KOSMOS LIVE Podcast | Judy Wicks, Engaged Business, Activism, and Local Economy

KOSMOS LIVE PODCAST SERIES Preparing for Profound Change

This podcast series, Preparing for Profound Change, explores the shifting global landscape and offers strategies for coping with what lies ahead. Economic turmoil, climate chaos, political upheaval – these may seem like forces to fear, but in fact offer us deep opportunities for transformation. Balancing a sober understanding of the of the collective challenges we face, with heart-centered response, calls for deep awakening by individuals, communities and societies. Our guests share their personal practices, strategies, and insights to help us manage our strong emotions and step forward to play positive proactive roles during these troubling times.

What skills, competencies and capacities will be most valued in the new world? How can our own inner practices keep us free from anxiety as we prepare body, mind and spirit for profound change?

Episode 4 –Judy Wicks, Engaged Business, Activism, and Local Economy

AVAILABLE to Kosmos Community August 4, 2017; Public August 15, 2017

Author and activist Judy Wicks is co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE, and an international leader and speaker in the local living economy movement. She is former owner of the White Dog Café, acclaimed for its socially progressive and environmentally responsible business practices.

…”the whole economy is out of balance. That there’s too much masculine energy, too much focus on efficiency and cost controls and so on. And nothing could exemplify this better than the factory farming of animals. And when you think about this, say, the hens, the battery cages of hens, the name of the game is how little can you give the hen? How little space, how little light and air, how little food and water, to produce the cheapest egg on earth. And there’s no feminine energy whatsoever in this system. It’s really … There’s no nurturing at all.

I think the most important thing about activism is to realize your own power, that every single person counts, and that’s how change comes. That we each take action in a way that we can, and that we build on that. And to think big, to dream big!

…if we can have a culture that respects and has compassion for animals, that that’s the ground floor of building a compassionate world, so that we as human beings can really find our place in the web of life and the family of life. Not as torturers and exploiters, but as lovers of life and of all species and of each other. So that’s my dream.

I think the number one thing that people can do is to buy local food and locally produced renewable energy and in doing this, in building local self-reliance, we get to know our community better. We get to know our farmers, our farmers markets. And I think there’s a joy in this.”

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Links for this Podcast

Judy Wicks’ Website
http://judywicks.com/

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
https://bealocalist.org/  

White Dog Café
http://www.whitedog.com/our-story/

In Kosmos Journal

Fall | Winter 2013
Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer
https://www.kosmosjournal.org/article/good-morning-beautiful-business/

June 24, 2016 Newsletter
Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power
https://www.kosmosjournal.org/news/building-a-local-peace-economy-we-have-the-power/

July 12, 2016 Newsletter
Hyperlocal Lending: Circle of Aunts & Uncles
https://www.kosmosjournal.org/news/hyperlocal-lending-circle-of-aunts-uncles/

Mentioned in this Podcast

David Korten
A leading critic of today’s global economy and champion of the term “Living Economy”
http://davidkorten.org/

Unilever purchased Ben & Jerry’s
https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_truth_about_ben_and_jerrys
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2000/04/the_scoop_on_ben_jerrys_sellout.html

Battle of Seattle against the World Trade Organization
https://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/exhibits-and-education/digital-document-libraries/world-trade-organization-protests-in-seattle
https://www.britannica.com/event/Seattle-WTO-protests-of-1999
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-globalization-why-seattles-1999-protesters-were-right/282831/

The Social Venture Network: Supporting and empowering diverse, innovative leaders who leverage business to serve the greater good
http://svn.org/

Greenpeace
Leading organization promoting solutions for a greener future through peaceful protest and creative communication
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

Standing Rock
An assembly of indigenous tribes and water defenders at Standing Rock Reservation in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline
https://www.standingrock.org/

Credits

HOST | Rhonda Fabian
EDITOR | Bridget Yachetti
WEB | Karen Andersen
This Kosmos Live series, Preparing for Profound Change, is made possible by Immediacy, leading creators of educational media for learners of all ages everywhere. And, by Kosmos Community, dedicated supporters of the Kosmos mission – transformation in harmony with all Life.