Category Archives: Governance

Western Guilt: how should I feel?

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This is very personal for me to share, and I hope that you find it thought-provoking or are able to relate in some way. I feel guilt because I know not of what it is like to have eat the packaging of a product because my neighbors are unable to purchase my mothers threads. I know not of the taste… Read more »

Bhutan plants 108,000 trees to honor the birth of a prince   Bhutan instituted Gross National Happiness as its measure of societal progress in the 1970s. GNH is assessed by nine factors that contribute to happiness; psychological well-being, physical health, work-life balance, community vitality and social connection, education, cultural preservation, access and diversity, environmental sustainability, good governance, and material well-being. I think this is a fantastic example of the kind… Read more »

Can Leonardo DiCaprio Help us in the Anthropocene?

If you’ve stumbled across any website like Tumblr, 4chan, or even Facebook in the last 5 years, I’m sure you’ve head- Leonardo DiCaprio was Oscar-less.  Shocking news to anyone who watched eagerly as he portrayed rolls from a Wall Street Banker to my personal favorite interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo. Leo is known for more than just his extraordinary acting these days,… Read more »

Who are we and What is our Agency?

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  This is something we are trying to address in our action group project but I don’t want to get into what we are doing because the project is underway and we don’t have our end product ready yet.  However, I really am enjoying talking about change in several of my classes, this one included. And it’s interesting to me… Read more »

Astronomy and Politics

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We are a small part of a large system in the universe. This system is full of rising and falling communities. The act of patterning is natural—and so—“life is inevitable.” The gathering and building of systems between atoms into cells into tissues into organs into organ systems and into organisms is the pattern of nature. Even throughout life this pattern… Read more »

Response to Course Reading

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Response to David Roberts’ “The Decisions We Make About Climate Change Today Will Reverberate for Millennia. No Pressure”: Let me be clear that I completely agree with the emphasis Roberts (and many scientists) is making, “this long-term view shows that the next few decades offer a brief window of opportunity to minimize large-scale and potentially catastrophic climate change that will… Read more »