It is in community gatherings and traditions that I look to understand how we might be better at bringing communities together -- not just as part of a distant past, but in order to forge a new kind of future.
Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.
Nourishing the relationship between seed and land is critical to restoring sustainability. And by visiting Chubby Bunny Farm, I took a small but important step in feeling connected to the food and people that sustain my life.
I arrive in Cairo just before last week's protests begin. Traveling with a group of 38 tourists we land unwittingly amidst the uprisings, and proceed to spend several days moving just ahead of the mounting danger.
Investing in the arts has a longer time horizon of return and a greater positive impact for our GDP than one-off 'shovel ready' projects or any bailout. One wonders why our politicians aren't listening to these numbers.