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Building Global Community

Building Global Community

PBS Newshour reported last week that Mark Zuckerberg posted a 6,000 word manifesto Building Global Community, wherein we are “spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science… ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not…

Sense of Community

Sense of Community

This past weekend we “experienced true community” in two unexpected places. We attended a plein air painting gathering in Shelter Cove, CA, where we were warmly welcomed by the tight-knit community hosting the event. Then we visited with the sisters of the sublimely peaceful community at Redwood Monastery, where Thomas Merton…

Burning Man 2016

Burning Man 2016

The Burning Man Festival 2016 takes place for 9 days, starting before Labor Day, from August 28 to September 5, 2016 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis, dedicated to art and community. More than an event, Burning Man…

Co-creating Generative Space in Community

Co-creating Generative Space in Community

“You don’t analyze and engineer a generative space. You host and you convene and you narrate.” Bill Templeman What does it take to co-create and hold a generative space in community? What questions do we start with? What are the design constraints to generate real, felt change? How does individual…

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…

People Who are Good for No Good Reason

People Who are Good for No Good Reason

As we become an increasingly global, diverse, post-modern and pluralistic world in the 21st century, we are also finding the line between secular and religious is often blurred. People have eclectic views as they sample from the buffet of philosophies and religions from both the West and East. Interfaith Efforts…

Connect to Something Greater Than Ourselves

Connect to Something Greater Than Ourselves

Rufus Burrow, Jr. in Communitarianism and the Beloved Community, wrote that Martin Luther King Jr. believed people must strive to be in community in a particular way – “…minimally, this must mean respecting each other’s personhood, sharing the bounties of God’s world, and intentionally working toward the development of the…

Bowling Alone

Robert D. Putnam’s book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, published in 2000, chronicles the rise of civic participation during the fifties and sixties, followed by what he describes as a decline in social capital over the next three decades. Social capital refers to connections among individuals –…

Social Capital

Social capital is about the value of social networks, bonding similar people and bridging between diverse people, with norms of reciprocity. According to  Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, authors of the 2011 book Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, being connected is good for…

Local Self-Reliance

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance offers these Top Ten Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses: Local Character and Prosperity – In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. Community Well-Being – Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town…

What is the Future of the Community Hospital?

Did you know that one third of all USA hospital emergency rooms have shut down since 1990, while ER visits have increased by 35% during the same period? The future of the community hospitals is uncertain. The world is changing faster than our health care system can keep up. Consolidations…

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

The new year is upon us creating change, opportunity and expanded vision using The Gratitude Token Project‘s system works to manifest what you desire you life to be in 2013! How It Works How “The Gratitude Token Project” works….. The GTP is a unique interactive system that offers a balanced…

Redding Soup To Be Served 10/26/12

Do you have a great idea that would benefit the Redding, CA community? Well, Redding Soup will be served again on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5-8 PM on the Student Center Stage in the Shasta College Cafeteria. This will be the second Redding Soup gathering; the first one was May…

Designing Healthy Communities

Designing Healthy Communities

KIXE will be re-broadcasting Dr. Dick Jackson’s Designing Healthy Communities – a 4-part series on Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 from 8-9 pm. In this series Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH (former California Health Officer, currently at UCLA) explains the link between our health and the way our communities…