Monday, March 25, 2013

Why I support Ian

I would like to share with you some of the many reasons why I support Ian Gartshore for MLA.
Ian is informed. He’s involved. He’s insightful and practical. He listens. He looks for solutions. He’s reliable.
But, most of all, Ian cares.  When I talk to him, listen to him, see the way he treats people, I absolutely trust that he will do his best for us. For Nanaimo. For British Columbia. 
Ian will work with us, individually and collectively, for a thriving economy, a healthy environment, and a caring, connected community.
How do I know for sure Ian will do this?
He already does.

Article: Were Hooked on Growth, But it Doesn't Have to Be this Way

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cultural Creatives and Greens

Paul H. Ray, Ph.D
Paul H. Ray, Ph.D
Richard Brendan interviews Paul H. Ray, Ph.D in a recent episode of the Richard Brendan Show about an emerging segment of the population known as Cultural Creatives. Paul and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson (his wife) have tracked the growing demographic for several decades and in this interview he talks about the relationship of Greens to Cultural Creatives.

The concern for future generations is one of the core values among cultural creatives who, as the name suggests, are interested in creating cultural and social change.

There are less and less people identifying with traditional (rural or country) culture. Many began shifting to a modern cultural perspective following the industrial revolution and many more, since the 1960s, have shifted to a third way of looking at the world -- the Cultural Creatives.

Ray and Anderson's book explores what cultural creatives are like, and it turns out sustainability, environmental responsibility, and social activism are high on their list of interests. They tend to be writers, artists, musicians, psychotherapists, feminists, alternative health care providers and other professionals.

CC = Cultural Creatives
Of the roughly 30 to 40 percent of the developed world who fall into this category, the group is further devided into the "core" group and the "green" group, as indicated by Ray and Anderson's most recent data (2008). See pie chart to the right.

Interestingly core CCs acknowledge the importance of an inner life and they want a society where their deepest values and spiritual priorities can be supported. Green CCs are less interested in their inner lives and more interested in taking action to improve the world around them. Both sub-groups share a conviction that they are members of a global community.

Ray says the Occupy Movement reflects the work of this group as do related movements. Contrary to what is heard in the media the core of these movements are engaged in other movements. In short, they are interested in a wide variety of topics that will provide an outlet for creative thinking towards a new and better way of organizing society.

The Movie on Youtube: The Cultural Creatives
Coming a Cultural Creative -- A blog post by Adam Shames
Wikipedia Article on the Cultural Creatives

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What Colour of Green Are you?

Do you think of yourself as green? What about Ian Gartshore, what shade of green do you think he is? There are many shades of green both in the colour spectrum and in the political spectrum and those of us who are supporting Ian in this election are here to show our own true colours. Have a look at this small sampling of possibilities and see if you don't catch yourself saying, "wow, that is sooooo me!"

Bright Green
You are bright and stunningly, unmistakably, brilliantly green. People turn to you for a rational explanation of things like green technology and why an economy based on infinitely increasing consumption makes no sense. Your clear sight allows you to see the sense in sustainability and the logic of resource stewardship.  
Kermit Green
Kermit the Frog was born in 1955. If you were too, it could be that you are Kermit Green. Kermit greens are sometimes melancholy, usually calm-headed, and always patient and kind as they provide an ethical core for the rest of the troupe. Social justice and non-violence are values that draw you to the Green Party.
Jade Green
Some might call you flinty but that is just because they don’t know what you are truly made of. Like the precious stone, your green is not just skin deep, but goes right to your core. You can hob nob with the big wigs and bring a classy air to every event you attend.  Gender equality, and a community based economy make sense to your entrepreneurial sensibilities.
Hunter Green
Waterfowl Without Bounds and other conservation groups have their share of green members who love nature first and foremost as a source of recreation and resources, but secondarily, especially later in life, in a “ground of our being” sort of way. Life moves from nature through you and you can’t imagine going for long without some time spent outdoors.
Lime Green
You are so green you’re citrus. That is the polite way of saying um, well, astringent.  But that limy bite can really be valuable when interacting on the political stage. And with a little sweetness, you can be a real treat at a party.  
Forest Green
Cool and determined, you can be woodsy and quiet but also strong as a Douglas fir. This shade of green has something of Yoda and something of Julia Butterfly Hill in it. You know that raw log exports are not good for BC in the long run, and that value added is a value worth adding to the BC economy.
Mint Green
Green is the colour of money and you see the opportunities in renewable energy, local and organic farming, and other ethical and life giving business practices.
Grass Green
Your core value is grass roots democracy and you know that decentralization is a way for the people most affected by a problem to regain some of the means to solve it. Bureaucracy is more than just inefficient use of government resources to you, it is a systemic malady that separates due-process from the goals that systems were set up to achieve.
Sea Green
Time on the water produces a shade of green that has a hint of the vastness of the deep about it. You see the big picture, brood on the dark and the light in the world, and work hard when the nets need tending.  Over-fishing, tanker traffic, and water quality are real concerns for you.
Green Party of BC Green
When set against the vibrant greens above, the green of the Green Party of BC at first seems kind of ordinary. And of course, that is just what it is. The green party is made up of ordinary people who care about their communities, their families, and their province and are looking for new ways of governing that looks beyond the wisdom of the last century, towards an ecological wisdom that understands that whatever we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Desire for change

As I talk with people I am hearing a common theme: they are tired of the "same old same old" when it comes to politics in British Columbia. It appears to most that the NDP will form the next government -and so we will swing back over to the left. Back and forth, back and forth. Yet little seems to improve.

The other common theme I hear is that people are tired of the bickering and slamming of one party by the other. They want to hear something positive for a change.

I am happy to offer positive solutions that involve working cooperatively with the other parties for the sake of our province. That bring high-quality jobs back to our local communities. That balances the interests of companies, unions and especially the majority of us who aren't either.

It appears that this election will bring about some surprises. Given that people are now aware that Greens are electable (Elizabeth May, whom increasing numbers of people are respecting) the notion of voting Green this time around seems a lot less like "throwing away" their vote.

The reality is that the only "wasted" votes are those not cast at all. In the last election that was about half of the eligible population!  By seeing the Greens as a viable and positive alternative to the usual way of doing politics maybe these folk will show up on May 14th and change Victoria!