Our Blog | August 2007

Bolivia Radio Documentary

by: Heather on 08/29/2007
Posted in: Events

This just in from Chellis Glendinning, author of Chiva, Off the Map and the recently re-released My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization.

CompaƱeras y compaƱeros,

I am thrilled to tell you that the radio documentary KUNM news director Jim Williams and I have been working on lo-these-many-months is about to air!

It is …

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Guest Post - Ellis Jones

by: Heather on 08/28/2007

Today we have a guest post, this time from Ellis Jones, author of The Better World Shopping Guide and co-author of The Better World Handbook. The The Better World Shopping Guide contains over 5 years of comprehensive research distilled into a pocket-sized, shopping-friendly format, ranking every products from A to F, and is supported by a website which maintains current ranking information. Thanks Ellis!

Hello Readers!

I just thought I'd give you an update on some of the latest happenings with the company rankings in The Better World Shopping Guide through this blog.

ACTUAL DATA CHARTS UPDATED

On the website (www.betterworldshopper.org) there are now 5 product categories under the Research link where you can take a peek behind the rankings to see the actual data used to rate each company, including Audio Equipment, Baby Care, Chocolate, Dairy Products, and Energy Bars. In Audio Equipment, you'll notice that Apple has slipped from A- to B+ due mainly to the results of a major Greenpeace research effort on toxic plastics and recycling efforts. Nestle recently bought out Gerber, the famous baby food maker, bringing that company to the bottom of the barrel.

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How to Re-imagine the World

by: Heather on 08/27/2007
Posted in: New Books

It's the height of blackberry season here on the West Coast (and I've got the scratches to prove it)! Blackberries are considered a priceless treasure by some, a noxious weed by others. Perspective is everything.

The theme of perspective is central to our newest release How To Re-Imagine The World. This "pocket guide for practical visionaries" is …

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David Tracey Interview

by: Heather on 08/27/2007
Posted in: Events

For Canadian readers, CBC Radio One's BC Almanac on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 1:30 to 2pm will feature David Tracey, author of Guerrilla Gardening speaking about random acts of gardening and inviting people to call in with examples of places where they stepped beyond the bounds of their own property to do good. David is as witty a speaker as he is an …

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Guest Post - Cecile Andrews

by: Heather on 08/23/2007
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Today we have another guest post, this time from Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is Beautiful. Thanks Cecile!

We know we're in a crisis on many fronts. In particular, we're faced with climate change, war, and the increasing loss of freedom and democracy in the United States. In my book, Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre, I've talked about how our lack of time is a key issue in all of our major problems. Some look on this issue of "time poverty" as a lesser issue: We're faced with such dire problems, how can you talk about long work hours?! But if citizens have no time to inform themselves, engage in civic discourse, or get involved politically, there will be no changes. Our increasingly long work hours can undermine democracy and our work to save the planet.

But there's another "hidden"issue as well: the decline of freedom of expression in the work place. In Slow is Beautiful I tell a story about the president of my community college, where I was an administrator for many years, chastising me for criticizing the chancellor of our system. I wasn't fired, but disgust with his treatment contributed to my decision to quit.

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