Be the Change Weekly Community Update August 20, 2021

Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence
by David Korten
This is a longer read but provides deep insights into the transition to a livable future. It can be freely shared. Read the full paper here.
“Continued human viability depends on Emergency action to stop the damage, facilitate Earth’s healing, and advance the Emergence of an Ecological Civilization. Successful navigation of the essential transition requires the maps of an eco-nomics to guide us in fulfilling our essential needs while simultaneously fulfilling the distinctive responsibilities of humans within Earth’s community of life.
~ David Korten

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm
Celebrating Our Stories!
Grange Audubon Center

Simply Living is excited to co-sponsor a series of Environmental Justice Talks organized by Columbus Stand Up! as part of the Ohio Climate Justice Fund’s Listen. Lead. Share. campaign. Columbus Stand Up! will host four environmental justice conversations at Colonial Village apartments, and in Southfield, Mt. Vernon, and Linden, in order to hear the community’s needs and challenges around living healthy and safe lives. The first event will be Sunday, August 22, from 2-4 p.m., at the Barnett Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3434 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43227. We’ll highlight the range of benefits that environmental justice and clean energy will produce, including quality jobs, equity, and economic opportunity. Please join us for free food, drinks, and important conversation about environmental justice in your own neighborhood. RSVP here:

Simply Living is proud to be one of a long list of co-sponsors for the Columbus Justice for All Rally on August 28 at 1 p.m. at the intersection of North High St. and North Broadway. The Columbus event is part of a statewide Justice for All day of action along Route 42 from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Full list of sponsors and registration here.

On this anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic March on Washington we welcome the participation of all justice groups! We are highlighting the intersections of all six pillars of justice: Social, Environmental, Political, Economic, Racial, and International. This includes the need to pass S. 1, the For the People Act, and S. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Time is running out for Congress to pass these two critical voting rights reform bills. Sign up here:

The New Corporation: The Unfortunate Necessary Sequel
Film + Q&A Sat-Sun August 28-29
Co-Sponsored by Simply Living and the
Ohio Community Rights Network

Sunday, August 29, 2021, 2:00 PM EST
Join us for the live Q&A following the film with Move to Amend Outreach Director, Greg Coleridge
Greg Coleridge
The New Corporation ​reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiraling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to Covid-19 and racial injustice, the film looks at corporations’ devastating power. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future.

The link and password to view the film will be sent out Saturday, August 28. The film will be available for a 24 -hour period before the Q&A, which starts promptly at 2:00 pm EST on Sunday the 29th. Free. Donations appreciated.

See the preview here. Register here.

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“As long as you have a system that is based on the rationale that if you are making money you are thereby making a contribution to society, these financial rogue practices will continue.”
~ David Korten

SWACO Presentation and Tour of Landfill
Monday, September 13 10 am – 11:30 am


Simply Living is organizing a field trip to learn about SWACO’s current operation of the landfill and their vision for a future “circular economy” in central Ohio. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Landfill where are questions will be answered by SWACO staff.

Arrive at SWACO by 9:45 AM for 10:00 AM start time.
Where: SWACO Resource Center, 4149 London Groveport Road, Grove City, OH 43123.

Field trips are approximately 60 – 90 minutes in length, beginning with a 30-minute presentation in the SWACO Resource Center and concluding with a tour of the landfill site.

We can accommodate up to 40 people. While on the bus/van, windows will be open to allow for ventilation. Masks are required for people in the van or on the bus.


Simply Living seeks Financial Administrative Consultant

Simply Living’s wonderful bookkeeper is moving into retirement, so we are now hiring a new Financial Administrative Consultant. Please see the job description here and share this with anyone who you think would be a good fit.

Author Talk with Paul Robinson:
Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 7 pm

Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?, explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. We will meet at the Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214.

The event is free to all. Donations are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living. REGISTER

Simply Living Expanding Sustainable U Offerings
Jeff Sharp, former chair of the Simply Living Board and current chair of the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, has volunteered to lead a discussion course on Voluntary Simplicity. The 6 week EcoChallenge course is based on the book: A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World. Start date is Wednesday, September 29 at 7 pm. Details and location forthcoming.

More EcoChallenge courses are planned. Learn more about them here.


Noetic Leadership: The Art of Applied Intuition
Friday, August 20, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Claire Lachance, will discuss techniques for applied intuition with author, academic, and intuitive consultant Dr. Helen Stewart and leadership scholar-practitioner Alan Briskin. More info and registration link here.

AUG 21 AT 11 AM EDT – AUG 22 AT 7 PM EDT
Franklin County Fairgrounds 4100 Columbia St in Hilliard
Come out and show all the local food trucks some love and enjoy a great weekend! We will offer our standard menu as well as some sample sizes for you to try several different flavors! Details and band lineup here.

Tune in Fri, Aug 20, 5pm #GrassRoot_Ohio radio, 94.1FM & streams @; Sun, August 22, 2pm on 92.7/98.3 FM & streams @ Details and FB here.
Carolyn Harding (host) with Kim Mann and Jonathan Welle, organizers of the Cleveland Solar Cooperative, a multi-racial, multi-class cooperative business that finances solar projects. It allows local residents with as little as $50 make an investment in solar, joining with fellow community members to envision, develop, and own the project. CSC promotes an energy system built, guided, and owned by those who use it.

Java Central is located at 20 S. State St. in Uptown Westerville. Friday nights always draws the local musicians for an Open Mic.
Internationally acclaimed trumpeter/singer/band leader Byron Stripling returns to us – and with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Bobby Floyd!

Gramercy Book Club discusses Ash Davidson’s Damnation Spring 
Monday, August 23 at 7 pm Live Streamed on Zoom
Debut author Ash Davidson will join Gramercy Book Club participants after the discussion of her novel, Damnation Spring, an epic and immersive story of a Pacific Northwest logging town wrenched in two by a mystery that threatens to derail its way of life. Nicole Dutton, Editor of Kenyon Review, will moderate the group discussion and interview with Davidson.
“An impressively well-turned story about how environmental damage creeps into our bodies, psyches, and economies.”
– To read the full starred Kirkus Review click here!

Tue Aug 24th 11:30am – 1:30pm
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) will be hosting a virtual public meeting to discuss the potential impacts of petrochemical manufacturing, pipelines, and supporting infrastructure on environmental, safety and health conditions in local communities and on global greenhouse gas emission inventories and targets. More here

Music on the Lawn Features Red Healer Band (feel good folk soul)
Tue Aug 24th 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Food truck is Comida El Catrin
More info on the library’s Music on the Lawn series here

Reconnection Ecology on NEXT Economy LIVE
Referred to as the missing link among current ecological approaches, Reconnection Ecology focuses on the need for an unflinching assessment and reprioritization of our personal and professional life choices based on deep connection with other living beings. When we base such introspection on two very different but equally important sources of information: proven scientific research and our own personal experiences with nonhuman life, we’re more able and willing to take effective action that supports a healthy, thriving Earth.

Reconnection Ecology moves us beyond a task-list view of environmental activities to a more permanent, joyful, sustainable lifestyle and philosophy. More info, registration link, and upcoming conversations here.

Honoring the Summer: August Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, August 25th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (15 participant maximum)
We take time out to appreciate all the wonders that Nature brings. With a few simple yoga poses and breath work, we join and align with the rhythm of the Labyrinth. Facilitated by Joy Lawrence, LMT & yoga instructor
Suggested Donation: $5
Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Please wear comfortable shoes. Everyone is welcome! No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required.
Registration, required, closes three business days prior to the program or when capacity is reached. Please register by calling (614) 866-4302 or GO HERE.

The GEO Climate Change Book Club Examines Climate Poetry
Thu Aug 26th 7:00pm
More info and registration link here.
Register now on the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) Book Club webpage

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Your Money or Your Life workshop

Did you miss the live event? Listen to the Recording of Aligning the Spirit of Living and Money with Randall Loop

Here are links to the YMOYL (Your Money Or Your Life) resources available now.
YMOYL Spirit & Money Introduction Book Companion Package $9.00 The 7 Session Pre-Recorded Self Study Course $59.00! A portion of the proceeds are donated to Simply Living if you purchase these resources.

Did you miss the Free Press Cyber-Salon last Saturday?
Watch the recording here.

Have you tuned into Vicki Robin’s podcasts on


Rushkoff is the author of Team Human, one of our Simply Living Book Club selections. Listen to the podcast here.


Vicki Robin (listen here) is the host of What Could Possibly Go Right? as well as the author of two books, the international bestseller, Your Money or Your Life (more on that from Randall Loop’s work to align the spirit of living with money), and Blessing the Hands that Feed Us (2014). She’s helped found the Center for a New American Dream, Transition Whidbey, the Conversation Cafes, Sustainable Seattle, the New Road Map Foundation, and more. She serves on the Board of the Post Carbon Institute (publisher of Her home is on Whidbey Island, Washington, where she works to strengthen regional food systems.

Recipe from One Bite Wellness

These nachos don’t follow the bell curve to the top. Oh no, they are at the tail end in the small, exceptional A+ pool. What makes them more amazing than ‘average’ nachos?

They are, perhaps surprisingly, dairy-free. They are also a good source of fiber, thanks to those black beans, AND they utilize cilantro, rather than more salt, to create a tasty and craveable meal. Ready to give it a try?

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: that’s up to you, it fills an entire sheet pan 

1/2 bag of organic tortilla chips
1 cup black beans, canned
1/2 cup of salsa
1/2 bag of Violife shredded cheddar
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp jalapeño, diced (optional)
Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread tortilla chips on baking pan and top with black beans and non-dairy cheese. Place in oven and bake until heated through and cheese has started to melt, about 6-7 minutes. Serve immediately with toppings of salsa, cilantro and other desired toppings such as diced jalapeño. Enjoy! Get more recipes from Adrienne Ramos here.

Using Food Labels to Avoid GMOs: An Eater’s Guide A Greener World
There are many reasons why you might want to avoid genetically modified organisms, more commonly known as “GMOs.”  Most consumers have concerns about the long-term health impacts. Other questions one might ask in the face of this new technology: What do GMOs do to our ecosystems, the independence of our farmers, and the rights of consumers to decide what to put in their bodies? Use this Guide to navigate the maze of issues, labeling, certifications, and more. Read the blog here.

Kevin Harris, “NBQ” on display at the Ohio Art Council’s exhibit
SHIFT: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Riffe Gallery through Oct. 9, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Fri. Noon – 5 p.m., no appointment required.
More info and interactive links here.

Call for Free Sump Pumps – Clintonville Project Area 1 – Blueprint Columbus
Ryan Foshee <> Greenspot contact shares this program and asks us to spread the word. Don’t know about sump pumps? Watch the video and be happy you don’t need one. If you have water in your basement, this is a deal! Sign up for a FREE sump pump today.  Go to or give us a call 614-645-1253.  To qualify for a sump pump:
1.       The home must be a duplex or single family home;
2.       The home must not already have a sump pump (regardless of functionality); and
3.       The basement cannot be finished.
Is your location eligible? Use our interactive map to check your address.

Are Natural Sweeteners More Sustainable?

Using a natural sweetener may be healthier than using refined sugar, but is it also better for the planet? Let’s look at the environmental footprint of four popular sweet options to find out. more…

Are Compostable Products the Best Choice?

Do you know how to dispose of compostable packaging? The guidance to consumers is often incomplete or confusing. Learn why these products require careful sorting. more…

Landscaping Techniques To Cut Home Energy Use

You’ve sealed your home’s air gaps and you keep the thermostat down; how else can you reduce energy use? The type and placement of trees and other plants can make a difference. more…

Join us in September for our virtual Foundations of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication Training. This four-week, online foundations training is perfect for people new to Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or refreshing their practice with the basics. Plan to meet from 3-5pm every Sunday starting on September 12, 2021. Details here.
Simply Living’s newest business member helps businesses create effective websites. Starburst Media is based in Columbus and serves clients worldwide. More here.

The Columbus Free Press Network includes two awesome community radio stations! 94.1 and 92.7 / 98.3
Listen on your radio or online anytime!
Meet the DJs of WCRS! Saturday, August 28 from 2 – 11 pm!
More info here. Tickets here.

October 7&8! Plan Ahead to attend this celebration of 25 years of Yes! Media
This event is pay-what-you-can so that cost won’t be a barrier for anyone to attend. We’ll ask for donations when you register and at the event, so please, if it works for you, give what you can to help cover the costs of the event and support YES! into the future. More info here. Register Now

Farm Aid 2021 is coming in September. More here.
This mixtape includes all of the artists performing at Farm Aid 2021.
Take a listen and start getting excited!’s new 2 minute video explains how the Federal Reserve finances the Big Banks fossil fuelish investments here.

An economist says that essentially more for you is less for me, but the lover knows that more for you is more for me, too. ~ Charles Eisenstein

Tom and Jocelyn offer eco-conscious and award winning service in Clintonville.


Columbus on the Cheap
Good, Cheap, Fun

Holistic Horticulture is practiced by Simply Living’s newest member.
Check out Wes Williams and the landscaping services he offers:

Mega Weekend
Columbus Food Truck Festival, Screen on the Green, and More!

Find some fun this weekend. Photo by Quang Anh Ha Nguyen from Pexels

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Help a Dough Mama team member through a tough time. Here are some coffee trailers and trucks to find. Enjoy your weekend!

Music & Nightlife & Comedy

Quan Howell of Native Tongues.
Club Lincoln welcomes Native Tongues!
The Deal Breakers perform at Columbus Commons on Thursday.
Hear Low Key Actually Great at Land Grant.
Watch some old time fiddlers gettin’ down!
Old Crow Medicine Show plays ExpressLIVE!
Amber Falter & Babe Roar Present: The Guest Room—A Comedy Show. Queer femme dance party Hot Flash! happens at Double Happiness.
Dance at Damn Girl! Enjoy the Avenue for All Festival on Parsons Ave.

Fun Things to Buy and Eat

Which food trucks will you try? The Columbus Food Truck Festival returns Saturday and Sunday with a new location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Saturday is the last day to have Sassafras Bakery.
Shop the rose bredl popup at the shed.
Shop the North Market Night Market.
Enjoy the Columbus Food Truck Festival this Saturday and Sunday at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
Shop some new things for the home at Bliss Home Market.
Try some brews at Lancaster Brewfest.
Shop the German Village Makers Market. Shop Sneaker Freaks.


Screen on the Green shows ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks fro Everything, -Julie Newmar’ on Friday night.

The Columbus Symphony performs in parks all weekend.
Scrawl Crawl is happening this weekend.
Watch The Secret Garden performed at Schiller Park.
Watch the original Jurassic Park at Gravity.
Enjoy watching To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, -Julie Newmar.
Check out a multi-media show at The Vanderelli Room.
Explore the African Village Arts Festival.


Wild Goose hosts The Queer Renaissance.
Studio 35 has a special Friday the 13th Jason Lives event with the actor. Enjoy the City of Grace Block Party.
Senate candidate Morgan Harper holds an event downtown on Saturday. The Body Refinery opens.
Columbus Crew SC takes on Seattle. Try a cave yoga class.

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Capitalism and the market are presented as synonymous, but they are not. Capitalism is both the enemy of the market and democracy.
~ David Korten

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter 
edited by Connie Hammond (pictured above).
Email to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Saturday, August 28, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Justice for All Rally.On this anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic March on Washington we welcome the participation of all justice groups at our Rally here in Columbus! We are highlighting the intersections of all six pillars of justice: Social, Environmental, Political, Economic, Racial, and International. This includes the need to pass S. 1, the For the People Act, and S. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Time is running out for Congress to pass these and other critical bills, such as the budget and infrastructure bills, that continue to bend the arc of justice. The Columbus event is part of a statewide Justice for All day of action along Route 42 from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Rain or shine. Co-sponsoring groups include: Our Revolution Central Ohio, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO), 513 Impact Coalition, Columbus Socialist Alternative, Columbus Stand Up, Crazy Faith Ministries, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, End Poverty Now!, Faith in Public Life, Freedom BLOC, Greene County Voices, Kalyan Foundation, League of Women Voters Ohio, Ohio Council of Churches, Our Voices Together, SEIU, Local 1, Southern Ohio, Simply Living, Social Justice Committee – IACO, SPAN Ohio, Students for Gun Legislation.  Location:  Intersection of North High Street and North Broadway (Clintonville).  Register here

Saturday, August 28, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Academic Freedom in Palestine: A Conversation with Imad Barghouthi.  Join Scientists for Palestine, as we speak directly to Imad Barghouthi, renowned Palestinian astrophysicist, father of five and Professor of Plasma Physics at Al Quds university (West Bank)! Prof. Imad Barghouthi was recently released after nearly a year of administrative detention. After his arrest on July 22nd, 2020, he was held in jail for several weeks without charges. After already spending many weeks in administrative detention, he was eventually charged on the basis of his Facebook posts. Prof. Barghouthi then spent the next several months in administrative detention, away from his students and family, awaiting trial. Prof. Barghouthi’s arrest came at great cost to him personally, and academically. Happening mere weeks before the semester started, many students were left without a teacher and/or mentor. Scientists for Palestine’s international campaign demanding Prof. Barghouthi’s release was joined by thousands of scholars worldwide, including Nobel laureates and Fields medalists. We now have the privilege of hosting Prof. Barghouthi’s first interview after his finally being freed. Join us to hear first-hand about what it is like to be a professor in Palestine, the infringements of the Israeli occupation on academic freedom and the enduring determination of Palestinian academics to overcome them.  Register here

Sunday, August 29, 2021, 2:00 PM. Screening and Discussion.  Democracy Film Festival: The New Corporation.  The New Corporation ​reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiraling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to Covid-19 and racial injustice, the film looks at corporations’ devastating power. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future. More on the festival series here Link to the trailer here. When you register using the form below, you’ll gain access to our film screening and live Q&A with Move to Amend Outreach Director, Greg Coleridge. We’ll send a link and password for the film by Saturday, August 28, which will be active for a 24-hour period to view the film. Please watch the film before the Q&A on Sunday, August 29 at 2 pm EST. You will also receive a Zoom link for the Q&A that is unique to you – so please don’t share it. If you haven’t had the chance yet, please consider making a donation of $5 or more at All proceeds will be shared equally with Simply Living and OHCRN. Thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please contact us at This event is hosted by the Ohio Community Rights Network and Simply Living.  Register here

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 6:00 PM.  Community Conversations – Franklin County.  As Ohio begins to open back up and pandemic restrictions are lifted, there are still heavy concerns on protecting ourselves, access to reproductive health care, housing, food security, racial justice and more. We want to hear from you! What are the critical issues you face? What does your community need to help everyone thrive?  Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio & Ohio Women’s Alliance for a *virtual* community conversation to discuss safety, security, and essential needs to improve the conditions in your community. We are holding space to come together and deepen our relationships to determine how to use our people power, share resources, and fill the gaps to push our state forward!  Register here

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 7:00 PM. Central Ohio Voted to End Gerrymandering — Let’s Get to Work!  Hosted by Fair Districts Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause Ohio and ACLU Ohio. “In 2021, the state legislature and the newly created Ohio Redistricting Commission will create new congressional and state legislative districts. Join us on for a discussion about what to expect in Ohio and specifically in Central Ohio. Find out how to pressure the mapmakers to create fair districts. Moderated by Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio, Statehouse News Bureau.” Register HERE

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 8:00 PM. Powell’s Books Presents Thom Hartmann – The Hidden History of American Healthcare.  In his new book, The Hidden History of American Healthcare (Berrett-Koehler), popular progressive radio host Thom Hartmann reveals how and why attempts to implement affordable universal healthcare in the United States have been thwarted and what we can do to finally make it a reality. For-profit health insurance is the largest con job ever perpetrated on the American people — one that has cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives since the 1940s. Other countries have shown us that affordable universal healthcare is not only possible but also effective and efficient. Taiwan’s single-payer system saved the country a fortune as well as saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling the country to implement a nationwide coronavirus test-and-contact-trace program without shutting down the economy. This resulted in just 10 deaths, while more than 500,000 people have died in the United States. Hartmann offers a deep dive into the shameful history of American healthcare, showing how greed, racism, and oligarchic corruption led to the current “sickness for profit” system. Modern attempts to create versions of government healthcare have been hobbled at every turn, including Obamacare. There is a simple solution: Medicare for all. Hartmann outlines the extraordinary benefits this system would provide the American people and economy and the steps we need to take to make it a reality. It’s time for America to join every industrialized country in the world and make health a right, not a privilege.  Register for the zoom meeting here

Saturday, September 11, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Since we aren’t getting together in person, we can gather for a couple hours on the second Saturday night of each month. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 839 0659.

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