Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – DVD 53 minutes

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles … Continue reading

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Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Consumption

23 Feb 2012, Samuel Alexander The Simplicity Collective Our country is set up structurally to oppose voluntary simplicity. – Michael Jacobson Our lifestyle decisions, especially our consumption decisions, are not made in a vacuum. Instead, they are made within social, … Continue reading

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An ‘excess of democracy’: what two generations of radicals can learn from each other

by Hilary Wainwright Hilary Wainwright is a founding editor of Red Pepper and research director of the New Politics programme at the Transnational Institute (TNI). http://www.redpepper.org.uk/an-excess-of-democracy/ Here she examines the possibility of forging a new kind of political economy by … Continue reading

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Cuba’s oil potential: Blessing or Curse?

CUBA: Oil Drilling Opens Up New Possibilities By Patricia Grogg http://ipsnews.net/newsTVE.asp?idnews=106785 HAVANA, Feb 16, 2012 (IPS) – The search for oil in Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico waters, launched by the Spanish firm Repsol, has triggered speculation about future prospects for … Continue reading

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Ecuador to host Buen Vivir Conference 5-7 June 2012

Dear colleagues,   The School of Continuing Education on the Ecuadorian Buen Vivir (= Good Living) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration of Ecuador, has the pleasure to present the First International Conference on:   “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT … Continue reading

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Rio+20 and the Peoples´ Summit

Boaventura de Sousa Santos The treatment given by the major media to two events occurring during the last few weeks – the World Economic Social Forum of Davos and the Thematic Social Forum of Porto Alegre – speaks loudly of … Continue reading

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The High Price of Materialism – a 5 minute educational video

The High Price of Materialism from the Simplicity Collective Posted: 12 Feb 2012 06:02 PM PST Tim Kasser is a psychologist that has spent many years researching into the effects of materialistic values and practices on human wellbeing. I highly … Continue reading

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