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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

When you open the official community web page for Vero Beach, Florida, you are confronted with soft focus image of a stretch of Atlantic Beach. Clean, white sand in the foreground is accented with seagulls and a healthy amount of seaweed, and the sky in the background is blue. Underneath the photo a cation reads: “Discover our Lifestyle Choices.” Vero Beach is a resort community on the East Coast of Florida. It distinguishes itself from other resort communities on the East Coast of Florida through its “priorities on art, education, culture, and unequaled lifestyles.” And really, life in Vero Beach does seem to be pretty nice. Among its almost 20,000 residents are seven national merit students, forty-six volunteers for the elderly, and one international criminal wanted for the culpable homicide of over 8000 people in India. What? Welcome to the “unequaled lifestyle” of Warren Anderson, 82 year-old ex-CEO of Union Carbide, who’s been splitting his time between a home in Bridgehampton, NY, and Vero Beach, FL, absconding from justice for the past thirteen years. Somehow, this notorious corporate criminal and overseer of the world’s worst environmental disaster has managed to avoid going to jail over the lives he shattered in Bhopal in 1984, and seems to be living pretty well these days. Meanwhile, the 20,000 victims exposed to Union Carbide’s toxic release in Bhopal are still drinking contaminated water, suffering countless health problems, and waiting for compensation. Diane Wilson is hunting Warren down to ask him to take a little responsibility for his actions in Bhopal, but he won’t be easy to find. There are eleven golf courses in the Bridgehampton area alone, and Warren could be sipping a mint julep at any one of them. The price point on that mint julep kind of makes you wonder whether the victims of Bhopal can even imagine the unequaled lifestyle of Warren Anderson. It also makes you wonder whether the residents of Vero Beach could imagine that their neighbor is responsible for the destruction of a community larger than Vero Beach itself.

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Let’s Make Bernie Sanders a Bestseller!

As the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders continues to climb in the polls, crushing online fundraising records and frustrating party insiders and pundits along the way, we’re looking to put Bernie’s message on bestseller lists everywhere in time for the national debates this fall!With the second Democratic debate to be held on November 14th in Des Moines, it’s […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..
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