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 Post subject: Re: Sustainability and getting out of the stupor
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I am particularily partial to the woods .

Permaculture - Forest Farming

Published on Aug 16, 2012

In forest farming, high-value specialty crops are grown under the protection of a forest canopy that has been modified to provide the correct shade level. Crops like ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, and decorative ferns are sold for medicinal, culinary, and ornamental uses. Forest farming provides income while high-quality trees are being grown for wood products. Turkey, deer, songbirds and wildlife may find ideal habitat in a forest farming setting.

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I live in a city that has many community gardens. It's a great idea and gives hope to those in cities. Whereever you live you can live a self sustained and self responsible life and the bonus in cities is meeting so many others interested in the same.

The Permaculture Neighborhood Center - Permaculture Artisans

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http://www.permacutlureartisans.com - Erik Ohlsen takes you on a tour of an edible oasis he created on a 1/3 acre asphalt lot, encouraging you to think about sustainable living for small-town and suburban life. In the face of drought, fire, peak oil, energy depletion, soil depletion and more, what can you do to live a more eco-friendly life?

The Permaculture Neighborhood Center - Permaculture Artisans

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what I asked was DO YOU GARDEN - using the tools you are promoting or are you just promoting YOUR Belief System? ... as you mentioned, there are many community gardens in your city - so are you taking the opportunity to use this information and share your own experience or are you just convinced that it works because someone said so?

all that wallpaper ... just to hide what I have contributed to this topic ... your only "Other" tactic used to defend your BS... you are so predicable Shay ... when you are not trying to kill the messenger, you are wall-papering - often with quotes of what you BELIEVE even though it conflict with the WMMs, used for wall-paper ... it's a great injustice to do that, but a wonderful opportunity to practice Valor ... so thanks again.

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In case you haven't noticed, I don't have to prove anything to you. You have no authority in my life whatsoever. What I do with Permaculture benefits those I extend my knowledge of it too because they see and experience it as well. It is a Whole system which means that gardening is but one aspect of it. What is wonderful about Permaculture is how the Whole system of it with Earth and Nature is so applicable to Life itself for those conscious of living it on this planet. There are just too many levels of understanding to be able to state what it is in one sentence.There are layers upon layers or levels of understanding so symbiotic with what we are learning or reremembering with the WMM. Unless you have a semblance of understanding of all that is involved with Permaculture it is best you keep your mouth shut for your ignorance lest you put both feet into it starduster. I travel to other countries with my training in Permaculture to help others who ask for it, while you stay holed up in the Colorado mountians awaiting your many disasters and catastrophes , you feeling safe and smug, so that you can tell others, "I told you so." :roll:

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another personal attack, because I am demonstrating behavioral intelligence (and your're not?) because I am actually doing what the LTO suggest that we do to prepare ourselves for the shift ... because I am walking the path that you have only read about? I can tell you from EXPERIENCE - all you can tell us is what you read in a book and are parroting - and that is what I am pointing out. I am working with Nature - one on one towards self-sustainability, and complete independence from the Hierarchy that you claim to hate, but support and depend upon to feed you... frankenfoods (unless you actually believe that what is mass produced is "organic") . I am proving to my family and my neighbors that there is a better way to live - they can SEE the results, taste it and be enriched by it - while you have nothing to offer but Links words, I have a garden to show them, and an established relationship with Nature to validate the knowledge I am transferring

I'm not waiting to say "I told you so" - I have enough food to share - thanks to Nature's abundance and my genuine love of my fellow man, and I have dehydrated foods, stored from over a decade ago (before I found these materials) purchased specifically FOR my neighbors - when the economy goes belly up - besides my own supply of food for my immediate family of 10. I am prepared for whatever happens to assist my fellow man to get over this bump in the road - you will be part of the problem due to your lack of preparation. When total strangers come to my door looking for food, I can give them a can of beans, rice, oatmeal, and a jug of water ... wheat to germinate and seeds to plant ... which will get them a lot farther than your words and "good intentions"

I offered you the opportunity to join me in my efforts to live these concepts - and gave you enough money to do that, but you choose not to ... demonstrating that you would rather die than move out of your comfort zone (your daughter's basement ?)... and practice what you preach ... and so you shall (reap what you sow or not) - your choice

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I just love those program redirectors of the subconscious Universe! What a ride!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Now onto more serious things. Did you know that the shape and size of fish is determined by how big the body of water they are in and how fast the water is moving not to speak of the waters viscosity and what determines that? The study of Nature is Science and what we discover there in our observations and listening, applies to us as well in one way or another. And is but one ticket out of the HMS house of smokey and distorted mirrors. Time does not exist for earth and nature like that which is contrived in the HMS. The HMS is programmed for us to think of earth and nature according to its limited programs. You know when you have bypassed them when you know you don't know about what you are observing because no program exists for it in the HMS. With patience, further observation will show you, through your Heart Intelligence what you need to glean from what you are observing and it is always interconnected and interdependent on the Whole of nature and the planet. Neither exist in a vacuum or in separation. It is impossible.

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For those interested a possible solution if not great info about things that can be done to live a more simple life no matter where you live. :^}

http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/32461-sur ... ing-crises

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Now onto more serious things. Did you know that the shape and size of fish is determined by how big the body of water they are in and how fast the water is moving not to speak of the waters viscosity and what determines that? The study of Nature is Science and what we discover there in our observations and listening, applies to us as well in one way or another. And is but one ticket out of the HMS house of smokey and distorted mirrors. Time does not exist for earth and nature like that which is contrived in the HMS. The HMS is programmed for us to think of earth and nature according to its limited programs. You know when you have bypassed them when you know you don't know about what you are observing because no program exists for it in the HMS. With patience, further observation will show you, through your Heart Intelligence what you need to glean from what you are observing and it is always interconnected and interdependent on the Whole of nature and the planet. Neither exist in a vacuum or in separation. It is impossible.



ja, anyone who has ever raised gold fish in a bowl knows that the size they get is relative to the bowl they are in and how many companions they have. Nature has "cycles" that cover vast periods of time ... season for veggies and flowers, cycles for fruit trees - eight years for most to produce fruit ... and they all depend on how much moisture is available ... which has been dramatically altered by Chemtrails - and the droughts that they cause along with changing the jet stream

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For those interested a possible solution if not great info about things that can be done to live a more simple life no matter where you live. :^}

http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/32461-sur ... ing-crises

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starduster wrote:
Shayalana wrote:
Now onto more serious things. Did you know that the shape and size of fish is determined by how big the body of water they are in and how fast the water is moving not to speak of the waters viscosity and what determines that? The study of Nature is Science and what we discover there in our observations and listening, applies to us as well in one way or another. And is but one ticket out of the HMS house of smokey and distorted mirrors. Time does not exist for earth and nature like that which is contrived in the HMS. The HMS is programmed for us to think of earth and nature according to its limited programs. You know when you have bypassed them when you know you don't know about what you are observing because no program exists for it in the HMS. With patience, further observation will show you, through your Heart Intelligence what you need to glean from what you are observing and it is always interconnected and interdependent on the Whole of nature and the planet. Neither exist in a vacuum or in separation. It is impossible.



ja, anyone who has ever raised gold fish in a bowl knows that the size they get is relative to the bowl they are in and how many companions they have. Nature has "cycles" that cover vast periods of time ... season for veggies and flowers, cycles for fruit trees - eight years for most to produce fruit ... and they all depend on how much moisture is available ... which has been dramatically altered by Chemtrails - and the droughts that they cause along with changing the jet stream


It's more than the size of the bowl. Nature is interconnected and the diversity of those connections go on into infinitude. You missed the point trying to devalue mine only to again look foolish. Permaculture is about designing possibilities that work with nature and beyond what you think you know, it looks underneath the ice to see a river flowing there, that kind of knowingness is obviously quite limited for you by your obviously programmed reactive dependence on your untransmuted over inflated ego that just loves finding fault and spreading fear and then blaming those who won't accept your mis and disinfo as being false because they don't/won't beleive you. Take the beam out of your own eye.

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Shayalana wrote:
For those interested a possible solution if not great info about things that can be done to live a more simple life no matter where you live. :^}

http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/32461-sur ... ing-crises



What is so wonderful about what Geoff Lawton and other Permaculturists are doing is that there is living proof of its efficacy and very positive nature all over the planet including what you can do with nature to get rid of and naturally guard against radioactivity, clean the air, heal not only the land and ourselves but the oceans as well, etc. etc. It is not oil and gas we have to worry about so much it's our food supply. And we all can do something about that, it is within our control. And this is despite all that starduster constantly reiterates in her focus on distractions and diversions with the mainstream news. She has been doing this consistantly for years now. Boy is she sucked in or what? Who here wants to join her? Or are you more interested in solutions that you can apply for you and your family and community. The more the merrier and the healthier for all concerned on a global level, I might add. It can be so simple. Or do you want it complicated? If so join starduster with her mindf--k. :|

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eTalks - The Secrets of Food Marketing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKTORFmMycQ#t=394


Michael Pollan's: "Don't Buy Any Food You've Ever Seen Advertised". Democracy

Michael Pollan is one of the nations leading writers and thinkers in this country on the issue of food. He is author of several books about food, including The Botany of Desire, The Omnivores Dilemma and his latest, In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto. In light of what he calls the processed food industrys co-option of sustainability and its vast spending on marketing, Pollan advises to be wary of any food thats advertised.

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Cannabis Forgetting and the Botany of Desire: Michael Pollan

Contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan delivers this Avenali Lecture on the stories of four familiar plant species: the apple, the tulip, the potato, and cannabis. [1/2003] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7048]

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It's interesting when he talks about plants having so many more genes than humans. Perhaps, plants are much more complex than we realize and need to be looked at from a POV that doesn't think it is superior. Wonder if getting high is entering into the plant world and how it works? Wonder if getting high has nothing to do with how our minds work so much as how the plant itself works? Just imagine all those trips into the plants mind and humans taking credit for the plants "spiritual"intelligence. No wonder Paganism was quickly made quick work of. :lol: Just a thought.

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Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQPN1O03z8I

Humans are more of an artificial albeit limited intelligence than earth and nature and its creatures. Maybe because these bodies/ego-mind/HMS were created by a limited and controlling contracting intelligence who ignored the intelligence of the planet and nature. The Atlanteans love this planet/nature and respected it very much. You figure.


TEDxMidAtlantic - Joel Salatin - 11/5/09

Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Salatins 550-acre farm is featured prominently in Michael Pollans book, The Omnivores Dilemma and the documentary film, Food, Inc.

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Food Inc - Robert Kenner

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGX7JppOR10

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Here's a Seed Map. However, for the many folk who are growing their own food if they are wise they will grow plants specifically for their seeds so will always have seed. Heirloom seeds or organic seeds are the kind that can be grown and collected from. This is more than a seed map each colored thingy has additional info about many things including the red California one about synthetic lifeforms having been created by a computer. :shock:

http://map.seedmap.org/






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31 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Albert Einstein


1. We are all born geniuses but life de-geniuses us.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

2. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

3. We are all ONE.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

4. Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”


5. Imagination is more important than knowledge

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”


6. Solitude can be delightful to a mature person

“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.”

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”


7. Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway.

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”


8. The most beautiful thing we can experience in life is the mysterious.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”


9. Religion and science should work together not against each other.

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

“Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.”


10. Seek valuable over success.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

“With fame, I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.”


11. Mistakes are a sign of growth and progress.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”


12. If you can’t explain something in simple words, it means that you yourself don’t know what you’re talking about.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”


13. Make no man/woman your idol.

“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”


14. Be good because you want to be good and not because you fear punishment.

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”


15. Life is all about being of service.

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable receiving.”


16. Never stop learning.

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”


17. Never stop questioning.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

“People like you and I, though mortal of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. What I mean is that we never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.”


18. Take matters in your own hands.

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”


19. Dare to be your true self.

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”


20. Let nature be your teacher.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”


21. Change your thinking and you change your life.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”


22. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal.

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”


23. We become happier but making others happy.

“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.”


24. There are no limits except those we impose on ourselves.

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”


25. Doing the right thing won’t always make you popular.

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”


26. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”


27. You can’t make peace by using force.

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”


28. How you do something is how you do everything.

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”


29. If you follow the crowd, you will go no further than the crowd.

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”


30. Intuition is a sacred gift.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”


.31. Wisdom is not a product of schooling.

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”


https://sumbola.com/articles/75/31-life ... t-einstein

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The Power of Digital Books with Transmedia

The Power of Digital Books with Transmedia

Bill Thompson from the BBC Archives has said that print and digital books are very different animals, with very dissimilar life cycles and potential. He put it this way:



“A print book sits there. It will contain the same words every time you open it. A book is outside the stream. Like a neutrino, it rarely interacts with the world or interferes with the thoughts of even a single reader. This is its merit and its damnation…It is printed, dead, done with. Furniture.



“An ebook is a file, and because it’s just a file an ebook is never finished, an ebook is never cleanly separated from the rest of the flow of bits, an ebook is active, part of a wider ecosystem.”



Bingo. “Part of a wider ecosystem” is exactly what Sumbola sees as the key distinction, the catalyst in the separation between a print and digital book. So, what defines this wider ecosystem?



In our view, it’s a mixture of five key ingredients:

1. The content hub itself—usually a novel, short story or nonfiction book, but could also be an article like this one.

2. User-generated content in the form of highlights, notes, comments and reviews.

3. Transmedia elements, which in the case of Sumbola, means art, music, wiki content, social media feeds, video, etc.

4. Collaboration and contributing to the success of a project.

5. Data transparency to the authors and the readership.


Changing times. Changing brains.

The old school of publishing remains fixated on the print book, and for good reason, it is their core business. However, if publishers remain focused on the print book and only dabble in the digital, they may not see and fully appreciate what is happening in the world that is so rapidly changing around them.



An article in the Washington Post, written by Michael Rosenwald, put it this way: “I worry that the superficial way we read during the day is affecting us when we have to read with more in-depth processing,” said Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.



“If the rise of nonstop cable TV news gave the world a culture of sound bites, the Internet,” Wolf said, “is bringing about an eye-byte culture.” Time spent online—on desktop and mobile devices—was expected to top five hours per day in 2013 for U.S. adults, according to eMarketer, which tracks digital behavior. That’s up from three hours in 2010.



People are spending more time connected to the digital domain, and they’re reading, but in a different way. They’re skimming information, connecting dots in new ways, looking for visual and cerebral connections, going in deep in one area, and shallow in another. They’re missing the advantage of deep reading. Of experiencing the written word with their imaginations fully engaged.



Deep reading requires deep attention. The experience of skimming 3-5 hours a day, hunting and pecking for “eye-bytes” may actually stunt our ability to give deep attention to the written word; the kind that’s crafted by its author to hold subtle meaning. As Wolf suggests in her book, our brain’s circuitry might actually be adapting to its near-constant interaction with the digital landscape.

Why transmedia is important to storytelling

Then there’re the worlds of music and video and images. These worlds are seductive in their own right. They can wrestle our attention away from reading or support it. That’s the whole point of Sumbola’s single-platform transmedia: bring the music, video, and images (and more) to the written work. Enable the digital book or article to be more. To live as a dynamic outgrowth of the readers who’re inspired to contribute to it, whether that might be music, articles, notes, reviews, video, social media, wiki references, geolocations, etc.



Let me return to the notion of the five ingredients, and take each one individually, giving it a little more detail.



Number 1—On Sumbola the content hub or book/article is published in a cloud-based reading environment that has user empowerments and learning accelerators like a built-in dictionary, thesaurus, and word translator. This environment also has social aspects that allow the user to read others’ notes or comments and even connect with them socially. Vertical communities can evolve from this that we call Communities of Shared Interest (CoSI®).



Number 2—the user generated content is typically in the form of highlights, page notes, chapter comments and reviews. Highlighting a book online is easy and others can see your highlights (if you enable them). Only in the digital world, however, can I write a note and share it with other readers of that book. My knowing or belief that my note might add context, value or deepen the meaning of some other reader, is a motivation to write the note in the first place. And on Sumbola’s platform we have page sync, so when I write a note on page 17, everyone who reads that note, will see it on page 17, too, no matter how large their font is or how they have set their line spacing.



Number 3—Transmedia elements are add-ons to the written word and inspire the project to be more multidimensional. They present more ways to learn about the content or subject. They also enable the readers to support the written work, collaborate with the author and share their inspirations and ideas to support the project. On Sumbola, we focus on single-platform transmedia so all media content is accessible on our platform.

Number 4—Collaboration and contribution is a key element of Sumbola. We want users to participate in the evolution and expansion of the content. It’s one thing to write an article or book and publish it on Sumbola, and it’s another thing to enhance someone else’s project by adding an image, video, geolocation, wiki info or a note. Digital content that has been “transmediafied” is more like sculpture in that you can look at it in 360-degrees, whereas a print book is more like a 2-D painting.



Number 5—Data transparency is a component of this platform, because it provides clarity to the author and readership how the project is doing, where it’s doing well and not so well, and what resonates within the book or article. We provide information about the content so everyone knows how it’s evolving, trending, where the interest is in the content, how it compares, etc. Data transparency helps the CoSI (Community of Shared Interest) to know how the book is doing over time.



The digital, single platform transmedia book is a reality on Sumbola. While we might be developing new circuits in our brains that enable us to skim the raging current of online information, we still need to have content where we can sit and do a deeper dive into a good book and see it in wider dimensions than simply text.



That’s what Sumbola hopes to bring to publishing.

https://sumbola.com/articles/8/the-powe ... transmedia

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The Power of Digital Books with Transmedia

The Power of Digital Books with Transmedia

Bill Thompson from the BBC Archives has said that print and digital books are very different animals, with very dissimilar life cycles and potential. He put it this way:



“A print book sits there. It will contain the same words every time you open it. A book is outside the stream. Like a neutrino, it rarely interacts with the world or interferes with the thoughts of even a single reader. This is its merit and its damnation…It is printed, dead, done with. Furniture.



“An ebook is a file, and because it’s just a file an ebook is never finished, an ebook is never cleanly separated from the rest of the flow of bits, an ebook is active, part of a wider ecosystem.”



Bingo. “Part of a wider ecosystem” is exactly what Sumbola sees as the key distinction, the catalyst in the separation between a print and digital book. So, what defines this wider ecosystem?



In our view, it’s a mixture of five key ingredients:

1. The content hub itself—usually a novel, short story or nonfiction book, but could also be an article like this one.

2. User-generated content in the form of highlights, notes, comments and reviews.

3. Transmedia elements, which in the case of Sumbola, means art, music, wiki content, social media feeds, video, etc.

4. Collaboration and contributing to the success of a project.

5. Data transparency to the authors and the readership.


Changing times. Changing brains.

The old school of publishing remains fixated on the print book, and for good reason, it is their core business. However, if publishers remain focused on the print book and only dabble in the digital, they may not see and fully appreciate what is happening in the world that is so rapidly changing around them.



An article in the Washington Post, written by Michael Rosenwald, put it this way: “I worry that the superficial way we read during the day is affecting us when we have to read with more in-depth processing,” said Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.



“If the rise of nonstop cable TV news gave the world a culture of sound bites, the Internet,” Wolf said, “is bringing about an eye-byte culture.” Time spent online—on desktop and mobile devices—was expected to top five hours per day in 2013 for U.S. adults, according to eMarketer, which tracks digital behavior. That’s up from three hours in 2010.



People are spending more time connected to the digital domain, and they’re reading, but in a different way. They’re skimming information, connecting dots in new ways, looking for visual and cerebral connections, going in deep in one area, and shallow in another. They’re missing the advantage of deep reading. Of experiencing the written word with their imaginations fully engaged.



Deep reading requires deep attention. The experience of skimming 3-5 hours a day, hunting and pecking for “eye-bytes” may actually stunt our ability to give deep attention to the written word; the kind that’s crafted by its author to hold subtle meaning. As Wolf suggests in her book, our brain’s circuitry might actually be adapting to its near-constant interaction with the digital landscape.

Why transmedia is important to storytelling

Then there’re the worlds of music and video and images. These worlds are seductive in their own right. They can wrestle our attention away from reading or support it. That’s the whole point of Sumbola’s single-platform transmedia: bring the music, video, and images (and more) to the written work. Enable the digital book or article to be more. To live as a dynamic outgrowth of the readers who’re inspired to contribute to it, whether that might be music, articles, notes, reviews, video, social media, wiki references, geolocations, etc.



Let me return to the notion of the five ingredients, and take each one individually, giving it a little more detail.



Number 1—On Sumbola the content hub or book/article is published in a cloud-based reading environment that has user empowerments and learning accelerators like a built-in dictionary, thesaurus, and word translator. This environment also has social aspects that allow the user to read others’ notes or comments and even connect with them socially. Vertical communities can evolve from this that we call Communities of Shared Interest (CoSI®).



Number 2—the user generated content is typically in the form of highlights, page notes, chapter comments and reviews. Highlighting a book online is easy and others can see your highlights (if you enable them). Only in the digital world, however, can I write a note and share it with other readers of that book. My knowing or belief that my note might add context, value or deepen the meaning of some other reader, is a motivation to write the note in the first place. And on Sumbola’s platform we have page sync, so when I write a note on page 17, everyone who reads that note, will see it on page 17, too, no matter how large their font is or how they have set their line spacing.



Number 3—Transmedia elements are add-ons to the written word and inspire the project to be more multidimensional. They present more ways to learn about the content or subject. They also enable the readers to support the written work, collaborate with the author and share their inspirations and ideas to support the project. On Sumbola, we focus on single-platform transmedia so all media content is accessible on our platform.

Number 4—Collaboration and contribution is a key element of Sumbola. We want users to participate in the evolution and expansion of the content. It’s one thing to write an article or book and publish it on Sumbola, and it’s another thing to enhance someone else’s project by adding an image, video, geolocation, wiki info or a note. Digital content that has been “transmediafied” is more like sculpture in that you can look at it in 360-degrees, whereas a print book is more like a 2-D painting.



Number 5—Data transparency is a component of this platform, because it provides clarity to the author and readership how the project is doing, where it’s doing well and not so well, and what resonates within the book or article. We provide information about the content so everyone knows how it’s evolving, trending, where the interest is in the content, how it compares, etc. Data transparency helps the CoSI (Community of Shared Interest) to know how the book is doing over time.



The digital, single platform transmedia book is a reality on Sumbola. While we might be developing new circuits in our brains that enable us to skim the raging current of online information, we still need to have content where we can sit and do a deeper dive into a good book and see it in wider dimensions than simply text.



That’s what Sumbola hopes to bring to publishing.

https://sumbola.com/articles/8/the-powe ... transmedia

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Same Planet, Different Worlds:
How Cultural Creatives Are Transcending Alienation And Isolation
To Bring Forward The Practical Wisdom of Conscious Living


An Interview with Social Scientist, Paul Ray, PhD


In this interview with social scientist, Paul Ray, PhD, Lisa Reagan connects the dots between her insights from 15 years of holistic family wellness advocacy and Ray’s investigation of a growing segment of Western population that is transforming mainstream culture through their ability to synthesize vast amounts of information, make counter-culture choices for sustainability and wellness, and ultimately bring forward a missing but critically needed worldview for 21st century living: practical wisdom, called PHRONESIS in the ancient world.

Ray presented his research findings in the book, Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World in 2000, with his wife and co-author, Sherry Anderson, PhD. In this interview, Ray shares his updated findings from a 2008 study of Cultural Creatives and peeks into his forthcoming book on this missing element of practical wisdom/PHRONESIS.

Ray shares why it is vital that Cultural Creatives connect with one another and recognize they are participating in a consciousness-raising movement whose impact will not be reported in the mainstream media, but is measurable by any social scientist who cares to look. He connects the civil rights movement and women’s rights to the human rights embedded in and explored by advocates and practitioners of conscious parenting.

Identified as a growing and powerful market force, Cultural Creatives inspire the founding of LOHAS, Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, that studies their economic impact. As LOHAS states, “Research shows that one in four adult Americans is part of this group—nearly 41 million people. These consumers are the future of your business and also the future of progressive social, environmental and economic change in this country. But their power as a consumer market remains virtually untapped.”

Find white papers and marketing reports from LOHAS on Cultural Creatives here.



Cultural Creatives: Who We Are

Lisa: When I became an accidental conscious living advocate 15 years ago, families in my community came together to talk about holistic wellness: where are the resources, support and information we need to make these choices? How are we going to do this for ourselves?

It was overwhelming in the beginning of this process because few of us understood that wellness was wholeness and wholeness, or holistic thinking, was not supported in our fragmented, industrial culture.

At the time, we had to have organic and gluten-free foods trucked in through co-ops. Homeschoolers and homebirthers were on the target of social services and threatened with having their children taken away from them. Chiropractors and naturopaths were sought after and quickly became the most reliable sources of information and support.

I remember the overriding feeling when we got together to talk was a feeling of confusion and surprise that we would have to work this hard to create wellness and make informed choices for our families. It took years to figure out that our meetings in churches, homes and community centers to sort out our mission and to devise strategies to advocate for ourselves defined us as a movement. In fact, your book shows clearly that our efforts to bring into our culture what was missing and the struggle we endured because our values were not reflected back to us, meant that we were not just any movement, but a consciousness-raising movement.

“It took years to figure out that our meetings in churches, homes and community centers to sort out our mission and to devise strategies to advocate for ourselves defined us as a movement. In fact, your book shows clearly that our efforts to bring into our culture what was missing and the struggle we endured because our values were not reflected back to us, meant that we were not just any movement, but a consciousness-raising movement.” — Lisa Reagan

Only in hindsight can I see that it took years of sharing our personal experiences enough with each other to develop a counter reality to the fragmented factoids fed to us by media. It was probably a decade before there was coherence around what exactly this consciousness-raising movement that supports holistic family wellness in an industrial country – that, by the way, ranks at the bottom of all developed countries for maternal, infant and child wellness.

It probably would have saved me a lot of trouble and grief if I knew about your book at the time, but I did not find it until years later.

Paul: There is a very important distinction here that we need to make and that is the difference between a movement, say the labor movement, the civil rights movement, or various political movements whose objective is to gain power, change the laws, get a better working wage with benefits. But there is a second kind of movement and that is a consciousness movement. Anything that is holistic, having to do with wellness, natural healing, organic food, and so on, is a part of the consciousness movement.

If you think about the early women’s movement, it was more about raising the consciousness of women to be aware of what their situation was that about women gotta break through the glass ceiling. This is not just any old kind of movement, this is a consciousness movement. And that is the big deal. The inner change, the perception of what is real, turns out to be just as important than anything on the outer plans.

Lisa: When we first came together in these groups, we notice that we came from very different backgrounds. There were fundamentalist Christians, pagans, republicans, independents and liberals, all in one circle. It was as if that aspect of our lives receded and was not important compared to our concern for our children’s health. How does that kind of diversity fit into the Cultural Creative phenomenon?

Paul: It fits extremely well! Cultural Creatives are known to appreciate people from different cultural backgrounds. In fact, they are known to be xenophiles.

What is going on here is that you have an inner unmet need. People who are more intuitive know this. You get the impression from the news media that intuitives couldn’t be more than 10 percent of the population. But they are about 40 percent of the population. The ones who feel an inner pressure to have a more meaningful life and are good at making syntheses and perceiving larger patterns are typically the people who become the core group of the Cultural Creatives, the natural opinion leaders.

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So people who are holistic practitioners are the natural opinion leaders of the Cultural Creatives. You have to think of the Cultural Creative phenomenon as a target of co-centric circles. At the center are people who work with each other, give talks, write articles and they are the core group. They pass on new ideas and new insights to lots of other people. These core people are concerned about their inner developed and the outer world.

The next ring outward are the people I call the Green Cultural Creatives, they are becoming aware of the core messages but it takes about ten years to do a changeover of your lifestyle. This group all complain about how they didn’t get the support they need to make this change over the amount of time that it takes, again, up to ten years.

They say, “I’m all alone here!” Whereas the people in the core “get it” but only after many years of working on themselves.

Lisa: What I have witnessed in community building among these groups, is that these differences, which should be barriers, are more likely to be appreciated, as our values override the differences.

Paul: That is a very important insight on your part because often Traditionals and Moderns want everybody around them to squeak just right. They have a check box approach of “do they agree with me on this item and this item.” But if you have a big enough mind and heart to talk about what is really important, not just politics, it makes an enormous difference to a movement. And this is how you know you are involved in a consciousness movement, of course, is the appreciation of differences.



The Emergence of Cultural Creatives in the 21st Century

Lisa: You were not looking for Cultural Creatives when you found them in a marketing research project. What were you looking for?

Paul: Way back in 1985, I had spent time in Canada doing policy research on energy consumption. We found then that the predictor for household energy consumption was people’s values. Not their demographics, not their politics, not their psychology, but their values – what was most important to them in their lives, and also their worldview. Their decisions were based on what was important to them, how they wanted their children to be, how they wanted their country to be and how they wanted their planet to be. Values and their worldview, or how the world works.

As a social scientist, I was looking for a population of people who might be able to deal with the fact of climate change and cared about the environment on one hand, and on the other hand I was teaching meditation on the side and wanted to know who was interested in that. Did values have anything to do with that?

So, I set up a research company because what I wanted was good predictors. What actually does predict what people do? Because demographics were cheap to get, but they were rotten predictors.

valuesSo, I set out to describe human behavior so I could get corporations to pay me to collect lots and lots of data. I found that values are terrific predictors. What was new, what nobody expected, was that this values group belonged to subcultures, a way of valuing things, seeing life and talking about the world. We knew about the Traditionals, who were social conservatives and religious conservatives, and the Moderns, who were very materialistic and live by getting and spending.

And then there was this third group that, when we got started represented about twenty percent of the population and was clearly slowly growing and clearly had not been there in the few value surveys that had been tried years earlier. As near as anyone could tell, they had not been there before the 1960s. After awhile I started to say, “Well, they are more creative about new ways of life. They are more creative about products they want. And there are cultural differences. So they must be, Cultural Creatives.”

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What was surprising was that we had three competing interpretations of the world, what they wanted their country to be, and different stuff in their houses. So lo and behold, we had a good predictor.

But I am a research scientist and I do statistical modeling, so what I was looking for was, what works? And incidentally, does it have anything to do with the environment or people’s inner lives and the answer was: yes it does. It has a whole lot to do with it and incidentally this is an emerging world view. Later on we discovered that Cultural Creatives were people who had paid a lot of attention to the new social movements: women’s movement, environmental movement, alternative health care, organic food, civil rights, native people’s concerns, planetary concerns. Cultural Creatives were three times as likely to be engaged in those social movements as other people and they often drifted from one movement to another.

We found something really interesting when we did studies of how people used technology. Cultural Creatives read more than other people and were better informed than other people. So, slowly over a number of years we were beginning to build a picture that showed people who were the best informed and were trying to put together a better picture of the world around them than they were fed from the media with their fragmented factoids; people were concerned about developing themselves over their entire lifetime and not just freezing themselves into one way of life in their twenties. Instead they kept redeveloping and trying new things, experimenting with their own lives.

“So, slowly over a number of years we were beginning to build a picture that showed people who were the best informed and were trying to put together a better picture of the world around them than they were fed from the media with their fragmented factoids; people were concerned about developing themselves over their entire lifetime and not just freezing themselves into one way of life in their twenties. Instead they kept redeveloping and trying new things, experimenting with their own lives.” — Paul Ray, PhD

People who were concerned about alternative health care are also the people concerned about organic food. They were also more concerned about spiritual and psychological development over their entire life, we discovered.

Sometimes we did big long surveys, but many times we had to do in person interviews with our corporate clients watching because the corporations couldn’t believe these people actually existed. To the Traditionals and the Moderns, Cultural Creatives shouldn’t be there. The typical business man would have the attitude of, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” So he would want to sit on the other side of the one way mirror glass and listen to these people talk. So, I let him. One head of a television station exclaimed, “My God, these people are real! I never would have believed it!”

That was a common reaction by builders of new homes, people who were selling cars and so on, these things that were symbolically loaded, including alternative health care and organic food.

Lisa: What were Cultural Creatives saying in those early surveys and focus groups?

Paul: If I hadn’t been trained in market research, I never would have realized what I was looking at was cultural differences. But you couldn’t sit in on the focus groups and not hear that they talk different. They would talk about how their inner life was going and how they wanted to be more authentic and the politicians to be more authentic and the businesses they dealt with to be more authentic. So I said, okay, authenticity is a value for these people.



Cultural Creatives and a History of Persecution

Lisa: In your book, Cultural Creatives, you go back hundreds and even thousands of years to tie together the significance of this emerging population subgroup in the past century. Where have we seen Cultural Creatives historically? And what is happening that Cultural Creatives are appearing in greater numbers now?

Paul: Cultural Creatives have been seen before because there were hermetic people who were spiritual in the Middle Ages and the Catholic Church often persecuted them. Then there were Emerson and the Transcendentalists in New England around the early 1800s. We know that the anti-slavery moment and women’s movement came out of the Quakers three hundred years ago. Quakers were there at the beginning of a whole lot of movements, but they didn’t get picked up in large numbers. It was always closeted away and considered dangerous.

Basically, the cultures of Tradiationalism and Modernism think of theirs as the only right way to see the world. They are very likely to persecute people who don’t see things their way. The Inquisition is an example and that ran from 1300s to the 1700s. So this was a terrible time for people who were trying out new ideas.

A lot of these new ideas come from perceiving life as whole, something that intuitive people are very good at spotting. Carl Jung’s work is about this. Cultural Creatives tie in their inner knowing with the outer world. They are very concerned about the outer world. But an increase in Cultural Creatives wasn’t possible until the 1950s, when we started moving into an information age, an information saturated world, after World War II.

Having a more educated world and a population that was better at handling large amounts of information was a very important development – and Cultural Creatives are people who just happen to be better at handling large amounts of information. This doesn’t mean that Cultural Creatives are more educated or better at interpreting what they find, it just means that they are consuming more information.

They read two to three times the amount of magazine and web articles. They track the news pretty carefully. Because of this, they are discriminating and have a terrific nose for bullshit. They are very good at telling the difference between what is real and what is fake because they have viewed the world through so many different angles.

What I used to say to clients was that if you help Cultural Creatives interpret their world, you are their friend! And that is what you, Lisa Reagan, are doing. You are helping Cultural Creatives interpret their world around them!

“Cultural Creatives tie in their inner knowing with the outer world. They are very concerned about the outer world. But an increase in Cultural Creatives wasn’t possible until the 1950s, when we started moving into an information age, an information saturated world, after World War II.” — Paul Ray, PhD

Cultural Creatives are very good at synthesizing information and this is a crucial difference between them and Moderns. Moderns take in a lot of information, but they compartmentalize it. They don’t integrate it. Cultural Creatives integrate the information they get. Some of this comes from who they hang out with and some of it is how their minds work in the first place.

The important aspect of people taking in lots of information and building a big picture is that they not freeze who they are and that they can keep developing over their lifetime. Intuitives long for a deeper sense of how the world works. So as we have all of these new social movements come along, we have also had all of these new consciousness movements come along. Cultural Creatives are deeply implicated in all of the movements. They have been there, egging change along and being changed by who is around them but they are also changing the way things work. Because when you carry images from say the women’s movement to spirituality to civil rights, not necessarily demonstrating on the barricades, but reading everything, giving money, talking to friends in quiet rooms, there is a mutual feedback process between the inner development and the outer concern building up experiences and friends over time who want more. Who want to have a deeper life and who end up saying, “Oh my god, it’s possible!”

Over and over again in interviews, Cultural Creatives say in their early twenties, “I didn’t think it was possible then. But later on I got to see that a deeper more satisfying life was possible. A life that was more meaningful was possible than just consumerism or the brass ring of success.” Many people we interviewed said they looked at the brass ring of success and decided they didn’t need that.

These are people who are more psychologically sophisticated because they have taken the time and the trouble to become that.



Cultural Creative Women Outnumbered Men Two to One – Initially

Lisa: Are men and women represented equally in the Cultural Creative phenomenon?

Paul: No. In fact, in the past they were women to men two to one. Women have been taking the lead in drawing the men they were with along. So if you have women friends who are saying, “Where are all the men?” They are probably Cultural Creative women. You will know them because they will say, “Did I do something wrong? Am I being too picky?” And the answer is, no dear, you are not being too picky and you haven’t done anything wrong, there are just too few men in your tribe.

One of the things that Cultural Creative women have done with men, that they are pulling along, is that they are often pretty good with social intelligence. That is, they are leading in the service to larger purposes: the whole planet, to life, to the future, and acting in socially responsible ways. Too many men in their 20s and 30s are dressed for success and that kind of wears out on them after a while. Some of this is about feeding a family, but some of this is about how men are trained. So there is an amount of unlearning that needs to be done. So typically there is a lag between the women who “get it” in their 20s and men who “get it” in their 30s and 40s.

Cultural Creative women are typically more socially skilled and have more insights earlier in life. The good news is that finally, after forty years, Cultural Creative men began to catch up with women.




Cultural Creatives Today: Who And Where Are They?

Lisa: How many Cultural Creatives are there today and where do we find them?

Paul: The proportion of Cultural Creatives in any city is usually no less than 5%, with Boston and San Francisco being the main hubs and big cities and college towns having higher percentages. In some cities, Cultural Creatives may not feel like they are heard or that they are repressed there, but their numbers are there. And that was a striking phenomenon, that they are spread like peanut butter across the landscape.

The whole picture of Cultural Creatives slowly grew over a twenty year period until we’d surveyed 150,000 people and held 500 focus groups. Today there are 80 million Cultural Creatives in the Unites States, with 90 million for in Europe and 25 million in Japan. Cultural Creatives are roughly about 35% of adults in all of the developed countries of the world. In addition to their concern about family and relationships, they are concerned about the environment, social responsibility, personal development and growth, both psychologically and spiritually over their whole lives. This overlaps women’s concerns about children, health and issues that they have been pulling men into.

The annual growth rate is about three percent a year from the 1960s onward. It doesn’t sound like much until you think of it in terms of compound interest. And then it is, whoa! We have 20% of the American population in 1986, probably 30 million adults, and now 35% and 80 million.

Lisa: Cultural Creatives have been around long enough now to have children. Are we birthing and raising Cultural Creatives? Do children pick up and model the values of their parents?

Paul: Oh yes! We are breeding Cultural Creatives! At this point in time you have quite a number of kids who are saying to their parents, “Well, you only talk about it! I’m gonna do it!”



Our Cultural Creative Challenge: Becoming Visible to Ourselves

Lisa: Why doesn’t it seem like there are 80 million of us? How do we become more visible and organized?

Paul: You will not see your face in the media or hear them talk about your concerns because the news media are part of the guardians of the official reality of American culture. They are gatekeepers and they don’t let ideas through that their advertisers might consider dangerous. It’s just bad for business. Reporters who have written about Cultural Creatives have had their jobs threatened. Cultural Creatives are heavy consumers of the news, but never see their face reflected.

The business model is in trouble, so anything that threatens profit or the viability of a news network had to be paid close attention to. So that’s one.

The next reason is that if you go to work at a standard corporation, you will have to check your values at the door. This isn’t just true for big corporations; this is true for places like hospitals. You could work beside someone for twenty years who does share your values and not know in these places.

Lisa: So if your livelihood depends upon blending at a work site, sharing your values could be dangerous?

Paul: Exactly. There are punishments for being deviant from the official culture. There are some cities and cultures where those punishments don’t exist.

I want to make an important point here. Cultural Creatives are not necessarily more virtuous than other people. They are not necessarily the good people of American life, or smarter than other people, or better educated. They are a subculture, so they can be smart, dumb, neurotic, sane, spiritual or true believers.

Lisa: I have noticed in our community-building efforts that many people self identify as “weirdos” and make fun of themselves because their interests are holistic, alternative or conscious living.

Paul: In the book, we interviewed 65 core Cultural Creatives and eight out of ten of them at some point during a four to eight hour interview felt compelled to explain to us that they weren’t really weird and strange.

Lisa: So maybe this is the upside of having the ability to point to the Cultural Creative group and say, no, I am not weird, I am part of an emerging population. Some of us definitely have a complex!




The Cultural Creative Purpose: Resurrecting Practical Wisdom

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Lisa: You have written that Cultural Creatives are an emerging wisdom culture and their purpose is to bring forward practical wisdom into our world. How do we do this? Bring forward practical wisdom?

Paul: In 2008 I did a survey of 2,000 people looking to see if a wise values consensus was emerging. I found twelve different measurements that all are showing an emerging wise values consensus in the United States. Cultural Creatives are the opinion leaders on every last one of these issues. What this shows is a major shift in American culture, lead by the Cultural Creatives. This is major as it is based on practical wisdom: perceiving what is necessary for the world and what is effective to do. People who are engaging and acting from practical wisdom are taking a larger more whole systems perspective on the world, a bigger, wider viewpoint. They are willing to look at the world in a longer timeline. Businessmen are only interested in next year or next quarter. Cultural Creatives often have a generations long worldview, both looking back in time and looking forward in time.

Taking a 25 to 50 year time horizon and asking, “What is going to happen to me and my children, to my grandchildren?” The longer term time horizon, the wider planetary concern, taking the big picture into account and then take personal development into account in order to make a contribution in life. These are qualities that have been marked as practical wisdom from philosophers from Aristotle to Socrates and on up to the present.

Lisa: How does this practical wisdom appear to us? How can we recognize it?

Paul: One way of thinking about wisdom is that in between wisdom and folly or stupidity, is conventionality. The conventional worldview is basically the worldview of the Moderns, getting and spending, the media, the guardians of how things are without any change.

If you think of culture as a bell curve, most people are in the middle, but there is a leading edge and it is a wise leading edge. And there is a foolish trailing edge in the culture. Leading from the edge means using many ways of knowing. Cultural Creatives use many ways of knowing that are objective and fact-based but also ways of knowing that are body or heart knowing, and not just from the individual view, but having an intuitive of what is going on for the world.

Having all of these kinds of input, means you have a better reality. Not just the specialist way or the fundamentalist way. Because Cultural Creatives are good at synthesizing, they are good at cutting through to the heart of a matter. They are also frequently perceptive, subtle observers.

Practical wisdom is all of this. Having the ability to see the greatest good and then having a heart that wills the common good. The test is:

~ Are you committed to a love of the truth?
~ What is transparent and authentic and trustworthy?
~ Do you have discriminating judgment about what is good and humane?
~ Do you have a big repertoire of values or only one or two things that you spend your time on?
~ Do you ever use higher levels of consciousness in developing insight?
~ Do you practice letting things alone and unfold in their own way?




Paul Ray’s Practical Wisdom for Cultural Creatives

Lisa: What guidance do you offer to people who begin to recognize they share some of the values and characteristics of Cultural Creatives?

Paul: First of all, there’s no hard line between who is and who isn’t a Cultural Creative. The idea that people develop as Cultural Creatives over a four to ten year period depending upon where they are is a very important distinction, so this is not a stick-on label, this is about a way of life. It’s about perceiving the world in a different way, and it takes a while. Because this is very multi-dimensional, some of the things that you believe may change over time as you hang out with folks who are Cultural Creatives and you shouldn’t regard your views as fixed. You should regard them as unfolding and developing over time because you are learning to deepen your understanding. The more you hang out with people who are deepening their understanding, the more you learn how to do it.

This is a very important insight, that you are a developing, unfolding person and even if there are only a few Cultural Creative items that you agree with, there may be more later on. The Cultural Creative phenomenon is always something with fuzzy boundaries because so many people are in the process of changing.

by Lisa Reagan


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John Lius Green Gold Documentary (English).mp4

The earth is very resiliant and when we work with her awesome things happen.

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Now I find this soooo inspiring and am happy to know that its happening. Transition is happening. This is for all you urbanites out there and because there are sooo many of us. I love the community aspect of this which is great in cities!

A localization movement called Transition


In Transition 2.0 is the latest full length film about the Transition movement. It's an amazing story about how Transition groups around the world are responding to the challenges of depleting and costly energy resources, financial instability and environmental change.

The film is in several languages so you will probably want to enable subtitles. Just click on the 'Captions' button on the video player and you'll find a wide choice of languages available there.

For any enquiries related to public screenings, or any general enquiries related to the film, please contact amber@transitionnetwork.org.

You can now see the entire film for free on YouTube, or order the DVD in 2 formats (below)

In Transition 2.0 is now also available from the Internet Archive, and you can embed it into your site, download it in DVD ISO, Ogg Video and h.264 MP4 formats. It has been made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.

Important: The film is in several different languages. You will probably need to enable subtitles. Start the film, then click on the 'cc' button in the bottom right to select your language. For English the code would be; "EN". Other codes are here




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Photo essay: Inside SA’s R5bn solar farm



The largest solar farm ever completed in the southern hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East region is now in operation and has the ability to provide power to approximately 75 000 South African homes every year.

The 175MW, 473-hectare facility is operated by Solar Capital in De Aar, Northern Cape and is the culmination of a R4,8bn, two-phase project. It consists of 503 942 solar modules and was built over a period of 28 months, employing more than 2 000 people.

The project was made possible through the department of energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP), which allows for foreign investment in renewable energy.

Paschal Phelan, chairman of Solar Capital, said at the launch of the facility on Thursday that it was an important example of how solar power can assist in solving the current energy crisis in South Africa.

“The Northern Cape of South Africa has some of the highest irradiation levels in the world, with the location of this facility boasting 2 168kWh/m². This allows the abundant sunlight in the region to be converted into green energy to be transferred to the national energy grid.”

The solar project is expected to jump-start the economy of De Aar, with 100 people to be employed to carry out the operation and maintenance of the plant, while more than R24m will be spent by the end of 2016 on economic development in projects such as a community leaders development programme, free Wi-Fi for the town of De Aar, a large community training centre that houses a computer training laboratory, as well as an arts training and exhibition centre.

“We plan to create over 5 000 jobs in the Northern Cape,” said Phelan, at the launch, explaining that the project should inspire confidence in the citizens of De Aar. He said that Cape Town and Johannesburg need not be the only economic hubs within the country.

“[We hope that] De Aar will have its own hotel and its own industrial base [someday].”

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This song is meant for kids.

The Garden - The Permaculture Song




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Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement speaks at Brockwood

This podcast gives you an idea about the guy who started the Transition movement


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