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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Community

Why is Collaborative Decision Making Effective for Problem Solving?

Today on the blog we take a case study from Building Community by James Gruber focused on participatory decision making processes. Many people may question why this problem solving process is so important when we elect and hire leaders to make decisions for us.

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Interview with Marlene G. Fine and Fern L. Johnson, authors of Let's Talk Race

Today’s blog features an interview with Marlene G. Fine and Fern L. Johnson, the authors of the just-released book Let’s Talk Race: A Guide for White People.

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Better Talk

Let's Talk Race: A guide for white people by Marlene G. Fine and Fern L. Johnson confronts why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to own this problem, and how we can learn to do the work ourselves and stop expecting Black people to do it for us. Today on the blog, we take an excerpt from Chapter 6: Better Talk, in which Fine and Johnson suggest some guidelines to help white people better navigate conversations regarding race.

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Principle I: Practice Adaptive Leadership and Co-Management

Today we share the first principle from James Gruber’s new monthly series on the twelve guiding principles for building a healthier community. The series provides specific practical actions and tools from Building Community for local community leaders who are successfully confronting these challenging problems and are working with their communities to find solutions.

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It's All About Community

Today James Gruber, author of Building Community shares the story of Mill Hollow, the community where Gruber’s journey to writing his book all began. This story reminds us how a community can extend beyond one locality and be nurtured virtually.

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Interview with Zach Loeks author of The Edible Ecosystem

Today’s blog is an Interview with Zach Loeks, author of The Edible Ecosystem Solution: Growing Biodiversity in Your Backyard and Beyond featuring our winning giveaway question.

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Edible Laneways

Today Zach Loeks, author of The Edible Ecosystem explains why edible landways are a simple and effective way to manage a garden on small properties and homesteads. The concept is this: focus your fruit, berry and herb planting along a single bed beside your driveway or along a fence line.

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Why People Should Maximize Their Yards With Gardens and Edible Landscapes

How could a 25 square foot yard be transformed if it was turned into a garden? That was the first question Zach Loeks asked when he began writing his newest book, The Edible Ecosystem Solution: Growing Biodiversity in Your Backyard and Beyond.

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How We've Been Spending Our Time at Home

With all this extra time we have, the New Society Publishers team has been keeping busy while staying home. For many, December is typically filled with social gatherings, busy shops and holiday rush. However, this year looks different for most people, with less holiday hustle and bustle and more time spent at home. So we wanted to know, what does our team do with their free time?

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This Holiday Season, Choose Vision Over Planning

The holidays are typically characterized by meticulous planning, busy social schedules, and lists of presents to buy. However, with all that’s happening right now, we likely find ourselves with more free time, clearer agendas, and perhaps less money to purchase gifts. Today we use Kumar's outlook on elegant simplicity, and how being open to the present moment can offer a deep feeling of abundance.

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When Not to Use Technology for Connection

For many of us, using social media has become a key tool in staying connected. However, many people feel that it can be even more isolating and draining. In The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, Christina Crook examines the implications of a technologically focused life and the dynamic possibilities for those longing to cultivate a richer on- and offline existence.

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How to Support Local Without Spending Money

On Buy Nothing Day, we want to celebrate small businesses. But can we support them without spending money, even as they struggle to keep their doors open? Is that even possible?

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How to Communicate Your Non-Defensive Positioning Statement

In Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide, Erica Etelson introduces and explains techniques of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (PNDC) to help navigate conversations in a way that fosters understanding. In the following paragraphs, Etelson describes how to use a positioning statement to open up a conversation where each party knows where the other one stands.

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Intrinsic Hope: Opening up to Painful Emotions

With the US election upon us, we turn to the book Intrinsic Hope for inspiration, as it feels we all need a deeper source of hope right now and Kate Davies expresses so well the importance of accepting our emotions, as a way to open our hearts and move into a place of transformation and action.

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Please Touch the Books, The Legacy of New Society Publishers

We are celebrating 40 Years of Publishing Books for a World of Change and we are honoured to have today's post from Judith Plant, New Society Publishers cofounder, and Publisher Emeritus, sharing with us her story of how a meeting at a book table changed the trajectory of her and partner Chris (Kip) Plant's lives.

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