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  1. No COP 26 wasn’t a success. Objectives were not met. An agreement to promise to do better next year is not an achievement. Worse is the deception by fossil fuel promoters (who represented the biggest delegation at the conference (bigger than any country including USA or China) that they will start to phase out fossil …
    Continue reading The success of COP26
  2. Please join us for our 2021 annual gathering It will be on Wednesday 8 December at 1800 GMT online and in person (RSVP required). This year we will step back and review our big picture perspective of the state of the world and the path forward as volatility of human systems (politics, economics etc) and …
    Continue reading System Change: Fear & Greed vs Love & Sharing
  3. Richard is an amazing human. He died a couple of days ago – I’ve not heard the full story yet, but I’m sad and pissed off. I regret not spending more time with him, though he was such a dynamic dude, even in his 70s, it was hard to keep up. He was a very …
    Continue reading Richard Auler
  4. author, organic pioneer, changemaker Topics include*stacking shelves then changing course*facing The Wall in Alice Springs*natural skills*finding yourself, choosing your path*self awareness*cause and effect*writing to explore oneself*reincarnation*transcending the division between ego and soul to find your *consciousness*dream therapy*self-acceptance for courage to change*following relationship, not objective*communication, appreciation, confidence*recognising and facing your own past and prejudices*challenge catalysing cultural …
    Continue reading In conversation with Michael Hickey
  5. An essay on “education as if people and planet matter” originally drafted for The Dartington Trust and Resurgence and published on Clive Menzies Outersite.org. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is obvious, if you can look back in time. Eggs came first in fish, reptiles, then birds. It was an egg …
    Continue reading Making Sense of Ourselves and Our World
  6. Last’ week’s “code red for humanity” got me thinking – ironically – about happiness. What makes you happy? Actually, let’s back up. What IS happiness, that feeling of positive lightness that makes the world seem rosy? “Hap” is the Middle English word for “chance, luck, a chance occurrence”. Sounds about right. “Happy” is defined as …
    Continue reading How Happiness Works
  7. What’s going on at Ballin Temple? More than we expected, especially as Ireland has been under lockdown all year so far.  If you’ve seen some of the posts on social media you’ll have an inkling of how busy we’ve been.  In order to keep the fires burning we were doing a lot of logging since …
    Continue reading BT news – logging, spring planting, garden course, fishing, yoga, … nature.
  8. A couple of POV videos of recovery of timber for the fire from the woods. This might be of interest to smallholders etc. (“Don’t try this at home.”) Many thanks to Noel Hutton for tuning and sharpening one of the two similar saws used. ‘Twas running better than new! A fine dry day made all …
    Continue reading POV recovery of timber from woods.
  9. Since 1974, upward redistribution of wealth to the business classes has cost the American labour force $50 Trillion. That’s enough to pay every single person working in the bottom 90% an additional $1,144 a month. Every month. Every single year. America has become more unequal during what seemed to be a golden age of wealth. …
    Continue reading The elephant of inequality revealed by USA – the herd leader.
  10. The audio, slides and edited video of our review Coming of Age: People, Organisations, Countries, The World are shared here. Please enjoy. The main talk begins after 13 minutes. Audio only:

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