In this issue of Random Gleanings, we offer you an introduction to the tremendous array of leading-edge social, environmental, business and scientific innovators who will be presenting at this year’s Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference. Bioneers by the Bay will be held October 23-26, 2008, in historic Downtown New Bedford, MA.
Register today or call 508.748.0816 for more details.
Thursday, October 23rd
The Green Collar Economy:
How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
October, 2008 | Van Jones
Our country is facing serious times. On the heels of sky-high fuel prices this summer, a massive financial crisis has sent the economy into a tailspin this fall. Green For All founder Van Jones has proposed a powerful green cure. His first book, The Green Collar Economy, hit bookstores on October 7th 2008.
Pick up your copy and learn how we can move the country toward a fully clean and renewable economy – one strong enough to fight pollution, cut poverty and put America back to work. We need your help right now to catapult the solutions in this book into the hands and minds of every policy maker, pundit and person in our country!
Friday, October 24th
David Orr: The TreeHugger Interview
December 27, 2007 | Jacob Gordon | Treehugger.com
When other people shake hands, David Orr hugs. He’s one of those rare intellectuals. And although he comes from a lineage of preachers, Orr’s ecological conscience is not religious [he didn’t even know that his grandfather presided over Rachel Carson’s christening until reading Silent Spring]. As the Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, Orr lets his focus range from education to ecology to green building and beyond. His sagely presence is friendly and relaxed, unstained by his five books and multiple degrees. In part one of our three-part interview, David Orr paints his views of patriotism, conservatism, something he calls “happy talk,” and why we can’t build ourselves out of the mess we’re in. [read more]
Part 1: The Preacher’s Son
Part 2: The Carbon Connection
Part 3: Where Hope and Optimism Split
Greening the ghetto
TED | Feb 2005
In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy. [watch here]
Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm
TreeHugger | March 2008
Before Stonyfield Farm was a $325 million company, Gary Hirshberg was milking the cows and trying to get the bills paid. Now, as the largest organic yogurt-maker, he is fulfilling the original mission: make money and save the world. [listen here]
Saturday, October 25th
Good for Mental Health
Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D. | MAPP International
Rha Goddess is a performing artist and social/political activist. Her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals. In May 2000, Essence Magazine recognized Rha as one of 30 Women to Watch in the new millennium. Here, Dr. Peter Fraenkel describes how Rha helps him understand the “art of psychotherapy. [read more]
Pioneer of Swiss Biological Medicine;
Dr. Rau interviewed in Alternative Therapies.
August 2007 | Alternative Therapies
During a hectic weekend seminar in the two-year Paracelsus Biological Medicine Network seminar series, two prominent physicians managed to steal away for a cup of tea and a quiet conversation. Dr. Mark Hyman, former Co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, and Dr. Thomas Rau, and author of The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health: Dr. Rau's Diet for Whole Body Healing sequestered themselves for an hour to discuss medicine, well-being and life. Read their fascinating, precious conversation - from the recent issue of Alternative Therapies. [read more]
One Thing to Do About Food: A Forum
August 24, 2006 | The Nation
How do we fix our dysfunctional relationship with food? In 2006, Alice Waters lead a forum with Eliot Coleman, Eric Schlosser, Marion Nestle, Peter Singer and others, who suggest, for starters, that we stop buying factory farm products, get involved in farm policy and outlaw the marketing of junk food to kids. [read more]
Honey, We Shrunk the Planet
October 29, 2007 | Huffington Post | Kenny Ausubel
“The nature of nature is change. Sometimes it hurtles into fast forward, tripping radical shifts. Think of it as nature's regime change. For the first time, people are causing it on a planetary scale… We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: to re-imagine how to live on Earth in a good way that lasts.” [read more]
Sunday, October 26th
The South Mountain Company Story
September 2003 | John Abrams
“South Mountain is not a business that developed according to any plan,” writes John Abrams, founder and President of South Mountain Company. “It's a business that happened. In fact, the whole concept of business was, to me, in the late 60's and 70's, antithetical to my sense of my self. What interested me was building community, not business.” [read more]
Making a Living That Affirms Life
Each of us experiences a lifelong tug-of-war between our money interests and the calling of our soul. When we’re in the domain of soul, we act with integrity… [But] when we enter the domain of money, there often seems to be a disconnect from the soulful person we have known ourselves to be. [read more]
The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption
June 5, 2007 | Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman spent an hour with John Perkins: a man who claims to have worked deep inside the forces driving corporate globalization. In his first book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”, Perkins told the story of his work as a highly paid consultant hired to strong-arm leaders into creating policy favorable to the U.S. government and corporations—what he calls the “corporatocracy.” [read or listen here]
Tea With Nina Simons & Nina Utne
December 2005 | Utne Readre | Nina Utne
Nina Utne writes: “Nina Simons a truly original thinker and longtime social entrepreneur, believes we need to elevate the aspects of our natures that traditionally have been considered feminine in order to restore balance. Nina is a living example of how the feminine can transform our businesses, our society, our relationships, and our lives. She's also a close friend, and we have spent many hours together thinking out loud.” [read more]
We Have Moved!
Not only has Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change moved, but the Marion Institute has as well! Our offices are now just around the corner, in a beautiful historic home, carefully restored using modern green building practices and materials.
Our new address is:
202 Spring St.
Marion, MA 02738
If you are in the area please stop in, we would love for you to meet the team and check out our new digs!
Thursday, November 6th
Two Angry Moms | Fighting for the health of America’s children.
Find out how you can get more nutritious food in your child’s school!
Two Angry Moms is a documentary that asks the question: What happens when two “fed-up” moms try to change the school lunch program?
This FREE event will be held on Thursday, November 6th at the Marion Music Hall, Marion, MA from 6-8pm, and will include the Two Angry Moms documentary film, our special guest and filmmaker of Two Angry Moms, Amy Kalafa. In addition we will have exhibitors in the fields of children’s health and wellness and the food industry and a panel discussion on how to implement nutritional change in your local school.
For more information, click here.
“Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human."
- Paul Hawken
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