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Coming soon: Joanne’s new novel

Coming soon: Joanne’s new novel

What if our economic forces were designed to work in partnership with Nature rather than against her? What if our economy promoted the best of human nature — our collaborative, caring and nurturing aspects. What if economic sectors were designed to work in harmony with each other, mimicking a supportive ecosystem? What might such an economy look like? Whatever Comes Next the new novel in the Legacy series Coming soon from Joanne Poyourow Click for more info  

Here’s how to sidestep those doomsday economic forecasts

Here’s how to sidestep those doomsday economic forecasts

Lately the news has been full of dire reports about the economy (LATimes article, Baker article, Stanford/Berkeley study) Let’s get back to Resilience. Sufficiency. How can we thrive, economically, despite these dire reports? If you run a small business (or are thinking about having a small business), here’s how to build resilience in your business. As an individual, or a community member, here’s how you can help build a resilient local economy.

Exposing the False Prophets of Transformation

Exposing the False Prophets of Transformation

Nicole Ashcoff has posted an excellent article on what comes after capitalism — or more precisely, what DOESN’T come after capitalism. She writes:  “While elite storytellers [like Ophrah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, John Mackey of Whole Foods, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] present ideas like creative or inclusive capitalism as radical solutions to global problems, their ideas actually inhibit real change and strengthen the status quo.” Ashcoff continues “In covering up the structural nature of problems and…

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Name and Shame

Name and Shame

We are continuing our series on the 7 Aspects of Divestment from Fossil Fuels, a powerful tool to combat global warming. Name and Shame The Carbon Underground 200 is a list of the 200 worst offenders – the top 100 public coal companies globally and the top 100 public oil and gas companies globally, ranked by the potential carbon emissions content of their reported reserves.

Move Your Money

Move Your Money

  Bank of America, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase rank as the top-three financiers of mountaintop-removal coal mining and coal-fired power plants in the US, according to a report by the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network, and BankTrack. If your organization banks with one of these corporate mega-banks, its money is supporting fossil fuels.(i)

What is Divestment from fossil fuels?

What is Divestment from fossil fuels?

Divestment is the opposite of investment: you can think of it like “uninvesting.” To divest from fossil fuels means to sell all the oil and gas company stocks in your investment portfolio (or your university’s portfolio, or your faith community’s portfolio, or your city’s portfolio…). Every day, the fossil fuel industry moves steadily closer to killing the planet and rendering humanity extinct. It has already begun: People are dying from climate-change-driven storms and diseases. From farmland to fisheries, people’s livelihoods…

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Why a “local cup of tea”?

Why a “local cup of tea”?

I like poetry.  I delight in hidden messages and creating layers of meaning for people to discover. When I was figuring out a name for my business guidance, I began thinking of what is currently available to (conventional) businesses:  hard-hitting, competitive edge, cut-throat, push-push-push to get ahead.  The emerging new economy isn’t like that. The Great Turning says society is making a major shift.  And changes to business and economy are part of that.  We’re changing to simpler ways —…

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How do we help small businesses thrive?

How do we help small businesses thrive?

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…

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The ProAction Cafe

The ProAction Cafe

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…

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The Econ Puzzle’s Debut

The Econ Puzzle’s Debut

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. We celebrated with people from Transition Mar Vista/Venice as well as people from other departments at Otis.  As teacher Elektra Grant expained so well in her introduction, it seems approprate that the “Human Ecology” class has so many stakeholders.