By Kosha Anja Joubert

Beyond You and Me is the 1st quantity within the 4 Keys to Sustainable groups sequence and is a pragmatic anthology for someone trying to rebuild current fragmented villages and groups, identify new crew firms and ecovillages, and heal the injuries of clash and social department. it's for these looking to reside cooperatively and in peace with fellow people and the Earth.

Since the start of human historical past, we have now lived in groups. that's, even if, until eventually the mid-twentieth century, while affordable fossil-fuel strength has enabled many folks in industrialized nations to dwell extra socially dispersed and remoted lives. yet now, escalating weather switch, top oil, and the necessity to notably decrease our carbon intake dictate that this unsustainable lifestyle can't proceed. We needs to relearn the paintings of neighborhood development and clash resolution.

Beyond You and Me deals talents in communique, clash answer, management, facilitation, and consensus choice making, and an inspiring standpoint on fixing international difficulties. Written via a global team of social and ecological pioneers, it contains the voices of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Wangaari Maathai, Starhawk, Azriel Cohen, Hildur Jackson, and Helena Norberg-Hodge.

The 4 Keys symbolize the 4 dimensions of sustainable design—the Worldview, the Social, the Ecological, and the commercial. This sequence is counseled by way of UNESCO and is an legit contribution to the UN Decade of schooling for Sustainable improvement. the opposite books of the sequence are Gaian Economics, Designing Ecological Habitats, and The tune of the Earth. The 4 Keys to Sustainable groups sequence was once accomplished in 2012 and is now on hand within the U.S. for the 1st time.

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There may need to be all sorts of measurable targets and goals along the way and that’s fine and very helpful, but if your vision is measurable too, where do you go when the measurements are not being achieved? You have nothing left. The vision needs to remain like the North Star – drawing you on, providing direction, something to remember when the targets are hard to achieve, or the finances are running low. Vision Vision is seeing the potential purpose hidden in the chaos of the moment, but which could bring to birth new possibilities for a person, a company or a nation.

They often have TVs in their rooms, gameboys and mobile phones. On TV they see the news of war and conflicts, violent cartoons in a constant flow and commercials that aim at turning them into big consumers. The food they get is often junk and fast even while parents struggle to get them to eat properly. Traffic limits their capacity to roam. I am deeply worried about these conditions under which children grow up today in our country. Employees in Denmark have six weeks’ holiday a year and this is often the only time during which children experience nature in a more direct way.

It took some years for the idea of Kitezh to grow within me, as gradually and naturally as a shoot sprouting from the Earth. Time passed by and the tiny seedling germinated, the sprout burst through to the light, broke away from the seed and began to grow according to a law unto itself, revelling in the sun and getting battered by the rain and the wind. At first I dreamt, or rather I sensed, that I would not be able to give my life to the fight for material wealth; that possessing things, a career and even happy idleness would in essence be a waste of effort in the brief snippet of the Earth’s journey that is my life.

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