What Is Sustainable? (271)

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"We're a mining society. We mine the soils, the groundwater, the forest, the minerals, the fish… We're destroying non-renewable resources. There's no future in it." Richard Reese, author of What is Sustainable? Remembering Our Way Home and Sustainable or Bust, examines past … [Read more...]

Rethinking Stress — And What You Can Do About It (270)

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"What people really think of as adrenal fatigue or burnout rarely has anything to do with the adrenals themselves." Nora Gedgaudas dispels myths, and illuminates various forms of brain dysregulation that can affect our response to stress, as well as our energy levels. She … [Read more...]

Handmade Tools Make Simple Work at Inspiration Farm (269)

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Watch Brian Kerkvliet cut thick grasses easily and quickly with his hand-built scythe — a far cry from a noisy weed whacker! He demonstrates three tools whose design he has honed over the years: the scythe, grass rake and U- bar or broadfork. "It took a few years to get the … [Read more...]

Re-Becoming Villagers Wherever We Live (268)

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Whether city folk or country folk, North Americans don't tend to know our neighbors, much less do things together. Mark Lakeman (Portland) and Brandy Gallagher (rural Vancouver Island) talk about "repairing" our isolation. How can we we reclaim our village roots−living, … [Read more...]

Shaping Water and Soil at Inspiration Farm (267)

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"If you grow good soil, everything else falls into place. You grow good plants, you grow good animals, you grow good people." Permaculturist Brian Kerkvliet shows how he gently shapes soil to form ponds which overflow into connected swales (ditches on contour). They slow … [Read more...]

The Power of Potlucks (266)

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Dave Pollard and Tree Bressen riff on the power of potlucks to bring people into the sharing economy. Some people may be uncomfortable at first, but it's a dynamite way to have fun and begin to forge a community — plus, all kinds of connections can flow from them. A potluck … [Read more...]

Come to the SkillShare Faire! (265)

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Join the fun at the 2013 Whatcom SkillShare Faire! Make fire by friction. Thresh seeds with a 100-year-old pedal-powered machine. Learn to card, spin and weave. Make a rocket stove. In this extravaganza of sharing, residents teach and learn all kinds of useful, practical … [Read more...]

Rhythm and Song for Body, Mind and Spirit (264)

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Shasta Martinuk and Brian Hoover facilitate Rhythm Circles — drum and song circles, and a unique form called TaKeTiNa (tah-kuh-teen-uh). Their circles aren't about performance, so people can enjoy without those pressures. Participants learn through call and response rather … [Read more...]

The Art of Hosting – Leadership is Possible from Everywhere (263)

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"The art of hosting is an approach to group leadership [which] creates spaces for us to be learning together… co-creating, teaching each other, offering our gifts." Rather than seeing groups as hierarchical and with fixed roles, Art of Hosting practitioner Chris Corrigan … [Read more...]

Climate Change and Human Extinction — A Personal Perspective (262)

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"Just one source, methane from the arctic…leads us [by 2030] to…a temperature beyond which humans have never existed on the planet." Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of University of Arizona in Environmental Studies, shares highlights from his compilation of recent reports … [Read more...]