10 Young People Who Are Changing the Food System

Innovations in agriculture don’t just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, many incredibly inspiring projects are

Source: ecowatch.com

I’m so delighted to see so many young people choosing the difficult part of changing the order of things.

I know how hard it is.

Machiavelly warned his Prince, with these magnificent words:

"It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them."

Around the same time, William the Silent, prince of Orange,  quipped:

"One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere."

Beautiful quotes, but were they helpful? I found a lot of help in the quote of Vaclav Havel, cited as concluding  paragraph in the seminal book;  "The systems View of Life", written in 2014 by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi:

The kind of hope that I often think about… I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the World. Either we have hope within us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul, and it’s not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the World or estimate of the situation… Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

 I still don’t know what brought me to bounce totally fortuitously upon Francesco Varela’s   "Ethical Know-How – Action, Wisdom and Cognition" – the transcript and translation  of three lectures he gave in 1992 in Bologna, published by Stanford University Press, Why I started reading it, what pushed me to persevere in reading these 70 pages, trying to understand them, to eventually, after 3 reads discover a blink of the treasure it contains. I will surely read it again, a fourth time…

The conclusion of the book reads as follows:

"My presentation is, more than anything, a plea for a re-enchantement of wisdom, understood as non-intentional action. This skillful approach to living is based on a pragmatics of transformation that demands nothing less than a moment-to-moment awareness of the virtual nature of our selves. In its full unfolding it opens up openness as authentic caring. These are radical ideas and strong measures for the troubled times we have at hand, and the even more troubled ones we are likely to have.."

This reading brought me at yet another level of thinking and reflection, and I do hope I can bring more youth to a stage where the whole is cared for, not the parts, and not the individual self… who is virtual.

 

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From Concorde to the iPhone, state intervention drives technological innovation

Paul Mason: History tells us that state involvement is the best route to prosperity. Our politicians need to think big and accept the risk of failure

Source: www.theguardian.com

Technology is a means to an end… see the beautiful book of Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology

Can politicians be trusted to direct technology… Did they show they could? To what end were developed the technologies in the last 100 years…

Why should that change?

Worth reading Collingridge on how to escape getting trapped in technological institutional lock-ins and Michael Thompson on the state on Social Science Research

A first introduction here

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New Zealand’s first Chief Education Scientific Advisor sees room for improvement – National – NZ Herald News

Helping close achievement gaps in our classrooms will be a priority for a leading academic appointed to a major new science education role. – New Zealand Herald

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

I believe salvation will come from paradigm changing science and spirituality…

Fritjof Capra and Piet Luigi Luisi have make a fantastic effort in this direction in their recent 2014 book "The systems view of Life"

 

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I do Hope Professor Stuart McNaughton has the courage to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Courage

"because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new".  (Nicolo Machiavelli in the Prince)

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Canadian Group Delivering Water to Detroit to Protest Shutoffs

As Detroit activists and human rights groups continue to protest against widespread water shutoffs, the Council of Canadians mobilized on Thursday to deliver a convoy of water in a show of international support to beleaguered city residents. The Windsor chapter of the council will bring hundreds of gallons of water into Detroit to help those faced with long-term service shutoffs.

Source: www.commondreams.org

The possibility exist to meet the basic needs of everyone in this world: jobs, health, education, self-development, shelter, water, energy, clothing, freedom,meaning and community by drawing solely on local resources without impairing the possibilities of future generations. The only requirement for this possibility of a new living together on this earth  to emerge is that we espouse new values and ethics, and new ways of perceiving, thinking and acting

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Mapping the Shift to ‘Local Government 3.0′

Local government in Canada is in its most significant period of change since the post-war years.

Source: axiomnews.com

I was pondering last night about how nature would solve our global crisis.

 

It will organize itself in local (albeit open) eco-geosystems, that would be fed with what is presently available, and be governed through autopoïesis. These ecosystems would be open and hence collaborate with surrounding ecosystems without any losing itsown characteristic

 

Not very difefrent with what happening in Canada.

I have to dig again in Parag’s Kanna’s book: "How to run the World…" and dig more into the "subsidiarity Princiople around which Europe should be organized, but is not…"

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The Pricing of Everything

The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion.
Below is the transcript of George Monbi

Source: permaculturenews.org

This speech of George Monbiot is a MUST READ

 

Then think about what pushes otherwise serious and decent  people to imagine something called "The Natural Capital Agenda": the pricing, valuation, monetisation, financialisation of nature In the name of saving it"

 

George Monbiot’s speech is hitting hard.

 

But beyond that, I am even more convinced to join Albert Einstein in believing that "The intractable problems of our times can only be solved with a higher level of thinking that the one that prevailed in their creation.

 

And if you do indeed believe disruptive changes in perception, thinking, values ethics, action can bring about changes in the world  then buy and read Francesco Varela’s booklet (70 pages)  "Ethical Know-How – Action, Wisdom and Cognition". It is the transcript and translation of three lectures he gave in 1992 in Bologna and published by Stanford University Press

 

The conclusion of the book reads as follows:

"My presentation is, more than anything, a plea for a re-enchantement of wisdom, understood as non-intentional action. This skillful approach to living is based on a pragmatics of transformation that demands nothing less than a moment-to-moment awareness of the virtual nature of our selves. In its full unfolding it opens up openness as authentic caring. These are radical ideas and strong measures for the troubled times we have at hand, and the even more troubled ones we are likely to have.."

 

 

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‘Toilet-To-Tap’ Program Begins, But Will Residents Drink The Water?

DALLAS, July 22 (Reuters) – When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking. The city this month opened th…

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Interesting… In times of crises possibilities appear.

 

Will the dry toilet, invented by Reverend Moule in 1869, break the the Technological/Institutional Lock-In of the water-closet system?

 

I am now drawing heavily on the wikipedia entry of Thomas Crapper: The water closet was invented by John Harrington in 1596, but it was Thomas Crapper’s plumbing business who imposed the system when in the 1880s, when Prince Edward (later Edward VII) purchased his country seat of Sandringham House in Norfolk and asked Thomas Crapper & Co. to supply the plumbing, including thirty lavatories with cedarwood seats and enclosures, thus giving Crapper’s firm his first Royal Warrant. The firm received further warrants from Edward as king and from George V both as Prince of Wales and as king.

This sufficed to steadily reinforce the technological adoption of this toilet, and the resulting world-wide "Institutional/Technological Lock-in,that is now provoking so much worries in Texas.

 

My friends at the "Cities for Good" project are promoting re-engineering of the metabolism of cities, as it was first expressed in an essay on “Cities” by Paul Crutzen (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry), Bruce Beck (Engineer), and Michael Thompson (Anthropologist). The essay was prepared as a discussion piece for the US National Academy of Engineering’s (2006/7) Blue Ribbon Panel on “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century”.

 

For further reading see http://cfgnet.org

To be fair, a multitude of other initiatives world-wide are proving that flushing 30 liters of drinking water to remove the daily "output of every human is a real waste…of both water and matter, provoking incredible destruction in watersheds world-wide, and that that all that waste can be put to much better use as valuable resources in many other, much needed, ecologically and humanly sound processes

 

 

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Teenager Codes Plug-In to Expose Corruption | Blog | BillMoyers.com

This addition to your web browser won’t let you forget the extent to which monied interests own Congress.

Source: billmoyers.com

I’ve decided to repeat, on and on, this paragraph out of the book "La Voie" from Edgar Morin, The translation in English is mine:

"

On every continent, in every nation, a whirlwind of creative activities, a multitude of local initiatives is happening. It’s is directed towards economic, or social, or political, or cognitive; or educational, or ethical, or live enforcing regeneration. (What should be connected is still isolated, separe, scattered). These initiatives don’t know about each other, no administration count them, no political party takes account of them. They represent however the breeding ground of the future. Salvation will originate from the ground. They should be acknowledged, identified, registered, collected and combined into a variety of  reformation paths. In each and in all, it is required to relate, improve, stimulate. When jointly evolving  these multiple path-ways may combine to chart a new course, to  alter and dissolve the one we are following, leading us to the yet still invisible and inconceivable Metamorphosis."

 

I DO BELIEVE THIS METAMORPHOSIS IS UNDER WAY, AND LARRY LESSIG’S WORK WITH MAYDAY? AND BILL MOYER’S AND AMY GOODMAN’S AND SO MANY OTHER INITIATIVES ARE REALLY CONTRIBUTIONG IN  "JOINTLY EVOLVING THESE MULTIPLE PATHWAYS"  …MINDBOGGLING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE US

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The Melting Arctic Makes Way for $20,000 Luxury Cruises

Because of global warming, Crystal Cruises will send passengers on what it bills as the first luxury ship to “traverse the Northwest Passage”

Source: www.businessweek.com

Where have the ethics ot our inborn human nature gone.

Destroyed by a Western civilization gone astray by bad thinking and the vampirization of science for partisan goals. ?

Worth reading Francisco Varela in "Ethical Know-How – Action, Wisdom and Cognition’ three lectures given in 1992 in Bologna published by Stanford University Press"

 

The conclusion of the book reads as follows:

 

"My presentation is, more than anything, a plea for a re-enchantement of wisdom, understood as non-intentional action. This skillful approach to living is based on a pragmatics of transformation that demands nothing less than a moment-to-moment awareness of the virtual nature of our selves. In its full unfolding it opens up openness as authentic caring. These are radical ideas and strong measures for the troubled times we have at hand, and the even more troubled ones we are likely to have.."

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Energy sector faces increasing pressures from climate change – new report

Source: www.worldenergy.org

The solutions exist: renewable energies, such as the World première project who will be inaugurated in El Hierro on Friday.

Why then do these solutions not implement quicker.

Was  Machiavelli right in saying:

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.”

Nicolo Machiavelli (The Prince)

Above that come the “Institutional/Technoligical Lock-ins of our own making, that trap most of us as slaves…

I believe we can come out of that…

 

 

 

 

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