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NPD Weekly: Issue 2

1. Cancer Shmancer

Well known actress Fran Drescher overcame ovarian cancer and has become an activist launching her website cancerschmancer.org to alert the world to the perils of cancer causing toxins in our home environment. With babies umbilical cords today containing almost 300 chemicals, many untested, its time to alert the world and act. Beyond the alert and action ideas, Fran has championed a bi-partiison bill in the US House of Representatives that would create a government seal for carcinogen-free products (HR 6601: The Carcinogen Label Act of 2012). The bill is not likely to pass due to the businesses who like Monsanto object to people knowing what’s in their food and all other products but indicates exactly what we the people must demand from manufacturers. All products should be held accountable before they go on the market rather than after they have caused many cancers and deaths. If the government does not pass this bill, lets hope some enterprising entrepreneur takes up the cause. To listen Cancer consultant Grace Gawler’s interview with Fran here, click here.

2. A Grain of Sand

In the midst of living our lives in high density communities and cities, most of us have dreamed of living on an island at one point in our lives and the vast majority of us may have or will visit an island sometime in our lives but fewer will move to one and far fewer will buy one and become its caretaker for over 100 giant land tortoises, planting 16,000 trees, creating miles of paths and generally enjoying their life for 34 years. This is the fascinating story of Brendon Grimshaw, the man who lived his dream and does so to this day. The film’s pace reflects life on the island which is spacious and peaceful and its cinematography beautifully captures the details of Brendon’s fascinating life. Few films provide the deep insights and sense of place A Grain of Sand does. I suggest you consider taking a one hour vacation from your busyness and travel to Moyenne Island in the Seychelles for an immersion in a different way of life. This film transports the viewer to an unusual place, its energy and sense of time and a consciousness that speaks in a different language than we are use to. It’s the language of a man at peace and in tune with himself and the natural world. A rare treat in todays hectic and disconnected world. Enjoy your magical journey.

Note: A few days ago, Brendon passed on and thankfully his legacy will live on as a gift to future generations through the designation of Moyenne Island as part of the Seychelle’s National Park system and this documentary. Brendon will inspire me for the rest of my life.

Watch below or click here to begin your vacation.

3. Birds of Paradise Project

While we are exploring the domain of nature. the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic brought the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public through a tabletop book, an exhibit and a documentary. Here is a link to the trailer which is amazing.

4. What’s the Future of the Sharing Economy?Craig Shapiro, FastCo.Exist

Businesses that connect users for the purposes of sharing housing, vehicles, services, and more are becoming increasingly popular. So popular, in fact, a business called the Collaborative Fund exists to invest solely in businesses with model based in collaboration. This business is truly on the cutting edge of the sharing economy, which, as it grows, is finding ways to solve problems and improve resource performance in unanticipated ways. Shapiro illustrates how, as the sharing economy makes its way into more and more industries, we will start to see how or if our current models of business, regulation, and governance keep pace.

5. Reality Check

The social media revolution has changed everything. If you are in business you need to know the latest facts and if not, you might find this video fascinating.

6. Fantastic Fungi:The Spirit of Good

Paul Stamets is a mycologist whose work with mushrooms is at the leading edge of the transformation of consciousness in our relationship with the earth. In this beautiful documentary clip, you’ll gain an insight into the mind of this amazing man whose life is 100% in service to the earth and the evolution of consciousness. I can’t wait to see the finished film from Louis Schwartzberg. Watch the clip below or click here.

7. Living on $1 a Day

Two college students decided to go to Guatemala to live among the poorest who like billions of others live on $1 a day. This is their story.  Click here or watch below

8. Undriving

There is a program in Seattle, WA that wants to teach you to become an “Undriver”. Using creative methods to brainstorm and implement different ways to cut down on driving trips, their mission is to challenge people to reduce car trips in any way, shape or form.

Over 70% of the newly licensed “undrivers” say they established a new pattern in commuting.

How about just getting in the habit of inviting your neighbor to join you on trips to the grocery store?

What a great change for the New Year!

http://youtu.be/8JswoQ8AOc4
undriving.org

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A Visionary Guide to Global Awakening & Regeneration

As a reviewer, I have read many great books over the years but few with the extraordinary clarity, depth, wisdom and historical perspective of Michael Schacker’s Global Awakening:New Science and The 21st Century Enlightenment.

Because we are clearly in a grow or die moment, the publication of Global Awakening could not be more perfectly timed. There are books that present excellent ideas and visions for the future like Lester Brown’s Plan B4.0 which you can download free by clicking here. There are books that look at our crazy world through a psychological lens like Emmet Miller’s Our Culture on the Coach: Seven Step’s to Global Healing and the there is Global Awakening.

Global Awakening provides a guided tour through the lineage of visionary new paradigm thinkers led by Voltaire whose new story of a world led by science rather than religion helped reframe reality during the 150 year Copernican Revolution. Michael goes on to define the four stages of that revolution and presents credible evidence that we are in the midst of the latter stages of a similar shift from an old mechanistic paradigm to new organic one.

He equates today’s corporations and billionaires with the aristocracy of the 1750′s and indeed, some like the Rothchilds, actually date back to that period. Sadly, their Mechanistic science, does not notice or care when chemical, radioactive, or fossil-fuel pollution occurs—it is in the pocket of the heartless and endlessly greedy crony capitalists.

“Despite all the lip service to “progress” mouthed by politicians, the metaphysics of despair is basically the intellectual foundation of the mechanistic dilemma we live in today. Always dressed as realism, this pessimistic philosophy is designed to inactivate resistance to the mechanistic corporatist agenda. For if change is not possible, why even try?”

He then takes us through not two but three competing world views: the medieval fundamentalist worldview of many religious sects; the ruling mechanistic science and culture, and todays new paradigm organic worldview that uses biological or organic models.

Michael calls this organic shift and critique of the mechanistic worldview, a new Copernican Revolution, the Global Awakening. As Theodore Rozak points out, ecology, a centerpiece of the Global Awakening, changes the very relationship humanity has with nature. In a sense, we are the planet and what happens to it happens to us. When we attune ourselves to nature and break the cultural trance, we begin to see and feel it’s pain and are compelled to act as it’s healers and protectors, each in our own way. We are no longer exploiters and dominators but cooperative stewards. We now recognize that we are part of a greater whole and this understanding guides our future actions.Embodying nature and others, we can no longer cause harm to either. This transition, this awakening is accelerating.

Blake reminds us that, “humanity is an unconscious giant—put to sleep thousands of years ago by the invention of the wheel and the resulting spell of money and materialism. Only the arts, he says, can heal and awaken this “slumberous mass.” through imagination, creativity and spirit.

During previous world-view periods artists works generally supported the institutions of their time. Yet in the organic worldview, the mission of the artist was to expose and transform them. This new role of art, to awaken the sleeping giant of humanity, became the guiding principle of progressive artists everywhere. The spirit of Blake’s mythology became an underlying foundation for all the subsequent countercultures, from the Romantics to the hippies of the 1960s.

In Global Awakening, we are taken on a magical mystery tour of the fascinating individuals, events, places and times that spawned pieces of the organic paradigm including voluntary simplicity, bohemia, impressionism, modern art, Buddhism, Zen, The Sierra Club, Woodstock, Greenwich Village, salons, Taos, the Noosphere, civil rights, the antinuclear movement, rock n roll, James Dean and the Beat Poets, The 60′s, Earth Day, Women’s Liberation, Counterculture Music, the Human Potential Movement, Psychedelics, The Summer of Love, The Whole Earth Catalog, NASA’s Earth From Space Photo, Anti-War protests, AIM & The Black Panthers, Gay Liberation, Woodstock & Woodstock Nation, Buckminster Fuller, Mythology, Transpersonal Psychology, Holistic Medicine, Ecology of Mind, Systems and Chaos Theory, Small is Beautiful, Bicameral Mind, Gaia, Syntropy, the Self-Organizing Universe, Wind, Solar, Wave, Deep Ecology, The Ecozoic Era, and Regenerative Agriculture.

A quote from poet Gary Snyder exemplifies the wisdom that is part of the new paradigm:

Wisdom is intuitive knowledge of the mind of love and clarity that lies beneath one’s ego-driven anxieties and aggressions. Meditation is going into the mind to see this for yourself—over and over again, until it becomes the mind you live in. Morality is bringing it back out in the way you live, through personal example and responsible action, ultimately toward the true community (sangha) of ‘all beings.’

Michael shares that, “Today we must learn the truth about the old worldview and power structure—and how it came to be. If we are to work our way out of the dilemma created by the Mechanistic worldview, everything that has been concealed or advocated by the Mechanists should be re-examined in the light of the new thinking.”

Then we learn what’s required to catalyze systemic change and detailed steps we might take to be victorious in our epic David vs Goliath battle against the self destructive ways of the old paradigm.

We need a new culture, an organic one, based on voluntary simplicity and low-impact technology and lifestyles—a culture that heals the world rather than destroys it. We need to change, each one of us, deep down inside ourselves and open up to the wonders of nature and each other. There is much to learn, much to transform, on the inside and in the world itself.

So there is the rich history and new paradigm philosophy that takes up many of the 400 plus pages of this new paradigm manifesto which provides the context of where we have been and where we are today told with great insight. And in the last chapters and Appendix, we learn about a new curriculum and practical plan to regenerate the planet available at Michael’s websites.

Here is one paragraph from Global Awakening that encapsulates the mission of an Awakened World:

A broad and comprehensive social and political transformation will redefine how we use energy and supply industry, how corporations and governments relate to people and international problems, and how we bring about peace, which in the end is the ultimate goal of the world. Deep change means not only learning what is regen and what is degen, it also means social and personal transformation in the Kantian sense of evolving from homo phenomenon to the more compassionate morality of homo noumenon, of learning to see the big picture and of knowing reality from the outside in. It means changing lifestyles from the conspicuous consumption and exploitation of nature to living in harmony with Earth and ourselves.

Michael believes we have gone through the first two stages of early enlightenment and conservative backlash and have started the intensive phase. The 60′s were the first upsetting of the staid and stable worldview of the 50′s and mirrored the early enlightenment phase of 1700-1725. The 80′s and 90′s were the backlash phase of Reagan and Thatcher. Our new organic worldview philosophers include Deepak Chopra, Ken Wilber, Andrew Weil and Thom Hartman who have popularized new paradigm thinking similar to the 1750′s using blogs and news sites.

So please, if this sounds like an important book to you, take the time to read Global Awakening and once you have digested it’s magnificent context and contents, if you are excited and engaged, consider sharing it with your friends and networks and spread the word. Global Awakening and it’s two websites are invaluable new paradigm resources and potent catalysts. The book provides a very real sense of our place in the transformation of culture that holds the promise of reclaiming the world from those who have taken it hostage. The time to act is now and Global Awakening belong’s in the library of every awakened activist.

Here is a simple and powerful new paradigm thought to live by from deep ecologist Aldo Leopold’s The Land Ethic:

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of a biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

Resources:

GlobalRegen.net will be working to help create “true regenerative” projects, which will be self-replicating in order build a new interconnected regenerative planetary culture—a truly awakened humanity.

Educating the next generation of students will require a new curriculum of global awareness through new paradigm history, evolution, longer time horizons, syntropy, and nurturing curiosity. Such a curriculum already exists.
as an online progressive core curriculum at GlobalCurriculum.com. It can be used as a high school core curriculum program or an introductory college level course—even a junior high gifted program or enrichment program. A lifelong learning course is also available for adults.

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Fuel From Air Breakthrough

From the Independent

A small British company has produced the first “petrol from air” using a revolutionary technology that promises to solve the energy crisis as well as helping to curb global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has produced five litres of petrol since August when it switched on a small refinery that manufactures gasoline from carbon dioxide and water vapour.

The company hopes that within two years it will build a larger, commercial-scale plant capable of producing a ton of petrol a day. It also plans to produce green aviation fuel to make airline travel more carbon-neutral.

Tim Fox, head of energy and the environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London, said: “It sounds too good to be true, but it is true. They are doing it and I’ve been up there myself and seen it. The innovation is that they have made it happen as a process. It’s a small pilot plant capturing air and extracting CO2 from it based on well known principles. It uses well-known and well-established components but what is exciting is that they have put the whole thing together and shown that it can work.”

Although the process is still in the early developmental stages and needs to take electricity from the national grid to work, the company believes it will eventually be possible to use power from renewable sources such as wind farms or tidal barrages.

“We’ve taken carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turned these elements into petrol,” said Peter Harrison, the company’s chief executive, who revealed the breakthrough at a conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London.

“There’s nobody else doing it in this country or indeed overseas as far as we know. It looks and smells like petrol but it’s a much cleaner and clearer product than petrol derived from fossil oil,” Mr Harrison told The Independent.

“We don’t have any of the additives and nasty bits found in conventional petrol, and yet our fuel can be used in existing engines,” he said.

“It means that people could go on to a garage forecourt and put our product into their car without having to install batteries or adapt the vehicle for fuel cells or having hydrogen tanks fitted. It means that the existing infrastructure for transport can be used,” Mr Harrison said.

Being able to capture carbon dioxide from the air, and effectively remove the principal industrial greenhouse gas resulting from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal, has been the holy grail of the emerging green economy.

Using the extracted carbon dioxide to make petrol that can be stored, transported and used as fuel for existing engines takes the idea one step further. It could transform the environmental and economic landscape of Britain, Mr Harrison explained.

“We are converting renewable electricity into a more versatile, useable and storable form of energy, namely liquid transport fuels. We think that by the end of 2014, provided we can get the funding going, we can be producing petrol using renewable energy and doing it on a commercial basis,” he said.

“We ought to be aiming for a refinery-scale operation within the next 15 years. The issue is making sure the UK is in a good place to be able to set up and establish all the manufacturing processes that this technology requires. You have the potential to change the economics of a country if you can make your own fuel,” he said.

The initial plan is to produce petrol that can be blended with conventional fuel, which would suit the high-performance fuels needed in motor sports. The technology is also ideal for remote communities that have abundant sources of renewable electricity, such solar energy, wind turbines or wave energy, but little in the way of storing it, Mr Harrison said.

“We’re talking to a number of island communities around the world and other niche markets to help solve their energy problems.

“You’re in a market place where the only way is up for the price of fossil oil and at some point there will be a crossover where our fuel becomes cheaper,” he said.

Although the prototype system is designed to extract carbon dioxide from the air, this part of the process is still too inefficient to allow a commercial-scale operation.

The company can and has used carbon dioxide extracted from air to make petrol, but it is also using industrial sources of carbon dioxide until it is able to improve the performance of “carbon capture”.

Other companies are working on ways of improving the technology of carbon capture, which is considered far too costly to be commercially viable as it costs up to £400 for capturing one ton of carbon dioxide.

However, Professor Klaus Lackner of Columbia University in New York said that the high costs of any new technology always fall dramatically.

“I bought my first CD in the 1980s and it cost $20 but now you can make one for less than 10 cents. The cost of a light bulb has fallen 7,000-fold during the past century,” Professor Lackner said.

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Hydromatch: A Global Answer to Drought

A Catalan inventor has created a brand new system that transforms humidity into water, Hydromatch. It acts like a giant air conditioning system, able to produce 500,000 liters an hour. According to its inventor, the machinery can work almost everywhere with at least 20% of humidity, which includes many deserts. To view video, click here or visit NPD by clicking on the yellow link below.

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A Clearing in the Madness

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is a 2 hour and 41 minute film that takes the viewer on a journey through our dysfunctional and ecocidal economic system and then explores a practical and intelligent global management system that operates for the good of all life. It’s an exhilarating ride and offers a sense of relief that there is indeed a solution to the interrelated challenges we are facing.

While many NPD articles highlight specific pieces of the puzzle, Zeitgeist offers a systemic solutions based vision of what’s possible if we the people commit to bring it about. Nothing else I have seen comes close to the vision of Jacques Fresco who at 94 should be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Economics. It’s also clear that existing and entrenched interests will do all in their power to keep a resource based economy from becoming reality. However, whether it happens or not, we now have a master blueprint that provides the architecture of a truly sustainable world we can champion. The film has been up for 19 months and has already been viewed by almost 18 million people so the seeds are being planted. Jacque is not resting but rather taking his visions to the people on a worldwide tour.

To watch the film, click here or go to http://youtu.be/4Z9WVZddH9w

To join the movement: http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/mission-statement

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