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Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature

Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature
A New Word Founder Kenny Ausubel coined the word bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture of social and scientific innovators who are mimicking nature¹s operating instructions to serve human ends while enriching the web of life. We take a "solve-the-whole-problem" approach: Taking care of nature means taking care of people - and taking care of people means taking care of nature. It's part of our mission . A Leading Source of Innovative Solutions Bioneers is a uniquely rich trove of “the ideas lying around.”

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Chief Seattle's Speech of 1854 - Version 1 Version 1 (below) appeared in the Seattle Sunday Star on Oct. 29, 1887, in a column by Dr. Henry A. Smith. "CHIEF SEATTLE'S 1854 ORATION" - ver . 1 Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion upon my people for centuries untold, and which to us appears changeless and eternal, may change. Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movements in the US Transition US is delighted to be part of the second cohort of national Transition hubs (along with Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and Portugal) to be receiving mentoring and support from Transition Network to bring REconomy to our country. We believe REconomy provides an important complement to the diverse, innovative work to build just and regenerative economies that is already happening in communities across the US. “A movement is emerging in many places, under many guises: New Economy (or Economies), Regenerative Economy, Solidarity Economy, Next Economy, Caring Economy, Sharing Economy, Thriving Resilience, Community Resilience, Community Economics, Oppositional Economy, High Road Economy, and other names. It’s a movement to replace the default economy of excess, control, and exploitation with a new economy based on respecting biophysical constraints, preferring decentralization, and supporting mutuality. CommonBound

About Us Our theory of change begins with the firm belief that it is possible to create a thriving human society within nature’s limits. Natural and social sciences tell us the system conditions for sustainability. These conditions, or principles, are the design constraints for a rigorous and clear articulation of a sustainable society. We also know that the transition to sustainability will be (and is being) led by innovators who create different ways of meeting human needs within the new design constraints and by the early adopters of their innovations. While most action and investment to spur the transition will take place within the context of institutions, organizations cannot themselves be sustainable in an unsustainable society. In the end, it is systems that must become sustainable.

Living on the edge: ecological and cultural edges as sources of diversity for social-ecological resilience. A few summers ago, on a berry-picking expedition to a local mountain on Vancouver Island, one of us (NT) observed that by far the most productive and highest quality blueberries and huckleberries (Vaccinium ovalifolium, V. alaskaense, V. parvifolium, V. deliciosum) occurred not in the dense old growth subalpine forest, nor in the dry, hot center of a nearby clearcut, but in the area of confluence between the two, and especially at the edge of a creek. Here, right at the juncture of the forest, the creek, and the clearing, the picking was prime; buckets were filled in minutes, whereas in the dense forest and the center of the 15-year old clearcut, although the berry bushes were growing there, it would have taken hours to glean any quantity of berries. This kind of experience has been repeated among people all over the world in their search for and exploitation of the foods and materials they need for their survival. 1.

Ocean Energy: Tidal and Wave Power Earth’s global oceans cover approximately 71% of the planet, roughly 3.6×10^8 km squared. It has been estimated that if humans find an efficient way to harness at least 0.2% of the potential energy within wave power and tidal power, enough energy would be generated to power the entire world. Ocean power has been utilized by humans for hundreds of years and is one of the oldest forms of energy known to us. For example, tide mills and water wheels have been used successfully to power farms, homes, factories, and electricity. This is a primitive method, but contains some of the basic principles that are being tested in modern ocean energy devices. Ocean power is a non-polluting, reliable, and predictable source of renewable energy that is abundant and accessible to the majority of the planet.

What If There Was a Middle Option Between Renting and Owning? February 13, 2015 Ian Boyd started to think about buying a home in his late 20s, as he and his friends completed graduate school, coupled up, and started to think about children. During that time in 2009, Boyd knew that purchasing a home would pose a financial challenge. He had about $35,000 in student debt and another $5,000 on credit cards. Plus, he made only about $34,000 a year as an academic adviser at a community college in Vermont. In other words, his debts exceeded his income. "I remember going to the bank to see about getting a mortgage and hoping for the best.

Developing a Roadmap for Amsterdam: The First Circular City The city of Amsterdam has made a major step in the transition to become one of the world’s first circular cities. Commissioned by the city, Circle Economy implemented its newly developed City Circle Scan to identify areas in which Amsterdam can make the most significant, tangible progress in realising a circular economy. The first City Circle Scan to be done at this scale globally, the resulting report identifies areas in which circular business models can be applied and highlights strategies to accomplish practical implementation of these sustainable solutions.

USDA Forest Service - Caring for the land and serving people. Meet James Redhouse Jr. In 2000, a young James Redhouse looked around at his high school buddies and saw they were joining the Utah National Guard, so he decided to do the same thing. But at 17 he needed his parent’s permission, which his mother somewhat reluctantly gave. One year later, in the early fall of 2001, the world changed. Eventually, Redhouse was sent to Iraq, where he suffered wounds that would send him home and earn him a Purple Heart. Today, he’s still a member of the National Guard and, when not training, works on the Dixie National Forest.

Tidal power [Tidal Power] Navigation Introduction, Tidal barrage, Current technology, Pumping, Economics, Social Implications, Environmental Aspects,Tidal streams, Current technology, Economics, Social Implications, Environmental Aspects, Conclusions The Control of Seed and Seed Sovereignty Rye Ramble (from the 2015 Adaptive Seeds Catalog) The Control of Seed and Seed Sovereignty At Adaptive Seeds, we talk about our work of Bringing Biodiversity Back. Part of that, of course, is growing and stewarding seed and providing you with good seed stock for your own seed saving efforts.

Building Man Festival Imagine… if you took Burning Man (and Nowhere), Sunrise Celebration (and Off-Grid), Small World Solar Stage, City Repair‘s Village Building Convergence, the Big Green Gathering, the Global Village Construction Set, a Hexayurt village, the Small is… Festival, Uncivilisation (the Dark Mountain Festival) and a Permablitz then mixed them all together? Imagine… a festival like Burning Man but rather than creating a temporary city in the desert, building an ecovillage somewhere sensible and leaving it there. Imagine… if your favourite eco festival site that didn’t have to be taken down once the festival was over.

Community Energy Initiatives Information has been collected as consistently as possible for projects funded or supported by the following community-orientated Government Programmes and other community energy programmes or networks: Government community energy programmes: Clear Skies Community Renewables Initiative (CRI)* Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI) PV Grant Programme Community Energy EST Innovation Programme Other community energy programmes/networks: Baywind Energy Co-operative Baywind Energy4All Solar Clubs† Community Power (Powergen) Ecodyfi Awel Aman Tawe (AAT) Ashden Awards Community Fund (part of the Big Lottery Fund)

Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer by Dana Drugmand You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too. posted Sep 05, 2014

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