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11 years 1 month ago

<p>On <strong>The Street of the Lifted Lorax</strong>, "the wind smells slow and sour when it blows; and the birds never sing, except for old crows . . . " In this forsaken place, there are decrepit signs in shoddy disrepair, tufts of grickle-grass, and not much else.</p>
<p><strong>The Street of the Lifted Lorax</strong> is Dr. Seuss' mythical representation of the consequences of rampant greed and urban sprawl run amok. Although <em>The Lorax</em> was published in 1971, and the animated feature produced in 1972, its lessons still resonate as a cautionary tale, with some of its hardest lessons evidently still unlearned in the real world.</p>
<p>The destruction the Earth's natural habitats and the effects of...


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<p>The current financial crisis understandably has some do-gooders concerned. Organizations that relied on hefty returns from cutting-edge investments can no longer rely on Wall Street to fund existing programs. News reporters and nonprofit leaders are bleeding barrels of digital ink assessing the potential impact on donations, and charities that relied on debt financing are likely to face some difficult times.<br /><br />These are no doubt important issues, but the effects of the crisis do not stop with money...


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Any major environmental initiative which seeks to change the status quo or move people from outmoded practices toward sustainability must be cultural. In other words, people must adopt the change not only because it makes sense but because it feels good.

Consequently, convincing people to buy green power or add solar powers and windmills to their property must feel good to the average homeowner before a movement will be formed. The best example of this I have found is the very fine corporation in China, ...


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<p>An <strong>innerpreneur</strong> is an entrepreneur who uses their business to find personal fulfillment (creatively, spiritually, emotionally) and create social change. We strive to achieve "consciousness in commerce." We start businesses so we can find personal fulfillment and satisfaction <em>through our work</em>.<br /><br />The book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Karma-Queens-Geek-Gods-Innerpreneurs/dp/...


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<p>If you could take the temperature of the word <em>procurement</em>, I'm pretty sure it would be sub-zero.<br /><br />Procurement isn't a warm and cuddly word. And public procurement, by and large, isn't a warm and cuddly process. It's a rules-based process, full of jargon, obfuscation and mind-numbing bureaucracy. It's easy to forget that it's about straightforward buying and selling of goods and services.<br /><br />I spent yesterday at <a href="http://www.footsey.org.uk/">Footsey</a...


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<p>Sustainable Tourism (ST) has a number of similar definitions by different organizations. In summary, it is the relationship between one of the largest global economic sectors, the Travel and Tourism Industry, and the principles of sustainability. Tourism enterprises who both promote and act on these principles address, on a continual basis, the trade-offs between generating economic sustainability or profitability and growth with both the environmental (Planet) and Social/Cultural (People) elements of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL).</p>
<p>THISD or the Tourism and Hospitality...


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<p>Just as things are falling apart, I feel them starting to come together.&nbsp; Amidst a free-falling roller coaster global economy, social capital is an encouraging bright spot.&nbsp; While traditional profit-driven capitalism is failing us, the social capital movement is budding, striving to do good and make money at once, shattering the traditional for-profit, non-profit dichotomy.&nbsp; &nbsp;I was a relative newbie amongst the brilliant, entrepreneurial and proactive attendees of the first <a href="...


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In the preface to her book, The Earth Has a Soul, The Nature Writings of C.G. Jung, psychologist, Meredith Sabini  warns readers that it broadens the idea of 'nature writing' and in fact challenge "our limited conventional notion of what Nature is."  I discovered this book during my ongoing search to understand the role of nature, of wildness, in our modern lives.

'Nature' is not just the mountains and deserts, tall trees and deep valleys teeming with life functioning according to its evolutionary intentions, a place we may or may not...


11 years 1 month ago

"The Electoral Strategy."   Back in the bad old days (say, the year 2000) when environmental advocates in the USA spent all their time defending against terrible ideas instead of advancing good ones, some of them would gather at the end of the week over a beer and agree that an electoral strategy was the only thing that would put the green revolution back on track in America.

What is an electoral strategy?  It was the tongue-in-cheek way of acknowledging that the only method to break the anti-environmental cycle would be to vote the bums...


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<p>As a student at Northwestern University, Nathaniel Whittemore became enthralled with the idea of "asset-based community development," a framework that focuses on maximizing impact by linking available resources.<br /> <br /> "Communities have been taught to think in terms of deficit and focus on what is missing," says Whittemore. "Asset-based community development, however, is about taking stock of the current assets of a community and beginning to leverage them. When stakeholders begin to address problems this way, the impact...


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