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Enlightened Mobility

by: Heather on 01/04/2008

The video below is a feature from the Rick Mercer Report on the ZENN car- a Zero-Emission No-Noise electric vehicle with a base price of $12,750. The ZENN car is produced in Canada and is available in many US States and in British Columbia. Wider Canadian availability will have to wait - BC is the only province that has has low-speed vehicle …

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Measuring True Wealth

by: Heather on 01/03/2008

How do you measure your wealth? Is it related only to your bank balance, is it quality of life, or is it how happy you are? Or is it a product of all three?

A recent story on the Planet 2025 News Network reported that there is worldwide support for measuring the true wealth of nations by including health, social and environmental statistics in the …

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Reinventing Collapse Review and a Forecast for 2008

by: Heather on 01/02/2008
Posted in: New Books

Jim Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency has posted an excellent review of Dmitry Orlov's upcoming book Reinventing Collapse, due off press this May.

Reinventing Collapse

This was my first visit to Jim's blog, and I thought his Forecast for 2008 was spot on. The image of the US investment community "left suspended in mid-air, grinning unconvincingly, like Wile …

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Greening the Season

by: Heather on 12/19/2007
Posted in: Events

Warning - Quiet Blog Ahead!

Over the next 2 weeks posting will be light here as New Society will be closed for the holidays. Comments are open, so feel free to post any news in the comment thread. We'd love to hear about how you're "greening the season"!

We'll be back January 2nd, but you can subscribe to our RSS feed so you'll be notified …

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The Spiritual Society

by: Heather on 12/18/2007
Posted in: Community

Sharif Abdullah is the author of The Power of One and the founder and director of Commonway Institute. The following entry is reprinted with permission from his blog. Thanks Sharif!

The Spiritual Society

[This was written a few Christmas seasons ago:]

It is so easy to fall back into the rut -- naming the old society. Protesting the old society. Lamenting the old society. Struggling to reform the old society. Thinking that if we could only get rid of the old society, we would then have a the society of our dreams, our ideals.

This past December, I was sitting at one of my coffeehouses ( not my favorite, but one that makes great eggnog lattes). I was reading a good book, and was in the middle of the buying frenzy on 23rd Avenue. Suddenly, I realized that I was depressed.

I tried to analyze my feelings. I wasn't a part of the buying frenzy around me; I don't really participate in the "Xmas Thing", so I don't have any seasonal guilt, angst, etc. I thought for a moment that I was "homesick" for Sri Lanka -- after all, I do spend half of my year there. But a quick internal check said that I didn't want to be in Sri Lanka. I didn't want to be ANYWHERE.

That was a sobering thought. There was no society, no country, no city I preferred to inhabit. I didn't want to be in the land of shallow materialism, where success is measured by how much litter we leave. I didn't want to be in Sri Lanka, wondering whether the guy at the train station smiling at me is distracting me from a pickpocket doing balance-of-trade, or making a sexual overture for a different type of balance of trade, or was just being friendly. I didn't want to be in Prague, or Kampala, or Hong Kong, or anywhere else. I had no home.

I'm not being overly melodramatic. I have enjoyed my time back in the States, experiencing cold, actually enjoying chipping ice off my car in the frozen mornings. My feeling is that all of us have a core to retreat to in the face of all of the madness coming at us from all sides. We go home, pull in the walls around us, hopefully with someone who feels the same as we do, and retreat from the yawning emptiness all around us.

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