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, clean air, local food, thriving natural environment, supportive built environment, and savvy investments. 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 refers to food grown within 200 or 250 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, food that is good for us can taste good, too!). This project shares 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. It does so by building the capacity of the National Peace Corps Association and its more than 160 affiliate groups to facilitate and fund projects at home and abroad. These dedicated change-makers often just need more support in the “4C’s”: clarity, capability, capital, and community. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself, I can vouch for the enormous potential of this community–nearly a quarter of a million strong!