Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:42pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas
January 15, 2005

In less than a week, the First National Conference and Festival on Karangalan, "Mobilizing Excellence to Create a Visionary Philippines" will begin. Thousands will start to explore more deeply what it would take to create a better country. For some, this has led to the question: "Which would serve the country better today, resistance or excellence?"
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:10pm :: Contributors
By Panjee Tapales Lopez
01/16/2005 | The Philippine STAR

Be careful what you ask for. How many times have we said this, laughing almost disbelievingly that something we thought or said came true?

When I turned 35, I had a strong impulse to celebrate my birthday. I don’t like celebrating my birthday at all so this wasn’t like me. I would rather burrow into a decadent cake and disappear on that day but already two years before, something inside me – at first nebulous and vague – had begun percolating and was resonating louder and louder by the day. On my 35th year, three weeks after 9/11, I stood in my garden and spoke out the statement of my spirit that had blossomed at last, fully formed: Live authentically from this day forward. I encouraged everyone around me to express their intentions as well: One for themselves and one for the world. Then we lit candles, lowered them into bowls strewn with floating flowers, and carefully released them into the pool. From that day on, my life changed. Anything that was not true to the marrow fell away.
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:08pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Vandana Shiva
January / February 2005 | Resurgence Magazine Issue 228

TF! Editorial Comment: Every day we eat, but it's not that often that we stop to contemplate the food system that gives us life and why, in a world of abundance, there is still so much hunger. In the article below, Vandana Shiva reminds us of the sacred nature of food and how, through it, we are connected to the web of life--complex relationships that are being destroyed by industrial mindsets. By nourishing the web of life, we "solve the agricultural crisis, the health crisis and the crisis of poverty."
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:05pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Integral Sustainable Development (ISD)
Marco Visscher
January 2005 | Ode Magazine, Issue 20

TF! Editorial Comment: There is already a growing recognition that the burdens of foreign debt repayments are devastating many poorer countries, hence the numerous calls for various forms of debt cancellation. But the new idea of ecological debt, as discussed in the article below, is turning the tables on the question of who owes whom and further demonstrates the necessity of advancing a sustainable approach to development.
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:04pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Francesca Colombo, *Tierramérica
Jan 11, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: As one of the earliest scientific approaches to sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming is practiced in countries around the world. Biodynamic farmers are known for working with cosmic rhythms to enhance the living qualities of soil, food and farm. As discussed in the article below, the Italian biodynamic movement, though small in comparison with conventional hectarage, is finding ready markets for its high quality produce.
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:01pm :: ISD-Societal Change
By Jay Walljasper
January 2005 | Ode Magazine, Issue 20

TF! Editorial Comment: In becoming more conscious of how our buying decisions affect people and nature, we are, in a way, awakening to community. This consciousness also informs efforts to build local economies and enhance sustainability. In the article below, the writer surveys a number of efforts to celebrate diversity, culture, community and the importance of what is local in a globalized world.
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 10:58pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
By Mike Nowak
Jan. 12-18, 2005 | SF Bay Guardian

TF! Editorial Comment: Among those trying to change the world for the better are a new class of leaders –-"social entrepreneurs"—-who are combining business acumen with a social conscience. As discussed in the article below, a growing number of individuals are moving beyond the old for-profit and not-for-profit categories and are making social returns count and in the process, transforming "business as usual."
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 10:54pm :: ISD-Philippines | Economics
January 11, 2005 | The Philippine STAR

TF! Editorial Comment: Recent tragedies have again highlighted the loss of Philippine forest cover, and with it, the sustainable supply of forest products, including lumber. In the article below, an engineer has developed a renewable source of "wood" made from coconut fronds that has the potential to not only save trees, but can also provide additional income to marginal coconut farmers.