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Jacob Devaney is Founder and Director of Culture Collective. As a creative activist, Jacob wears many hats including, web-designer, festival entertainer, pianist, media-maker, producer, and developer of interactive children's Ibooks. Chasing inspiration and participating in community service, working with youth, educators, and facilitating cultural exchanges have him continuously seeking balance in his many creative endeavors.
Jacob is a member of the Creative Activist community at Creative Visions Foundation.

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White Buffalo Day: Unity in a World Divided

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 12:06 AM

"The squeaky wheel gets the grease" is a good way to convey why we see so much war and division in our news yet hear so little about the many quiet miracles of peace and unity that are happening all over the world.

White Buffalo Day is a fine example...

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America, Israel, Prophets and Profit

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:40 PM

The American dream, born of the high ideals of democracy and separation of church and state, has struggled to live up to its own principles. Israel, a prophesied "Return to the Holy Land" and democracy in the Middle East, is another dream that is currently struggling to live up to its...

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We Refuse to Be Enemies

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:42 AM

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It is a common theme throughout the world that governments like to create war and the people they govern would rather live in peace. Traditionally, the "theater of war" requires the state to create some sort of "justification"...

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Key to Freedom, World Forgiveness Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:42 PM

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Forgiving others does not fix their mistakes. We forgive them to release ourselves from the heavy burden of holding grudges and carrying bitterness in our heart. It accomplishes something even greater than that. It allows us each the space to...

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#MakePeace, a Practical Solution to a World in Turmoil

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Sometimes the simple wisdom of an elder can echo in your mind for many years. In 1998 I was at an international gathering of indigenous elders called Belonging to Mother Earth. Each morning we drove through Camp Pendleton National Guard Base at dawn to participate in a traditional sunrise ceremony on...

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Honoring Sacred Sites, World Peace and Prayer Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:19 PM

June 19, 20, 21, 22 2014 -- World Peace and Prayer Days will take place in The Hudson Valley, New York in conjunction with a globally synchronized meditation with communities around the planet.

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All nations around the world honor sacred sites as places holding unique...

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Unify, an Emergent Global Culture

(4) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Humans share more in common than we usually realize but religious ideologies, cultural and national identities often cause us to be at odds with each other. In September 2012, I received a call from my friend Adil Kassam asking if I would write an article...

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A Moment Shared Around the World, the Collective Field

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:16 AM

... there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. -- Carl Jung

Amanda SageJung used the term "Collective Unconscious," which infers that there must also be...

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Permaculture: Changing the Narrative

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:10 AM

In ancient times our worldview was shaped by our relationship with nature and stories told around council fires. Today our world is shaped by stories shared through film and social media. We still live within the natural laws of ecosystems, but many have forgotten our important relationship with nature. Permaculture has solutions but the story is yet to be told on a mass-media level.

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Permaculture solutions often threaten dirty energy and environmentally destructive practices which doesn't allow for these solutions to have a voice on corporate media in the mainstream. This is why social media networks are so important. Each time we share, like, and support permaculture or other "solutions-oriented" media we are participating in changing the stories that shape our world. The world is ready for stories of healing, for new solutions to nagging problems and we are the crowd that is changing the narrative that is shaping our future world. This is the best place to learn more and get involved!

This blog originally appeared on Culture...

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Making Waves Across Our Nation and the World

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Our Supreme Court has decided that money is free speech, yet money is not free. Our elected and appointed officials have decided to use their public office to represent private interests dishonoring the integrity of the seats they hold. Our Congress on both sides of the aisle have continued to...

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Here's What Really Matters to Our Youth, Maybe We Should Listen

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 6:41 PM

How often are we inspired by the pureness of children and reminded about the essence of being alive? 13-year-old native Sliammon youth, Ta'Kaiya Blaney will knock your socks off in this short inspirational video for World Water Day.

"I can see clearly through the sentimental veil of...
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Veterans Celebrate the Constitution in St. Patrick's Day Parade

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:09 AM

2014-03-11-St.Pats.pngSt. Patricks Day is a drunken celebration of all things Ireland that falls right in the midst of lent. Few recognize it today as a rebellious holiday. Forgotten still are the days when Irish were sold into...

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We Are All Connected By One Body: Water

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:25 AM

2014-03-07-ScreenShot20140306at3.41.44PM.pngWhat we do to water, we do to ourselves and to all of life. It is the most simple and essential element of our existence, yet so easy to forget its importance. We must give ourselves the opportunity to fully connect with...

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Ukraine, Venezuela and Across the Globe: Mystical Activism?

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Let me start out by saying that the notion of meditating or praying to change the world usually annoys me for a number of reasons. As an American surrounded by people who are of privilege by global standards, and living in a country whose foreign policies are at the root...

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Fukushima: Why It Matters and Why We Don't Need to Panic

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:21 PM

2014-01-31-ScreenShot20140130at7.20.31PM.pngPanic is rarely ever a good idea because it closes down the brain with fear, can cripple creative responses, and generally causes people to not think straight. Denial is worse. Like it or not, nuclear power is everywhere. Some consider it...

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Spirit of MLK and Worldwide Wave, Hints of a Global Spring

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:51 AM

As we approach Martin Luther King Day, the words of this great man continue to speak to the generations in a timeless way.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. --Letter from Birmingham Jail

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Seed Power!

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:18 PM

The heart of a mighty tree resides in a tiny seed. The mysterious power of seeds pervades every aspect of life. Seeds can be literal, heirloom or GMO. They can be metaphorical seeds of deceit, healing, or justice sewn long ago and ready to sprout anew. Our relationship to planting...

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Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In, Taking a Moment to Unplug Over The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 4:39 PM

2013-12-17-ScreenShot20131217at3.16.06PM.pngTimothy Leary's "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" slogan first shared at The Human Be-In in 1967 has a completely different meaning in our highly technological, mobile, media driven society of today. We are so overloaded with information...

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eBay Founder Weighs in on Hacktivists, Opening the Door to Important Civil Discourse

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 7:30 AM

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and CEO of Honolulu Civic Beat, recently published a blog, WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age, which may be a beacon of light for those passionate about justice. The ideas are not new but the way he wraps them...

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Fukushima, Humanity's Defining Moment

(11) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:19 PM

Let's face it. Capitalism, with all its merit, lacks the ethical integrity required to responsibly handle technologies as potentially deadly as nuclear power. When you understand the facts, you will agree. Unfortunately, the facts have been buried by the very powerful financial interests making millions of dollars on nuclear power....

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