First Nations People Reclaiming Their Heritage (272)

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"My full name is Pawatsqwachitl. I come from Ahousaht on the west coast of Vancouver Island." Following the indigenous custom, Pawa Haiyupis introduced herself, her people and territory. She thanked the Coast Salish people and territory where we were videoing (Victoria, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 2 (259)

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"I'm not aware of any other social movement going on in the US today that has the power to challenge and win against corporate rule, push back and dismantle corporate rights, and enshrine rights for actual human beings," asserts Community Rights educator and organizer Paul … [Read more...]

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 1 (258)

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Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how "We The People" are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and fight corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say "no" to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned … [Read more...]

Smart Choices for Meeting the Coming Bust, part 2 (254)

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"How do we cooperate and build a collaborative culture now?" asks Laurence Boomert, founder of The Bank of Real Solutions in New Zealand. Local currencies, barter cards, and Time Banks not only create alternatives when money systems collapse, they allow people to get … [Read more...]

Green Burial and Land Conservation (249)

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"I want to die and be returned to the earth so that I have the least harmful impact… Not just to live that way but to die that way. I'd like to become the compost for a beautiful tree that bears fruit to feed the next generation." Brandy Gallagher of O.U.R. Ecovillage … [Read more...]

Things are Cookin’ at Wallingford Community Kitchen (241)

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One night a month, join your neighbors to cook up a meal. Eat together and take some home. We had great fun at this 2010 community kitchen in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Coordinator Rachel Duboff and Kathleen Cromp of the Community Kitchens Northwest steering … [Read more...]