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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 68 :: Convergence of OneEarth Living and Voluntary Simplicity

    The impetus for this podcast came when TCGP cohost Lee Van Ham was one of the presenters at “Seeking Simplicity: A Workshop for the Soul and the Planet,” hosted at St. Paul’s Cathedral in January, 2016. The search for simplicity, not austerity, can get us closer to using only the capacities of our one planet instead of several. Yet, just what simplicity is varies widely; what size fits you? And does your size fit the planet?

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    Episode 67 :: Raising Up the Common Good & Living More Simply—Two Components in Earth-Size Living

    Hear cohosts Lee and Jerry comment on multiple themes comprising the common good, and the common people for whom those themes are a primary activity of their lives. It could be that the cohosts learned more than anyone else from the 2015 podcasts. They certainly increased connections to the people interviewed.

    Jerry and granddaughter Eliana

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    Episode 66 :: Dan Swanson: What's Trending in Jubilee's Paradigm-Shifting Mission

    In this episode, a conversation between Dan Swanson and Lee Van Ham while they are participating in a border immersion in Nogales, Sonora (Mexico) peaks into what’s trending in Jubilee’s paradigm-changing mission.

    To begin with the border immersion itself, it’s important to note that it was a pilot venture by SCUPE (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education), Chicago, as they seek to shift their pedagogy into modules conducted at various hotspots for ministry. Nogales is a hotspot for border crossings and deportations. So after two days of visiting many sites that hold the dynamics of the border, serving meals to deportees and listening to their stories, our hearts were opened to think in new ways about what kind of ministry and service make sense in this volatile, transformative context.

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    Episode 65 :: Mel Lions: Why Food Choices Are Our Best Portal to Making Differences Ecologically

    Mel Lions, program manager at Wild Willow Farm and devoted educator, on how we can best create alternatives to the destructive practices of industrialized agriculture and factory farming.

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    Episode 64 :: Paul Canavese: Why the Pope's Encyclical and US Visit Matter

    Paul focuses on the impact of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical and the Pope’s visit to the US, specifically on 1) alternative economics, 2) the creation crisis and 3) voluntary simplicity.

    Then Paul provides input on how small organizations like his, Jubilee Economics and Simple Living Works! can keep the pope’s momentum building. We talk some about his new educational resources.

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    Episode 63 :: Judie Lincer, Naturalist Educator for SDCaN

    Judie Lincer has taught preschool-high school for over 25 years, is a Naturalist Educator and a board member and co-education lead for SDCaN, San Diego Children and Nature. She works as a Program Manager on various projects around the county that are designed to bring Schoolyard Science Lessons into schools.
    One main emphasis of the programs she leads is to empower teachers to use the outdoors to engage children in science, enhance their scientific- inquiry skills and to inspire and develop an appreciation of the environment and ecosystems in San Diego County.
    Judie also is a Naturalist Guide for SD Audubon and leads 4th grade curriculum-based hikes at the Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary in Lakeside, as well as hikes for Outdoor Explore!-an after school program that takes children on hikes in nearby nature.
    Judie has a lifelong passion for sharing her love of nature with all.

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    Episode 62 :: Jeff Lincer: Heroic Efforts to Manage Habitats of Endangered Species—Are They Succeeding?

    Scientists continue to speak out on the ecological crises we’re in. Jeff Lincer, our guest on this podcast, is one of them. The signature on his emails includes two quotes that tell us quickly what he’s about.
    “Ecosystems are not only more complex than we think, they are more complex than we can think.” Frank Egler
    “It is reckless to suppose that biodiversity can be diminished indefinitely without threatening humanity itself.” Edward O. Wilson

    He’s a principle at Lincer & Associates, LLC, a woman-owned business, and president of Researchers Implementing Conservation Action. He’s also Research Fellow, San Diego Zoological Society (Institute for Conservation Research) and Research Associate, San Diego Museum of Natural History.

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