Green Events Devon
"Those who say it can't be done, should get out the
way of those who are doing it"
Welcome to Green Events Devon - a free resource where you can find hundreds of green & holistic activities happening in Devon & beyond - and where you are invited to add-your-own so that we can all find the things to do locally that will help us live more sustainably, more in tune with nature, with each other, and perhaps with our own selves - whilst enjoying and having fun too! Simply click on a link below to -
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Food for Thought - 2 new thought provoking entries:
1. BBC Radio 3's Start the Week from The Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead
2. Two recent examples of thought provoking discusion on new economics
We found this radio progamme realy inspiring - a cracker box of new thinking, suggesting ways forward for our troubled world
BBC Radio 3's Start the Week from The Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead to debate whether the world is becoming a more divided place. Andrew Marr discusses the state of politics with the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and the writer-turned-politician Michael Ignatieff, while the Israeli author Amos Oz asks whether entrenched ideas have increasingly polarised debate.
Political Divide: with Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 3's Start the Week
First broadcast: Monday 05 November 2012
over a year left to listen
Michael Ignatieff is an author, academic and former politician.
His Free Thinking talk, ‘Them and Us: Enemies and Adversaries in Politics’, will be broadcast on Radio 3 on Monday 5 November at 10.00pm.
Michael Ignatieff - Free Thinking
Mary Robinson was the first woman President of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Everybody Matters: A Memoir is published by Hodder & Stoughton.
Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
Amos Oz is an author, essayist and journalist.
How to Cure a Fanatic is published by Vintage.
Two recent examples of thought provoking discusion on new economics and promising ways forward
1. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 8:30PM Mon, 15 Oct 2012.
Recorded in front of an audience at the London School of Economics on Monday 8th October. (video: 30 mins)
Analysis - Alternative Economic Cultures Paul Mason interviews renowned sociologist Prof Manuel Castells about the rise of alternative economic cultures since the financial crisis.
Prof. Manuel Castells, sociologist on the Rise of the Newtwork Society.
I hope that many people will make the time to watch this brilliant video on what is happening in the aftermath of political/financial failure in western culture. It is 30 minutes long and worth every minute!
The financial crisis which has unfolded since 2008 marks more than an economic downturn, according to Prof Castells. The problems which caused the crisis are so deep rooted that they have provoked a profound reassessment of our economic beliefs and institutions. They have also given rise to social movements such as Occupy and alternative economic cultures opposed to financial capitalism.
"People have decided not to wait for the revolution to start living differently," he says. "We're seeing barter networks, social currencies, co-operatives. Networks of providing services for free to others in the expectation people will do the same for you. This new sector in the economy is expanding throughout the world."
"There is a crisis of trust in the two big powers of our world - the political system and the financial system. People don't trust where they put their money and they don't trust those they delegate in terms of their vote. All the statistics are there...."
"And therefore people decide that they are going to be different. But to do that, they have to identify themselves as individuals, as collectives, as nations, as genders, ...."
"With Facebook and with all these social networks what happened is that we live constantly networked. We live in a culture of not virtual reality, but real virtuality because our virtuality, meaning the internet networks, the images are a fundamental part of our reality"
As to the future, Prof Castells says - neither the crisis nor the resistance it has summoned is over.
2. Elsewhere, Matthew Taylor - develops a question raised by Prof Castells when he says "There is a crisis of trust in the two big powers of our world - the political system and the financial system."
A framework to comprehend this dilemma was put forward by Matthew Taylor : The Power to Act (video: 28 mins)
Matthew notes 3 factors at the heart of society that need our further understanding and development and concludes: "...If we can combine: responsible & trusted authority; shared committment & mutual support; and the fire power of individual ambition; and combine them understanding their inherant dymamism & tensions, then ... we can start to close the social asperation gap & rekindle our belief in a better future."
"The Power to Act" A new angle on our toughest problems by Matthew Taylor -
Video of a talk to the RSA by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA. 12 Sep 2012 (28 mins)
- See: Climate Ark for latest (& archived) Climate Change & Global Warming News from around the world
Oneclimate.net - a new social networking space for sharing ideas and experiences on climate change
The 10:10 movement.(http://www.1010uk.org/)
Following on from the successful film "The Age of Stupid" a new momentum is growing behind many individuals, celebrities, local governments, businesses & organizations to sign up to local level, grass roots efforts to cut carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010 - giving many reasonable suggestions how.
350.org - worldwide umbrella organisation for action on climate change
Transition Town movement:
Grass-root action in our towns, villages and cities, - to reduce our carbon emissions and prepare for peak oil
Now includes Totnes, Plymouth , Exeter, Crediton, Bovey Tracey, S. Brent, Tavistock, Ivybridge .... ... many more!
For Totnes - the founding site, see: http://www.totnes.transitionnetwork.org/
or for all areas: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/
Local climate action groups
Transition Town Totnes
Transition Network - all areas
Buck the Trend - Buckfastleigh in Transition
Outdoor nature events
Devon Wildlife Trust
Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust
Centres for meditation & inner transformation:
Harberton Folk - Devon wide folk events & links