Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013: Vandana Shiva – Growth = Poverty


Published on Nov 10, 2013

When natural resources like timber, water and mineral deposits can be extracted from ecosystems, they become assets with dollar values that can be bought and sold internationally and enable developing countries to grow and participate in the global economy. If growth is the key to emerging from poverty, then this might seem like a good thing. But what if these same resources being sold to richer nations come from an ecosystem that people depend on for their livelihood? What if new growth is actually proportional to the creation of new poverty?

The cult of ‘growth’ has dictated policy for decades. But if well-being, not growth, is our goal, selling resources that bring long term wellbeing to communities for short term gain is a very bad deal. Hard as it may be for the West to understand, protecting the ecological resources of communities might be more important than GDP figures.

Vandana Shiva holds a PhD in physics, but is best known as an environmental, and anti-globalisation activist and as a leading figure of ‘ecofeminism.’ Shiva is based in India and is the author of over twenty books, including Staying Alive and Biopiracy. She is a former recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.

Chair: Simran Sethi is an award-winning Indian American journalist. She is currently undergoing a research fellowship at the University of Melbourne in Australia on the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food system.

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Vedic Astrology Forecast Week of January 1 — 2014 ~ Sam Geppi

This week the Moon will move from Scorpio through Aquarius and there will be a New Moon on New years day. This will bring together the beginning of the calendar year with the beginning of the Sagittarius cycle.

Vedic Astrology Forecast Week of January 1 – 2014 – Video


Monday the moon moved from Scorpio, where it is debilitated. Expect some restlessness.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon in Sagittarius will be aspected by Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. In addition, we have the new moon on Wednesday.

This begins a new cycle of inspiration and searching for meaning. Yet, the aspect from Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will also bring a lot of emotional ambition and pressure Wednesday and Thursday.

Then, the moon will pass retrograde Venus into Thursday, As it goes into Capricorn. Wednesday and Thursday may have a romantic surprise in store.

The rest of the week the moon will be in Saturn ruled signs, making for some seriousness and the need to transform that into higher duty and calling.

Igor Kufayev ~ Who are you, and why are you here?


Published on Nov 30, 2013

Extract from the gathering at RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science, Venice, Los Angeles. November 22nd, 2013

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