8 February 2012  Posted by 360Lexie Uncategorized No Responses »

The Protests that started the Domino Effect of Arab Spring begun in Tunisia after the moving act of Mohammed Bouazizi when he set himself on fire in front of a political office. The Social System of Tunisia was both economically and political fractured due to how its corrupt Government structured society. Interactions, services and authorities were all shaped to oppress the public whilst keeping the authoritarian regime in place. In Tunisia’s Social System the institutions and policies inflicted by the Government severely cut off the people’s liberty to interacting freely [Read More]

 15 December 2011  Posted by rhys360 Case Studies, Uncategorized No Responses »
Intrinsic Roots: Differences Between Occupy US and Canada

    The idea for this graphic came from a discussion in class one day. I heard a comment about the different motivations for Occupy Movements around the world and thought it was interesting how motivations differed in different locations. So I tried to show the difference between Occupy US and Occupy Canada through a graphic model. It think this type of representation shows an interesting yet related contrast. The roots of each movement is inevitably intertwined through basic economic and governmental forces that promote progressive and unsustainable capitalism. From [Read More]

 12 December 2011  Posted by nbatara Uncategorized No Responses »

Audio Collage, Occupy Vancouver   This is an audio collage of some of the unique vocal elements from the Occupy Movement and our class discussion. I tried to capture important directions that we discussed using some of what I thought was the most interesting, relevant, and encapsulating. Background music was produced and edited by myself at Vancouver Surf Studios (TM). All copyrights reserved. Enjoy.


You have been instructed to read this guide included in your Post-Societal Collapse Family Survival Kit (PSCFSK) under the circumstance that the Sustainable Earth Resource Production Plan (SERPP) has failed to fulfill its ultimate goal of providing a safe and sustainable resource production base for Earth’s Population.  If said circumstance has not yet been met, please return this guide to your PSCFSK for future reference upon total system collapse.   We here at Sustainable Survival Corporations are aware that the total collapse of society as you know it may be [Read More]

Overpopulation - How Many More Mouths Can We Feed?

Various articles have shown up in the news recently regarding a prediction that the Earth’s human population would reach 7 billion by the end of 2011.  We are all familiar with the “hockey stick” graph of human population growth.  This graph has been commonly used to show the exponential rise in human population and therefore illustrate how our impact on the Earth is greatly increasing every day.  It was used, with great success, in Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” to exemplify how easy it is for the human [Read More]

Dec 122011
The Sun, Our Savior

I first met Joel Bellenson in my Commercial Drive neighborhood when I was working at a café where he was a regular. I overheard him on more than one occasion talking about hydroponics and I knew that he was a scientist and geneticist. So when it came time for me to write about food systems and the Occupy Movement I knew Bellenson would have some interesting insights for me. Originally from a very conservative suburb of LA, Bellenson was a computer programmer as a child. He went to Stanford University [Read More]


Farmers’ markets have emerged out of the food movement as people look for alternative food sources. Anyone looking for more information about farmers’ markets in Canada should visit the farmers’ markets of Canada site.  Furthermore, many provinces or cities have their own websites listing the farmers’ markets of the area.  The National Farmers’ Market Impact Study 2009 Report which can be found on this website lists many facts and statistics about farmers’ markets in Canada. The farmers’ market trend is continually growing and has real benefits for the local people.  The [Read More]

To Remake the World article: Paul Hawken   To Remake the World is an article that came from Paul Hawken’s novel, Blessed Unrest. This article looks at an unnamed social movement that is the largest social movement in the world. Hawken emphasizes that this unnamed social movement by conventional definition, is not a movement. He further states that a movement requires an individual to join and to study tracts. A movement requires an authority figure and an ideology that promotes followers. It places the individual with a certain group that becomes a defining quality of that individual. This [Read More]

 12 December 2011  Posted by ish360 Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 122011 This site is the social network for sustainability where individuals, as well as organizations and communities, are connected to make the world a better place.

 12 December 2011  Posted by ish360 Uncategorized , ,  No Responses »
Popular Occupy Movement Slogans: A view through the internet.

In my multitude of internet searches for issues related to the Occupy movement I have stumbled across many photos that attempt to summarize the Occupy movement. Some are intended to be funny, some motivational, some accusatory, and others informational. I have selected some of the ones I believe have the most impact and posted them here to share. This one is from , which is an organizational website designed to update and keep track of the various Occupy movements across the globe. It posts information on which Occupy movements are hosting [Read More]


                                                                                                                                                                August 15th, 2111 Dear great grandma,   Thank you so much [Read More]

Examining the US Housing Bubble from an Ecological Anthropology Point of View

(It is highly recommended that you read the summary of the U.S. Housing bubble and resulting financial crisis at before continuing with this post) The US housing bubble that ultimately triggered the global financial crisis offers clear examples of several concepts from the field of ecological anthropology. First of all, the housing bubble demonstrates two different kinds of progress trap, namely the “run-away train” and the “house of cards”. The phrase “run-away train” refers to a system which has become so heavily invested in following a particular method of [Read More]

 11 December 2011  Posted by 360_writer Case Studies, Uncategorized No Responses »
Reflection on Ronald Wright’s talk and Occupy Movement

Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress, spoke at UBC on Monday December 5th, 2011 (Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender).  There is no online video of the lecture, but a summary can be found here: . The lecture talked about how economics and our lifestyle choices are having increasingly irreversible impacts on the environment and biodiversity.  Mass extinctions follow human migration throughout time, but now that we are all over the world it seems that all species are at risk.  In the closing remarks and question period, the [Read More]

Would Collapse be Preferable?

  The Occupy movement can be characterized as movement to alter the course of society. Predicting dire circumstances in the future (economic and environmental), individuals are consciously attempting to change the path that our system is on. Perhaps this is all for not though. When we look at classic adaptive model used in resilience theory, comprehensive reorganization only occurs when the system has completely collapsed. The protests and the changing that they want to see implemented in my opinion will prevent or at very least postpone the eventual collapse that [Read More]


  “GMO foods are a threat to human and environmental health; support mandatory labelling of these products”-Greenpeace official website   Founded in Vancouver in 1971, Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.   Please see the link below to Greenpeace’s webpage on genetically engineered foods

The Demographics of the Occupy Wall Street Protesters

The Occupy Wall Street protesters have been characterized by the media as unemployed youth or aging hippies who are looking to rekindle the protest movements of the 1960’s. The Denver Police Department went as far a calling the protesters in that city “grungy hippies” and “yahoos.” The actual on the ground demographics of the dedicated Wall Street protesters show a somewhat different reality. Douglas E. Schoen conducted a survey of face-to-face interviews of self-identified protesters in Zuccotti Park on October 10 and 11th to see exactly who the protesters actually [Read More]


I thought this article was really interesting as Duggan describes the mini community or town (if you will) that developed on the Vancouver Art gallery grounds. Duggan writes of a tea house, makeshift movie theatre and library as well as communal kitchen and first aid area.

 11 December 2011  Posted by Sarah S. Uncategorized No Responses »
1% - the Ecological Footprint

An ecological footprint, also known as a carbon footprint, is a measurement of carbon dioxide emissions determined by taking the differential between consumption and waste of essential resources. Economically, a greater ecological footprint can be found in groups who have a higher net income (Corbett and Charles, 2010). If we apply the above to the Wall Street crisis, the 1% are shown to have a larger ecological footprint than the 99%. Why is this so? What has caused the individuals with more power and money to be more inefficient with [Read More]

 11 December 2011  Posted by alek_hrycaiko Uncategorized No Responses »
Occupy Wall Street (Video): Grey Water System + Permaculture.

An interesting sustainable feature of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York has been their grey water system. The grey water system filters water used for dishes in the kitchen and runs it through a man-made filter system consisting of organic materials that soak, collect dirt and other impurities. The result ends up being a discolored “grey water” that can be used to moisten plants and flowers being grown at the occupy movement. There are also other benefits of using a grey water include reducing the amount of fresh [Read More]

 11 December 2011  Posted by alek_hrycaiko Uncategorized No Responses »