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Convivium in Senior Living

“What if everything you’ve been told about aging is wrong? Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. But, internationally acclaimed longevity expert Dr. Bill Thomas argues that this is false. Blending myth and science, live music and visuals, Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour is a modern-day American Chautauqua […]

The Terms of Donald’s Surrender

Michael Moore has written and is performing a new one-man Broadway show – The Terms of My Surrender – now running through October 26, 2017. It’s playing at the Belasco Theatre, just blocks away from Trump Tower in New York City and it’s currently the #1 play on Broadway, for the fourth week in a […]

A New Story of Economy

Since economy is influencing many of our everyday interactions, the stories we hold about economy are essential for how we shape our future together. Please watch this 3-minute YouTube video on New Story of Economy, which presents a different approach to meeting our human needs while protecting the climate. Here’s a transcript of the video […]

Truthout

Truthout

“Truthout is a non-profit, subscriber-supported news website devoted to the principles of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice. We believe ardently in the power of free speech, and understand that democratic journalism can make the world a better place for all of us. As an organization, Truthout works…

CALmatters

This 2 minute YouTube video about the California budget is produced by CALmatters. “CALmatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.” Environmental regulation, education, health care, criminal justice, economic inequality – the debates on these issues and others have a profound impact on the […]

A New Foundation for American Greatness?

A New Foundation for American Greatness?

While Donald Trump is attempting to appear more presidential by meeting with heads of state in the Middle East and the Pope in Rome, on May 23, 2017, in his absence, the White Housereleased Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion 2018 f.y. Federal budget, calling it a New Foundation for American Greatness.…

Proposed Education Budget Cuts

The Washington Post  reports the new proposed Federal education budget “calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to the department, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month… They obtained documents dated May 23rd that show proposed Trump/DeVos education budget cuts from at least 22 programs, eliminating: $1.2 billion for after-school programs that […]

Violation of the U. S. Constitution

Violation of the U. S. Constitution

The referee has blown the whistle and declared that now President Trump is in violation of the U. S. Constitution! Public corruption was envisioned in the Constitution of the United States. Economic conflicts of interests are impeachable or criminal offenses where the President continues to receive foreign money. Last week, Walter…

World Economic Forum

Today is the final day of the World Economic Forum January 17-20, 2017 at Davos, Switzerland. Even though globalization is threatened by nationalist protectionism from BRExit and Donald Trump’s rhetoric, WEF remains “the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas.” For over four […]

Oligarchy On The Rise

Oligarchy On The Rise

Did you know that according to Forbes, in 2016 Donald J. Trump ranked only #336 among the world’s richest people – how embarrassing that must be for him. Maybe his Presidency will change that? Or will he end up on Forbes list of the Meet the Biggest Losers in the…

Future For Good

Future For Good

“How will we mobilize eight, nine, ten billion people into a new force for life? How will we change our minds to change our collective economic, political, and interpersonal fortunes? How will we reweave delicate biological relationships in ecosystems battered by ever-increasing temperatures? How will we see what we can…

Oligarchy vs. We The People

Oligarchy vs. We The People

Bill Moyers notes in a recent article in TomDispatch.com entitled: We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People: Saving the Soul of Democracy, “A plethora of studies conclude that America’s political system has already been transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy (the rule of a wealthy elite).  Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page, for…

Labor Day 2016

Labor Day 2016

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Through the years…

Green Houses

Green Houses

One of my heroes is Dr. Bill Thomas. He believes “everything we think we know about aging is wrong.” His work in a nursing home inspired him to challenge the status quo about how we treat our elderly, and he founded the website ChangingAging.org as a platform for innovators to share their…

Game Changers

Game Changers

On Friday, September 23, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Shasta EDC will host its 4th Game Changer’s event at the Redding Civic Auditorium. This exciting showcase will feature: More than 20 new & innovative startup companies Technology and products #MadeinShasta being recognized worldwide The resources supporting this new economy Presentations…

Shasta County Mini Maker Faire

This 2 minute video describes the maker movement. The first Shasta County Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, California. People from all North State counties are invited to attend. The call for participants at the Maker Faire is now open, but closes August 31, 2016. Are you […]

Abundance

Abundance

“The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” is the personal motto for Dr. Peter Diamandis. Peter’s Laws: The Creed of the Persistent and Passionate Mind, lists 28 ideas for making a brighter future. In the face of current obvious global challenges such as global warming,…

Dark Money

Today, June 26, 2016, The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law released the report Secret Spending in the States, authored by Chisun Lee, Katherine Valde, Benjamin T. Brickner and Douglas Keith, who found that fully transparent spending beyond the federal level “has declined from 76 percent in 2006 to just 29 percent in 2014 in […]

STEAM

STEAM

Janet Napolitano spoke this past week at Shasta College about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, but Debra Lucero of Shasta County Arts Council is suggesting that we add an A for the Arts and bring on the STEAM. The University of Florida’s Online Master of Arts program…

JEDI

JEDI

When one speaks of Jedi one is generally referring to the main protagonists in the fictional Star Wars universe – those Jedi fought for peace and justice in the Galactic Republic. However, in Northern California (specifically Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity and Humboldt Counties) JEDI refers to the Jefferson Economic Development Institute in…

Place, Execution & Education

At last night’s Shasta EDC Beer & Bytes event, held at Redding’s new Venture Hub on Caterpillar Drive, Irma Olguin, Co-Founder and CTO of Bitwise Industries and Geekwise Academy in Fresno shared her inspiring story of building a vibrant and skilled tech community in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley. Olguin told of how she grew up among […]

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) is currently taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 14-24, 2016.…

A Fair Future Economy

“David Graeber is an anthropologist, a leading figure in the Occupy movement, and one of our most original and influential public thinkers. He comes to the RSA to address our current age of ‘total bureaucratization’, in which public and private power has gradually fused into a single entity, rife with rules and regulations, whose ultimate […]

The Future of Capitalism

The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is “to enrich society through ideas and action. They believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilized to deliver a 21st century enlightenment. They work to bring about the conditions for this change, not just amongst […]

Black Friday Shopocalypse

Reverend Billy Talen and the Stop Shopping Choir is a New York City based radical performance community. Not a true religious organization, they are “wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending community, life and imagination.” The Church of Stop Shopping perform “spiritual trespassings in […]

Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015

Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015

United Way of Northern California (UWNC) will be releasing the report, Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015 on November 30, 2015 from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., at the Win-River Resort and Casino Eagle Room. The report will be presented by Mr. Henry Gascon who is…

Shasta Venture Hub Grand Opening

Shasta Venture Hub Grand Opening

The Shasta Venture Hub is now open and they are having a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at 5:30-7:30 p.m. on November 4, 2015 at 4300 Caterpillar Road, Redding CA. The Shasta Venture Hub (SVH) brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, inventors, and creatives while connecting them to the resources needed to launch and…

Keep It California

Keep It California

A small group of extremists has a really bad idea: they want to secede from California to form a “State of Jefferson.” To prevent this catastrophic outcome, on April 7, 2015, concerned citizens from throughout rural California met in Redding, California and voted to form a new multi-county, non-partisan political action committee. Keep…

#Rethink High School

“The first American public high school opened its doors 200 years ago. It was based upon the belief that high school, if free and available to all, would develop graduates who would be able to contribute to culture, society and the economy.” “About 100 years after its inception, the system was overhauled to meet the […]

Inland Inequality

Inland Inequality

Princeton Economist Angus Deaton, who just received the nobel prize in economic science for his studies of consumption, commented on the current refugee crisis sweeping Europe by expressing sympathy for those who have been uprooted by poverty and war and noting “what we’re seeing now is the result of hundreds of…

Disrupting Inequality

Disrupting Inequality

  United Way of Northern California has been sponsoring The Prosperity Initiative since November 2014. It is “A cross-sector collaboration of individuals and organizations interested in creating lasting solutions to multi-generational poverty issues and the effects of those issues in our local community.  The vision of Prosperity is to create a…

Labor Unions and Labor Day

Labor Unions and Labor Day

New York Time reporter Nicholas Kristof has had a change of heart about labor unions and wrote about it on February 19, 2015. Previously he “disdained unions as bringing corruption, nepotism and rigid work rules to the labor market, impeding the economic growth that ultimately makes a country strong. I was…

The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy

“Gig economy” refers to a situation where people are working freelance as independent contractors by piecing together on-demand work opportunities, instead of holding down jobs as full-time staff. Most of these workers (with a few exceptions like Shyp) will get a 1099 form from their employers when it’s tax time instead of a W2.…

Prosperity

Prosperity

For several months United Way of Northern California has been bringing together a diverse group of community leaders to “create lasting solutions to multi-generational poverty issues and the effects of those issues in our local community.” Rather than just deal with symptoms they want to address the root causes issues of…

Shasta County About Average For Upward Income Mobility

Shasta County About Average For Upward Income Mobility

The map above shows the average percentile rank of children who grow up in below-median income families across areas of the U.S. (absolute upward mobility). Lighter colors represent areas where children from low-income families are more likely to move up in the income distribution. An interactive version of this map created by the…

STEM Implant

STEM Implant

Hundreds of Shasta County 9th grade students gathered Friday, January 29, 2015 at the Redding Civic Auditorium for the first Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day, put on by the Shasta County Office of Education the North State STEM Career Day Committee, with support from McConnell Foundation. Local business and higher…

Rise of the Outsiders

Rise of the Outsiders

  The November 4, 2014 U. S. election was the most expensive midterm election in history— one in which outside money from undisclosed sources played an outsized role and the number of small individual donors shrank. Back in May 2014, NBC News Political Unit launched a new series — Rise of…

Shasta County Politics

Shasta County Politics

Jerry Brown easily won re-election in California on November 4, 2014 with 59% of the total vote, primarily in “left coast” and around the Bay Area. However, in Shasta County, Republican Neel Kashkari secured 66% of County votes compared with Democrat Brown’s 38%. Similarly, Republican Doug LaMalfa secured 64% in Shasta County compared…

A Referendum on Congressional Dysfunction

Yesterday, November 4th we saw a shift back to a Republican majority in the Senate in our politically polarized nation. But in my opinion, this event should be viewed more as “a referendum on incumbent politicians by voters disgusted with the dysfunction on Capital Hill,” than a signal that the nation has moved more to the right. […]

Big Money’s Grip on Elections

Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders was interviewed by Bill Moyers on October 31, 2014, decrying big money’s grip on elections. Today is the day to vote in mid-term elections and on State and local issues and Redding Council. But, if you are reading this blog post, you already undoubtedly know this. Unfortunately, too many citizens […]

Players Guide 2014

With Citizens United Supreme Court decision, political influence by financial support is obscured. It is more difficult to judge the efficacy of ads, websites, think tank posts and talking points from the two major American political parties. Robert Reich warns that “lawmakers respond to the policy demands of wealthy individuals and monied business interests — those […]

Rising Inequality

“Rising economic inequality is stupid and ultimately self-defeating.” Nick Hanauer TED says “Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France.” Hanauer argues that dramatic increase in minimum wage could […]

Prosperity For All

On June 11-13, 2014, the 12th Annual BALLE Conference is being held in Oakland, CA and it will bring hundreds of entrepreneurs and local business leaders together around the Localist movement. Their goal is to “create a new economy with a living and breathing heart of justice at its center.” BALLE envisions that “a global system of human-scale, […]

Our Democracy Depends on Equality For All

Our Democracy Depends on Equality For All

On February 10, 2014 over 100 Shasta County residents came together to watch former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich’s movie Inequality For All at Valley 11 Cinemas in Anderson, CA. The event was organized by Shasta County Citizens for Democracy. There was enough interest to show the film in two…

Poverty Awareness

Poverty Awareness

January has been Poverty in America Awareness Month. Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his War on Poverty 1964, the Center for American Progress has concluded that “the War on Poverty has not failed us, but our economy has.” “Our national poverty rate fell by 42 percent during the…

Will The Rich Will Continue To Get Richer And The Poor Get Poorer?

The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer! That’s the conclusion of a new study published by Oxfam if current trends continue. Here are some key findings in the report relative to the world’s wealth: One percent of the world’s population controls nearly half of the planet’s wealth. This tiny…

The Loudest Voice?

The Loudest Voice?

Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air had a stunning interview on January 16, 2014 of Gabriel Sherman, author of the new unauthorized biography of Roger Ailes (president of Fox News Channel, and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group):  The Loudest Voice in the Room: How The Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes…

Inequality for All

Robert Reich’s film Inequality for All became available for purchase on DVD on January 7, 2014. Shasta County Citizens for Democracy (SCCD) is trying to bring the film to Anderson’s Valley 11 Cinema for a one-time showing on February 10, 2014 at 7 PM.  Tickets went on sale on Jan. 7, 2014 and you can get […]

Two Views of The Great Society

Two Views of The Great Society

It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson promoted the Great Society. Some think we have come a long way since the 1960’s; some think we still have a long way to go to achieve those goals; others think America has moved in the wrong direction. Are we still…

#GivingTuesday

Today, December 3, 2013 is Giving Tuesday where people are giving back in gratitude to various charities as is appropriate to the holiday spirit. If your inbox is like mine, lots of worthwhile organizations are asking for donations today, so how does one choose? One way is to consult Charity…

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