Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
"Living the New Economy, is Living the New Community" - Mind Blown and Loving It - aka - LNE Vancouver 2013
Living the New Economy Victoria starts tomorrow, the third one of its kind! I've been meaning to digest, verbally, in blog form, my feelings from the first session and, I figure now is the time...before my mind gets blown, round two, in Victoria.
I was also only at the evening sessions, and then weekend, so I really can't speak for the wonders that happened during the day ...but I know they were fantastical.
Really set the stage for the week of wonder to follow.
Please, have a listen and let the words run through you.
Hard to pick a favourite part because honestly it's all phenomenal but what struck me so much, such that I had to pick up my notebook and scribble a bit was:
"Rationale is to the life force as a picture of a tree is to a tree."
I am so thankful for this whole piece. It's curious how, any one of these words, individually, may or may not evoke something on their own. Yet strewn together in this remarkable, thoughtful, fashion, has a profound and lasting effect on the listener.
Easily taken for granted, certainly I do, it's fascinating how language works and how we communicate to share beliefs, ideas, and understandings.
The Evolution of the Butterfly from Abraham Heisler on Vimeo.
This also exemplifies the beauty and effect of story. Mark had this experience himself, but now he comes back and tells it to many people, and while we are not experiencing it first-hand, his story is compelling in a way that goes deeper than an analyzing mind. We not only hear his words, we feel them, as if we were him, in that moment. His story is one that, at least for me and I would argue for others too, resonates on the inside, on a level that transcends thought. It stirs emotion up in us, and that is a story that will have a lasting effect, and will imprint itself on our psyche for the better. Whether we notice it immediately or not, it's now added into our layers of what it means to be a human, and exist in this world. And to me, that's amazing.
I feel the quote by Buckminster Fuller emulates this perfectly:
What I once thought to be just a good way of raising money for a project, turned into a whole new understanding.
Allowing those who care, and want to contribute, do so. How it allows for access to otherwise difficult to obtain capital, and how it allows a different kind of transaction to emerge. One that has more meaning - where the people who are helping to fund what it is you're doing, are moved by your work, and want to contribute because they believe in it. And now there is the ability to connect on a whole new level. And that is beautiful.
This is a great TED Talk on the concept, and how the format of how we do business is surely going to be changing more and more.
And then came the film by Ian Mackenzie - Reactor. I think it was this night that I became more aware and in awe with Buddhism. Ian spoke of the Bodhisattva, and my memory of it, in combination with my nots, tells me that it is a being who has finished the cycle of reincarnation, but has specifically come back, to stay for the liberation of others.If all things are not free, then no-one is free".
"If we are all deeply connected, then if somebody else is suffering, the forests are suffering, if our parents are suffering, if our children our suffering, then we feel that suffering. In other words, I can't be free, unless others are free". Michael Stone
I came home in a flurry of curiosity, and profound emotions - luckily my roommate is Buddhist so I was thankful to chat with her more about it all, and she told me the beautiful story of Siddhartha, and it resonated with me, deeply.
"Our economy and our lifestyles are driven by stories we have, about what a meaningful life is. Those stories seem so fixed, but yet, it's also fleeting, and it's also transient" - Michael Stone -
Here is the trailer.
- It's not enough to simple be enlightened, poor people don't care what mantra you're saying. We need to act.
- How do I express [in action] what I experience in stillness
- It's not necessarily obvious to know what to do with the complexity of the world we created. It isn't a simply x, y, z, we recognize change as it unfolds, each finds their own way to contribute
- We all do our own thing, together we create real change - so many seeds have been, and are being, planted.
- There is no difference - when you put yourself in service to something meaningful, whatever that is, it benefits everyone
- What the culture does not provide, we try to entertain/replace the void with things, what used to be filled in us ,and didn't cost money, free by community, is now monetized
- We need to re-weave a culture to lower our energy needs, but increase our connection, and happiness
- There is a bias within the system itself, to monetize whatever it is you are in service to, e.g. spiritual teachers and their wisdom - the concept of charging money for it, those who have chosen to not do so and the implications therein
- What is community and how do we allow it to flourish?
- There is no specific formula, as long as you connect with that side of you that wants to be in service, which is connecting and life-affirming, that will be your answer
- You're here, and that's enough to know you should be
- Your journey will change too, and that is ok. Only you are the one who will know what you can, and should occupy
Actually, in getting the trailer, above, I found this beautiful commentary on what it means to be present, and felt compelled to include it here, too. :) Enjoy.
Groundswell is a new project that tackles head-on the economic insecurity, social disconnection and precarity so many young people are facing today.
- Personalize Education - starting with the gap inside of YOU
- Community - what is livelihood in the community, what is it you want? Business is not separate from community, we need to start treating it as such, we need to bring community logic into business
- Alternative Business Structures and systems to help foster/facilitate the above, and beyond. Opening up dialogue around new economic logic - empathy, cooperation!
Entitlement as a driver of progress - the right to participate in everyday actions - which can be incredibly empowering, versus the way we typically think about it say, the right to buy new stuff, and own, acquire, dominate nature - so it can certainly have a very different effect. The speaker used the example of Rosa Parks, and had she not felt entitled to a seat anywhere on the bus, or women standing up for the right to vote, as they felt entitled to that. Makes perfect sense to me! Entitlement can fuel change for the better if it's directed in a positive way.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Diversity is key - we know this to be true in so many realms. GMO's have got to go. Let's start telling and living the new story.
What we do to others, and everything else - we do to ourselves.
|Global March Against Monsanto|
Vancouver Art Gallery Steps - Oct 12, 2013
- Anything that has a corn derivative (maltodextrin, dextrin, corn starch, high-fructose corn syrup, fructose etc) or soy, is likely GMO unless specifically says non, because majority of corn and soy crops have been infected with the GMO strain.
- This is a great initiative that helps consumers know what products are verified GMO free (until producers are actually required to label it). They have their verified non-gmo products all listed on their site too - so you can plan in advance, and figure out which stores have these products.
- You can even submit a request for a product that you wish to see verified if it's not yet - see here
- Their website, in general, is a great start. It provides a plethora of tools on how to navigate the GMO and non GMO realm.
- Producers: email or call them to ask if their products are GMO free, the more they see consumers caring about this, the more willing they will be to change. After all – we have the last say as we vote with our dollar. I recently did this with a few companies – an example is below – no more Miss Vicky’s for me (which I realize they are not a good choice in the first place but sometimes we have cravings that are leftover as our bodies transition into this new era) and luckily we have this brand that is verified GMO free
- Regulating Bodies: contact your local city councillors, federal, or provincial regulatory members. A bit of searching online, or calling the city (311 in Vancouver) and asking some questions, will point you in the right direction. You can take direct action here and they also have their own 8 things you can do! which is super helpful. Here is some info for Canada. A quick internet search will give you a lot to work with!
- Friends and family: talk about it, bring it into conversation and get it into your dialogue - the more people hear and know about it, the better we will be. This is an important issue that affects us all
|Here is an email I sent. I gathered they did use GMO but I wanted to find out for certain, and also let them know this was something their "consumers" were worried about. The answer is clear - I won't be eating these chips again.|
So, as you see it's quite the subject and I've really only hit on a few aspects here. There is lots of great information out there, but by the same token there is also a lot of media from those who stand to gain from GMO production - so know what you're reading, and if the source is credible. At the end of the day - ask your self what you feel comfortable with. Gambling with our life or playing it safe? I'm going to go with playing it safe.