Healing or Stealing?

By Paul Hawken Fall 2009: New Society - Issue #57, Vol. 14 The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009 When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” ... Read More ►

Amid Turbulent Economic and Environmental Change Agrarian Initiatives Emerge as Pathways Forward

By Steven McFadden When the UN’s Millennium Project released their State of the Future study last year—based on the input of 2,700 researchers, and backed by UNESCO, the World Bank, and the US Army—it set out an appallingly grim vision of what lies ahead. The study foresaw shortages of food and goods, a harsh reality that would incite widespread violence ... Read More ►

Walter Alexander Interviews Otto Scharmer, PhD

I interviewed C. Otto Scharmer, PhD, Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management in his MIT office in the fall of 2009, and conducted a substantial “catch-up” phone interview in March, 2011. He is the founding chair of the Presencing Institute1, the author of Theory U and co-author of Presence (both translated into twelve ... Read More ►

Light and Shadow

What Are You Grateful For? By Laura Grace Weldon A handmade Gratitude Tree has hung in our hallway for years. We keep the tree lively by writing on leaves made of brightly colored paper, then tape them to the tree. It’s usually filled with life affirming reminders like hugs from Daddy, going to the library, bike rides, playing cards with ... Read More ►

Worth It

A financial group is transforming the way the world works with money by fostering meaningful relatipships between investors and entrepreneurs Tammi Stein Interviews Don Shaffer of RSF Social Finance Don Shaffer is the president and CEO of RSF Social Finance (RSF), a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, ... Read More ►

Why Occupy is Unstoppable

By Seth Jordan The following article, besides the Afterword, is excerpted from a speech entitled, “The Global Message of Occupy,” given at the Liwanag (Light ) World Festival in the Philippines, on January 3, 2013. I joined Occupy after seeing an interview with one of the protesters, Gerardo Renique, a professor of history at the City University of New York. ... Read More ►