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Legacy as Visioning Tool: Urban Greening in Zagreb

The Nature of Cities - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:22

When we consider planning for green infrastructure, we typically think forward to what kind of city we might imagine for the future. Far less frequently do we considerthe history of the cityand how past generations have shaped the green spaces and the activities and meanings related to them. In Croatia, a country known for its … Continue reading Legacy as Visioning Tool: Urban Greening in Zagreb →

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Australia’s drought, climate change and the future of food

Resilience - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 08:11

There’s a reason that few people are thinking about world grain supplies. Last year saw record worldwide production of grains and record stocks of grains left over. But this year worldwide production slipped about 2 percent, owing in large part to the plunge in Australia’s production caused by an ongoing severe drought.

Discover the Joys of Keeping The Biotime Log

Resilience - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:45

Biotime, or biological time, runs at a very different pace and rhythm to human time. It can be observed by recording events in the natural world. These can be as varied as the day the first spring bulb opens, the last frost before summer, or the first sighting of a species of bird or insect in a new habitat.

Why we Need New Narratives and Strategies to Save the Environment

Resilience - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:27

The fatalist-gloomy-future narrative around climate change hasn’t been compelling to mobilise enough individuals and communities for change. In response, new organisations are emerging with positive narratives and more complex strategies to tackle ‘the problem’ of our generation.

Making Visible the Globe-Warming Gases of the Permian Fracking Boom

Resilience - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:26

Though the flashing sign is meant to celebrate the fracking boom, Sharon Wilson, Texas coordinator of Earthworks, sees it as a warning sign of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The Open Coop Governance Model in Guerrilla Translation: an Overview

Resilience - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:25

If Guerrilla Translation is a co-op, think of the co-op members as shareholders. Okay, like in an evil corporation, but bear with us. Each member is an owner, holding different types of shares in the collective.

Jacques Ellul: A Prophet for Our Tech-Saturated Times

Resilience - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:24

By now you have probably read about the so-called “tech backlash.” Facebook and other social media have undermined what’s left of the illusion of democracy, while smartphones damage young brains and erode the nature of discourse in the family. Meanwhile computers and other gadgets have diminished our attention spans along with our ever-failing connection to reality. The […]

Culture and Climate

Resilience - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:24

Tinkering with improvements to our current ways of life is futile. We must each of us change how we live, or else be changed forever by our own effects.

We really need you now! Mutual Aid for Social Justice – in Madison and beyond

Mutual Aid Networks - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:26

Hi friends,

I’m writing to ask you to help with our crowdfunding campaign for our Madison Wisconsin Mutual Aid Network pilot site – the Mutual Aid Workspace (the MAW) at the Social Justice Center, in the sincere belief that doing this successfully for us helps all our related projects more successfully build resources in the future. You can help make it so!

Because of the organizations at the Social Justice Center, 2,000 youth have participated in Youth Court restorative justice, 5,000 people have lived in affordable, cooperative housing, 8,500 LGBTQ-identified folks have received books while incarcerated, and 2,000 free rides to medical appointments were given.

Each year, 20,000 people access tenant/landlord and housing assistance, 2,080 packages of books are sent to individuals incarcerated in Wisconsin, and 5000 hours will be spent by neighbors helping neighbors.

I’m reaching out to you because we’re about to kickoff a massive crowdfunding campaign and I need your help to bring in as many supporters as possible.

Our local Madison MAN Cooperative and its in-development Mutual Aid Workspace – designed for co-working, collaboration, and commons-building, are a core part of the Social Justice Center along with a bunch of other amazing social justice groups. The SJC is a collective of local organizations working on a multitude of issues including housing, restorative justice, arts and media, progressive policy-making, prison literacy and more through a variety of approaches including grassroots campaigns, mutual aid, timebanking, direct service and cooperative development.

Our vision for the Social Justice Center is to be a hub of Madison social justice organizing, collaboration and activism.  And to make this vision a reality, we are transforming our shared building on Willy Street. It will be the homebase of experimenting with Mutual Aid Networks, learning and sharing with our neighborhood and the rest of the world. And to work that way it needs to be open, bright, beautiful, and useful. We are halfway done with renovations and we need to raise a lot of money to pay our construction bills and finish it right.

We need to raise $50,000 before the end of the year (and more beyond that, and the more we raise the more cool stuff we can do!) so our team is reaching out to our personal and professional networks to get the fundraising campaign off to a great start to encourage our donors and community to step up and give big.  The most successful crowdfunding campaigns are those that start out strong, so I was hoping you could count on you to make a donation on launch day so our campaign is set up for success. The campaign starts Monday, November 19th, so I’m reaching out ahead of time so you have a head’s up and can join in when the campaign goes live.  

If you want to learn more, watch our campaign video and visit our website. I will send out an e-mail next Monday the 19th when the campaign goes live with a link to the page, but check facebook for an invite to our virtual kickoff event. Every dollar counts so please give what you can, but you can also help us get more supporters on board by sharing the video and campaign page with others.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all, or if you’d like to get involved in other ways!

Thanks and take care,


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US Could Meet Paris Emissions Pledge with ‘Natural Climate Solutions’, Study Says

Resilience - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:18

The US could meet its pledge to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement through “natural climate solutions” (NCS), a new study suggests. NCS comprise a group of techniques that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or boost carbon uptake from land and wetlands through changes to the way they are managed.

The Climate Crisis as Seen by the Economics Mainstream

Resilience - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:06

Although the effects of climate change seem to be near to apocalyptic over the long term, over the
short term taking signficant action to cut emissions also appears to be a tremendous challenge.

10 Chefs Bringing Forgotten Grains Back to Life

Resilience - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:06

Food Tank is highlighting 10 chefs who are drawing from these traditional grains to inspire culinary innovations, transforming “old-fashioned” millets into foods for the future.

Thoughtstoppers and Thoughtstarters

Resilience - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:39

I don’t think I’m being too Spenglerian to express the fear that in present troubled times, when the modernist state-industry-warfare nexus is manifestly unraveling, something similar could easily take hold again and do the same. And that, I submit, is a thoughtstarter, not a thoughtstopper.

Days After the Midterms What Does the Future Hold for National Climate Policy?

Resilience - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:14

The most contentious and expensive midterm election in US history is almost over. When the dust finally settles it will have ended pretty much as predicted. The incoming 116th Congress will open for business— divided. 

When Good is not Enough – Extending the Bicycle’s Reach in The Netherlands

Resilience - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:13

The Netherlands has a worldwide reputation as a bicycle-loving country – but bikes account for only a small proportion of kilometers travelled.

Global Coal Use May have Peaked in 2014, Says Latest IEA World Energy Outlook

Resilience - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:01

The world may never again use as much coal as during a peak in 2014, according to the latest World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

A Fixed Meat Ration is Not the Path to Sustainable Food Systems

Resilience - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:45

We should focus our interest into the transition to a sustainable and regenerative food and agriculture system. Such a system would exclude or substantially reduce those foods which are wasteful regardless if those are eggs from caged hens or asparagus flown from one side of the globe to the other.

Climate Change Should be Political but not Partisan

Resilience - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:11

The fact that climate change is mostly caused by the rich and yet the poorest, who have done least to cause it and have the least resources to respond, will be hit most seriously by the damaging impacts – is uncomfortable. But it is important.

Why Co-ops and Community Farms Can’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Resilience - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:22

As much pride and empowerment as there is in community ownership of food-producing gardens and financial services such as credit unions to support local businesses, research shows those sorts of grassroots efforts cannot close the ever-growing wealth gap that has been historically and systematically created along racial lines.

Gathering Degrowth in the American Pluriverse

Resilience - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:19

It turns out, degrowth is a lot of things: a criticism, a proposal, a hypothesis, a provocation, a conversation, a deceleration, a downscaling, a reimagining, a project, a lens, a movement, a set of practices, an invitation to dream of worlds beyond growth.