How Shall We Live, With the Earth in Crisis? (250)

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When we actually face what's happening on the planet, the picture isn't pretty. Author Carolyn Baker (Speaking Truth To Power) is concerned by rapidly-unfolding climate change, and the fragile Fukushima reactor situation. Systems thinker Dave Pollard (How To Save the World) … [Read more...]

Living with the Predicament (235)

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Janaia's the guest this time! She tells host Ivey Cone: "This is not a problem. A problem can be solved. This is a predicament. We can’t solve our way out of this one, with technology or any other mythic fix. It's something we have to live with." She sees multiple … [Read more...]

Seeking the Happy Story, part 2 – Reality Ain’t What You Believe (234)

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"If you really grasp the idea that this is not suddenly going to turn around, in six months or a year, you begin to look at your life very differently," says Dr. Kathy McMahon, clinical psychologist and self-named "Peak Shrink." Despite government silence, she declares, the … [Read more...]

Seeking the Happy Story, part 1 – But What Do You Feel? (233)

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We live in a culture that wants only the upbeat response, the story with the happy ending. We marginalize people who express anger or grief about the impossible predicament we're in — societal and ecological collapse. Clinical psychologist Kathy "Peak Shrink" McMahon, uses … [Read more...]

Tools to Turn Dreams Into Reality (229)

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How do you turn wishful thinking into goals and concrete steps to achieve them? Alan Seid shares insights for "visioning and manifesting" that have helped him and others. It starts with imagining, Alan says, and thinking "outside the box." Then you set up structures and … [Read more...]

Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos (225)

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"The external growth of a budding economy is over. The focus on growth now needs to be on the inner world." Carolyn Baker's Navigating the Coming Chaos is a toolkit to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the collapse of industrial civilization now underway. First build … [Read more...]

Simplicity, Joy and Social Change (220)

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When Cecile Andrews asked herself, "What matters?" the answer popped up: "Having time to do the things you want to do." She simplified her life, quit her full-time job, and started simplicity circles to support others in savoring life. Now she has expanded into neighborhood … [Read more...]

Titanic Lifeboat Academy — Navigating a Path to Resilience (216)

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Caren Black and Christopher Paddon couldn't find mentors to teach them self-reliant living when they became aware of peak oil. So they created a homestead and opened their doors to training others. People can take a personalized Lifeboat Course online or in person, where … [Read more...]

An Earthen House Built by Hand (215)

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"I think it's very very important to know you can provide things for yourself… build your own house… grow your own food… make your own medicine." Walking his talk, Greg Crawford shows the magical wattle-and-cob house he built with hand tools using local materials: alder … [Read more...]

Two Households, One Car (213)

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At first Judy Alexander was reluctant to share a car with neighbors Richard and Sue Dandridge. But their invitation intrigued her, especially since her aging car felt unsafe for long trips. After a trial year, she found the arrangement freeing and sold her car. Judy and … [Read more...]