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Charles van der Haegen
A Grandfather on a mission, helping people reach impossible heights, take on intractable problems
A Grandfather on a mission, helping people reach impossible heights, take on intractable problems

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Pope Francis addressing the European parliament.
Every European, if not every world citizen, should read this address and reflect on it, with an open mind and a lot of generosity and empathy.

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Internet neutrality and equality is indispensable... We have to fight hard for that. I do.

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ZERI Europe's quest:

"How can mutually beneficial learning, support, interactions, interconnections, interdependencies, collaboration, beyond divides, but uncompromisingly, ensure the charting of a new course, to  alter and dissolve the one we are still following, leading us to the yet still invisible and inconceivable Metamorphosis."

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They did it, Larry Lessig and his compagnions in arms for the GOOD

"It always seems impossible, until its done "
Nelson Mandela

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Uncomfortable knowledge?
inconventient truths?

Why should Governments have this first...

To prepare their PR agencies to soften the blow, desinform and or explain that they did Good, but the others did Wrong?

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The withholding of "Uncomfortable Knowledge" is a sure sign of a society in the ban of "Closed Hegemony"...
Their can be no democracy without transparency and easy and free access to information for everyone.
There can be no democracy without the liberty to self-determine one's own life and education
There can be no democracy when power, influence and economic inequality favors some at the expense of all others
There can be no democracy when people willfully dis-inform everyone to defend partisan interests
There can be no democracy if large chunks of society have no access to information, are not listened to and are not accounted for...
We should re-read Arnold Toynbee's analysis, in his life work "A Study of History". He studied the development and decay of civilizations.
" He argues that the breakdown of civilizations is not caused by loss of control over the physical environment, over the human environment, or by attacks from outside. Rather, it comes from the deterioration of the "Creative Minority," which eventually ceases to be creative and degenerates into merely a "Dominant Minority" (who forces the majority to obey without meriting obedience). He argues that creative minorities deteriorate due to a worship of their "former self," by which they become prideful, and fail adequately to address the next challenge they face." (Source wikipedia)
I read his work passionately very many years ago.
I should re-read it NOW.

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Fairytales transformed into reality is whet we need...

It requires "avant-garde" activists and artists who render the impossible possible

As Edgar Morin is saying (translated from French)

""One must constantly rest on an acting “avant garde” (vanguard). There's never preliminary consensus with respect to innovation. One doesn't progress on the foundation of average opinion, which is not democratic; but “mediocratic”. One progresses on the foundation of creative passion. All and every transformational innovation is first and foremost deviance. It diffuses when becoming a trend before becoming a historic power."
It’s not a fairytale: Seattle to build nation’s first food forest

Seattle's food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.

(take part) Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.

The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison.

That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. What started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right.

#foodforest #seattle #permaculture #foodforeveryone  

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Focus on long-term progress, rather than rapid growth, and you’re more likely to go the distance

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