Throughout its history the United States has shown two faces: one that’s peaceful, promoting justice and self-determination, and one that’s selfish, defining its national interests in ways that promote suffering and brutality abroad.
what is real security? The answer may be found by basing engineering on nature. Natural systems are efficient, diverse, dispersed, and renewable, hence, inherently resilient.
More than a hundred years after it helped overthrow the Queen of Hawaii, the Congregational Church musters the courage to face its past and apologized for the church's role in “the unprovoked invasion of the Hawaiian nation.”
Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon, a tent city. Dignity Village is fundamentally different. It's a self-governing community of about 60 homeless people who take care of themselves by taking care of each other.
What did you grow up loving or hating about America? How did you express that love or hate? How have your feelings about America changed over time? What experiences caused those changes? How have your feelings changed since 9/11? Who are American heroes whom you look to for a sense of what makes America?
the alternative architecture movement shows that more and more people are looking beyond the ordinary for ways of building that express their creativity and values.
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Afghanistan: A Portrait in Numbers
Resources for conflict resolution and organizations working for peace
Sociologist and Holocaust survivor Samuel P. Oliner writes about what motivates altruists and heroes who put the welfare of others alongside their own. Reaching out to others has been the force behind much that is good in the world.
A review of Joanna Macy's book Widening Circles, by Kim Bush.
The great wound we face as a species will have to be acknowledged at a depth that most of us have only begun to imagine if we are to carry this wound in a way that leads to planetary healing.
A review of the book Culture Jam, by Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters magazine.
What America has just learned, very painfully, is that we have not loved enough. Through our own ignorance, we have helped create a world where desperate people will gladly sign up to be the messengers of death. And now that death and destruction have reached our own shores, we must decide how we are going to respond: with love, or with fear.
Danny Glover, actor, activist, and board member of the Positive Futures Network, has been coming under a hailstorm of attacks based on an incident following a speech he gave at Princeton on November 15.
In the shadow of war, evidence accumulates of changing cultural priorities and a brighter future
The terrorist attack on September 11 momentarily united the world behind an effort to bring the guilty to justice and prevent future terrorist violence. It also focused attention on a defining human choice between justice and vengeance, compassion and violence, and freedom and suppression.
The Compassionate Listening Project is a reconciliation effort based on the ideas of Gene Knudsen Hoffman, a Quaker peacemaker. Participants are trained to listen respectfully to all sides of the conflict, with a goal to build the international constituency for Mideast peace while offering a practical tool for conflict resolution.
For a sundancer and bundle-keeper in the Dakota tradition, the world and the spirit are identical.
Speech given at Princeton considers the fallibility of our justice system and the finality of death.
On September 11, the question we'd set out to address in this issue-Can Love Save the World?-took on a new life-and-death urgency, amid the bombing of Afghanistan, the curtailing of our freedoms in the name of security, and the fear of biological and nuclear warfare. Can love save this broken world? We need an answer now.
Review of Affluenza by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor.
A prisoners story of finding a third way, of finding meaning and truth. Sometimes the man who knows the most about hate can tell us the most about love, and the man acquainted with despair can teach us to hope.
Why do we always think we can put an end to killing by waging war? It never works, for reasons that should be obvious.
The Ugly American lives on and he's undermining our chance for peace says this Third World writer.
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As our understanding of technology matures, we come to realize we have both the right and the obligation to act as citizens, to make conscious choices about research, development, and dissemination of technologies throughout our world.
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Wise policies governing the design and use of a technology can encourage its benign effects and lessen the deleterious ones. Unwise policies can do the opposite. Now is the time to claim civic space in cyberspace and protect the internet from rampant commercialization
Hey, Listen Up! is an eco-literacy project piloted in South Central Los Angeles that showed how technology and environmental content could be taught in a culturally relevant and socially conscious context.
A Precaution Primer, by Nancy Myers and Carolyn Raffensperger. The precautionary principle, or the idea of "forecaring," gives us a way to change our behavior, personally and collectively. It reminds us to acknowledge our mistakes, admit our ignorance, and act with foresight and caution to prevent damage. It also removes the barriers to that kind of precautionary action.
In the US, television is the main thing people do. It's replaced community life, family life, culture. It has replaced the environment. In fact, it has become the environment that people interact with every day. It has become the culture, too-and I'm not talking about so-called popular culture, which sounds, somehow, democratic. This expresses corporate culture, and damned few corporations at that.
its founding in 1987, Hopi Solar Electric has installed photovoltaic systems on more than 300 homes.