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Benjamin Brownell
Works at Gaia Villages Unltd
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Lives in canaan, NY
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Work in progress from +Jay Cousins - mobile #hexahome  
I used to live in a treehouse in Berlin, but now I've got a family. The design brief for a good quality shelter and base for living has changed. The Mobile Hexahome will be our first prototype hous...
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Dean Potter died last weekend attempting a wingsuit jump from Taft Point in Yosemite, the location shown in this striking, short video of his consummate "slack-lining" exercise there some time previously.

The thought of the loss touches me, although surely he has been courting this early exit for much of his adult life. It's worth browsing a few more of the many available YouTube videos about the man, his life, and general attitude / lifestyle, if for nothing more than an unusual taste and perspective not readily accessible or encouraged in rather 'controlled' and cautious, self-conscious existence today. Poignant, if at the same time somewhat recklessly carefree or even arrogant.

I've had a lot of special, memorable, sometimes edgy, risky moments high in the mountains in my early life that mean a lot to me today, even though I don't seek similar experiences now. It's I think precious that at least on some vicarious level today we can share in what Dean and other 'tight-rope walkers' are able and willing to achieve, and to forfeit.
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Are you ready for some football?!
It's still "possible" to avoid horribly grim outcomes, but ... not likely.
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Some of us have known and were called silly for trying to spread the word.
Also, a giant polluter, more than cars and factories, is non human animal ag...It is nearly twice the polluter in carbon, and then there is the methane, which is worse...
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Worthwhile 2.5 minute microburst of performance art activism:
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Nice statistical profiling of UK makerspaces and their user communities, giving a glimpse of emerging patterns and a prompt for new possibilities:
We've published the open dataset of UK makerspaces. What have we found and how can it be used?
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Value and Flow - the dynamics of wealth and money clear and simple:
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Yes, and yes - and this might take a little while!
“Enspiral is a bold experiment to create a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work.” - About Enspiral  Enspiral is a collective network of passionate change-makers based in Wellington, New Zealand. Founded in 2010 by Joshua Vial, Enspiral began as a way to enable like-minded individuals to make a positive impact while also earning a living.  Enspiral started out as a way for contract computer programmers to share ...
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Nice writeup here on the new #RealEconomyLab project I'm a part of via +Metamaps open value network.

What will it take to drive convergence and coalition for large-scale economic transition?

Lots of interesting pathways to explore! Welcome your ideas and input.
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Permaculture teachers: how do you manage payment for your time and workshops in a way that works practically and feels right too?

"I would like to answer that question publicly, both to puncture the misperception that I am some kind of pure, selfless being who doesn’t sully his hands with money, and also to sober those who, invoking my name in association with simplistic ideals of what “living in the gift” is, adopt unrealistic practices that are doomed to fail." #SoulfulSundays
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“This isn’t a hero time, this isn’t a goddess time, it’s a trickster time.”

Notes on culture shift and collective soul searching post-election--a deep dive, by Dougald Hine
So, good morning. I’m afraid it’s true: that nightmare you had, it wasn’t a dream. Let yourself feel the shock, the rawness of disappointment sharpened by sleep deprivation. If you ached for an end...
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Rich #wisdom reflected here, I suspect - deeply poetic and arresting:
Nothing changes like a woman. I shed skins like the snake, the stale surface of my old mold breaks like an earthquake and up and out the new me rises and she's always full of so many surprises.
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Any ideas, metamappers?
Open Source is about more than just Code : some thinking about how we might increase collaboration on cultural technolog…
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.doc, .pdf != Open Source Cultural Technology, why not mention .ODT file formats?
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Appetites and experience range from natural/eco building artistry, regenerative storytelling, lean green co-teaching, general action-adventure pursuits and occasional clairvoyance, to spontaneous convocations of health, wisdom and joy.

I intend to offer a mix of reporting on my personal and studious pursuits, eclectic and tangential obscurities of some artful notability, occasional general inquiry/commentary on life, pretty pix & flix, and maybe a rare gripe or groan of existential flummox. 

I'm not on the F-book and came late to Twitter, so this is my new main domain for general online interchange. I'd appreciate bright splashes of verve and novel apprehensions, empathy, sweetness, critique, collaboration, affirmation, rare groove, crazy wisdom, titillation and the devious/divinely unexpected in feedback and streams. Posts and notes here are free for upcycling and repurpose, no attribution required.

I tend towards fewer followees in my circles in order to participate in a steadier community-like manner, monitoring and interacting with individuals' storylines over time. I aim to broadcast in a way that helps others to engage with me on that level as well - not as a pro or a pundit but a peer with unique circumstance and perspective on the path to co-creative change. Link up!
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