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Shows re: sustainability


October 27th, 2017

A Holistic Economy

an interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge

In this week’s episode Helena Norberg-Hodge speaks with Joanna Harcourt-Smith and Jacob Aman about: a  deregulated global system, responsible for every problem we face; the economic shift in the West in the last thirty years; growing things organically is more efficient; millions of initiatives connecting producers and consumers; the great hope lies in the people’s movement; rebuilding face-to-face cultures and deep connection with Nature; everyday indigenosity; a decentralization that understands ecological and human realities;; creating a way of life where people and planet matter; we need a holistic view helping us to create political, community and personal change.

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures-Economics of Happiness. 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 the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary “The Economics of Happiness”, and is the author of “Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh”, described as “an inspirational classic”. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and received the 2012 Goi Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide”.

 

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September 1st, 2017

Moved by Wisdom

an interview with Deena Metzger

In this week’s episode Deena Metzger speaks with Joanna about her newest novel, “A Rain of Night Birds”: a needed conversation about climate change and the survival of humankind; the dominator mindset; attuned to the Earth and the Universe;  seeing the world like an indigenous woman would; feeling what the Earth feels; Earth as a being; meeting the pain of earth and indigenous people; clearing the sight with tears of grief; receiving the wisdom ways of the wild; the revealers of beauty; being in the elements; writing with an open view.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine. Her latest novels are “A Rain of Night Birds”, “Feral”, and “La Negra y Blanca” that won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Other books include “Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds” “Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing” and “From Grief Into Vision: A Council”. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for almost 50 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleaguered world, she is basing her work now on the ideas outlined in the posting, “19 Ways to the 5th World”. She also teaches a program, “A Training for the 5th World”. Deena convenes ReVisioning Medicine, collaboration in diagnosis and treatment between medical people and medicine people, physicians and healers to create a medicine which does no harm. She is also Senior Advisor to the NGO, Everyday Gandhis that supports grassroots and indigenous peacebuilding activities in Liberia and West Africa.

 

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August 11th, 2017

The Culture That Connects

an interview with Scott Pittman

In this week’s episode Scott Pittman speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: from New Mexico to Nepal with Bill Mollison; learning whole systems thinking; the Permaculture Drylands Institute; looking for solutions to the basic dysfunction of our culture; the “invisible structures” of society; the core ethics of permaculture; caring for the land and the people; a non-hoarding ethics; dignity of the aboriginal people; the deepest spiritual longing; speaking truth to love; a fearless pedagogy for the oppressed; engaging the living process of this planet; breaking free from a frozen mindset; opportunities for healing and changing things.

Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the US, has taught the subject extensively worldwide on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. Scott co-taught with the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, and helped to establish permaculture movement in the US Southwest. His experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs.

 

 

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June 16th, 2017

Birthing a Future for Life

an interview with Bruce Damer

In this week’s episode Bruce Damer speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: a gathering of hearts and minds exploring consciousness; using imagination for science; microtubules and the mind; finding the others in the field of knowing; a second Copernican revolution; a new model for the origin of life as a collaborative community; beyond strict Darwinism and supernaturalism; changing the narrative of separation, remembering our primordial belonging; Gaia’s greatest and most beautiful creation; from the Summer of Love to Burning Man; birthing a future for life in the cosmos; technology, biology, art and poetic tools; raising children for a sharing civilization.

Bruce Frederick Damer, PhD is a Canadian-American multidisciplinary scientist, designer, and author. Dr. Bruce Damer collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He began his career in the 19802 developing some of the earliest user interfaces for personal computers, led a community in the 1990s bringing the first multi-user virtual worlds to the Internet, and since 2000 supported NASA and the space industry on numerous simulations and spacecraft designs. He has spent 25 years chronicling the history of computing in his DigiBarn Computer Museum and curates archives of counterculture figures such as Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and others. He currently serves as Principal Scientist at DigitalSpace; Associate Researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz; Associate of the NASA Astrobiology Center; member of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and Founding Director of the Contact Consortium.

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June 2nd, 2017

A Collective Initiation

an interview with Daniel Pinchbeck

In this week’s episode Daniel Pinchbeck speaks with Joanna about: a passionate inquiry about human transformation; looking for a deeper paradigm shift; a spiritual (r)evolution and initiation process for the human species; ayahuasca’s role in the cultural and spiritual shift; Tamera community, exploring a a new radical template for a new society; bringing Eros back into a conscious community; reaching a cultural tipping point;; Buckminster Fuller and the application of design intelligence to a more awake culture; traditional religions adapting to ecological regeneration; the crisis of human civilization as part of an evolutionary process; a great area of discovery: the untapped, psychic human potential; Trump, the ultimate manifestation of the shadow of a culture lacking initiation; harking back to indigenous cultures for wisdom.

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of “Breaking Open the Head”, “2012” The Return of Quetzalcoatl”, and “Notes from the Edge Times”. In 2007, he launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and cofounded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Philips. Daniel has been a speaker at conferences around the world, including DazedFest in London, Horizons in New York, Breaking Convention in London, and the World Psychedelic Forum. His newest book is “How Soon Is Now?”, a look at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a “blueprint for the future” – how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

 

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April 21st, 2017

Imagining A Better Way

an interview with Kathleen Dean Moore

In this week’s episode Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Joanna about: the circle of healing; falling in love with the grace of Nature; the greatest injustice in humankind’s history; stories of grief and wonder; the guiding force of environmental activists; integrity in action beyond hope and despair; approaching three crucial tipping points; Standing Rock, an outstanding example of extraordinary courage; the will to act with compassion; freeing our imagination for a better way; the joy of doing what is right.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher (she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado), and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who could pillage and wreck the planet. As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – “Riverwalking”, “Holdfast”, “The Pine Island Paradox”, and “Wild Comfort”. Her new books are “Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change”, and her latest, “Piano Tide: A Novel”.

 

 

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April 14th, 2017

Souls in Action

an interview with Chris Moore-Backman

In this week’s episode Chris Moore-Backman speaks with Joanna about: envisioning a movement of movements; the Gandhian iceberg, undivided love in action; satyagraha, soul-force; swaraj, reclaiming our full stature as human beings; the intimacy and authenticity of a nameless practice; the promise of a stronger, deeper activism; Standing Rock, witnessing a powerful expression of reparation; the Rosa Parks momnts; standing up with the dignity of the heart for a life-sustaining culture.

Chris Moore-Backman – scholar/educator, activist/organizer, theorist and journalist – has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow”, a radio documentary series. “The Gandhian Iceberg” is Moore-Backman’s first book.

 

 

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November 4th, 2016

A Culture Without Coercion

an interview with Moe Zimmerberg and Iku Fujimatsu

iku_fujimatsumoe_zimmerbergIn this week’s episode Moe Zimmerberg and Iku Fujimatsu speak with Joanna about: the global democratic school movement; hierarchy, control and separation from Nature; city kids rediscovering nature; diversity and commonality of the democratic schools around the world; consensus process versus voting in democratic schools; awareness andthe right use of power; an important distinction between structure and coercion; a student of Tutorial school shares his experience; systems theory and non hierarchical education; the joy of being oneself; trusting the process of one’s inner passion; the international democratic school conferences; helping to create a paradigm shift of interconnectedness.

With the participation of Maya Mascareñas.

 

As a dynamic, global educator and as an artist, Iku Fujimatsu has dedicated the majority of her professional life to the belief that an intimate relationship with nature is essential to an enriched education, as well as a healthy life, self-awareness and personal freedom. She spent her childhood both in Japan and the United States. Iku holds a degree in Fine Arts from Kyouritsu University, Tokio. In 2000, she received her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on At Risk Youth from the College of Santa Fe. In 1997 she joined The Tutorial School as a teacher of Japanese and the Fine Arts.

Moe Zimmerberg is one of the leading educational visionaries working in the United States today. He has evolved and advanced the concept of holistic childhood education through decades of work at The Tutorial School. He is also an active participant in the global Democratic School Movement. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mathematics and neuroscience. Moe has been involved with the Tutorial School virtually from its inception with Richard Testa who founded the school as a place for children to heal and blossom. Upon moving to Santa Fe, Moe worked at the Little Earth School and as a math instructor at the College of Santa Fe. He also received a state certificate in education. He joined the Tutorial School in 1990 and became a full partner in 1992.

 

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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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In this week’s episode Jon Turk speaks with Joanna about: the ecstatic joy of the wild; dancing the dance of healing in a prison; waking up with the deep wild; a friendship forged in the Artic; the power and magic within us; we need a consciousness revolution; a bike ride to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace.

 

For forty years,  Jon Turk has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about his adventures, the people, and the environments that he has encountered. Jon was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, he is focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points – and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world. He is the author of “In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific”, “The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”, and his newest book “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild”.

 

 

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October 7th, 2016

She Sings to the Stars

an interview with Jennifer Corcoran

jennifer_corcoranIn this week’s episode Jennifer Corcoran speaks with Joanna about: a film born of a visionary dream; a two-year journey of deep listening; remembering in Hopi land; following the story in the dreamtime; the mysterious Feminine, in relationship with all life; the alchemy of wonder; a cycle of women stories; journeying through the threshold into another world; the essential role of the land; the pace of the desert; offering our prayers for the protection of water and the Earth.

 

With a BA and MFA in Directing for Theatre, Jennifer Corcoran has worked on stage and documentaries, made super-8 shorts and as a literary editor. She home educated her three children. Having lived in several countries, in different languages, Jennifer has come to believe that the power of our human imagination is what is required to initiate change. Six years ago, she was prompted by a vision to create a cycle of films about women – but specifically, about the feminine – a voice which has long been silent. It is the feminine within each of us, male or female, which connects us to all that is living. A balance longs to be re-created. “She Sings to the Stars” is the first film of that cycle. Together with her brother, “She Sings to the Stars” producer, Jonnie Corcoranan entrepreneur who is an ardent cinephile and has launched successful startups – she is currently developing the second film of the cycle set in contemporary Ireland with a working title, “Now and Also Now”.

 

 

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September 7th, 2016

Die heilende Revolution der Liebe

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon for the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

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Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 198 Students Movement in germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is freed from hatred, lies, violence and fear. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.”

 

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August 19th, 2016

The Strength of Mayan Culture

an interview with Lina Barrios

Lina_BarriosIn this week’s episode Lina Barrios speaks with Joanna about: introducing the Mayan territory and languages; Mayan culture’s resilience under the Spanish colonization; rituals for collective and individual wellbeing in Mayan life; Popol Wuj, healing and harmony with the Mayan sacred text; primordial energies and the word for creation in benefit of all; research into the extreme gender inequality in Guatemala; Mayan women facing discrimination at the university; gender equality in the Mayan cosmogony;  Venus in Mayan oral tradition; the meaning of 2012 and the Mayan calendars; remembering our poignant relationship with Mother Earth.

 

Lina Barrios is an anthropologist and Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) who, according to this ancient tradition has reached the age of wisdom, becoming an elder. For nearly 25 years she has worked tirelessly for the preservation of traditional Mayan languages, women’s rights, dress, culture and spirituality. She is a published author, awarded with the “Premio Iberoamericano de Investigación Municipal Villa de Madrid” (Iberoamerican Award for Research, City of Madrid) and “Premio Iberoamericano de Igualdad Cortes de Cádiz” (Iberoamerican Award for Equality, Congress of Cádiz). Lina also works as a university professor.

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July 29th, 2016

Living to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

Gay DillinghamIn this week’s episode Gay Dillingham speaks with Joanna about: inter-generational conversations about what really matters; practising ego-death to live more fully; reactions to “Dying to Know”; beyond the screen, connecting the audience to itself; the human craving to explore; personal to political, manifesting our inner mind; waking up to the interconnected truth; seeing ourselves in the big biological cycle.

 

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. Her first, “The WIPP Trail”, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS national followed by a panel discussion. “My Body Belongs to Me”, a children’s pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for “Guidance & Values Education”. Gay then co-founded and managed two environmental technology companies: Earthstone International and Growstone.

Today, she is again concentrating her passion to inform and enlighten through her film company CNS Communications, LLC. The project “Dying to Know” has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making films & telling meaningful stories.

 

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July 1st, 2016

The Carbon Farming Solution

an interview with Eric Toensmeier

Eric-ToensmeierIn this week’s episode Eric Toensmeier speaks with Joanna about: the climate change and its ecological and human impact; the ancestral inspiration of permaculture; restoring the landscape and its connection to people; key questions in cultivating your garden; the challenge of permaculture, today; carbon farming, a toolbox of practices and perennial crops that can mitigate climate change; Las Cañadas in Veracruz, Mexico, a model of ecological cooperative; saving and savoring the world.

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of “Paradise Lot” and “Perennial Vegetables”, and the co-author of “Edible Forest Gardens”. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Biosequestration Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. Eric presents in English, Spanish, and botanical Latin throughout the Americas and beyond. He has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades. Eric has owned a seed company, managed an urban farm that leased parcels to Hispanic and refugee growers, and provided planning and business trainings to farmers. He is the author of “The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.”

 

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April 8th, 2016

Magic is Everything

an interview with John Michael Greer

John Michael GreerIn this week’s episode, John Michael Greer speaks with Joanna about: discovering the convergence of spirituality and ecology; the circularity of reality; the world we live in is  a spiritual phenomenon; deconstructing the “you create your own reality” meme; the role of mystery schools; the beauty of limits; the dance of flow in balance; we are doing magic all the time; remembering the wider reality; doing one thing for the biosphere.

 

John Michael Greer is Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, current head of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, and the author of more than thirty books on a wide range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He is also the author of the popular blog The Archdruid Report. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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November 20th, 2015

Coffee from the Heart of the World

an interview with Erica Ohliger and Nelson Caraballo

Erica OhligerNelson CaraballoErica Ohliger and Nelson Caraballo speak with Joanna about: honoring the coffee seeds, bringing back the medicine; remembering the life-originating principles; indigenous people, the best conservationists; the Tayrona spiritual ecology of coffee;  contributing to the sacred web of life; Peoples of the Earth Coffee Initiative: spiritually-infused, naturally-grown and exquisite tastig coffee, with a business model devoted to societal, cultural and environmental restoration; a transition to cultivating things in a sacred way.

 

Erica Ohliger is the founder of Ancient Healings and The Mother Earth Restoration Trust. She is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, TBA practitioner, and Reverend (Inner Faith Ministry).

Convinced that the ancestral presence on the planet and its continuity with the life originating (pre-ancient wisdom) principles represents a possible route for finding solutions to restoring the natural balance in the world, Nelson Caraballo is devoted to contributing to the resurgence of original thought in the mind set of modern day societies. He was the Director of Fundación Ciencia, Arte y Cultura – FUNDARCULTURA – based in Medellín, Colombia and has spent the last fifteen years working under the guidance of traditional authorities from the pueblos of La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Today, through The Mother Earth Restoration Trust, he continues to be in function of Spiritual Authority to help in restoring environmental, social and cultural balance on our beloved planet Earth.

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October 30th, 2015

Reclaiming Food as a Commons

an interview with Vandana Shiva

Vandana ShivaIn this week’s episode, Vandana Shiva speaks with Joanna before her lecture “We are all seeds of abundance and creativity”, organized by the Sustainability Studies Program at UNM on October 13, 2015.

 

Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate, is the Director of The Research Foundation for Science, technology and Natural Resource Policy. She serves as an ecology advisor to several organizations including the Third World Network and the Asia Pacific People’s Environment Network. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. She has written several books, among others: “Making Peace with the Earth”, “Earth Democracy”, “Staying Alive”, “The Violence of the Green Revolution”, “Monocultures of the Mind”, “Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit”.

 

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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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March 13th, 2015

Everything That Lives is Plural

an interview with Eugenia Bone

Eugenia BoneIn this week’s episode, Eugenia Bone speaks with Joanna about: mycophilia, falling in  love with mushrooms; different cultural relationships with mushrooms: philia, phobia, shamanistic use; caution in wild harvesting; the interconnected world of fungi; the ecosystem of our bodies; medicinal applications of mushrooms; promising therapeutic research in psilocybin mushrooms: a personal, wonderful experience; the kitchen ecosystem: flavor and sustainability.

Eugenia Bone is a long time food writer, author of five books, among others, “Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of  Mushrooms” – recently she became the co-president of the New York Mycological Society-, and “The Kitchen Ecosystem”, expaining how to cook fresh, preserve, use the preserves, and use the waste stream of foods to make a range of dishes that can be integrated in countless ways. She is also a Italian cook, mushroom hunter, master canner, and all-around bloated pleasure seeker. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazine across the country, from The New York Times magazine to The National Lampoon, in Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, among many others.

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February 13th, 2015

Restoring the Soul of the World

an interview with David Fideler

David FidelerIn this week’s episode, David Fideler speaks with Joanna about: from an ensouled cosmos to a mechanistic “environment”; Pythagoras and Gregory Bateson: beauty as the heartfelt unity of Nature; star gazing, wonder, philosophy: “everything begins with starlight”; the mid-life crisis of our civilization; the evolutionary mysticism of the alchemists; the Cosmopolis project; patterns of living harmony and beauty; parallels between split worldviews; a new participatory vision: working with Nature’s intelligence.

David Fideler has worked as a college professor, editor, educational consultant, and the director of a humanities center. He studied ancient Greek and philosophy and Mediterranean religions at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Ph. D. in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology. Through his work, he has attempted to build bridges between the world of learning and contemporary life. He is the editor of ALEXANDRIA: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth and Culture and the Cosmopolis Project website, and the author of  “Restoring the Soul of the World”, where he traces the ancient vision of living nature along its entire course: from its roots in the World Soul of the Greek philosophers, to its eclipse during the Scientific Revolution, to its return today.

 

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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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December 13th, 2014

The Longing to Connect

an interview with Kosha Joubert

Kosha JoubertIn this week’s episode, Kosha Joubert speaks with Joanna about the longing to connect with the land; her first experience of intentional community in Nature; the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN): buliding conversations between cultures; the sense of not-knowing and deep listening; conflict as “evolutionary tension”; ecological and emotional composting; the four dimennsions of sustainability; an ancient future: celebrating each other’s ancestry in a global eco-culture.

Kosha Anja Joubert is an international facilitator, trainer and consultant. She was born and grew up in South Africa. The system of Apartheid deeply influenced her life’s path: She decided to devote herself to the study and practice of trustful communication and community building in diverse settings. She has been living in intentional communities for the past 20 years and currently serves as President of the Board of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)-International and Secretary General of GEN-Europe. her last 10 years were spent in Sieben Linden, Germany. Recently she moved to Findhorn, Scotland, with her two children. She is a co-founder of Gaia Education, which develops trainings at the cutting-edge of sustainability and co-author of the internationally applied Gaia Education curriculum, the Ecovillge Desing Education. She co-edited “Beyond You and Me – Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community” (Permanent Publications) with her partner, Robin Alfred. She just had her first book published in Germany on the Power of Collective Wisdom: “The Change Makers Guide to Collective Wisdom”, and is looking forward to translating it into English. It is a joy and a honour for her to be an active part of the ecovillage movement.

 

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October 17th, 2014

Invisible Nature

an interview with Kenneth Worthy

Ken WorthyAn independent scholar living in Berkeley, Kenneth Worthy is research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Environmental Studies and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California, and UC Berkeley. His research and reviews have been published in books, articles, and an encyclopedia. His new book “Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment” was recently released by Prometheus Books.

Ken speaks with Joanna about: our destructive dissociation from nature and the antidote; the roots of western unbalance; full sensory participation and healthy response; the irrationality of isolated rationality; choosing a non-disruptive technology; drawing sustainable connections for the next generations.

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September 5th, 2014

Farming Soul

an interview with Patricia Damery

patricia-dameryPatricia Damery is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Napa, California, where she and her husband also grow grapes, raise goats, and grow and distill lavender and other aromatic plants. They are a Demeter certified Biodynamic organic ranch. Her professional writing often offers a Jungian lens on biodynamics as they practice it on their ranch, bridging the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner.
Patricia’s writing concerns the lively experience of spirit of place. This involves being more conscious not only of the personal psyche, but of our relationship to the animate and inanimate world as well. It necessitates a shift in consciousness, a “re-membering” of an older, more open-hearted approach to the natural world and to each other, while also valuing intellect.  She believes this shift is critical to the survival of life as we know it. She is the author of “Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation”, (the second edition with a Foreword by Robert Sardello, has been published in July 2014), and two novels: “Snakes”, chronicles the protagonist’s relationship to family and earth through the folk stories and the mythology of the serpent. “Goatsong”, is the story of a ten year old girl and three goat women and the tragic, transformative year they spent together.

Patricia speaks with Joanna about: her experience of the California earthquake; Lilith and the soul of the Nature; the Serpent energy and the Earth; synchronicity, heart energy and earth energies; communicating with the soul of the world; in relationship with the energy of of the wild; biodynamic farming: cooperating with natural forces; the Earth frequency; a wider experience of community; the unity of the practical and the spiritual; “everything we need is in the present”.

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August 22nd, 2014

The Wastewater Gardener

an interview with Mark Nelson

Mark NelsonDr. Mark Nelson has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. non-profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world; Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens, subsurface flow constructed wetlands. He served as Director of Space and Environmental Applications for Space Biospheres Ventures, which created and operated “Biosphere 2”, the 3.15 acre materially closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, the world’s first laboratory for global ecology. Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight person “biospherian” crew for the first two year closure experiment, 1991-1993.

Publications include co-authoring “Life Under Glass” and “Space Biospheres”, editing “Biological Life Support Technologies: Commercial Opportunities” and numerous chapters in books on space life support systems. His research papers include ones on ecological hierarchy, wastewater recycling through the use of constructed wetlands, and applications of closed ecological systems. His newest book is “The Wastewater Gardener”.

Mark speaks with Joanna about: “Biosphere 2”, a laboratory of global ecology; ancient recycling wisdom: “nightsoil”; the ecological toxicity of centralized sewage systems; multiple benefits of “wastewater gardens”; sustainability: coming back to ancient wisdom and moving forward.

 

 

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June 27th, 2014

Through the Doors of Perception

an interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen.jpgStephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.
His most recent works are: “Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth, “Healing Lyme Coinfections: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma” and “Herbal Antivirals: Natural Treatments for Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections (Including Influenza, SARS, West Nile and other Encephalitis Viral Infections)”.
Stephen speaks with Joanna about: seeing without preconceptions; opening the doors of meaning; into the metaphysical background of the world; trusting oneself to Nature; aesthesis: the exchange of soul essence; changing the map of reality; the primal feeling sense.

 

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June 6th, 2014

The Art of Sacred Activism

an interview with Filiz Telek

Filiz TelekFiliz Telek is a social artist, process designer, poet/writer, community organizer and a transition host whose purpose is to serve the transition of the humanity and the planet to the new paradigm by awakening a sense of possibility and sacred in human heart and spirit. Her photography – especially of the people in their most vulnerable and authentic expressions – is a reflection of her love for the world. She sees and shows beauty. Because amidst the ongoing chaos of our times, committing acts of beauty is necessary to keep sane.

Filiz speaks with joanna about: falling in love with the earth; sacred activism; seeding holistic communities in Turkey; activating the collective heart intelligence; a strong energetic shift at Gezi Park; loyal to one’s calling; an experiment in gift economy; “the brave new world emerging”.

 

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April 4th, 2014

Returning the Gift

an interview with Robin W. Kimmerer

Robin KimmererDr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi.  Her writings include “Gathering Moss” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her second book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: renewing reciprocity with the good green earth” on the subject of living in reciprocity with the land.

Robin Kimmerer speaks with Joanna about: the teachings of plants; transcending boundaries and healing with story; ecological reciprocity; engendering gratitude; learning resilience from the land; learning from our Great Mother; the union of scientific and indigenous ways of knowing; the most important things that we can do.

 

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February 14th, 2014

Remembering Our Humanity

an interview with Julian Rose

Julian Rose is one of the pioneers of UK organic farming, commencing the conversion of his farm in 1975. He joined the Soil Association board in 1984 and campaigned vigorously for the widespread introduction of organic farming methods at a time when this system was not known. Julian went on to develop his farm as a mixed organic enterprise selling all its main produce locally, while refusing to sell to supermarkets. He developed a theory of local production and consumption which he named “The Proximity Principle.” His advice has been sought by local authorities, development agencies and government.

Julian has written and broadcast extensively; his latest book is “In Defence of Life. Essays on a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom” – a penetrating series of essays calling for urgent action to overcome the perilous state of our planet, at the local as well as global level. Also, “Changing Course – For Life” – about the radical changes needed to bring new hope to society. He is an environmental activist and a defender of peasant and family farming traditions throughout the world.

Julian Rose speaks with Joanna about his early initiation in Australia to the connection with Nature; learning organic farming; the staggering generosity of Nature; growing your own food; the crucial role of imagination; the proximity principle; community supported agriculture; speak your mind, remember your humanity.

 

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January 4th, 2014

A New Food System

an interview with Tanya Fields

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With a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Baruch College, and a talent for public speaking, blogging and singing, Tanya Fields is a reputed and rising public speaker and educator.
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents.
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November 15th, 2013

Loving a Sentient Cosmos

an interview with Robert Tindall

Robert Tindall, M.A. is a writer, classical guitarist, long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, and an inveterate traveler, whose work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of two books on shamanism, “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”, along with numerous articles on themes such as pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago, the medieval quest, the Native American prophetic tradition, and the healing practices of the vegetalista shamans of the Amazon rainforest. Robert, as a professor of literature, has different teaching gigs around the San Francisco Bay Area. He, his wife Susana, and his daughter Maitreya currently live in Tarapoto, Peru, and lead journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archeological site of Chavin de Hauntar to encounter the healing traditions there.

Robert speaks with Joanna about the joy of participating in a sentient cosmos; water, the primordial womb; music and opening of the gates of consciousness; from shamanism to cultural regeneration; Tolkien: remembering the animistic perception of the world; “a love and respect of all things animate and inanimate”; “a cosmo-centric economy”; reintroducing the indigenous consciousness of reciprocity; cultivating a self-sustaining soil.

 

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September 13th, 2013

Tracking the Living Stories

an interview with Tamarack Song

Tamarack Song was born and raised in east central Wisconsin, and spent his youth learning from the woods, fields, and swamps outside of the “civilized” boundaries of his hometown. Studying wildlife conservation, community design, world cultures, and nonprofit law at various Wisconsin universities, he is the founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. Located in Three Lakes, WI, this school is aimed at bridging the path to the wisdom and lifeway skills of our Native ancestors, and has been featured in National Geographic and on such programs as MTV’s Real Life: I’m Living Off The Grid and CBC New’s Sunday – Real Survivor. Tamarack is the author of “Journey to the Ancestral Self”, “Whispers of the Ancients”, “Song of Trusting the Heart”, and numerous articles on Native cultures, skills, perspectives, and traditions. His newest book is called “Entering the Mind of the Tracker”.
Tamarack speaks with Joanna: we are nature; embracing the wild spirit; the intuitive intelligence; natural morality; the cycle of life and death; a life-changing moment; looking behind the mask; tracking the living stories; “like an old mountain”; maintaining the connection to water.

 

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August 23rd, 2013

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?

an interview with Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. For more than 25 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels. His newest book is “What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees.”

Tony speaks with Joanna about eco/nomy and eco/logy, two sides of a coin; the power of story for changing perception; the crucial rol of plankton as Gaian engineers; re-membering our embeddedness; a planetary Ponzi scheme; enlivening language; a cautionary tale.

 

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May 23rd, 2013

A Way of Reconnecting Us

an interview with Dave Jacke

Dave Jacke has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). He is the primary author of “Edible Forest Gardens” .

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Dave speaks with Joanna about the ecology of roots; designing forest gardening; paying attention to needs and context; self-hatred: separation from nature; the crucial difference between observation & interpretation;  Nature meditation; learning through play; understanding concepts of forest gardening; fire as an ally.

 

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March 15th, 2013

Leadership from the Land

an interview with Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes is a farmer and conservationist, and an artist of imagery, written word and carved wood. He is also a public speaker and facilitator.  Peter’s life-long pursuit is to be a witness and storyteller of the bond between people and the land, and to translate what he has learned into a new form of leadership.

Peter founded the Center for Whole Communities to do what he could to strengthen and connect movements for social and environmental change by looking deeply at the issues that divide us from one another and from the land. At the core of this work are tools such as inquiry, story, deep listening, transformational leadership, and relationship-building across lines of race, class and ideology. He is the editor of “Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place” and he is the author of “The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society” (TPL/Chelsea Green, 2001). His essays have also appeared in “Coming to Land in a Troubled World” (Center for Land and People/Chelsea Green)

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Peter speaks with Joanna about collaborating with the land; healing diversity; developing intimacy with nature everywhere; a new conservationism; food justice; intensive perception; a new generation of earth persons; uncovering the old wise person within…

 

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December 28th, 2012

The Long Term View

an interview with Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, an independent research firm dedicated to pollinating ideas across varied fields of study and endeavor, based on the conviction that this leads to optimal investment decision making. After a long and successful career in traditional equity management at Fidelity (serving as head of Equity Research and as Portfolio Manager for numerous growth equity mutual funds), Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world. Over the past four years she has been traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and following lessons from the natural world to re-engage in investing as a valued and integrated profession, beneficial to our communities and our planet.

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December 14th, 2012

From the Energy from Below to the Energy from Above

an interview with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with “The End of Nature” (1989), which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.  Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and led the largest civil disobedience action in 30 years, a protest at the White House to stop the construction of the Keystone pipeline that saw the arrest of 1253 people.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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

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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.

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