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What We’re Reading (and Listening To!) — November 2012

by Amelia Bryne on 13th November 2012

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This is part of an ongoing series highlighting what our members are currently reading (watching and listening to!) in the Post Growth and sustainability realms.

This month I asked post growth team members to share what they’ve been listening too in the form of talks or radio shows.

Chimamanda Adichie

The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie

Let yourself sink into this most beautiful TED Talk – enjoy the storytelling, feel uncomfortable, and go where she takes you.  Adichie does such a masterful job conveying her message that it wouldn’t make sense for me to try to articulate what I take from it in relation to our current economic and social order.  I just encourage you to give it your full attention and then see where your mind travels. – Janet


The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin
& The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown

Brene Brown

I would like to give some extra attention to two things I’d like to see more of in this world: empathy and vulnerability.

If we can’t relate to each other, how can we share this limited planet in healthy, equitable ways? Luckily, we are social animals who are hard- wired for empathy.  As Jeremy Rifkin describes in this fantastic Royal Society of Art video, The Empathic Civilisation, empathy plays an essential role in our lives.  The ability to empathize has been extremely important to our evolution and is a vital part of moving forward in our quest to build healthy, sustainable societies.

And, just below the surface of empathy, we find another essential ingredient: vulnerability.  In order to live emphatically, we must, of course, open our hearts to the world.  In an excellent TED talk, social researcher, Brené Brown tells us about The Power of Vulnerability and how she eventually came to embrace her own vulnerabilities.  Enjoy!  – Jen


The Herbal Highway produced by Karen Sanders and Sarah Holmes

flowerThe archives of this weekly radio show from California offers an eclectic range of hour-long recordings on using plants as medicine (an ancient skill relevant to post growth living). Common herbs like dandelions, nettles, roses, violets or red clover make delicious earthy teas and have affinities to different parts and processes in our bodies.

Accessible to the causal listener and of interest to herbalists, the show covers topics including herbs for asthma, the spiritual aspect of plants, and connecting one’s body and mind with the “five” seasons. Also check out the United Plant Savers website for important context on plants that are at risk of being over-harvested, and help on learning to replant threatened herbs, such as Echinacea.  -Amelia

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avatar Amelia is a visual anthropologist (filmmaker & researcher) and is inspired to vision alternative futures, as well as to document the cultural shifts of our time. She is active in solidarity economy work, which celebrates and aims to strengthen ecologically and socially just businesses and economic relationships. She is also a maker of nettle tea, wild berry jam, and divides her time between New York City and a farm near Stockholm.

Amelia has written 7 posts on Post Growth Institute.

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