Ancient Futures

Learning From Ladakh
Author: Helena Norberg Hodge
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448176239
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 240
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Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet', is a wildly beautiful desert land up in the Western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture. Traditions of frugality and cooperation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive, but to prosper. Everyone had enough to eat; families and communities were strong; the status of women was high. Then came 'development'. Now in the modern sector one finds pollution and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat from pressures of Western consumerism. Ancient Futures is much more than a book about Ladakh. Passionately argued, it raises important questions about the whole notion of progress, and explores the root causes of the malaise of industrial society. At the same time, the story of Ladakh serves as a source of inspiration for our own future. It shows us that another way is possible, and points to some of the first steps towards kinder, gentler patterns of living.

Ancient Futures, 3rd Edition


Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 0692864245
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 244
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A moving portrait of tradition and change in Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," Ancient Futures is also a scathing critique of the global economy and a rallying call for economic localization. When Helena Norberg-Hodge first visited Ladakh in 1975, she found a pristine environment, a self-reliant economy and a people who exhibited a remarkable joie de vivre. But then came a tidal wave of economic growth and development. Over the last four decades, this remote Himalayan land has been transformed by outside markets and Western notions of "progress." As a direct result, a whole range of problems--from polluted air and water to unemployment, religious conflict, eating disorders and youth suicide--have appeared for the first time. Yet this is far from a story of despair. Social and environmental breakdown, Norberg-Hodge argues, are neither inevitable nor evolutionary, but the products of political and economic decisions--and those decisions can be changed. In a new Preface, she presents a kaleidoscope of projects around the world that are pointing the way for both human and ecological well-being. These initiatives are the manifestation of a rapidly growing localization movement, which works to rebuild place-based cultures--strengthening community and our connection with nature. Ancient Futures challenges us to redefine what a healthy economy means, and to find ways to carry centuries-old wisdom into our future. The book and a related film by the same title have, between them, been translated into more than 40 languages.

Ancient Futures

Learning from Ladakh
Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Publisher: Random House (NY)
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 204
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Describes the land and culture of Ladakh, a remote region of India that is trying to protect itself from the effects of rapid modernization, and relates the author's experiences while visiting this Himalayan people

Haiku: Ancient Futures


Author: Caroline Way
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0244482918
Category:
Page: N.A
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Italien in vollen Zügen


Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888979870
Category: Travel
Page: 320
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Tim Parks’ Bücher über Italien sind "so lebendig, so voll mit köstlichen Details, dass sie als würdiger Ersatz für das Wirkliche dienen können" (Los Angeles Times). In diesem äußerst unterhaltsamen Reisebericht zeichnet Tim Parks ein authentisches Portrait italienischer Lebensweise – wie es sich auf Zugfahrten durch das Land erschließt. Ob als Pendler in ratternden Regionalbahnen, beim Kampf mit tückischen Fahrkartenautomaten oder auf der Suche nach dem richtigen Gleis im majestätischen Hauptbahnhof Mailands, immer richtet sich sein literarischer Blick auf Details, auf Besonderheiten. In unvergesslichen Begegnungen mit pedantischen Schaffnern und kauzigen Mitreisenden, mit Priestern und Prostituierten, Schülern und Verliebten fängt Parks ein, was für das italienische Leben so charakteristisch ist: die Obsession für Geschwindigkeit und zugleich der Sinn für lebensfreundliche Entschleunigung; die großartigen Baudenkmäler und ihre fast schon gezielte Vernachlässigung; und die unsterbliche Begeisterung für ein gutes Argument und den perfekten Cappuccino. "Italien in vollen Zügen" erzählt auch, wie die Eisenbahn dazu beigetragen hat, Italien als Staat zu konstituieren, und wie ihre Entwicklung das Bewusstsein Italiens von sich selbst reflektiert – von Garibaldi zu Mussolini zu Berlusconi und darüber hinaus.

Wisdom for a Livable Planet

The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Forn
Author: Carl N. McDaniel
Publisher: Trinity University Press
ISBN: 159534103X
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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The author profiles the work of eight visionaries who have dedicated their lives to various environmental issues. Each story provides a portrait of an individual's valiant and inspiring campaign to improve the conditions for life on our planet. Taken together, the work of these people points the way toward creating an ecologically centered civilization in which a brighter future for all life, including human, is possible. *Terri Swearingen takes on one of the world's largest hazardous waste incinerators burning toxic waste next door to an elementary school. *Stephen Schneider establishes the scientific basis for climate change *Herman Daly advocates a dynamic steady-state economy that respects the laws of nature and human behavior. *David Orr champions educational reform to make universities a place where students learn how to be environmentally aware citizens *Werner Fornos works toward empowering every person with the knowledge and means to decide when and how many children to have *Helena Norberg-Hodge champions local living with appropriate technologies to enhance our spiritual and ecological well-being. *Wes Jackson promotes sustainable agriculture based on local ecology and community values *Dave Foreman leads the effort to rewild almost half of North America with wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, falcons, and others to restore functional ecosystems and preserve biodiversity

Rethinking Globalization

Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World
Author: Bill Bigelow,Bob Peterson
Publisher: Rethinking Schools
ISBN: 0942961285
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 394
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Presents lessons and activities covering the topics of social justice and globalization.

Medieval Futures

Attitudes to the Future in the Middle Ages
Author: J. A. Burrow,John Anthony Burrow,Ian P. Wei
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 0851157793
Category: History
Page: 188
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Studies of varied ways in which medieval people imagined the future, reasons behind such representations, and the implications for an understanding of medieval society as a whole.

Faszination Ladakh


Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783451054846
Category:
Page: 224
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INTENTIONAL REALITY FOR A CLARITY OF EXISTENCE (Ph.D. Dissertation in the field of Metaphysics


Author: N.A
Publisher: A Home Fit For Royalty
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 1988
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Cultivating an Ecological Conscience

Essays from a Farmer Philosopher
Author: Frederick L. Kirschenmann
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813139589
Category: Nature
Page: 420
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Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability and has become a legend in his own right. Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher documents Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the new agrarianism in a collection of his greatest writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. Working closely with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his intellectual and spiritual journey. In a unique blend of personal history, philosophical discourse, spiritual ruminations, and practical advice, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with discussion of contemporary agrarian topics. This collection serves as an invaluable resource to agrarian scholars and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose work has profoundly influenced modern thinking about food.

The Bioregional Economy

Land, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Author: Molly Scott Cato
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136181733
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 254
View: 8000
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In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy. But what does this mean in more concrete terms? How large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies. A bioregional approach to economics assumes a different system of values to that which dominates neoclassical economics. The global economy is driven by growth, and the consumption ethic that matches this is one of expansion in range and quantity. Goods are defined as scarce, and access to them is a process based on competition. The bioregional approach challenges every aspect of that value system. It seeks a new ethic of consumption that prioritises locality, accountability and conviviality in the place of expansion and profit; it proposes a shift in the focus of the economy away from profits and towards provisioning; and it assumes a radical reorientation of work from employment towards livelihood. This book by leading green economist Molly Scott Cato sets out a visionary and yet rigorous account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.

The Kingdom of God Is Green


Author: Paul Gilk
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621899918
Category: Religion
Page: 298
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In the early 1970s, living in inner-city St. Louis, Paul Gilk asked his friends to explain why small farms were dying. The answers did not satisfy. Years of study followed. Through the reading of history, Gilk began to grasp the origins of both horticulture and agriculture, their blossoming into Neolithic agrarian village culture, and the impoundment of the agrarian village by bandit aristocrats at the formation of what we now call civilization. Getting a grip on the relationship between agriculture and civilization was one thing; but, as a person strongly influenced by Gospel stories, Gilk also wanted to know what the connection might be between the kingdom of God proclamation in the canonical Gospels and the peasant world from which Jesus arose. Aided in his thinking by the works of biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, Gilk began to realize that the kingdom of God was both a harkening back to the peace and freedom of precivilized agrarian village and a revolutionary anticipation of a postcivilized village-mindedness organized organically on the basis of radical servanthood and radical stewardship. We are, Gilk says, entering the dawn of this Green culture simultaneously with the deepening of civilized world disaster.

Two Strangers - One Soul


Author: Bob Norton
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1846949920
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 169
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The book recounts the awakening and journey of the Narrator who seeks to make sense of the questions and enigmas, which perplex us and cause more and more anxieties. The Narrator comes across a chance acquaintance. Compelled by what he hears, he embarks on discussions, which make up the fears, hopes, and aspirations of us all. These conversations are interspersed with dream sequences with another Stranger. The dreams often reinforce a conversation, with an alternative perspective. Each conversation/chapter focuses on a value, which is central to human living, some of which we all get wrong most of the time. These values are crucial to rebuilding human life post 2012.There is a mounting sense of new discovery as one Stranger, Jonathan, peels back the inner layers of the Narrator's hidden self to reveal the greatest adventure of all. In the future, we shall live according to renewed values, not based on greed, power and destruction, but based on love, understanding and co-existence. The diverse aspects of these three values form the storyline and subject matter of this book.

Walk Out Walk On

A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now
Author: Margaret J. Wheatley,Deborah Frieze
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1605097330
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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At a time when most communities’ resources are stretched past the breaking point, how is it possible to deal with the enormous challenges that families, neighborhoods, cities, regions, and nations face today? This inspiring book takes readers to seven communities around the world where the people have walked out of limiting beliefs and practices that precluded solutions to major social problems, and walked on to discover bold new ways to meet their needs. This book is a true learning journey, filled with intimate stories and portraits of the people and places the authors came to know through years of working together to transform their communities. The journey begins in Mexico, then moves to Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Greece and the U.S. The authors’ lives and ways of thinking have been transformed by these experiences and relationships – an experience they hope to recreate for the reader through vivid prose and photos. The reader will experience first hand how a change of beliefs about people results in new capacities and the possibility of a more healthy future.

Disinformation Book of Lists


Author: Russ Kick
Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser
ISBN: 1609258894
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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Can you name five military leaders who were transgendered? Twelve cases of involuntary human experimentation by the U.S. government? How about the four porn novels written by famous authors, 11 books left out of the Bible and over 50 side effects of NutraSweet that have been reported to the FDA? In 1977, David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace published The Book of Lists, causing an immediate sensation. Not only did it lead to three direct sequels (in 1980, 1983 and 1993), it also created a new genre. Soon, shelves were lined with The First Original Unexpurgated Authentic Canadian Book of Lists (1978), The Book of Sports Lists (1979) and Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists (1980), among many others. Using this popular, enduring format, Russ Kick’s Disinformation Book of Lists delves into the murkier aspects of politics, current events, business, history, science, art and literature, sex, drugs, death and more. Despite such unusual subject matter, this book presents hard, substantiated facts with full references. Among the lists presented: Innocent People Freed from Prison Members of the Skull & Bones Secret Society at Yale Drugs Pulled Off the Market After They Killed Too Many People Legal Substances that Will Get You High Scenes that Were Cut from Movies Raunchy Songs that Were Never Released Military Officers, Government Officials, Astronauts, and Airline Personnel Who Say UFOs Are Real Words and Phrases No Longer Allowed in Textbooks

Authenticating Ethnic Tourism


Author: Dr. Philip Feifan Xie
Publisher: Channel View Publications
ISBN: 1845412052
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 296
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This book represents a shifting of emphasis away from the discourse of authenticity to the process of authenticating ethnic tourism. It focuses upon what authentication is, how it works, who is involved, and what the problems are in the process. By using the study of folk villages on Hainan Island, China, the book suggests that authenticity evolves from a static into a more dynamic concept, which can be formulated according to the different stages of development relating to all the stakeholders involved. Authentication is an interactive process in which a balance of forces defines a state of equilibrium. The book uncovers some interesting findings that will significantly contribute to the literature on ethnic tourism in developing areas.

Nature Across Cultures

Views of Nature and the Environment in Non-Western Cultures
Author: Helaine Selin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401701490
Category: Science
Page: 482
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Nature Across Cultures: Views of Nature and the Environment in Non-Western Cultures consists of about 25 essays dealing with the environmental knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Indian, Thai, and Andean views of nature and the environment, among others, the book includes essays on Environmentalism and Images of the Other, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Worldviews and Ecology, Rethinking the Western/non-Western Divide, and Landscape, Nature, and Culture. The essays address the connections between nature and culture and relate the environmental practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both environmental history and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups.

Introduction to International and Global Studies, Second Edition


Author: Shawn C. Smallman,Kimberley Brown
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469621665
Category: Political Science
Page: 408
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This innovative introduction to international and global studies, updated and revised in a new edition, offers instructors in the social sciences and humanities a core textbook for teaching undergraduates in this rapidly growing field. Encompassing the latest scholarship in what is a markedly interdisciplinary endeavor, Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown introduce key concepts, themes, and issues and then examine each in lively chapters on essential topics that include the history of globalization; economic, political, and cultural globalization; security, energy, and development; health; agriculture and food; and the environment. Within these topics, the authors explore such timely and pressing subjects as commodity chains, labor (including present-day slavery), human rights, multinational corporations, and the connections among them. New to this edition: * The latest research on debates over privacy rights and surveillance since Edward Snowden's disclosures * Updates on significant political and economic developments throughout the world, including a new case study of European Union, Icelandic, and Greek responses to the 2008 fiscal crisis * The newest information about the rise of fracking, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the decline of the Peak Oil movement, and climate change, including the latter's effects on the Arctic and Antarctica * A dedicated website with authors' blog and a teaching tab with syllabi, class activities, and well-designed, classroom-tested resources * An updated teacher's manual available online, including sample examination questions, additional resources for each chapter, and special assistance for teaching ESL students * Updated career advice for international studies majors

High Frontiers

Dolpo and the Changing World of Himalayan Pastoralists
Author: Kenneth Michael Bauer
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231509022
Category: Science
Page: 336
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Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan enclave in one of Nepal's most remote regions. The Dolpo-pa, or people of Dolpo, share language, religious and cultural practices, history, and a way of life. Agro-pastoralists who live in some of the highest villages in the world, the Dolpo-pa wrest survival from this inhospitable landscape through a creative combination of farming, animal husbandry, and trade. High Frontiers is an ethnography and ecological history of Dolpo tracing the dramatic transformations in the region's socioeconomic patterns. Once these traders passed freely between Tibet and Nepal with their caravans of yak to exchange salt and grains; they relied on winter pastures in Tibet to maintain their herds. After 1959, China assumed full control over Tibet and the border was closed, restricting livestock migrations and sharply curtailing trade. At the same time, increasing supplies of Indian salt reduced the value of Tibetan salt, undermining Dolpo's economic niche. Dolpo's agro-pastoralists were forced to reinvent their lives by changing their migration patterns, adopting new economic partnerships, and adapting to external agents of change. The region has been transformed as a result of the creation of Nepal's largest national park, the making of Himalaya, a major motion picture filmed on location, the increasing presence of nongovernmental organizations, and a booming trade in medicinal products. High Frontiers examines these transformations at the local level and speculates on the future of pastoralism in this region and across the Himalayas.