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Albert Bates
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The Legacy
"I am feeling pain for you, Mr. President. We didn’t use to have drone
strikes on outdoor restaurants in countries we are not at war with."   Last night was the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, the eighth and final #WHCD for @POTUS Barack Obama. ...
"I am feeling pain for you, Mr. President. We didn’t use to have drone strikes on outdoor restaurants in countries we are not at war with." Last night was the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, the eighth and final ...
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Eating Trees
"The Far-East traditional pharmacopeia is filled with remedies made from humble saprophytes on the forest floor." Toko Hosoya, 8 Bored Mushroom People, Solo Exhibition Climate in Crisis: The Greenhouse Effect and What We Can Do   was not our first book — it...
"The Far-East traditional pharmacopeia is filled with remedies made from humble saprophytes on the forest floor." Toko Hosoya, 8 Bored Mushroom People, Solo Exhibition Climate in Crisis: The Greenhouse Effect and What We Can ...
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Too Big to Scale
"We’re looking at The Cloud from both sides now." While it is not likely that the heterodox economist E.F. "Fritz" Schumacher was the first to use the term “appropriate technology” — he preferred “intermediate technology” — he certainly had a big role in de...
"We’re looking at The Cloud from both sides now." While it is not likely that the heterodox economist E.F. "Fritz" Schumacher was the first to use the term “appropriate technology” — he preferred “intermediate technology” — h...
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Villageness
" Before you reach carrying capacity you start to make bad, short-term, expedient decisions ."   Towards the end of our two-week Permaculture Design Course at Maya Mountain — their 11th as a host and our personal 50th as a teacher — we sallied out into the ...
"Before you reach carrying capacity you start to make bad, short-term, expedient decisions." Towards the end of our two-week Permaculture Design Course at Maya Mountain — their 11th as a host and our personal 50th as a te...
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Maginot Line: Permaculture Realized, Part III
"There's a problem with all utopian visions which is that sooner or later
if you try to put them into practice you run into problems with the
real world." The following transcript, from an interview for Permaculture Realized podcast on February 2, 2016, h...
"There's a problem with all utopian visions which is that sooner or later if you try to put them into practice you run into problems with the real world." The following transcript, from an interview for Permaculture Realized ...
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Emergency Planetary Technician: Permaculture Realized, Part I
"If you've ever tried to change money when you're high on acid it's like, ‘what am I doing? What are these pictures of dead presidents doing in my pocket?" The following transcript, from an interview conducted earlier this month, has been lightly edited for...
"If you've ever tried to change money when you're high on acid it's like, ‘what am I doing? What are these pictures of dead presidents doing in my pocket?" The following transcript, from an interview conducted earlier this mo...
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Hillarism
"The Irish Water crisis, the slow collapse of public health and education, resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, offshore tax-avoidance havens, the collapse of ecosystems, Occupy Hong Kong, Australian greedy banks, and the rise of Donald Trum...
"The Irish Water crisis, the slow collapse of public health and education, resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, offshore tax-avoidance havens, the collapse of ecosystems, Occupy Hong Kong, Australian greedy ba...
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No Season
"They have given up their banana and avocado farm in Africa and hope to make a go of it in a land where they do not recognize the trees and have a bit of trouble understanding the local dialect."   We are midway through #REX3 — a 10-day advanced permacultur...
"They have given up their banana and avocado farm in Africa and hope to make a go of it in a land where they do not recognize the trees and have a bit of trouble understanding the local dialect." We are midway through #REX3...
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Trump in the Crosshairs
"There would be a clear shot as he walked from the jet to the copter. Getting close enough would not be a problem."  
The machine had worked, just as his father had said it would. When Trevon Musk released the canopy latch and climbed out, he could not be c...
"There would be a clear shot as he walked from the jet to the copter. Getting close enough would not be a problem." The machine had worked, just as his father had said it would. When Trevon Musk released the canopy latch an...
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The Fickle Fates
Vowell's theme —
brash adventures of a rich French teenager that profoundly changed
history — reminds us how fragile the course of our common future
is, and how that mere fact permits hope in an otherwise hopeless
time. The teenage brain — skirting risk in ...
Vowell's theme — brash adventures of a rich French teenager that profoundly changed history — reminds us how fragile the course of our common future is, and how that mere fact permits hope in an otherwise hopeless time. The t...
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Runaway Geotherapy: Permaculture Realized, Part II
" Putting biology first means challenging big agriculture at the global industrial level. " The following transcript, from an interview for Permaculture Realized podcast on February 2, 2016, has been lightly edited for corrections and readability. Levi Meeu...
"Putting biology first means challenging big agriculture at the global industrial level." The following transcript, from an interview for Permaculture Realized podcast on February 2, 2016, has been lightly edited for correcti...
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Foiled by Oil
"Pemex revenues are down 70% in the past 18 months. That is what Peak Oil looks like." "Oil in the ground is wealth only on paper – you may own that oil, but it earns you nothing until you recover and sell it. Yet paper wealth is still wealth. It goes on yo...
"Pemex revenues are down 70% in the past 18 months. That is what Peak Oil looks like." "Oil in the ground is wealth only on paper – you may own that oil, but it earns you nothing until you recover and sell it. Yet paper weal...
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Emergency Planetary Technician
Skills
artist (oils & acrylics, plaster, mixed media); writer & editor; non-profit manager & strategist; permaculture instructor; bamboo carpenter; natural/bio building architect; international lecturer
Employment
  • Global Village Institute
    Emergency Planetary Technician, 1977 - present
    Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology accepts that not all human advances are ethically neutral but that some discrimination is required in choosing the paths to our collective future. Climate change, net energy economics and natural resource constraints are leading to a crisis in civilization, right now. There are still some ways forward that will spare us the worst effects of legacy errors, but the windows of opportunity are closing quickly. My role is to impregnate conditions for change. We can do much better.
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Currently
The Farm
Previously
Wilton CT - New York CIty, Syracuse, Kibbutz Gezer, Boston, New Orleans, London, Tallinn, Copenhagen, Palestine, Bogota, Medellin, Rio de Janiero, Iquitos, Buenos Aires, San Cristobal, Havana, Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam, Ventimiglia, Steyerberg, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Auckland, Colombo, Punta Gorda, Isla Holbox, Dublin, Cloughjordan, Findhorn, Macynlleth, Rustenberg, Cairo, Jerusalem, Amman, Mykonos, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Chicago, Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Lisbon, Cork, Seoul, Istanbul
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"He knows everything, urinates in the forest, and can build a wind-powered generator out of found materials. In the event of an apocalypse, Bates is president." — Vanity Fair Green Issue, April 2007
Introduction
Albert Bates is founder and CEO of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology. He is a former environmental and civil rights lawyer, author, film documentarian and teacher who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and written a number of legislative acts.  See, e.g.: http://www.thefarm.org/nuke/nuke.html. He served on the steering committee of Plenty International for 18 years, during which time it received the Right Livelihood Award. He is a co-founder and former president of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and Global Ecovillage Network and now serves as a United Nations representative for the ecovillage movement. Albert has taught courses in village design, permaculture and natural building to students from more than 50 nations and annually teaches permaculture courses in Central America and Europe. His prescient book, Climate in Crisis (foreword by Al Gore), was one of the first to make the complex science of climate change accessible to the general public, correctly predicting trends that have emerged in the past decades. That work earned The Futurist magazine's award for top book of 1990. His 13th book was The Financial Collapse Survival Guide and Cookbook (2009), for Kindle, and his 15th is a book about carbon farming and reversing the climate crisis, The Biochar Solution (New Society Publishers, 2010, with a foreword by Vandana Shiva). See also the bio at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Bates and resumé at HTTP://www.thefarm.org/lifestyle/albertbates/akb.html. His current project is an Indiegogo Campaign. Please share that!
Bragging rights
Gaia Award 2012; Right Livelihood Award (shared, 1980); Award of Special Recognition, Main Prison at Nashville, for restoring the voting rights of 200,000 disenfranchised felons in Tennessee; awards by US Department of Energy for research in long-distance electric vehicles, concentrating solar collectors, and low-cost heat engines; Recognition by Hiroshima and Nagasaki hibakusha (被爆者) for lifetime service to radiation victims, past and future.
Education
  • Gaia University
    present
  • Syracuse University, New York Law School, Silvermine School of Horsemastership, WIlton Senior High School
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Against Techno-Optimism and the Future of Work
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A photo of New York from 1900. Source. Martin Wolf has written a great essay for Foreign Affairs basically arguing that “the techno-optimist

Fact-Free Zone
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The fog of war that has been hovering over eastern Ukraine has now spread to the shores of the Potomac, and from there has inundated ever po

The Thrifty Homesteader
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One of the biggest myths surrounding goat ownership is that you have own a lot of land for them to graze on, and that they need a way to go

Paolo Soleri dies at 93; architect of innovative city Arcosanti
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Paolo Soleri, an Italian-born architect who created a visionary prototype for a new kind of ecologically sensitive city in the remote Arizon

Closing the Ambition Gap | The Great Change
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Closing the Ambition Gap. "The heavy rainstorms that blocked view of the full moon over Durban gave way to sunrise as the delegates wen