting ideas! "Give the student the time he needs!" An inspiring read!

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'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions

'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly more dangerous, deadly, and expensive if nothing is done to correct humanity's course, but aspects of future shifts are probably already irreversible.
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I wonder why the governments should have this draft ahead of us?

Is this again a system within the system to keep citizens of the world Un-Informed?

 

 

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Secret Internal Document Urging Closure of California Nuclear Plant Revealed

Secret Internal Document Urging Closure of California Nuclear Plant Revealed | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
In a report written last year but not made public until Monday, a former federal inspector expresses uncertainty over whether California's last operating nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, could withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
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The withholding of "Uncomfortable Knowledge" is a sure sign of a society in the ban of "Closed Hegemony"...

 

Their can be no democracy without transparency and easy and free access to information for everyone.

There can be no democracy without the liberty to self-determine one's own life and education

There can be no democracy when power, influence and economic inequality favors some at the expense of all others

There can be no democracy when people willfully dis-inform everyone to defend partisan interests

There can be no democracy if large chunks of society have no access to information, are not listened to and are not accounted for...

 

We should re-read Arnold Toynbee's analysis, in his life work "A Study of History". He studied the development and decay of civilizations.
 
" He argues that the breakdown of civilizations is not caused by loss of control over the physical environment, over the human environment, or by attacks from outside. Rather, it comes from the deterioration of the "Creative Minority," which eventually ceases to be creative and degenerates into merely a "Dominant Minority" (who forces the majority to obey without meriting obedience). He argues that creative minorities deteriorate due to a worship of their "former self," by which they become prideful, and fail adequately to address the next challenge they face." (Source wikipedia)

 

I read his work passionately very many years ago.

I should re-read it NOW.

 

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ID and Other Reflections: Learning Vs. Performance -- The Dichotomy

ID and Other Reflections: Learning Vs. Performance -- The Dichotomy | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
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We enter the era of Self-determination.

Deci and Ryan's Theory is still considered by many Heresis.

http://www.selfdeterminationtheory.org/

 

It is however self-evident for those who have seen how people can grow to their highest potential when they are "Intrinsically Motivated"

 

In this article also Carol Dweck is mentioned. Carol figures in my hall of fame. Her lifework has been to discover why some people are successful in all circumstances.. It is dead simple: She distinguishes two mindsets. One she calls Growing Mindset, the other Fixed mindset. Her book Mindset is a MUST READ, for everyone, bacause you can change your mindset, and you can help your kids acquire a growing mindset... I offered this book to all my children, with apologies for the education mistakes I made.

 

Go and see

http://mindsetonline.com/

 

So read this article..

Life and learning is the same thing.

So these aspects are part and parcel of the paradigm change we need to go through for our societies to move towards much more GOOD, and no BAD.

 

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JetBlue CEO Fires Back at Wall Street Analysts

JetBlue CEO Fires Back at Wall Street Analysts | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Wall Street analysts are no fans of Dave Barger, but JetBlue's chief executive officer says the airline's customer-friendly business model is still young—and effective
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This is a story of a disaster foretold

There are many like this, and the intermediaries on the strock market strive on them

 

They are the casino, They feel when what they say will become reality, will turn out in their favor: Liquidity, reputation, transaction fees, bets on gains and losses, with no consideration on underlying value of the stocks..

 

In such a system outliers will always one day, when it suits analysts, be crucified...Its a game of cat and mouse.

 

I've been in these games as CEO, you have to experience it to understand...

 

Poor David Berger. He thinks as follows:

"No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist."

 

His problem, that's not where the market intermediaries earn their bonuses.

Follow the money, follow the power, follow the sheep...

 

The solution: Change the rules of the game in favor of the whole, not partisan interests

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It’s not a fairytale: Seattle to build nation’s first food forest | ThriveLiving

It’s not a fairytale: Seattle to build nation’s first food forest | ThriveLiving | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Create a life you love. Explore articles on natural health, herbal remedies, whole food nutrition and tips on vibrant living.
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I dedicate this to Zsofia from Hungary but undertaking incredible aquaponics initiatives in the Seattle area, and Alexander, the Dutchman, who visited her on his yearlong World expedition

 

He is perhaps still with her.

 

If you read this, you might want to go and visit it...

 

And thanks to Dan Oestreich of bringing me this to my (our)  attention

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Seeds of Truth – A response to The New Yorker

Seeds of Truth – A response to The New Yorker | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
by Dr. Vandana Shiva – vandanashiva.com, 26 August 2014 Source: http://vandanashiva.com/?p=105 (A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker) I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s …Read More »
Charles van der Haegen's insight:

Yesterday I scooped the New Yorker article, and also the reaction entitled "Gunning for Vandana Shiva.

 

Vandana is not the kind of lady that needs "gunmen"

 

The proof: Today her reaction to to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker appeared

What a devastating piece for Spencer and the likes...

 

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

seems to be falsely attributed to Gandhi. It applies however to Vandana''s Ordeal..

 

Out of respect for her, let me then provide a real text Gandhi wrote in Freedom Battle (1922):

 

"Unfortunately for His Excellency the movement is likely to grow with ridicule as it is certain to flourish on repression. No vital movement can be killed except by the impatience, ignorance or laziness of its authors. A movement cannot be 'insane' that is conducted by men of action as I claim the members of the Non-co-operation Committee are. … Ridicule is like repression. Both give place to respect when they fail to produce the intended effect. … It will be admitted that non-co-operation has passed the stage [of] ridicule. Whether it will now be met by repression or respect remains to be seen. … But the testing time has now arrived. In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect."

 

And this applies to Vandana Shiva

 

Read it carefully, the stakes are very high indeed

 

 

 

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Le lien quantique démontre que nous n'existons que dans le "faire-ensemble"

Le lien quantique démontre que nous n'existons que dans le "faire-ensemble" | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it

Depuis des siècles, la science et la culture occidentales nous ont appris que chacun de nous est un individu distinct et séparé.


Mais aujourd’hui, une compréhension nouvelle et révolutionnaire est en train de naître dans les laboratoires à la pointe de la recherche en physique, en biologie et en psychologie.


Ce qui importe, ce n’est pas l’entité isolée, mais l’espace entre les choses, la relation entre les choses : le lien. Le Lien montre que l’impulsion essentielle de toute vie est la volonté de se relier plutôt que le désir de rivaliser. En fait, nous sommes inéluctablement connectés les uns aux autres à notre niveau le plus élémentaire, depuis la cellule jusqu’à la société tout entière. Le désir d’aider les autres est si nécessaire que c’est l’un de nos principaux plaisirs. En fait, notre épanouissement personnel dépend de notre faculté à nous considérer comme une partie du tout. Tous les conflits qui surgissent ne peuvent être résolus que lorsque nous pouvons accepter pleinement ce lien entre nous.


Lynne McTaggart donne des conseils précis pour développer une pensée plus holistique, des relations plus bienveillantes et des groupes sociaux plus unifiés. Dans cet ouvrage fascinant, qui mêle interviews et histoires personnelles, elle montre comment une simple pratique quotidienne conditionne le cerveau pour nous permettre de développer plus d’empathie à l’égard d’autrui. Le Lien propose une nouvelle façon de vivre : en harmonie avec notre véritable nature et les uns avec les autres, ce qui passe par la guérison de nos relations, de notre voisinage et de notre monde.


Via Christophe CESETTI
Charles van der Haegen's insight:

We are surfing  on the same wave

I am very intrigued by

Capra and Luisi's book, "The Systems View of Life", published in 2014 at Cambridge University Press would help build a true dialogue

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/life-sciences/genomics-bioinformatics-and-systems-biology/systems-view-life-unifying-vision


And the core of the matter was already very well understood by Einstein when he quipped;

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

 

Transdisciplinarity requires diverse and "trans"-teams...breaking the fragmentation Cartesianism brought us...

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, August 25, 8:49 AM

Si ce sont les scientifiques qui le disent, peut-être qu'on va enfin le comprendre et arrêter d'enseigner que la vie ensemble est une compétition sans pitié et que, fatalement, l'homme est un loup pour l'homme (ceci dit, les loups sont, eux aussi, des animaux sociaux qui ne peuvent survivre bien longtemps dans l'isolement de leurs pairs...)

pbernardon's curator insight, August 26, 3:05 PM

La quatrième de couverture me donne envie de lire ce livre. #collaboratif 


Yves Wauthier-Freymann's curator insight, September 2, 11:17 AM

J'ai le plaisir d'inviter Lynne McTaggart, les 5 et 6 décembre 2014 à Bruxelles.
http://yves-wauthier.com/masterclass-intention-lynne-mc-taggart-bruxelles-2014/

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Gunning for Vandana Shiva

Gunning for Vandana Shiva | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
by Louis Project – CounterPunch, 22-24 August 2014 Weekend Edition Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/gunning-for-vandana-shiva/http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/gunning-for-vandana-shiva/ Perhaps nothing symbolizes the decline of the New Yorker magazine more than the hatchet job on Vandana Shiva that appears in the latest issue. Written by Michael Specter, the author of “Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress”, the article is a meretricious …Read More »
Charles van der Haegen's insight:

Always interesting to hear the two sides on a contentious issue

 

Here's the original New Yorker article

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/25/seeds-of-doubt

 

read both, and make yourself an opinion

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Feeding America

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The hunger seems also to exist within the army families

see

http://www.thenation.com/blog/181345/620000-military-families-rely-food-pantries-meet-basic-needs#

 

This is the beginning of civilization v-collapse:

 

see Arnold Toynbee's analysis, in his life work "A Study of History". He studied the development and decay of civilizations... which I read passionately very many years ago.
 
" He argues that the breakdown of civilizations is not caused by loss of control over the physical environment, over the human environment, or by attacks from outside. Rather, it comes from the deterioration of the "Creative Minority," which eventually ceases to be creative and degenerates into merely a "Dominant Minority" (who forces the majority to obey without meriting obedience). He argues that creative minorities deteriorate due to a worship of their "former self," by which they become prideful, and fail adequately to address the next challenge they face." (Source Wikipedia)

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Libyan capital under Islamist control after Tripoli airport seized

Libyan capital under Islamist control after Tripoli airport seized | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Operation Dawn captures airport in fierce fighting against pro-government militias after five-week siege in the capital
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Reminds me of Arnold Toynbee, in his life work "A Study of History". He studied the development and decay of civilizations... which I read passionately very many years ago.

 

" He argues that the breakdown of civilizations is not caused by loss of control over the physical environment, over the human environment, or by attacks from outside. Rather, it comes from the deterioration of the "Creative Minority," which eventually ceases to be creative and degenerates into merely a "Dominant Minority" (who forces the majority to obey without meriting obedience). He argues that creative minorities deteriorate due to a worship of their "former self," by which they become prideful, and fail adequately to address the next challenge they face." (Source wikipedia)

I should re-read it now.

 

What civilization am I thinking about?

What creative minorities have deteriorated to a point where it is necessary to go back to Toynbee again?

 

Can a miracle happen: Dominant minorities waking up to the challenge of repairing what they have destroyed?

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Satellite Map Shows Fracking Flares in Texas and North Dakota Equal to Greenhouse Emissions From 1.5 Million Cars

Satellite Map Shows Fracking Flares in Texas and North Dakota Equal to Greenhouse Emissions From 1.5 Million Cars | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Earthworks has released a new report showing that the flaring
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Sometimes I am asking myself if I do GOOD to continue highlighting these recurring incredible and catastrophic, unacceptable situations.

 

I think I should, although I prefer to play my role of Positive Whistleblower: Undertaking Challenges that are considered impossible, overcome these challenges, and once that's done you've  proven that the impossible is possible after all....

Paraphrasing Nelson Mandela : "It always seems impossible, until it's done"

 

Follow this link to Gunter Pauli's article.

http://www.gunterpauli.com/Gunter_Pauli/Blog/Entries/2012/12/29_The_Positive_Whistleblowers.html

 

He ends like this:

"The key will be to rely on these positive whistleblowers who expose the great opportunities we can quickly identify provided we shift our mindset from the negative to an unconditional positive, scanning for the opportunities while screening for the best options without getting diverted by the audits of the doubters and the demand for more proof of concept than the best one you can offer: go, visit and see for yourself. After all that is the most disarming response of the "Positive Whistleblowers", and one that works even with the staunchest opponents to change. So "Positive Whistleblowers" stand up and unite".

 

 

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21e siècle

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I was attended to this website by Stephen Downes

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I was attended to this website via Stephen Downes

 

Let me repeat what Stephen writes

 

"I've only been able to lightly tough the surface of this website, but it is already evident that it is a significant achievement. It is in French.

I'll let Jon Husband summarize from his Facebook post:

It looks at the history of signs, symbols, languages and images as used by humans to make sense of their environment and grow the societies in which they live, and follows the evolution of technology, economics and societal issues, notably through the past half-century, as our inventions and human population and the interrelatedness of our activities have brought us to a point of cultural mutation." The relation between this work and my talk in Pereira is evident."

 

Personally I have not dug into this website yet )- and I will not before the week-end - , but I found it's first appearance, combined with Stephens comment, and the subject matter,  sufficiently intriguing to share it with you, my friends

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We Did It!

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Our first Mayday reform candidate, Ruben Gallego, declared victory last night in Arizona's 7th Congressional District.
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You did it, Larry and companions in arms...

 

It always seems impossible, until it's done (Nelson Mandela)

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Zephyr Teachout Rides Wave of Moral Outrage and Scientific Clarity on Fracking and Climate Change

Zephyr Teachout Rides Wave of Moral Outrage and Scientific Clarity on Fracking and Climate Change | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
And right now, by rejecting fracking, by pioneering a real renewable energy economy
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Even in Belgium thus kind of comments inspire HOPE

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Stephen's Web ~ Stephen's Web

Stephen's Web ~ Stephen's Web | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects
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I believe for those interested in Learning, especially self-learning and self-determination, Stephen Downes is a source of Choice...

 

I met him while following Howard Rheingold Social Media Classrooms on Mind Amplification and Cooperation... An unforgettable two years

http://www.rheingold.com/university/

 

Since living equates to learning, and learning equates to living, I believe this subject should be at the core of every person wanting to grow and flourish towards his highest potential...

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Student Debt Threatens the Safety Net for Elderly Americans

Student Debt Threatens the Safety Net for Elderly Americans | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
A growing number of people 60 and older owe old student loans
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Student debt, any debt imposed on consumes, is fine for the 0.01%...

 

It makes people dependent, compliant, agents for them earning more money,

And it grows the economy, by growing the money supply so that they can divert ever larger chunks of it to the casino..

 

See

http://daviddegraw.org/peak-inequality-the-01-and-the-impoverishment-of-society/

 

The perverse effects/: So many

 

But what's the problem?

Après moi, le déluge -- after me (comes) the flood -- are attributed, as a premonition of the French Revolution, to King Louis XV of France (1710-74),

It was not him, but his son Louis XVI who was beheaded at the French revolution...

 

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Idriss J. Aberkane : Passard ministre de l'Agriculture !

Idriss J. Aberkane : Passard ministre de l'Agriculture ! | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Derrière l'idée de Passard de transcender la carotte et d'exalter le topinambour, il y a des centaines de milliers d'emplois et des filières entières à créer en France et dans le monde.
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Juste deux très beaux textes d'Edgar Morin, pour colpéter ce que dit Idriss Aberkane

 

Le premier concernant les peronnages tels Gunter

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"Il faut sans cesse s'appuyer sur une avant-garde agissante. Il n'existe jamais de consensus préalable à l'innovation. On n'avance pas à partir d'une opinion moyenne qui n'est pas démocratique mais médiocratique. On avance à partir d'une passion créatrice. Toute innovation transformatrice est d'abord une déviance. Elle se diffuse en devenant une tendance puis une force historique"

 

Extrait d'un interview par Maryline Baumard paru dans "Le Monde" du 25 janvier 2013

 

Le second concerne tous ceux qui entreprennent, de façon sans doute moins démonstrative, de changer de sfaçons de faire:


"Mais il existe déjà, sur tous continents, en toutes nations, un bouillonnement créatif, une multitude d'initiatives locales, dans le sens de la régénération économique, ou sociale, ou politique, ou cognitive, ou éducationnelle, ou éthique, ou de la réforme de vie. Mais leur dispersion est inouïe. (Tout ce qui devrait être relié est séparé, compartimenté, dispersé). Ces initiatives ne se connaissent pas les unes les autres, nulle administration ne les dénombre, nul parti n'en prend connaissance. Mais elles sont le vivier du futur. Le salut commencera par la base. Il s'agit de les reconnaître, de les recenser, de les collationner, de les répertorier, et de les conjuguer en une pluralité de chemins réformateurs. En chacun et en tous, il s'agit de relier, améliorer, stimuler. Ce sont ces voies multiples qui pourront, en se développant conjointement, se conjuguer pour former la Voie nouvelle, laquelle altérerait et décomposerait la voie que nous suivons, et nous mènerait vers l'encore invisible et inconcevable Métamorphose."

 

Edgar Morin dans "La Voie" page 134

 

 

 

 

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Read the emails in the hilarious Monsanto/Mo Rocca/Condé Nast meltdown

Read the emails in the hilarious Monsanto/Mo Rocca/Condé Nast meltdown | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Marion Nestle declined an offer for $5,000 to participate in a Condé Nast video series funded by Monsanto. James McWilliams turned down an amount "conseridably north" of that.
Charles van der Haegen's insight:

After my scoop-it an hour ago about Vandana Shiva's response to Spencer's New Yorker article, I cannot resist relay this flabbergasting piece.  I must say, also to my relief.

 

Indeed it shows how far the dishonest PR tactics of Monsanto can go, to defend their partisan interests. Do they really belief they can go on forever fooling the World?

 

An occasion to remind some of Gandhi's wide words:

"Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi

 

That being said, how many will continue to endure hardship in the meantime?

It would be hilarious, if it were not so dramatic

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I’m black, my brother’s white … and he’s a cop who shot a black man on duty

I’m black, my brother’s white … and he’s a cop who shot a black man on duty | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Zach Stafford: I never thought that my brother would be one of those police officers. He was supposed to be different because of me
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No words to add...

Prayers yes

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Giant Tree Is So Massive It’s Never Been Captured In A Single Image. Until Now.

Giant Tree Is So Massive It’s Never Been Captured In A Single Image. Until Now. | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet (75.3 meters).
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So magnificent... 3.200 years old tree

No words required

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Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops

Michael Specter on Vandana Shiva, an activist who accuses biotechnology companies such as Monsanto of imposing “food totalitarianism.” Others believe that G.M.O.s are the key to solving world hunger.
Charles van der Haegen's insight:

Always interesting to hear the two sides of a story..

 

Here's Vandana Shiva's response

http://seedfreedom.in/gunning-for-vandana-shiva/

 

Make your opinion...

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620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs

620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
The stunning figure represents roughly a quarter of households of military members on active duty, the Reserves or the National Guard.
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Over the week-end I scooped about protesters carrying mirrors : Demonstrators in Oakland, California marching in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday held up mirrors in the faces of police officers as a creative protest tactic.

see http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/22/oakland-protesters-hold-mirrors-police-officers-ferguson-solidarity-march

 

 and I also referred to David DeGraw's book and article on Peak Inequality and the impoverishment of Society

http://daviddegraw.org/peak-inequality-the-01-and-the-impoverishment-of-society/

 

If so many army (and police) are indeed stressed to meets basic needs,the mirror tactic may very well end up working...

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Lessig inveighs against money in politics at Top 50 - IND Monthly

Lessig inveighs against money in politics at Top 50 - IND Monthly | The future of food health and agriculture | Scoop.it
“Candidates for Congress and members of Congress spend between 30 and 70 percent of their time raising money to get back to Congress or to get their party back into power.”
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Larry Lessig, A Hero of mine

 

When he admits (quoting the article)

"Lessig admitted the cause can seem hopeless but, he asserted, it’s achievable:"
I think of William the Silent, prince of Orange, who also quipped:
"One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere."

And then I listen to Vaclav Havel, who provides the most beautiful answer I know of:
"The kind of hope that I often think about... I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the World. Either we have hope within us or we don't; it is a dimension of the soul, and it's not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the World or estimate of the situation... Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

Go on Larry, and we'll go on supporting you...

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