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Vermiculite May Pose Asbestos Hazard

by: Heather on 12/19/2008
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The following post was submitted by James O'Shea, a reader concerned about potential soil contamination from vermiculite. Vermiculite is widely used in gardening for moisture retention. If you buy plant starts or potted plants from the garden center, the little whitish bits that you often find mixed in with the soil are vermiculite.

Vermiculite May …

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Guest Post - Graeme Taylor

by: Heather on 12/18/2008
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This article on the global emergency facing our planet just arrived from Graeme Taylor, author of Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World . (Originally published in Australia's Courier-Mail daily newspaper and reprinted by permission of the author.)

Save Australia!

THE planet is now facing a global emergency. If the …

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Guest Post - Marilyn Hamilton

by: Heather on 12/01/2008
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This just in from Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, author of Integral City. Thanks Marilyn!

Networking not working? Try Meshworking

One of the things I learned at the book launch for Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive in Vancouver on Nov. 5, was that many people realized how much more powerful meshworking is than networking.

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Guest Post - Sharif Abdullah

by: Heather on 11/14/2008
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This post-election message just in from Sharif Abdullah, author of The Power of One. Thanks Sharif!

MEMORANDUM

 

TO: BARACK OBAMA

FR: SHARIF ABDULLAH

DT: TODAY

RE: SOME ADVICE ON FORGING A COMMON WAY AHEAD

Yes, congratulations, you made history, yada, yada, yada. Not to diminish your amazing accomplishment, but since you've heard it all so many times by now, I won't dwell on it (although, if you and I had a few hours, I COULD!)

 

No, I would rather not take up your time on that. I have a few pieces of advice for you. If I had five minutes of your time, the following is what I would say to you directly.

 

But first, who am I to be offering you advice? I have been exploring our need for a value-driven, inclusive and sustainable society for decades, including as Founder and Executive Director of Commonway Institute. The title to my second book sums up my philosophy and my life goal: "Creating a World That Works for All". I offer my counsel to you.

 

ADVICE #1: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

 

This part goes without saying: while you are in fact the first African-American President (Elect) of the US, that is an IDENTITY, it is not the core essence of who you are. One day, even being President will be a past accomplishment. You, however, will still be you.

 

You are the first President (Elect) of the 21st Century - I expect you to act like it. (We obviously aren't going to count the last 8 years. We are now seeing the close of the last Presidency of the 19th Century). As the first 21st Century President, you will set the model for all of the other Presidents to follow. Aim high.

 

Bill Clinton was a very admirable bridge between the 20th and 21st Centuries. There are many advisors around you who would like to copy those times. Don't listen to them. Your arc must be higher.

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Guest Post - David Spero

by: Heather on 11/12/2008
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This fascinating post-election reflection just in from David Spero, author of Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis. Thanks David!

In researching and writing Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis, I learned about the social causes of illness. Not just bad food and little access to medical care. Everybody knows about those, but they really play a rather small part …

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