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Session 5: Jay Walljasper, “Fork in the Road: City of Cato”

ATTACHMENT 5-6 Read Aloud Fork in the Road:  City of Cato Excerpt from Jay Walljasper:  State of the Commons 2035, Notre Dame University Magazine, Summer 2010.   … The rediscovery of the commons prompted people to think more about what really mattered to them. This cultural shift can be seen most vividly in a town […]

Session 5: Three Stories of the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-5 Read Aloud Three Stories of the Commons First Reader:  Water Water is one of the most ancient and important commons we have.  Do you have memories of a favorite swimming hole or spring?  Did you grow up watering a vegetable garden or playing in the spray of a hose?     From communal wells […]

Session 5: Examples of the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-4 Examples of the Commons     Water                                               Downtown Air                                                     Public Health and Sanitation The Airwaves                                  Shakespeare National and Public Parks             The Oceans Sidewalks                                        Quiet Genetics                                          History Seeds                                              The Night Sky Blood Banks                                    Social Security Community Gardens                      Crafts Bees                                                 Scientific Knowledge Jazz                                                  Folk Tales Libraries                                           Mass Transit Artistic Traditions                            Neighborhood Groups Fire Departments                            Non-Profit […]

Session 5: What is the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-3 What Is The Commons?   The Commons is the vast wealth of natural and human achievement that we inherit together and have an obligation to pass on, undiminished, to future generations. The Commons is like a river with three tributaries: nature-based, culture-based, and community/societal.  The natural commons includes air, water, seeds, and biodiversity.  […]

Session 4: Jeremy’s Story

ATTACHMENT 4-2 Read-Aloud Jeremy’s Story There’s a lot of talk about how things have gotten more economically insecure for my generation, that there has been a “risk shift.”  I can see it in my own family history – which I learned more about at a recent family gathering.   My name is Jeremy and I’m […]

Session 3: Richard Heinberg, “The End of Cheap and Easy Oil” and Bill McKibben, “What is Climate Change?”

ATTACHMENT 3-7A Reading Richard Heinberg, Fellow / Post Carbon Institute: The End of Cheap and Easy Oil (aka Peak Oil, or Oil Depletion)   Oil is a non-renewable resource, so it is subject to the low-hanging fruit principle of resource extraction:  we find and use the best first, and leave the hard, expensive stuff for […]

Session 3: Joanna Macy, “Breaking The Spell of Denial”

ATTACHMENT 3-8 Reading Joanna Macy / Breaking the Spell of Denial First of all, we need to recognize that denial itself is the greatest danger we face.  We have the technology [and resources needed] to make sweeping and fairly effective changes.  But not much can be done until we’re ready to acknowledge the situation we’re […]

Session 3: Adrienne Rich, “All I Cannot Save” and UN Environmental Sabbath Program, “A Prayer of Sorrow”

ATTACHMENT 3-4A Reading Adrienne Rich:  All I Cannot Save   Excerpt from Natural Resources in The Dream of a Common Language, (Norton, 1978), p. 67.     My heart is moved by all I cannot save So much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those, who, age after age, Perversely, with […]

Session 2: Living in Borrowed Times

Opening Reading Session 2: Living in Borrowed Times   How Did They Get Away With It? Business writer Gretchen Morgenson (in conversation with Bill Moyers), March 26, 2010.  https://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/03262010/profile.html In sunny economic weather the banker readily lends you an umbrella — but then asks for it back when it rains.  So now it’s raining, and […]

Session 1: Causes of the Economic Meltdown

Pass-Around Read-Aloud Part 1: How Did We Get Here? In the fall of 2008, the economy came close to a total collapse.   Economic stability was brought about through massive bailouts, a stimulus bill to create jobs and government guarantees.  But while the economy was temporarily rescued from free fall, it hasn’t been fundamentally fixed. This […]