Current & Evergreen Discussions
Plant Teachers: Tobacco & Ayauasca with Jeremy Narby
Jeremy Narby, anthropologist and author of the Cosmic Serpent, is back with a new book, Plant Teachers: Ayahuasca, Tobacco, and the Pursuit of Knowledge. Leila Conners catches up with Jeremy in a discussion that compares scientific western concepts with Amazonian indigenous concepts of the natural world. These both systems of thought are closer to each other than one would expect if one approaches these plants and their Amazonian interlocutors with an open mind.
Derek Gow on Rewilding and Bringing Back the Beaver to Britain
Derek Gow, farmer and ecologist, has been central to bringing back beavers in Britain. Gow refers to beavers as "nature's collaborators" and walks us through what rewilding really means and why it is essential we give nature space to breath, work and regenerate.
Breaking Free from Plastic Pollution
Melissa Aguayo, of Break Free from Plastic and Reusable LA, brings us through the most recent developments in the movement to move away from plastic. She reveals that plastic is toxic from creation to end-of-life and why producers and not just consumers should be responsible for cleaning up and eliminating the use of this substance.
Damon Centola on How to Make Big Change
Damon Centola discusses his new book, How to Make Big Things Happen, from a talk with Leila Conners. At at time when certain ideas must be understood by whole populations, understanding how ideas move through society is crucial. If you have ever wondered how to build a movement, why people might follow leaders that run counter to their interests and why social change unfolds the way it does, this is a must watch.
Joanna Macy on The Great Turning
This discussion with Joanna Macy is part of the Into Eden project, a feature film by Tree Media and supported by Kalieopia Foundation. Into Eden has long been in production, and with the launch of N2K, we felt that some of the material should be released given its eternal quality. This excerpt is with Joanna Macy Ph.D, is from 2011. Macy is an author & teacher, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learnings from six decades of activism.
Northern Ireland, in Facing a Gold Mine, Reimagines Community with James Orr, Friends of the Earth, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is targeted by a Canadian mining firm that is planning the largest gold mine in Europe. The mine is located in the green Sperrin Mountains, a place where Irish was last spoken. The threat of a mine and the poisoning of the waters that such a mine can bring, has galvanized this community beyond just a protest movement, as James Orr describes, it is helping people look to their roles as protectors and stewards of the land as well as participants in our wider human community. From a discussion with Leila Conners, the first in a series on this mine and the people it is impacting.