To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete

How can we create a worldwide, permanent shift to regenerative culture in every sphere of life? “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”- Buckminster Fuller Ruth Gordon: In recent years there’s been a global awakening to the momentous choice humanity now faces: do we …

Hannah Arendt asks us to consider the frequent human triumph over daunting probabilities

Arendt’s idea was that the root of politics is spontaneity—the unforeseen and democratic gathering of people to change history. For Arendt, the point of this kind of political engagement was exactly that it was unpredictable in its effects, that it appeared quixotic until the moment its successes demonstrated the utter fragility of systems that were previously taken to be unalterable. “Every …

What is power?

THE BIG IDEAS: WHAT IS POWER? Why Fiction Trumps Truth: We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods. By Yuval Noah Harari, a historian. May 24, 2019 Many people believe that truth conveys power. If some leaders, religions or ideologies misrepresent reality, they will eventually lose to more clear-sighted rivals. Hence sticking with …

Progress for whom, and 7 critical graphs showing why Steven Pinker is wrong

Progress for whom, and other critical questions Pope Francis insists we ask line up with points by and data from Jeremy Lent… In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, published last year, Steven Pinker argues that the human race has never had it so good as a result of values he attributes to the European Enlightenment of …

A new graphic biography takes a freewheeling ride through the life and times of Herbert Marcuse, including his influential book “One-Dimensional Man,” which inspired the New Left

Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas, Angela Y. Davis posted Apr 16, 2019 Herbert Marcuse, wary of authoritarianism, inspired the young New Left of the 1960s with the publication of his influential One-Dimensional Man. In the new graphic biography of Marcuse, cartoonist Nick Thorkelson explores the life and work of “the Philosopher of Utopia”—with imagination and a spirit of rebellious freedom.     …

Principles of Environmental Justice + Info on Environmental Justice and Racism

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.(Printable PDF version) PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental …

Democracy in Freefall: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? 

Do Americans Understand How Badly Compromised Their Democracy is Now?: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? umair haque, Jul 14, 2018 Imagine if I’d told you that one day, America’s most historic, legendary Cold War foe would have hatched a bizarre, cunning plot to sabotage democracy, and elect a pliable President. By igniting a tidal wave of …

Creating conditions conducive to life: Why sustainability is no longer enough, yet still very important on the road to regeneration

Daniel Wahl: “We need to learn to design as nature, engage in regenerative design and development, and create diverse regenerative cultures elegantly adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of place. Such cultures would design as nature understanding themselves as healers of local ecosystems and humble caretakers of the community of life — biodiversity — that shares a unique place with us.” “Allied with the community of life …

Resources from Denver/Iliff Ethical Economics and Environmental Forum

SLIDES: Hunter Lovins20190114OPT – PDF  WHERE: Library Portico, Iliff School of Theology (2323 E. Iliff Ave.) SPONSORED BY: Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum “Humanity’s collision with planetary boundaries requires a radical rethink of economic theory and practice.” –A Finer Future: Economics in Service to Life (2018) Our speaker, Hunter Lovins, and three other co-authors seek to replace the dominant narrative of growth-based …

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war, Ilana Strauss, TreeHugger.com January 15, 2019 © Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock Are chimps really humanity’s single closest cousins? I recently saw a video that claimed chimpanzees are humanity’s closest cousins. You hear this a lot in articles and videos — that chimpanzees are the closest animals to humans. It’s not true. Chimpanzees may be …