I’ve spent the last two weeks in pre-semester classes and training for the Ecological Planning program at UVM. And now we’re getting the tail end of the hurricane and everything’s gotten rearranged. So it’s a good day for a blog post!
Some high-quality things I’ve found recently that might get you through the storm if your in the Northeast right now:
–A beautiful, detailed, and very culturally respectful US Forest Service publication on traditional non-timber forest products in northern Maine. It very sensibly looks at current-day use by both native and euro-American wildcrafters, includes a very respectful treatment of ceremonial plants and traditional ecological knowledge in general, is based on interviews and oral history, and has a very nice companion website to the technical publication. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. The website is here and the publication is here. I’m ordering a bunch of copies to use with my students over time. Check it out!
–A new blog by my friend and permaculture colleague Steve Gabriel – Work With Nature Design. He writes about woodlot management, non-timber forest products, agroforestry, and more. Very in line with the themes and topics of Renewing the Commons and very worth a look.
–Another new blog by my friend Tom Meli – Interdependent Soul. Tom writes about nature connection, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and deeper thinking about easy-to-take-for-granted aspects of modern life. Some very neat insights and well worth reading.
–In a very different vein, I am a big fan of high-quality long-form journalism a la the Atlantic and New Yorker. I’m also a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell for his super-accessible communication of complexity and systems dynamics. And as a world changer I’m super interested in entrepreneurship and how social and cultural “innovation” (whatever that means) happens and becomes normal. So this article, a revisionist look by Gladwell at the history of Apple, Xerox, and the personal computer, really caught my eye. Very, very interesting and informative.
–And in another great example of long-form outside-the-box revisionist history, the Atlantic looks at the Black Panther Party’s role in the development of the gun ownership rights movement in the US. Totally fascinating, and significantly complexifies what is often a very simply told story.
Stay high and dry!