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The more conscious you are... the more you are called to action!

We honor heroic efforts, unite organizations, share resources and create opportunities for cultural development.

What is your mission? Do you have a passion that offers direction, or purpose that creates a sense of place? Get organized and take action!

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An action hero is the person you are when living your purpose-- using powers of intelligence and love in service to community and Mother Earth. Different from super heroes, who have super natural powers, action heroes do what they can with what they've got. That's why they are so inspiring; we can all be action heroes!

The Action Hero Network is a 501(c)3 social profit project of the International Humanities Center, dedicated to promoting what action heroes are doing everywhere.

We create safe spaces for people of all ages and cultures to gather, communicate and share skills, so that everyone has the opportunity to be empowered, build community and travel freely.


For more information contact:
Cory Richardson
Corazon Space Creator
aka: SoloMAX
cor.contact(at)gmail.com
506.635.4122

Current Projects

Objectives:

* Freely provide light weight cloth hammocks to those sleeping on the ground in displaced persons camps.
* Set-up sewing machines where locals will continue this hammock making project.
* Create public art projects and play spaces with tightropes, treehouse hammocks and dance hoops.
* Promote the efforts of all action heroes working in Gulu by broadcasting their stories through all forms of media: print, video, online, email, photography exhibitions, and public presentations.

Why Uganda?

UN Humanitarian Affairs & Relief consider the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda to be among the worst on the planet. The on-going civil war in northern Uganda has displaced 1.6 million people. In a recent statement by Civil Society for Peace in Northern Uganda (CSOPNU), it was reported that 70 percent of the population in northern Uganda have no access to monetary income and 95 percent live in absolute poverty.

According to a random survey of over 2,500 individuals in displaced persons camps by the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Human Rights Center, 40 percent of respondents had been abducted by the rebel LRA (Lord's Resistance Army), 45 percent had witnessed the killing of a family member and 23 percent had been physically mutilated at some point during the conflict. The LRA is believed to have abducted over 30,000 children since 1986.

Teaching skills and gathering equipment to create hammocks will not only provide inexpensive portable beds, it will enable the Acholi to create many other useful items such as tents, tarps, blankets, backpacks and clothing. One thousand dollars will buy ten sewing machines. It is a small price for the abundance of basic needs these will manifest.

INVISIBLE CHILDREN (55 minutes) film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda.

Action Heroes working in Uganda: Beadforlife, War Child, Refugees International, Enlight Project, Lake Nukuruba Orphanage Project, Gulu Walk, Africa Greater Life Mission (watch video of kids dancing!), NGOs in Uganda listed at Idealist.org


Stitch Uganda Together (Africa)

The flow from these hammocks will buy sewing machines for former child soldiers in Uganda.

James from Invisible Children, who lives in Uganda, said hundreds of people in Gulu are trained with sewing skills but have no work.

If we can find enough demand for these hammocks, we'll set up shop in Uganda and support a lot of lives.

They come with everything you need... links and webbing straps... and set up in seconds.

This simple hammock will help you be free. Sleep anywhere there are trees!

You don't need to pay rent... simplify life down to a backpack and follow your bliss!

With a bug net and a tarp(a second hammock doubles as a tarp when you take out the strap), you don't need a tent.

Enjoy luxurious comfort in many places where you couldn't pitch a tent... like wet forest, rocky hillsides, or city parks.

These hammocks are a great gift... to yourself ...and others!

$50 each ...plus shipping (mailing 1 or 2 hammocks to the USA takes 2 weeks & costs $20).

To order yours, email: cor.contact(at)gmail.com or call: 506-635-4122

Tell me your address and the color(s) you want. The orange and plaid fabrics on the right are more durable($20 extra).

I'll email you the shipping cost, and then you enter the total here through Paypal:


Roblito Community Center for Cultural Exchange (Nayarit, Mexico)


Saint John Common Unity Circle (Saint John, NB, Canada)


Past Projects

Koshland Park Community Family Camp (San Francisco, CA.)


The Made with Love Cafe (St.Bernard, Louisiana)


Now on Goggle Video...

Making Love in a Disaster Zone
- the story of Made with Love Cafe

a 30 minute documentary sharing an intimate look at the grassroots relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - the most devastating natural disaster to ever hit the United States.

Made With Love Cafe was a shining beacon in a sea of destruction and despair. In addition to serving thousands of freshly prepared meals each day, the cafe was a community space that fed the soul, offering live music and an opportunity for neighbors to reconnect.

Watch movie now!


We each have the responsibility to continue the growth and evolution of humanity. Be aware that what you do and what you create will have a lasting impression on generations to come. With this awareness, create beauty that will nurture and sustain these future generations and contribute to a more loving and beautiful world for them to live in. Allow yourself to visualize and recognize what you can offer as an unconditional gift for the future of humanity.

-Voice of the Galaxy, by Stacia Alana-leah and Raymond Mardyks

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WE ARE THE ONES WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered:

Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

-The Elders
Oraibi, Arizona
Hopi Nation


All that we are is a result of what we have thought. - Buddha

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - Buckminster Fuller

So how can you protect yourself from the vageries and vicissitudes of an economy you can't control? According to the writers in this issue's cover section on money, hoarding a nest egg doesn't work; real security comes not from money but from developing your interests and talents into useful skills and building a network of mutually supportive family, friends, and neighbors. - Utne Reader 1992

Let the villages of the future live in our imagination,
so that we might one day, come to live in them.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Super Community Builders

Kachina Katrina works for City Repair in Portland, Oregon.
Check out their Village Building Convergence

Stephen Cataldo created SpaceShare,
a carpool tool for large gatherings,
to help people share and save resources while building community.

Diamond Dave is a core member of the Rainbow Family
that hosts community radio and a legendary open mic in San Francisco.

Kirsten Michel organized Ecopalooza
to support and celebrate community and ecological sustainability with bioregional awareness in Ukiah, Mendocino County, and the North Coast and Bay/Delta Bioregions of California.

Chris organizes Earthdance,
the largest global synchronized dance event in the world, to unite the whole world through the universal platform of dance and music.
What began in 1997, with 22 cities in 18 countries has now occurred in over 240 cities, with 150 cities in 50 countries participating in 2004 alone!

Leo and Megan are members of Common Vision,
cultivating ecological awareness and respect for the Earth while generating social and environmental changes towards sustainable lifestyles.
Spring of 2005, Common Vision planted over 1000 fruit trees at urban schools and community centers throughout California.
At each location they used performance, music, and stories to create a springboard experience for students to realize their relationship with the Earth.

Scott is Plant Trees,
who keeps everyone updated on where to be
and freely feeds the revolution from the finest dumpsters.

Bradley Saul is the founder of OrganicAthlete,
an organization whose mission is to promote health and ecological stewardship among athletes of all ages and abilities by sharing information, building community and athletic example.

Leslie publishes The Carpe Diem Voice, a free, online, international newsletter for peace and justice activists.
Its mission is to educate activists with the real news, (adding spiritual and personal development quotes and humor to provide some balance),
and encouraging people to BE the difference by taking actions that will change the world.
To subscribe, send an email to Leslie at CarpeDiemVoice@aol.com with "P&J" and the country and state in which you live, in the subject line of an email.

Steve runs Punta Mona,
a center for sustainable living and education in Costa Rica.

Doug Wallace is a board member of the Trees Foundation.
Trees' mission is to restore the ecological integrity of California's North Coast by empowering and assisting regional community-based conservation and restoration projects.


I don't know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I do know; the only ones among you who will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Awesome Activists

Betty Biodiesel's Biofuels4schools is dedicated to improving kids health,
by promoting the use of Biodiesel in school buses around the country.

David Room is director of North American Operations at Post Carbon Institute,
an educational institution and think tank that explores in theory and practice what cultures,
civilisation, governance & economies might look like without the use of (non-renewable) hydrocarbons as energy and chemical feedstocks.

Sydney, Danielle and Sasha of Next Generation,
empower young people to understand and change the world
through forums, in-class workshops, assemblies and conferences.

Jonathan Youtt and Emily Butterfly are professional players running with The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew,
creating and preforming politically and environmentally conscious puppetry,
and members of the Bio-fuel Caravan Coalition.
"if there's gonna be a puppet in office... it might as well be a real one!"

Dave Kupfer (picture with Sierra Hill) created the San Francicso Green Map,
to connect current and future San Franciscans with their local urban environment and provide practical ways city residents can make more sustainable choices and be stewards of the land on which they live and work.


Dr. Richard Jackson, California's Health Director,
Links Children's Health & Safety With Neighborhood Vitality.

"Schools think they can educate their minds and neglect their bodies," stated Dr. Richard Jackson at the Healthies Cities and Smart Growth Conference in Berkeley, CA, spring 2005. "The same people who build schools... build prisons. School age children with ADHD who had higher contact with nature showed better concentration, task completion and ability to follow directions. It is the occupation of a child to immerse herself in her environment."

He also shared these stats:

Who passed fitness standards in California schools? 25% of 5th grade, 29% of 7th grade and 26% of 9th grade. 27% over-weight.

40,000 - the number of TV ads seen year children each year; mostly for food.

Average space for produce in corner stores: 2%

One million kids/teens in the US are on antidepressants.

Number of adults on antidepressants: 19 million.

Drop-out rates in LA schools: 61% latino, 53% black, 33% white, 23% Asian.

$1 in $40 spent in the USA is at Walmart.

400 acres per day of California is paved or built on.

One billion parking spaces in the USA; 4 spaces for every car. In LA there are 7 spaces for every car.

Dr. Jackson suggests reading:

American Mania - when more is not enough. -by Peter Whybrow

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy -by Walter Willet

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community -by Robert D. Putnam

No More Throw-away People -by Edgar Cahn


Senator Tom Torlakson is running/biking down the right path.

Brino founded World Peace Clowns,
dedicated to charitable humor missions worldwide, helping children and the elderly.

Robert Garcia, J.D., Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest

Pink Man of Berkeley... spreading joy around the world by unicycle.

Michael C. Ruppert drums out From The Wilderness,
a newsletter he founded read by more than 20,000 subscribers in 40 countries including 40 members of the US Congress, the intelligence committees of both houses, and professors at 20 universities around the world.

Richard Heinberg wrote Powerdown: options and actions for a post-carbon world,
and regularly publishes MuseLetter, a continuing critique of corporate-capitalist industrial civilization and a re-visioning of humanity's prospects for the next millennium.

Joeseph Kennedy is a co-founder and former director of Builders Without Borders,
an organization dedicated to serving the underhoused with projects on the U.S./Mexico border and U.S. Indian reservations.
He currently teaches in the EcoDwelling Concentration of New College of California's Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community Program in Santa Rosa.

Jen Domeier is the Spidalady, with a resource-full web site: Spiderlinks.net

Jen said, "I do believe that every person has the power to make change and that what the method is can only determined by the passions of that person.
I have spent many years as an activist, then a grassroots organizer. Then I spilled down into the pool what my real passion is, which is healing.
I do soul retrievals, rituals, weddings and other shamanic healing for people when I come across someone that has the need."

"I also make jewelry that is infused with energies from the earth. From my own experience, I know how powerful a personal connection with a piece of jewelry can be."

Rudi Bega hosts Community Activism.org
and founded We Save Trees to protect ancient forest ecosystems through non-violent direct action and educate the public about the effects of corporate industrial logging.

Bob Linden produces GoVeganRadio.com
Bob "asks all listeners to take THE ONLY ACTION that can truly save the Earth, her environment, people, and animals, and create world peace - LIVING VEGAN, and not eating, wearing, and exploiting animals for experimentation and entertainment. Meat and dairy are the root of all evil causing most extensive environmental devastation including pollution, global warming, deforestation, erosion, desertification and the squandering of resources including land, water, and oil, along with causing world hunger and the deadliest diseases to plague humanity, and animal suffering for countless billions that is beyond belief! Anyone can be a true action hero, just by going vegan! The life you save may be your own - or your child's. What do we want? Animal liberation! When do we want it? Now! Listen to GO VEGAN to find out how you can do it, how you can help save the most oppressed beings on Earth, and how delicious it is! "

Matt Sluder is a health freedom organizer

Brooke Gardberg is Urban PILATES,
combining physical strength of the West with mindful movement of the East.

"By strengthening and stretching core abdominal and back muscles you will improve posture, balance and coordination, and increase flexibility, range of motion and resistance to injury and fatigue. By directing your mind toward the body through fluid movement and focused breath, you will bring a higher level of concentration and centering to your daily life."

Teresa Kurtak works for California Certified Organic Farmers


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world

-Anne Frank

Amazing Innovators

Nate Byerley invented a bicycle powered blender.
His Berkeley-based business, the juice peddler, creates gourmet bike blended snacks at: festivals, schools, summer camps, concerts, corporate events and peace rallies.

Paul Freedman, a.k.a. Fossil Fool,
helps passionate cyclists share the love in their communities, with accessories and music that deliver a fresh, stylish message about bicycling. The Down Low Glow, a neon ground effects system he designed especially for bicycles, is dubbed "the only safety product bikers can't wait to use." His bike raps, performed on his 300-watt 'Soul Cycle' have been broadcast on MTV and the BBC. He also organizes the San Francisco Cruiser Ride, a summertime group bicycle night ride that is more social and less confrontational than Critical Mass.

Bruce Brennan is The Hippy Gourmet!
Chef extraordinaire, Bruce trained under some of the industry’s finest French chefs. At 16 years old Bruce was cooking for executives at IBM’s Long Island Management Training Center. Bruce went on to cook at several restaurants both in New York and Los Angeles, and invited to cater on Hollywood sets and backstage events.

Bruce and his sister then renovated an old Victorian in the heart of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, creating a successful bed and breakfast. This truly was the inspiration behind The Hippy Gourmet show, with Bruce’s knowledge of world recipes, natural ingredients and his warm hospitality!

“Dude! Food IS creativity, because who can dream on an empty stomach!”

Matthew Levesque is Project Manager of Building REsources,
San Francisco's only source for reusable and recycled building materials.

Asha Deliverance is Mother of Pacific Domes.
She the mother of 7 children. As a midwife for 20 years, she delivered 200 babies or more and trained 20 -30 midwives. She was one of the founders of the University of California, Santa Cruz's organic farm project and part of it for 4 years. She is the founder and CEO of Pacific Domes since 1980. In addition she organizes music fests and speakers. She studied spiritual healing for 20 years and is extremely interested in physics.


Mother Cultural teaches that a savior is what we need--some giant St. Arnold Schwarzenegger who is a sort of combination of Jesus, Jefferson, Dali Lama, Pope, Gandhi, Gorbachev, Napoleon, Hitler, and Stalin all roled into one. The other six billion of us, according to Mother Culture, are helpless to do anything. We must wait quietly until St. Aronld arrives.

Daniel Quinn teaches that no single person is going to save the world. Rather (if it's saved at all), it will be saved by millions (and ultimately billions) of us living in a new way. A thousand living in a new way won't cause the dominant world order to topple.. But a thousand will inspire a hundred thousand, who will inspire a million, who will inspire a billion--and then that world order will begin to look a little shaky!

I say again that, because we don't expect to overthrow governments, abolish world capitalism, make civilization vanish, turn everyone in the world into walking buddhas, or cure all social and economic ills, we don't have to wait for anything. If ten people walk beyond civilization and build a new sort of life for themselves, then those ten are already living in the new paradigm, from the first day. They don't need the support of an organization. They don't need to belong to a party or a movement. They don't need new laws to be passed. They don't need permits. They don't need a constitution. They don't need tax exempt status. For those ten, the revolution will have succeeded.

-Beyond Civilization, by Daniel Quinn, published in 1999


Gathering places & movements


Catalysts

Tribe.net

Craigslist

Activista - the social-profit search engine.

In My Village - a self-forming, self-replicating, decentralized network, which serves the individual, and grows as the individual grows.

Spiral Muse - Our mission is to connect and inspire women as community.

With the Current - developing the ability to go beyond our own petty wants and desires and connecting with the grandeur of all of life.

The Orion Grassroots Network - the fastest-growing network of environmental and community organizations in North America.

Grassroots.org

Fellowship for Intentional Community

The Community Solution - How small communities offer the best solution to "Peak Oil," the end of fossil fuels.

Foundation for Global Community - a nonprofit educational organization, dedicated to reconnecting people, the planet, and prosperity.

Sustainable World Coalition

Commmunity Activism.org - Dedicated To Networking Different Community Based Activist Groups For A Common Goal - A Better World For All Earth's Inhabitants.

Earth Share - a nationwide network of non-profit environmental and conservation organizations

ASSOCIATION OF WORLD CITIZENS - Working together to build a world community

Melanie St.James - Empowerment Works: a catalyst for community-based solutions

Superstar Nation - a radically inclusive organization that exists to facilitate and host interaction between existing communities.

Planetwork - illuminates the critical role that the conscious use of information technologies and the Internet can, and indeed must, play in creating a truly democratic, ecologically sane and socially just future.


There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan


Gatherings

Whole Person Events Calender

Bioneers - visionary and practical solutions for restoring the Earth

Green Festivals

Rainbow Family

Burning Man - Black Rock City, NV

The Faerieworlds Festival

Solfest at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA.


I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world. - Socrates (5th Century B.C.)


Community Spaces

Project for Public Spaces

New Schools - Better Neighborhoods

The Federation of Egalititarian Communities - a network of communal groups spread across North America

The Ilan Lael Foundation - to integrate art into the life of our communities and individuals through the building of parks and public spaces

The Casbah Teahouse - an international, eco-friendly, eclectic, organic, vegetarian restaurant, cafe, tea house, deli and bakery.

Planet Earth Playscapes

Earthcare Ashland

Arcosanti - an Urban Laboratory

Common Ground Garden Program - help low-income and limited-resource residents to grow and eat more nutritious vegetables and fruits.

Abundant Sugar - community space in East LA

EdenHouse

Damanhur - A New Renaissance

Living Paradise - Restaurant and Living Center opening Winter Solstice 2004 in Seattle, Washington

Horse Cow Arts - educational arts center dedicated to positive cultural growth in Sacramento CA.

Sacred Earth project - Daniel Pettegrew's vision in Ivins, Utah

Agraria - an innovative Low-energy Use, Small, Sustainable Community.


I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again...
-Mahatma Gandhi

If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world. - Emmet Fox

Homeless Spaces

Alameda Point Collaborative - a supportive housing program serving 500 formerly homeless families and individuals.

Dignity Village - A self-governing urban village of formerly homeless people in Portland, Oregon

Home Away From Homelessness - nurtures and supports the needs of homeless kids and families in San Francisco.

Larkin Street Youth Services - Helping kids get off the street for good.


"$80,000 a year to send one youth to jail, or the same to send two kids to Yale!"
-Van Jones at Bionners, speaking about Books not Bars

The cruel wild beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He stands in front of it.
- Axel Munthe

Kids coming out of gangs, I think they would need two hours of cloud watching a day.
- Moriah Day

There are now more than 450,000 drug offenders behind bars, a total nearly equal to the entire us prison population of 1980. Approximately half of California prisoners are there for drug charges. The US spends 13 billion a year on domestic anti-drug enforcement alone - 800 times more than 1981.

200,000 youth go to jail each year. Suicide in youth prison is 8 times higher than adult prison. 75% of people released from prison return in 5 years. A person in prison will cost tax payers a million dollars over a life time. Money will be spent to send kids to prison instead of educating them. - Juvies, a Chance film documentary

Half the people in federal prison are there for drug offences. -- history channel.

We will never become drug-free, only less free.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King

Justice... Just us!

US Dept of Justice

prisonoutreach.com

The beat within - A weekly publication of writing and art from the inside

Prision Creative Arts Project - to enhance creative opportunities for inmates and to bring them the benefits and skills that come with each art.

Northern California Service League - Our mission is to reduce crime by helping offenders and ex-offenders become responsible and productive citizens.

Books not Bars - waging a statewide campaign to close the notorious youth prisons of the California Youth Authority (CYA) and replace them with programs and rehabilitation centers that work.

Amnesty International - Act now for human rights

Naturewatch - CAMPAIGNING AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY

PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

ALL FOR ANIMALS - dedicated to raising awareness about cruelty-free living and the importance of compassion to ALL animals.


Earth friendly Construction

Builders Without Borders

Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility

Plant SF - to promote permeable landscaping equally as sustainable urban infrastructural practice and as a beautification effort.

Robert Bolman - Environmentaly Responsive construction and consultation

Interstice Architects - Urban design and landscape architecture

Urban Ore - to end the age of waste

James Hubbell - sculpts unique living environments from nearby materials, providing beautiful shelters for humans to dwell in harmony with nature.


We know deep in our hearts what is the Great Work. It is a moral cry to declare that we want to live differently, that we want to express our love and our prosperity in terms of the quality of our relationships, not in the amount we acquire and consume.

-The Great Remembering, by Peter Forbes


Organizations

Institute of Noetic Sciences

Participate America Foundation - committed to strengthening the fabric of American democracy by encouraging American's to become active in their civic responsibilities

Centre for Research on Globalization

Tree People - to inspire the people of LA to take personal responsibility for the urban forest.

We Save Trees - Protecting ancient forest ecosystems through nonvillent direct action and educating the public about the effects of corporate industrial logging.

Riseup.net - activist group directory

Moms Rising - Working together to build a family-friendly America

Bike Kitchen

Cyclecide Heavy Pedal Bike Rodeo

Heartbeat Ensemble - plays that tell universal stories of everyday people who take action to better their world

World Resources Institute

Indigenous Environmental Network

Next Aid

Northwest Tekno - The Northwest Electronic Music Community

Thimmakka's - resources for environmental education

Brecht Forum

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Peace Corps

Global Footprint Network - advancing the Science of Sustainability

California Arts Council

Foundation for Global Community - a nonprofit educational organization, dedicated to reconnecting people, the planet, and prosperity

Native Planet - to: Document & Preserve Cultures / Empower Indigenous People & Minorities


Youth Organizations

YES - Youth for Environmental Sanity

The City Kids Foundation

Challenge Day - provides youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.

Narrows Crossing Next Generation Team -- the leading effort of Narrows Crossing is the coordination of a national campaign and premier event, the National Youth Forum for a Sustainable Future (NYFSF.)

SustainUS - a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States.

Youth For Understanding - a worldwide movement of committed individuals and organizations working together to prepare young people for their responsibilities and challenges in a changing, interdependent global community.

UrbanMentor - promoting the mentoring movement.


Fuel and tools for (r)evolution


Every step of modern food production is fossil fuel and petrochemical powered: In the US, the average piece of food is transported almost 1,500 miles before it gets to your plate. In Canada, the average piece of food is transported 5,000 miles from where it is produced to where it is consumed. - Life After the Oil Crash

Food

Eat Well Guide

Village Harvest - We organize and coordinate backyard fruit harvesting, and provide education on fruit tree care, harvesting, and food preservation.

organicathlete.org

foodnews.org

Go Veg.com

naturalfoods.org

The FOOD PROJECT / BLAST - a global network of youth and adults working together to build sustainable food systems.

Nutiva - nourishing people and planet

Raw Stock - Health empowerment festivals of eco-regeneration, musical ecstasy & raw food delight!

Organic Volunteers - Educational exchanges in sustainability

Organic Entrepreneurs - an online hub for organic activists, farmers, teachers and entrepreneurs.


Many of the wars in this past century were about oil, but those of the next century will be over water. - Ismail Seragelgin, World Bank, 1995

97% of the earth's water is ocean water, unusable to man. Less than 1% of the world's water is available for drinking and other purposes, including agriculture and industry. This supply comes from rivers, dams and ground-water sources.

Water

Blue Planet Village - to create a healthier planet, beginning with people drinking the most powerful water.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides


Sprawl kills! Communities designed around automobiles promotes obesity.
-Dr. Richard Jackson, California's Health Director

A car emits 10,000 lbs (three times its weight!) in carbon dioxide each year.

Transportation

Dont crush.com - the campaign to save electric cars

CalCars - The California Cars Initiative PRIUS+ conversions

San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association

511 - Your Bay Area travel guide

BioFuel Oasis - We sell high quality commercial biodiesel

Nova Fuels - Sustainable Fuel Systems

San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association

Terra Pass - members finance projects that reduce industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

The Electric Bike Network


Energy

Energy Star - a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

The US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

renewableenergy.org

Dry Dipstick - a peak oil metadirectory

Sun Power - Geothermal Energy

Energy Action - youth united for clean engery

United Nations Environment Programme - Sustainable Consumption


Networking Tools

TakingITGlobal - Project Profiles are designed to provide members and organizations with tools and features to highlight their initiatives, objectives, challenges and progress within a unique online space.

Time Dollar - To create an economy that rewards caring, decency, and a passion for justice.

TIME TRADERS - You earn Time Credits every time you give a service to someone in the network.

Time Bucks - Volunteer and get Time Bucks.

Hour Exchange - Spending time.

Adopt-an-Activist - turning emotional support into financial solidarity

Coop America - Practical steps for using your consumer and investor power for social change scrapaction.org/

Scrap Action saving scrap from being waste in Portland, oregon.

Barter Fair

Freecycle - get and give free stuff

Swap-o-rama-rama - clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops

The CryptoRights Foundation - securing human rights worldwide

Volunteer match - Get out. Do Good.

The Envirolink Network - The online environmental community

Grassroots.org - a hub of resourses

The Ultimate Camp Resource - free online resource for camp songs, camp activities, camp games, camp staff tips & tricks


-- CREATE CASH FOR YOUR CAUSE... Start a Donation Drive!

There is a great need for the men of your world to become intuitive and focused on the development of the soul. Men must cultivate unconditional love on all levels. The men of your world are too aggressive and full of self-imposed loneliness. Please remember that all energy moves in a circle, so everything returns: the love, anger and despair. Please, we ask you to also acknowledge the fact that the love you withhold is the pain you carry. So, let love warm your voice. Let love be the wonder to children's ears. Let imagination create a world of unconditional responsibility. It will also change the order of the old world. Let your emotions give motion to the "hero" that struggles within all of you for the freedom to act, to be, to witness and to apologize.

The responsibility of becoming a human being is great, but it also natural. It is prayer in motion. It is your evolution and free will in action. It is the flow of life in all things. So, love the Earth and make new life, for children are always a new beginning. Most of you have yet to rediscover a world you've "already discovered".

- Moranae to Alex Collier 2/24/95


Artists & Actors


We are each other's teachers.
- Beth Altshuler

Guides/ Teachers/ Healers

Cory Richardson - Innerspace Travel Agent and Dragonfly Therapist

Astara - Feng Shui with Astara

Brian O'Connell - Innovative Touch

Sarah West - angelic messenger, powerful healer, mystic, teacher and author.

Jennifer Evonne - EXOTERICA... and other important stuff

Buckminster Fuller - the lengend lives on

Ocean Robbins - Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)

Ananda Ji - Sera Soma, where sound and vibration are fused to create the ultimate sonic massage for stress reduction and relaxation therapy.

Christa Laririt - transforming personal experience into timeless mythology


Find what you really care about and live a life that shows it.
- Kate Wolf

Adventurers

Jean-Philippe Soule - photographer and native cultures expert

Michael Mitchell - Body and Soul Adventures

Barb Odanaka - International Society of Skateboarding Moms

Mark Mcmahon - Mission Playground clothing

Julia Butterfly Hill - founded the Circle of Life, that activates people through education, inspiration and connection to live in a way that honors the diversity and interdependence of all life.

Carlos de la Fuente - Kayaking for Peace (Santa Barbara, CA to Costa Rica)

Jeff - on bike

Michael Landes - the hook-up for Backdoor jobs

Shaman Randal - Randal's Travel Journals


The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force. It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character. If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have difficulty to detect the precise man you are. And, of course, so much force is withdrawn from your proper life. But do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. A man must consider what a blindman's-buff is this game of conformity. If I know your sect, I anticipate your argument.

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now. Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. The force of character is cumulative. All the foregone days of virtue work their health into this. What makes the majesty of the heroes of the senate and the field, which so fills the imagination? The consciousness of a train of great days and victories behind. They shed an united light on the advancing actor. He is attended as by a visible escort of angels. That is it which throws thunder into Chatham's voice, and dignity into Washington's port, and America into Adams's eye. Honor is venerable to us because it is no ephemeris. It is always ancient virtue. We worship it to-day because it is not of to-day. We love it and pay it homage, because it is not a trap for our love and homage, but is self-dependent, self-derived, and therefore of an old immaculate pedigree, even if shown in a young person.

- from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance.


Fire Gods and Goddesses

Zor

Inferno Inc - league of fiery heros

Star Dust - fire dancer, music video star, model & hairstylist


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. And when we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -N. Mandela

We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.
~ Willie Wonka


Music Makers & Party People

Extra Action Marching Band The Be Good Tanyas - Groovers

Alcyone - Live electronic music act

David Rovics - Revolutionary music

Nicki Jack - Original Music for TV & film

Prophei - producer, sound engineer and dj

Chris "Gypsy" Lee - one man, one guitar

Clan Destino

Mystic Family Circus - a nomadic magic healing arts circus that travels the globe

California Institute of Abnormal Arts


Designers / Techies

Roseann Dreasher - digital designer

Robert Lamarche - computer graphics and ceramic sculpture

Taylor Hanson - Web Consulting and Post Dot Com Specialist

Miquael Gaio - looking to establish a professional team of eco-tech designers and programmers.


It is not in your genes... it is in your dreams! What are you dreaming about?


Visual Art

Alex Grey - painting spiritual dimensions

Tyler Blank - Photography exploring the beauty of Nature and Humanity

Francene Hart - visionary artist experiencing the interconnectedness between all things

Andreas Amador - Trippin' strings

Sean White - Photographer & film maker

Alba Elena Wejebe - Photographer

Michael Brown - painting soul flight

Sean Morris - film maker

Mariano A. Diaz - conceptual illustrator

Franklin Londin - special effects

Paul Holman - media artist and environmental designer for special events, film, music video, and live performance

Paulynn Cue - graphic design


Metal, Glass and Jewels

Janis Lozano - Unique & Custom Handcrafted Jewelry

Linda and Charles Perkins - wire and broken glass made beautiful


No matter how empty the world seemed, no matter how degraded and used up the world appeared to us, we knew that anything was still possible, and given the right circumstances, a new world was just as likely as an old one. We should never simply write ourselves off, and see ourselves as the victims of various forces. It is always our decision who we are.

-Waking Life.


Outlets

Common Dreams - Breaking News and Views for the progressive community

Indy Media

AuditionSpotlight - For Performers Of ALL Types Of Talent!

From The Wilderness

urban age Magazine

current TV - Al Gore's TV network for and by youth

Electronic Frontier Foundation - Blogging is what it is all about

One Love Lifestyles

Global Ideas Bank

Open Democracy

Truth Out

Radical Sages

For Those Who Want To Know - a concise, reliable introduction to vital information of which few are aware.

Channel G - Empowering Charitable Projects With Mass Media Exposure

Truth Seeker TV

Ignorance Denied

Slate

AlterNet

Earth Films

Arctic Beacon

Project Censored - the news that didn't make the news

Argus Fest -- Featuring the best films on human rights, globalization, social justice, environmental and media reform issues.

Ideas on CBC

Adbusters Media Carta

Outpost Magazine - The traveller's Journal

Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed

Insurgent Desire - The Online Green Anarchy Archive

The Progressive Media Project - Diversifying America's Opinion Pages

The Progressive

The Aware Show - KPFK radio in Santa Barbara and LA

Democracy Now - Amy Goodman rocks!

Global Music Project - downloadable music... proceeds go toward global causes

Enlightenment.com - building a living community through transformation

Event Management Services - Successful media campaigns result from effective communications.


It is quite natural, in pursuing enlightenment or just in trying to be happier, to look to your everyday experiences for signs of results. Indeed, your daily life is nothing else but an expression of your spiritual condition. Your life will change as you become more loving, but not in ways you can exactly predict. What happens is not important as how you react to what happens.

You can tune your vibrations to Christ Consciousness or Buddha consciousness and experience supernal compassion. You can tune yourself to black magic and live in a world of weird shapes and violent forces. You can tune to Mickey Mouse or Mr. Natural in the comic book. You can become one with the Divine Mother and dwell in incredible sensuous luxury.

-The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment, by Thaddeus Golas


Action Hero Training Camps

Burning Man - Black Rock City, NV

Rainbow Family

Living Routes - Ecovillage Education

The Ruckus Society - Oakland, CA

Punta Mona - Center for sustainable living and education, Costa Rica

Costa Rican Adventures

Falls Brook Centre - New Brunswick, Canada

Cushing Nature Retreat - Ladysmith, Qc, Canada

Linnaea Farm - Cortes Island, BC, Canada

Regenesis - a sacred space for those who seek renewal and deeper self awareness.

Prescott college - Arizona

Not Back To School Camp

Lost Valley Educational Center

Hollyhock - retreat centre on Cortes Island, BC, Canada

Dragonfly Ranch - Hawaii

Raw Love - Living Your Life as Art

New Warrior Training Adventure

Landmark Education

THE KIBBUTZ list

AUDUBON EXPEDITON INSTITUTE

Katimavik - Canada

Canada World Youth

Village Free School - Portland, Oregon


Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilization has been individual material gain. Excess is legitimate, even praise-worthy on the grounds that the private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation. It's long been understood, very well, that a society that is based on this principal will destroy itself in time. It will only persist with whatever injustice and suffering it entails as long as it is possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited-that the world is an infinite resource and the world is an infinite garbage can.

At this stage of history, either one of two things is possible. Either the general population will take control of it's own destiny and will concern itself with community interests guided by values of solitary and sympathy and concern for others or alternatively there will be no destiny for anyone to control. As long as some specialized class is in a position of authority it is going to set policy in the special interests that it serves. But the conditions of survival, let alone justice, require rational social planning in the interests of the communities as a whole, and by now that means the global communities.

The question is rather should privileged elite dominate mass communication and use this power as they tell us they must, mainly to impose necessary illusions, to manipulate and to deceive the stupid majority, and remove them from the public arena. The question in brief is weather democracy and freedom are values to be preserved or threats to be avoided. In this possibly terminal phase of human existence democracy and freedom are more than values to be treasured, they may well be essential to survival.
-Manufacturing Consent, by Noam Chomsky


Revolutionary Reading

We Are Everywhere - the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism

FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

THIRD WORLD TRAVELER - an alternative view to the corporate media about the state of democracy in America


Inspirational Speakers

Patrick Combs - A Good Thinker

Deanna Latson - Health Educator

Justin Boudreau - Just Within Sight Motivator

Bruce Elkin - Life Coach

Alex Ariza - "New Consciousness" author and speaker

Lori Ayers - HIV/AIDS Speaker


All you are unable to give, possesses you. - Andre Gide

The act of giving with its apparent loss, tends to throw us upon spirit and makes us depend upon God for supply. - HT Hamblin

Wealth only achieves meaning when it is shared. It is energy like any other; if it is dammed up and horded, it stagnates and becomes useless. We are all wealthier when we share.


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