Category: Village Development

Connected – A Film for Change

‘Connected’ is a film made by Paul and Kate Maple, a UK based family who have made it their lives for the last 4 years. Worried about the future and the seemingly insurmountable mountain of problems in the world, Paul and Kate decided to ditch their busy lives and start working out if there was any way they could help create positive social change….

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Post-2015 Development: Africans Show the Way

Time to move on from redefining the problems and concentrate on solutions already seeded on the ground. by Prof Roger Leakey (lead author of a UN funded, 3-year, 400-scientist strong IAASTD report that showed that the globalised agricultural model is not working, and showing how returning to diverse, small-scale, localised agricultural systems can feed a growing population and mitigate climate change and other vulnerabilities). Redefining problems without solutions A multifunctional […]

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Creating Buildings and Environments that Support Life (Podcast)

by James Alexander Arnfinsen Our society is drunk, it is intoxicated on pursuing novelty, it is pursuing novelty at all costs, even at the cost of civilization itself. — Nikos Salingaros, from the interview In this episode I have the delight of connecting with Nikos Salingaros, who is a Professor in Mathematics, an Urbanist and Architectural Theorist. He is originally from Greece, but lives now in San Antonio, USA. Nikos […]

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Retrofitting a Small Town

For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people that are tired of living in these massive, hyper-urban environments that meet our basic needs […]

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Transition Towns – Organizing For Resilience (video)

Rob Hopkins, instigator of the Transition Towns movement, is on tour in the U.S. This video is a 90 minute presentation that was given in Oakland, California, on October 10th, 2013. If you’re U.S.-based, and want to get involved in helping to start a Transiation Town, head here to find out more. There’s no time like the present….

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On Inequality and the Collapse of Globalization

Editor’s preamble: I want to preface the title article, The Collapse of Globalization, found further below, with the following two video presentations — both of which give some very interesting insights into how happiness, or, rather, the lack of it, is more directly connected to the relative inequality between indiduals and families within a particular state, than it is about absolute wealth or poverty. Worldwide, as the top 1% of […]

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Michael Sandel: Why We Shouldn’t Trust Markets With Our Civic Life (TED video)

In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it’s fair to say that an American’s experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is […]

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What’s Holding Our Local Farmers Back?

As much as I love fresh local food, why isn’t there more of it? Why aren’t there more small farmers selling their amazing produce to their own communities? What’s stopping them? For sure, the local food movement is growing, but why is it still at the fringe of society? Or am I just being impatient? In my last post, I looked at excuses consumers make to justify their supermarket addiction. […]

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India’s Foundation for Ecological Security Awarded Land for Life Award

India’s Foundation for Ecological Security is currently in the process of restoring over half a million acres of common land in small scale farming communities across the country. The video above, from our friends John D. Liu and his team at the EEMPC, will give you an excellent look at the work of the foundation and just some of the stunning results they’ve helped to facilitate. You’ll see satisfying before/after […]

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Chalback Reg-Op Lesotho

Chalback Reg-Op Lesotho is the story about a sustainable farming system suitable for Lesotho and other similar regions of southern Africa. Chalback Reg-Op was the name of the donkey which J. J Machobane and his wife depended on to power the Machobane farming system in Lesotho. Chalback Reg-Op translated from the Sesotho as hardworking and straight up. This is a very suitable name for the unnoticed and humble donkey — […]

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Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture – UN Agencies Call for an End to Industrial Agriculture & Food System

A rising chorus from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender inequality and climate change can all be addressed by a radical transformation of our agriculture and food system. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members’ website and is otherwise available for download here. Agriculture the problem and the solution to climate change Record breaking heat waves sweeping over both […]

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The Economics of the Future: Relocalisation

Eight thousand supermarket outlets now account for over 97 per cent of total grocery sales in the UK; a pattern increasingly replicated in other parts of the world. It’s a trend that former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy recently called “part of progress”, describing small shops as “medieval”. However, a wealth of research now tells us that there are many more benefits of more local, independent economies.

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