Simplicity, Joy and Social Change (220)

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...]

Young Lawyers Lower the Bar to a Sharing Economy (210)

"Sharing really is going to save the world!" declares Janelle Orsi, author of The Sharing Solution, noting that it's fun, doesn't require special skills — and we can start now. She and Jennifer Kassan co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center to help people formalize … [Read more...]

Soccer Mom Prepares for the Unexpected (203)

 "I have a ball preserving food with my friends!" And at the same time Kathy Harrison is making sure her kids can eat if storms knock out power or roads. The author of Just in Case: How to Be Self Sufficient when The Unexpected Happens gives practical tips on storing food … [Read more...]

Pitching In at a Community Garden

We weeded in my mom's church community garden plot this morning.  Robyn and I joined a work party cleaning paths and rototilling the winter overgrowth in the 12 x 25 foot plots. They were working within a small time window while the clay soil was moist and workable. Another … [Read more...]

A Sharing Garden that Grows Community

We taped garden coordinators Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns in the middle of their Alpine Sharing Garden. The premise underlying their unique community garden is the notion of sharing "because it feels good to share," Chris notes. Rather than multiple small plots for the … [Read more...]

The Transition Movement Comes to America (139)

One response to the global crisis that is gaining enthusiastic momentum is the Transition Towns movement. Jennifer Gray, a pioneer in the Transition Initiative in the UK and cofounder of Transition US, describes it as "a community-led response to the twin crises of peak oil … [Read more...]

Helping Local Food Businesses Thrive (121)

Wendy Siporen coordinates The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE), which helps small locally-owned businesses not just to thrive, but be more sustainable as well. A "Food Connection" directory enables local businesses to buy from one another. Their "Rogue Flavor" … [Read more...]

Sustainable Connections – Transforming a Community Through Local Business

Michelle Long shows us how a highly successful local independent business network has transformed Bellingham, Washington, while inspiring other communities. From an initial "Think Local First" program, they have expanded to business peer mentoring, and support for local food … [Read more...]

A Defining Moment in History

The planet is quickly confronting us with limits to the exploitative, dominator system of the past 5000 years. David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, and more recently The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, implores us to replace … [Read more...]

Vancouver’s Co-operative Auto Network

A superb urban transport solution whose time has come. Founder Tracey Axelsson recounts the ins-and-outs of North America's oldest and largest car-sharing cooperative--membership, online scheduling, vehicle types, usage costs, preferred parking. Episode 34. … [Read more...]