The Missing Part of the Internet – Collaborative Decision-Making Made Easy with Loomio

The world needs a better way to make decisions together “The new era of digital democracy is one source of hope. New formats for web-based participation, like Loomio, and enablers of grassroots engagement… are flourishing.” — The Huffington Post Democracy isn’t just about politics — it’s people getting together and deciding how things should be. It’s a skill we can practice with people wherever we are: in our workplaces, our […]

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Create Your Own Paradise Lot: Food Tasting and Workshop (April 26, 2014, Massachusetts, USA)

Fuki (petasites japonicus giganteus) has great edible leafstalks and enjoys wet shade What: Food tasting and workshop When: April 26, 2014, 10am to 4pm Where: Holyoke, MA, USA Instructors: Jonathan Bates & Eric Toensmeier Cost per person: US$120 (does not include meals or accommodations) Spend a day with Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier, the co-designers and managers of the garden that inspired the book Paradise Lot. We will tour the […]

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Elections: Understanding the Invisible Structures – an Interview with Peter Emerson

Peter Emerson is the director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a leading authority on voting systems for use in both decision-making and elections. See a previous interview with Peter here. Marcin Gerwin: This autumn we will have local elections in Poland and instead of the proportional representation a new electoral system will be used in most places — first-past-the-post. Some politicians say that it […]

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Permaculture Seed Planting on Holiday

I spent the last two months in the Philippines, and had a great experience with seed planting with local kids in the neighborhood. After devouring as many of the cheap and delicious tropical fruits I can get my hands on (especially durian, mango, gaisano, mangosteen, avocado) I’ve been saving the seeds as much as possible, and recently decided to go out with some friends and plant some of them into […]

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Top Bar Beekeeping

Martin O’Callaghan has been keeping bees for nearly 20 years and was up for sharing his experience with us on Top Bar  bee hives and more natural forms of beekeeping. He is passionate about natural beekeeping and runs the Urban Hive, a Melbourne-based business that builds and sells Top Bar and Warre bee hives and removes bee swarms. He is a fountain of knowledge on beekeeping and bees in general!

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Permaculture Around Latin America – El Salvador

I’d like to invite you to join me as I feature short videos on permaculture locations, farms, and projects in all the countries that comprise Latin America. To kick start this series, I’m featuring a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, or IPES, which has been operating since 2000. In the video, director Karen Inwood speaks about the demonstration site and how they have applied various permaculture principles.

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All Give and No Take

Do those negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have any interest in democracy? Here’s a test. Nothing threatens democracy as much as corporate power. Nowhere do corporations operate with greater freedom than between nations, for here there is no competition. With the exception of the European parliament there is no transnational democracy, anywhere. All other supranational bodies – the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations, trade organisations and […]

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3D Orthographic Mapping

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As designers, trainers and practitioners we’re always looking for tools that will help in realizing our design visions. One of the relatively recent developments that allows for the transfer of these ideas from our minds onto landscape is the emergence of 3D orthographic mapping software used in conjunction with drones.

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Christopher Soghoian: Government Surveillance – This is Just the Beginning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrxDrpi1XNU Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what’s to come.

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Free Online Event: the Whole Earth Summit Starts Tomorrow! (March 11-13, 2014)

The Whole Earth Summit starts tomorrow (free and online). Join Geoff Lawton and 42 remarkable visionaries, and tens of thousands of people worldwide, as we share our passion, vision and next steps for creating regenerative communities and a whole earth. Click here to register for free. I recommend that you do this now so that you can see the schedule and mark what you’d like to attend. Registering also gives […]

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The Montado Farms Story (San Diego, California)

Our Montado Farms Kickstarter was launced on March 3rd! Did you know that over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities? Or that by 2030, our agricultural production needs to increase by 40% to feed our growing population? Can our cities, governments and civilization survive our current agricultural practices? How do we feed populations in the cities with a dwindling water resource? We can tell you one thing […]

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Earthworks Course Introduction with Geoff Lawton (video)

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If you’re considering doing Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course later this month and want to know more, check out the Bonus $1200 Earthworks course we are including for free. It’s a mixture of classroom and field lectures that will bring you up to speed and teach you how to build dams, ponds, swales, water features, spillways and house sites using excavators.

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