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Tourism Encourages a Faux & Freak-Show Africa

by Jim Heck Jim Heck observes events in Africa from his position as owner/manager of Explorers World Travel, a Free Trading travel agency and consultancy. His blog, “Africa Answer Man” from which this was taken (under the title “Vicious Village Visits”) variously celebrates, describes, and insightfully critiques people, places and politics on the continent that China has taken as […]

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Solstice Thoughts

by Kathy Mills This came from Kathy Mills, (kmills1827@hotmail.com), a Maine poet, activist, gardener, from a deep place in her heart-mind meant for a deep place in ours. The dark days are advancing. They sweep us indoors early, like the screen door that catches the back of our heels and closes before we are ready. The rich dark […]

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Twelve Essential Understandings About How the World Works

by Herman Greene, Founding Director of the Center for Ecozoic Societies, publisher of The Ecozoic, and past-president of the International Process Association. As general systems theory, integral studies and theory, ecology and process philosophy inform each other, we benefit from what their shared understandings reveal to us about how the world works. Herman Greene, a student of process philosophy, has […]

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Edge Wise

Becoming Legion: Are the Occupations a Brief Preoccupation or the Sign of a World-Altering Transformation? We may be witnessing the next stage in the evolution of revolutions, one that could bring Life-honoring, Lifelike democratic powers, freedoms and relationships to peoples around the world. The Occupy movement could lead to a globalization of grassroots democracy values […]

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How Should Money Be Created and By Whom?

by James Robertson, British economist, co-founder of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) and the New Economics Foundation, recently merged with the E. F. Schumacher Society to form the New Economics Institute, drawn from Chapter Three of his new book, Future Money: Breakdown or Breakthrough? Start with the Right Questions Impartial spectators visiting us from another […]

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How the Current Money System Works

by Rafael Staelins, founding director in Belgium of the internationally focused Ecova Project, dedicated to creating New Money systems that facilitate human lives and livelihoods, the lives of other-than-human species and the Life of the planet they share. ECOVA stands for Earth Community Value & Ecological Value The current standard-money system is mainly a debt-money system. The debt-money […]

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