Archive for October, 2011


This Saturday, Thousands Gathered Worldwide in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 17th, 2011

This past weekend marked one full month since protesters began camping out in Zuccotti Park, occupying Wall Street in exchange for Wall Street’s long occupation of our so-called democracy. Saturday, October 15th, was a day of global solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street group, and the Spanish “acampadas” (who have been protesting in a similar manner since mid-May). In cities around the world, people gathered to march through financial districts, chant slogans about corporate greed, bang drums, and hoist witty signs. While most of the protests were peaceful, some arrests were made in the US, and many more were made in Rome as a group of violent anarchists attempted to disrupt the march there.

CNN shared an article with photos from worldwide rallies: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/16/us/occupy-wall-street/?hpt=ibu_c2

The protests against corporate greed and the gravely unequal distribution of wealth in America jive with the opinions of most Americans, according to a poll shared by CBS News:

The conservative criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it is a “growing mob” (House majority leader Eric Cantor) of “shiftless protestors” (The Tea Party Express) engaged in “class warfare” (GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain) whose grievances – whatever they are – are far outside the political mainstream.

The polls don’t back that up.

A new survey out from Time Magazine found that 54 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the protests, while just 23 percent have a negative impression. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, meanwhile, found that 37 percent of respondents “tend to support” the movement, while only 18 percent “tend to oppose” it. …

In 2010, as CBSNews.com reported in a story on the income and wealth divide last month, researchers and Harvard and Duke asked Americans how they thought wealth is spread among income groups, as well as how they thought it should be spread. Overwhelmingly, Americans said they wanted a more equitable distribution of wealth; they also underestimated just how large the wealth divide has grown. (See chart below.)

Table - Wealth Divide

To keep up with the latest happenings, follow the original protest group on their blog: http://occupywallst.org/, on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OccupyWallSt, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt.

And finally, here are some videos from rallies in various cities, courtesy of The Media Consortium:

Now Available: Reinventing Fire!

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Chelsea Green is proud to announce the availability of Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era, by Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute.

Reinventing Fire (October 2011) shows how to run the 2050 U.S. economy with no oil, coal, or nuclear energy, one-third less natural gas, a $5-trillion lower present-valued cost (ignoring all externalities), compelling business models that drive the transition, and smart policies to speed it without requiring an Act of Congress. Shifting the electricity system to efficiency and renewables depends critically on super-efficient buildings, where integrative design presents important opportunities for expanding returns.

Amory B. Lovins, a 63-year-old American consultant, experimental physicist and 1993 MacArthur Fellow, has been active at the nexus of energy, resources, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for 35 years, including 14 years based in England. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply—and a fertile innovator in integrative design.

Watch video of Amory’s recent keynote at Green Build: http://vimeo.com/30217707

Permaculture: The Growing Edge, A New Documentary.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others. Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

We are now offering Permaculture: The Growing Edge for order on DVD and as a Download. To order ther film visit our order page or go directly to our online store at www.belili.org/store.

* Hold a HOUSE PARTY screening – you can now download a poster, a recipe and a set of discussion questions. Take a look at the HOUSE PARTIES page for all the information!

Visit our More on Permaculture page for Permaculture definitions, principles and resources.

NEW January 2011: Starhawk in an audio interview about the film on kgnu.org.

ALSO: please take a look at the PROMO TRAILER for the film just below.

Authors Imrie and Jarmusz Awarded for Sustainable Food at Fletcher Allen

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Health Care Without Harm Announces 2011 Sustainable Food in Health Care Awards

Awards Recognize Fletcher Allen’s Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz for Implementing Sustainable Food Programs

Washington, DC — The Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of its Annual Sustainable Food Awards. The awards recognize significant achievement as well as leadership in health care food service; and are intended to spur competition to achieve measurable, lasting results; to encourage continuous improvement, with an emphasis on quantitative versus qualitative results; and to increase benchmarking progress in sustainable operations in health care food service. The Awards will be presented at the 2011 FoodMed conference in Seattle, Washington.

“Many of these hospitals have worked for years to implement these changes, and these awards are a small token to honor the tremendous work being done by health care food service staff to improve the health of the nation.”

— Emma Sirois
Program Director, HCWH Program
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

“We are so pleased to launch this inaugural round of Sustainable Food awards, with the winners representing eight states and 10 health care facilities,” stated Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm. “These awards are a new important way to recognize the advances and innovation in hospital food service, which are taking place in facilities all over the country.”

The facilities eligible for the awards have taken the HCWH Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge, or met minimum eligibility requirements, and completed the HFHC Survey, from which facilities and individuals who meet the individual award criteria are chosen. The results of the surveys will be reported in the HFHC 2011 Menu of Change Report.

“We’re honored to receive this award from Health Care without Harm, which along with other great partners in Vermont and beyond has helped us create a model food service that supports our mission to provide the highest quality of care and to be responsible stewards of the environment,” stated Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services, from Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington, VT, which won first place in both the Sustainable Procurement Food Award and the Public Policy and Advocacy Award categories. “Transforming our program has been an exciting and rewarding journey for Fletcher Allen, and this recognition will serve to encourage our efforts to assist other institutions that want to follow the same path.”

Concerns about the health of patient, staff and visitors have led many health care food services to make major changes in their food procurement, preparation and nutrition. Many facilities are incorporating more healthy menus, and using fresh, sustainable ingredients, ranging from poultry raised without the use of routine, non-therapeutic antibiotics, to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Many facilities now host farmer’s markets, compost their food waste, and provide education on nutritious, sustainable foods to their food service staff, procurement agencies and suppliers.

“Hospitals are engaging with their suppliers to source more healthy sustainable food choices, and we have seen a change in many of the supplier offerings in response to hospital requests,” said Emma Sirois, Program Director, Health Care Without Harm Program, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility “Many of these hospitals have worked for years to implement these changes, and these awards are a small token to honor the tremendous work being done by health care food service staff to improve the health of the nation.”

The following are descriptions of the awards and a listing of the 2011 Sustainable Food Award winners.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROCUREMENT AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that, through their food purchasing decisions, promote health by providing sustainable food choices for patients, staff, and the community.
1st Place: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2nd Place: United General Hospital, Sedro Woolley, WA
3rd Place: John Muir Medical Center, Concord, CA

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that have expressed their support for a healthy food system through their endorsement for and education and advocacy on public policy.
1st Place: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2nd Place: Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI
3rd Place: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

HCWH is an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on HCWH, see www.noharm.org. HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program works with hospitals across the country to help improve the sustainability of their food services. Founded in 2005, the program provides education, tools, resources, and support to health care facilities making the connection between the health of their patients, staff and community and the food they serve. Ultimately the program works to support hospitals in leveraging their purchasing power and health expert status to promote a healthier food system. By purchasing foods that are produced, processed and transported in ways that are protective of public and environmental health, hospitals can make a profound difference in the market and in the food settings of the people they serve. To learn more about HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care Program visit: www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org.

Heath Care without Harm, an international coalition of more than 473 organizations in 52 countries, is working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. To learn more about HCWH’s work, visit our website at www.noharm.org, our YouTube channel at HCwithoutharm, and our twitter feed at hcwithoutharm.

We are Donating 1500 Books to the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

We are donating 1500 copies of our books to the OWS protesters in NYC for use in their education centers and to hand out to the 99%!

For 27 years, Chelsea Green has been the publishing leader for books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. We are a founding member of the Green Press Initiative and have been printing books on recycled paper since 1985, when our first list of books appeared. We lead the industry both in terms of content—foundational books on renewable energy, green building, organic agriculture, eco-cuisine, and ethical business—and in terms of environmental practice, printing 95 percent of our books on recycled paper with a minimum 30 percent post-consumer waste and aiming for 100 percent whenever possible. We exemplify the “triple bottom line” approach, one that benefits people, planet, and profit, and the emerging new model for sustainable business in the 21st century.

On September 17, protesters representing 99% of Americans, as contrasted with the wealthiest 1%, descended upon Zuccotti Park (giving it back its original name of Liberty Square) in lower Manhattan. Because democracy no longer seems to function, with Washington effectively occupied by Wall Street, direct action and protest are seen by the movement as the only way for their voices to be heard–and so they’re occupying Wall Street until something changes. From their website:

Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

Chelsea Green holds a strong affinity for this movement. Through publishing the works of our activist-authors, we have long advocated a return to local economies, local production of food, the empowerment of individual communities to support themselves, and suspicion of the corporate-occupation of the US government.

We thank you, protesters, for standing up strong in the face of the myriad injustices this economic-government collusion has perpetrated on the 99%.

We’ve got your back.

Woody Tasch: As the 99 Percenters Gather, 1 Percent Could Make a Difference

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This article was reposted from Grist.

I’ve been watching the protests on Wall Street for the past few weeks with some interest. I’m all for speaking out and, on occasion, for putting your feet to the pavement and taking to the streets in peaceful demonstration. There is more than a little to demonstrate about today on Wall Street and in Washington.

But when it comes to anger, scapegoating, and class-warfare-baiting, I say: Put a fork in it. No, better: Put your hands in it. Put your hands in the soil — literally and metaphorically: the dirt from whence your dinner comes, and the soil of the economy, as in the small, local businesses that are vital to the economy.

How do we do this? We take some of our money out of ever-more-complex and volatile global financial markets and put it to work in things that we understand and that contribute to our communities.

If we get over a little of our fear and frustration and look around our hometowns, we will find plenty of entrepreneurial opportunities to begin fixing our economy and our civil society, from the ground up.

I’m talking about the prospect of a million Americans taking 1 percent of their money and investing in small food enterprises, near where they live.

I’m not proposing this because local food is the next trend after organic, or the next stop for Prius drivers who’ve just joined their local CSA. This is not just about a libertarian impulse to take our food supply back from corporations that seem eager to fill our food with GMOs and to empty our Main Streets of small food enterprises.

This is about rolling up our sleeves and doing something that at first seems inconsequential and risky, but soon seems rewarding and impactful — and about as conservative as conservative can get. I’m talking about investing with your friends and neighbors in small organic farms, grain mills, creameries, small slaughterhouses, seed companies, compost companies, restaurants that source locally, butchers and bakers and, sure, a bee’s-wax candlemaker or two. Take 1 percent of your money out of the stock market and put it into food hubs, community kitchens, community markets, school gardens, niche organic brands, makers of sustainable agricultural inputs, and more.

I’ll see your derivatives and raise you a grass-fed beef company. I’ll see your few thousand Masters of the Universe and raise you 1.9 million earthworms (the number found in an acre of fertile soil on Thompson Family Farm in Boone County, Iowa).

Protest is good. Protest is necessary. But even more necessary is a new way of investing that reflects the structural problems of the economy and the realities of the 21st century.

Let’s fix our economy and our culture from the ground up — starting with food.

Slow Money’s third National Gathering comes to San Francisco, Oct. 12-14.

Woody Tasch is president of Slow Money and Chairman Emeritus of Investor’s Circle, a nonprofit network of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices that, since 1992, has facilitated the flow of $130 million to 200 early-stage companies and venture funds dedicated to sustainability. He lives in northern New Mexico.

Slow Money Conference October 13-14

Friday, October 7th, 2011

“The gathering was life changing!”
– Paul Tryba, The Farm, Longbeach, CA

“We need Slow Money, fast.
– Mardi Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists

“One of the Top 5 Trends in Finance for 2011.”
– Entrepreneur.com

Slow Money national gatherings are quickly emerging as a significant new venue for field building, investing and social change. More than 1000 people from 34 states and several foreign countries attended our first two national gatherings, and more than $4.25 million has been invested in 16 of the presenting small food enterprises. Since last year’s event at Shelburne Farms, Vermont, 11 local Slow Money chapters have begun investing around the country.

Register now for the 3rd National Gathering, October 13-14 in San Francisco!

JOIN US at historic Ft. Mason for what promises to be a special few days on San Francisco Bay – from thought leadership to entrepreneurship, from global vision to local food and music, from deal-doing to relationship building. Be a part of this emerging community that is working together to fix our economy from the ground up… starting with food.

Speakers include (click to read their bio):

 Register soon, the conference starts next week!

Solutions for People and the Planet

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Want to know breakthrough solutions to the world’s most pressing problems for both people and the planet? Then check out the 2011 Bionneers Conference! The main conference is in San Rafael, CA on October 15th but it will also be transmitted to more than 18 locations nationwide–acting as a hub of information for people who are hungry for change and working to make a real difference in their local communities. For more information on the conference go to:  http://www.bioneers.org/conference


In celebration, we’ve put many of our sustainable business and various solution-oriented books on Sale for 25% off. Check out the list below! 

We are also delighted that globally renowned clean energy master Amory Lovins will present Reinventing Fire at Bioneers, a practical plan and roadmap for how the U.S. can get off fossil fuels by 2050 while simultaneously building a thriving, job-creating economy, led by business.  

 

Amory will show that a richer, fairer, cooler, safer world is possible, practical, and even profitable, because replacing fossil fuels now works better and costs no more than buying and burning them. As Amory notes of his boldest initiative yet: “Our experience convinces us that the world is short not of oil but of innovation, not of gas but of gumption, not of coal but of courage.” 

 

We also wanted to highlight Bioneers by the Bay — just one of the many live broadcast sites, and the closest one to us — in New Bedford, MA. Last year over 2,000 attended and they are ready to roll up their sleeves again to harvest tangible, practical solutions to the specific challenges we face both in the Northeast and the world at large. For more information go to: 

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/about-us

  

 Don’t forget to check out thesustainable business and various 

solution-oriented books on Sale for 25% off. 

 

From the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing

Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era 

 

Save 25% Now

 

A global clean energy race has emerged with astounding speed. The ability to operate without fossil fuels will define winners and losers in business—-and among nations. 

 

Whether you care most about profits and jobs, national security, health, or environmental stewardship Reinventing Fire charts a pragmatic course that makes sense and makes money. With clarity and mastery, Amory Lovins and RMI reveal the astounding opportunities for enterprise to create the new energy era. Click here to see the blue print to the new energy era.

    

Watch Amory Lovins’ various videos and presentations.

 “My friend Amory Lovins knows that the most important question of the 21st century is the ‘how’ question-how we turn good ideas into working solutions. Reinventing Fire is a wise, detailed, and comprehensive blueprint for gathering the best existing technologies for energy use and putting them to work right now to create jobs, end our dependence on climate—-changing fossil fuels, and unleash the enormous economic potential of the coming energy revolution.” —-President Bill Clinton

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money
Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered
 

 

NOW 25% Off

“Woody Tasch has one of those fast minds that always seems to ask the right slow questions. He is on to something: a new vision of deploying capital in a way that might offer a true alternative to faster and faster, bigger and bigger, more and more global. I’ve been saying for years that we need to feed the soil, not the plant-

Slow Money 

is about feeding the soil of the economy.” -

Eliot Coleman, farmer and author of the New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest

 

Check out author video “Growing Slow Money”

Buffett, Gates and the Story of Enough – by Woody Tash

 

“When is enough enough?”  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders asked during his filibuster against the Lame Duck tax bill in December.  During the speech, he referred to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the world’s richest three people.  (If you haven’t been paying attention, they’ve been pushed down to the number two and three spots by Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican telecom tycoon who is now worth $53.5 billion.)

 

The reference to Gates and Buffett in a speech about Enough was a result of their project called the Giving Pledge, which encourages billionaires to give away more than half their wealth.  And while this may not seem immediately relevant to life in the hills of Hardwick or the dales of Dorset, it raises important questions about the meaning of Enough, about ways in which we might, as a society, secede from the cult of He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins and, maybe, just maybe, about ways to put back into the soil-the soil of the restorative economy and the actual soil-what we take out. Click here to continue reading the article.

Dream of a Nation
Inspiring Ideas for a Better America 

 

Get it for 25% off

Across the nation countless individuals and organizations are dreaming a new future. Dream of a Nation sheds lights on some of the groundbreaking leaders, projects and ideas that have the potential to solve society’s toughest problems. Through a collection of essays and short commentaries, the solutions and projects presented celebrate unique contributions from the country’s diverse population and span the nation’s most prevalent concerns. The content is applicable to readers of varying political persuasions and the material comes alive through four color authentic images, and accessible graphics and illustrations. 

 

Download a sample of the book by clicking here.

 

The most important thing humanity can do is believe in itself. That we can grow, we can change, we can rouse ourselves in time to make big changes happen. Dream of a Nation encourages movement in this direction. It offers hundreds of ideas and examples of how smart, committed and daring we can be and is a treasure house of actions that have been shown to work, with pages of information, comprehensible illustrations, and faces of hope.” - Alice Walker

Economics Unmasked
From Power and Greed to Compassion and Common Good

 

 

On Sale for 25% Off

The economic system under which we live not only forces the great majority of humankind to live their lives in indignity and poverty; it also threatens all forms of life-indeed life itself. Economics Unmasked presents a cogent critique of the dominant economic system in order to help transform our society into one in which all forms of life will be protected.

 

Here’s what others are saying:

“It is rare in the world today to find people willing to speak the truth. More often then not, most of us simply go along with the crowds and compliment the emperor on his new clothes, despite

the fact that he is naked.

Author Video – Democracy NOW

We  worry that if we speak the truth, we will be ostracized for going against popular opinion, or be labeled stupid or ignorant. It is that fear that keeps us from reaching the wisdom we need to see things they way they really are and become courageous enough to be able to speak that truth and act accordingly.”

Click here to continue reading the Ecological Leadership review.

Thinking in Systems
A Primer

 

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Some of the biggest problems facing the world-war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation-are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. 

In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

 

“When I read Thinking in Systems I am reminded of the enormity of the gap between systemic thinkers and policy makers. If this book helps narrow the gap, it will be Dana’s greatest contribution.”—-Lester Brown, Founder and President, Earth Policy Institute Deep Economy 

 

“Required reading for anyone hoping to run a successful company, community, or country… The best book of its kind.”—-Hunter Lovins, founder and President, Natural Capital Solutions

 

Check out the public collection of the work of Donella Meadows – 15 years worth of essays published as the award winning weekly Global Citizen column. 

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization

 

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Thomas Greco provides specific design proposals and exchange-system architectures for local, regional, national, and global financial systems. He offers strategies for their implementation and outlines actions grassroots organizations, businesses, and governments will need to take to achieve success.

 

Ultimately, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization provides the necessary understanding- for entrepreneurs, activists, and civic leaders-to implement approaches toward monetary liberation. These approaches would empower communities, preserve democratic institutions, and begin to build economies that are sustainable, democratic, and insulated from the financial crises that plague the dominant monetary system.

Thomas Greco @ Vienna
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“A stimulating and well-balanced work. Here, the serious student of monetary reform will find the mature reflections of a leading advocate of credit clearing. Thomas Greco’s analysis of the modern monetary problem is excellent, his solution is practical and founded upon basic principles of justice. Policy makers and communities across diverse cultures and religions can learn much from this detailed and eloquent book. I strongly recommend it.” —- Tarek El Diwany, author of The Problem With Interest

Why Permaculture Is Attracting Record Visitors

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

This article was originally posted on Permaculture magazine’s website.

Over the past few months, Permaculture magazine’s website has attracted a record number of visitors. There are an increasing number of people coming to permaculture, wanting to know more about the solutions, texts, teachers, courses and contacts which are out there globally.

Since the start of 2011, and the relaunch of our Permaculture website, the average monthly visitors have risen by over 260%, from 6,000 to over 22,000 and this figure continues to rise. In the last month alone we have had 34,573 absolute unique visitors and 71,935 pageviews.

We are seeing permaculture being increasingly explored by the mainstream media both in the UK and Stateside – this is attracting new people to the movement. Worth reading is the extensive permaculture special in the current issue of The Green Party’s Green World magazine. While, at the end of July, our website covered The New York Times major permaculture feature. This led to us printing copies for an American order for our book The Earth User’s Guide To Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow, with a printer in the States rather than shipping copies from the UK – the first time we have been able to do this. Maddy Harland, a co-founder of Permanent Publications said, “It is always difficult to reconcile producing permaculture literature and then shipping it out in bulk all over the world. We are delighted to be working with our American partners, Chelsea Green Publishers, to save ‘book miles’. We hope to move to this model with all our North American titles.”

With the current International Permaculture Conference & Convergence taking place in Jordan we are seeing another building block taking permaculture from Australia and western society and placing it in a truly global context. The message is that solutions for restoring habitats worldwide are possible.

Permaculture is now also acknowledged by Google News, so permaculture stories from around the world appear on that extensive system. We recommend you set-up ‘permaculture’ as a Google Alert to help spread the word.

The rapid development of technology means that permaculture is able to reach and be available to an increasing number of people in a variety of new ways. One thing to look out for over the coming months is our forthcoming Permaculture app later this year. The app will allow you to read Permaculture Magazine on an iPad, iPhone or android phone, a popular preference in the USA and increasingly in Europe. We are also in the process of making all of our Permanent Publications books available as eBooks, for details of these view our Green Shopping sister site.

This website is growing in its scope and vision. Recent stories and video clips on our site, such as 50 Watts of Natural Lighting from a Plastic Bottle, have undoubtedly gone viral. We have also been invited by Polly Higgins to attend this week’s Ecocide Trial at the Supreme Court and we will be reporting on the case here next week.

Meanwhile, the opportunities to use the potential of this site to advertise courses, events, needs and essential products and services is something which is starting to be embraced by individuals, communities and companies alike. If you are interested in advertising on our site and reaching this growing movement of people, please view our Media Pack and contact Tony at the office for any details you require.

The rise in awareness of permaculture has coincided with increased use by schools, colleges and business of The Sustainability Centre, where our offices are based. The Centre has hosed a series of sold-out events, such as Uncivilisation 2011: The Dark Mountain Festival, The Small Woods Association’s Skills Sharing Weekend, The Little Green Gathering and The Wild Law Conference. The latest development on site is our new wetland system. It joins the Natural Burial Site, Eco Hostel and campsite, organic cafe and Ben Law’s Woodland Classroom as a significant step forward. The Centre is set in 55 acres and well worth a visit, besides, you can always pop into our shop while you are up here if you fancy looking at any of our books, DVDs, tools or products the old fashioned way.

Help spread the permaculture word…

Join The Transition Companion Twitter Launch!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Are you inspired by the Transition movement? Do you have a burning question for its founder, Rob Hopkins? Or do you simply want to find out more?

Join us for a Twitter launch with Rob Hopkins on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Rob will be available to answer questions about himself and the Transition movement between 9am and 12pm EST (that’s 2pm – 5pm local time for Rob in the UK). All you have to do to take part is follow the hashtag #TTComp on Twitter, and include it in your own tweets to post a comment or question.

Rob’s new book, The Transition Companion, will be available exclusively through www.transitionculture.org from this date until the official publication date of 27 October. You can even order your pre-publication copy and then pop over to Twitter to ask Rob to sign it for you!

Can’t make it? Don’t worry! You can still use the hash tag #TTComp to post your questions any time. Rob will be answering the questions during the session, and then we will share a transcript of the entire thing, to make sure that nobody misses out.

Date(s):  Thursday 13th October 2011
Time: 9am to Noon EST (2pm to 5pm Totnes Time)
Contributor:  Rob Hopkins
Location:  Twitter @robintransition , #TTComp


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