Her ‘small but mighty’ solar rover powers events around Seattle

May 23, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated May 28, 2019 at 9:46 am Jennifer Brandon’s Northwest Solar Rover powers a show by The Not-Its! at a Phinney Ridge festival. (Courtesy of Jennifer Brandon) By Michelle Archer  Seattle Times Explore Meet Jennifer Brandon, a former real estate agent turned solar-energy designer and installer whose Northwest Solar Rover is a portable, off-grid source of power. What do …

Learning to tell the stories of where we are and have been

Paula Palmer does it so well!  She provides a model for us to follow… Paint Branch UU Church Sermon Adelphi, MD, November 4, 2018 Excerpts of Sermon by Paula Palmer, Boulder Friends Meeting One thing I’ve learned from living and working with Native peoples is to be attentive to place – to the earth beneath our feet, to all the living beings that surround us, and …

Highlights from The Patterning Instinct

Highlights from The Patterning Instinct Alexander and Ashoka: Two divergent ​conceptions of power:  A Study In Contrasts A pattern that emerges from history is the propensity of Europeans to use innovative technologies to change the rules of the game and thus gain a power advantage. This proclivity seems to arise from a deep structure in European cognition that identifies power as a …

Peer-to-peer storytelling for community engagement on social justice issues, especially climate action

Maria Talero of Climate Courage uses organic, peer-to-peer storytelling for community engagement on social justice issues, especially climate action.She assists community engagement events where the audience engages in a carefully curated personal story-sharing process to deepen the impact of featured organizations. WHAT:  Maria Talero is looking for partners and collaborators to help develop a pilot storytelling program currently called organic storytelling for …

Donald Trump tells a fake American story. We must tell the real one, Robert Reich, The Guardian, 4 Mar 2019  The Triumphant Individual, the Benevolent Community, the Mob at the Gates, the Rot at the Top. Four narratives define America – true Americans must define them What’s the real American story? A film by Robert Reich and Jacob Kornbluth. Donald Trump has perfected …

A New Americanism: Why a Nation Needs a National Story

A New Americanism: Why a Nation Needs a National Story, by Jill Lepore, March/April 2019 Issue, Foreign Affairs In 1986, the Pulitzer Prize–winning, bowtie-wearing Stanford historian Carl Degler delivered something other than the usual pipe-smoking, scotch-on-the-rocks, after-dinner disquisition that had plagued the evening program of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association for nearly all of its centurylong history. Instead, Degler, a …

How does sharing look in your life, community and network? What sharing projects are you involved in? New Shareable series profiles

This Shareable series highlights people around the world who are “supersharers.” These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens — basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other.   Juan Manuel Aranovich based in Buenos Aires, Argentina  What sharing projects are you involved in? I …

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 …