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Albert Bates
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Mysteries of Eleuthera
" What kind of force can
leave a four million pound rock on top of a cliff? According to the
oceanographers, it was waves. " Eleutheran boulder   The Glass Window Bridge of North Eleuthera is one of the
island's more popular attractions. Once a naturally fo...
" What kind of force can leave a four million pound rock on top of a cliff? According to the oceanographers, it was waves. " Eleutheran boulder   The Glass Window Bridge of North Eleuthera is one of the island's more popular...
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Stranded Expectations
"Greece is retracing its steps back through the ascent of Western Civilization "      One of the birthplaces of civilization is having its cradle rocked again. Apart from the subjugation of women, children and slaves, Greece's beta version, going back 2500 ...
"Greece is retracing its steps back through the ascent of Western Civilization"     One of the birthplaces of civilization is having its cradle rocked again. Apart from the subjugation of women, children and slaves, Greece...
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The Evoneers
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard Kunstler “A map of the world that d...
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard...
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The Evoneers
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard Kunstler “A map of the world that d...
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard...
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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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The Gift of the Maya
"The Maya forest garden holds, in its ramblings and roots, a hidden-in-plain-sight way through our present crises."   It takes a bit of time for the elegance of a food forest to emerge, something on the order of decades. Strolling the garden through the mor...
"The Maya forest garden holds, in its ramblings and roots, a hidden-in-plain-sight way through our present crises."   It takes a bit of time for the elegance of a food forest to emerge, something on the order of decades. Stro...
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The Evoneers
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard Kunstler “A map of the world that d...
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard...
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The Evoneers
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard Kunstler “A map of the world that d...
"Each of us has an inner diversity of interests and talents but none of us can succeed as solitary individuals." "I'm kind of anti-utopian myself, although I am in favor of the human prospect continuing."   - James Howard...
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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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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