The Terror of an Unchanging Climate Conversation

March 20th was the UN Day of Happiness. March 21, the beginning of spring. And the news? “Nasa-funded study: industrial civi…

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The Power to ‘Control’ Your Life

Even as we have gained greater freedom, we are feeling increasingly powerless. No longer does birth absolutely determine the cours…

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Voting with Dollars? Systems Thinking for Change

“Every time you spend money, you cast a vote for the kind of world you want.” “Three times a day, you cast a vot…

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Getting Back To Work

These are times of crisis; that much is quite universally understood. It is much less clear, however, what sort of crisis this is….

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How to Change

Things are going swell. And not well at all. Life is not too bad, and even the lives of those who have it really worse seem to be …

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Beyond Earth Hour, to Better Ways

Earth Hour is fast approaching, everyone’s being asked to turn off their lights for one hour to set a sign for a global move…

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Unconferencing Rio+20, Really Changing Things

Normally, I reserve the personal for my blog “at home in… w| Gerald Zhang-Schmidt“, but allow me… I was on…

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Quit with the Band-Aids, Change Lives and Work for Better

Or, Why I Don’t Ask for Donations… “Green” concerns have been moving further into the mainstream of business, companies proclaim their sustainability and CSR (corporate social responsibility) engagement, the rich and famous create philanthropic foundations to address poverty and (other) human rights issues … and in all the excitement over the pretty Band-Aids, radical reason […]

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Work Less, Live More… and more

Another case being made for putting sustainability – if you don’t like the word, you can call it survival, or progress, or reality – at the center of what we do. And at the same time, not another one of your average calls for sacrifice for the future, or to just grow with a tinge […]

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The Generation(s) of Pain – and Promise

It used to be that you made it into college, got a good education, and then made a career, had a family, bought a house, filled it with stuff, and all that. In the uncertain times we are facing, this promise of an easy life has turned into a promise for many. A promise that […]

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In the Face of Catastrophe, Live. Live, anyways!

A long-standing observation about us humans is that we like to think that our world is fixed and stable (and even just). As a survivor of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami just said (and as people said after 9/11, as well): I never would have thought that such a thing was possible. It’s an equally […]

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