Land/Environment

Sweet Potatoes Newest Star of Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch

Remember Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch, the Arlington, VA-area initiative founded by Joan Horwitt to promote home-grown healthy foods? It was sweet potatoes harvested by Ashlawn students that starred in Ashlawn Elementary School’s school lunch event in early November. The tubers...

Small Steps to Creating Community

Check out Good Tree Village Cohousing's blog at http://goodtreevillage.org/2011/11/20/small-steps-to-creating-community/. A recent post features a 100 neighbors website and a story on neighbors who connected their yards to create an urban oasis as two small and effective ways of building community. Photo: Good Tree...

PlacerSustain: One Community’s Exploration of the Possibility of a Sustainable Future

We are in the midst of a global transformative change in what it means to be a "Community," and in particular, a Sustainable Community. At the heart of this change is the growing recognition that personal, social, and cultural...

Wiser Together: Partnering Across Generations

Tucked away in the small Appalachian community of Burnsville, North Carolina, is a family farm and a place of meeting that has recently become the new home base for Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, co-founders of the World Café....

The Value of Public Service

We find ourselves today as public sector leaders working in an era of dynamic global economics, stormy political discourse and facing yet another crisis in confidence in our public institutions. Memories of 9-11 sacrifices of public servants have faded...

What Is Enough?

To set the stage for his 2012 budget message, Alachua County, FL Manager Randall Reid quotes Lao Tzu: “Great trouble comes from not knowing what is enough . . .” The challenge for citizens today, he says, is to decide...

Growing Community I: What, Why & How?

For anyone interested in gardens as a context for fostering learning and interaction, the next three posts are guaranteed to provide you with inspiration and practical resources.   What are community gardens and where can they exist? As new sprouts push...

Why Families Fall Apart

One day, when my mother was in her 70’s, she told me a story about how things had changed in her small town since she was a girl. She said, When I was a girl, things were very different. When...

What in the Name of Reform

I would like to whisper a quiet caution to those of us who are investing in institutional or structural reform efforts. There is an intensifying stream of efforts to reform our institutions. In theUSthere is government reform, education reform,...

Thriving in a Post-Consumerist Society

What does a thriving way of life look like in a post-consumerist society? Many aspects of a thriving future can be found by stepping into a contemporary co-housing community or eco-village. To illustrate, my wife and I lived in a...

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Action Confidence: Laying Down the Path in Walking

“Let’s have the courage to create” — GAIA Journey participant We live in a world of disruption, drama, and despair. All of...