Self-Care & Activism | Suggestions for Alleviating Burnout

Inspired by an article we recently included in transform., “An End to Self Care” by B. Loewe, I started searching for resources on self-care. I found a ton of sites, articles, and tactics for ending burnout. Not all of the ones listed here are specifically for activists, some require certain steps be taken, others ask […]

The Praxis Project | EAT4Health Fellowship Program

Praxis and Community Science have started a new fellowship program for leaders in the food justice community. They aim to strengthen leadership and learning for food policy advocates in order to support people in low-income communities and communities of color. Their first fellowships have already been granted. In an effort to amplify grassroots voice in […]

Are People Who Meditate the Top Social Change Agents?

If you meditate, you’re more likely to be for sustainability of communities, the environment, and other similar issues.  Do you meditate? A few weeks ago, the New York Times Article “How Meditation May Change the Brain” by Sindya Banhooin the “Well Blog” garnered 590 comments and was number six on the list of most emailed articles that week. […]

january 2012

  WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | February 10, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Food, Justice & Sustainability | author, activist, chef Bryant Terry Fox Theater | Oakland, CA Thursday | January 26, 2012 | 7:00-10:00pm Register   Social Justice in Higher […]

Tools for Being the Change

Giving a nod to the people we’ve interviewed over the past year for our agents, allies, and activist section, these resources are related to their organizations and the kind of changes they intend to create in the world. Link onto the name and organization to read the piece. Check out the links below to explore […]

Occupy Within | Take a Stand, SIT for Change

For four years Transformative Change (XC) has hosted SIT for Change, an event designed to bring inner awareness practices to agents of social change. This year, to support the many Occupy movements around the world, XC is asking folks to SIT, Chant, Center, Asana, Pray, etc. at an Occupy site near you. Come out, help […]

Majora Carter | Staying Green, Staying Home

Majora hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series: The Promised Land.  She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about “sustainability”; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx. Since 2008, her consulting company, MCG has exported Climate […]

Peter Forbes | Start with the Land

Original article posted in Vermont Commons July 31, 2006 and written by Peter Forbes of Center for Whole Communities. Not all that long ago, our ancestors drew their identities from the land that they lived on, whether they were farmers or sharecroppers or laborers who came in seasonally to harvest wheat, corn, soybeans, or strawberries. Even […]

The Happiness Institute in San Francisco

I met Leah Pearlman at Wednesdays, a meditation sangha, that meets (you guessed it!) every Wednesday in Santa Clara, California. During one of our shares, or maybe even after dinner conversations, I learned that she co-created a space in San Francisco called the Happiness Institute.  Six months after Leah began to develop the idea, Jordan […]

Howard Rheingold | Who Said Collaboration Wasn’t Sustainable?

As humans–being extremely complex, very intelligent, and oftentimes, narcissistic creatures–we often forget that we are animals.  Looking back at a time in which survival of the fittest meant that humans competed against each other, we are now beginning to realize and PRACTICE that species (in order to survive) must cooperate with each other. In this […]

october 2011

  Sustainability and Sustenance in the American Agri-food System Author Patricia Allen discusses the efforts of two movements, sustainable agriculture and community food security, in her book Together At The Table. Allen examines the two movements involved in reconstructing the agri-food system from the growing of crops to production and distribution so that we can […]

Welcome | october 2011

“In the process of helping the earth to heal, we help ourselves.” ~ Wangari Maathai In India, banyan trees are called trees of knowledge and trees of life, a fitting symbol for our October theme, sustainability, which by definition is “the capacity to endure.” In a world out of balance we have to rediscover equilibrium […]