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January 2009

The New Ecopreneurs: (Video)

The New York Times just released a story about Spencer Brown and his three-year old company, (formerly Earth Friendly Moving). Chelsea Green author Richard Seireeni profiled Spencer’s company in his book, The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today’s Most Visible Green Brands. In honor of Spencer’s ecopreneurism, we profile him here. Here’s an […]

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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in a Garage or Yard

The following is an excerpt from Fresh Food from Small Spaces:The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by R. J. Ruppenthal. It has been adapted for the web.Preview the book here. Some of the most expensive and delicious gourmet mushrooms on the market are shiitakes, which also are credited in Asia with […]

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Naomi Wolf on Obama’s Speech: So Sophisticated You Have to Gasp

Prominent feminist and author Naomi Wolf (The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot), writing in the Guardian UK, takes a closer look at President Obama’s inauguration speech and sees an end to phony “morning in America” optimism and a refreshing acknowledgment of reality—as well as the opening moves in a brilliant […]

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WATCH: Derrick Jensen Talks Sustainability: Any Way of Life That Uses Resources Will Fail

You may not know this—I did not know this—but Derrick Jensen, author of Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture, and Eros and A Language Older Than Words, among other titles, is a very funny man. Who else could turn the Star Wars movies into a wry cautionary tale on the failures of the […]

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Vermont Commons Takes a Closer Look at Naomi Wolf’s 10 Steps

In this article, Rob Williams of the secessionist newspaper Vermont Commons re-visits Naomi Wolf‘s “10 steps” (as enumerated in the book and movie The End of America) for turning an open, democratic society into a closed dictatorship. As Wolf sees it, all the pieces for strangling our centuries-old republic are in place, and until protections […]

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Dr. Dennis Meadows Awarded Prestigious Japan Prize

Each year, the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan awards the prestigious Japan Prize to key individuals “who have contributed to the progress of science and technology and the advancement of world peace and prosperity.”1 This year, the foundation chooses to honor Dr. Dennis Meadows, co-author of Limits to Growth and Limits to Growth: the […]

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Zeri Foundation Honored for Global Coffee to Mushrooms Initiative

The Specialty Coffee Association of America, the world’s largest membership organization of coffee traders, roasters and distributors/coffee shops, decided last weekend to give their Annual Sustainability Award to the ZERI Foundation for the coffee-waste-to-mushrooms project they initiated in Colombia and developed in Zimbabwe with connections to India. Our congratulations to Gunter Pauli, founder and director […]

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WATCH: The Transition Cities Conference: The Movie

Transition movement founder Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, speaks at the inaugural Transition Cities Conference in Nottingham in this video, which comes to us from our friends at the Transition Network. This conference has come about because since the whole Transition idea and movement started, there have […]

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LISTEN: Former VT Governor, Madeleine Kunin, on Here & Now

Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead) appeared on the program Here & Now on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR Monday to discuss the obstacles women still face when entering politics H&N: Governor Kunin, at the heart of your book is the question, “Why don’t more women run […]

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ASK THE EXPERTS: Sandor Katz Gives You the Fermentation 411

From time to time, the team here at will receive a question from a reader that we just can’t answer. (I’ll be honest: if the question doesn’t involve comic books, motorcycles, or the 1980s Transformers cartoon, then we are just at sea.) Lucky for us, we have a veritable army of expert authors willing […]

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