Posted on August 10, 2005 - 4:18pm :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
09 August 2005 | TruthForce! News and Features (TNF)

Around one hundred artists and concerned citizens braved strong rains last August 6 at the People Power Monument and participated in an interfaith reflection and performance on the theme: "Inner Renewal as the Basis for Societal Transformation". A number of the artists even performed, without umbrellas, under the pouring rain. They wanted to send a message of deep commitment to the inner and structural renewal of Philippine society as an alternative to the scandalous government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Posted on August 9, 2005 - 1:19pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas
08 August 2005

The tempest around Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) seems to be calming down. Her negative ratings have slightly diminished. Two jueteng or illegal gambling witnesses have turned around, apologizing to GMA for linking her and her family to jueteng payoffs. The galloping efforts of her critics to remove her from the presidential palace have slowed to a "creeping impeachment." Congressmen may end up in five months of legal and political tug-of-war. They have 60 session days (not the same as calendar days) to determine whether the impeachment complaint has the numbers or the substance to go to the Senate for a final hearing on the case.

These developments have prompted GMA's spin doctors to crow: "Nowhere to go but up". But they will be in for a rude awakening. We are in the middle of the eye of a social hurricane. We are experiencing the calm before the storm.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 11:53pm :: Contributors
Panjee Tapales Lopez
August 3, 2005

I have never experienced the level of division and confusion we are witnessing of late. It is happening in communities, families—in every institution. Everyone has something to say and they are vehement and passionate about it. People you relied on to share your personal sentiments are suddenly saying the opposite. People you counted on for their moral indignation are whistling tunes you can't even name. Indeed, these are trying times.

Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:58pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Human
01 Aug 2005 | Grist Magazine

TF! Editorial Comment: One of the great challenges in urban contexts today is the challenge of building community. Often architecture, town planning, public transport and other factors are not conducive to the unfolding of healty social processes. In the article below, artist, designer and planner, Milenko Matanovic answers questions on a wide range of topics that animate his life and work in helping to build community and create livable cities and once again we see how an inspired individual can make a difference.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:56pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
By Richard Louv
July-August 2005 | Orion Magazine

TF! Editorial Comment: Most of us are familiar with the increasing incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the controversial rise in drug therapies. But "Nature-deficit disorder"? In the article below, new studies are pointing to the unhealthy disconnect of children from nature imposed by "modern" society and its educational methods -- a disconnect that may contribute to ADHD. At the same time, the findings also indicate the salutary benefits of exposure to nature -- the "restorative environment." The implications of the studies raise questions about how we design our cities and communities and our educational processes, among others so as to foster a healthy connection with nature.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:53pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Economics
By Amory B. Lovins
Aug. 8, 2005 | Newsweek International

TF! Editorial Comment: So-called conventional wisdom says that there is no realistic alternative to our current dependence on fossil fuels and their attendant costs to society and nature. In the article below, however, future thinker and energy expert Amory Lovins points to the practical and doable options for profitably phasing out our overdependence on oil and phasing in sustainable energy policies, higher utilization efficiencies and alternatives to oil.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:46pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Jamie Henneman
August 3, 2005 | Capital Press (subscription), Oregon

TF! Editorial Comment: While many farmers struggle to make ends meet, an enterprising Idaho woman has turned her organic farm into a showcase for value-added entrepreneurship. She shares this success with others through her publications and farm school which provide practical ways to learn the art of organic farming, Mary Jane Butters joins thousands of others working for positive change and building a sustainable future.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:45pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Economics
By Desiree Caluza
August 3, 2005 | Inquirer News Service

TF! Editorial Comment: A "new" rice growing technique called the System for Rice Intensification (SRI) is winning converts with its success at increasing yield and lowering production costs. Developed over 10 years ago in Madagascar, SRI is now being practices by tens of 1000s of farmers in more than 20 countries. In the article below, SRI is part of a revival of indigenous spirituality and traditional farming practices in the Cordilleras that shun the green revolution's prescriptions of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and instead rely on sustainable production methods.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:41pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Jan McGirk
August 2, 2005 | OpenDemocracy.net

TF! Editorial Comment: Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" articulated that the dominating source of future international conflict would be cultural. Many would argue that the current wave of terrorism by religious extremists bears this out. In the article below, an interfaith Bali conference sets out to show the way to peace through dialogue, tolerance and mutual understanding among the world's diverse faiths and religions.

Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:39pm :: ISD-Societal Change
Timothy Sowula
August 1, 2005 | OpenDemocracy.net

TF! Editorial Comment: There is a saying: "words make worlds" which captures the essence of how language describes and shapes particular views of the world. As discussed in the article below, the Helsinki Accords--with language on "respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms"--became both a window of opportunity and a rallying point for dissidents clinging to the power of words to change society.
Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:35pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Human
August 2, 2005 | Manila Times

TF! Editorial Comment: The Ramon Magsaysay awards are positioned to be an Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize recognizing excellence in the fields of Government Service, Public Service, Community Leadership, Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication arts, Peace and International Understanding, and Emergent Leadership. In the article below, the 2005 winners exemplify and celebrate individuals from Thailand, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos and Bangladesh who are forces for positive change.

Posted on August 6, 2005 - 10:34pm :: ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Norman P. Aquino, Senior Reporter
July 29-30, 2005 | BusinessWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: Conservation International (CI) works to conserve biodiversity and demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. An older paradigm held that biodiversity could only be preserved in reserves that excluded local communities. In the article below, CI is supporting conservation efforts in biologically rich areas in the Philippines where the local community is an integral part of the conservation solution.
By Angela Blardony Ureta
1 August 2005 | Manila Bulletin

TF! Editorial Comment: Presencing is a new theory about change and learning that revolutionizes how we see the world and how we can play a part in creating the future that wants to emerge. In the article below, the author describes the recent visit of Otto Scharmer who expounded on a new kind of leadership that taps into the emergent possibilities for creating a sustainable future.