I just returned from a weekend of inspiring solutions.
Dancing and Drumming
Voices speaking out.
Nikki Henderson: Food Justice and Jobs
The speakers ranged from:
Riki Ott shared amazing facts about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the deadly health problems we now face in the Gulf as a result of BP's actions.
But, when they are sued for bribing public officials, grand theft, fomenting unjust wars, murder, torture, fraud, stock swindles (just to name a few well-known crimes), then they are corporations and have special exemptions.
Annie Leonard: A wonderful speaker explained how we get depressed by having too much STUFF. She makes such a good point how the advertising media can hook us into believing we need MORE and more and more.
For this, George Beck has incited people to call and harass Annie with death threats. The FBI warned her not to speak in public. Now, that's real Democracy!
Beck Blabs On. Click off Fox. Click on: (http://www.storyofstuff.com/).
Most upsetting fact for me: One perfectly healthy newborn from middle U.S.A. had 200 toxic chemicals in its umbilical cord.
The overall message of the weekend was Collaboration and Education.
Greg Mortenson was amazing in his presentation of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools.His ability to empower people to work together is such an inspiration.
He is still trying to get the U.S. to sign the Land Mine Treaty.
Hope and Power
The Ameri-Corps staff were amazing examples of organization and kindness.The mass of young people in attendance gives me hope. They are connecting and mapping out the difficult road to a sustainable future.
I was empowered by making connections with old friends and new. I was inspired by brilliant college students who work on the geology of rocks on Mars, awesome microbiology research, and robotics to aid humankind. All these examples of people at work reinforced the "Education and Collaboration" focus of the weekend.
Bioneers by the Bay: Conference on Connecting for Change
Go and Become Part of the Future