Climate and Environment

The safety and well-being of mankind are threatened as never before by nuclear weapons, climate change, and economic inequities. Each of these issues is cause for concern, and the current confluence of all three is an unprecedented and serious threat to human security.

Healing and Protecting the Earth

Flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and weather anomalies are occurring across the globe; and pollution compromises air, water, crops, and other resources essential for human existence. An immediate threat—COVID-19—illustrates the dangers zoonotic diseases, which are spread through deforestation and encroachment of commercial development into natural habitats. Immediate change and solutions are critical.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Hugh Locke is president and co-founder of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, a non-profit working with small-scale family farmers to help feed and reforest a renewed Haiti, and founder and president of the Impact Farming Foundation, which is using a social business approach to transform smallholder farmers into a global force to combat climate change, improve food security and empower women.

Climate and Environment

Flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and weather anomalies are occurring across the globe; and pollution compromises air, water, crops, and other resources essential for human existence. An immediate threat—COVID-19—illustrates the dangers zoonotic diseases, which are spread through deforestation and encroachment of commercial development into natural habitats. Immediate change and solutions are critical.

Publication
October 13, 2021

Haitian-led Agricultural Taskforce Announced

Hugh Locke
Timote Georges

A new Lavi Ti-Plantè Taskforce (“Farmer’s Life Taskforce”) was announced on October 13th as part of a White House Roundtable on Haiti.

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August 28, 2021

Farmer-led Earthquake Recovery Effort in Haiti Needs Your Help

Hugh Locke

The quake struck the southern area of the country, causing significant destruction, more than 2,200 deaths, and devastating rural parts of Haiti where some of the region’s poorest people live and work.

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June 24, 2021

FEEDING THE FUTURE: The Story of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance

Hugh Locke
Timote Georges
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Smallholder farmers comprise one-third of the world's population and hold the key to food security and reversing environmental degradation. The film will show the remarkable reforestation of Haiti through the use of trees as "currency" which smallholder farmers plant in exchange for better quality seeds, equipment, and training, and the regeneration of cotton production in Haiti, at one time one of the world's largest exporters of cotton.

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March 29, 2021

Lessons From A Smallholder Farming Revolution in Haiti

Hugh Locke

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) has developed a new sustainable agroforestry model that helps to feed and reforest a renewed Haiti by supporting smallholder farmers to become more productive and profitable, while at the same time helping to restore the environment through organic practices and tree planting.

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March 4, 2021

Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance: Creating a Data-Driven Smallholder Cotton Supply Chain in Haiti

Hugh Locke
Atlanta McIlwraith, Lionel Khalil
Kate Roll

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has established a partnership with the non-profit Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Haiti to completely reimagine the cotton supply chain and create a new system for producing cotton that maximizes benefits to smallholder farmers and export customers. The new supply chain is built around next-generation data and aims to be blockchain-ready.

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February 14, 2021

The Man of the Trees: A Pioneer Environmentalist’s Vision for the Future

Hugh Locke

Hugh and Paul will share stories from the life of an extraordinary pioneer of the environmentalist movement, Richard St. Barbe Baker. One hundred years ago, Baker foresaw and warned the world about the emerging environmental crisis—and offered solutions that are only now being appreciated and applied. Baker’s work as a forester and conservationist paralleled his activities as an early member of the Baha’i Faith, a faith that provided inspiration for his ceaseless efforts to conserve and restore the world’s forests.

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December 15, 2020

Navigating the Double Epoch: Thoughts on Changing Humanity's Current Plot Line

Hugh Locke

More than once during this past wild year of pandemic, politics and protest, I have been reminded of ancient Greek tragedies which often got so chaotic, and plot lines so complicated, they seemed insoluble. When a performance arrived at this seeming impasse, action would stop and a new character playing a deity would arrive via a crane or atop a platform that was either wheeled on stage or rose up from a trapdoor. This device became known by the Latin deus ex machina, which translates literally as, “god from the machine.” …

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January 10, 2020

Voices of Hope for Haiti’s Future

Hugh Locke

What is one thing you and your organization or business have initiated since the 2010 earthquake that you feel will continue to have a positive impact and which gives you hope for Haiti’s future?

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July 2, 2019

Half the Sky, Half the Land: The Role of Women Farmers in Transforming Global Agriculture

Hugh Locke

The Role of Women Farmers in Transforming Global Agriculture

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Video
June 6, 2018

Timberland Case Study: Supply Chain Mutuality with Blockchain

Hugh Locke

Atlanta McIlwraith, Senior Manager, Community Engagement and Communications, Timberland, and Hugh Locke, President and Cofounder, Smallholder Farmers Alliance, and President, Impact Farming

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Video
November 28, 2017

Tree Currency and the Smallholder Impact Farming Revolution

Hugh Locke

Hugh Locke, President & Co-Founder of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti has found a way to turn trees into a form of currency that has helped thousands of smallholder farmers in Haiti to finance their way out of extreme poverty while at the same time combatting climate change, contributing to improved food security and empowering women.

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Video
April 5, 2017

Kombit: The Cooperative

Hugh Locke

This documentary film by Found Object tells the story of how the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti came into being through an innovative partnership with global outdoors brand Timberland.

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September 1, 2012

The Haiti Experiment

Hugh Locke

The Haiti Experiment is Hugh Locke’s fascinating and heartwarming account of his efforts to help the people of this impoverished nation.

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February 18, 2021

Making Peace with Nature

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The first UNEP synthesis report is titled: “Making Peace With Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies” and is based on evidence from global environmental assessments.

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Video
October 31, 2020

Upolu L. Vaai, eDARE Caribbean & American Panelist (Sat 31 October 2020)

Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

“The economic, ecological, and health crisis threatening Pacific livelihoods derives from a pathological old narrative of “Onefication”. We have been taught in mainstream education … to think in terms of compartmentalized categories. This compartmentalized framing has encouraged us to view life through split categories to achieve either one answer or one truth.”

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September 10, 2020

A Dirtification of Economy from a Pacific Eco-Relational Perspective

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

In the dirt communities, dirt is not negative as profiled by conventional colonial thinking. Dirt is wholly part of Pacific identity and everyday economic life and wellbeing. Hence any economy that is not “down to dirt” and removed from the dirtified economic ways and interests of the communities is considered a digestive and a cleansing system of power.

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January 1, 2020

‘Let the House Speak’: Memorialising the Islander Missionaries Chapel for Re-storying Ecumenism as the Pacific Household of God

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Gladson Jathann

In an article in The Pacific Journal of Theology, Rev. Prof. Upolu Vaai and Dr. Gladson Jathanna review the dominant colonial and imperial notions of ecumenism and explores how the history and symbolism of the Pacific Theological College Islander Missionaries Memorial Chapel (IMMC) demands a change of perspective in the story of ecumenism in the Pacific.

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August 1, 2018

“Others are enjoying life from our death”, Eco-Relational Theology and a Methodist Ecological Revolution in Oceania

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

In a paper presented at the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Dr. Upolu Vaai reconstructs an eco-relational theology to argue that the concept of relationality is not only at the heart of the Triune God, it is also at the heart of the Wesleyan revival.

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March 13, 2018

“A CALL FOR AN ECO-RELATIONAL THEOLOGY OF MISSION”

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Brief Response: Upolu Lumā Vaai, Fiji Islands, February 2018, to keynote speech: Transforming Disciples, Transforming the Future: Young African Women and the Search for a “Liberated Future’ by Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda

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Video
November 11, 2017

Poem by: Rev. Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

For many years the Pacific people have interpreted reality through the eyes of the dominant culture. It is time for the Pacific people to Reright and Rewrite their story.

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr. Charles McNeill is Senior Advisor on Forests & Climate to UN Environment (UNEP) and responsible for global forest protection and restoration programs, including the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.

Climate and Environment

Flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and weather anomalies are occurring across the globe; and pollution compromises air, water, crops, and other resources essential for human existence. An immediate threat—COVID-19—illustrates the dangers zoonotic diseases, which are spread through deforestation and encroachment of commercial development into natural habitats. Immediate change and solutions are critical.

Publication
August 7, 2021

IRI Bulletin June-July 2021

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

The IRI Bulletin includes news on the following topics: IRI DRC holds workshops, develops actions with chapters in Ituri and Equateur. IRI DRC meets with the European Union’s Directorate General for International Partnerships. IRI Colombia’s local chapters make progress in the fulfillment of their action plans. IRI Peru launches national issue primer on forest reforestation as contribution to UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Publication
August 4, 2021

INTRODUCING IRI DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world. About 60% of this forest lies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) covering more than 90 million hectares. Forest cover in DRC stores 7% of the world’s forest carbon—making it one of the largest forest carbon stocks in the world. It is made up of vast peatland spread over five of its twenty-six provinces and is home to forest elephants, the okapi and over 1,000 bird species. DRC’s forests also host more primates than any other country, including three species of Great Apes: gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.

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August 4, 2021

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: A Primer on Deforestation For Religious Leaders and Faith Communities

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a forest-rich nation in a forest-rich region. Central Africa’s Congo Basin, an expanse that hosts the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, spans ten countries, including the DRC. Almost two-thirds of the Basin’s forests—and ten percent of the world’s tropical rainforests—lie within the DRC. More than half of the country is blessed with forest cover, which includes peat-swamp forests, mountain forests and mangroves. DRC’s extensive forests are home to extraordinary biodiversity, some of which is found nowhere else on Earth.

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August 4, 2021

RESTAURATION DES FORÊTS GUÉRIR LES FORÊTS TROPICALES POUR UN RENOUVEAU SPIRITUEL

La restauration des paysages forestiers par le biais des plantation d'arbres, de la collecte et de la propagation de graines, de l'agroforesterie et de nombreuses autres méthodes de restauration offre un moyen de récupérer certaines des fonctions essentielles des forêts qui ont été perdues à cause de la déforestation et de la dégradation généralisées. Elle peut également être une opportunité pour un rétablissement et un renouvellement spirituels tout en retissant le lien que nous avons avec les écosystèmes forestiers.

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Video
July 16, 2021

IRI DRC Animation Video  (English subtitles)

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in DRC

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July 16, 2021

IRI Indonesia Animation Video (English subtitles)

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in Indonesia

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Publication
July 8, 2021

Introducing IRI Indonesia

Introducing IRI Indonesia - The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Indonesia brings together religious leaders and faith communities from across the country to defend forests and the rights of those that serve as their guardians.

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Publication
June 30, 2021

FOREST RESTORATION: Healing Tropical Rainforests For Spiritual Renewal

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) has issued a publication addressing the fundamental role faith communities can take in restoring and protecting tropical rainforests.

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Publication
June 23, 2021

IRI Colombia: A Primer on Deforestation for Religious Leaders and Faith Communities

Colombia has the world’s eighth-largest forest cover and is the second most biodiverse country on Earth. It is home to 10% of the planet’s species of flora and fauna, including one fifth of the world’s bird species. Nearly half the country’s forests are designated as indigenous territories and are home to 102 indigenous communities. More than 90% of the population in Colombia identifies as having a religious faith.

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March 25, 2021

IRI Bulletin 25 March 2021

IRI-Colombia delivers trainings and 2021 action plans with all 36 local chapters, IRI-Peru holds electoral dialogues on forests, IRI-Indonesia launches provincial chapter in Riau.

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Video
March 16, 2021

IRI Peru Animation Video (English subtitles)

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in Peru

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June 5, 2020

Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

To mark World Environment Day, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative has launched a Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities...

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June 5, 2020

Forests and Pandemics: How Protecting Tropical Forests Can Prevent Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Diseases

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Tropical forests are being destroyed at alarming rates around the world, driving climate change and biodiversity loss, and intensifying poverty.

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Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Visit the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Website

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IRI Colombia animation - ENG subtitles

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in Colombia.

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai is Principal and head of Theology and Ethics at Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji. He is a Fijian theologian and Pacific indigenous philosopher, specializing in Pacific relationality, eco-relational theology, decolonizing education, and relational hermeneutics.  He is known for his research in Pacific indigenous philosophies and spirituality, theology, and climate change.

Climate and Environment

Flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and weather anomalies are occurring across the globe; and pollution compromises air, water, crops, and other resources essential for human existence. An immediate threat—COVID-19—illustrates the dangers zoonotic diseases, which are spread through deforestation and encroachment of commercial development into natural habitats. Immediate change and solutions are critical.

Video
November 15, 2021

Pacific Theological College

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

The Pacific Theological College was established in 1961 with the support of 20 founding churches. It is the first regional ecumenical instiution of the Pacific, known for creating quality leaders. PTC is the first in the region to emphasize contextualization and indigenization of theology and education.

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July 29, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Indigenous Native Hawaiians and Pacific Island (NHPI) communities are faced with unique challenges. In the Pacific islands and other coastal communities, climate change threatens the land, food security, and delicate eco-systems. Systemic barriers to equity, justice, and opportunity have compromised NHPI families and communities, limiting opportunities and threatening their safety.

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Video
October 31, 2020

Upolu L. Vaai, eDARE Caribbean & American Panelist (Sat 31 October 2020)

Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

“The economic, ecological, and health crisis threatening Pacific livelihoods derives from a pathological old narrative of “Onefication”. We have been taught in mainstream education … to think in terms of compartmentalized categories. This compartmentalized framing has encouraged us to view life through split categories to achieve either one answer or one truth.”

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Publication
September 10, 2020

A Dirtification of Economy from a Pacific Eco-Relational Perspective

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

In the dirt communities, dirt is not negative as profiled by conventional colonial thinking. Dirt is wholly part of Pacific identity and everyday economic life and wellbeing. Hence any economy that is not “down to dirt” and removed from the dirtified economic ways and interests of the communities is considered a digestive and a cleansing system of power.

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Publication
January 1, 2020

‘Let the House Speak’: Memorialising the Islander Missionaries Chapel for Re-storying Ecumenism as the Pacific Household of God

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Gladson Jathann

In an article in The Pacific Journal of Theology, Rev. Prof. Upolu Vaai and Dr. Gladson Jathanna review the dominant colonial and imperial notions of ecumenism and explores how the history and symbolism of the Pacific Theological College Islander Missionaries Memorial Chapel (IMMC) demands a change of perspective in the story of ecumenism in the Pacific.

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Publication
October 1, 2019

We Are Therefore We Live

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

There is overwhelming physical evidence and warning about climate change...However, it seems we have succumbed to the shadows of a one-sided story, a story that focuses entirely on the secular physical dimension with the spiritual lost beneath a one-dimensional umbra. My belief is that this neglected dimension holds the key to constructive and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis". In an article for the Toda Peace Institute, Revered Dr. Upolu Vaai outlines how "Pacific Eco-Relational Spirituality" can change the climate change story.

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Publication
August 1, 2018

“Others are enjoying life from our death”, Eco-Relational Theology and a Methodist Ecological Revolution in Oceania

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

In a paper presented at the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Dr. Upolu Vaai reconstructs an eco-relational theology to argue that the concept of relationality is not only at the heart of the Triune God, it is also at the heart of the Wesleyan revival.

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Publication
March 13, 2018

“A CALL FOR AN ECO-RELATIONAL THEOLOGY OF MISSION”

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Brief Response: Upolu Lumā Vaai, Fiji Islands, February 2018, to keynote speech: Transforming Disciples, Transforming the Future: Young African Women and the Search for a “Liberated Future’ by Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda

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Video
November 11, 2017

Poem by: Rev. Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

For many years the Pacific people have interpreted reality through the eyes of the dominant culture. It is time for the Pacific people to Reright and Rewrite their story.

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Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons have put mankind at great risk. Arresting the proliferation and ultimately abolishing nuclear weapons is an initiative involving many concerned individuals, governments, and organizations worldwide.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Jonathan Granoff, J.D. is an attorney, author and international advocate who has focused for many years on the legal and ethical dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address international security and the threats posed by nuclear weapons.

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August 28, 2021

Building human security for Afghanistan

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Garry Jacobs

Like Sept. 11, the disgraceful events unfolding in front of our eyes in Afghanistan are the consequences of a misplaced, military-centric view of national security, instead of focusing on human security, which prioritizes education, health, food security, jobs, sustainable development, protecting the environment and climate, and helping cultures and communities thrive.

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August 9, 2021

Reflections

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa and Jonathan Granoff add their voices to the Voices-URI Call to Reflection as part of "a growing global chorus calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons."

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August 6, 2021

Voices Youth Webinar - "Hiroshima Day: Have We Done Enough?"

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July 6, 2021

VOICES for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons; "Deep Dive" with Audrey Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The majority of the world’s population adhere to some faith tradition or belief and represent a huge resource that can be mobilized to address two of the largest existential threats posed to human existence: environmental degradation and nuclear weapons. Communities of faith represent the moral, ethical voices that have been increasingly moving into action to address our global challenges.

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June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Peace on Earth can become a reality-but it starts with peace within each heart. How can we bring peace to the world if we don't have peace within ourselves?

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June 23, 2021

World Unity Week Genuine Human Security: From the Personal to the Global with Jonathan Granoff and Maria Espinosa

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Maria Espinosa

A conversation on Genuine Human Security between Maria Espinosa, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense of Ecuador, and former President of the United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session. Maria is an Ecuadorian poet, scholar, diplomat, and politician. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is a member of the Advisory Council of the IAMC. He is an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, spiritual and ethical dimensions of peace and security. Jonathan and Maria discuss genuine human security and how it begins in the heart of individuals, because the relations between nations are really the relations between people.

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May 27, 2021

Humanism, Human Security, and Human Survival: Roger Kimmel Smith interviews Jonathan Granoff

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Roger Kimmel Smith interviews Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, a leading Non-Governmental Organization advocating for nuclear disarmament and peace. Jonathan Granoff was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

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April 22, 2021

Thoughts on Human Security

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Human Security includes the principle that living in harmony with the reality of the natural world and its regenerative processes must be included in how states pursue security for their citizens.

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April 16, 2021

A Dialogue on Matters That Matter with The Right Honourable Kim Campbell and Jonathan Granoff

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

American Bar Association International Law Section 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Keynote featuring Jonathan Granoff and the Right Honourable Kim Campbell who has served Canada as Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Minister of Defense.

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February 16, 2021

Fireside Chat Friday - Series #3 Jonathan Granoff

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Voices youth member Haneen Khalid, interviews Voices founding member, Jonathan Granoff for our Instagram Live Fireside Chat Friday Series.

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January 22, 2021

Joint Interfaith Statement on the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

As the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons entered into force on January 22, 2021, over 160 organizations worldwide endorsed the Joint Interfaith Statement on the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty comprehensively bans the use of nuclear weapons.

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November 6, 2020

Approaching Human Security

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Approaching Human Security advocates the necessity of embracing an integral approach to security in order to ensure that humanity survives and flourishes. Human Security requires utilization of the tools of science and the values inherent in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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October 18, 2020

Principles of Inner and Outer Peace

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Spiritual Accord—The Basis of Peace, Conference Honoring the 10th Anniversary of the Forum of Spiritual Culture, Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan...

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September 20, 2020

GSI President Jonathan Granoff and Dr. Jane Goodall for UN Peace Day 2020

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

This inspiring conversation covers the importance of pursuing peace globally and locally, and how to continue to motivate action on this issue every single day, especially during these difficult times of COVID-19 and in the face of so much unrest around the world.

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January 30, 2020

Guidance for a Nuclear Weapons Free World: The Pope and the Ban Treaty

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

The pursuit of security by relying on the threat to unleash the terrible power to destroy both others and, using nuclear weapons, thus also ourselves, and the demonstrated readiness to unleash this horror is the backbone of nuclear deterrence. At one point in time the illusion that a nuclear war could be won existed.

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January 2, 2020

The Forgotten Why

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Every seed contains the blue print for its purposeful expression as its ultimate manifestation. Every natural manifestation is part of a larger purposeful expression...

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November 24, 2019

Address of the Holy Father on Nuclear Weapons

Pope Francis

One of the deepest longings of the human heart is for security, peace and stability. The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this desire; indeed they seem always to thwart it.

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July 5, 2012

The Framework of Human Unity

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Nobel Peace laureates have a right, an ability, and a responsibility to articulate a morally empowered vision for all people on the planet.

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July 2, 2012

Our Sacred Journey: The Peace and Security of the Individual and the Planet: From Our Inner World to the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa, J.D. interviews Jonathan Granoff, J.D. to discuss his upbringing and experiences with his Spiritual Master...

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January 1, 2011

Nuclear Weapons and Compliance with International Humanitarian Law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Charles J. Moxley Jr
John Burroughs

This Essay proceeds in three Parts. Part I describes the effects of nuclear weapons, Part II describes the Obama Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), and Part III suggests how a nuclear posture committed to abolition and compliance with international law might differ from the Obama NPR.

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September 8, 2009

Tikkun Daily Blog: Spiritual Wisdom of the Week - Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Rabbi Michael Lerner (Tikkun)

May we know our connection with the living Earth, our connection with all lives, our connection within with the qualities that lead to wisdom, and with the omnipresent light that brings us upwards into the Source and Sustainer of all.

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April 29, 2008

California State University Northridge (2008)

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.

The Program, “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious, Ethical and Legal Dimensions of An Un-Ignorable Imperative” was held on April 29, 2008.

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September 26, 2007

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and Its 2005 Review Conference: A Legal and Political Analysis

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Despite years of relative success in constraining the spread of nuclear weapons and efforts to obtain their universal elimination, 2 nuclear weapons continue to pose a tremendous threat to the survival of humanity. Their destructive capacity is beyond comprehension.

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November 19, 2006

The Rome Declaration of Nobel Peace Laureates

The 7th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates took place in Rome from November 17 to 19 and was held, as were previous Summits, on the initiative of Mikhail Gorbachev and the Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. The Nobel Peace Laureates and Laureate Organizations collectively declared their opposition of the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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Pacta Sunt Servanda: Nuclear Weapons and Global Secure Sustainable Development

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Pacta Sunt Servanda is Latin for “Agreements Must Be Kept.” This maxim is one of the most ancient foundations of law itself. It is inextricably connected to good faith. Without it, the tools of law—words and agreements—become empty and entire social edifices collapse.

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Climate and Environment

Flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and weather anomalies are occurring across the globe; and pollution compromises air, water, crops, and other resources essential for human existence. An immediate threat—COVID-19—illustrates the dangers zoonotic diseases, which are spread through deforestation and encroachment of commercial development into natural habitats. Immediate change and solutions are critical.

Publication
October 13, 2021

Haitian-led Agricultural Taskforce Announced

Hugh Locke
Timote Georges

A new Lavi Ti-Plantè Taskforce (“Farmer’s Life Taskforce”) was announced on October 13th as part of a White House Roundtable on Haiti.

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Publication
August 28, 2021

Farmer-led Earthquake Recovery Effort in Haiti Needs Your Help

Hugh Locke

The quake struck the southern area of the country, causing significant destruction, more than 2,200 deaths, and devastating rural parts of Haiti where some of the region’s poorest people live and work.

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August 7, 2021

IRI Bulletin June-July 2021

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

The IRI Bulletin includes news on the following topics: IRI DRC holds workshops, develops actions with chapters in Ituri and Equateur. IRI DRC meets with the European Union’s Directorate General for International Partnerships. IRI Colombia’s local chapters make progress in the fulfillment of their action plans. IRI Peru launches national issue primer on forest reforestation as contribution to UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Publication
August 4, 2021

INTRODUCING IRI DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world. About 60% of this forest lies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) covering more than 90 million hectares. Forest cover in DRC stores 7% of the world’s forest carbon—making it one of the largest forest carbon stocks in the world. It is made up of vast peatland spread over five of its twenty-six provinces and is home to forest elephants, the okapi and over 1,000 bird species. DRC’s forests also host more primates than any other country, including three species of Great Apes: gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.

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August 4, 2021

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: A Primer on Deforestation For Religious Leaders and Faith Communities

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a forest-rich nation in a forest-rich region. Central Africa’s Congo Basin, an expanse that hosts the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, spans ten countries, including the DRC. Almost two-thirds of the Basin’s forests—and ten percent of the world’s tropical rainforests—lie within the DRC. More than half of the country is blessed with forest cover, which includes peat-swamp forests, mountain forests and mangroves. DRC’s extensive forests are home to extraordinary biodiversity, some of which is found nowhere else on Earth.

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August 4, 2021

RESTAURATION DES FORÊTS GUÉRIR LES FORÊTS TROPICALES POUR UN RENOUVEAU SPIRITUEL

La restauration des paysages forestiers par le biais des plantation d'arbres, de la collecte et de la propagation de graines, de l'agroforesterie et de nombreuses autres méthodes de restauration offre un moyen de récupérer certaines des fonctions essentielles des forêts qui ont été perdues à cause de la déforestation et de la dégradation généralisées. Elle peut également être une opportunité pour un rétablissement et un renouvellement spirituels tout en retissant le lien que nous avons avec les écosystèmes forestiers.

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July 16, 2021

IRI DRC Animation Video  (English subtitles)

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in DRC

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July 16, 2021

IRI Indonesia Animation Video (English subtitles)

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in Indonesia

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July 8, 2021

Introducing IRI Indonesia

Introducing IRI Indonesia - The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Indonesia brings together religious leaders and faith communities from across the country to defend forests and the rights of those that serve as their guardians.

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June 30, 2021

FOREST RESTORATION: Healing Tropical Rainforests For Spiritual Renewal

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) has issued a publication addressing the fundamental role faith communities can take in restoring and protecting tropical rainforests.

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June 24, 2021

FEEDING THE FUTURE: The Story of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance

Hugh Locke
Timote Georges
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Smallholder farmers comprise one-third of the world's population and hold the key to food security and reversing environmental degradation. The film will show the remarkable reforestation of Haiti through the use of trees as "currency" which smallholder farmers plant in exchange for better quality seeds, equipment, and training, and the regeneration of cotton production in Haiti, at one time one of the world's largest exporters of cotton.

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June 23, 2021

IRI Colombia: A Primer on Deforestation for Religious Leaders and Faith Communities

Colombia has the world’s eighth-largest forest cover and is the second most biodiverse country on Earth. It is home to 10% of the planet’s species of flora and fauna, including one fifth of the world’s bird species. Nearly half the country’s forests are designated as indigenous territories and are home to 102 indigenous communities. More than 90% of the population in Colombia identifies as having a religious faith.

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March 29, 2021

Lessons From A Smallholder Farming Revolution in Haiti

Hugh Locke

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) has developed a new sustainable agroforestry model that helps to feed and reforest a renewed Haiti by supporting smallholder farmers to become more productive and profitable, while at the same time helping to restore the environment through organic practices and tree planting.

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March 25, 2021

IRI Bulletin 25 March 2021

IRI-Colombia delivers trainings and 2021 action plans with all 36 local chapters, IRI-Peru holds electoral dialogues on forests, IRI-Indonesia launches provincial chapter in Riau.

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March 16, 2021

IRI Peru Animation Video (English subtitles)

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in Peru

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March 4, 2021

Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance: Creating a Data-Driven Smallholder Cotton Supply Chain in Haiti

Hugh Locke
Atlanta McIlwraith, Lionel Khalil
Kate Roll

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has established a partnership with the non-profit Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Haiti to completely reimagine the cotton supply chain and create a new system for producing cotton that maximizes benefits to smallholder farmers and export customers. The new supply chain is built around next-generation data and aims to be blockchain-ready.

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February 18, 2021

Making Peace with Nature

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The first UNEP synthesis report is titled: “Making Peace With Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies” and is based on evidence from global environmental assessments.

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February 14, 2021

The Man of the Trees: A Pioneer Environmentalist’s Vision for the Future

Hugh Locke

Hugh and Paul will share stories from the life of an extraordinary pioneer of the environmentalist movement, Richard St. Barbe Baker. One hundred years ago, Baker foresaw and warned the world about the emerging environmental crisis—and offered solutions that are only now being appreciated and applied. Baker’s work as a forester and conservationist paralleled his activities as an early member of the Baha’i Faith, a faith that provided inspiration for his ceaseless efforts to conserve and restore the world’s forests.

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December 15, 2020

Navigating the Double Epoch: Thoughts on Changing Humanity's Current Plot Line

Hugh Locke

More than once during this past wild year of pandemic, politics and protest, I have been reminded of ancient Greek tragedies which often got so chaotic, and plot lines so complicated, they seemed insoluble. When a performance arrived at this seeming impasse, action would stop and a new character playing a deity would arrive via a crane or atop a platform that was either wheeled on stage or rose up from a trapdoor. This device became known by the Latin deus ex machina, which translates literally as, “god from the machine.” …

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October 31, 2020

Upolu L. Vaai, eDARE Caribbean & American Panelist (Sat 31 October 2020)

Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

“The economic, ecological, and health crisis threatening Pacific livelihoods derives from a pathological old narrative of “Onefication”. We have been taught in mainstream education … to think in terms of compartmentalized categories. This compartmentalized framing has encouraged us to view life through split categories to achieve either one answer or one truth.”

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September 10, 2020

A Dirtification of Economy from a Pacific Eco-Relational Perspective

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

In the dirt communities, dirt is not negative as profiled by conventional colonial thinking. Dirt is wholly part of Pacific identity and everyday economic life and wellbeing. Hence any economy that is not “down to dirt” and removed from the dirtified economic ways and interests of the communities is considered a digestive and a cleansing system of power.

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June 5, 2020

Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

To mark World Environment Day, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative has launched a Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities...

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June 5, 2020

Forests and Pandemics: How Protecting Tropical Forests Can Prevent Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Diseases

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Tropical forests are being destroyed at alarming rates around the world, driving climate change and biodiversity loss, and intensifying poverty.

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January 10, 2020

Voices of Hope for Haiti’s Future

Hugh Locke

What is one thing you and your organization or business have initiated since the 2010 earthquake that you feel will continue to have a positive impact and which gives you hope for Haiti’s future?

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January 1, 2020

‘Let the House Speak’: Memorialising the Islander Missionaries Chapel for Re-storying Ecumenism as the Pacific Household of God

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Gladson Jathann

In an article in The Pacific Journal of Theology, Rev. Prof. Upolu Vaai and Dr. Gladson Jathanna review the dominant colonial and imperial notions of ecumenism and explores how the history and symbolism of the Pacific Theological College Islander Missionaries Memorial Chapel (IMMC) demands a change of perspective in the story of ecumenism in the Pacific.

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July 2, 2019

Half the Sky, Half the Land: The Role of Women Farmers in Transforming Global Agriculture

Hugh Locke

The Role of Women Farmers in Transforming Global Agriculture

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August 1, 2018

“Others are enjoying life from our death”, Eco-Relational Theology and a Methodist Ecological Revolution in Oceania

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

In a paper presented at the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Dr. Upolu Vaai reconstructs an eco-relational theology to argue that the concept of relationality is not only at the heart of the Triune God, it is also at the heart of the Wesleyan revival.

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June 6, 2018

Timberland Case Study: Supply Chain Mutuality with Blockchain

Hugh Locke

Atlanta McIlwraith, Senior Manager, Community Engagement and Communications, Timberland, and Hugh Locke, President and Cofounder, Smallholder Farmers Alliance, and President, Impact Farming

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March 13, 2018

“A CALL FOR AN ECO-RELATIONAL THEOLOGY OF MISSION”

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Brief Response: Upolu Lumā Vaai, Fiji Islands, February 2018, to keynote speech: Transforming Disciples, Transforming the Future: Young African Women and the Search for a “Liberated Future’ by Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda

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November 28, 2017

Tree Currency and the Smallholder Impact Farming Revolution

Hugh Locke

Hugh Locke, President & Co-Founder of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti has found a way to turn trees into a form of currency that has helped thousands of smallholder farmers in Haiti to finance their way out of extreme poverty while at the same time combatting climate change, contributing to improved food security and empowering women.

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November 11, 2017

Poem by: Rev. Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

For many years the Pacific people have interpreted reality through the eyes of the dominant culture. It is time for the Pacific people to Reright and Rewrite their story.

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April 5, 2017

Kombit: The Cooperative

Hugh Locke

This documentary film by Found Object tells the story of how the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti came into being through an innovative partnership with global outdoors brand Timberland.

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September 1, 2012

The Haiti Experiment

Hugh Locke

The Haiti Experiment is Hugh Locke’s fascinating and heartwarming account of his efforts to help the people of this impoverished nation.

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Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

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IRI Colombia animation - ENG subtitles

Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program in Colombia.

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Economic Well-being

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified socioeconomic inequities throughout the world. Homelessness, poverty, hunger, disease, and mental illness are growing; and efforts from government to grassroots are needed to address these inequities in communities around the world.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr. David C. Korten, founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, is known for his best-selling books framing a new economy; and the principles he has proposed for the restructuring of economic institutions and relationships. He devotes his life to advancing the global transition now underway to a living Earth economy organized around deeply democratic self-governing living communities in which people work in co-productive partnership with the rest of nature to meet the needs of all.

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February 18, 2021

Eco'-nomics

David Korten, Ph.D.

We look to economics for maps to guide us in structuring and managing the economy to secure our means of living. Focused on individual financial return rather than community well-being, the maps of contemporary egoʹ-nomics guide the exploitation of people and nature to maximize individual private financial return.

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May 13, 2020

Wellbeing versus GDP: The Challenge and Opportunity of Human Development in the 21st Century

David Korten, Ph.D.

In his article, “Wellbeing vs GDP: The Challenge and Opportunity of Human Development the 21st Century” David Korten poses the question, “Is humanity’s defining economic goal to grow GDP or to secure the wellbeing of people and the living Earth?“; and he proposes 3 basic truths and 3 priorities as a way to guide humanity to make the changes necessary to ensure that human wellbeing is prioritized.

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April 16, 2019

Reimagining a Sustainable Food Economy

David Korten, Ph.D.

From the archives: In this 2011 interview, David Korten, author of "When Corporations Rule The World", shares his optimistic vision for a food system that's environmentally, ethically and economically compatible with nature.

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Living Economies Forum Website

David Korten, Ph.D.

Living Economies Forum works with and through partner organizations and a circle of extraordinary colleagues to articulate and communicate framing ideas that light the path to a New Economy grounded in positive living system principles that recognize life’s extraordinary capacity for cooperative self-organization.

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