Do Egalitarians need Spirituality?

A thoughtful review by Graham Strouts of David Holmgren’s new book, Future Scenarios appears at his website, Zone 5. This provides an interesting angle on the predeliction of Egalitarian thinkers to foreground the need for a ‘reorientation of spiritual values’ or a ‘fundamental change of paradigm’. Note that while Holmgren himself is clear that under … Continue reading Do Egalitarians need Spirituality?

Four Ways to Make Social Change Work Better: The Transition Movement and the Four Cultures

'Transition actually looked like a good tool for the job. They were picking it up by whatever handle they grasped. They were swinging it as earnestly as they could.' - Jon Mooallem, NY Times The Transition Movement, a grassroots coalition pioneered in the UK by Rob Hopkins, is a great case study for understanding and … Continue reading Four Ways to Make Social Change Work Better: The Transition Movement and the Four Cultures

Talking outside the Box? – Patrick Holden on a new agenda for organic farming

The director of the UK's Soil Association, a peak organic farming body, has been in Australia talking about a new agenda for the organic movement. There's a chance to hear what Patrick Holden  said on Radio National. Patrick Holden in Sydney Feb 2009 The   broadcast talk spoke of a 'Rob Hopkins effect' - referring to … Continue reading Talking outside the Box? – Patrick Holden on a new agenda for organic farming

How I learnt to stop worrying and love grid-group cultural theory

Fourcultures received a nice email from Huw asking how I learned about cultural theory. It was  while enrolled on a religious studies course that I first came across the work  of anthropologist Mary Douglas, who had developed a four part typology of cultures in her book Natural Symbols. Admittedly at the time it didn't seem … Continue reading How I learnt to stop worrying and love grid-group cultural theory