Pedaling for the new economy

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What’s better than an economy without dollars and transportation that’s (fossil) free?    Probably just bikes, love, and camping out. hOUR Economy took the alternative economy on the road this fall, with four days of farm work, cycling, food sharing, tent pitching, and story telling. Each of the farm hosts was a long-time hOUR economy member. Cyclists and … [Read more…]

Permaculture Design

Photo by Aaron Harper Johnson Photography

Permaculture is a design science of sustainable and regenerative systems, both agriculturally and culturally. Unlike most design systems, it embraces a set of ethics that guide its successful designs: care of the earth, care of people, and a sharing of the surplus. Over the past several years, I’ve had several opportunities to teach permaculture-related classes, including co-teaching a … [Read more…]

Game B

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Some initiatives begin with great expectations of “projects,” “defined impact,” and “catalytic change,” only to end up creating the only thing that seems to ever sustain real change anyway: community. Game B was such a project. Conceived by two friends who met through the Santa Fe Institute, it began as a regular gathering from across … [Read more…]

Past Lives & Former Loves

a history

Along the way, there were some other things that I used to be: Executive Director Staunton Creative Community Fund January 2009 – May 2012  SCCF began with the vision of becoming a microlender to rural and micropolitan small businesses. In my first six months, we raised $500,000 in lending capital to fund triple-bottom-line entrepreneurs. Over the next three years, … [Read more…]