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audio from the techno utopia conference is now available online

45 LEADING SCHOLARS, AUTHORS AND ACTIVISTS (including our own Severine von Tscharner-Fleming) convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, for a public “TEACH-IN” on the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.

Click here to listen to the amazing panel discussions by this event.


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techno-utopia reading list!

Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures:
Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics by Andrew Kimbrell
Buddhist Technology: Bringing a New Consciousness to Our Technological Future by Arthur Zajonc
The Community’s Role in Appropriate Technology by George McRobie
Books:
New Dimensions of Appropriate Technology: Selected Proceedings of the 1979 Symposium by Alfred L. Edwards
Appropriate Technology and Social Values: A Critical Appraisal by the American Academy Of Arts and Sciences, edited by Franklin A. Long and Alexandra Oleson
Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace by Amory Lovins
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy Of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell
Sowing Resistance: The Third World Speaks Out on Genetic Engineering by Anuradha Mittal and Ellen Hickey
The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance by Anuradha Mittal and Walden Bello
The Culture of Technology by Arnold Pacey
Making Peace With the Planet by Barry Commoner
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
The Age of Missing Information by Bill McKibben
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution by Brian Czech and Herman Daly
The Resurgence Of The Real: Body, Nature, And Place In A Hypermodern World by Charlene Spretnak
When Technology Wounds: The Human Consequences of Progress by Chellis Glendinning
Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability  by Chet A. Bowers
Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators by Clay Shirky
Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change by Clive Hamilton
Growth Fetish by Clive Hamilton
The God That Limps: Science and Technology in the Eighties by Colin Norman
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom? By David Brin
The Arrogance of Humanism by David Ehrenfeld
Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology by David Ehrenfeld
Beginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennium by David Ehrenfeld
The Uncertain Promise: Value Conflicts in Technology Transfer by Denis Goulet
Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World by Denis Hayes
Energy: Crisis or Opportunity?: An Introduction to Energy Studies by Diana Schumacher
Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
Schumacher on Energy by E. F. Schumacher
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences by Edward Tenner
Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis by Eileen Crist and H. Rinker
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation by Eileen Crist and Philip Cafaro
The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology by Erich Fromm
Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth by Gar Smith
Small Is Possible by George McRobie
Technophobia: Getting Out of the Technology Trap by Harold Hellman
Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer by Helen Caldicott
Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World by Helena Norberg-Hodge
The Future of Progess: Reflections on Environment and Development by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Edward Goldsmith
From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture by Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page
The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul
Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation by James Howard Kunstler
World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1 by James Howard Kunstler and Jim Meskimen
The End of the Future: The Waning of the High-Tech World by Jean Gimpel
The Coming Energy Revolution: The Search for Free Energy by Jeane Manning
The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System by Jerry Mander
In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander
Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology by Joan Rothschild
Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit by John Michael Greer
Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress by John Michael Greer
Questioning Technology: Tool, Toy or Tyrant? by John Zerzan and Alice Carnes
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits by Katie Singer
Appropriate Technology Sourcebook: A Guide to Practical Books for Village and Small Community Technology by Ken Darrow and Mike Saxenian
Human Scale by Kirkpatrick Sale
Stepping Stones: Appropriate Technology and Beyond by Lane De Moll and Gigi Coe
Autonomous Technology: Technics-Out-Of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought by Langdon Winner
The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology by Langdon Winner
Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History by Lisi Krall
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology by Marilyn Carr
Tinker, Tiller, Technical Change by Matthew Gamser
Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us Or the Environment by Michael Huesemann and Joyce Huesemann
Architect or Bee?: The Human/Technology Relationship by Mike Cooley
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Appropriate Technology: Problems and Promises by Nicolas Jéquier
Technology, Transfer and Human Values: Concepts, Applications, Cases by Peter B. Heller
Appropriate Technology: Technology with a Human Face by Peter D. Dunn
Radical Technology by Peter Harper
Earthwalk by Philip Slater
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller
Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State by Ralph Nader
Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader
Appropriate Technology: Precepts And Practices by Ram Dass and Richard Alpert
Appropriate Visions: Technology, the Environment, and the Individual by Richard C. Dorf
The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg
Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines by Richard Heinberg
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg
Turning Away from Technology: A New Vision for the 21st Century by Stephanie Mills
On Gandhi’s Path: Bob Swann’s Work for Peace and Community Economics by Stephanie Mills
In Praise of Nature by Stephanie Mills
Epicurean Simplicity by Stephanie Mills
Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth by Tom Butler
Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva
Village Technology Handbook by the Volunteers In Technical Assistance (VITA), edited by Leonard Doak
New Roots for Agriculture by Wes Jackson
Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson
Altars Of Unhewn Stone: Science And The Earth by Wes Jackson
Appropriate Technology in Industrialized Countries by Willem Riedijk
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke
All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona LaDuke
Taming the Tiger: The Struggle to Control Technology by Witold Rybczynski
Paper Heroes: A Review Of Appropriate Technology by Witold Rybczynski
Film/TV:
Surviving Progress (2011) written/directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks
“The rise of personal robots.” 2010 by Cynthia Breazeal at TEDWomen.
“The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance.” (2014) by Hugh Herr at TED2014
Next Generation TV: Standing Up for Our Future (www.nextgeneration.tv)
Magazine:
Geez founded by Aiden Enns and Will Braun


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sail powered rum

Tres Hombres is an initiative that thrives on combined passions; sailing, traditional ships, shipbuilding, crew training, a Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 9.19.08 PMhealthy environment, good harmony and of course rum! Tres Hombres stands for enjoying life. Like a message in a bottle, the ship contains a dream about reviving traditional sailed cargo shipping, a dream that has already partly been fulfilled.

In the sixteenth century, when excise taxes were standardized, the illegal transport and trade of rum, known as rum running came to life. During the American prohibition in the twenties this trade form reached its climax. Tres Hombres follows this line of business, but contrary to what was the case with traditional rum running, this is a legal trade. However, the title rumrunner perfectly illustrates the buccaneer’s style and bravery of this entrepreneurship.

Tres Hombres ships rum from the Caribbean without fuel or an engine in the tradition of the old rumrunners, creating the world’s only Fairtransport rum. This is done by the ship: rumrunner ‘Tres Hombres’. It’s the first and only authentic rum runner to exist in this millennium! Since 2010, this ship transports specially produced editions of rum, making Fairtransport rum available only in Europe! The limited edition rum is loaded into the ship’s belly by hand. Depending on the weather, the rum spends up to two months in the hold of this engineless cargo ship. Man and ship fight the elements the way it used to be done in the old days, delivering their cargo safe, sound and dry at the homeport. All this is done by an environmentally friendly journey over the Atlantic Ocean.

This sustainable initiative is creating a name for itself within the international rum scene, with its premium rum, specially bottled and shipped, emission-free, from the Caribbean.


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rural academy theater – dates have posted!

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The Rural Academy Theater is a collaboration of individuals, two-legged & four creating theater for primarily rural audiences in response to the growing urbanization of our culture, economy, food, education, media, & art.

Their annual horse-pulled tour brings performers, musicians, sculptors, & dancers to town greens, college campuses, theaters, riverbanks, & farms via horse pulled wagon & bicycle power. They perform evenings of original theater under the stars or clouds using their wagon as their stage followed by a healthy dose of classic silent cinema accompanied by the Rural Academy Orkestar.

2014 Tour Schedule:

Sept. 20th – 8pm- Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry St., Lenoir

Sept. 23rd – 8pm- 87 Ruffin St. Gallery, (87 Ruffin St., Linville)

Sept. 25th – 8pm- Appalachian State University, (Sanford Mall, Boone) Continue reading


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update from greenhorns agroforestry project manager

This is a report from James Most, who runs  the Greenhorns AgroForestry project made possible by Nutiva.
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Progress of the Chestnut Project as of Summer 2014
What is Happening?
Hundreds of baby chestnut seedlings have germinated and are putting on lush growth in nursery beds and pots on Orcas Island, Washington. These young trees are being propagated from seed, and will spend all of 2014 growing and getting thick enough to be grafted to selected varieties in the spring of 2015. Starting in 2016, these trees will be robust enough to transplant out of the nursery and into orchards.
Why is this Happening?
The goal of this project is to encourage landowners, farmers, and ranchers to incorporate functional tree crops into their land management practices. Tree crops benefit all elements of land management- from the environmental angle: erosion control and carbon uptake, to the business angle: crop diversification/resiliency and reduction of dependence on grain based animal feeds. Sponsored by a grant from Nutiva, these chestnut trees will be distributed to ranchers, farmers, and landowners on the West Coast with consultation and establishment support.
Who is doing this?
With fiscal support from Nutiva and project sponsorship from the Greenhorns, James Most and Sara Joy Palmer are leasing a site on Orcas Island for the chestnut nursery and are currently propagating hundred of trees. In addition to propagating trees, James and Sara Joy have begun reaching out to potential landowners on the West Coast to site future chestnut orchards. Just this spring, they installed a 2 acre chestnut, walnut, and apple orchard for a landowner and organic farmer on Orcas Island.
How to find out more and get involved:
Contact James at jamesmost@gmail.com to find out more about the progress of the project and to talk all things chestnuts.

 


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artists seek farm for workshop/event

IMG_0004Scrimpy Summer Farm Tour

Sometime between August 20th and the 25th, a tribe of New Yorkers (art world acolytes, anthropocene practitionersgritty urban gardeners, and experimental musicians who were brought together during experiences of Occupy and continue to elaborate new forms of life) want to take our cultural goods (pw: blackoutjdb) and ways on the road to your farmland for a day. Taking seriously the task at hand, of living, eating, fighting and dying in our urban environment, whose constant and inevitable decay has been seized as an opportunity to immure us deeper and more sticky in this so-called world, we reach North because we wonder what you are doing, learning and building!

What we plan to do is have a night with some art performances, one or two musical acts (scrimpy), and a traveling art show. We will be bringing our own equipment, PA, tents, etc… but what we will need is some sort of space with access to electricity for the performances, whether it be a barn, a field, a front porch or even living room. Our means are very lo-fi and our vision very flexible based on the situations offered. If we are welcome to, we would like to spend an extra day in each location as a way of really seeing what is going on and to offer back a helping hand in a harvest or building project or anything else you need. We can also offer reciprocal hospitality in New York City, either at Woodbine or a large loft space.
For this first attempt we are mostly interested in the Hudson Valley/Catskills/Western Mass, though we’d travel as far as Ithaca.

If this interests you, please get in touch with Elise: elise.duryeebrowner [at] gmail.com THanks!!”

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dancing on farms

in our constant quest for rural-based, rural-themed, and rural-economy enabled artistic practices and programs, we bring you this experimental art dance troop — who perform in the adirondacks

THE SPACE WE MAKE is a performance collective that creates site-specific works outside of traditional theater settings. These multi-media performances incorporate input from audiences, communities, and the spaces in which members build and perform. Co-founded and directed by writer/musician Caitlin Scholl & choreographer/dancer Simon Thomas-Train, the group consists of a core roster of artists based in New York City and beyond.

Our mission is to:
Create and/or promote new works of performance in specific, unusual, or heretofore unused spaces; Reimagine or repurpose specific spaces/places through creative action;
Build, perform and/or promote work that sources creative input or ideas from a community beyond the performance group;
Connect with communities through the exploration and use of non-traditional performance space;
Create new venues for audiences to experience contemporary dance, music, writing, theater, visual and media arts.

 

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