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    The Common Good Podcast
    A Production of Jubilee Economics  

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    Why do we produce TCGP? Because as an economy shaped by corporations and capital has gone global, the common good has more often suffered than benefitted. AND because the OneEarth economy we talk about (we often call it jubilee) is irrevocably committed to the common good.

    Begun in 2010, by Lee Van Ham and Ed Lucas, The Common Good Podcast (TCGP) is now directed by Lee Van Ham with Jerry Iversen as producer and co-host.

    Episodes feature conversations with people who are growing in the consciousness of living a OneEarth economy, meaning that they search for choices they can make daily to best fit their lives into the abundance of our one planet home. Interviewees talk about their workplace, congregation, organization, or personal lives.

    We interview people who we believe are contributing substantively to Earth’s full community of life — people who seek to live with sufficient rather than excessive incomes, who believe in democratic distribution of power, who seek right relationships between all species, and who work for healthy, balanced eco-regions. This OneEarth worldview is, we believe, infused with the sacred as expressed in diverse spiritualities.

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    Episode 61 :: Pope and Pando: An Encyclical and a Conference on Reversing Climate Change 

    John B. Cobb, Jr.Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, on the day we pre-recorded this podcast. Many reviews, affirmative and critical, are already appearing online. Study guides will follow in the months ahead. In the Fall, 2015, Pope Francis will address the U.S. Congress and the U.N. General Assembly. How great will be the impacts of the encyclical? Much depends on whether users, Catholics and all others, maximize or minimize it.

    This podcast does not, however, major in the Pope’s encyclical, but in a conference called “Pando Populous: Seizing the Alternative”—an int’l event on thinking that gets us to an “ecological civilization.”

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    Episode 60 :: Christle Balvin -- Extreme Drought Teaches Value of Water for the Common Good

    Christle Balvin at the Pasadena Community Foundation’s “LOCAL HEROS” event with (L to R) Darryl Dunn, general manager of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, and Michael Beck, City Manager of Pasadena, California (Photo by Herb Shoebridge at Christle Balvin deepens our understanding in this episode of how California is and is not prepared to manage a coherent response to water shortages across California as the state wide drought continues into the 5th year. Christle helps us sort out the following:

    1. Separating fear and panic from the real concerns we have about water across the state.
    2. The preparedness of the water boards to establish clear guides for all sectors of California’s economy, cities, rural life, etc.
    3. The exceptions being given to industrial agriculture and fracking in the early restrictions: Are these simply caving to economic powers or are other factors also involved?
    4. What longer term solutions do you consider vital to how we steward water?
    5. Religions of the World, including First Peoples, regard water to be sacred, not to be commodified. How can such a worldview be part of long term solutions?

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    Episode 59 :: Doug Clegg: Why Some Artists Avoid the Entertainment Industry

    With ticket prices to concerts up in the stratosphere, at least for the high profile artists, is it true or false that the artists we listen to in parks, subways, coffeehouses, street fairs, churches, and bars are inferior? Or are they intentionally sharing their art from their heart with us, preferring to meet people where we are instead of being part of the high-end venues? What kind of art best serves the Common Good? Our guest this time speaks to some of these questions. He’s following his call to be an artist for change, and an artist who wants to be with the people in common settings.

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    Episode 58 :: Veronica Lozada: Lawyer Defending Common Person vs. Powers in Mexico

    It’s noble, right, and good spiritual practice to defend ordinary people being marginalized by great powers. And it’s dangerous! Recent reports of both the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and Amnesty Int’l speak of the challenges and dangers in the Americas to all who defend human rights. “In Latin America and the Caribbean it is increasingly common to see human rights defenders facing unfounded accusations and unfair detentions. It is of the utmost concern that the authorities are failing to stop the misuse of the justice system as a means of repression,” said Nancy Tapias Torrado, Amnesty Int’l. Talk with any human rights attorney. They can tell you about the calls received in the night; the threats to them and their family. How can we be in solidarity with these attorneys and strengthen them?

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    Episode 57 :: Marco Tavanti: True Sustainable Development Merges Local Wisdom with Justice-Based Resources

    Our guest today, Marco Tavanti, throws a lot of light on two words that have come to have a dubious reputation in some circles — “sustainable development.”

    What kind of development locally or internationally can truly be called sustainable? And what lessons have been learned that give us reason to believe that “sustainable development” is being re-imagined so that the common good is being served? Do listen to this episode.

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    Episode 56 :: Carol Watkins: Shared Housing – a Step Toward OneEarth Living

    In previous podcasts Lee has mentioned that he and Juanita, his wife, have moved into Shared Housing with Harry and Carol Watkins. This episode interviews Carol to get more details on how they came together, prepared for creating life together, bought a house this past summer, and then, in October, moved into their joint venture. As you listen, do ponder whether shared housing sounds to you like a step toward OneEarth living, AND whether it might be an option for you.

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    Episode 55 :: Larry Kurschner: Fixing the Electronic Waste Problem

    What do we do with our old cell phone, computer, iPad, television, sound system components, lightbulbs, and all the other electronic waste in our business and home? Do we know how to dispose of them safely? And just how toxic are they anyway? Larry Kurschner, Chief Executive Officer of Secure E-Waste Solutions, our guest this time, will help us know more about the rapidly emerging field of E-waste recycling.

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