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Navigating the Blockchain: Drones, Droids and BitCoins
"Out of the torrents emerging through the massive hashing power, the torus of a new heart grows." A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where ...
"Out of the torrents emerging through the massive hashing power, the torus of a new heart grows." A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given...
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The Gift of Clear Mind: Laudato Si'
"Human beings and material objects no longer extend a friendly hand to one another; the relationship has become confrontational." Does the Pope also Duckwalk? If we are honest and admit climate change threatens the survival of our species, right now and not...
"Human beings and material objects no longer extend a friendly hand to one another; the relationship has become confrontational." Does the Pope also Duckwalk? If we are honest and admit climate change threatens the survival o...
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Fighting Extinction
"This is a true challenge. If the story is told as one of avarice, private gain and exceptionalism, the human race will go extinct."  At the G7 last week, the leading industrial nations agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels b...
"This is a true challenge. If the story is told as one of avarice, private gain and exceptionalism, the human race will go extinct."  At the G7 last week, the leading industrial nations agreed to cut greenhouse gases by pha...
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The Road to Paris
"These talks are not just about streamlining a text; they are about realizing, at a deeper level, the scope of the problem and the required scale for any response."    Newspaper reporting legend Ross Gelbspan once said, lifestyle change is essential, but li...
"These talks are not just about streamlining a text; they are about realizing, at a deeper level, the scope of the problem and the required scale for any response."    Newspaper reporting legend Ross Gelbspan once said...
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hello albert, greetings from central MO. TerraChar is selling semi trailers of biochar that is going in over 1000 acres this spring.  already seeing results like head-high corn -- jaw-dropping growth the first year.
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Microbiome Verschränkung
" The ability of gut microbiota to bidirectionally communicate with the brain, known as the gut–brain axis, in the modulation of human health is at the forefront of current research. "    In 1935, Erwin Schrödinger wrote a letter to Albert Einstein in which...
"The ability of gut microbiota to bidirectionally communicate with the brain, known as the gut–brain axis, in the modulation of human health is at the forefront of current research."    In 1935, Erwin Schrödinger wrote a l...
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Reading your stuff reminds me of how lacking in intelligence I truly am, and that realization feeds fear and confusion over what I should/need/want/have to do right now. Then the child screams child's needs/wants and I forget where I was.
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Inside the Musk Cocoon: Teslarian Tomorrows
"You can either sell or you can drill, but you can't do both."     Timing Matters. If you are a prudent designer of your own future, you are already taking steps to get out of the way of the ear-shattering whoosh when the greatest economic bubble in history...
"You can either sell or you can drill, but you can't do both."     Timing Matters. If you are a prudent designer of your own future, you are already taking steps to get out of the way of the ear-shattering whoosh when the gre...
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Martin Wolf says our economy consists of eds, meds, and services (creating a Precariat), to which I would add two other sectors -- Kleptocrats and Soldiers of Fortune.
A photo of New York from 1900. Source. Martin Wolf has written a great essay for Foreign Affairs basically arguing that “the techno-optimists are wrong.” Mr. Wolf is the widely-read and highly influential opinion writer for t...
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Of Squirrels and Bicycles
"Who can parse a random algorithm?" We were biking on a backcountry lane this week when we surprised a squirrel about to cross the highway. Observing the interaction between squirrel and machine, we noted that the maladaptive squirrel did not take a straigh...
"Who can parse a random algorithm?" We were biking on a backcountry lane this week when we surprised a squirrel about to cross the highway. Observing the interaction between squirrel and machine, we noted that the malad...
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Fighting Extinction
"This is a true challenge. If the story is told as one of avarice, private gain and exceptionalism, the human race will go extinct."  At the G7 last week, the leading industrial nations agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels b...
"This is a true challenge. If the story is told as one of avarice, private gain and exceptionalism, the human race will go extinct."  At the G7 last week, the leading industrial nations agreed to cut greenhouse gases by pha...
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Thinking Like A Watershed
" This is why I turn white with foam and why they named me 'Blanco.' " “The main challenge to rational planning for flood risk in the country is that private property rights trump even modest limitations on floodplain development,” said Nicholas Pinter, an ...
" This is why I turn white with foam and why they named me 'Blanco.' " “The main challenge to rational planning for flood risk in the country is that private property rights trump even modest limitations on floodplain deve...
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Kondratiev Goes Surfing
"Excursions from the comfort of the normal to the uncertainty of the new typically happen brutally and violently."   We read recently in a Southern California newspaper that climate change may wreck the shape and direction of waves that make for some of the...
"Excursions from the comfort of the normal to the uncertainty of the new typically happen brutally and violently."   We read recently in a Southern California newspaper that climate change may wreck the shape and directi...
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Nice concise review of how soil fertility is restored after chemical addiction is ended. We can re-garden the Earth with this, and restore the atmosphere while we are at it.
This screening is courtesy of Geofflawton.com and EcoFilms. In celebration of International Permaculture Day being themed on SOILS, a
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i missed it. I like listening to Lawson.
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Emergency Planetary Technician
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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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The Farm
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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
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  • 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