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Welcome!

This website is for people, communities, and organizations trying to figure out: WHY the world is in the mess it’s in: global, holistic, historical perspectives WHAT we want – in all its holistic complexity – laid out in three sections: … more

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Growing and Cultivating Successful New Farmers

by Heidi Secord & Gary Bloss In a recent discussion with experienced direct market farmers we asked ourselves how we and the communities we serve can encourage the next generation of farmers; and how new and beginner farmers can identify … more

Posted in Farmers, Farmland Preservation, Food for Health, Local Businesses, Local Food, Rethinking…, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley |

Campus Sustainability: How LVAIC universities are making big changes!

By Molly Majewicz The LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th featured a number of specialized sessions where various aspects of sustainability were explored in depth. They ranged from power conservancy to sustainable agriculture, to school-to-farm efforts, and community relations … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Environment & Ecosystems, Rethinking…, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

Campus Sustainability? Yum!

By Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th, food on college campuses was a big topic of discussion. In congruence with the keynote speaker’s main message of changing campus ethos, many of the sessions that day … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Food, Food, Health, & Healthcare, Local Food, Rethinking…, School Food, Stewardship, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

Campus Sustainability: A Window into How We Can Change National Ethos

by Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20, 2016, keynote speaker Dr. Shana Weber, Director of the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, urged the forward-thinking students and faculty present to strongly think about ethos—our character, … more

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Riddle: How is Capitalism Like an Elephant?

The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what the hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, that we’re blanking out to, as … more

Posted in Capitalism, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Corporations, Democracy, Rethinking…, Systemic Approaches, Top-down decision-making | Tagged , , ,

Resources on Action Research

Thanks to Moravian College students Brianne Schoolcraft ’15 & Christopher Ossont ’15 for compiling these resources! Action Research infed.org/mobi/action-research/ This page offers a helpful look at the definition and origin of Action Research, as well as an overview of the … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Democratic Education, Education for Sustainability, Re-skilling, Rethinking…, Schools & Learning, Social Justice |

Action Research

Action research, sometimes called participatory action research, has great potential for improving professional practice in many fields. As the Action Research Network of the Americas [ARNA] puts it: Action research involves inquiry into areas of concern or challenge facing communities and … more

Posted in Democratic Education, Education for Sustainability, Human Rights, People Power v. State Power, Rethinking…, Schools & Learning, Social Justice |

The End of an Age

What does the end of the Industrial Age(s) mean for the average person? There was a time long ago when our great-grandfather’s great-grandfather was there when they invented steam power! Back when people started going to town to work in … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Economy, Business, & Money, Rethinking…, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living |