If you are a sustainability-oriented business owner, you probably wish your small business would provide you with a more reliable livelihood.
It’s hard to find business guidance which reflects the ways of the new economy. It’s hard to make the shift away from the rape-and-pillage, Industrial Growth models. It’s hard to find business advisors who truly understand our desire to create a better world. But you’re in luck.
It’s a big job to sift through business advice and sort out which is appropriate – and which is inappropriate – for a new-future economy. How do we create businesses that are gentler on the earth, and more fair and just to our fellow human beings? Continue reading “How do we help small businesses thrive?”
Seems like every week I get emails from yet another group that is “creating a network of local groups” for social change. Or expanding into a new reskilling class series. Or cultivating a citywide vision plan. Each of them valid in their focus, each one tackling their own aspect of The Great Turning. And each of them scrabbling for the same – limited – discretionary hours of volunteers and attendees.
Wonderful things are happening. The world truly is poised to make transformative change. Yet the cars still pour onto the freeway each morning, jets still roar at the airport, we continue to burn oil and belch CO2 emissions, buy-buy-buy, as we dutifully march on with the “ordinary” part of our lives.
Gotta make a living. Gotta raise the kids. Gotta visit the grandparents/show the kids Europe. Gotta stop by Target/Walmart/Costco and get something, etc. As much as the new consciousness is here, the old ways still press upon us. Continue reading “Change is coming – Hold on tight”
If you’re reading this and you live in L.A., California, or the U.S. Southwest, here are some simple things you can do now — as an individual or as a community group — to prepare for summer heat before the inevitable onslaught begins.
1. Install blinds and sun barriers. Look for thermal drapery lining fabric (available by the yard at many chain fabric stores) which will reduce the amount of heat that comes into your room. If you are a renter, get spring-tension-style curtain rods and there will be no holes for your landlord to complain about. If you own your own property, extend the overhang of your eaves with lattice or similar material so that it casts more shade. Or consider flying some of those triangle-shaped shade sails over patios and driveways that radiate heat. (If you are able to take on a much bigger project, boost the insulation in your exterior walls and consider double-paned windows.) Continue reading “8 Things you can do now, to prepare for summer heat”
When is the last time 20 people devoted 3 hours of their Saturday exclusively to you as a small business owner, and helping you achieve success? In a nutshell, that was last Saturday’s ProAction Cafe at Transition Mar Vista/Venice. And it was truly amazing.
Four local Transition-style businesses were “on the hot seat.” After a brief intro to the format, the meeting broke into four small groups, Open Space-style, with one of the subject business owners at each of the four tables. Continue reading “The ProAction Cafe”
This week marked the trimphant wrap-up of our Human Ecology class at Otis College of Art and Design. It was a great group of students this semester, and their enthusiasm shone through in their final projects.
No water. That pretty much sums up living with climate change around here, in Los Angeles. California is currently experiencing “the worst drought in 500 years.” We had one minor “rain event” in October just before Rob Hopkins came to town, and another minor rain event in late January. Up until this week, we’d had 1.02 inches of rainfall since last July, instead of our normal 15 inches. So much for our so-called “rainy season.”
As I write this, we’re experiencing an extraordinarily severe “biggest rainstorm in two years” (which may bring our total annual rainfall up to 3 inches, approximately the level of a prior “record drought”). Soon we’re headed into what are traditionally our dry months. In a normal year, zero rain typically falls between May and November. Continue reading “Living with Climate Change”
In a previous post I argued that economic contraction is necessary and in fact underway. Is this “Collapse” — that scary term that so many authors love to throw around?
I find the C word to be counterproductive. Depending on where you are standing as the grand cascade of change ripples through, the ruthless C word might be how it all feels to you in the moment. But the big scary C word disclaims all the brilliant aspects of the new, emerging economy. It denies that there is anything positive going on.
In case I don’t use sufficiently ‘skillful means,’ please let me begin with stating: I am not advocating for intentionally creating an economic crash.
Rob says about economics “once it starts getting even vaguely complicated, leaves me rather puzzled.” I don’t shy away from complicated, although I do strive to simplify things as I explain them, so that more people can understand. I have waded through tons of what many people lay out as possibilities for new economic alternatives, hunting for how to successfully unwind the terminally-flawed system we’ve got (success=relatively peacefully), and ideas for how to build a wiser parallel system. Continue reading “Economic Descent, hopefully with skillful means”