I’m hopeful that increasing awareness of the global economic crisis will stimulate an appreciation of the nature of the challenges. I see this awareness as a necessary prerequisite for effective transition to a more sustainable future.
Is there a way of stimulating the economy which doesn't add to a nation's debt? Is there a way of meeting needs that doesn't cost the earth? Although published in 1995, this piece - with comments added by John Turmel - is well worth revisiting.
Localization activists have motivation and vision, however, according to Richard Moore, "none of these initiatives has found a way to escape from marginalism and really begin to have a significant effect on any community’s economy, or to move any community significantly closer to sustainability." He takes a closer look at localization initiatives in order to understand why.
"Community is a global (connected to global communities via technology) network of networks. Technology enables active participation in local and national conversations and decision making." From "Strong Sustainability for New Zealand: principles and scenarios"
Sylvia Button's 7 minute film, "The Damage From Within" Sylvia says, "I created it to illustrate how healing ourselves is a prerequisite for being better equipped to care for our planet and all that surrounds us."
In the past fifteen years I have developed exercises which are part of a community-building and conflict transformation process I call, “Building the Beloved Community.” In one of the anchor exercises I call, “Guts on the Table,” I ask people to tell three stories.
Erin writes: NZ is very disabled-friendly – I get to see people in wheelchairs all the time, in the city centre, at KFC, at malls, New Brighton Beach and most striking of all, on public buses. I especially like the way the driver goes out of his/her way to help passengers in wheelchairs.