In Uncategorized on October 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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Blessing The Hands that Feed Us is…
o A funny, informative, inspiring story about my effort to eat within 10 miles of my home in September 2010
o A brief education on relocalization, transition, and the global crises
o An introduction to “relational eating” – eating in the context of community (which is the way it is, we just forgot)
o A personal story of hope lost and found in my life as an activist
o A call to participate in re-regionalization of our food systems
o A spiritual story of redemption through community, of finding a true home
o Profiles of farmers and a community becoming stronger through food and feeding one another
o A topography of Whidbey’s local food territory that others can use in their lives and communities
In Uncategorized on August 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM
Just in – this video of myself, Stephanie Mills and Caroline Woolard on Communities of Trust at the New Economics Conference at Bard in June 2012. A wonderful discussion of the edge between living in a money economy and living in a community of reciprocity and mutuality – the how it works, joys, challenges, wisdom and innovations.
In Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Antioch Graduation Speech on Hope in Spite of it All
Thank you for selecting me as your graduation speaker, and congratulations on your success. In my short time today I want to say why – even with a future as uncertain and discouraging as the one staring us in the face – I am filled with hope. Yes, we live in one of those times in history when the stakes are high and here’s reason #1 for hope: daunting assignments actually bring out the best in people. There’s no script for our times and in that is reason #2 for hope: In the absence of certainty, hope is sanity because it lets you move into the unknown as if life is rooting for you to succeed. How could it be otherwise?
Life itself is an ally, we don’t need to generate hope, and we just need to cooperate. – and that’s reason #3 for hope. All living things get up each morning not knowing what the day will bring, yet we go on mating and birthing, flowering and fruiting assuming the conditions for flourishing are always there to receive us.