Monday, 01 July 2013 21:51
By Joe Romano,
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
— Ralph Nader
When confronted with the direct question of where they would like to be led, many people bristle. They are not as concerned by the question of where as much as the idea that they are being led at all. Who are your leaders? Barack Obama? Pope Francis? Sandra Steingraber? 12th Moon? Michael Pollan? Svante Myrick? Somebody? Anybody?
Who can you trust to lead? In the largest survey of its kind, with results from 31,000 respondents in 26 markets around the world, Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm, found that only 18 percent of those surveyed trusted business leaders to tell the truth — and even fewer trusted government officials — a pathetic 13 percent.
So what would it take to be a leader that a person could trust? 75,000 people from around the world, in the largest survey of its kind, were asked what qualities would be necessary for them to follow a leader willingly. Over 70 percent of respondents said the person needed to be honest, forward-thinking, and inspiring.
Friday, 31 May 2013 17:06
By Joe Romano,
Racism does not have a good track record. It's been tried out for a long time and you'd think by now we'd want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.
— Thomas Sowell
Ateenager and grandparent are sitting in a restaurant. The elder asks the youth, "What's going on these days?" The youth explains that biology homework is tough and that the current topic, genetic divergence, is particularly difficult. "Really?" comes the response, "What does that mean?" "Well," says the student, "it is when living beings branch apart genetically and begin to become different." This causes a pause for thought and then the reply: "Oh... like black people and white people?"
A long pause ensues. Others in the restaurant who had not been listening previously begin to look over to see who said that last phrase. They know any comparison of "black people" and "white people" is likely to be problematic, or, at least for some listeners, entertaining. The room is noticeably quieter as a result.
A true definition of genetic divergence aside, there have been many moments since life began on Earth at which "living beings" have "branched apart." The split between plants and animals would have been, perhaps, a more obvious choice, or guessing when mammals and reptiles took different paths. The grandparent's choice is about race -- it seems to be front of mind when biological "difference" arises.
Friday, 31 May 2013 14:58
By Luke Jones,
GSCP Program Director
In 2011, GreenStar Community Projects, Inc. (GSCP) and our partners organized our first successful Food Justice Summit with speaker Malik Yahini. In 2012, we made the Summit an annual event, with enormous success. In 2013, GSCP is finally ready to step out into the community as a force for food justice in the region, working to ensure equitable access to healthy food, which has previously been a limited privilege.
What is food justice? Food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed, and eaten are shared fairly. Food justice represents a transformation of the current food system, and is focused on cohesive networks of local food distribution, care for the community and the environment and, above all else, eliminating disparities and inequities.
In action, food justice means communities actively exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment.
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By Alexis Alexander,
In response to several requests, I am happy to announce that we're offering a new information session for member-owners and nonmember customers this summer, called Co-operative Enterprise 101. Membership Administrator Laura Buttenbaum, who developed a similar and well-received training for staff this past fall, will lead the session. Join us for one of two scheduled sessions on Thursday, July 9 or Monday, August 24. Classes will run from 7 to 9 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. I...