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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.
Visit to the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 25 November 2014
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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."
After reading Dirk Hebel's powerful articleBamboo Could Turn the World's Construction Trade On its HeadWhat struck me most was the observation of how the so called development aid has further"divid...
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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.
In a report written last year but not made public until Monday, a former federal inspector expresses uncertainty over whether California's last operating nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, could withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
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Focus on long-term progress, rather than rapid growth, and you’re more likely to go the distance virg.in/bdr
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Blue economy concept gaining momentum

First you are ignored, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, and then you win...
 
The World wins in this case, but I can assure you, the battle to offset the resistance of non-believers and cynics  is formidable. I am speaking of Non-Believers who be so better off espousing higher level of  thinking, doing, perception, ethics...
But change is scary, and the defenders of vested interests and entrenched privileges and power are doind g aal they can to scare them even more:
Not that different than what Israel did in Gaza...only more subtel
 
Nothing new though, Machiavelli said it already to his Prince in "The Prince" :
 
"It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them."

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Punchy analysis of the "closed hegemony" (between corporations, finance, military, congress, executive branch...) in the US. It always existed, but is is now culmination. And Robert shows why.
He than asks for action, and that I find is the weakest piece...
 
Often thinkers are less good in acting.
Let me here repeat what I have already written somewhere:
 
Reminds me meeting Marschall Ganz in a Bill Moyers Interview...
Fascinating man, and fascinating story.
Bought the book : Why Sometimes David Wins...It does indeed,
 
Reminds me also of Arnold Toynbee, in his life work "A Study of History". He studied the development and decay of civilizations... which I read passionately very many years ago.
 
" 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 should re-read it now.
 
Is it not indeed  envisageable that (paraphrasing Edgar Morin):
"The whirlwind of creative activities, the multitude of local initiatives that are observed on every continent, in every nation, and that are directed towards economic, or social, or political, or cognitive; or educational, or ethical, or live enforcing regeneration, following multiple pathways may be  starting to combine to chart a new course, to alter and dissolve the one we are following (our current civilization?), leading us to the yet still invisible and inconceivable Metamorphosis ( one or more new civilizations?)."
 
And would Ganz's and Toynbee's and Morin's ideas not also apply to all these dominant "closed hegemonies"?
 
Is their breakdown not also written in history's evolution...
I do believe it is... I do believe it is going on... I do believe it is inevitable...
But I believe we (the people)  can help it appear sooner and softer
Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement. A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.  Put simply, most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother? 
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seems like the disease and cure are right here:

"A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting." 
"Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement."

don't like what your reps are doing?  vote in better reps.
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L'économie Bleue est Positive... Le France prendra-t-elle le leadership à construire ce monde nouveau basé sur des modèles de coopération (modèles d'affaires) POSITIVES pour tous?
On verra, et on y travaillera d'arrache pied.
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+Claude Gagné  Hello Claude, Thanks a lot... What do you think we can do together?
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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
Our first Mayday reform candidate, Ruben Gallego, declared victory last night in Arizona's 7th Congressional District.
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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?
Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly more dangerous, deadly, and expensive if nothing is done to correct humanity's course, but aspects of future shifts are probably already irreversible.
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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.

http://www.thrive-living.net/2014/07/its-not-fairytale-seattle-to-build-nations-first-food-forest.html

#foodforest #seattle #permaculture #foodforeveryone  
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Fenster zu Solarkollektoren - das soll eine Entwicklung von US-Forschern ermöglichen: Sie haben einen farblosen durchsichtigen Kunststoff entwickelt, der Sonnenlicht einfängt und an
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I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family built thanks to the most beautiful, generous and energetic wife on earth. I was in charge of satisfying my family's mundane needs (what does "mundane needs" mean, for me, for you?... we can exchange about that). So I was for 30 years a business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. A bit less than 10 years ago I got an opportunity to stop and reflect. I digged into the theories behind what I had been doing. I discovered how wrong I had most of the time been, 30 years long. Today I am still amidst this transdisciplinary quest, bouncing back and forth from action to theory.

With partners I founded Comind, in 2005. We try to help organizations and institutions (and the people in them), throughout Europe, to adapt to an incredibly fast changing world.  I believe in the power of conversation and dialogue. I try hard to listen to, accept and understand diverse and plural perspectives and rationalities. I believe in people's inborn capacity to be immensely systems intelligent.  I am convinced that learning starts with trust and connectivity. And that learning then goes on with the gaining of insights and understanding, leading to new knowledge that is integrated in new practices, further  developed in new action in a endless, positive spiral of learning. Learning takes place only in social action. Creativity and innovation emerges more powerfully when groups comprise a greater variety and when they  compound their interconnectiveness in ever changing and richer networks.

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    Business & Engineering, 1963 - 1969
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