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Sustainability Is Possible

“If you don’t know something is possible, you can’t choose to do it.” – Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L.Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalism The TED Talk below is over 2 years old, but I recently watched it again and it is just as relevant now as the first time I saw it. If a small, isolated country like Bhutan can practice sustainability on a national scale, what might a wealthy, industrialized nation accomplish? Knowing that something is possible, we can choose to do it. Or, we can choose not to do anything. One choice moves us forward as a species. The …

What if We Treated Land Differently?

“Solving the land question means the solving of all social questions.” – Leo Tolstoy Having studied sustainability for some 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to examine many so-called “intentional communities.” These are typically founded by groups of people that, for various reasons, decide to try and create their own community from houses, to land, to businesses. However, most are lacking a solid economic component (called the working environment). Having environmentally sound homes and surrounding yourself with people who love the earth as much as you do will only accomplish so much. In the end, it only serves to create …

Is Money Working for Us or Against Us?

“The economic revolution will be moral or it will not succeed. The moral revolution will be economic or it will not succeed.” – Father Don Jose Maria Think about it. A democratically operated and sociocratically organized, Mondragon-styled cooperative, would have the advantages of a corporation, but geared toward positive contributions to the community, and would be able to replace imports and create exports to stabilize, expand, and diversify a local economy. Such an enterprise would truly be a boon to any municipality and a great opportunity for the employee-owners that worked there. However, creating such a thing requires money. I’ve …

What Makes a City Grow?

Ever wonder how cities, towns, and villages are created in the first place? Do towns spawn companies or do companies spawn towns? Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Obviously, a company requires employees, so having a town with potential workers in it is beneficial. On the other hand, people will only live where they can find work, so businesses must be operational in order to provide employment and attract inhabitants in the first place. Is it then necessary to have a company in order to create a community? Or, does the community create the company? You’ll recall from …

Who’s Steering the Ship of State?

Who is really in control of our system? Who’s behind the wheel and where is this road taking us? After reading the last post, one might wonder if we’re all at the mercy of corporate extortion, unchecked development, greed, and politicians who see growth as the only answer. However, as I’ve been saying, it’s the system that is the cause of our problems. A major flaw of that system is the fact that “We the People” do not control the economic rudder. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure …