The year I spent living in an intentional Buddhist community in Thailand revealed countless lessons about how to live well. Broadly, I learned about intention: living with purpose as well as a keen respect for karma—the consequences of our choices for ourselves, other people, and the planet. As for specific lessons, I’ve honed them into six “ways of being” that spell out INTENT: Being In-shape, Networked, Thrifty, Engaged, Nature-loving, and Time-savvy. What we get out of our efforts is personal wellbeing plus a Good Life for All.
The IPCC’s 2018 special report urged for urgent changes in the next 12 years to avoid catastrophes from global warming that exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This project proposes a framework of 8 regenerative principles that promote wellbeing in a climate-adapted city: renewable energy, zero waste, abundant water, pure air, LOCAL food, thriving oceans, verdant landscapes, and savvy infrastructure. The goal is to turn research on what works into policy and practice.
The regenerative principle that gives us the most bang for our buck is strengthening our LOCAL food systems. “Local food” commonly means grown within 200 miles of the consumer. From a regenerative perspective, LOCAL food is Low-impact, Organic, Circular (putting waste back into the system), Accessible (physically and financially), and Luscious (after all, we want food that tastes good, too!). This podcast series considers practical ways to integrate LOCAL food into our everyday lives and amplify our collective wellbeing.
Impact Corps leverages the unique attributes of Peace Corps Volunteers to advance social change. These dedicated change-makers often just need more support in the “4C’s”: clarity, capability, capital, and community. This initiative provides such support through a 3-pronged approach of DIY online resources, customized consulting, and in-person incubators. By targeting 10% of the Peace Corps community (over 225,000 members strong), our potential for impact is exponential.