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Happy 2014! Let us "Reimagine Investment for the Whole Human"!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, January 3, 2014, In : Global 

Tim Jackson talks about how the role of investment must be reconceived...

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"It's not an investment if its destroying the planet." ~ Vandana Shiva
Our ideas about financial investment have been fairly limited thus far. Investment has been all about maximizing financial return at any cost, even if that cost is environmental pollution, human dignity, or our moral compass. Our economy has focused narrowly on creating and s...
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OASIS Project: an urban farm at a church

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, November 28, 2013, In : Activities and Proposals 
OASIS PROJECT: The goal is to create an urban farm at a church

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was looking for a mission.
N.C. A&T (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University) was seeking real-world experience for its horticulture students.
UNCG professor Marianne LeGreco wanted to expand the Warnersville Farmers Market.
The Guilford County Department of Public Health wanted to bring fresh food to one of the city’s worst food deserts.
Matthew King...

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A certified community forest enterprise in Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 
This video tells the story of Ixtlán de Juárez, an indigenous community in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The community is operating its own forestry company and was awarded FSC certification in 2011. The video celebrates the success of the community and shows the benefits brought by FSC.
Certification has built confidence within the community and improved workers conditions with regard to salaries, social security and safety. Ixtlán has also developed impact assessment plans and enhanced th...

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Anávra. A Model village in Greece.

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, In : Environment 

Anavra (Greek: Ανάβρα) is a village and a former community in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. According to the census of 2001 the population of Anavra was 987 citizens. The village of Anavra is located on the West side of Mount Othrys, at a height of 900 metres above the sea level. Visitors will be delighted by the natural environment, with its dense vegetation and clear waters. The Enipeas river, which is a tributary of the Pineios, starts at the springs of Anavra and passes through the vi...

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Brené Brown on the Power of vulnerability (a brilliant, uplifting and funny TED Talk!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
The Power of Vulnerability!

Funny, insightful, brilliant, uplifting, scientific and humane...
Very very worth watching!

The Power of Vulnerability, a TED Talk, by Brené Brown (2010).

If you watch it, I'd love to know what you think and discuss it with you!
(please see the comment form below)

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Forests, health and climate change: what is the way forward?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Climate change 

Forests are essential to our survival and well-being. Forests clean our air, our water, our soil and they regulate our climate, amongst many other things. Trees and forests are not always associated with urban landscapes. However, there too they provide invaluable, often invisible, services. Simply by acting as 'green oasis' in our concrete jungles, they offer recreation and health services for many European citizens.

How many of us love strolling through parks and green spaces in cities, te...

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The Science Of Survival: Your Planet Needs You! (interactive exhibition)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Global 
I'd like to present a wonderful exhibition I visited recently. I enjoyed myself so much that I forgot I had just played like a child! I recommend that all Athenians go a.s.a.p.! 

Can you imagine what life will be like in the year 2050?
What will you eat?
How will you travel?
What kind of house will you live in?
With a changing climate and dwindling resources to deal with, we’ll need to get more creative about how we live, work and play to ensure that we and our planet survive.

The Science o...

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Today: some health tips!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
Here are some health tips, which I fished on the internet and thought they might interest you! 

1) The top 12 anti-asthma foods

2) Top ten health benefits of a good night sleep

3) 7 foods to beat common cold

4) Red fruits and vegetables

5) Top ten sources of vegetable protein

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The myths of sustainable consumption

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Activities and Proposals 

 The myths of sustainable consumption, by Alison Singer

Across the globe the concept of sustainable consumption is being touted as the way of the future, a change in lifestyle and values that promises “green growth”– economic growth that doesn’t hurt the environment. Though not without obstacles and controversy, this concept has been embraced by policymakers, consumers, and industry.

The idea is that, by providing consumers with a choice of products reflecting their new environmental...

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La Città dell'Altra Economia (Roma) (City of the Alternative Economy)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
The USD 7 million project to create an Alternative Economy City was completed in September 2007 and is the first place in Europe dedicated to fair trade, ethical finance, renewable energy sources, open communication, responsible tourism and resources recycling and reuse.

 The place hosts, beyond exhibition and documentary areas, 12 separate activities on a 3,500 square meters covered surface, with a 200 linear meters facade that opens out onto an external pertinence area of over 3 hectares.

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TEDxAthens 2012 - Lars Rasmussen - Never give up!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 
An inspiring speech, during the recent TEDxAthens event!
Lars Rasmussen - Never give up! (YouTube video, 15 min.)

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Restoring world’s forests proven to boost local economies and reduce poverty

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Forests & Land Management 

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN). A 5-year programme to restore forest landscapes in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has demonstrated their crucial role in creating jobs and boosting incomes for local residents.

Implemented between 2007 to 2011 by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) with the support of the Netherlands government, the Livelihoods and Landscapes strategy was designed to strengthen the resilience of forest landscapes...

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