Food Banks or food coops and celebration?

Many years ago I was involved in food coops, and recently went to Kos.  I was impressed by the many small Greek Orthodox chapels, all with kitchens and dining areas, and looking up the numbers of Saint's days, understood why!Nearby islands are blue zones, with the highest life expectancy on the planet. Why are we handing… Continue reading Food Banks or food coops and celebration?

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Permaculture and the myth of scarcity Charles Eisenstein

http://charleseisenstein.net/permaculture-and-the-myth-of-scarcity/ At a conference a couple weeks ago an activist who does work in Africa recounted an encounter she had with the minister of agriculture of a certain African country. The minister spoke with excitement about the high-tech agricultural technologies he was bringing into the country in partnership with large agribusiness companies, so the activist brought… Continue reading Permaculture and the myth of scarcity Charles Eisenstein

The Potato Park

http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/the-thriving-biodiversity-of-peru-potato-parkSince pre-Hispanic times, a co-evolutionary relationship built around management of biocultural resources with the mountain environment in Cusco Valley, Peru, has produced the ayllu mindset. While most studies describe ayllu as a political and socio-economic system, few systematic analyses of the ayllu as an ecological phenomenon exist.We understand the ayllu as a community of individuals with the same interests and objectives linked through… Continue reading The Potato Park

Coursera how to change the world – an essay

Describe at least two examples of how individuals or private corporations have tried to take something to which a community had free access and restrict this access on the basis of private ownership or price. What can you do to bring something back into the commons? I am going to discuss three areas of relationships between… Continue reading Coursera how to change the world – an essay

Dancing Bicycles?

I am doing a brilliant Coursera course Introduction to Global Health   https://class.coursera.org/globalhealthintro-001/wiki/view?page=syllabus and this is my attempt at an essay!  Thinking about this since writing this, would someone help me invent a form of transport where dancing makes it move - using arms, legs, hips, elbows, knees... A strategy for the prevention of the… Continue reading Dancing Bicycles?

Where there is no doctor

http://hesperian.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/en_wtnd_2013/en_wtnd_2013_full.pdf Or how to set up and run a health service properly! Sample Lists of Questions To Help Determine Community Health Needs and at the Same Time Get People Thinking FELT NEEDS What things in your people’s daily lives (living conditions, ways of doing things, beliefs, etc.) do they feel help them to be healthy?… Continue reading Where there is no doctor