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Link Camphill North America remote url Link 2003-11-29 2003-11-29
  In a back issue of Communities Magazine, at Earthaven, I read that in many ways Camphill communities are more "eco" than many of the more modern attempts at ecovillages. Due to the goal of employing their residents, in at least some communities, dinner will be served from food grown in the community on a table made in the community, and so on. In addition, all of the non-volunteer residents are car-free. From their website: "Camphill is dedicated to social renewal through community building with children, youth, and adults who have developmental disabilities. In a time where many are experiencing a crisis of spirit and search for meaning, Camphill offers a life of celebration, service, and community building in which all participants flourish." Further, I was happy to see there is a community (in Soquel) near the place I may be going next (Monterey, CA)
Link International Camphill Directory remote url Link 2003-11-29 2003-11-29
  An actual directory is currently available at http://www.camphill.org.uk/directry/march01html/March01size150/March150Direct.html, but the UK Camphill site appears to have links to most of the communities (scroll down). Camphill is of interest because these communities are in some cases more "eco" than current attempts at ecovillages, and most of the residents are carfree due to developmental disabilities.
Link Eurotopia: European Communities remote url Link 2003-11-29 2003-11-29
  An excellent directory of european communities (and some not in europe).
Link The desert people remote url Link 2003-11-29 2003-11-29
  Danny August, the man behind desert people, was working on setting up a nomadic community on 1,500 acres in Baja California. Here's what happened: "We tried our hardest to make the deal to rent the land for the project. We were about to give a deposit to the landowner when the government stepped in and informed us that the parcel is in a protected area of the Baja, and so it would be illegal to harvest any plants and animals, making the project there impossible. "I greatly appreciated the support you demonstrated for this project. It was not wasted. In the original languages there is no word for waste. For my part, I have learned a ton about ways to set the project up for success in it's next incarnation.
Link The Next American City remote url Link 2003-12-08 2004-10-30
  Some young folks started this... "A new quarterly magazine by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders that explores the transformation of America's cities and suburbs, asking tough questions about how and why our built environment, economy, society and culture are changing."
Link Environmental Working Group remote url Link 2003-12-11 2003-12-11
  I found this site from an article on the pollutants found in mothers' milk in the US as compared to Europe. The "bodyburden" article also makes it more difficult to be complacent. Http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden/factsheets/whatyoucando.php suggests avoiding gas fumes and gas-powered tools among other things. This site (and the sites they link to) goes nicely with Derrick Jensen's _Culture of Make Believe_. Now, why was it that I incarnated at this time and in this place??
Link Drew's transam bike tour remote url Link 2003-12-11 2003-12-11
  One of my sources told me about this guy... He's impressively organized, and I think did the trip with GPS. And definitely makes me look like a weenie (I think I complained a lot more, and carried way less). http://viciouscircle.us/Tour2003/Day46Sonoita/ http://viciouscircle.us/Tour2003/Day21JeffBusby/ have encounters with bike nomads. (and maybe others- I didn't read them all) Good job Drew!
Link Cyclecide bicycle circus remote url Link 2003-12-11 2004-01-02
  Not sure what to make of this, but they are out there. I met/saw Rudy (the guy who started the website) at H2K2 in NYC. He had a cool story about being visited by the secret service because of his firsttwins site. At the time I had no clue he was involved in this too!
Link City Repair remote url Link 2003-12-13 2003-12-13
  Be sure to visit the link to intersection repair. "City Repair was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1996 by citizen activists who wanted a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. Born out of a successful grassroots neighborhood initiative that converted a residential street intersection into a neighborhood public square, City Repair began its work with the idea that localization (of culture, of economy, of decision-making) is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture" This was reported on in http://www.americancity.org/ and http://www.talkingbirdspress.com/earthus.html (in newsletter 21).
Link GrannyD walks across US at age 90 for campaign reform remote url Link 2003-12-13 2003-12-13
  She was mentioned in http://www.talkingbirdspress.com/colmeu16.html _Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year_ is one of her books. I've heard that the campaign law the supreme court failed to overturn is not good for third parties... but I'm not certian. Do you have more details on how she walks? At 10 miles a day, I'm wondering how much car use (if any) was necessary to keep going.
Link The georgia guidestones remote url Link 2003-12-13 2003-12-13
  An off-topic but interesting thing.
Link The Angel Project remote url Link 2003-12-13 2003-12-14
  They've put the dragons in the streets. Carfree theater/installation art (if you don't count the golf cart). This is a link to the Gothamist's review of Deborah Warner's _Angel Project_ It solves the problem of the hypertrophy of the audience. 2003-12-13-1550 I've been using hypertrophy wrong. Hypertrophy means excessive growth. In the _Angel Project_ the audience does not sit still, and the experience is about solitude, so the audience member is most often alone. And, the audience member must travel and explore to experience the performance... she is an active participant in the creation of the experience. What I wished to say was that the angel project is one solution to the problem of the sedentary, passively accepting, non-participating audience.
Link World Transport Policy & Practice quarterly journal remote url Link 2003-12-15 2004-10-30
  World Transport Policy & Practice is a quarterly journal which provides a high quality medium for original and creative work in world transport. WTPP has a philosophy based on the equal importance of academic rigour and a strong commitment to ideas, policies and practical initiatives that will bring about a reduction in global dependency on cars, lorries and aircraft. WTPP has a commitment to sustainable transport which embraces the urgent need to cut global emissions of carbon dioxide, to reduce the amount of new infrastructure of all kinds and to highlight the importance of future generations, the poor, those who live in degraded environments and those deprived of human rights by planning systems that put a higher importance on economic objectives than on the environment and social justice. WTPP embraces a different approach to science and through science to publishing. This view is based on an honest evaluation of the track record of transport planning, engineering and economics. All too often, these interrelated disciplines have embraced quantitative, elitist or mechanistic views of society, space and infrastructure and have eliminated people from the analysis. To help it to reach a wide readership, encompassing advocates and activists as well as academics and advisers, WTPP is available free of charge as PDF files on the internet.
Link Ninth Continental Bioregional Congress remote url Link 2003-12-21 2007-01-01
  Beautiful, and guess where it is? "Bioregionalism embraces the struggle to preserve, restore and enhance the life of the places that constitute the planet. Since 1984 bioregionalists have been gathering in congresses to envision and develop a realistic, restorative way of life in the bioregions of the Americas. We set our own agendas, operate by consensus and build a common commitment. Grand times and good friendships are only the first fruits. At bioregional congresses, we live in community, concern ourselves with the things that matter, and return home informed and inspired. We earnestly invite the participation of all, especially those actively employing ecological precepts in the many movements and endeavors necessary for the human species to reinhabit the bioregions of the Americas and of the whole Earth."
Link The Ecological Farming Association remote url Link 2003-12-21 2003-12-21
  "a non-profit educational organization that promotes ecologically sound agriculture. Our special events bring people together from all over the world to share ideas and experiences in producing healthful food from a healthy earth. When you support the Eco-Farm Association, you are supporting a new vision for our food system where strengthening soils, protecting air and water quality, encouraging diverse ecosystems, and honoring rural life are all part of producing healthful food." HQ is near Monterey, CA.
Link The Wild Farm Alliance remote url Link 2003-12-21 2003-12-21
  "Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that helps protect and restore wild Nature. To make our food systems sustainable in the 21st century, we envision a world in which community-based, ecologically managed farms and ranches are seamlessly integrated into landscapes that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological processes."
Link Orion Magazine remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-10-30
  "Since 1982, Orion has worked to reconnect human culture with the natural world, blending scientific thinking with the arts, engaging the heart and mind, and striving to make clear what we all have in common." I'm not sure what to make of these magazines... They are successful (in that they exist). Maybe something can be learned from them with respect to our efforts to effect change. In the several times I've looked at this one I haven't come across anything world-changing, but perhaps I'll pay more attention/ give it a more thorough look? I'm finding reading classics (currently Goethe, Faulkner, and criticism thereof) cheaper and more productive in terms of ideas generated per words read.
Link Ode Magazine remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-10-30
  "Ode is an independent magazine about the people and ideas that are changing the world. Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the war, poverty, exploitation and pollution that the mainstream media use to fill our view of the world. But there is more to life. There are other stories to report. Stories of countless initiatives being launched around the globe by people devoted to justice, respect and equality. Stories that bridge the gap between thinking and doing, between rage and hope, and the painful gap between the rich and poor – and thus build peace and sustainability. That is the news that Ode promises to deliver. By reading Ode you connect to a network of positive change and inspiration. Ode points the way to knowing better, doing better and feeling better. Ode publishes ‘the stories that are different from the ones we are brainwashed to believe’ (Arundhati Roy). Ode challenges us and invites us to change. We realise that change starts with information. We can only make a choice to change things for the better when we learn how it can be done. Similarly, we can only change our behaviour when we understand the harmful effects of what we do. Ode teaches and inspires us, helps us see how every one of us can contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Ode is published monthly in English, Dutch and Portuguese."
Link Flying Rutabega Cycle Circus remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-01-02
  Made famous from their preemptive arrest prior to the Biodevestation 7 conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Link Lords of the Chainring remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-01-02
  Much shorter, and in some ways much better than LotR (which I never saw). 5 min long or so. (Spoilage warning: don't read the next sentence!) Well-stuffed superheroes, a damsel in distress, a villainous car-driver, and the requisite car-bashing. And I was able to dowload it in a short time even over a modem connection!
Link PRO EVO: Pro Evolution - Guideline for an Age of Joy remote url Link 2004-01-02 2006-01-30
  Update (2006-01-30): I started a "pro-evo yahoo group":http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pro-evo/ for those who want to discuss this text. This book arrived mysteriously in my grandmother's mailbox. It was mailed from New Jersey, but that is all I know about who sent it, and that it was a mass-mailing. It is a small book, 135 narrow pages. It presents an optimistic world view and theory of why we are here. I read it this afternoon. I do not agree with all it says, but find it provocative and very helpful. The author has done a wonderful job of expressing many important concepts concisely. In time I will be able to more effectively judge the value of having read this book. The direct relevance to this site can be found on p. 121 under the topic "How could living conditions be improved constantly?" : "(3) Converting residential areas into healthy, comfortable and humane places, free of air and water pollution and harmful noise, divided into administrative districts of manageable size, and with streets and squares thronged once again with people and not noisy machines spreading poisonous exhaust fumes (as, for example, could in towns be achieved in part through transportation of people and goods by electrically powered vehicles and by limiting private cars)." and p. 113 footnote 31: "Examples of the effect of a lack of *pro-evo* economic guidance: (1) The unrestrained expansion of the oil and automobile industries in the Second World War, which led, among other things, to the neglect both of mass transportation and of research into, and use of, solar and geothermal energy and other inexhaustable and renewable sources of power..." And most importantly, p. 37: "(11) The establishment of a research organization for monitoring the effect of scientific and technical innovations on man and the environment; and for working for, and enforcing, measures to prevent *anti-evo* consequences from the innovations." As to what pro-evo and anti-evo are, I'll leave that to the author, Tomot Om, whose other books include _Age of Joy_, _On the side of life_, Lebensrichtig, Zeitalter der Freude (perhaps under other names). If you guessed that he hinted at an un-libertarian merit (or rather *pro-evo*)-ocracy and world government, you'd be correct.
Link The Edge Foundation remote url Link 2004-01-30 2004-01-30
  If you're curious, You'll find plenty to broaden your mind-world here. It has led me on some good adventures already (An intro to Roger Schank). I intend to spend more time here in the future. I'm not quite happy with the apparent (and intentional) neglect of the art and the literary world, although I feel the motivation for doing so (how have the artists been helping us develop a shared vision and a path? - and yet, for a vision to be shared it must be expressed.). The link here is to the world question center. I'm not sure it quite fits with the undefined idea I have of *Our Culture*. It isn't densely good enough for me to include it under *recommended reading*.
Link Bicycle Universe remote url Link 2004-02-04 2004-02-04
  Michael Bluejay wrote in the last carfree world newletter: <blockquote> I'm starting the process of moving most of the content from "BicycleAustin.info":http://bicycleaustin.info to the new site, BicycleUniverse.com. Most of the content on BicycleAustin is useful to a much larger audience than Austinites so it makes sense to have it on a general domain. This follows the same path as the newsletter, which went from "Austin Bike News" to "Car-Free World" nearly two years ago. ... The new domain is part of the strategy of making clear that this stuff is for everyone, not just Austinites. </blockquote> I don't know, if he'll be able to expand well beyond a US focus (not to mention the Earth), but it doesn't hurt to aim high!
Link Radical Urban Theory remote url Link 2004-02-13 2004-10-30
  Writings on the modern urban condition. Found while looking for more about Mike Davis, prompted by Neil Morgan's column in the SDUnion Tribune 2004-02-13, mentioning the "Spirit of the Land conference":http://spirit.sdsu.edu/.
Link Auto Carnage remote url Link 2004-02-13 2004-12-26
  Matt Jalbert writes: "This is not about smashed cars and blood and gore. This is about American consumer society and what it does with its biggest and baddest consumable: the automobile. From what you’ll see in this collection of my photographs, we’re pretty flip about getting rid of the beasts. It’s easy enough to dump them in the desert, in a river, by the roadside. Then there’s the other side of the coin: the cost to the Earth and its non-human inhabitants."

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