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206: Awakening the Village Heart and Mind

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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pm206_200.jpgFrom their “Zero Mile Meal Eatery” to zoning and financing innovations, O.U.R. Ecovillage in BC, Canada has paved the way for many communities worldwide. For Brandy Gallagher, the story on the planet right now could be a shared ethos of caring: “Everyone is fed. Everyone is taken care of.” Asserting that “No is just an uneducated Yes,” Brandy shows how a village mindset can transform individuals, preserve land, reduce resource use, apply permaculture principles, change laws, and even the way money works [www.ourecovillage.org].

Listen to Audio.  Read the Transcript. Download video on iTunes. Pictures of OUR Ecovillage are below the video.

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204: Oil Puts the Squeeze on the Economy

Friday, October 28th, 2011

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pm204_200.jpgThis turbulent, troubled global economy is precisely what Chris Martenson predicted in early 2010, “When Exponential Meets Reality” (episode 166). He asserts that we can no longer look at the economy without factoring in the terminal decline of its master resource — oil. The author of The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy and Environment believes that, as “the generation that gets to deal with hitting up to resource limits,” we first need a new cultural story to inspire
appropriate action. [www.chrismartenson.com].

Listen to Audio.  Download video on iTunes. Read Janaia’s journal The Economy’s Oily Warning System.

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202: Collapse of the Titans

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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pm202_200.jpgLearn from the Soviets — personal relationships are the best currency, says Russian-born Dmitry Orlov, the author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects. The American empire is following the USSR into collapse, he asserts, with financial collapse happening first, followed by commercial and then political collapse. Dmitry, an America resident for several decades, suggests lowering our needs and expectations and replacing money transactions with barter and exchanges. [http://www.cluborlov.com]

Listen to Audio.  Read the Transcript. Download video on iTunes.
Read in Janaia’s journal Meeting up with Mike Ruppert and Dmitry Orlov.

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201: Local Investing Made Easy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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pm201_200.jpgWe’re “keeping money flowing locally so we’re more prosperous as a community,” says James Frazier, co-founder of the Local Investment Opportunities Network (LION) in Port Townsend, Washington. LION is a clearinghouse between business owners like Matthew Day and potential investors like Kees Kolff. A business owner presents an investment opportunity to LION members. It’s all based on one-to-one personal relationships, so support can be more than monetary, says Kees — such as interest paid in locally-produced cheese and cider!  [http://www.L2020.org/LION]

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186: Your Money, Your Life, Your Happiness

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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pm186_150.jpgPublished 20 years ago, Your Money or Your Life was written for these times, asserts co-author Vicki Robin. Following its nine steps has transformed our own lives and those of some of our Peak Moment guests, just like the subtitle says: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence.

People examine their assumptions about money, decide what is “Enough,” get out of debt, and free up life energy to invest in what matters most to them. Vicki discusses applying these same tools to relationships with our time, opportunities for creativity and exchange, building community, and her ten-mile food diet. [www.yourmoneyoryourlife.org].

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180: Taking Back Our Lives from the Wall Street Mafia

Friday, September 24th, 2010

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pm180_150.jpg“Get rid of Wall Street!” says David C. Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning. Wall Street is about phantom wealth — real wealth is about happy, healthy families, local living economies in balance with Earth’s resources, and caring, resilient communities that provide life’s basics, like food, shelter, and education. To do that, we must change the rules to reduce the power of corporations, the politicians in their pocket, and a destructive money system. (www.davidkorten.org).

In 2006 we produced a DVD of David presenting The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and a conversation about the book “A Defining Moment in History” (episode 48).

Listen to Audio. Read Transcript. Read Janaia’s journal about taping this conversation, “David Korten: Declaring Our Independence from Wall Street.”

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170: Preparing for Disasters and Hard Times

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

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pm170_150.jpgIn this animated dialogue, natural resource analyst Sean Brodrick provides a sharp-eyed perspective on what may be coming in this precarious economy and how to prepare for it. The author of The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide, Sean is hip to peak oil and other resource declines as well as the Katrina hurricane lesson - don’t rely on government to save you during disasters. Urging us to prepare for hard times while we’re in good times, he covers smart money moves, food and water storage, basic preparations in case you have to evacuate, and creating bonds with your neighbors to increase home security. [UltimateSuburbanSurvivalist.com and UncommonWisdomDaily.com].

Sean’s Financial Crisis Survival Kit (pdf) goes into far more detail than our conversation, and covers personal financial preparedness and investment advice.

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal about taping this conversation.

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118 Protecting Your Money in a Declining Economy

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

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pm118_150.jpgAre we in the perfect financial storm? Marc Cuniberti, a market analyst and host of “Money Matters” on our local community radio station KVMR, thinks so. Marc talks about the cause of inflation (rising prices are just a symptom) and how you can stop it with a candy bar! He discusses strategies to protect and even make money in a weakening economy. Like getting out of debt, and investing in physical things you really need. In the stock market, he suggests dividend paying stocks, stressing the importance of using interest compounding in your favor: $100 saved today with an 8% return will grow to $200 in 9 years. [www.kvmr.org/programs/moneymatters]

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28: Pondering Our Post-Petroleum Future

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

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pm28_150.jpgMichael Ruppert has made connections between money, Peak Oil, and geopolitics for years. In what may be his last videotaped interview before leaving the U.S. “forever,” Ruppert reflects on his move to Ashland, interest in Latin America. Around money and investment “in light of the imminent collapse of the U.S. economy,” he advises to invest locally. [www.fromthewilderness.com and  www.mikeruppert.blogspot.com]. 

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