November 19, 2013
We live in a strange, contradictory time.
As the Millennium Development Goals' target year 2015 fast approaches, the World Bank is already celebrating victories. We read, for example, that "target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline."
October 23, 2013
Go here to view the above image and watch Frances' panel, "Stakeholder Synergies: Socio-Economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture," at approximately 1:33:00 and Straight Talk on GMOs: Fact, Fiction, and Food Security panel at approximately 2:40:00.
I spoke in Des Moines, Iowa, last Friday at...
September 18, 2013
Who doesn't feel like throwing in the towel... with congressional approval ratings at a pitiful 10 percent? For pete's sake, even the much-reviled "socialism" has more than double the fans.
Yet a moment's reflection tells us we can't solve any of our giant challenges without public decision-making...
August 6, 2013
Here it is: Power. Now, quick, before reading further, close your eyes. What associations come to mind? If your list is full words like coercion, force, guns, oppression, domination, money, you could be in big trouble.
Turns out, our very idea of power can rob us of it. In its Latin root, posse,...
May 9, 2013
"If it bleeds, it leads"... ever hear that maxim of journalism? If you want readers, go with the scary, gruesome story -- that's what gets hearts pumping and grabs attention. Yeah, but what grabs our attention can also scare the heck out of us and shut us down.
Scary news might "sell," but we can...
April 30, 2013
This is the fifth of a five-part, weekly series celebrating Earth Day featured on Huffington Post
How do we know the difference between head-in-the-sand hope and eyes-wide-open hope? One is a killer; the other, a life-giver.
First, it helps to ask, what is hope?
Some of my Buddhist buddies pooh-...
April 24, 2013
This is the fourth of a five-part, weekly series celebrating Earth Day featured on Huffington Post.
"We've hit the limits of a finite planet!" How many times have I heard this dire warning and felt myself banging against a wall -- ouch! Or, I've read that endless growth is killing our planet, and...