89. One Man’s Dream is another’s Development

The Development Paradox
“There you go”, an illustrated e-book, tells the story of briefcase-wielding officials interested in “bringing sustainable development” to a forest-dwelling tribe. After interacting with the tribe, they find that it is already sustainable and perhaps doesn’t need additional “development,” yet the officials push ahead with their plans. At its core, the story is about different cultures and the consequences of taking action before really understanding the needs of each other. Flip through this engaging e-book to find out how the tribe fares… { read more }

The Language of Truth and Lies – James Pennebaker

Yemeni Child-Bride Speaks Out

Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century
Where Has It Gone?
By Ira Chernus

All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours.

And I bet you, like me, rarely talk to anyone about your dreams, even if you spend nearly all your time among politically active people working to improve the planet. Perhaps these days it feels somehow just too naïve, too unrealistic, too embarrassing. So instead, you focus your energy on the nuts and bolts of what’s wrong with the world, what has to be fixed immediately.

I’m thinking that it’s time to try a different approach — to keep feeling and voicing what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the fierce urgency of now,” but balance it with a dose of another political lesson he taught us: the irresistible power of dreaming.

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