Offering Gifts: Novasutras and the Gift Economy
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Offering Gifts: Novasutras and the Gift Economy

In keeping with our commitment to ubuntu, Novasutras events and other content are provided on a gift economy basis. Right now, we rely on small money donations from individuals to keep our website operational, to host online and in-person events, and to pay basic expenses.

When all the world is a gift in motion,

Liberation + Interdependence = Ubuntu
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Liberation + Interdependence = Ubuntu

In the United States, the 4th of July is a day set aside to celebrate independence from tyranny. While independence (in the sense of liberation and autonomy) is valuable, it leaves us with an incomplete story.  As participants in life on Earth, we are not, and cannot ever be, fully independent. So July 4th is

Earth Day 2021: Sources and Springs of Climate Action
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Earth Day 2021: Sources and Springs of Climate Action

by Paul Schaafsma & Michelle Merrill

We are invited into partnership with the Earth in joyful co-creation and effective action for climate and habitat protection.

Learn more at our online Earth Day Event – Sharing Earth’s Abundant Gifts: An Earth Day Reflection

Today’s climate crisis and global biodiversity loss require us to reconnect with the …

Child Hardship Updates
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Child Hardship Updates

Novasutras Uplifters in the Child Hardship Fact Force are assembling information to help organizations in the United States come together and prevent the impending tragedies of eviction, hunger and homelessness that threaten millions of children. Paul Schaafsma has investigated levels of child food and housing insecurity associated with (but not caused by) the pandemic, as

A Pattern Language for Urban Nature – The Nature of Cities
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A Pattern Language for Urban Nature – The Nature of Cities

Paul Downton created this beautifully illustrated guide to thinking about cities and the ideas of urban nature. It shares a perspective that honors what we in Novasutras call agaya and ubuntu.

A book it references, A New Pattern Language for Growing Regions: Places, Networks, Processes: A Collection

Georgia’s Children Suffer from Our Failure to Enact a National Eviction Ban
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Georgia’s Children Suffer from Our Failure to Enact a National Eviction Ban

Children in Georgia face hunger and homelessness while the U.S. Senate continues its predictable paralysis.

The Georgia runoff elections may well determine whether relief comes to the millions of children going hungry and at risk of eviction. By the end of January, over one third of Georgia renters with children could be evicted from …