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Noah Rattler takes us on a journey into ourselves & beyond. We talk about everything from science fiction, to ancient Rome, to mental illness, to shifting society. Noah has some incredible ways of cultivating resilience in possibility in his own life. A few years ago he walked 1,800 miles from Houston to LA in the sweltering summer heat to raise awareness for homelessness, & to show his community & beyond how any human can do extraordinary things. We hear the story of his walk, his motivations & mindset, & how his life experiences & self education have changed his connection with himself, nature, & society.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the flooding along the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Harvey. If you feel moved to help by volunteering or donating, look for a homelessness organization in the Gulf Coast region -or a local homelessness organization near you- by starting at the National Coalition for the Homeless: NationalHomeless.org

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The Stories we see & hear shape what we think is possible. We tell inspiring stories of resilience, possibility & cooperation. We also tell myths & folktales that connect us with deeper ways of being. This video is a short description of what we are seeking to do with our content.

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CREDITS:
Host:
Rebecca Rhapsody
at StoryConnective.org

Video / Audio recording & production by
Hollywood Bob
at MoonMan99.com

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People come together & volunteer to feed the hungry free of charge in cities across the world based on idea that another world is possible. Rebecca Rhapsody of the Story Connective tells her experience with the Houston, Texas chapter involved in this global movement that shares donated food with people to address the issue of food waste. This telling took place in front of a live audience at the Tejas Storytelling Festival.

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If you would like to make a one-time donation to the Story Connective, go to Rally.org/StoryConnective

SUMMER FUND DRIVE: All Story Connective donors & sustainers get to vote for which project will receive a portion of our contributions; visit this blog post to read more about this campaign including who you can vote for. This summer voting campaign ends on June 30th, so be sure to make your donation within the next month to cast your ballot!

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Hear the inspiring story of a group of people working together to reforest part of the island of Maui. Art Medeiros & the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project are protecting tracts of highly endangered forest as biological and cultural sanctuaries. Hawaiʻi is home to some of the rarest plant species on earth. It is known as the endangered species capital of the world. With the help of volunteer tree planters, the project has begun to successfully restore some of this remarkable native habitat on the slope of Maui’s volcano Haleakalā. Art shares with us this story of resilience.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Auwahi Forest Restoration Project

auwahi.org

and Dr. Arthur Medeiros

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Abundance Circle

Vicki Levin is a champion of locally grown food & community. She gathers up excess food produced by her friends' & neighbors' gardens & distributes it among them all. It's called the Abundance Circle. For example, when one member of the Abundance Circle has too many ripe oranges from their tree for their own household, they contribute the extra fruit to the Abundance Circle. Vicki collects everyone's excess produce & distributes it to the group. In this way, the person contributing the excess oranges will get sunflower sprouts, kale, bananas, & more from the extra produce other Abundance Circle members give... free of charge! It's not a trade & it's not a barter. Even when a member's garden doesn't have anything to give for a time, they still receive. Everyone just contributes whatever they have excess of to the Circle Abundance, & everyone benefits. Vicki's dream is for everyone to have even a small garden in their backyard. 

Stay tuned to Story Connective on YouTube & the Story Connective podcast for more on this series: Re-envision Maui.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Vicki Levin & her Abundance Circle members

kumukahi.org
‘Makamaluohonaokalani’
artwork by Marilyn Kahalewai
Used with permission from Kamehameha Schools

Juan Wilson
Moku & Ahupua’a map of Maui
‘Mokupuni O Maui’ - 'Maui island'
Used with permission
See more of his amazing maps at
IslandBreath.org

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Joy Jinks used storytelling, community theater, & enthusiasm to help revive her rural town's economy.

Joy was concerned about all the young people leaving her beloved Georgia town & moving to the big cities for work. So she & her allies mustered up their strength & charming networking skills to keep their beloved town from becoming extinct. Things were looking bleak when industry after industry rejected their town... until she met the innovative theater director Richard Geer. The community of Colquitt, Georgia used a technique called Story Bridge Theater to collect & perform the stories of their town. 25 years later, stories are still being performed & celebrated, the town has a strong identity and a thriving Arts-Based Economy.

Joy Jinks has been deeply inspired by a method of community leadership called Social Artistry. Those who study Social Artistry, learn how to view & experience the world in ways that evoke the best possibilities for cooperation, joy, & empowerment in any situation. It’s intended to give people insights, tools, & creative leadership skills for our rapidly changing world

Joy is such a delightfully inspiring game changer. We hope you enjoy the interview.

Links:

JoyJinks.com
CommunityPerformanceInternational.org
SocialArtistryOdyssey.com
JeanHoustonFoundation.org
BccConference-ColquittGA.com
SwampGravy.com
StoryBridge.Space
 
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In pt. 2 of our interview with Jenny Pell, she focuses on the local food economy. We talk about what it could look like to create thrivelihoods for people - jobs & ways of life that are financially sustainable, while also in balance with our natural resources & the needs of the Maui community. Most of what Jenny talks about is very relevant to any community that wants to increase their local food production & resilience. 

In this episode, we hear more highlights from the Mālama ‘Āina Report, especially its sections on the economy. We talk about about the resiliency of cooperative models, affordable housing, farmers' markets & crafts markets, the opportunities of agritourism, & some of the challenges Maui faces in order to implement these ideas. 

This episode is one of a series called Re-envision Maui, about an ongoing transition on the island of Maui. If you would like more background on this series, we suggest you checkout the episode entitled Re-envision Maui - Before and After Sugar.

If you support Story Connective's 501(c)(3) mission & vision of sharing inspiring stories of resilience & possibilities, please help us out:
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Thanks for listening.

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Now that Maui isn't growing sugarcane, could we grow food, soil, & jobs while making Maui’s central valley healthier & more productive than ever? Permaculture designer Jenny Pell has created a plan for the 36,000 acres of Maui’s central valley that could be bountiful agriculturally & economically. It could also meet Hawai'i’s food needs & make Maui more resilient.

Jenny Pell is an author of the Mālama ‘Āina Report which offers a comprehensive look at how to transition from large-scale monoculture sugarcane crops to diversified organic farming that prioritizes local food, creates profitable farm businesses & jobs for locals, & stewards the land for future generations. Jenny Pell has dedicated her career to helping her diverse clients be part of a resilient & abundant future.

In part 1 of our interview with Jenny, we take an in depth look at agriculture on Maui: from its ancient Polynesian roots, to the agricultural changes brought to Hawai'i by peoples from outside Polynesia, to mechanized monoculture, & finally to an inspiring vision for a possible regenerative farming future which combines the best practice techniques of the past & the future to build healthy soil & healthy ecosystems. We are really inspired by Jenny's work, & hope you will be too.

What do you think? We'd love to hear your feedback. Leave us a comment and we'll respond. And if you know anyone who would enjoy this podcast, please share.

The Mālama ‘Āina Report is available for free online for anyone to read.

This episode is one of a series called Re-envision Maui, about an ongoing transition on the island of Maui. If you would like more background on this series, we suggest you checkout the episode entitled Re-envision Maui - Before and After Sugar.

If you support Story Connective's 501(c)(3) mission & vision of sharing inspiring stories of resilience & possibilities, please help us out:
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We hear the story of chef turned farmer James Simpliciano. He is the founder of Simpli-Fresh Produce Farms in Lahaina, President of the Hawaii Farmers Union United Mauna Kahalawai chapter, & Vice President of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association.

In this second episode of the Re-envision Maui series, we learn about James' profound respect for Hawaiian culture, as evidenced by his focusing on growing canoe crops, the plant species brought to these islands long ago by the ancient Polynesians which for centuries formed the foundation for Hawaiian organic food self-sufficiency. His daily actions embody the Hawaiian value of Malama ‘Āina: care & respect for the land as though it was a family member. He tells us a fascinating story about the lo’i of ancient Hawai’i; the wet kalo - or taro - crops that were once the staple of the Hawaiian diet & are today experiencing a revival.

And join us as he introduces us to regenerative agriculture techniques such as Korean Natural Farming, hügelkultur, & permaculture - techniques he employs every day on the farm. This episode is one of a series called Re-envision Maui, about an ongoing transition on the island of Maui. If you would like more background on this series, we suggest you checkout the episode entitled Re-envision Maui - Before and After Sugar.

If you support Story Connective's 501(c)(3) mission & vision of bringing stories of resilience & possibilities to the world & would like to help our project, there are many ways:
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We take an in depth look at Maui’s past, from its mythic origins & indigenous ways of life, through colonization, & finally to its modern incarnation.

The island of Maui is at a crossroads. Industrial sugarcane production on Maui has come to an end after 150 years & the future of tens of thousands of acres of land & billions of gallons of the island’s fresh water is now in limbo. What will be grown & built during this transition will impact Maui’s future over the coming centuries. If we can better understand what Maui looked like before sugar became such a big force on the island, we may discover insights about what Maui could look like now that sugar is no longer. The possibilities are inspiring. The people of the Maui community are paying attention to what is being planned, what is being said, what is going unsaid, & what is being done on behalf of the future of this precious island. The Story Connective is producing a series of episodes that will take you on a journey introducing you to voices that envision a resilient & thriving Maui. This episode, Before and After Sugar, is the first of the Re-envision Maui series.

CREDITS:

Story by Loxley Clovis & Rebecca Rhapsody

Audio recording & production by Loxley Clovis

Intro song is ‘Which That Is This’ by Doctor Turtle released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Ukulele of ‘Aloha ‘Oe’ performed by pomitsai released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Outro ukulele performed by Rebecca Rhapsody released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Ocean Waves and Wind’ by Binaural Soundscapes released under Creative Commons Attribution License

And birdsongs by Hawai’i Conservation Alliance released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Chant performed by Dr. Sam M. ‘Ohukani'ōhi'a Gon III, used with permission

Special Thanks to:

our Fiscal Sponsor, ELLSSA – a non profit committed to Empowering individuals to take care of the future.

Learn more about at ellssa.org

The purpose of this production is for non-profit education, news, & commentary.

If you support Story Connective's 501(c)(3) mission & vision of bringing stories of resilience & possibilities to the world & would like to help our project, there are many ways:
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