How to Create a Better, Fuller, and Happier Life… in One Weekend.

As we all spend countless weekends trying to encapsulate the pleasure of our “American Freedom” in the space of two days; just to start over on Monday, we often wonder if things will ever change.

Once in a long while we will experience a weekend that changes us, it may be skydiving, river rafting, an epiphany-like sunset, or even finding love.  All of these were opportunities that we had to get out and act upon.

One of the wisest things I have learned is that little changes often have the biggest impacts in our lives; another thing was to not prejudge an experience before I have openly experienced it.  These two little wisdoms may give you the chance to change your traditional weekend experiences, and seek a place you haven’t been before. A place that culminates the multitudes of life changing possibilities, an environment teeming with open doorways to opportunities you may not have known existed. That place is the Green Festival. (Click the link to find Dates and Locations)

Life speeds up as we get older; I offer the possibility that this is true when we have gotten really good at the same routines. Attending the “Green Festival” is a chance to break that cycle, to slow it down, open up the mind and listen, learn, and enjoy the entertainment of brilliant and impassioned people sharing their life improving activities and wares.

Most of us unconsciously quest for that innocent enchantment we had as kids, that boundless sense of excitement that we felt when something new was coming our way.

The “Green Festival” captures the very essence of adventure and rejuvenates that childhood sense of joy. It is nothing short of magic that has the potential to positively transform your life. Every person there has a story to tell, lessons to share, practices to teach and the talents & wisdoms to guide life choices that help you enhance your finite and purposeful time on this amazing but struggling planet.

Some of you may wonder what this has to do with “The Finding Finite Project” and the answer is: Everything! Having everyone understand the importance of changing the way we do things while reaching them in a positive way is at the very core of the project. This isn’t an advertisement; it’s my way to honor the efforts that the festivals organizers have made to make this event happen and to ensure that you get to experience such an enriching opportunity. I am further honored to be a writer, when I can share a gathering point of fantastic people and a collective of such great importance.

The intangible power of community is that it brings together people that are experiencing different things and going about those things in different ways. That is the routine breaking wonder of diversity, and whether it’s your local neighborhood or this incredible gathering of dedicated trailblazers, solution experts, and master storytellers; they offer you the truest opportunity to increase your quality of life and abundance of health.

As you explore the festivals many arenas of interests, it may be that quick chat with a guy from a gardening co-op that triggers just enough curiosity for you to start a garden that enriches your health and creates a rewarding family time, or that women that seems to radiate as she shares Yoga practices, that motivates a change that brings your life an energy and health you didn’t realize was possible. This festival is the place to enjoy, enrich, and seed positive life enhancements.

I wholeheartedly endorse and suggest this event. I can promise one thing with absolute surety, if you attend this event with an open mind, take the time to look around and converse with the amazing people there, you will leave with an enhanced outlook and a bolstered motivation to live better.

A “Time Out” for Jeremy

If we don’t have time to recognize those fellow humans that make our world a better place, what are we doing with our time?

As time is our most valuable and temporary asset I humbly ask you for the time it will take for you to share an attempt to recognize someone that is exceptional and has positively change your world even if you don’t know he exists.

I have started the Facebook page:  Let’s get Jeremy Gilley nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and Ask you to spread the word about it, or if you fit within the “who can nominate criteria” please consider nominating Jeremy Gilley for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Both of the above areas are hyper linked to their respective destinations.

The Facebook page was made to ask our global community to get Jeremy Gilley nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It would be a great impact on all of us, giving Jeremy the inroad to a lot more positive change.

Looking through history’s volumes of change we find sediments left behind by a great many amazing humans, few have ever made as much positive impact for peace as Jeremy Gilley. Future generations will see the evidence time has given to illustrate his real contributions, as for now it seems obvious for the few that understand comparative mathematics.1 out of 365.

With nearly 7 billion humans on this planet, 1 (Jeremy) has lead us to capture 1 day of peace out of 365 days in the year.  Leaving 364 for the rest of the 7 billion… Enough said!

A link to Jeremy’s TED talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_gilley_one_day_of_peace.html

Educational List – Informational Source (repost w/additions)

Informational Source - No poetry or philosophy this time, just the insights you may get from the resources listed.

You may want to save this list, I will update it as I find more or see that I have missed something, my own research wasn’t this organized.

I hope you get great use out of it, and if I can advise a little something: even if you don’t get how big a deal this all really is, please trust that by investing the time to read and watch all of this, you will be far more informed about what you need to prepare and how you can help others.

A small warning about this stuff, some of it can deliver significant concern. Doom is not the answer here, it’s important to self-manage the effects of this stuff so that we can turn our future into opportunity rather than dismay.

Initiatives, groups, networking sites to join

  1. Transition San Diego – local site, few members, little activity, but may become good
  2. Transition in Action – very good site!
  3. Transition in Action – Group page, (Please join once a member of the site)
  4. The Finding Finite Project – (Blog) Please Subscribe and collaborate
  5. The Finding Finite Project – (Facebook Page) Please “like”
  6. Transition Network – Large international network of transitional people and information

Reading list and research materials (This list is a summarized collection of information- primarily on the “energy” portion of our problem)

  1. Energy Resources and Our Future: Speech delivered 1957 – USN Admiral Rickover – talk about a guy ahead of his time.
  2. Lester Browns “Plan B -4.0” Fantastic work.
  3. Kinsale 2021- an energy descent action plan- don’t let this one fool you, their assumption of 2021 is based on their educational/degree program. They have some great information though
  4. Robert Hirsch Report US Department of Energy – This is one of the ones that’s really important and you should download and save it before somebody claims it to be a threat to N.S.  This report is as dry as most government analysis, but the “key” language is the point. 2 things to pay special attention to. 1. Is the “time needed to mitigate” and 2. Is the “reason” there isn’t accurate data on extraction.
  5. Transitional Primer – by the Transition Network
  6. SEI- Energy in Ireland 1990-2008 – 2009 report – Ireland is fantastic with realistic engagement of the problem.
  7. SEI – Energy Efficiency in Ireland -  actually a different report but more figure intensive
  8. Impact Report
  9. Rob Hopkins Dissertation – A good information, he references almost everything, if your game – you can check out all of his corresponding references.
  10. C.J. Campbell – Another good source is to jump around the hyperlinks in Wikipedia you can search from this page.
  11. C.J. Campbell – The coming Oil Crisis – this story also has some references worth checking.
  12. The Kyoto Protocol
  13. David Ehrenfeld -the coming collapse of the age of technology
  14. Mendeley Library – hundreds of documents and studies of interest
  15. Energy and the Common Purpose David Flemming
  16. Winning the Oil Endgame /Lovings & Datta
  17.  The end of cheap oil by CJ Campbell and Jean Leahhare
  18. Giant Oil Fields – The Highway to Oil: Giant Oil Fields and their Importance for Future Oil Production / Original writer’s kind of a dick, but his end conclusions and adoptions from the two guys CJ- are on par – used as Devil’s Advocate
  19. D & D Meadows “the limit to growth” Lots of stuff on the web, but the book isn’t a PDF
  20. FORRESTER “World Dynamics” AND “SYSTEM DYNAMICS” multiple documents on this link, the ones by Forrester are solid.

The Documentary/Video List: A lot of these can be found on Netflix if you have it, if you don’t, I think they offer a free trial.  I believe Netflix is a great resource for information and entertainment. A lot of the video’s you can find for free online at the various website links that are provided. The TED website is a fantastic source of its own; don’t hesitate to look through their other videos.

I can also send you other sources if you let me know.

IDN – (Instant Download on Netflix) TH – (TED website Hyperlinked) *– one of my favorites YT – (YouTube HL)

  1. 1.       An Overall View
  1. 2.       War, Peace, Politics, and Religion
  1. 3.       Economics         
  • Trading on Thin Air (IDN)
  • Inside Job – (Available at Netflix Mail)
  • An Inconvenient Tax  (IDN)

  • 4.       Water                  
  1. 5.       Food     
  1. 6.       Environment & Biodiversity      
  2. *TED Talk Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development (TH)
  • America’s Lost Landscape (IDN)
  • American Experience: Earth Days (IDN)
  • Frontline: Heat (IDN)
  • *Dirt! – The Movie.  (Available at Netflix Mail)
  • The End of the line (IDN)
  • Frontline: Poisoned Waters (IDN)
  • Everything’s Cool (IDN)
  • Life Running Out of Control (IDN)
  • Milking the Rhino (IDN)
  • Six Degrees Could Change the World (IDN)
  • *The 11th Hour – Available on Netflix – Mail
  • The Inconvenient Truth (Available at Netflix Mail)
  • Climate of Change (IDN)
  • Colony  (IDN)
  • Designing a Great Neighborhood (IDN)
  • Frontline: The Spill (IDN)
  • Big River (IDN)
  • The Ecological Footprint                (IDN)
  • Radically Simple (IDN)
  • Homo Toxicus (IDN)
  1. 8.       Other Beneficial Information to Understand
  1. 9.       Energy 

CANCER: Burzynski (IDN)

A Clarification of Vision

The posts on this blog travel from philosophy back to intention and everywhere in between. There is a method to it and I hope you will collaborate. I also hope you can stick with it long enough to see the big picture, the one where you will see the complex connection to what we are doing, where we are going, and the routines, traditions, and behaviors that got us here. Perhaps then we can choose a different path, because we are not heading in a sustainable direction.

The project is interconnected with most of our human and planetary issues.  The projects primary focus is helping our civilization become aware, understand, redirect, and prepare for the transitional age before we run out of time and the resources to do so.

The entire project was born from the understanding that our civilization will soon endure a transitional event, its duration and severity will be determined by the preparedness of its inhabitant and will affect every one of us.

The interconnected factors of our environmental carrying capacity and the diminishing energy resource that supports its current ability to supply, creates an overshoot that makes such an event inevitable.  

There is a universal question that appears whenever someone finds this information and it is based in: When? The universality of this question is human nature; it’s based in our fight or flight mentality.  The answer to this is complex, but to simplify and share an understanding of urgency, the “when” is right now. The data shows us being past the point of “seamless transition” or non-adverse redirection. It’s happening all around you and is not as tangible for some as it is for others.

As things tend to evolve, the plans may change method but the objective will always remain intact. The project will grow with this path, and if it has to change or assimilate into another’s structure, then so be it. The objective is its primary importance, not its founder’s ego.

The Finding Finite Project as a whole is made up of several efforts:

  • The writing of the book(s) and manuals
  • The design & development of the governing dynamics for neighborhood villages
  • The initiation & development of a national network of neighborhood villages

The writing of the book(s) and manuals:

The first of three books is titled “Finding Finite”.  This book is a collection of facts, philosophies, and illustrations that, while addressing many different concerns, it will ultimately share the interconnected nature of our human direction, momentum, and common transitional destination.  It is the explorative journey from the perspective of a person who started with an individualized focus and ended with a globalized outlook. Taking the life experiences and insights of a world traveled quest to seek answers, pose questions, then finding a destination of purpose by illustrating the incongruent way our civilization is living.

The second and third books are titled “Understanding Finite” and “Living Finite” and will attempt to act as an evolutionary model. These books will further investigate the link between the value of our life’s time and how we choose to spend it. These books will further explore and identify the ways we can all live within the finite nature of things, fully embrace life’s treasures, seek lessons, and accept realities. It promotes the practice of living through acceptance, compassion, gratitude, and the knowledge of choice.

The manuals: These handbooks present themselves through the writing process and are categorized in many perspectives and forms, e.g. “operational” or “how to” manuals and documents.

The design & development of the governing dynamics for neighborhood villages:

The governing dynamics of any simple or complex managed system is always a challenge; however, our present ability to use past civilizations historical lessons is of great benefit. We will first breakdown the existing structure into a basic universal perspective, then identify and understand the generalized needs of all humans and their environments ecological interdependence. Once the balanced elements of “need” become apparent, we can design a system that is culturally infusible and allows the diversity of our civilization to be an empowering adaption to the overall design.

All cultures will have to make some sacrifices in traditional and nontraditional lifestyles to accommodate the sustainability of the overall system. The base structure will evolve into a homogenous interaction at the network level.

We intend to resource many universities, faculties, and their student bodies to assist with the design and implementation. A variety of “Beta Test” style projects have been addressed with a number of sociology departments. We also intend to involve the present government at some level.

The initiation & development of a national network of neighborhood villages:

We will start the development in more than one way. There are existing efforts, groups, and movements that support this kind of program. We will have our own initiatives, as well as align with the others that share similar purpose. We feel collaboration is not only the way to be successful with a project of this scope, diversity, and importance, but also inherently fitting to the interconnected nature of our global population.

This initiation will start with the development of core groups. Taking the community garden culture and transforming backyards. These core groups can be the neighborhood bonfires that radiate connectivity, sharing, community involvement and learning about its food source and our overall message of preparedness.