Ancient Futures

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Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692530627

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Page: 244

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A moving portrait of tradition and change in Ladakh, or Little Tibet, Ancient Futures is also a scathing critique of the global economy and a rallying call for economic localization. When Helena Norberg-Hodge first visited Ladakh in 1975, she found a pristine environment, a self-reliant economy and a people who exhibited a remarkable joie de vivre. But then came a tidal wave of economic growth and development. Over the last four decades, this remote Himalayan land has been transformed by outside markets and Western notions of progress. As a direct result, a whole range of problems from polluted air and water to unemployment, religious conflict, eating disorders and youth suicide have appeared for the first time. Yet this is far from a story of despair. Social and environmental breakdown, Norberg-Hodge argues, are neither inevitable nor evolutionary, but the products of political and economic decisions and those decisions can be changed. In a new Preface, she presents a kaleidoscope of projects around the world that are pointing the way for both human and ecological well-being. These initiatives are the manifestation of a rapidly growing localization movement, which works to rebuild place-based cultures strengthening community and our connection with nature. Ancient Futures challenges us to redefine what a healthy economy means, and to find ways to carry centuries-old wisdom into our future. The book and a related film by the same title have, between them, been translated into more than 40 languages."

Ancient Futures

Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World

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Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781578051625

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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A gripping portrait of the western Himalayan land sometimes known as “Little Tibet,” Ancient Futures opens with author Helena Norberg-Hodge’s first visit in 1975 to idyllic, preindustrial Ladakh. She then tracks the profound changes that occurred as the region was opened to foreign tourists and Western goods and technologies, and offers a firsthand account of how relentless pressure for economic growth precipitated generational and religious conflict, unemployment, inflation, and environmental damage, threatening to unravel Ladakh’s traditional way of life. Energized by the fate of a people who had captured her heart, Norberg-Hodge helped establish the Ladakh Project (later renamed the International Society for Ecology and Culture) to seek sustainable solutions that preserve cultural integrity and environmental health while addressing the hunger for modernization. Since then, other Ladakh-based projects have proliferated, supporting renewable energy systems, local agricultural methods, and the spiritual foundations of Ladakhi culture. The author’s new afterword brings readers up-to-date on the work of these projects and on her own career over several decades as she traveled widely, observing similar impacts on other cultures. She challenges us to rethink our concepts of “development” and “progress,” stressing above all the need to carry ancient wisdom into our future.

Ancient Futures

Learning from Ladakh

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Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780871566430

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

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Describes the land and culture of Ladakh, a remote region of India that is trying to protect itself from the effects of rapid modernization, and relates the author's experiences while visiting this Himalayan people

Bringing the Food Economy Home

Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness

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Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge,Todd Merrifield,Steven Gorelick

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842772331

Category: Agricultural industries

Page: 150

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If the many social, environmental and economic crises facing the planet are to be resolved, a good place to start is to rebuild local food economies. This title shows how a shift towards the local would protect and rebuild agricultural diversity, along with many other benefits.

A Journey in Ladakh

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Author: Andrew Harvey

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618056750

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 242

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Now considered a classic among readers interested in Tibetan Buddhism and pilgrimages of the spirit of all kinds, A Journey in Ladakh is Andrew Harvey's spiritual travelogue of his arduous journey to one of the most remote parts of the world--the highest, least populated region in India, cut off by snow for six months each year. Buddhists have meditated in the mountains of Ladakh since three centuries before Christ, and it is there that the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism is still practiced today.

Anthropology, Development and the Post-Modern Challenge

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Author: Katy Gardner,David Lewis

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745307473

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Through detailed case studies and the issues raised by them, Gardner and Lewis outline key social issues and problems of development, and conclude that anthropological perspectives can contribute positively to development policy and practice.

From the Ground Up

Rethinking Industrial Agriculture

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Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge,Peter Goering,John Page,International Society for Ecology and Culture

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781856499941

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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Modern industrial agriculture is in crisis. In our obsession with 'efficiency' and short-term profit, we are losing all real connection with the natural world. As a result, the dream of global abundance promised by the introduction of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and hybrid seeds is becoming a nightmare of health risks, degraded land and ailing communities. The way we produce our food is destructive and quite simply unsustainable. From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture sets the decline of agriculture within the broader context of industrialisation as a whole, and explores some of the fundamental principles which underlie the 'growth-at-any-cost' thinking of modern society. At the same time, it documents the growing public distrust of conventional agricultural practices, and highlights some of the most promising alternatives leading to more sane, environmentally healthy ways of producing food. This book is a valuable reference for those concerned with the future of agriculture - in the industrialised countries as well as in the South, where agricultural development continues to be modelled on the industrial ideal.

The False Promises of Constructivist Theories of Learning

A Global and Ecological Critique

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Author: C. A. Bowers

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820478845

Category: Education

Page: 152

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In "The False Promises of Constructivist Theories of Learning: A Global and Ecological Critique, "C. A. Bowers examines why constructivist-based educational reforms fail to take into account these current critical issues: the deepening ecological crisis, globalization, and undermining of the world's diverse cultural commons. Special attention is given to the ethnocentrism and Social Darwinism that created the foundations for the ideas of Dewey, Piaget, and Freire. Also considered is how the neo-liberal promoters of economic globalization share their taken-for-granted assumptions. Additionally, Bowers explains how teachers in different cultures can contribute to the revitalization of their cultural and environmental commons without engaging in the cultural imperialism that characterizes constructivist approaches to educational reform.

Rethinking Globalization

Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World

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Author: Bill Bigelow,Bob Peterson

Publisher: Rethinking Schools

ISBN: 0942961285

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 394

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Presents lessons and activities covering the topics of social justice and globalization.

Religion and Healing in Native America

Pathways for Renewal

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Author: Suzanne J. Crawford O'Brien

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 222

View: 9999

"This book explores religion and healing in Native America, emphasizing the lived experience of indigenous religious practices and their role in health and healing. Crawford brings together firsthand accounts, personal experience, and narrative observations of Native American religion and healing to present a richly textured portrait of the intersection of tradition, cultural revival, spirituality, ceremony, and healing. These are not descriptions of traditions isolated from their historical, cultural, and social context."--BOOK JACKET.

Ladakh

Crossroads of High Asia

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Author: Janet Rizvi

Publisher: OUP India

ISBN: 9780198079415

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Valued as a lively, readable, and reliable introduction to Ladakh and its people over the years, the current edition is a benchmark study of a society in transition in the early twenty-first century. Retaining the basic information from the earlier edition, the book documents the profound changes that have taken place since 1996, including the effects of the Kargil war.

Hunger and Shame

Poverty and Child Malnutrition on Mount Kilimanjaro

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Author: Mary Theresa Howard,Ann V. Millard

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415916135

Category: Medical

Page: 271

View: 5847

In discussing the moral and practical dilemmas posed by the malnourished children in Mount Kilimanjaro, the authors explore the shame associated with child hunger in relation to social organization, colonial history and global economy.

Becoming World Wise

A Guide to Global Learning

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Author: Richard Slimbach

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 9781579224981

Category: Education

Page: 238

View: 1141

As world travel is growing exponentially, “alternative” travel has grown apace: from ecotourism, gap years, short-term mission trips, cultural travel-study tours, and foreign language study, to college-level study abroad, “voluntourism”, and international service-learning. This book is intended to help the new generation of ethical and educational travelers make the most of their international experience, and show them how to broaden their cultural horizons while also making a contribution to their host community. This book guides independent and purposeful learners considering destinations off the “beaten path” on connecting with a wider world. Whether traveling on their own, or as part of a group arranged by an educational institution, humanitarian organization, or congregation, this book will enable them to make their international encounter rewarding, authentic, enriching, and learning-oriented. This book draws on the author’s extensive travel and many years of guiding college students’ global learning. Richard Slimbach offers a comprehensive framework for pre-field preparation that includes, but goes beyond, discussions of packing lists and assorted “do’s and don’ts” to consider the ultimate purposes and practical learning strategies needed to enter deeply into a host culture. It also features an in-depth look at the post-sojourn process, helping the reader integrate the experiences and insights from the field into her or his studies and personal life. This book constitutes a vital road map for anyone intent on having their whole being—body, mind, and heart—stretched through the intercultural experience. Becoming World Wise offers an integrated approach to cross-cultural learning aimed at transforming our consciousness while also contributing to the flourishing of the communities that host us. While primarily intended for foreign study and service situations, the ideas are just as relevant to intercultural learning within domestic settings. In a “globalized” world, diverse cultures intermingle near and far, at home and abroad.

Ethics Across Cultures

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Author: Michael Brannigan

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

ISBN: 9780767424189

Category: Philosophy

Page: 520

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This new text/reader for Introduction to Ethics courses explores the rich ethical traditions of the West and the East.

Hunger and Shame

Child Malnutrition and Poverty on Mount Kilimanjaro

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Author: Mary Howard,Ann V. Millard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136049347

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 4906

In discussing the moral and practical dilemmas posed by the malnourished children in Mount Kilimanjaro, the authors explore the shame associated with child hunger in relation to social organization, colonial history and global economy.

The Story of B

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Author: Daniel Quinn

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307575234

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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The Story of B combines Daniel Quinn's provocative and visionary ideas with a masterfully plotted story of adventure and suspense in this stunning, resonant novel that is sure to stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Father Jared Osborne--bound by a centuries-old mandate held by his order to know before all others that the Antichrist is among us--is sent to Europe on a mission to find a peripatetic preacher whose radical message is attracting a growing circle of followers. The target of Osborne's investigation is an American known only as B. He isn't teaching New Age platitudes or building a fanatical following; instead, he is quietly uncovering the hidden history of our planet, redefining the fall of man, and retracing a path of human spirituality that extends millions of years into the past. From the beginning, Fr. Osborne is stunned, outraged, and awed by the simplicity and profundity of B's teachings. Is B merely a heretic--or is he the Antichrist sent to seduce humanity not with wickedness, but with ideas more alluring than those of traditional religion? With surprising twists and fascinating characters, The Story of B answers this question as it sends readers on an intellectual journey that will forever change the way they view spirituality, human history, and, indeed, the state of our present world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Our Creative Diversity

Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789231032820

Category: Cultural policy

Page: 309

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Ancient Futures, 3rd Edition

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Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 0692864245

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

View: 2777

A moving portrait of tradition and change in Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," Ancient Futures is also a scathing critique of the global economy and a rallying call for economic localization. When Helena Norberg-Hodge first visited Ladakh in 1975, she found a pristine environment, a self-reliant economy and a people who exhibited a remarkable joie de vivre. But then came a tidal wave of economic growth and development. Over the last four decades, this remote Himalayan land has been transformed by outside markets and Western notions of "progress." As a direct result, a whole range of problems--from polluted air and water to unemployment, religious conflict, eating disorders and youth suicide--have appeared for the first time. Yet this is far from a story of despair. Social and environmental breakdown, Norberg-Hodge argues, are neither inevitable nor evolutionary, but the products of political and economic decisions--and those decisions can be changed. In a new Preface, she presents a kaleidoscope of projects around the world that are pointing the way for both human and ecological well-being. These initiatives are the manifestation of a rapidly growing localization movement, which works to rebuild place-based cultures--strengthening community and our connection with nature. Ancient Futures challenges us to redefine what a healthy economy means, and to find ways to carry centuries-old wisdom into our future. The book and a related film by the same title have, between them, been translated into more than 40 languages.