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A talk with Nan Ellin, author of Good Urbanism, about her six-step path for participatory solutions to problematic urban sites or situations, plus examples of where it has been put into effect; poem by Linda Hogan, plus a Dineh healing chant and their Way of Beauty blessing

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A talk with Michael Braungart, coauthor of Cradle to Cradle: Rethinking the Way We Make Things, about going beyond merely "doing less damage" to designing and making products and buildings that are "eco-effective" and enhance users and surroundings [braungart.com]; the Cradle to Cradle Certification program; poem by Wislawa Szymborska

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A talk with Sara Parkin, a founding director of Forum for the Future (London), former head of the UK Green Party, and author of The Positive Deviant: Sustainability Leadership in a Perverse World; also the Forum's pioneering M.A. degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development (forumforthefuture.org); also the recent shift to renewable sources of energy in Australia; poem by Dorothy Parker

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A conversation with Kenneth Gergen, author of Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community, about escaping our received concept of "the bound self" and realizing that we are selves constituted of and by relationship; on decision-making as coordinating relational dynamics; on conflict resolution as building relational bridges among multiple moralities; on the Taos Institute he heads to spread relational insights to various professions and grassroots groups [taosinstitute.net]; poem by Seamus Heaney

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