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 Dan Hoffman,
12th Moon, Kristen Kaplan, Eric Banford, Susan Beckley, Jessica Rossi and Mark Darling finished the counting in just under four hours.
412 Total valid envelopes
21 total invalid = 19- no ID, 1- first of two ballots, 1- no ballot in envelope
Also = 1- name tag, 5- 2 cent slips, 1- Member Labor Request and two wooden nickles.
Two thirds vote required to pass.
Q#1 = PASS
Q#2 = FAIL
Q#3 = PASS
Q#4 = PASS
Q#5 = PASS
Q#6 = PASS
GreenStar member-owners are the only ones who have the power to change the Co-op's bylaws, the organization's most basic and important document. There is an opportunity to do so (or not) during this month — at the Fall Member Meeting, at the stores, or by mail.
GreenStar's Council has established an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee, which started meeting again earlier this year, after being inactive for at least two years. Council had referred a couple of issues to the committee, which identified several more on its own. In August, Council voted (unanimously, except in the case of #2, below) to send the committee's six recommended bylaws amendments to the membership for a YES or NO vote on each of the following questions:
1. Should the Co-op be allowed to use a withdrawing member's refundable equity contribution [which could be up to $90] to pay off any outstanding debt the member has to the Co-op (such as for bad checks)?
2. Should all Council candidates and members be required to satisfy any requirements associated with operational licenses maintained or sought by the Co-op (such as to sell or serve alcohol)?
3. Should Council be allowed to conduct closed executive sessions for two additional topics — possible litigation or contract negotiations?
4. Should the composition of Council's Immediacies Committee be changed to match that described in Council policy, and that of the Executive Planning Committee?
5. Should the use of gender-specific pronouns (such as "he" or "she") be eliminated in the bylaws?
6. Should three "clerical errors" made when the bylaws were amended in 2010 be officially corrected?
Much more information on the proposed amendments, including detailed explanations, pro and con statements and voting instructions, are available in the Fall Member Mailing, which all current members should receive in the mail by October 6. Members can vote up until close of business on Oct. 31 at either store, by mailing in the ballot from the Mailing, or in person at the Fall Member Meeting, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Space.
By Alexis Alexander,
I have woken to a new day, a day when GreenStar's annual Member Meetings and pancakes are defined as pure elegance and inspiration. Surprised?
The morning after our Fall Member Meeting, I'm entranced by the experience of last night. I realize how far GreenStar has come over the years, and how integral and essential a partner we are in the wider regional food movement before us. Our roots as a buying club and grain store have matured into a multimillion-dollar community-ba...