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Beyond the Utopian World of Consensus

Synergy is a word that means a great deal to me. But there are times when it just can’t be achieved by goodwill alone. Three years ago my husband and I moved into a co-housing community.... 



The Value of Food

It is a myth that eating healthy costs more money. A healthy, whole food diet is surprisingly inexpensive. Potatoes are cheaper than fries, whole chicken costs less than strips, and... 



Iconoclast – Why We Need The Humanities

Privatize the press and education system, disenfranchise the working class, corrupt the legislative process, and debase electoral politics, and society will plunge itself into a moral... 



Ways & Means of Bullying

Mandala Artwork by Nicole Shaw Bullying is a form of abuse. It involves repeated acts over time attempting to create or enforce one person’s (or group’s) power over another person... 



“Without refrigeration, modern life would be impossible!”

The fridge is a household amenity that we rarely consider removing from our lives; it is a useful appliance for storing the goods of consumerism, but it perpetuates a cold food-chain... 



Overcoming Loneliness

As a single person, I am aware that many singles (not to mention far too many married folk) feel especially lonely at this time of the year. Perhaps it is the long nights. Perhaps it... 



Looking Back to Move Forward

Humans are very social beings. For thousands of years they have lived cooperatively in groups. Granted, part of this behaviour was simply for survival; but it is also very natural for... 



Spiritual Community

“Listen! I will tell you the fundamental cause of salvation. Satsang, association with the wise is the root cause of obliterating all suffering.” – the sage, Dattatreya.  ... 



I dream of a community…

Where First Nations people are included as equals and supported in contributing to everyone’s well being; Where schools work to teach everyone, not just aboriginal students, to understand... 



Open Money

(Please note: this manifesto is from www.openmoney.org – I, Nicole Shaw, am reposting it here for Synergy readers!) The problems with money stem entirely from how conventional... 



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