Geeks Doing Good Making the World a Better Place Worldbuilders was founded in 2008 by New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss to raise money for his favorite charity, Heifer International. Heifer brings communities out of poverty with their trademarked triple-threat of education, resources, and Passing on the Gift. You can visit their website for some of the incredible and detailed stories, but basically, Heifer’s programs start with an intensive educational blitz that teaches small community farmers and families what they need to know to get started, supply them with the basic supplies they need, and when they become successful, these families and communities reach out to their neighbors, passing on their education, experience, and the fruits of their labors (livestock, seedlings, technology) so their neighbors can flourish. To date, Worldbuilders has raised over $3 million for Heifer International, and this year, we’re expanding our fundraising efforts. The Goods A Princess & Mr.
Concerning Cake, Bilbo Baggins, and Charity So a couple days ago I did an AMA on Reddit. It was fun. I enjoy goofing off, interacting with my readers, and answering questions. The day after the AMA, I went back in to see if I’d missed any particularly important/interesting/clever questions. And I found one. I started to answer it. So rather than post my answer there, buried deep in a thread at the bottom of a dead AMA. This is going to sound pretty awful, but why all the charity work? I’ve always been… well, financially challenged (at young Kvothe-like levels at times), and from what I’ve read, you were in a similar state for a long time. Well, it kind of bugs me. This sounds intensely selfish, I know, but it comes from ignorance, not malice. Thanks for being honest here Jason. The simple truth is, Jason, at this point in my life, I have enough money to live comfortably. It’s like this: if you have one piece of cake, and you eat it, that’s fine. If you have two pieces of cake, you should probably share some with a friend. (No lie.)
Feeding America: Hunger-Relief Charity | FeedingAmerica.org Center for an Ecology-based Economy Funding Available for Rural Cooperative Development April 29, 2014 On April 29, 2014 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of competitive grant funds to support the development of rural cooperatives. A total of $5.8 million is available this year for the Rural Coop Development Grant (RCDG) program and an additional $3 million will be available for Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants, a subset of the RCDG program. The notices of funding availability will appear in the Federal Register on April 30. Rural Coop Development Grants Grants are available for non-profit corporations or higher education institutions for the purpose of establishing or enhancing centers for training in cooperative development. Applications that support rural areas with at least 20 percent of the population at poverty level are particularly encouraged. Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants Deadline More information for RCDG can be found on this USDA webpage and for SSDPG on this USDA site.
9 Things America Needs to Understand About Native Values Values and integrity have always been respected by traditional Native peoples, but when colonization forced its way onto this land, dishonesty and treachery took a terrible toll. Even many mainstream Americans are tired of it, but still don’t understand where they went wrong. Here’s a sample of things mainstream America needs to understand—add your own in the comments. Honesty and Integrity Out of the 500 treaties signed between tribes and the United States, none have ever been fully honored. History proves that at the time of contact, Native nations couldn’t even imagine such dishonesty. RELATED: Native History: How Natives Got Railroaded By the Medicine Lodge Treaty Today, oil companies are trying to force pipelines, fracking, and uranium mining onto reservation and treaty lands even as other areas already suffer oil spills. Wet’suwet’en blockade photo courtesy of UNISTOTENCAMP Prioritizing Who Is Paid Well For What Appreciation for Women Kinship and the Relationship Between All Beings
Green Mountain College: Master of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities | MRSC | Graduate Studies The latest graduate program from Green Mountain College is the nation’s first online Master of Science degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC). This two-year program, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), begins in February 2015 with a residency featuring Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and climate-change activist. "If we have one need on this planet, it's for resilient and sustainable communities,” said McKibben, “so it's good someone is thinking hard about how the heck to build them!" This program adopts GMC’s groundbreaking bioregional approach to distance learning, in which students apply what they learn in each course to their local communities. MRSC students will learn about land-use planning, economic development, energy production, food systems, and resource management, while developing skills in leadership, group organization and conflict resolution.
Parecon: envisioning a life beyond capitalism In this interview, ROAR sits down with Michael Albert, author of ‘Realizing Hope’ and editor of Znet, to explore the idea of participatory economics. Recently, the UK-based publisher Zed Books launched its Critique Influence Change series, which “brings together pivotal texts by notable academics and activists from Zed Books’ publishing of the last thirty-five years”. Over the coming weeks, ROAR will publish a series of interviews with some of the authors from this varied and inspiring collection of critical analyses. We will look not only at what inspired the authors at the time of writing their influential works, but also at what they believe is the relevance of their ideas in bringing about change in the context of the current wave of global uprisings. For this first part of the series, ROAR editor Joris Leverink interviews Michael Albert about Realizing Hope. Michael Albert is an American activist, writer and economist. And what are parecon’s key aspects? Consider Marxism.
Open Knowledge Society With emerging and innovative methods for distributing information and the means of education, we’re still embedded in the relationships created in the 20th century. Can our societies distribute knowledge to enable healthy forms of production and consumption as a template for a decentralized and equitable post-growth economy? On Extraenvironmentalist #78 we discuss the FLOK Society Project with Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation & John Restakis, author of Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital. Michel and John talk about the concept of the partner state and the creation of a new knowledge commons as the basis of society. We talk about how Ecuador is seeking to transition to this decentralized economic model in preparation for the 21st century. Program segments available here What do you think? Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email. Take action! Make connections via our GROUPS page.
Civic agriculture Civic Agriculture is the trend towards locally based agriculture and food production that is tightly linked to a community's social and economic development. Civic agriculture represents a sustainable alternative to the potentially destructive practices of conventional, large-scale agriculture. The term was coined by the late Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Thomas A. Professor Lyson wrote a follow-up book titled Civic Agriculture, in which he expounds on his ideas, arguing that because of the interlocked relationship between the food economy and consumers, people have a civic duty to support important agricultural engagements. Manifestations of movement towards Civic Agriculture: ^ Jump up to: a b Lyson Thomas A.