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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 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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    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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