Our Blog | March 2010

Blog Commenting Change

by: Heather on 03/15/2010
Posted in: Events

Due to a rash of spurious commenters on this blog, we have been forced to enable comment moderation. We love your legitimate feedback, and hope you will continue to share your thoughts with us, but there will now be a delay before your comments appear on the site. Alternatively, become a fan of New Society Publishers on Facebook, and join the …

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Guest Post - Chellis Glendinning - Letters from Amok

by: Heather on 03/11/2010
Posted in: Guest Posts

I recently received this essay from Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization, Chiva, and Off the Map.

Entitled "Letters from Amok: The State of the World in Pen and Ink", the work began as four hand-scrawled letters that arrived in her mailbox in New Mexico, each revealing feelings about the world/planet/humanity of today - feelings normally left unspoken. The letters were from: immigrant-rights activist Arnold Garcia; Appalachian folksinger Jack Herranen; Michigan ecologist and author Stephanie Mills; and Chilean poet Jesús Sepúlveda.

Chellis was so taken with the honesty and vision of her correspondents that she wove the letters together into this essay, which originally appeared on Culture Change. It's a longish read, but I urge you to take the time if you can - it's well worth it. Enjoy!

I stand in the Chimayó, New Mexico, post office, poring over a hand-scrawled note from Oakland immigrant-rights activist Arnoldo Garcia -- and I weep. Not for the stark vision of the fragility of life and the forces ripping into it that he voices, for I am not unfamiliar with the dire state of the world -- but for the fact that he has had the courage to state it with so much heart.


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Guest Post - Chris Magwood - Will People Really Change?

by: Heather on 03/09/2010
Posted in: Guest Posts

Chris Magwood, co-author of More Straw Bale Building and Straw Bale Details, has been thinking lately about social change and how to achieve it. This article originally appeared on his blog and is reprinted by permission. Thanks Chris!

Will People Really Change?

It's pretty easy to despair about the amount of inaction on environmental matters at the …

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The Impossible Hamster

by: Heather on 03/04/2010

The New Economics Foundation is an independent UK think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. They aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environmental and social issues.

The group is also the producer of an innovative video called The …

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Guest Post - Open Letter to President Obama from the Post Carbon Institute

by: EJ on 03/01/2010
Posted in: Peak Oil

Asher Miller, Executive Director of the Post Carbon Institute wrote the following letter to President Barack Obama. He says, "In the State of the Union speech, President Obama made numerous observations and proposals pertaining to the economic well-being of the United States. It is the position of Post Carbon Institute that the President, however …

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