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Victory for the Neptune Network

| February 2, 2012

(This is the second of two posts about Neptune Network, a group organized by Norwegian business executives, and their campaign to shut down a nuclear reprocessing plant in the UK.) The MOX reprocessor at Sellafield closed August 3rd, after Japan (following the Fukushima disaster) announced they would cease buying MOX for use in its reactors. […]

Revolutionary Change: an Expatriate Perspective

| September 4, 2011

Book Reviewers Needed – Free Download I have just finished my third book Revolutionary Change: an Expatriate Perspective. It’s my first non-fiction work, a collection of essays on change making. Right now it’s only available as an ebook. However it should be out in soft cover by the end of the year. Until Sept 30, […]

Lessons from the Soviet Collapse

| August 11, 2011

This is the second of two posts on the role of food prices in triggering civil unrest. One erroneous conclusion some American activists draw from Keiser’s and Zoellick’s “food theory” of revolution (see previous post) is that organizing is unnecessary – that all we have to do is wait until the food bill reaches 35-40% […]

Overcoming Pro-Corporate Messaging

| March 3, 2011

My last blog was about the five memes or psychological messages that discourage Americans from joining with co-workers, neighbors and other community members to fight the business and corporate interests that negatively impact so many aspects of our lives. These paralyzing messages, which bombard us constantly via TV, movies, newspapers, magazines and billboards, have become […]

Of Blogs, Bloggers and Blogging

| February 3, 2011

The end of January marked my one year anniversary blogging. I never imagined, in my wildest dreams, that blogging would be the main event of my sixties. When my publisher first suggested it, I thought blogging was something only young people did. That a blog was a public diary that announced to the world what […]

You Can’t Argue With Success

| January 21, 2011

Much of the work that went into the Voluntary Simplicity and Y2K movements (see prior blogs) has been incorporated into Transition Towns and other sustainability-related movements. There are now literally millions of groups worldwide focused on some aspect of bioregional sustainability. The most visible evidence of their success are the blossoming of home veggie gardens, […]

Sustainability: Choosing the Right Crisis

| January 19, 2011

I think Heinberg and Hopkins are right (see previous blog):  sustainability activists should focus on resource scarcity, rather than climate change. It’s just too damned hard to persuade large numbers of people to undertake major lifestyle changes around something they can’t directly experience. Except for extreme weather events, it’s virtually impossible for lay people to […]

The Politics of Traffic Taming

| December 19, 2010

Street reclaiming is a global, bottom-up movement to reclaim our neighborhoods from the automobile. David Engwicht, inventor of the Walking School Bus and author of Mental Speed Bumps: the Smarter Way to Tame Traffic, views traffic as a social problem, not a design problem. Instead of looking to local government to solve it, we need […]

Reclaiming Our Streets: A Model for Social Change

| December 17, 2010

I have recently joined a growing worldwide initiative to reclaim neighborhood streets from the automobile. It’s a movement driven both by climate change activists seeking to reduce carbon emissions – and by social change advocates seeking to reverse the steep drop-off in civic engagement. The alienation stemming from declining involvement in both informal neighborhood activity […]

How Resource Scarcity Threatens Democracy – Part II

| October 30, 2010

In my last (Oct 27) blog, I discussed a YouTube presentation by Richard Heinberg, based on his book Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post Carbon World, about the way the ruling elite is likely to manage the inevitable social upheaval stemming from severe resource scarcity. Option I, which I discussed previously, is a type […]