1. The Miracle of Quixote Village

    A group of churches and nomads discover together the true meaning—and power—of sanctuary. Jill Severn is a board member of Panza, a nonprofit organization that was instrumental in the establishment of a model micro-community of tiny houses for the homeless in Olympia Washington. She is a writer and communication consultant.  A...
  2. Yes! Magazine

    Do you believe the world is going to hell in a hand basket or that incredible people are doing amazing things to help us all transcend the damage caused by greed and ignorance? Your answer may be determined by where you get your news. Fran Korten is the Publisher of Yes...
  3. Real American Food You’ve Never Tasted

    Think you know American food? Think again. This American Indian eatery serves food so unfamiliar you have to see it before you order it. Ben Jacobs is a Native American entrepreneur and co-owner of Tocabe, an American Indian Eatery, in Denver, CO. Additional video on Tocabe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68s-1KLE2hY       Food for Thought &...
  4. Time Well Spent

    Time, not money, is the currency at the Hour Exchange. And everyone’s time is equally valuable.   Stephen Beckett is participant in Hour Exchange Portland.  He is co-founder and lead programmer for hOurworld Cooperative. He graduated with honors from the University of New England’s Physical Therapy degree program and has been practicing...
  5. Communal Living

    Communal living with all its benefits using a new model for decision-making that trumps consensus. Heather Carver is a resident at Columbia Eco-Village in Portland, OR. After years of trying to figure out how to save the world, she is focusing on trying to live in a way that’s a smaller...
  6. Radical Banking

    What North Dakota has been doing for more than 100 years that saved the state from the 2008 credit crisis. Ellen Brown is an author, attorney, public speaker, and advocate of financial reform, most prominently public banking. She was 2014 California State Treasurer Green Party candidate. She is the founder and...
  7. Re-thinking Our Story About the Economy

    A radical rethinking of our faulty assumptions about money and how to use it.  David Korten worked for more than 35 years in preeminent business, academic and international development institutions before he turned away from the establishment to work exclusively with public interest citizen-action groups. His newest book, Change the Story:...
  8. Beyond the Almighty Dollar

    The sharing economy maximizes the value of non-monetary assets. Arun Sundararajan is the NEC Faculty Fellow, Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences and a Doctoral Coordinator at the Stern School of Business, NYU. He After receiving his M.S., Management Science & Ph.D., Business Administration from University of Rochester, Professor Sundararajan...
  9. Turning the Blues into Green

     A humble musical form is driving economic development, building civic pride and attracting tourism. John Horhn is a Mississippi State Senator, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 1993.He earned his certificate in Community Leadership from Jackson State University, attended the Governors Center program in strategic planning...

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