Wishing you peace, love and a restorative 2009!
Below you will find several different ways to support the work of the Marion Institute, share inspiration with others in your life, give health this holiday season and inspire deep and positive change.
Marion Institute Membership
Click Here to view the various ways that you can give the gift of a Marion Institute membership. This membership will help support the work of the Marion Institute, and your gift recipient will receive all of the wonderful benefits of being a Marion Institute member, including our hallmark Quarterly Mailer, the Random Gleanings eNewsletter, CONNECTing for Change eNewsletter, discounts to many MI events and access to our unparalleled lending library featuring over 2,000 texts, dvds, and audio recordings which cover the array of interest areas including the environment, health, spirituality, and new paradigms in business.*
*Individual benefits are subject to the specific membership level purchased.
Connect for Change with our 2008 Bioneers by the Bay merchandise
DVD’s and CD’s
Spread inspiration to your loved ones or let them relive all of the remarkable moments with a Bioneers by the Bay DVD or CD. All of our keynote presenters, performances and the Kick-Off event with Van Jones, Majora Carter and Simran Sethi are now available on DVD and CD. Please click here to view and order.
The 2008 Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change t-shirts are made by TS Designs with native organic cotton and a water based printing method. Click here to see the designs and order.
Give the Gift of Healing
The new revised version of, A Guide to Paracelsus Biological Medicine, a new approach to health and well being that combines noninvasive medical technology with the body’s natural healing power, is now available at pbmn.org and makes for a wonderful gift for those interested in health and healing.
Also, the best selling book by Dr. Thomas Rau, The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health: Dr. Rau's Diet for Whole Body Healing, is available at pbmn.org and is perfect for those interested in the effect of diet on health and healing.
Make a New Years Resolution you won’t break: Reduce your Carbon Footprint
For your New Years resolution commit to reducing your carbon footprint and offset your carbon for 2008! For more information on our Gaviotas Marion Institute Carbon Offset program and to offset your carbon click here.
Make a contribution in honor of a loved one for the perfect Holiday gift.
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.
-- Helen Keller
In this issue of Random Gleanings, we offer you an introduction to the tremendous array of leading-edge social, environmental, business and scientific innovators who will be presenting at this year’s Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference. Bioneers by the Bay will be held October 23-26, 2008, in historic Downtown New Bedford, MA.
Register today or call 508.748.0816 for more details.
Thursday, October 23rd
The Green Collar Economy:
How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
October, 2008 | Van Jones
Our country is facing serious times. On the heels of sky-high fuel prices this summer, a massive financial crisis has sent the economy into a tailspin this fall. Green For All founder Van Jones has proposed a powerful green cure. His first book, The Green Collar Economy, hit bookstores on October 7th 2008.
Pick up your copy and learn how we can move the country toward a fully clean and renewable economy – one strong enough to fight pollution, cut poverty and put America back to work. We need your help right now to catapult the solutions in this book into the hands and minds of every policy maker, pundit and person in our country!
Friday, October 24th
David Orr: The TreeHugger Interview
December 27, 2007 | Jacob Gordon | Treehugger.com
When other people shake hands, David Orr hugs. He’s one of those rare intellectuals. And although he comes from a lineage of preachers, Orr’s ecological conscience is not religious [he didn’t even know that his grandfather presided over Rachel Carson’s christening until reading Silent Spring]. As the Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, Orr lets his focus range from education to ecology to green building and beyond. His sagely presence is friendly and relaxed, unstained by his five books and multiple degrees. In part one of our three-part interview, David Orr paints his views of patriotism, conservatism, something he calls “happy talk,” and why we can’t build ourselves out of the mess we’re in. [read more]
Part 1: The Preacher’s Son
Part 2: The Carbon Connection
Part 3: Where Hope and Optimism Split
Greening the ghetto
TED | Feb 2005
In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy. [watch here]
Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm
TreeHugger | March 2008
Before Stonyfield Farm was a $325 million company, Gary Hirshberg was milking the cows and trying to get the bills paid. Now, as the largest organic yogurt-maker, he is fulfilling the original mission: make money and save the world. [listen here]
Saturday, October 25th
Good for Mental Health
Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D. | MAPP International
Rha Goddess is a performing artist and social/political activist. Her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals. In May 2000, Essence Magazine recognized Rha as one of 30 Women to Watch in the new millennium. Here, Dr. Peter Fraenkel describes how Rha helps him understand the “art of psychotherapy. [read more]
Pioneer of Swiss Biological Medicine;
Dr. Rau interviewed in Alternative Therapies.
August 2007 | Alternative Therapies
During a hectic weekend seminar in the two-year Paracelsus Biological Medicine Network seminar series, two prominent physicians managed to steal away for a cup of tea and a quiet conversation. Dr. Mark Hyman, former Co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, and Dr. Thomas Rau, and author of The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health: Dr. Rau's Diet for Whole Body Healing sequestered themselves for an hour to discuss medicine, well-being and life. Read their fascinating, precious conversation - from the recent issue of Alternative Therapies. [read more]
One Thing to Do About Food: A Forum
August 24, 2006 | The Nation
How do we fix our dysfunctional relationship with food? In 2006, Alice Waters lead a forum with Eliot Coleman, Eric Schlosser, Marion Nestle, Peter Singer and others, who suggest, for starters, that we stop buying factory farm products, get involved in farm policy and outlaw the marketing of junk food to kids. [read more]
Honey, We Shrunk the Planet
October 29, 2007 | Huffington Post | Kenny Ausubel
“The nature of nature is change. Sometimes it hurtles into fast forward, tripping radical shifts. Think of it as nature's regime change. For the first time, people are causing it on a planetary scale… We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: to re-imagine how to live on Earth in a good way that lasts.” [read more]
Sunday, October 26th
The South Mountain Company Story
September 2003 | John Abrams
“South Mountain is not a business that developed according to any plan,” writes John Abrams, founder and President of South Mountain Company. “It's a business that happened. In fact, the whole concept of business was, to me, in the late 60's and 70's, antithetical to my sense of my self. What interested me was building community, not business.” [read more]
Making a Living That Affirms Life
Each of us experiences a lifelong tug-of-war between our money interests and the calling of our soul. When we’re in the domain of soul, we act with integrity… [But] when we enter the domain of money, there often seems to be a disconnect from the soulful person we have known ourselves to be. [read more]
The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption
June 5, 2007 | Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman spent an hour with John Perkins: a man who claims to have worked deep inside the forces driving corporate globalization. In his first book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”, Perkins told the story of his work as a highly paid consultant hired to strong-arm leaders into creating policy favorable to the U.S. government and corporations—what he calls the “corporatocracy.” [read or listen here]
Tea With Nina Simons & Nina Utne
December 2005 | Utne Readre | Nina Utne
Nina Utne writes: “Nina Simons a truly original thinker and longtime social entrepreneur, believes we need to elevate the aspects of our natures that traditionally have been considered feminine in order to restore balance. Nina is a living example of how the feminine can transform our businesses, our society, our relationships, and our lives. She's also a close friend, and we have spent many hours together thinking out loud.” [read more]
We Have Moved!
Not only has Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change moved, but the Marion Institute has as well! Our offices are now just around the corner, in a beautiful historic home, carefully restored using modern green building practices and materials.
Our new address is:
202 Spring St.
Marion, MA 02738
If you are in the area please stop in, we would love for you to meet the team and check out our new digs!
Thursday, November 6th
Two Angry Moms | Fighting for the health of America’s children.
Find out how you can get more nutritious food in your child’s school!
Two Angry Moms is a documentary that asks the question: What happens when two “fed-up” moms try to change the school lunch program?
This FREE event will be held on Thursday, November 6th at the Marion Music Hall, Marion, MA from 6-8pm, and will include the Two Angry Moms documentary film, our special guest and filmmaker of Two Angry Moms, Amy Kalafa. In addition we will have exhibitors in the fields of children’s health and wellness and the food industry and a panel discussion on how to implement nutritional change in your local school.
For more information, click here.
“Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human."
- Paul Hawken
Register today for Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change or call 508.748.0816 for more details.
Proudly sponsored by the Marion Institute, Bioneers by the Bay is a Beaming Bioneers Satellite site of the internationally-acclaimed Bioneers conference.
Sign up today for the Fourth Annual "Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change" conference and you will receive the early-bird discount of over 30% off a 3-day pass.
The deadline for early-bird registration is September 19th.
Join fellow Bioneers by the Bay attendees to connect, learn and be inspired by the likes of Van Jones, Majora Carter, Simran Sethi, Gary Hirshberg, David Orr, Rha Goddess, Eliot Coleman, Kenny Ausubel, Dr. Thomas Rau, Nina Simons, John Abrams, Lynne Twist and John Perkins.
Click here to register or call the Marion Institute at 508.748.0816 for more details.
Play a Game, Plant a Tree, Help Restore the Rainforest
August 19, 2008
Going green can be entertaining and educational, thanks to the launch of Treewala, a free, online vocabulary game that generates revenue to plant trees in South American rainforests. Players earn one leaf for every word they define correctly. Every leaf generates revenue, which Greenwala uses to buy trees to plant as part of the Marion Institute Las Gaviotas project. [learn more].
Spiritist Therapies: A Marion Institute-sponsored journey
Emma Bragdon, PhD.
The US health care system is in crisis. It is the most expensive in the world but ranks 37th in effectiveness according to the World Health Organization. Conversely, some psychiatrists in Brazil integrate conventional medical training, [i.e the best of allopathic medicine] with their work as trained spiritual healers. Patients are finding this approach highly effective. Emma Bragdon, PhD, is leading trips for health professionals to meet these exceptional doctors, and visit their hospitals. [learn more].
Cambodian revival at festival
The Cambodian Living Arts program recently brought a group of dancers to the Edinburgh Festival as part of a project to restore the Cambodia’s cultural heritage. [watch here]. Cambodian Living Arts [CLA], a project of World Education, is at the forefront of the country's cultural revival. [learn more].
Timberland's Jeff Swartz on Corporate Responsibility
September 2008 | Fast Company | Mark Borden and Anya Kamenetz
No one preaches corporate responsibility quite like Timberland's Jeff Swartz. But with his company's revenue soft and the stock price tumbling, is his own job sustainable? [learn more].
At our fingertips
September 2008 | Ode Magazine | Carol Greenhouse
Want to make the most of preventive medicine? Supplement your annual physical with the ancient Chinese technique of pulse diagnosis. [learn more].
A Filmmaker's 'Fields of Fuel'
August 14, 2008 | The Environmentalist | Greg Reitman
Filmmaker Greg Reitman's first-hand account of the journey that led to his Sundance Award winning feature documentary Fields of Fuel. [learn more].
Learning to Speak Climate
August 6, 2008 | New York Times | Tom Friedman
“… my trip with Denmark’s minister of climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, to see the effects of climate change on Greenland’s ice sheet leaves me with a very strong opinion: Our kids are going to be so angry with us one day.” [learn more].
Life Cycle: Think Yoga is Healthy? Not on a PVC mat.
August 11, 2008 | The Huffington Post | Simran Sethi and Sarah Smarsh
Who doesn't feel better after a yoga class? Yoga is the union of the body, mind and spirit. But, as any student knows, the real practice starts when you walk out the door. That's also where the rubber hits the road and your practice takes its toll on the environment. Oh brother, that again? Yes, my dear yogin, that. [learn more].
“It is our plan, it remains our plan to climb Mt. Sustainability. That mountain is higher than Everest, infinitely higher than Everest, far more difficult to scale. That point at the top, symbolizing zero footprint. But before I die, I want to see the top, the view from there.”
– Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Interface
Amazonian Indians learn how to farm fish to survive in a land of polluted rivers
Jeremy Narby | Nouvelle Planète
The inhabitants of the Peruvian Amazon eat three times more fish than meat, according to official estimates. Here in the heartland of biodiversity, the rivers teem with fish, which are easy to catch and good to eat.
But in recent decades petroleum companies have contaminated entire regions. Operating in isolated parts of the forest, they have poured huge quantities of toxic substances into rivers. The problem is that each barrel of oil extracted from beneath this rainforest comes out of the ground with up to nine barrels of near-boiling “formation waters”, which are laced with hydrocarbons and heavy metals. In the Corrientes Valley, which produces half of Peru’s oil, an estimated 42 million gallons per day of formation waters were poured into the ecosystem over a thirty year period; one company, US’s Occidental Petroleum, discharged a total of 9 billion barrels of formation waters into the Corrientes River.
Production waters piped into the Corrientes River, at Trompeteros, Block Eight, one of the main oil wells.
Pollution on this scale assaults the entire ecosystem, including humans. It contaminates rivers and soils, and makes animals and fish improper to human consumption. One recent study by the Peruvian Ministry of Health showed that 98.6% of Achuar children and adolescents living in the Corrientes Valley have blood with cadmium and lead levels above the acceptable limit.
Five hundred miles further south, the Urubamba River has also suffered from oil and gas extraction. Under the Urubamba Valley lies one of the largest natural gas fields in the world. Argentine petroleum company PlusPetrol has set up a giant operation on the banks of the Camisea River, one of the Urubamba’s tributaries; known as the “Camisea Gas Project”, it has caused local fish stocks to plummet. For the Matsigenka Indians and colonists who live in the area, this has meant the loss of their main source of animal protein.
CEDIA, a Peruvian NGO that has received support from the Marion Institute in the past, is currently working on alternatives with representatives from Matsigenka communities and colonist stakeholders. CEDIA is providing training in fish farming, and helping set up a network of family and community fish farms across the Urubamba Valley.
This initiative seeks to promote native fish, which do no harm to the environment if a dike breaks, or if a pond floods over. Native species are adapted to the environment, and raising them requires no chemicals or antibiotics. And local people know them well, and are used to fishing them.
Peruvian aquaculture experts have had excellent results with several native species, including gamitana and pacu. These fast-growing fish are vegetarian, and can be fed with locally cultivated plants. This makes them ideal for fish farming in forest-based indigenous communities. And they also command good prices in local markets.
Matsigenka man with mature fish at IIAP, February 2008.
Under CEDIA’s auspices, four Matsigenka Indians and one colonist spent 6 weeks in early 2008 at the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP), in Iquitos. These individuals were designated by the communities of the Upper- and –Lower Urubamba to train as fish farm promoters. During their time at the research station, they learned how to prepare growing ponds, produce larvae by artificial insemination, make feed for fingerlings, and capture mature specimens.
The Peruvian rainforest is ideal for small-scale fish farming. It abounds with streams, ponds and lagoons that can be damned up, or dug out by shovel.
And pond maintenance is simple, and requires only locally available materials, such as a canoe and a net.
|A family fish farm in an indigenous community.|
Though rainforest waters tend to be acidic, an average growing pond of 200 m2 produces an estimated 288 pounds of fish a year, or about _ of a pound of fish per day.
Thanks to CEDIA’s initiative, members of five Matsigenka communities in the Upper-Urubamba are currently digging 20 growing pools, which will harbor young fish in September. In the Lower-Urubamba, three other indigenous communities will have their ponds ready in October.
Family fish farms using non-destructive organic methods provide a source of food and income without endangering the fragile rainforest ecosystem. They constitute a useful survival strategy for people living in Amazonian regions devastated by the oil and gas industry.
Amazonian Indians learn how to farm fish to survive in a land of polluted rivers
Jeremy Narby | Nouvelle Planète
For centuries, the rivers of the Peruvian Amazon region have teemed with fish, which were easy to catch and good to eat. But in recent decades petroleum companies have contaminated the river water, creating a loss of the main source of animal protein for the Amazon's indigenous communities. CEDIA - a Peruvian NGO that has received support from the Marion Institute - is working on a simple solution that could ultimately prove to be an essential survival strategy for people living in Amazonian regions devastated by the oil and gas industry. [read more]
The Cosmos, the Psyche & You
April 2008| Carter Phipps | What is Enlightenment Magazine
Carl Gustav Jung and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. One probed the psyche. The other contemplated the cosmos. Declared by some to be the two most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, Jung and Teilhard seem destined to play a significant part in the twenty-first. In this personal and philosophical journey, WIE editor Carter Phipps walks the line between past and future, tracing the influence of these groundbreaking figures and exploring the role they may each play in our understanding of who we are… and of where we're headed in the years to come. [read more]
Interview with Wind Guru Paul Gipe
June 12, 2008 | Chelsea Green Publishing
The Oil Drum recently conducted an interview with Paul Gipe, author of Wind Power and Wind Energy Basics, in preparation for the World Wind Energy Conference. We have reposted the interview on ChelseaGreenRadio. [listen here]
Tracy Gaudet, MD: Turning the Promise of Truly Integrative Medicine into Reality
July 2008 | Interview by Frank Lampe and Suzanne Snyder | Alternative Therapies
Dr. Gaudet wants to see the day when every doctor’s office, church, synagogue, and community center has integrative health coaches, and every patient is offered support in addressing his or her whole health—body, mind, spirit, and community. [read more]
June 27, 2008 | SlowFood.com | Bess Mucke
From July 1, San Francisco residents will watch as the lawn in front of their City Hall is transformed from a grass carpet into an edible garden. [read more]
The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination
June 5, 2008 | Harvard Magazine
J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. [watch here]
The Green Housing Boom
July 2008 | Linda Tischler | Fast Company
Forward-thinking architects and real-estate developers are already envisioning the post-bust cycle of home building. And smaller is better. [read more]
Last Child in the Woods
The recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, Richard Louv identified a phenomenon we all knew existed but couldn't quite articulate: nature-deficit disorder. Since its initial publication, his book Last Child in the Woods has created a national conversation about the disconnection between children and nature, and his message has galvanized an international movement. Now, three years later, we have reached a tipping point, with the book inspiring Leave No Child Inside initiatives throughout the country. Join Richard on a five-minute walk in the woods as he discusses nature-deficit disorder and the themes of his book Last Child in the Woods. [watch here]
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Five Dealbreakers for Humanity
May 2008 | Metahistory.org | John Lash
Imagine that we as a species consciously made a pact with the planet, a long-term agreement. These five issues show how we can keep the pact, or risk blowing the agreement. [read more]
April 20, 2008 | New York Times | Michael Pollan
Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it's one of the most powerful things an individual can do--to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind. [read more].
The Birth of Blue
April 12, 2008 | Grist.com
In 2004, Adam Werbach shocked the ’green’ community by standing on stage at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and performing an autopsy on the environmentalism movement. On April 10, 2008, Adam returned to the scene of the crime and called for a new "blue" movement of consumers pushing for sustainability. Here's the full text of the speech for your reading pleasure. [watch here]
A thin envelope, a full life
April 28, 2008 | Boston Globe | Matthew B. Koss
Around this time of year, many high-school seniors feel less worthy because they have been rejected by the college of their choice. I hope the story of my friend Thor Hesla provides a measure of perspective. [read more].
May 2008 | Fast Company | Anya Kamenetz
Whole Systems Design transforms landscapes into low-cost, productive spaces. Will your corporate campus be next? [read more]
Leasing the ocean for wind harvesting
May 12, 2008 | Plenty Magazine | Emily Waltz
Federal laws limit the leasing of the outer continental shelf for energy harvesting almost entirely to oil and gas explorers. Or at least until now. A federal agency in April announced 16 candidates will be leased blocks of the shelf for renewable energy projects. For about the cost of renting a New York City studio apartment, lessees get nine square miles of ocean floor and a five-year rental agreement. [read more]
Childish superstition: Einstein's letter makes view of religion relatively clear
May 13 2008 | The Guardian | James Randerson
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." So said Albert Einstein, and his famous aphorism has been the source of endless debate between believers and non-believers wanting to claim the greatest scientist of the 20th century as their own. A little known letter written by him, however, may help to settle the argument - or at least provoke further controversy about his views. [read more].
You Walk Wrong
April 21, 2008 | New York Magazine | Adam Sternbergh
It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot. But we’re wrecking it with every step we take. [read more].
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein