Place is about community and change. Some places lead to collective action, either because they allow people to gather and protest together, or because they represent a struggle. When urban planning is done right, it can create opportunities rather than isolation. Public spaces like plazas and parks draw a diverse range of people, giving us opportunities to meet other people in our communities. Planners can involve the whole community in the design of communal places, and when they do, civic participation rises. Ask people to take responsibility for planning community spaces, and we do that in ways that make community more sustainable.
We look at the spiritual dimension of steampunk: a genre and aesthetic inspired by Victorian-era technology and social struggles. Steampunk’s rivets, boilers, clockwork, dirigibles, and gleaming brass-and-mahogany automatons inspire us to look again at our relationship with technology, while its deliberate subversion of Victorian attitudes towards women and empire provoke us to turn a critical eye on our own modern prejudices. We also discuss steampunk’s dangerous flirtation with cultural appropriation, even as it works to redress the legacy of European colonialism in a healthy and respectful way. Then Jeff leads us on his own journey into a steampunk-inspired inner landscape using the Steampunk Tarot by Moore and Fell, in which he works to deal with the stresses and conflicts arising from moving across the country to work on technologies that are breaking down the barriers between mind and machine.
We continue our in-depth review of John Michael Greer’s new book, Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology, with an exploration of the last three principles of spiritual ecology, as well as some intense discussion about magic and initiation from an ecological perspective. What can we learn from ecology as a “science of systems” about the deep spiritual truths that guide our lives? Why do Greer’s explanations of the Laws of Cause and Effect, Planes and Evolution miss out on some key insights? How does magic really work, anyway? We explore those questions and more in the second part of this exclusive FF&C Pro two-part special.
We take a look at John Michael Greer’s new book, Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology, with an in-depth review of his Seven Laws of Spiritual Ecology. What can we learn from ecology as a “science of systems” about the deep spiritual truths that guide our lives? How do we embody the Laws of Wholeness, Flow, Balance and Limit in our spiritual practice? We explore those questions and more in the first part of this exclusive FF&C Pro two-part special.
Melanie Griffin, a former National Director of the Sierra Club, joins Jeff Lilly in an exclusive interview to share some personal reflections on her experiences working in the environmental movement, exploring the ways that science, technology, the economy and social media has shaped the conversation about ecology and environmentalism over the past few decade, as well as what the future of environmentalism might hold as a new generation grows up with the global warming crisis.