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Complexity: It’s Not That Simple

October 11th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

Complexity theory has been around for a generation now, but most people don’t understand it. I often read or listen to consultants, ‘experts’ and media people who proffer ludicrously simplistic ’solutions’ to complex predicaments. Since it seems most people would prefer things to be simple, these ‘experts’ always seem to [...]

Ten Important Questions

October 6th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

These are the questions I’m asking myself these days, trying to come to grips with why, now that my life is idyllic, now that I have the time and opportunity to do anything I want, I’m sitting here, doing nothing, my hands turned up, feeling fearful, disconnected, directionless.
These are no-escape questions: No closed-ended “yes or [...]

Too Smart For Our Own Good

October 4th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

Last month I linked to an excellent CBC video summarizing the life, work and philosophy of uber-celebrity Eckhart Tolle. Tolle doesn’t really say anything new in his books — I think Richard Moss’ Mandala of Being delivers the same “learn to be Present” message more effectively, and the bookstore shelves are crammed [...]

What Happened When The Oil Ran Out

September 27th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

(This story/scenario was written as part of the preparation for the visioning exercise for Bowen In Transition, the local Bowen Island, BC chapter of the Transition Initiative, which is helping communities all over the world to prepare for the threat of energy, economic, and ecological collapse, and to transition to a post-cheap-oil, post-global-industrial-economy, post-stable-climate future. [...]

Ten Things To Do When You’re Feeling Hopeless

September 13th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

Four years ago, when I was young, naive and idealistic, I wrote one of my most popular posts, called Ten Things to Do When You’re Blue. I still kinda like its facile advice, but these days, I’m more likely to feel hopeless than sad, more likely to feel as if [...]

What Is Your True Song?

July 27th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

The bird pictured at right  (credit Roland Jordahl) is a Swainson’s Thrush, a regular summer visitor here on Bowen Island. Like most birds, it has both “songs” and “calls”. The songs tend to be more melodious and variable — each bird’s is slightly different. The calls are simpler, standard and [...]

Links and Tweets of the Month

July 19th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S END
Our Belief Systems at a Turning Point?: Gail at the Oil Drum suggests that the Enron/Worldcomm frauds, the bailout of greedy financial corporations, and now the incompetence and deception of BP and its cohorts have finally pushed the majority of us to a turning point where [...]

Mini Book Review: Edible Forest Gardens

July 24th, 2008 by Dave Pollard

Edible Forest Gardens (Books 1 & 2), by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier
What is most remarkable about this exhaustive and practical course in temperate climate (zones 4-7) permaculture is that only about 40 of its over 1000 pages are about the work of planting and maintaining an "edible forest garden" ("a perennial polyculture of multipurpose [...]

Hello world!

July 24th, 2008 by Dave Pollard

Hello everyone. I'll be using this blog to cross-post articles from my regular weblog, How to Save the World, that I think might be of interest to Chelsea Green readers. I'm the author of Finding the Sweet Spot: The Natural Entrepreneur's Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work, new from Chelsea Green.