Though the design is simple, the clustering of avant-garde, galactic, and de-art shapes creates a geometric, old-meets-new look. If you prefer to attach each crystal with jump rings, you can buy galactic pendants instead of galactic crystals. Just search “galactic drop” or “galactic vertical pendant.”
This is a guest blog from Jane Powell, originally posted here.
What does food mean to us? Is it fuel for the engine, a fashion item, an export commodity, a sensual temptation, a vehicle for culture and celebration, a badge of religious and political identity, or a vital connection with the natural world? It can be all of these things and more, and the stories we tell about food will have consequences for what we choose to eat, and ultimately the food systems that we end up with.
GuestFood Values: a new project with Organic Centre Wales
“Human beings show a broad spectrum of qualities, but it is the worst of these that are usually emphasised, and the result, too often, is to dishearten us, diminish our spirit.” – Howard Zinni
In a recent OpenDemocracy piece, I argued that the way we’re living now – over-worked, over-consuming, environmentally-destructive, indebted, isolated and unhappy – has a strong relationship with the models of ownership and decision-making in our institutions.
Why, and what can we do?
Elena BlackmoreWhy democratic ownership can make us better people
We’ve got to give a hand to superwoman Julianne Moore. When she’s not busy racking up accolades (one for Golden Globes and one for Critics’ Choice Awards), she’s got her hands full promoting her latest film, Still Alice acing her wardrobe at the same time.
Try natural elements that smell and looks great: eucalyptus garlands, pine, winter trees and foliage. I recommend investing in nice glassware for the holidays. Impress guests with recipes for champagne cocktails and mulled wine. Make any food or drink look stunning.
Jon AlexanderLast-Minute Decorating Ideas From Lambda
Common Cause draws on research by an academic called Shalom Schwartz, who divides values into four overarching groups: openness-to-change, self-transcendence, self-enhancement, and conservation. Yeah, right, they’re a bit of a mouthful.
It also draws on work from researchers such as Grouzet and Kasser who use a similar model but that relates to goals.
Common Cause ruined my career, it removed a lot of my assumptions, and took me to a more radical perspective. It was like taking the red pill, once you’ve taken it you can’t go back. You see how misdirected much progressive work is.
Martin Kirk, /The Rules, ex Head of Campaigns at Oxfam-GB
Common Cause applies what we know about motivation from social psychology to the big problems facing the world. We’ve had a go at whittling it down to 10 principles…
Bec SandersonTaking the red pill: A 10-stop tour of Common Cause
If you ask anybody this question, there’s surprising similarity in what people say. You can generally put people’s values into four broad groups:
Change & autonomy values, such as creativity and freedom,are linked to tolerance and comfort with difference. (Openness-to-change values)
Care & empathy values are all about concern for others and the environment, equality and tolerance. (Self-transcendence, or intrinsic values)
Stability & security values, such as social order and respect for tradition, are associated with maintenance of the status quo and discomfort with other groups. (Conservation values)
Power & competition values are linked to prejudice, discrimination, materialism and concern about status, self and money. (Self-enhancement, or extrinsic values)
We all hold all of these values, but to different degrees. These four groups work in opposition to each other as in the diagram below. Care/empathy values are opposite power/competition, and change/autonomy values oppose stability/security values. This means we’re unlikely to value one set highly if we value the other set highly. (Read more about how this works here!)
Elena BlackmoreHate racism, love Finland: 10 ways values link to prejudices across Europe
The initiative was launched by Scottish Environment LINK’s Wildlife Forum in January 2013 – the Year of Natural Scotland – and continues to invite all MSPs to choose from our list of species that are currently facing significant threats to their future – and then champion their survival. MSPs were encouraged to find out about the species they champion and make a video about why they feel this species is important.
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