Monday, 02 June 2008 08:55
By Joe Romano,
The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable … Those who are rooted in the depths that are eternal and unchangeable and who rely on unshakeable principles, face change full of courage, courage based on faith.
–Emily G. Balch (1867-1961) American economist and sociologist. 1946 winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, Genesis and the New Testament all represent change as a central life value. Ancient Nordic myth, Japanese, African and Shamanic traditions and even cave paintings dating from as far back the Upper Paleolithic Era depict life as centering on change and transformation. Yet we struggle with it still.
This is natural. While we need to constantly transform, there are equal and counterbalancing forces that wish us to remain the same. Think of an egg about to hatch. There are forces in the egg that hold it together, that attempt to maintain its form and structure and identity as an egg. At the same time powerful forces are at work to transform the egg into a chick. Depending on which forces win out, we are either left with an egg, or something that becomes not-an-egg and maybe even a chick, leading to both the chick’s next form and identity and a long cycle of transformations, death and even rebirth.
Thursday, 03 April 2008 16:04
By Art Godin, Councilmember and Treasurer
The creation of the cooperative as an economic model is generally attributed to a group of weavers in Rochdale, England who, in 1844, devised a set of cooperative business principles designed to raise them from their poverty. These principles, in slightly modified form, provide the underpinnings of cooperative organizations to this day. (They are printed on page 11 of each issue of GreenLeaf.)
Thursday, 31 January 2008 13:15
By Joe Romano, Marketing Manager
The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.
--Charles W. Chestnut
A billion heartbeats. As measured in heartbeats, it seems that every animal on the planet lives roughly the same lifespan, about a billion heartbeats. Usually, the smaller animals, whose hearts beat faster, have shorter “real-time” lives. But measured in this Physiologic Time, basically using a heartbeat clock, all life spans are roughly the same. When we measure life in heartbeats or breaths it reveals how deeply subjective time is.
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By Laura Buttenbaum,
What is a co-op? This seemingly straightforward question can elicit a wide range of responses, from visceral and intrinsic to completely organizational and economic. According to the International Cooperative Association, "A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons unite...