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January 14th, 2017

The Conscious Use of Electromagnetic Radiation

an interview with Michael Blanshan

Michael_BlanshanIn this week’s episode Michael Blanshan speaks with Joanna about: researching the health hazards of electromagnetic radiation (E.M.R.) exposure on humans; the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety; blanketing the cities with high electromagnetic signals without safe zones, a national issue; being conscious about using the new wireless technologies; the possibility of destroying the aesthetic look of the City Different; the exponential increase of electromagnetic radiation, an uncontrolled human experiment; the public right to a precautionary approach with electromagnetic radiation.

Michael Blanshan practiced as a traditional naturopath from 2001 to 2010. He was one of the founders of Doctors W.A.R.N. (Wireless And Radiation Network),  group of health professionals in Santa Fe researching the health hazards and risks of continuous E.M.R. exposure on human beings. He now devotes his time to research, education, and consulting, finding the most credible sources and archiving the best information on a number  of subjects. He is a representative of the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety. He can be contacted at: michaelblanshan @gmail.com

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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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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December 14th, 2012

Open Source Ecology

an interview with Marcin Jakubowski

Marcin Jakubowski came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his PhD in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin before shifting direction and starting a hydroponic vegetable farm in Madison, WI. Lacking real experience in practical matters, he then began his education from scratch, and in 2003 he founded Open Source Ecology in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), an open source DIY tool set of 50 different industrial machines necessary to create modern civilization from scrap metal. OSE has prototyped 8 machines and intends to build everything from an induction furnace for melting metals to an open source combine.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/marcin-jakubowski

http://opensourceecology.org/

 

original music by Evarusnik

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June 17th, 2012

Remembering the Wild

Peter H. Kahn, Jr. is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Human Interaction With Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab. The HINTS Lab seeks to address – from an ethical stance – two world trends that are powerfully reshaping human existence: (1) the degradation if not destruction of large parts of the natural world, and (2) unprecedented technological development, both in terms of its computational sophistication and pervasiveness. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. His publications have appeared in such journals as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, and Journal of Systems Software, as well as in such proceedings as CHI, HRI, and Ubicomp. His most recent book is titled Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life (MIT Press, 2011). His other two books are The Human Relationship with Nature: Development and Culture (MIT Press, 1999) and Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations (MIT Press, 2002, with Stephen Kellert). His research projects are currently being funded by the National Science Foundation.

faculty.washington.edu/pkahn

Peter speaks with Joanna about aliveness and connectedeness, technology and nature, inner/outer wildness, “environmental generational amnesia,” silence and perception…

Music: “Sygyt – Kargyraa” (from “Chöömej – Throat Singing From The Center Of Asia“) by Öpej Andrej

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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 5th, 2012

The Luxury of Less

an interview with Graham Hill

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

Graham Hill, a serial Designpreneur,  holds a degree as a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa and has also studied Product Design at Emily Carr in Vancouver. In 1995, with his cousin, he grew (and later sold) the web-developer SiteWerks to 60 people, doing work for clients such as Microsoft. In 2003 he founded both TreeHugger.com and a ceramic cup business (WeAreHappyToServeYou.com). TreeHugger later became part of Discovery’s Planet Green initiative and is where Hill currently places his efforts. Past business ventures include fashion, viral email and plant-based air filters. Hill speaks English, French, German and Spanish and loves kitesurfing, squash and snowboarding. From his New York home, Hill schemes daily about how he can help humanity avoid rapid extinction.

www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/graham-hill

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November 11th, 2011

Wireless Technology And Human Health

an interview with Meg McMorrow and Bradford Harding

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

Meg McMorrow and Bradford Harding speak with Joanna about the current state of research of the biological effects of electromagnetic and radiofrequency (EMF/RF) radiation – used in wireless technology – that have now globally distributed. What can we all do to protect ourselves from the adverse consequence of this pervasive form of pollution?

www.progressivemedicine.com

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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 8th, 2011

Uprisings For the Earth

an interview with Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake, MA is an artist, writer, and lifelong advocate of social and environmental justice issues. She is the Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and on the governing Board of Praxis Peace Institute. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey studied Ancient History and Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon where her focus was on an Ecological Impact Study of the Oregon river system. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz where her reports on the use of phenoxy herbicides and alternative methods for pest management played a central role in Santa Cruz County’s re-evaluation of herbicide use. She received her MA in Culture and Environmental Studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Her recent book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (2010), delves into a new kinship with nature while acknowledging the treasures of urban life and the unique stake each person has in resolving critical and timely challenges.

www.ospreyoriellelake.com

Orielle speaks with Joanna about reconnecting with Nature in urban life, the balance between high technology and hand-made things, women leadership and climate situation, indigenous wisdom and partnership model, Nature as teacher, open to the beauty and awe of the “big conversation”, Frau Holle and other female archetypes of Nature, art and environmental awareness, honoring the rights of the Earth…

Music:”Sanza” (from Echoes Of The Forest – Music of the Central African Pygmies)

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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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July 9th, 2011

A Food Rebel

an interview with Mark Winne

For 25 years Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city’s lower income and elderly residents. Mark’s work with the Food System included the development of a commercial hydroponic greenhouse, Connecticut’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, several farmers’ markets, a 20-acre community supported agriculture farm, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.

Winne now writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community assessment, and food policy. He also does policy communication work for the Community Food Security Coalition. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous newspapers, organizational and professional newsletters and journals across the country. He is the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008) and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010). He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

www.markwinne.com

Mark speaks with Joanna about the food system and emotional connectedness, freedom from the industrial food system, active citizen engagement, re-learning cooking skills as a life-changing shift, the nightmare of the industrial slaughterhouses, food and reinvigorating democracy…

Music: “Adagio” (from String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”) by Leos Janacek.

Note: A special thank you to Pam Roy and FarmToTable for making this interview possible.

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February 4th, 2011

The Universal Human

an interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard is an author, public speaker, social innovator, and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.

As a member of the Jonas Salk Foundation’s Epoch B group, Dr. Hubbard is working to understand and catalyze the actions needed to navigate a quantum change to avoid global collapse. She is a founder and member of the Santa Barbara Conscious Evolution Community. She is initiating the SYNCON Process, for synergistic convergence to overcome the polarization in the United States by bringing together opposing groups to seek common goals and match needs and resources in the light of new capacities at the growing edge of the sciences and the psychologies. Her websites are designed to be global communion/communication hubs for the conscious evolution of humanity.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. cum laude in Political Science, Dr. Hubbard studied at La Sorbonne and L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris during her junior year. In the 1960’s she published one of the first newsletters on evolutionary transformation called The Center Letter in collaboration with Abraham H. Maslow, founder of Humanistic Psychology. She worked closely with Dr. Jonas Salk and was one of the original contributors to the Salk Institute.

In the 1970’s she co-founded The Committee for the Future in Washington D.C., which developed the New Worlds Educational and Training Center based on her work. She co-produced 25 SYNCON conferences to bring together people from every field and function to seek common goals and match needs and resources in the light of the growing edge potentials of humanity. She was one of the original directors of the Center for Soviet American Dialogue and served as a citizen diplomat during the late 1980’s. She was awarded the first Doctorate in Conscious Evolution by Emerson Institute.

Dr. Hubbard’s books include Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, The Evolutionary Journey: Your Guide to a Positive Future, and Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium.

www.barbaramarxhubbard.com

Barbara speaks with Joanna about the “universal human”, “the planetary birth celebration”, and the evolutionary possibilities (and perils) of our species…

Music: “Barren” (from Fields & Waves) by O.rang

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December 12th, 2009

Electro Sensitivity and the Use of Wireless Devices

an interview with Talal Jabari

Talal Jabari is a Palestinian/American who upon completing his Masters degree studies in 2000 and returning to Jerusalem, found himself thrust into the world of journalism by the onset of the Second Intifada. First as a fixer, then as a reporter, he covered the escalating violence for such prominent news sources as BBC World Service, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Al Ahram Weekly. In 2002, Talal started his TV career as an associate producer for CBS News as well as a field producer for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes. His next career jump was as line producer and production coordinator of a 5-documentary film series entitled “The Shape of the Future,” which has won several awards. He also produced 4 episodes and did a portion of the filming, for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel’s flagship 8-part series: “Israel from Within”. Since then, Talal has continued to specialize in factual programming traveling to Lagos, Nigeria, Antigua, Guatemala and Belgrade, Serbia among other places, to work on various documentaries and doco-reality TV shows. Despite working on numerous award-winning documentary films as a producer or as a sound designer, this is Talal’s first film as the director.

Talal speaks with Joanna about his film : health effects related to cellular technology / possible solutions/ the contradiction between health and finance / Electro-hypersensitivity, among other topics.

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October 23rd, 2009

Clean Energy Solutions

an interview with Paul Epstein

Clean energy solutions can stimulate business opportunities and job creation. All proposed technologies must also be examined as to their health and safety, environmental impact, the economic feasibility and benefits. Life cycles analysis can help separate those technologies that are “no regrets” -and can be invested in today- from those that require further study.

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May 22nd, 2009

New Media and Popular Culture, Crisis Opportunity?

an interview with Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He is the winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.

He has written ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture, written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries, and writes a column for the music and culture magazine, Arthur. He teaches regularly for the MaybeLogic Academy, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the Esalen Institute and lectures about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world. He is on the board of several new media non-profits and companies, and regularly consults on new media arts and ethics to museums, governments, synagogues, churches, and universities.

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April 28th, 2008

Entheogens and Co-Evolution with Gaia

an interview with Daniel Pinchbeck and John Lash

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and advocate of the use of psychedelic substances for enriching people’s intellectual, psychological and spiritual beliefs through the psychedelic experience.
John Lash is the author of Not in His Image and Quest for the Zodiac, co-founder and principal author of the Metahistory.org and one of the foremost exponents of the power of myth to direct and shape an individual’s life, as well as history itself.

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