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September 2009

Howard Dean: We Will Reform Health Care—with or without the Republicans

The progressive side has made some great strides in health care reform, and with Howard Dean‘s help we’ll make it across the finish line with a good bill—one that includes a strong public option. In this interview with Gothamist, Dean spells out something that is glaringly obvious to the American people, but which seems to […]

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Dream a Better World: An Excerpt from Social Change 2.0

Unlike author David Gershon (Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing the World), I was a child of the Eighties. The Cold War was in full swing. Fear of Soviet-style Communism kept us awake at nights, and hanging over our heads was the near-palpable feeling that nuclear bombs could drop out of the sky at […]

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Why Build With Straw Bale?

Haven’t you ever wondered, what IS a straw bale house? The following is an excerpt from Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates by Paul Lacinski and Michael Bergeron. It has been adapted for the web. WHAT IS A STRAW BALE HOUSE? Why are bales a good choice in a cold climate? […]

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In a Climate-Changing World, Organic Farms Yields Better Resilience

Scientists are in agreement that climate change and its effects are well under way, affecting everything from severe weather to sea levels to agriculture. Happily, new research shows that organic farming methods (not using chemical fertilizers or pesticides, diversifying crops, etc.) help crops and soil become more resistant to systemic shocks and more resilient to […]

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Slow Money: Investors Show an Appetite for Slow Food

Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered and co-founder of the Investors’ Circle sustainable investing group, is taking the slow money movement nationwide. His goals? To invigorate local economies, renew the soil, create shock-proof communities, and slow down the culture of greed that […]

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Food For Thought (And Your Bookshelf)

For those out there interested in food preservation, you’re going to need a bible (or at least, several bibles.) You know what I mean; that little something in your kitchen library you reach for in moments of canning bliss. That tome you turn to when you’re waiting for your kombucha to ferment.  Just listen to […]

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Making an Example Out of Athletes: An Excerpt from Marijuana Is Safer

In the minds of a lot of folks (mostly from earlier generations), smoking marijuana is not much different from shooting heroin, or snorting cocaine: it’s all drugs. Of course that’s not the case. In truth, marijuana causes less harm to a person’s health and state of mind—and to society as a whole—than alcohol, but it’s […]

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Louisville, Colorado: The Bee-Less City

Apparently–or at least according to our friend Dave Burdick in Boulder–Louisville, CO won an award for being the best place to live. And the reason: no bee stings. Wait a minute. How can a city be “best”, if it’s bee-less? Not possible. Sound funny to you? Well, since we’re big supoprters of beekeeping, I had […]

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This October: Connect For Change!

Something “wicked” this way comes… On Thursday, October 22– Sunday, October 25, you may want to check this out.  The Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference. The Marion Institute’s 5th annual conference will be held in historic Downtown New Bedford, MA. WHAT IS IT? Bioneers by the Bay provides an opportunity for concerned […]

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Dean Confident Public Option Will Pass

Dr. Howard Dean (Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer) is confident that, at the end of the day, we will get a strong health care reform bill out of Congress—one that includes a public option, a key component of […]

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