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Michelle Long: Local Living Economies

Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. Founded in 2002, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous awakening energy directed toward local economies. Seeing local, independently owned businesses as the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real...

Duane Elgin: Voluntary Simplicity

Duane Elgin is a social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. He has met the heads of state, he has bent the laws of physics under research settings at Stanford Research Institute, and he has co-authored a...

Otto Scharmer: Egosystem to Ecosystem

Growing up on a farm in Germany, Otto Scharmer noticed a lot of unsettling divides in society that ultimately led him to his PhD thesis titled: "Transformation of Capitalism as a Revolution From Within." As he jokes, "No one read it, so I went on another pursuit to make such ideas...

David Bollier: Wealth of the Commons

David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant who explores "the commons" as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  "The commons is not an ideology so much as a lens and language for understanding the things that we share -- something that, in our...

Lorenzo Fioramonti: Value That Can't be Counted

Lorenzo Fioramonti is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of...

Keith McHenry: Abundance and Cooperation Toward Peace and Justice

In 1980, Keith McHenry was a college student trying to raise money for a friend who had been arrested at an anti-nuclear protest. To help pay for the lawyers, Keith was planning a bake sale; in a fateful moment, he saw a poster that read: It will be a great day when the schools get all the...

Rajni Bakshi: A Teller of Stories of Modern-Day Gandhians

Rajni Bakshi is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist and author who writes about social and political movements in contemporary India.  She stands in the “fertile ground” between journalism and activism – chronicling struggles for more humane and ecologically sound ways...

Clair Brown: How Would Buddha Teach Economics?

Clair Brown, a professor emeritus in the Economics Department at UC Berkeley, taught the basic Economics 1 class at Berkeley for over 30 years. She often found that the students in her sprawling introductory classes had a hard time reconciling the dominant neoclassical model that she taught with...

Peter Kalmus: Being the Change: How I Dramatically Cut Fossil Fuels and Increased My Joy

Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth’s systems, Dr. Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes.  He stopped flying...

Miki Kashtan: Vulnerability, Shedding Excess, and Communicating Our Needs

Miki Kashtan is a self-described “practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, exploring the application of the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to social transformation.” In 2002, she co-founded, with her late sister Inbal Kashtan, Bay Area...

Jay Coen Gilbert: Business for Social Good

Perhaps you’ve seen the “Certified B Corporation” symbol on your Kleen Kanteen water bottle or on a pint of Ben and Jerry’s vegan chocolate caramel cluster ice cream.  Can a capitalist model which has earned a reputation for endless consumption really...

Jeremy Lent: Patterning Instinct

"Hope, by contrast, is not a matter of estimating the odds. Hope is an active state of mind, a recognition that change is nonlinear, unpredictable, and arises from intentional engagement."  -- Jeremy Lent As an author and founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, Jeremy Lent...

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