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ENVISION THIS...an online radio show devoted to bringing the voice of visionaries to the public in a highly accessible format. Hey, isn't that what THIS show is all about?! Exactly. This evening your co-hosts, Merry and Burl Hall will discuss our vision for this show, the values and ideas that underlie our efforts, our successes and problems in manifesting this vision so far, the joys and problems of two technologically impaired people in this technological world, our experiences with the blog talk radio team, our dreams and plans for future guests, the website we are constructing, how we plan to keep the show afloat financially, and ideas for expanding our listenership. We are hoping you will want to chime in on this discussion and become an active part of the nitty-gritty of manifesting this platform for those who envision a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.
Doug Dietrich of Burns & McDonnell will be a guest on Southeast Green’s weekly live radio show, “Speaking of Green,” on Wednesday, February 12th, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. Broadcast live on Blog Talk Radio, Dietrich will share insights and developments regarding EnvisionTM, a framework being adopted by major metropolitan areas and leading firms in the design, engineering, and construction sector to help guide communities and enterprises through the process of (1) articulating infrastructure project objectives, options, and priorities; and (2) making decisions in light of long-term costs and benefits to people, businesses, and natural resources.
Dietrich has 20 years of experience working with environmental organizations and in management consulting to Fortune 500 firms. He has managed sustainability projects for governmental and corporate clients in the medical, educational, professional services, industrial and agricultural sectors. Credentialed as an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and Verifier, Dietrich is also a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C). In April, he will be presenting on Envision at the annual conference of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) in St. Petersburg, Florida.
ENVISION THIS: “Enhancing the natural flow of carbons to soil will result in increased microbial diversity, improved nutrient cycles, expanded water holding capacity, greater resilience, improved ecosystem health, and a more satisfying, profitable future for farmers and ranchers”…and, as a co-benefit, sequesters carbon from the atmosphere!
In Grass, Soil, Hope, A Journey through Carbon Country our guest, Courtney White explores the multiple ways CO2, when sequestered in soil, can become our ally instead of our enemy. Here’s just some of the food for thought offers us:
“Carbon is not ‘the bad guy’—carbon is part of our essence. Its story needs to be told and heard. It is our past, present, and future. It is our story. It is the story of grass. The story of green. The color of hope.”
“Every living thing above ground—whether it’s hairy vetch, a mighty ponderosa pine, an elusive coyote, an endangered bird, a busy beaver, or an equally busy human being—depends on the vast universe of life in the soil…and at the heart of this micro world is carbon, the glue that holds the web together.”
“The Greenhorns are the new alchemists. Carbon and glomalin are the new alchemy. Food is the new gold.”
“Art, harmony, beauty, aesthetics—as perceived by us—are all signs of health in nature and ourselves…The principles that made a practice restorative and regenerative were the same ones that made it beautiful.”
“We don’t need to wait for something new under the sun to come along to restore the land and ourselves to health. It’s here.”
Join Courtney and us in exploring these hopeful observations for which Michael Pollan wrote a foreword.
ENVISION THIS: Combining the best practices from history and around the world to create a modern, rural micropolis in Central Maine, USA
Our guest, Tracy Gayton of Dover Foxcroft, Maine, envisions The Piscataquis Village Project as such a settlement “evolving organically and growing incrementally” and, so far, he has raised over 1/5 of the $2 million required funds to get it started.
The Piscataquis Village Project “was founded to establish the first compact, car free village in the United States...Though our project will not construct buildings, we will draft the street plan and simple design code, based on the best of traditional practices, that will guide the build-out of the site. Attached, durable and fire resistant buildings, no taller than a walkable height, will front on narrow streets, with continuous arcaded sidewalks offering shelter for the elderly and mobility challenged. Buildings will be arranged to create plazas, serving as markets and democratic meeting places for all classes of people, and will surround interior courtyards for more private space. All destinations will be within convenient walking distance, with vehicles garaged at the village perimeter. 375 acres of garden space, sufficiently sized for each household to raise a significant amount of food, will encompass the developed zone…The green belt, other than the area designated for vehicle parking, would also be a zone for allotment gardens, small scale agriculture, playing fields, outdoor recreation and park-like green space.
Is the Piscataquis Village Project a promising way to combine the resilient, equitable, and Earth-friendly qualities essential for a sustainable future with the best of rural and village lifestyles of the past? Let’s question and listen to its planner, Tracy Gayton, to find out.
ENVISION THIS: A more resilient, just, and Earth-friendly future
At this round-table, participants will share visions for a more resilient, just, abundant, and Earth-friendly future and suggest social permaculture-based steps to get from now to then. We are offering the participants the opportunity to share their vision with other participants, with friends who couldn't be at the round-table, and with YOU, our worldwide audience.
The round-table takes place live on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at The Northeast Permaculture Convergence, a Friday to Sunday gathering at the MOFGA fairgrounds in Unity, Maine. Permaculture Convergences happen all over the world (in fact the very first North American Convergence is happening later this year). However, the Northeast Permaculture Convergence is one of the longest continuously running (without interruption) gatherings that we know of in the permaculture world! We have been slowly and steadily building our network of designers, educators, practitioners, organizers, activists, farmers, homesteaders and entrepreneurs over the past years and we invite you to join together here in Maine for our annual gathering.
ENVISION THIS: By embracing our interconnectedness with all being on earth, we can change the world.
Charles Eisenstein is one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of the new world. He explains how “fully embracing and practicing the principle of interconnectedness” will help us transcend our planetary crisis and have a positive influence on the world.. His latest book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling. Charles reminds us that we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power.
Charles reveals how our culture’s guiding narrative of separation has generated our current crises. He shows us how we can change that narrative by telling the real-life stories of courage, kindness, and self-trust. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: “Until we get selves in order, any action we take—no matter how good our intentions—will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted.”
Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope says that he offers us “a rich feast for mind and heart.” Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life says, “He isn’t just describing a possible world. He is helping us find our way to it.” We are deeply honored to have this visionary guest with us to discuss how we can become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.
PS: We have a copy of the book for the first person to call in during this live episode(646-652-2235).
ENVISION THIS: Harvesting clean energy that saves our forests, helps to reduce climate change, and can be used as a soil amendment.
You can see why our guest, Greg Martin, is enthusiastic about introducing biochar to you and to the world. Biochar is a name for charcoal created by pyrolysis, the direct thermal decomposition of biomass in the absence of oxygen. Biochar is stable, fixed, and 'recalcitrant' carbon that can store large amounts of greenhouse gases in the ground for centuries, potentially reducing or stalling the growth in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. Its presence in the earth can improve water quality, increase soil fertility, raise agricultural productivity, and reduce pressure on old-growth-forests.
Pre-Columbian Amazonians are believed to have used biochar to enhance soil productivity. Today biochar is produced through modern pyrolysis processes to obtain an array of solid (biochar), liquid (bio-oil), and gas (syngas) products. We think it is well worth our adding knowledge of this new/old technology to our “kit” of ways to create a more resilient and Earth-friendly future.
ENVISION THIS: When we surrender the need to figure it all out, and cultivate the ability to let it all in, then our earth walk becomes a sacred dance of healing service on the planet.
Peruvian Shaman, don Oscar Miro-Quesada calls all of us who have an earnest desire to walk a path as spiritual pioneers his “cherished shamanic bodhisattva kin.” He wholeheartedly welcomes us to The Heart of the Healer: “Your presence in the unfolding of a spiritually evolved humanity is being celebrated throughout all worlds.“
We last interviewed don Oscar regarding his book, Lessons In Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life. We barely touched on his other accomplishments. He is visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer Alliance, originator of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism, and a founder of Sipapu, a beautiful Retreat Center in the heart of the beautiful Madre de Dios rainforest in Peru. “The vision of Sipapu is to regenerate earth-honoring communities by demonstrating ecological sustainability and cultivating the ceremonial arts of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. The mission of Sipapu is to serve individuals and communities through educational and experiential residential experiences and field programs that nurture deep connections between earth, sacred community, and spiritual growth.” In September, he will lead an extraordinary journey to the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Challwanka, and Nazca.
“Don Oscar is a master at creating sacred community using the magic of joy, love and compassion as the strands that gently weave us together as a planetary family.” We are honored to share this warm, loving human being who deeply cares about people and our planet again with our listeners.
ENVISION THIS: consciousness creates our world!
Sol Luckman is a prolific visual artist and innovator in the field of ink painting as well as a critically acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction. Sol’s paintings are expressionistic works on canvas and paper that inspire the imagination, uplift the spirit, and amaze the eye. His vision of the world is deeply shamanic, as a place not wholly solid, but informed by a kinetic vibrancy that is fundamentally conscious.
Sol’s non-fiction presents a conscious healing method called Regenetics, allowing us to potentiate our DNA. He presents an unparalleled synthesis of modern and ancient healing wisdom for anyone interested in alternative medicine, energy healing, consciousness research, quantum biology, human evolution, or personal enlightenment. Sol’s Conscious Healing is a bestselling, reader-friendly narrative that details his experience of chronic illness and miraculous recovery thanks to Regenetics. It provides scientific substantiation for the work of alternative healers from many orientations, clearly and convincingly making the case for energy work in general.
In his fiction, Sol calls on us to awaken from our mass cultural illusion before we self-destruct. His newest novel, Snooze, takes us on a great adventure that opens our minds to the possibility that imagination, dreams, visions, paranormal experiences, and lucid dreaming may hold the keys to resolving the ecological, economic, social, and political deadlocks we are currently experiencing. His Beginners Luke series illustrate the power of living in the imagination—for only through it can we reinvent ourselves and our world.
ENVISION THIS: Sexuality IS the Essential, Creative Dance of Life
Lisa Vunk is a Spiritual Awakening Facilitator, Conscious Evolution Coach, and Healer helping you to find Peace and your Inner Wisdom in these Challenging Transformational Times. She participated in the Personal Transformation Summit 2014 and offers an online course, Get Your GodDess On, and a video blog, Insights, & Observations of a Rainbow Warrior GodDess.
Lisa introduces her offerings this way: “I am a mostly self-taught blend of a healer, nutritionist, naturopath/medicine woman, life-coach, chef, and mystic. I know Whole-Heartedly that I survived my life path to share what I have learned with others to help them heal, forgive both self and ‘other’, and release all that no longer serves them while supporting them in their ego/Shadow Work (what most simply call looking in your own mirror). It is amazing what we can hide from ourselves no matter how smart we think we are.”
She will talk with us about how to reclaim our Sexual Sovereignty. She calls us to “identify, honor, and eradicate shame and disempowering subconscious self-limiting beliefs about our sexuality.” Lisa invites us to “Follow your Intuition and see where you are guided. We all have our own unique choreography to our healing and Awakening which is why my practice is called TranscenDance. We can learn to dance in the rain, surf tsunamis, and TranscenDance across the fires of personal purification.”
Please utilize the free resources of Re-Education, Healing, Inspiration, and Conscious Co-Creation on Lisa’s website, http://www.transcendance.us .
ENVISION THIS: Nurturing lively curiosity about how things interrelate to enhance life is the most effective antidote to fear and despair
Frances Moore Lappe changed the diet of millions for the sake of our “Small Planet.” Now her mission in her new book EcoMind is to change the world by changing the way we think. She shows us how lively curiosity about how everything interrelates is our best antidote to fear and despair.
The head of Small Planet Institute shows us how cultivating an EcoMind can help us make seven world changing “mind leaps,” including “Sure, we can be selfish, fixated on material gain, and narrowly competitive. But here’s the key to our future. We’ve also evolved deep capacities for cooperation, empathy, fairness, efficacy, meaning, and creativity. We can’t change human nature, but that’s OK. We can change the norms and rules of our societies to keep negative human potential in check and to elicit these powerful, positive qualities we most need now. Let’s focus there with laser intensity.”
Join us as Frances Moore Lappe helps us reframe our response to our environmental and economic crises in ways that align with nature, including our own, to create a liberating ecology of hope.