14 December 2010

Leaving Neverland (Why Little Boys Shouldn't Run Big Corporations)

Sourced from Leaving Neverland

Leaving Neverland" (Why Little Boys Shouldn't Run Big Corporations) not only lampoons the perpetual boys that refuse to grow up but also offers Rites of Passage as a way out of Neverland and a way into growing up...
‎The Global Financial Crisis was proudly brought to us all by little boys in designer suits that convinced suggestible authorities that they should be left in charge of the banking cookie jar. Of course they helped themselves to our cookies because “self regulation” to a child means “grab every cookie you can while no one is looking.” The only real surprise is that people are surprised at all the missing cookies.'

13 December 2010

The Sixth Extinction

Sourced from The 6th Extinction web site

'In the Last 500 million years, the earth has experienced five mass Extinctions.

We are at a critical moment. What happens over the next 50-100 years will determine what the earth looks like for the next ten million.

Through interlocking stories, this documentary will probe the extinction crisis and examine solutions to protect the earth's gift of biodiversity.'

The Energy of Edible Cities

Reposted in full from the new economics foundation, 13 December 2010

'Listening to the BBC Food awards, it has become clear to me that food is not just enjoying a revival at the moment, but is also the most exciting area of entrepreneurship in this country – and has huge potential for revitalising our economy, one local economy at a time.

So much of this kind of idea emerges from the chattering south east, though the Transition Towns movement clearly emerged from the south west. But the north east now seems to be giving them a run for their money thanks to the emergence of the battery of ideas-in-practice around Edible Todmorden.

Edible Todmorden began with herb gardens, graduated onto planting and growing vegetables and trees around the town and then planted orchards. They are working with the council and other official bodies to find spaces of land – like the fire station and the railway station and local social landlords – to find tracts of land where things can be grown. Every school in town is now involved.

What is fascinating to me is that once you start down this path, building local economies, then history becomes far more important. Sure enough, they have a project called Dream Street that looks back into the past in order to imagine different futures.

Now that Edible Todmorden is thriving, and Middlesborough’s urban farming project is now moving in similar directions, the next Edible site is going to be York, followed by Boston in Lincolnshire.

York City Council is being urged to carry out an audit of land available for growing food throughout the city. Edible York has already joined forces with the council in July to transform an under-used plot of land by planting vegetables – and provided passers-by with salad, kale, squash, courgettes, beans and fresh herbs.

What they are doing is not that different from the Transition Towns, but it is exciting that the energy is emerging from a whole range of different transformational ideas at once. The antidote to impoverishment by supermarket monopoly and agribusiness giantism.'

An Irishman Abroad Tells It Like It Is

A few F-bombs, but too good not to share! God bless the Irish! There should be more of this calling a spade a spade...

Sourced from YouTube