I’ve never participated in a Council of All Beings. Not yet.
Councils of All Beings were designed by proponents of “deep ecology” to give people a direct emotional experience of their profound connection with the rest of the natural world. Deep ecology holds that the world was not made for human exploitation, that all its features have intrinsic value, and that our most urgent task is to re-discover our proper place among the life-forms that share this green and spinning planet.
We recently posted our interview with Bunker Roy, the founder of India’s Barefoot College, and an educational thinker of ruthless robustness. He won’t educate people who have been spoiled by formal education, and he doesn’t think highly of men as students, either.
I’m happy to see that my recent book is getting some attention. A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the CAnada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was published last September. Here’s a nice little Q&A that Halifax writer Richard Levangie does with recently-published authors: http://seventhestatepr.com/blog/2011/01/26/459/
And here’s a short but lovely review by Dale Kirby, a professor of education at Memorial University of Newfoundland: http://post-secondary.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-book-on-canada-millennium.html#comment-form
The book has also been noticed in University Affairs, the house organ of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, here: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/building-a-strong-foundation.aspx
It’s not exactly a natural best-seller, but it’s pleased a lot of readers and it’s good to see it drawing a little attention.
The Green Interview is on the air! Segments of the interviews are being broadcast over the educational services of Mount St. Vincent University. That’s Channel 333 on Eastlink Cable anywhere in the four Atlantic Provinces of Canada, and over the air on ASN (the Atlantic Satellite Network).
I am standing atop a narrow ten-storey building in downtown Trois Rivières, Québec., gazing out across the immensity of the St. Lawrence. My companions include Rémi Tremblay, a senior administrator at the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, and Jeanne Charbonneau, who heads a social enterprise known as Vire-Vert.