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.
The wider aim of such projects is to support the development of an innovative nation of network localities, or well-connected local "villages" - to more effectively meet unprecedented economic, socio-cultural and ecological challenges and identify new opportunities.
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.
Drawing on Don Ihde's account of how macroperceptions can and do interact with and affect microperceptions. For a quick way into this piece, think about how Muslims have been perceived before and after two aeroplanes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept 11
"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a magnificent pine tree ... One day..." From the earliest of times people have had a need to make sense of their world and its possibilities through telling stories. It is the way many cultures learned.
This weeks Ladder is awarded to Martin Coffey, an 86 year resident of St Albans, Christchurch New Zealand, for offering to put millions of dollars of his own money into helping re-build his local community pool
Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: The big issue now facing New Zealand now is whether to further build up its role and identity as an independent peacemaker and practical peace-builder, or to try to return to being a client military side-kick to nuclear powers.
"With everything else in flux - companies, careers, even families - our communities are often the only real constants in the social equation. Being geographically rooted, they are social units that persist. Each of us lives in one, even if only temporarily... Richard Florida