Book Review – On the Banks of the Ganga: When Wastewater Meets a Sacred River

Imagine that you are a visitor to India taking a boat tour along the Ganga River. During this tour, you see countless Hindu pilgrims bathing in the river for spiritual cleansing. You know that in the Hindu faith the Ganga River is the physical manifestation of a mother goddess, and that she has the power to spiritually cleanse believers who …

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Is Human Civilization Unsustainable? A Review of the Film “Surviving Progress”

When I am sick in bed, I watch a lot of movies to help pass the time. Lucky for me, Netflix just released a bunch of television shows and documentary films. One film in particular caught my eye – “Surviving Progress” which was directed by Harold Crooks and Mathieu Roy and released in 2011. Heralded by Roger Ebert as “a …

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LiveSift: Sifting for Gems in the Crowd

The world is changing (quickly). The old model – where one person at the top of an organization gets an idea and then tells those below him what to do to implement it – is outdated. Organizations like this are faltering every day. Quickly taking their place is a new breed of organization, a lateral one. These collaborative organizations don’t …

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Slow Food at Potager Cafe

Slow Food? Never heard of it? Me neither. That’s why I jumped at the chance to find out what Slow Food is about, when a friend of mine invited me to Potager Cafe, a restaurant near the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). It was there that I had the experience “Slow Food”, food that has been locally sourced and …

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Responsible Leadership: Where Do You Stand on Squishy Ground?

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – the former Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and current Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact – has seen and dealt with a lot over the course of his career. Much of this has not lent itself to easy answers, and often even led to ethical dilemmas and controversy. Moody-Stuart has finally decided to share his …

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Discovering Urban Acres

I discovered Urban Acres three times before I finally made my first visit: Groupon, a Google Map search, and word-of-mouth.  Urban Acres is a a farmstead and co-op that supplies local, organic produce to thousands across the metroplex. It has a Texas-sized heart for local food and the local farmers and artisans that supply them. What’s does it add up …

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Local Buzz: Hawaiian Rainbow Bees

While taking a walk around Malcolm Yorkston’s house deep in the Manoa Valley I immediately became happy.  This happens every time I’m in Manoa.  The tropical, lush environment breeds life, and the flora is beautiful as well as it is tasty.  As we walked, Malcolm pointed out all the trees on his property from avocados, papayas, mountain apples, mango, and …

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Book Review: A New Green History of the World. The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations

American lecturer, essayist, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson predicted, “The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.”  Writing with the same observation in mind and using great, ancient civilizations as prime examples, Clive Ponting postulates in his study A New Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations …

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Kako’o ‘Oiwi: A Primer

It’s a strange name to some. It’s an overgrown swamp to others. That’s putting it lightly along with missing out on the incredible story behind the He’eia Streambed and Kako’o ‘Oiwi. It was once an ancient agricultural powerhouse, but fell into disuse and saw a rebirth in the last 5 years. While hardly worth a glance while heading to the …

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Book Review: EcoMind

To put it simply, I like being an outcast on the fringes of society. No, this isn’t some teenage-like phase where I am trying to find myself. I just believe that the best views can only be found when you aren’t part of a particular camp. For instance, I am a military veteran with a fairly left-leaning view of the …

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