Sunday, March 21, 2010

I like this definition of globalization

globalization, the radical intensification of flows of capital,
people, services, expertise, goods, texts, images, and technologies around the world
and across national and regional borders.
Hull et al.: Youth, Risk, and Equity

I need to digest this.

modern cultural ethos-which some have called cosmopolitanism-
does not acknowledge living well in a particular
place as a condition of what philosophers have always
considered to be the good life. Instead, the modern ethos
privileges mobility, acquisitiveness, and status as the essentials
of a happy life.. The difference between a happy life and a good life
is the difference between lives governed principally by ethical
deliberation and lives governed principally by pleasureseeking.
I According to Wendell Berry, in the modern era
people [began] to live lives of a purely theoretical
reality, day-dreams based on the economics of
success. It was as if they had risen off the earth
into the purely hypothetical air of their ambition
and greed. They were rushing around in the clouds,
"getting somewhere," while their native ground,
the only meaningful destination, if not the only
possible one, lay far below them, abandoned and
forgotten, colonized by machines. (1989, p. 66)"

Sense of Place Among Rural Youth in Appalachia
Craig B. Howley, Hobart L. Harmon, and Gregory D. Leopold

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another awesome-sounding conference for people wanting to merge the social scienes with ecology!

SAVE THESE DATES! >> April 20-23, 2011 - 1st announcement

XVIIIth International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology

Human Responsibility & Environmental Change: Planning, Process, and Policy

MonteLago Village Resort - Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - April 20-23, 2011


Take part in a diverse international and interdisciplinary gathering in the beautiful landscape of southern Nevada, a retreat-like setting, and a short drive away from the excitement of Las Vegas.

First Call for Participation will be sent out within two weeks.

Suggestions from all areas of human ecology - theory, education, research and practice - are welcomed.

Program suggestions can be mailed to Conference Committee via email to:


Monday, March 8, 2010

Quote of the Day

I feel a little lame that lately I've been posting things other people said, but some people are just more eloquent than me.

"One person can make a difference and every person should try"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Quote of the Day

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. –-Jane Addams