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jpegJust a quick heads-up to let you know that the latest edition of Sublime Magazine is out. If you’ve not got around to reading a copy yet, then why not make this one your first. As ever, there are loads of interesting pieces in it, including the story of David de Rothschild’s desire to build and sail across the Pacific Ocean in a boat made from discarded plastic bottles.

For my part, I stayed at home and made an assessment of the progress being made half way to the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.

REACHING FOR THE STARS

In September 2000, the heads of state of some 180 countries gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Like the rest of us, they saw the millennium as a watershed – an opportunity to leave behind the regrets and unfulfilled promises of the Enlightenment and forge new aspirations. They wanted to tap into the hope that such moments in human history inevitably raise, and to map pathways towards the future that beckoned. What was acknowledged at the meeting was the stark reality that millions of people did not, indeed could not, share the optimism of the millennium. If the 21st century was to write itself a better history, then the world’s poor needed the hope of a future opening up for them. In response, those leaders voted to adopt the United Nations Read the rest of this entry »

img_4445The latest edition of the sustainable lifestyle magazine, Sublime, should be in the shops any day now.

In these turbulent economic times, the title of the current issue is perhaps a surprising one, GOLD – but as ever, the team at Sublime have opted to take this symbol for wealth and value and use it as a springboard to assess ‘the value we place on our systems, our common aspirations, on those close to us and ultimately on ourselves.

I was tasked with reporting on the growing interest on local currency and their links with Transition Culture – if you want to know more, then go out and get what is an excellent magazine. Here’s a taster:

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The latest edition of Sublime Magazine will soon be available. As ever, an informative and inspiring read, so do check it out.

For my part, I’ve been researching the global food crisis, which was both shocking and enlightening. There’s a few lines below to give you a feel, but do track down a copy of the magazine to read the rest – you won’t be disappointed!

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We have almost certainly reached a tipping point in human history. If it hasn’t happened already, at some stage in the near future, probably in a developing country, a family will leave their rural life behind and travel to a nearby town or city seeking a brighter future. At that moment, more than half the world’s population (3.3 billion) will be living in urban environments. But this ‘moment’ is simply part of a continuum that has been taking place for millennia. Though many long-established urbanites may still have a sense of wanderlust, (and accepting that millions still live on the land as subsistence farmers), the fact is the history of humankind is one of ongoing settlement and Read the rest of this entry »

Sublime InnovateThe latest edition of Sublime Magazine is currently on the shelves, so do check it out.

As ever, it’s an eclectic mix of interviews, features and reportage all flowing from a concern for sustainable and ethical lifestyles, and this month shaped around the theme, ‘Innovate’.

As for my contribution, I’ve pitched in an awareness raiser on the subject of Microcredit. There’s a taster below, but given that Sublime is a business, you’ll have to buy the magazine to read it all.

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What micro-credit has tapped into, and proven time and time again, is that those who live close to the poverty line are just as entrepreneurial as anyone else. What they lack isn’t skill but opportunity. Charity remains a vital need, especially in times of crisis, such as flood and famine. But charity is not an answer to poverty. Indeed, many have argued that it simply allows poverty to continue and Read the rest of this entry »

issue7sub.jpgThe latest edition of Sublime Magazine is out (click on magazine preview). It’s an international lifestyle magazine, so if it isn’t in a newsagents or bookstore near you, then bother the manager and get them to stock it as it’s an excellent read.

The latest edition is all about New Energy and covers the obvious – articles about renewable energy and eco-sports cars – and the not so obvious – a peice about personal physical, emotional and spiritual energy. There’s also a fascinating look back to the oil crisis of the 1970’s, articles about contemporary architecture and fashion, and a rare interview with Radiohead.

Personally, I was requested to produce an overview of the renewable energy industry, an abstract of which is below:

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issue6home.jpgThe guys over at Sublime Magazine have produced yet another thought provoking edition of their international ethical lifestyle mag. If you haven’t read a copy yet, then do check it out, you won’t be disappointed. The latest (first anniversary) edition has taken the theme, Love Your Enemy, and includes an article I wrote for them about conflict resolution, of which I’ve posted an extract below . . .

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Sublime CoverSome of you may have seen reports about the residents of New York City being encouraged to ditch their addiction to bottled water and drink the municipal tap water instead.

Well, aways wanting to be on the pulse, the new edition of Sublime magazine hits the shelves in the next few days and it caries an article I’ve written all about the bottled water industry.

If you’ve not read a copy of Sublime before, then you’re missing out. It’s an ethically-led, bi-monthly international lifestyle magazine with some great content. Each edition is based on a theme, and this upcoming edition is all about our relationship with water.

Though I discuss the environmental impact of the bottled water industry in the article, much of the content is given over to a small group of independent producers who plough their profits into providing water for communities in developing countries. I had particular support from an inspirational business woman, Katie Alcott, the founder of FRANK Water

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