Airplane’s Eye View

I remember once flying over Iowa and looking down to see a small town below. It was a cluster of cars, buildings, and asphalt. To me it was small, and we’d passed over a couple like it already. A cluster here, a cluster there. But I knew, on the ground, things were different. It was…
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The Future Is Bleak

Yesterday’s video was incredibly optimistic. Today’s…not so much. This is actually a hard video to pay attention to because the presentation isn’t very good. I’ll sum up the points though. Paul Gilding argues that humans have met capacity on the planet, that we, in fact, need 1.5 Earths just to meet demand. To those who…
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The Future Is Bright

Well, at least according to the guy in this video, the future is bright, anyway. And I want to believe him. It’s tough, though, as he acknowledges, because we’re bombarded with so much negativity. I’ll take this one step further and even suggest that many people didn’t want to hear this good news. If you watch…
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Making Some Waves~~~~~~

The piece that I featured here last week, “The New Bigotry”, was picked up by the website, The Good Men Project! In it, I argue that though we’ve moved past a lot of racism, sexism, and homophobia, we now need to focus on another source of fear, anger and the like: those who think differently.…
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The Next Bigotry

The last few weeks I’ve written about the changing dynamics of our communities. For a few reasons, the city and the neighborhood just aren’t as important to people as they once were. But, they still are the places we call home, and we need the cohesion among those near us to make our lives safe…
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Published Piece: A Look At The Critics Of The Susan G. Komen Foundation

I know this has gotten a lot of press, and I had hesitated to put this on my blog due to its controversial nature. But I’m putting myself out there and hope you appreciate the effort: ) If nothing else it’s very honest, and at best it may lead to a better understanding of each…
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Come Together

Last week I talked city with the mayor. This time I reel it in to address our neighborhoods. The unit we call our neighborhood is changing. I’m trying to figure out how; and I’m following my gut by taking the first steps toward an idea I’ve had since arriving here last summer. After getting back…
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Your City And Neighborhood Aren’t What They Used To Be.

Who are the people in your neighborhood? No, really. What can you tell me about them? When most of us were kids, we knew our neighbors. But these days it’s a different story—for a couple reasons. 1.) Globalization: The script of settling down in your twenties in a neighborhood with like peers is changing. Someone…
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New Plateaus’ 1st Book!

After eighteen months of writing about humanity and my experiences abroad, I’ve deemed it time to assemble a book (and an eBook) of my writings while living in China and traveling Asia. This time proved extraordinarily fruitful with insight regarding: poverty—why are the impoverished poor and the rich, rich?; education—what are colleges in China like?;…
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Mr. Ferdig Goes To City Hall

Just before Christmas, I visited the mayor’s office here in Minneapolis. You ever visit your mayor? You might want to try it sometime. 🙂 Here’s what happened, and here’s a post about advocacy, those who advocate, and the process of seeing policy change. It all started when a friend of mine got a traffic ticket.…
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