Getting Real

After a fruitless couple of hours trying to figure out how to get a playlist from my MacBook Pro into my iPhone so I can use it for my yoga classes tomorrow, I signed up for a One-on-One session at my local Apple store next week. In the meantime, I will have to resort to the old familiar technology of popping a CD into the player. Which reminds me (good word, remind) that I don’t want to ever become so dependent on my electronic tools that I can’t chop wood and carry water should the day arrive that simple tools of survival are necessary.

Along comes a new (and gratis) chapter to Richard Heinberg’s The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality. This Extra gets up close and personal. I plan to read and absorb it, especially the part on what to do with one’s money, and I recommend you do also. Yes, investing in my local community is part of my action plan for the future. Food, done. Energy, next.

Last week, David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World, did an Opinionator piece for The New York Times that offers a lot of information about how Crowdsourcing is making it possible to invest in clean energy. It is worth your attention, whatever your level of income. I have re-quoted the final quote by Billy Parrish of Mosaic elsewhere:

“If we are going to solve this problem (the environment)…We need to build a propositional movement, not just an oppositional movement. We’ll need to tap into people’s enlightened self interest.”