31 March 2012

Living In The Future # 28: Open House

Lammas ecovillage in Pembrokeshire host their first Volunteer Week and Open Day in Spring 2010.150 people attended Lammas' first ever tour of the project. Visitors were guided around the site to view the developments to date. Lammas attained planning permission to build an ecovillage in Wales which combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture.

Living In The Future # 27: Ffynone Woods

Ffynone Woodland in West Wales is sustainably managed by Growing Heart Workers' Co-operative and provides some of the wood for building at Lammas ecovillage

30 March 2012

Love Everybody

A cross, a crescent moon, and the 'aum' sign represent multiple faiths in signs that Krishna Avatar, known by his sage name, Krishnadas, holds up every day at a busy traffic circle in the Juhu area of Mumbai: 'Follow Your Religion - Love Everybody.' His detractors think he is merely a tourist attraction. But Krishnadas says: 'I've seen society change, even if only in some respects. Mankind hasn't deteriorated all at once - it's been happening gradually, over thousands of years. So, we can't improve all at once either. We are bound to take our time.'

29 March 2012

David Icke: The Lions Sleeps No More

The seminar at the Brixton Academy in 2010.

Part 1: 'I am not David Icke' & 'Moon Control'

Part 2: 'The Global Agenda' & 'Truth Vibrations'



28 March 2012

Death By Doctor

Dr. Peter Glidden talks about the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which is death by medical doctor prescribed medicines.
Few health professionals actually understand disease – how to prevent it and how to cure it. Dr. Glidden has been in the trenches of medicine for 23 years, witnessing first hand the decline of American health. He is one of the very few to realize the sobering truths that MD directed medicine consistently fails to cure disease, and that it causes massive amounts of harm in the process. Furthermore, he understands that people around the world who continue to hold onto their cultural home remedies live longer and healthier than those that buy into modern medical methods! In America, Hispanics outlive whites by 2.5 years and blacks by 8 years – and it has nothing to do with genetics! Few physicians understand how and why this happens. Few physicians have hands-on experience delivering non-drug treatments that actually help people to recover their health.

27 March 2012

Hungry For Change (Trailer + Full Film)

A documentary film about creating lasting weight loss, abundant energy and vibrant health.
We all want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful younger looking skin...So what is stopping us from getting this? 'Hungry For Change' exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don't want you to know about. Deceptive strategies designed to keep you craving more and more. Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?
In 'Hungry For Change' you'll discover:

* How to navigate your supermarket - what to buy and what to avoid
* The real truth behind "diet", "sugar-free" and "fat-free" products
* How to overcome food addictions and cravings
* Why fat diets don't work
* What food additives to avoid and how to read labels
* What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good
* The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and
* How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair

The first film in its genre to really empower and provide practical and realistic solutions. Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today.

See also: Food Matters

Trailer:



Full Movie: click link below

Hungry For Change

26 March 2012

The Universe

This Known Universe is a celestial presentation of profound significance because the Stars, Planets, and the Cosmos depicted in this video is really accurate at this point.



This is the latest incarnation of the HDF video. The narration has been edited to include research from a paper in Physical Review Letters (2004) which puts the size of the universe at 46.5 billion light years, not 78 billion as I originally stated.



Beautiful music from Beethoven + beautiful images from Hubble telescope = 8 beautiful minutes.



The Biggest Stars in the Universe, comparison of planet Sizes, Star Sizes, Life in the Universe,..

25 March 2012

24 March 2012

Annette Larkins: Ageless Woman At 70 Years Old

Annette Larkins is living proof that when you let food be you're medicine, it cannot only heal, it can be the fountain of youth. Be inspired and hear about her way of life.







23 March 2012

Contemplative Care

A basic teaching of Tibetan Buddhism is that your death is a culmination of your life. In fact, death is a part of life. The caregivers at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care work with the dying - people like Rose Tisnado, who has terminal cancer - to eliminate the thoughts of suffering around death. "I never expected this to be such a ... joyous (in a certain kind of way) experience... this is the most loving I've ever been in my life."

22 March 2012

Witness: Green & The Death Of The Forests

Witness is a silent film (without narration, but with music) which addresses itself both to the Indonesians and the consumers of wood/paper/palm oil around the world.
This important documentary was filmed in the fast disappearing Indonesian rainforest and is not narrated, however, its message is clear and frightening. The home of the Orangutan and many other wildlife species in Indonesia is being decimated at an alarming rate by consumer need and greed.
The film features the widespread practice of 'slash and burn' to clear the lush rainforest to make way for extensive palm oil plantations which we, the consumer, support in our demand for our favourite foods, magazines, cosmetics, and, increasingly, biofuel. The practice has also seen Indonesia move into third place behind the US and China with regard to carbon emissions due to the uncovering of peat soil which has lain, undisturbed, below the tropical rainforest for centuries. The film exposes the illegal pet trade that thrives in Indonesia and the sick, despairing lives of those Orangutan who spend years, often all their lives, locked in small cages, suffering, alone.
The story thread follows the fate of a female Orangutan who has been captured and brought in because her forest home has been decimated. She is one of the lucky ones - most are slaughtered without mercy when caught. Her fate though, is not a happy one, as her trauma at the hands of man is too great. Your heart will break with resounding pity, but it is even more sobering to know that she is only one of hundreds every week who will suffer a similar fate.
Make sure everyone you know watches this documentary. We owe it to our friends, the gentle Orangutan, we owe it to our planet, and we owe it to ourselves so that we can learn from it.


20 March 2012

Tapped

Is acces to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of 'Who killed the electric car', this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back to the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

19 March 2012

Love, Reality And The Time Of Transition

This video sheds light into the nature of love, relationships, the "New Age" movement, reality-creation, quantum physics, objectivity vs. subjectivity and how it all relates to the topics of "conspiracy theories", psychopathy, and the importance of esoteric self-work.

18 March 2012

You've Felt It Your Entire Life

Try yourself, it's not that scary. Try being who you truly are, instead of being a reflection of what society wants you to be.



17 March 2012

Generation WE: The Movement Begins...

"We, the youth of the United States, believe our birthright has been betrayed," declares the Millennial Generation, the largest generation in American history, to date. They inherit a country in decline and a broken political system. Still, America's young people declares a manifesto of hope - to restore the American dream.

Dare To Be Bold

Writer and marketing specialist Jennifer Engevik is completely obsessed with the idea of boldness. After studying the lives of history's bold men, women, and children, Jen believes that they share 5 traits that we can use in our everyday lives so that we too, can make our mark. Watch Jen's TEDx talk for the 5 traits for bold living.

16 March 2012

Hemp Can Save The World

Nutiva, ELEVATE, The Luminaries, Aishah and Clayton Joseph Scott have teamed up for part 2 of ELEVATE's Solution Series. This series is intended to mix music, information, and education to bring awareness to globally significant issues and their solutions. Nutiva has been helping better the planet through the distribution of high quality sustainable products out to the world. This video was made to show all the benefits of Hemp and how it could help our land, our economy, and our human family. It's time to seed the future with Hemp!



The longest & most educational hemp/cannabis documentary

15 March 2012

Life In A Day

Director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott team up to offer this candid snapshot of a single day on planet Earth. Compiled from over 80,000 YouTube submissions by contributors in 192 countries, Life in a Day presents a microcosmic view of our daily experiences as a global society. From the mundane to the profound, everything has its place as we spend 90 minutes gaining greater insight into the lives of people who may be more like us than we ever suspected, despite the fact that we’re separated by incredible distances.
Clips are not labeled with locations – some are nevertheless easy to figure out, but others leave few clues. Obviously this is intentional on Macdonald’s part, as you occasionally find yourself distracted by trying to figure out where the hell the various videos come from.

14 March 2012

Straw Bale Homes

Straw Bale Shelters




Houses of straw - the rediscovery of strawbale building

Strawbales are a new, interesting building material: it is a sustainable, ecologically sound resource, available in abundance. Strawbale walls achieve highest insulation values and offer a healthy, beautiful living environment.
This film is a trailer for a DVD called "Houses of straw", shot in Germany. It shows the recent developments, many examples show the different possibilities of building with straw. In interviews with owner-builders, architects and experts we hear a lot of importants aspects. And: an exciting fire test shows: strawbale walls don´t burn!




Straw bale house made by single mom for $50,000

I built my passive solar straw bale house with earthen plasters in 2000 for $50K (will most likely cost more today, depending on many factors). This is an overview of the house; it is extremely energy-efficient. My electric bills are about $35 per month.



How to build with strawbales



13 March 2012

Fluoride: The Hard To Swallow Truth

This short documentary looks at the initial theories behind the effectiveness of fluoride and where it originated. It goes on to show the lack of science behind the use of Fluoride and reveals Fluoride as a toxic waste substance that is being pumped into our drinking water. The documentary will conclude by delivering the "hard to swallow truth" of fluoride which pertains to why it is actually used.

12 March 2012

Cancer: The Forbidden Cures

The alleged cancer cures presented in the excellent documentary "Cancer: The Forbidden Cures" are well worth exploring. Though not yet proven under rigorous scientific protocols which are very expensive, there is no doubt that thousands of people doctors had sent home to die were cured after taking the cancer treatments presented in this engaging documentary. If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer, this essay and film provide a wealth of invaluable information on negotiating the daunting labyrinth of cancer treatment.
Regardless of the efficacy of the potential cancer cures presented in this documentary, the fact that top medical officials undeniably suppressed these treatments is enough to warrant attention. The fact that big money was offered to buy the rights to the some of these controversial cancer cures also attests to their value. And the fact that so many people sent home to die by the medical establishment now are alive and swear by these treatments also suggests at least some value.

11 March 2012

Let's Make Everything FREE!

The Free World Charter is a set of principles that have the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate human poverty and greed, and advance progress exponentially. Neither political nor religious, the ten short principles of the Charter could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable. They are based solely on common sense, nature and survival.
This is our world, and we can solve many of our problems today and have a better society, by following just a few simple rules of Nature. The only part that needs managing is how we get there from here and that might be turbulent for some of us.


1. The highest concern of humanity is the combined common good of all living species and biosphere.
2. Life is precious in all its forms, and free to flourish in the combined common good.
3. Earth's natural resources are the birthright of all its inhabitants, and free to share in the combined common good.
4. Every human being is an equal part of a worldwide community of humans, and a free citizen of Earth.
5. Our community is founded on the spirit of cooperation and an understanding of nature, provided through basic education.
6. Our community provides for all its members the necessities of a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life, freely and without obligation.
7. Our community respects the limits of nature and its resources, ensuring minimal consumption and waste.
8. Our community derives its solutions and advances progress primarily through the application of logic and best available knowledge.
9. Our community acknowledges its duty of care and compassion for members who are unable to contribute.
10. Our community acknowledges its responsibility to maintain a diverse and sustainable biosphere for all future life to enjoy.



Earth Council Embassy Trust

Earth Council Embassy Trust (ECET) is aligned with the Aboriginal Elders of Australia, the Pachamama Alliance (Ecuador), Earth Charter (Global), Occupy Movement (Global), The Arab Spring and Indigenous Elders of all countries who still live respectfully with the earth. We support all genuine democracy movements.
Help build momentum for the earth-wide unified, simultaneous and focused call for peace on december 21.
Direct Democracy is at the heart of EC2012 blueprint for peace. No longer will the people allow a select few, to make decisions for us that affect everyone (and the Earth). With Direct Democracy, council members no longer represent us, but are delegated to administer (en action), the will of the people, as reflected in the voting results. We will no longer allow a few to make war in our names. In Direct Democracy everyone gets the opportunity to vote on every issue, therefore, the people become the policy makers.
We have the technology to make a secure voting system (which a multinational IT team monitors to ensure its security), and at a fraction of the cost of the current military budget. Currently, huge money transactions are made via the Internet, and there is no reason why we cannot have a secure voting system with the technology we currently use.




Global Coherence Initiative

This new, five and half-minute video clearly explains the purpose of the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), the research behind it, the Global Coherence Monitoring System, Global Care Rooms and how to become a member and participate in this global initiative. Find out ‘What are you feeding the field today?’ means and how you can affect the global field environment.

Website:  Global Coherence Initiative





10 March 2012

The Heart Of Permaculture

Former truck driver Bill Wilson tells an insightful story about the energy packed in a gallon of gas — which we won’t always have in cheap abundance. Now a permaculture educator, he sees permaculture as a viable, realistic way to use nature to provide the abundance we really need — harvesting sunlight, food, wind, water and more. Can you guess what the magic stuff is that we all can’t live without? (No, it’s not oil.)



Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution

As corporate media fails to provide accurate news of the world's dire environmental predicament, the Earth sends a clear message in the form of record-breaking natural disasters, famine and epidemics. People are mobilizing for what lies ahead. In May 2007, the 8th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC8) was held in Brazil, bringing together visionary activists from 43 countries in the common goal of preparing for, and mitigating, our looming global crisis. Their strategy: Self-reliance and sustainability through permaculture. This timely documentary offers practical steps on how to 'permaculturize' our lives. It invites viewers into a permaculture community that spans the globe. Most importantly, it gives the critical inspiration needed to turn our backs on that which is failing us, and to create a sustainable future of our own making. 




UMass Permaculture

UMass Amherst transformed a 1/4 grass lawn on campus into a thriving, abundant, permaculture garden during the 2010-2011 academic year. Learn how this student-led project can be easily replicated and spread to other campuses, institutions... any piece of land for that matter. UMass Amherst is one of the first university's undertaking a project like this, directly on campus, and supplying the food to its dining commons.





9 March 2012

Project 10:10:10 - Pill Or Perception

This is a balanced and thought-provoking documentary about the connection between the mind and body, and how we can take a much more direct approach to managing our health and our world generally. It begins with the premise that we have more power over our lives than has been previously understood, and focuses on the keys to taking more responsibility in being well, rather than allowing stress from our environment and our upbringing to create illness. The documentary is in three parts. It begins with The Make-up of Man a discussion with a number of internationally-respected experts such as Dr Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton on how the size of our frontal lobe, where we create and dream and make decisions, makes us unique as humans. Their studies show that our 50 trillion cells are like mini-individuals, each with a consciousness which is controlled by our attitudes and perceptions, which in turn are programmed by our upbringing and our environment. They talk about the connection between stress and illness, our ability to make thought more real than anything else and how we can become so obsessed with thoughts about the past or future that we create the very things we obsess about. We can therefore make changes in our lives and create different outcomes if we choose to take charge of our thoughts.

Website: The Project

8 March 2012

I Am Fishead

This video sheds light on the human mental condition in every day life from the common citizen to the corporate leaders. Unmasking the psychopath, many will find this video quite insightful, a must watch video that should be shared with all who thirst for such knowledge.

7 March 2012

Grow Your Own Drugs With James Wong

Season 1

Many people think of plants as purely ornamental, something to brighten up back gardens and window boxes, but in this six-part series, ethnobotanist James Wong demonstrates how to transform familiar plants into simple natural remedies that could help ease the symptoms of minor everyday ailments, as well as how to make some pampering beauty treatments.

Episode 1: Fruit
In this opening episode, James reveals that there is more to some fruit than just the nutritional value. He uses figs to relieve constipation, hops for a good night's sleep, turns kiwis and papayas into a soothing face mask and uses goji berries in a soup that could help feed a cold - and all from things that might be found in any fruit bowl. This week's recipes.



Episode 2: Flowers
In the second episode of this six-part series exploring plant-based natural remedies and beauty treatments, ethnobotanist James Wong turns the spotlight on flowers. He reveals the historical use of marigolds, violas and elderflowers as ways to help relieve the symptoms of everyday ailments such as sore throats, acne and eczema. Sufferers of each of these, who are keen to find a natural solution to their health problems, try out James's remedies. This week's recipes.

 

Episode 3: Trees
Third episode of the six-part series exploring plant-based natural remedies and beauty treatments. Ethnobotanist James Wong focuses on trees. His recipes for natural tree remedies include a soothing gel for varicose veins made from conkers, a fragrant cologne made from pine, a lotion to tackle head lice and a traditional tea which could help improve memory function. It is a fascinating mix of gardening, science and history, and the volunteers who try James's remedies find out if they can actually help. This week's recipes.



Episode 4: Herbs
This week's recipes. 

   

Episode 5: Roots
This week's recipes. 

   

Episode 6: Vegetables 

This week's recipes. 

   

Bonus: Christmas Special



See also: Season 2

6 March 2012

Guerilla Gardening

Depave. From Parking Lots to Paradise - Guerrilla Gardening in Action!
Depave promotes the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces and mitigate stormwater runoff. Through partnerships and volunteers, Depave strives to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement with the use of action-oriented educational events, community stewardship, and advocacy to reconnect people with nature and inspire others. Depave is a project of City Repair, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Website: Guerilla Gardening
Book: How To Depave Guide



One London gardener on a mission to make our green spaces brighter.



Holes Of Happiness is a short documentary looking at the reactions of the public to some pothole gardens that have been popping up around East London.

5 March 2012

When We Grow...This Is What We Can Do

"When We Grow...This Is What We Can Do" is an educational documentary concerning the facts about cannabis. In this feature length documentary we explore everything there is, from industrial hemp to medicinal cannabis use, from the origins of cannabis prohibition to the legality of growing equipment.

4 March 2012

Designing For Generosity

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly Charity Focus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to an global ecosystem of over 350,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free. Nipun has received many awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the President's Volunteer Service Award and Wavy Gravy's Humanitarian award. He is routinely invited to share his message of "giftivism" to wide ranging audiences, from inner city youth in Memphis to academics in London to international dignitaries at the United Nations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, the Dalai Lama Foundation, and Greater Good Science Center.
This compelling TEDx talk explores this question and introduces the concept of Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the world. The video is charged with stories of such acts, ranging from: the largest peaceful transfer of land in human history, to a pay-it-forward restaurant, to a 10-year-old's unconventional birthday celebration, and the stunning interaction between a victim and his teenage mugger. With clarity and insight, it details the common threads that runs through all these gift manifestations, and invites us to participate through everyday acts of kindness -- in an uplifting global movement.

3 March 2012

Sobonfu Somé: Embracing Your Gifts

When most westerners think about gifts, the exchange of material goods, is the image that is most familiar. Little time and attention, however, is given to finding and embracing the gift -- the real reason we are born in this world. As a result most of us cannot make sense of the various events in our life. Drawing on Dagara wisdom, this talk brings to light how everyone has a personal gift that is vital to the well being of the individual and the community.



2 March 2012

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope

1 March 2012

Mr. Happy Man

Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.