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This piece is also the prologue to my book "Permaculture Opera" available at, written to foster local conversations about WinWin resilience toward sustainable Climate Health, in our family development, our community ecotherapies, our national PositivEnergy democratic ecopolitical systems, and our Sacred Eco-Theological, muilticultural, life transformative planet.

I was skeptically listening to a retiring social researcher, and problem-solving imaginer, from the American Enterprise Institute; An Institute I usually find more destitute of bicameral consciousness than not, and thereby with less healthy resonant imagination than more pathological dissonance. But, I found myself agreeing with him. He is retiring, in part, because he is tired of preaching to a choir that has not yet learned the beginner's importance of listening to each others' voices for harmonies and what may sound off healthy key. He opined that this USA used to be a democratic space others, from other political and economic places, felt good about having around as a healthy beaconing neighbor. A place inspiring inclusive dreams of cooperative hope for ourselves our families and local WinWin dominant communities of educated problem-solvers. I'm not entirely sure Martin Luther King would have shared this view, nor slaves nor indentured servants nor women nor prisoners nor even cooperative adolescents of all creeds and colors wise beyond their non-enfranchised years. The U.S., he said, used to be a place composed of communities with Yankee ingenuity and Southern charming hospitality. A democratic local problem-solving place, where people knew they need not agree with their neighbors but we are obliged to listen carefully with each other, in public discernment spaces where diversity of images and density of combined imaginations derive both RightBrain healthy metaphors and LeftBrain wealthy analogies, therapeutic systems and healing models for cooperative WinWin co-governance CoArising communities invested in local integrity to multicultural faith in combined wisdom of each other, like grains in one loaf of multigrained nutrition, deriving BothAnd inclusively imaged designs, Both implementation and evaluation cohering cooperative enterprises, Both redesigners of healthy ecopolitical cycles and of deeply sacred ecological wisdom future-seekers. I could have been reading into his more straightforward time-bite. We were once composed of communities that could solve our own problems, at least with those allowed in empowering rooms. We were a successful creolizing experiment, back in more agrarian democratic nurturing days and quieter starlit restorative nights. We were more effectively self-governing back before incorporated complexities of distant shareholder owners hiring CEOs whose job is to grow grow grow quarterly profits, even at sometimes necessary expense of long-term employees and their healthy and secure families, conservers of ethics and aesthetics, beauty and truth of good neighbor practices, natural and spiritual. Corporations v flighty local customers, too often distracted by competitions, Either us, Or them unfortunate necessities, norms of self-righteous justification, values of tough-love discontent and anger management about ZeroSum WinLose realities of unkind natured and spirited lives and dying and death. But now, in this post-millennial time, post-industrial rabid growth of fossil fuel-based irrational conclusions and post-global competitions between capital-harvesting incorporations, now climate-forced to turn toward more locally owned health-investing communities, some already growing therapeutic cooperative cultures and restorative WinWin guilds and co-investment networks, We still search for livelier locally-owned solutions to what have become global disinvestment away from healthy local subclimate issues, concerns informing polypathic creolizing deep ecological WinWin solutions. How can my small New England community solve our problems of dirty air polluted water, sterile and messed-up soil? We nutritionally fade from all five senses, fake food and piety, false fascist patriotism and toxic anti-nutritional cultural choices. We are each one among many, local ownership and investment fading, increasingly noncompetitive, Loser communities of EarthSoul dismay. Communities surrounded by MeFirst nationalistic thinking and lack of local-global dipolar consciousness of wealthy cultures, now setting aside rabidly competing nationalistic MiddleMen, Corporate CEOs, we reclaim ownership by families and households building up local and bioregional enterprise, owned by those who work here as co-investing neighbors, trained in healthy-ego wealthy-eco balancing consciousness. We are no longer manageable by distant CEOs or Boards of Competing to HoardPrivateProfit Directors. We do already own local Boards of Health and Education representing informed share-holders, co-investors who are, at our best, love infested, usually not from afar, often from inside our bioregions and nearby towns, grateful for long-term bottom-line slow nutritionally grown health-wealth profits. We might enjoy health with local cooperative democratic control, with producer and consumer balancing co-ownership, with WinWin ecosystemic bilateralism between acting locally and global consciousness, setting aside monoculturing ecopolitics whereby local communities remain stuck in LoseLose globalizing issues that no one community can problem-solve, resolve, isolated from local health-investment opportunities severed from outside national and international dis-investors devoid of local learning, knowing, experiencing my community's EarthSoul Our emerging democratic consciousness; Global climate health restorations of all green polyculturing cooperative communities WinWin together Our towns could, and might, Great Health-Transition together. Local US communities no longer enjoy the envy of EarthTribe. Positive psychologists might suggest we have become WinLose LeftBrain under-educated and ill-formed regarding EarthSoul's polypathic history of love in communities of Sacred MotherEarth Creation Stories, FirstNation Thanksgiving Pledges, Positive WinWin locally owned and grown and designed and implemented and co-investing Attitude of Sacred Ego-Ecological Gratitude.

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