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May 20th, 2016

Psychedelics and Social Change

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

Charles-EisensteinIn this week’s episode a heart-to-heart conversation between Charles Eisenstein and Joanna: the mystery of gender; reclaiming a joyous cosmology; the complexity of psychedelics and systems change; holding each other in the bridging of psychedelics and everyday experience; a holistic culture is being born; Kennedy’s assassination, a moment of global reunion; psychedelics and the dissolution of the Western narrative; love as impetus for social change; the sixties planted the seeds of the future; a better education for a new reality.

 

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently “Sacred Economics” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

 

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April 15th, 2016

The Potential of Subtle Activism

an interview with David Nicol

David_NicolIn this week’s episode David Nicol speaks with Joanna about: the growing potential of subtle activism; supporting wisdom and joy in the USA field; precedents of subtle activism – Sri Aurobindo, the Big Ben Project, Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain; the strong role of Earth-centered spiritualities; global meditations and the dawn of a new awareness; the joy and nourishment of subtle activism; working with the qualities of our deeper nature; the healing potential of collective loving attention; the human species awakening to higher capacities; ways to engage with the Gaiafield Project.

 

David Nicol, PhD is co-founder and Director of the Gaiafield Project. His book “Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformations” is the first comprehensive academic treatment of the topic. He is also co-founder of BeThePeace, one of the world’s largest global meditation events that occurs annually on the International Day of Peace (September 21). He teaches on subtle activism in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and for the Shift Network. A former environmental lawyer from Australia, he now lives in Berkeley with his wife Kate and dogs Jackson and Peaches.

 

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September 25th, 2015

A Global Symphonic Consciousness

an interview with Jeff Vander Clute and Maria Bäck

Maria_BäckJeff_Vander_CluteIn this week’s episode, Jeff Vander Clute and Maria Bäck speak with Joanna about: a shift in the collective psyche; resonance mapping: reading the field and helping it to evolve; decision making from physical sensations; exploring different layers and qualities of consciousness; a rich map of evolving awareness; the architecture of Isness; three expanding experiences: mind, heart and gut; tapping our potential and making visible the field of possibility; the process of raising our awareness.

 

Jeff Vander Clute co-founded Sourcing the Way to deliver coaching and strategic consulting services that liberate spirit and radically accelerate holistic transformation. Jeff has deep entrepreneurial experience gained from leadership and advisory roles at more than 20 organizations. These include technology startups where he co-created Internet platforms used by over 30 millions people, social enterprises, and leading-edge nonprofits growing movements for social and environmental well-being. He is a member of Evolutionary Leaders, Gaiafield Project, the Global Compassion Council, and In Claritas.

Maria Bäck, co-founder of Sourcing the Way, is an intuitive communicator, energetic facilitator, and awareness consultant. Maria specializes in deep listening and resonance-based facilitation for illuminating key insights and bringing clarity that sparks holistic transformation. For the past 25 years Maria has built a successful track record in sales operations, business administration, and leadership roles spanning continents and cultures. Based in the UK, her current projects are exploring possibilities for industry transformation in the clean energy, financial, high tech, and non profit sectors.

 

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May 8th, 2015

Once Upon the Stars

an interview with Amy Edelstein

Amy EdelsteinAmy Edelstein speaks with Joanna about: a visionary, uplifting city; defining evolutionary spirituality; closeness to the stars; a new felt sense towards our environment; opening our consciousness to the big current; homecoming to the Divine; a warmer language for spiritual experience; bringing a grounding, freeing spirituality to younger generations; remembering the big picture: a world of possibilities; non anthropocentric, active receptivity; a fluid kind of leadership; the edge of her spirituality.

Amy Edelstein, author, educator, and public speaker is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. She teaches a spiritually awakened perspective and the significance of an evolutionary worldview. Her short programs and year-long trainings help individuals and group develop. Engaging, sensitive, and insightful Amy’s mission is to support as many people as possible to grrow beyond their own expectations. A Cornell University College Scholar, Amy has thirty years experience of contemplative practice, including a background in both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, as well as in evolutionary spirituality, a contemporary philosophical perspective that connects individual transformation with a deep sense of responsibility for our collective future. She is the author of “Love, Marriage & Evolution” and “Great Awakenings: Radical Visions of Spiritual Love”, and is currently working on a third book about evolutionary spirituality.

 

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March 21st, 2015

Balam’s Kitchen

an interview with Balam Lemus

Balam LemusIn this week’s episode, Balam speaks with Joanna about: a story of personal and collective remembering; the teachings of the corn; working with the dreams of the future; creating ensouled community: La Cocina de Balam, a restaurant/performance/community center.

Balam Lemus is a native of Guatemala. he has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying human nature. As a child he heard stories from native healers and elders, and was taught to implement the old ways. He continues to use these tools and training in his healing practice, for over 30 years he has been a dedicated self-improvement & emotional release facilitator and mentor. He can be contacted at cocinadebalam @ gmail.com

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January 16th, 2015

Jamming for Change

an interview with Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain In this week’s episode Shilpa Jain speaks with Joanna about  her work in YES! as a connector of change.

Shilpa Jain currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES!. Prior to taking on this role, Shilpa spent two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India, where she served as coordinator of the Swapathgami (Walkouts-Walkons) Network. Shilpa has researched and written numerous books and articles, and facilitated workshops and gatherings on topics including globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning and unlearning. Her publications include “A Poet’s Challenge to Schooling”, “Reclaiming the Gift Culture”, “Other Worlds of Power”, “Paths of Unlearning”, “Unfolding Learning Societies”. She is also co-author of “Connect. Inspire. Collaborate”, a highly sought-after facilitation manual.

 

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November 21st, 2014

The Currency of Gratitude

an interview with Kristi Nelson

Kristi NelsonIn this week’s episode, Kristi Nelson speaks to us about her personal experiences and insights about money and social change; the powerful currency of gratefulness;  a deep sense of receiving and true community, gratefulness as a key to happiness and justice. Where is  is our real wealth as people; what really nourishes our lives and feeds the earth our true home: gratefulness as the reverence generator; the ongoing Indiegogo campaign “Grow, Grow, Gratefulness” as a call for grateful action.

Kristi has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, support and develop organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.

In 2001, Kristi started a values-based consulting and leadership coaching practice, and in this capacity, she worked with organizations such as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Wisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. During this same period, she was also the founding Executive Director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Before 2001, Kristi spent five years as the Executive Director of a regional women’s foundation where she led a successful $5 million endowment campaign, developed empowerment programs for women and girls, and oversaw a community-based grantmaking program. She now also feels tremendous good fortune to be working with her incredible colleagues from around the world at A Network for Grateful Living.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grow-grow-gratefulness

http://www.gratefulness.org/

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May 30th, 2014

The Courage to Care

an interview with Alan Clements

Alan ClementsAlan Clements was one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma where he lived in a monastery during the 1970s and 1980s. Years later, he integrated into his classical Buddhist training a political awareness that included global human rights, environmental sanity, democracy and the preciousness of everyday freedom. His efforts working on behalf of oppressed peoples led a former director of Amnesty International to call Alan “one of the most important and compelling voices of our times.”

His newest project is Dana.io, a free crowdfunding platform for artists, authors and activists built on the love of a vision and fortified by the courage to care.

Alan speaks with Joanna about: “dana”, unconditional giving; a crowdfunding platform for the betterment of the world based on generosity; the essence of “the revolution of the spirit”; healing the wound of money; the courage to care for each other and the earth; a radical social experiment in our culture; the operating energy of interbeing; the beauty of love made manifest by action; “my life is my interactive art with you”; “world dharma”: celebrating the dance of our human utter uniqueness.

 

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May 2nd, 2014

A Woman’s Vision

an interview with Annie Oak

wvclogoAnnie Oak is the founder of  Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC), a gathering of visionary women, healers, scholars, activists, and artists who study consciousness. She is a journalist, event organizer, and founder of the Full Circle Tea House. She lives in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco and writes about the impact of psychedelics on science and creativity.

Annie speaks with Joanna about: the origins of the “women’s visionary congress”; medicine from the Earth; an emerging community of visionary women; cognitive liberty and ending the drug war; healing cultural activism; the ancient link between women and healing herbs; the importance of visionary communities for a sensible future.

 

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April 11th, 2014

What Would Love Do?

an interview with Jane Brunette

Jane BrunetteJane Brunette teaches and writes about meditation, spiritual practice and creating a soulful life in challenging times. She created Writing from the Soul, an approach to writing circles that has sprouted groups around the world, and periodically offers classes and retreats on meditation and using writing as a spiritual practice. In addition, she mentors writers who want to expand their capacity for articulation and deep inner sensing.
An authorized Buddhist meditation teacher whose own practice is inter-spiritual, Jane is also deeply influenced by the writings and practices of the Christian mystics as well as the wisdom of indigenous people around the world. She travels widely, living simply in cultures where this is still possible in order to free her time and her mind for contemplation and retreat. Her book of poetry, Grasshopper Guru, emerged from a long cycle of retreat outside of the American consumer matrix.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-borneo-tribe-is-losing-their-forest-what-would-love-do

Jane speaks with Joanna about: “the grasshopper guru”; shared grief-love and Earth activism; ceremonial healing; meeting the guardians of the forest.

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August 2nd, 2013

Where The Aliveness Is

an interview with Tesa Silvestre

Tesa Silvestre holds a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Pantheon-Assas, in Paris (1989), a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College (1991), and a MA and M.Phil. in Political Science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, (1997).
After leaving Academia in 2001, she co-founded a small consulting company that worked for several years with visionary leaders, organizations and networks like the Fetzer Foundation, the Solar Circle, and the Tipping Point Network. In 2006, she co-founded a community organization in Cape Ann (New England) that focused on supporting collaboration amongst local leaders, innovators, and residents working on sustainability-related initiatives. Since 2009, she has been living a nomadic life between Bali, Europe, the Middle East, and the United states, writing and reciting poetry, experimenting with flow funding and grassroots philanthropy, connecting inspiring change-makers, and teaching whole body meditation.

Tesa speaks with Joanna about whole body meditation; paying attention to where the aliveness is; a larger kind of intelligence; the process of befriending ourselves; remembering the way of giving/receiving; life force, money and vulnerability; the flame of awareness; tender spaciousness; receiving together the Life Force.

 

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July 12th, 2013

“Disobey with Great Love”

an interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Note: This episode is a re-publish of the 2012 conversation with Pancho.

Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.

http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/

Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…

music: “Babel” (from “Ofrenda”) by Pedro Guerra

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June 14th, 2013

An Ecovillage for Homeless People

an interview with Darrell Blair

Darrell Blair is a Buddhist practitioner and a homeless activist. His aim is to cultivate the homeless potential within the homeless population.
He can be contacted at bdarrell299 @ gmail.com.
Darrell speaks with Joanna about part of his lifetime journey, and his project of an ecovillage by and for homeless people.

 

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February 15th, 2013

In Between Stories

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

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Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator.  His latest book is “Sacred Economics”.

http://charleseisenstein.net/

Charles speaks with Joanna about the divine masculine and the exploration of a new masculinity; the space between stories; changing the perception of scarcity; the intimacy and simplicity of transitioning; the dance of language and context; the new meaning of money; “the technologies of reunion”…

music: “Xoriak” (from “Xoriek”) by Mikel Laboa

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December 28th, 2012

Ideas into Action

an interview with Kanika Gupta

Kanika Gupta is the Founder and Chief Catalyst at SoJo [http://theSoJo.net], a social enterprise technology start-up incubated in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. SoJo builds e-Learning tools that provides support, information,and guidance to individuals to take their ideas for social change into action. SoJo was inspired from over a decade of experience building and growing social ventures in addition to extensive first-hand research on youth-led social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Highly engaged in civic issues and community development, Kanika has worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Knowledge Management, Canadian International Development Agency in Human Rights policy, Canadian House of Commons, grassroots NGOs in West Africa and India. Prior to SoJo, Kanika founded Nukoko a Canadian nonprofit which sends over 600 girls to school in west Africa annually.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/kanika-gupta
http://www.kanikagupta.com/

 

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December 5th, 2012

American Ubuntu

an interview with Lenore Norrgard

Lenore Norrgard is a social activist, screenwriter, filmmaker, photojournalist, contributing writer, shamanic healer, teacher and consultant.
Pioneered applying shamanic practices to social activism. Among other articles,”Ritual & Activism: The Alchemy of Social Transformation” and “Our Ancestors, Ourselves: Healing America”. She wrote, directed, shot and edited 60-minute narrative film, GETTING TO SEX, integrating 16mm film with analog and digital video. Wrote and now producing AMERICAN UBUNTU, a narrative feature film.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1990565332/american-ubuntu
http://www.lenorenorrgard.com/

Lenore Norrgard speaks with Joanna about her film project “American Ubuntu”: art, healing, & social activism; the ritual roots of film; a story about collective transformation; changing the American Dream; “because we are, I am”; an invitation to be a backer for this exceptional film project…

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November 23rd, 2012

Resilience From The Ground Up

an interview with Kenny Ausubel

Speakers at Connecting For Change (2012)

Kenny Ausubel, Co-CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers – an internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet – is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. A pathfinder in advancing “backyard biodiversity” conservation and organic farming and food, he co-founded the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, serving as its CEO until 1994. His film “Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime” (specially screened for members of Congress) and its companion book helped influence national policy on alternative medicine. Kenny has edited several books and written four, including 2012’s “Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature”, (Chelsea Green 2012).

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/introduction-kenny-ausubel
www.bioneers.org

Kenny speaks with Joanna about dreaming the future; networks: the works of Nature; connecting for change… 10:16

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November 9th, 2012

Knowing How Much Is Enough

an interview with Judy Wicks

Speakers at Connecting For Change (2012)
An international leader and speaker in the local living economies movement, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Cafe on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia in 1983. After helping to save her block from demolition to make way for a proposed mall, Judy grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant featuring fresh local food with a national reputation for community involvement, environmental stewardship, responsible business practices, and leadership in the local economy movement. Judy is co-founder, in 2001, of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), www.LivingEconomies.org, now comprised of 80 local business networks in towns and cities across the US and Canada.

Duration time: 17:17.

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September 21st, 2012

The Space In Between

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator.  His latest book is “Sacred Economics”.

http://charleseisenstein.net/

Charles speaks with Joanna about the divine masculine and the exploration of a new masculinity; the space between stories; changing the perception of scarcity; the intimacy and simplicity of transitioning; the dance of language and context; the new meaning of money; “the technologies of reunion”…

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September 14th, 2012

“Disobey with Great Love”

an interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.

http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/poetry-is-the-science-of-the-soul/#60

Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…

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September 13th, 2012

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August 24th, 2012

The Paradigm of Dignity

an interview with Evelin Gerda Lindner

Evelin Gerda Lindner  is a transdisciplinary scholar in social sciences and humanities. She holds two doctorates, one in medicine, and the other in psychology.  Her research focuses on human dignity, and she believes that the humiliation of honor and dignity may be among the strongest obstacles on the way to a decent world community. She is the Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary fellowship of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to promote dignity and transcend humiliation.
http://www.humiliationstudies.org/
http://www.worlddignityuniversity.org/joo/

Evelin Lindner speaks with Joanna abour dignity as sustainability; inequality and humiliation: Rwanda and South Africa; convergence of activism and spiritual practice; living “a dignity economy”; love and social cohesion instead of predator capitalism; the World Dignity University…

Music: “Soireci” (from “Microkosmos”) by Ross Daly
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July 27th, 2012

A Healthy, Just and Reverent Culture

an interview with Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman is the founder of Daily Acts, publisher of Ripples Journal and a backyard farmer. Former director of Green Sangha, he serves on the board of Transition US. Trathen inspires, educates and collaborates with communities, business and municipal leaders to harness the power of nature and inspired action to restore the health of our lives and communities. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack.
Trathen speaks with Joanna about green daily actions; nature and community; “the real wealth”; the power of contextual local actions; language and change; the emergent Transition Town movement; reverential ecology…

 

music: “Primavera” (from “Divenire”) by Ludovico Einaudi

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February 3rd, 2012

The Economics of Happiness

an interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of ISEC. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy on identity, community and local economies, and is a leading proponent of ‘localization,’ or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts.

Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet,” to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. Trained as a linguist, she was the first Westerner in recent times to master the Ladakhi language, and co-produced the first Ladakhi-English dictionary. Her book, “Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh” has been described as “an inspirational classic,” and sold almost half a million copies. She is on the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and is a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Eco-village Network.

www.localfutures.org

Helena speaks with Joanna about the pressure of globalization on traditional cultures, … the relationship between beautiful, healthy and sustainable, … local communities and economies as a sustainable alternative to global consumer culture, … the connection path of community and nature, … and her latest film as co-director: “The Economics of Happiness”…

Music: “Part 8” (from Salzau. Music on the Water) by Danielsson/Dell/Landgren

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January 6th, 2012

Youth Taking Action

an interview with Misra Walker

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

When Barretto Point Park opened in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx in 2006, it marked a major accomplishment —becoming the only riverside park in the neighborhood and one of the few greens space in the heavily industrialized area. But Misra noted that there was no transportation to and from the park and that pedestrians had to endure a smoggy walk through a key transportation route that serves some 15,000 heavy trucks daily. Misra and her teen advocacy group, ACTION, lobbied the New York transit authority (MTA) for a bus route to be extended to include stops at the park. Misra’s campaign was successful, and a seasonal city shuttle bus now serves the park in the summer, taking 4,000 Bronx residents to green space they might not otherwise be able to access. Misra is a 2010 Brower Youth Award recipient.

www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/misra-walker

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December 30th, 2011

Working Together For Our Future

an interview with Zev Friedman

Zev Friedman grew up in Sylva, NC and received his B.S. in Human Ecology from UNCA. Zev’s specialty is forest agriculture; he now runs the Forest Cuisine Project, which helps land owners to start forest farms and to market their products. He is particularly passionate about assisting landowners in setting up mushroom farming operations and in using fungi as remediators for damaged environments. Zev also specializes in urban permaculture design and installation, including many private residences, as well as consulting on the design of the Mars Hill town hall and grounds; he is an active member and teacher in Transition Asheville, helping to plan for Asheville’s future as an abundant, self-reliant city in the age of petroleum decline.

www.upgardens.com

Zev speaks with Joanna about permaculture and imagination, learning from indigenous societies, transitioning to an Earth-based way of living, working with the “cultural compost”, attuning to the local ecosystem through the Forest Cuisine project,…and more

Music: “Qosh tari” ( from Ouzbekistan L’art du dotar) by Hamidov, Khodaverdiev, Razzaqov

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December 23rd, 2011

Corporations Are Not Persons

an interview with Riki Ott

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Riki Ott, PhD, is an activist, author, marine toxicologist, and former commercial fisherma’m who experienced the Exxon Valdez oil spill first-hand. Her latest book on oil spill impacts is Not One Drop (Chelsea Green). She starred in Black Wave, an award-winning feature film. Ott received Huffington Post’s Game Changer 2010 Award for her volunteer work in the Gulf, empowering local residents to take action after BP’s disaster. She co-founded Ultimate Civics, a project of Earth Island Institute, and teaches value-based community organizing from fifth grade to university, sharing practical skills for sustainable living and ending corporate rule: www.changingtheendgame.org

“This is really my favorite Bioneers, and it’s because of this intentional integration of youth…”

www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/riki-ott

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November 18th, 2011

Rediscovering Ourselves

an interview with John Francis

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

John Francis, Ph.D.,  is an American environmentalist nicknamed the planetwalker. After witnessing the devastation caused by a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994.  Several months later, to stop the arguments about the power of one person’s actions, he took a vow of silence. From 1973 until 1990, he also spent 17 years voluntarily silent. During that time Dr. Francis walked across the United States earning a B.A at Southern  Oregon State College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence. and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World

John speaks with Joanna about sustainability as caring for each other, rediscovering ourselves, inhabiting the present moment, the value of the social networks, using technology to raise our consciousness.

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November 18th, 2011

Nurturing The New Possibilities

an interview with Jodie Evans

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Jodie Evans is a co-founder of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years.  She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict.  She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign.  She has published two books, Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism and Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known . Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute.  She is the mother of three.

Jodie speaks with Joanna about the 99% movement, the shift of paradigm in activism, the power of sharing stories, participation and community, democracy as open-ended participation…

www.codepink4peace.org

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October 28th, 2011

The Organic Internet

an interview with Martha Llano

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Martha Elena Llano Serna is a graphic designer, documentary photographer, and expert in strategic thinking for environmental conservation. She is the founder of “SENTIR”, an educational project about endangered species and ecosystems that has become a Foundation which promotes sustainable development in Colombia. She has lived in the Colombian Pacific (Pijiba), helping to identify photographically the Humpback Whale. She lives in El Robledal Nature Preserve, where she works in environmental conservation, ecotourism and actively supports local networks.

http://www.sentir.org/
http://www.bioneers.org/conference

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October 21st, 2011

I Was Born To Empower Others

an interview with Beatrice Achieng

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Beatrice Achieng Nas is a Ugandan Womens’ rights grassroots leader, and a citizen journalist with World Pulse – a global media and communication network devoted to giving women a global voice. Beatrice is touring the USA in October 2011.

“I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the opportunity, education and motivation everyone can become someone admirable.”

http://www.bioneers.org/

http://www.worldpulse.com/user/6478

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October 14th, 2011

Be The Change

an interview with Nora Barrows-Friedman

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Nora Barrows-Friedman, an award-winning independent journalist, radio producer and writer, was the senior producer and co-host of Flashpoints on KPFA for seven years, and currently is on the editorial staff at The Electronic Intifada. Nora also contributes to al-Jazeera English, Truthout, Inter Press Service, and a number of periodicals. She is the author of a chapter on Western media and Palestine in the Project Censored 2011 anthology, and regularly travels to Palestine.

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September 9th, 2011

Love, Wide and Open

an interview with Malathy Drew

Malathy Drew is a healer, teacher and a social media innovator. Malathy was recently honored by Fast Company Magazine as the ’23 Most Influential Person in the Online World’. Her vision of ‘Cultivating Global Healing, One Soul at a Time’ has became “WE (Whispering Energy Collaboration)”: heart-centered networking.

www.whisperingenergy.com

Malathy speaks with Joanna about “WE (Whispering Energy)”, the new paradigm of heart-centered networwing and its applications, uplifting each other in order to uplift the world, raising consciousness and re-distributing wealth, social media and collective change…

Music: “Collection of Folk Songs” (from World Network: Georgia ) by Rustavi Choir & Duduki Trio Omar Kelaptrishvili

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May 27th, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé is an author and teacher, one of the foremost voices in African spirituality to come to the West. Destined from birth to teach the ancient wisdom, ritual and practices of her ancestors to those in the West, Sobonfu – whose name means “keeper of the rituals” – travels the world on a healing mission sharing the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso. She teaches and leads rituals throughout North America, Asia and Europe and has published three books: Spirit of Intimacy, Welcoming Spirit Home and Falling Out of Grace. She is involved in ongoing projects in the Dagara Villages of West Africa.

www.sobonfu.com

www.ancientwisdomrising.com

Sobonfu Somé speaks with Joanna about grief & community, the relationship with the ancestors,  love…

Music: “Dagara Traditional Song“, by Sobonfu Somé

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October 29th, 2009

The Ecology of Commerce

an interview with Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author. He is author and co-author of dozens of articles, op-eds and papers, as well as six books including The Ecology of Commerce (1993) and Blessed Unrest (2007). Paul heads the Natural Capital Institute, a research organization located in Sausalito, California, that has created WiserEarth, a open source networking platform that links NGO’s, funders, businesses, goverment, social entrepreneurs, students, organizers, academics, activists, scientists and citizens.

paulhawken.com

naturalcapital.org

wiserearth.org

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October 26th, 2009

Car-Sharing and the Future of Transportation

an interview with Robin Chase

Robin Chase is a transportation innovator. She was the founding CEO of Zipcar (the largest carsharing company in the world) and GoLoco (the first company to combine ridesharing, social networks, and easy payment). She writes, consults, and gives talks about the future of transportation and how to actually get there.

robinchase.org

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