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The Sanders Institute

The Sanders Institute is a new progressive organization to “bring people together to learn from each other and discuss how to make our country and our democracy better… by learning about progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial, and social justice issues. A true democracy requires an informed electorate and we have so much to learn from each […]

The Elders

Watch this YouTube video to find our about The Elders. The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights. The Elders was founded by Nelson Mandela to “support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.” The Elders represent […]

Creators for Change

Check out this YouTube video. “Everyone of us has a voice. How will you use yours?” Upworthy has 5 suggestions for social change videos. YouTube Creators for Change is a global initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of people tackling difficult social issues with their YouTube channels. From combating hate speech to countering xenophobia and […]

Kubecca

This demo video will introduce you to Kubecca, who will perform at the Cascade Theatre in Redding CA on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Shasta Community Concert Association, also know as Shasta Live. Rarely, if ever, can you experience such an amalgam of musical expression as is the musical […]

Sustainable Development Goals

This video gives the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2 minutes. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and insure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone […]

Life is Beautiful Manifesto

Life is Beautiful is a movement. We are a soul collective. Among us are dreamers and doers, challengers & compassionates, optimists and outliers. We inspire and transform. Our acts of kindness are intentional. Together we create pause. We create space to appreciate the beauty in ourselves and our surroundings. Most of all we create noise. […]

The Largest Social Movement in History

The future is calling us to greatness! In this 49 minute video Michael Dowd interviews Paul Hawken about his many books, including his 2008 book Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World. The book jacket calls Hawken “one of the world’s most influential environmentalists reveals […]

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an ethical concept of southern African origin – the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity – we are all interrelated. “In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.” Boyd Varty Ubuntu is also the name of an open source software […]

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 […]

Collective Impact

Collective Impact

Collective Impact happens when a core group of people or organizations come together around a shared goal with a common set of strategies and metrics – no individual agendas; no duplication. Everyone bringing their strengths to the table to solve a social issue that cannot be solved alone. The five…

Stringfever

Shasta Live presents Stringfever Electric String Quartet on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Cascade Theatre to wrap up Shasta Live’s 2015-16 season. Stringfever is brothers Giles, Ralph and Neal Broadbent and their cousin Graham – four world class musicians from England playing five and six-stringed electric violins, viola and cello in a […]

Arts Advocacy

As the embedded YouTube video in this post proclaims, “The arts are the infrastructure of our culture. Our highway of the spirit. They take us to unexpected places. The challenge the best in us. They help us to move forward.” Arts Advocacy Days (March 7-8, 2016) in Washington DC is hosted by Americans for the […]

Cowspiracy

The film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is being shown on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding CA. If you watched the recent Oscar awards, you already know about Leonardo DiCaprio’s commitment to the environment. But did you know that Cowspiracy is the groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary from Executive […]

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein’s 2014 book This Changes Everything has been put into a movie which will be shown Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding, CA. The movie  is a documentary of hope from the front lines of our climate crisis by bestselling author Naomi Klein and award-winning […]

Euphrates Institute

Did you know that Redding CA is the home of The Euphrates Institute, a non-profit organization promoting peace and justice in the middle east? In early 2004 Janessa Gans Wilder, Founder and CEO, was on a military base outside Fallujah, Iraq, during a major battle between US marines and Iraqi insurgents. Sitting on the bank of the Euphrates river several weeks later, […]

Closer To Truth?

What do “the world’s greatest thinkers” have to say about the cosmos, consciousness and meaning? Closer To Truth invites us to “explore humanity’s deepest questions. Discover the fundamental issues of existence. Enjoy new ways of thinking. Appreciate diverse views. Witness intense debates. Express and share your own opinions. Seek your own answers.” From their website: […]

The JEDI Desk

NeimanLab reports that University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism has a new class to teach students “how to produce videos and other storytelling methods specifically for social media and emerging platforms.” It’s called the JEDI Desk, (Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms), which focuses on everything from Snapchat and Facebook to 360-degree virtual reality […]

Advent Hope

November 29, 2015 was the start of Advent in the current Christian liturgical calendar – four Sundays before Christmas. It is the season of hope, preparation, anticipation and waiting. The definition of the Advent is “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event – an emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise or development. Often this is simply thought of […]

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 […]

Response to Violence

The recent attacks in Paris has evoked diverse responses to the violence. At a two-day meeting in Turkey on Sunday ABC News report that President Barack Obama called the violence an “attack on the civilized world” and Russian President Vladimir Putin urging “global efforts” to confront the threat. Anonymous has “declared total war on Islamic State” and vowed […]

#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 […]

Take Climate Action Now

The threat of climate change is real. We have the knowledge and the tools to create a world that runs on clean and low-carbon energy – but that’s not enough. We need our leaders to take serious action. Join us in calling out to world leaders and demanding a strong agreement at COP21. Later this […]

Redding Silent Film Festival

The 10th annual Redding Silent Film Festival will run for three days, starting Friday evening, October 16, 2015 and ending Sunday, October 18th with a 7:30 PM screening.

Unity based on Diversity

“In opposing every attempt to create a rigid uniformity, we can and must build unity on the basis of our diversity of languages, cultures and religions, and lift our voices against everything which would stand in the way of such unity.” Pope Francis In his speech to the joint meeting of Congress the Pope remarked, […]

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 […]

With the Strength of Our Ancestors

To many Shasta County residents, Win-River Resort & Casino is all that is known of the native-American Winnemem Wintu, Pit River and Yana tribes. The 44 minute documentary With the Strength of Our Ancestors, narrated by Peter Coyote is a well-told history of Redding Rancheria. I recommend it. It tells the fascinating story of the how in […]

Well-Being Index for Redding, CA

Let’s change the conversation for the upcoming Council election for Redding, CA If the City of Santa Monica can have a “well-being” index, so can Redding! Fast Company tells more of this story. Let’s work on this together.

Well-Being Through Integration

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dan J. Siegel says both enzymes and emotions have something to do about well-being. Well-being is about integration. Integration is “a word we use to describe how different elements can be brought together in a functional way to create harmony in our lives.” The human mind is not just about how molecules interact […]

The Next Generation

This video is 3 years old, but Paul Taylor of Pew Research has a new book called The Next Generation. Click here for a great animation of Two Dramas in Slow Motion. Millennials in Adulthood is also a short portrait worth reading. The Amazon book review has this to say about The Next Generation: “The […]

Why the Climate Movement Must Be Intersectional

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” –Audre Lorde As noted in YES Magazine, intersectionality is “a way of thinking holistically about how different forms of oppression interact in people’s lives.” It is a more collaborative form of organizing for social change that looks at multiple interrelated issues […]

Better Together Day

Did you know? Based on the most recent Hate Crime Report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 19% of hate crimes occur ring in America resulted from religious bias. In 2012, the FBI reported that 1,340 individuals were victims of an anti-religious hate crime. It was not until 2013 that the FBI announced that it would track […]

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Forum

On April 2, 2014, The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation will hold a free, community forum on the alarming issue of domestic violence and sexual assault in Shasta County, and the local launch of the national NO MORE community awareness campaign. Together we can end Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. The Forum […]

Evolving Science, Evolving Faith, Evolving Politics?

Bill Moyer’s conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses whether science and religion can ever be reconciled (starting at 17 minutes). When deGrasse Tyson says he has “zero confidence that the two can be reconciled” I think he is referring only to “religious fundamentalists who believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God.” Neil deGrasse Tyson is […]

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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 […]

Convergence

Several observers of religion in America see a new convergence, not only among Christians of various stripes and colors (Roman Catholics, liturgical protestants, evangelicals, pentecostals, mainline protestants and progressives) but also interfaith connections. Darkwood brew notes that “The major players within the new Christian Convergence are refugees from Christian liberalism and conservatism who are increasingly […]

Forks Over Knives

According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute 2013 study, Shasta County ranks 47 out of 57 California Counties in “Health Outcomes.” Health outcomes are measures that describe the current health status of a county; their summary health outcomes rankings are based on an equal weighting of mortality and morbidity measures that include health behaviors […]

Stop Shopping – Start Giving

Black Friday started on Thursday at 8 PM this year as the consumer machine invaded our day of Thanksgiving. To counter all that, Bill and Melinda Gates are emphasizing #GivingTuesday where they suggest giving to: DonorsChoose.org Heifer International Save the Children World Vision Reverend Billy takes it to the streets with his Church of Stop Shopping […]

Why We Shouldn’t Trust Markets With Our Civic Life

Inequality For All

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration, has a new movie coming out September 27, 2013: Inequality For All Coincidentally, yesterday Forbes came out with it’s list of the Top 400 Richest People in American. Among the to ten are: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, the Koch brothers Charles and David, the Walton […]

A Place At The Table

Earlier this week we watched A Place At The Table, now available through Netflix. The problem of hunger in the United States is due to poverty, not a shortage of food. Child obesity and hunger are related because of government subsidies that enable low prices on high calorie junk foods. Healthy Shasta, Growing Local Shasta and […]

Connecting Things: Getting Things Done

TEDx Redding was a burst of local creativity, but how do keep the conversation going? How do we get things done? The local Beloved Community movement, energized by the recent Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration has generated lots of ideas and excitement. How do we bring focus and get things done? Connect Things. Reduce time. […]

Labor Day 2013

Unions began forming in the mid-19th century in response to the social and economic impact of the industrial revolution. The labor movement is responsible for promoting child labor laws, safe working conditions and fair wages, but it is an unfinished job. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887. By the […]

Dignity Begins With a Shower

United Nations World Health Organization defines access to sanitation and water as “a basic human right.” Yet most homeless find it difficult to find public showers and bathroom facilities in Redding, CA. To my knowledge, there are only 2 showers available to homeless people in Redding, CA – one at Living Hope Compassion Ministries (Tuesdays […]

Food Justice and an Interconnected Spiritual Worldview

This important 28 minute film, A Thousand Suns, tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people […]

Realigning Human Organization

What are the new, emerging models of human organization for the 21st Century? There are already new apps built around activating, deactivating, reconfiguring, coordinating and realigning human organization and resources. There will be more in the future. Here are some examples from the short video: Gigwalk: Hire Your Smart Army Taskrabbit: Task and Errand Service […]

Invisible People

Mark Horvath has been using YouTube to put a face on homelessness since November 2008, when he launched InvisiblePeople.tv . Mark, also know as @HardlyNormal on Twitter, “has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, […]

The Common Good

New York Times best-selling author Jim Wallis thinks our life together can be better. In his timely and provocative book On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good,, he shows us how to reclaim Jesus’ ancient and compelling vision of the common good — a vision that affects and […]

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