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WATCH: Bioneers 2008: Founder Kenny Ausubel’s Keynote Speech

In his keynote speech at Bioneers by the Bay 2008, co-founder Kenny Ausubel (Bioneers: A Declaration of Interdependence), urges political regime change, economic regime change, and ecological regime change—with the future of the human race hanging in the balance.
Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: to reimagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other, and future generations. It’s a revolution from the heart of nature, and from the human heart. Then again, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “the future ain’t what it used to be.” We also stand at the brink of worldwide ecological and civilizational collapse. We face a reckoning resulting from the treacherous breach in our relationship with nature. We’ve been acting like a rock star trashing a hotel room and it’s the morning after. But this hotel is planet Earth, the guest rules are non-negotiable, and if we don’t change our ways fast, management may just vote us off the island. We’re entering an age of nature. It calls for a new social contract of interdependence. Taking care of nature means taking care of people, and taking care of people means taking care of nature.
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Three Principles to Survive the Future

What guiding principles will you need to not just survive the future, but imagine a better one? Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of four hundred and four interlinked dictionary entries, […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More

Solar Dollars: Promote Renewable Energy & Support Local Economies

How can you use the sun as a way to not only generate renewable energy, but support the local economy and provide interest-free financing for utility companies?Author Thomas Greco (The End of Money and the Future of Civilization) has the answer: Solar Dollars!In a recent post on this blog (Beyond Money), Greco makes the case […] Read More
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