Social Forestry as an intention-of-culture contains a whole set of options that we deploy as needed and appropriate. The important key here is social—we do this together.
Philosophers from Aristotle to Polanyi have consistently argued that nothing can so engage people as real tactile experience, and real practical work.
“Come, friends, let us sit down together. Not in a lecture hall, not in a laboratory, not in a political forum. Here on the banks of the Kentucky River, let us sit down together and see what went on here. What’s going on here now? Why is it the way it is now? What do we want?”
Although certainly embraced more frequently and ardently by liberals than by what passes for a conservative today, Wendell Berry is clearly a religious rather than Liberal thinker, praising the unified and relentless in his criticism of the fragmented.
The same principle that makes urban devolution so attractive and plausible—that governance is most responsive and responsible when it is as close to the people it serves as possible—can just as easily be applied to even smaller scales of self-government.
What makes a person feel a sense of belonging, meaning, and connection in a place?
From one summer to the next, Montreal always gets a little bit greener. Revitalized by citizen initiatives, alleys are trading in their concrete armour for a mantle of greenery.