Overlooking the Connecticut River Valley
Autumn colors in New England
The Floods of Knith
by Philip Ramsey
A new e-book from Noble Planet
The seasonal rains in the jungle forest of Knith are no different from those of previous years, but, for the first time in memory, the river is flooding its banks and threatening the homes of all the jungle's creatures. The rising water forces the mouse community from its thorn patch and even the big elephants discover that crossing the river's torrent is a surprising challenge.
Frankl, a very clever little mouse with a knack for solving mysteries, joins with his best friend, Billibonk the elephant, as they try to discover the causes of the flood and bring together the animals of the forest to find a way to tame the raging river.
Fundamentally, the story is about friendship, teamwork, diversity, inquiry, problem-solving, and resolving disagreements. All of this happens in the context of a mysterious environmental threat that spells trouble for everyone (sound familiar?).
This chapter book for children 9+ years (and adults) is a thrilling mystery and an engaging introduction to methods for solving complex problems. It will especially appeal to sleuths who love nature and are beginning to recognize the amazing web of interconnections that sustains our environment.
The e-book is available as a PDF for single users. A home school package allows use of the PDF on 4 computers/devices and includes tips for sleuths, two video clips by the author and an instructor's package, so kids can learn to identify and solve mysteries in their own neighborhoods, schools, and communities. A 20-user package, suitable for groups and classrooms, also includes the videos and instructor materials. A corporate package will be available September 2012.
Single-user PDF e-book, color illustrations, 131 pages, immediately downloadable .zip file, $9.00.
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Systems Thinking in Action Conference®
The Power Is in the Connections
November 12 -14, 2012
Downtown Marriott Hotel
The 22nd annual Pegasus Conference features keynote speakers Meg Wheatley, Peter Block, Peter Senge, Victor Garcia, and more. This is a reliably amazing gathering, year after year. Discounted rates for teams and K-12 educators.
The ALIA Institute
Journey of Transformation
From Authentic Leadership to Sacred World
ALIA Master Class
For the first time, the ALIA Institute is offering a master class in the practices and principles that are foundational to ALIA’s approach to authentic leadership and transformational change.
This two-year course will be a personal and shared journey of uncovering and practicing authenticity (connecting with fundamental human nature or “awakened heart”) in a way that leads to a more aligned and complete experience of the social and natural environment (the experience of sacred world). In this way, awareness-based practices create a foundation for going beyond the fragmentation that holds us back from expressing our full leadership potential and that is also at the root of our social and environmental crises.
Leading & Learning for Sustainability
with Peter Senge, Joe Laur and Darcy Winslow
November 7-9, 2012, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
A workshop for leaders and teams across all sectors who are passionate about making sustainability a core value in their organizations, supply chains, industries, and communities—while also enhancing the bottom line.
From the Daily Galaxy
Just to keep things in perspective
Massive New Supernovas Observed:Could They be the Destroyers of Life in the Universe?
This will devastate the market for aluminum foil hats. We are selling our collection for less than the price of the aluminum!
From the Daily Galaxy (also)
I knew this would happen--right out of Dr. Who. Previously more elusive than the Higgs boson, a sense of humor among particle physicists is now being tracked.
From the Telegraph
The article draws on the World Watch Institute's 2010 State of the World Report. We can see the train coming but will enough of us be able to step out of the way? And, start a "toy library" for your neighborhood.
Jeremy Rifkin's New Book
The Empathic Civilization
This book is worth a look. Rifkin questions the bases for older models of human nature, and suggests a new model based on neuroscience research into "mirror neurons"--a biological mechanism that may indicate that empathy guides our choices more than we realize.
A brief reading from a book, a clip from a lecture, sounds of the jungle, and who knows what else.
This first slot will be held for a lengthy period by selections from Thoreau. This is from the start of "Friday," the last chapter of A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers.
Mark Twain on "life's turning-points"
A short poem by Shelley