Month: March 2014

Considering the impact of food on stress: does stress prevent us from being and thinking sustainably?

Our discussion is taking us further into the otherwise much neglected personal and social domain of sustainability. I am fascinated by Kathy Miller’s response to my initial blog post which suggested a lack of coherence between what we know and what we do in addressing sustainability challenges. Kathy’s February blog considered the inter-connection between multiple attitudes and values of a person, the influence of other people on us, as well as normative societal prescriptions. The follow-on discussion on our blog was most stimulating to read. One commenter expressed his happy surprise about connecting the methodology of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to being able to combat his own “addiction to a high carbon lifestyle”. Interestingly the principles of AA emerged out of the Initiative of Change Movement (IofC) out of Caux, above Montreux in Switzerland. IofC is, to my understanding, one of the longest living change movements in history (initially called the Moral Re-Armament) and has played a significant role in the peace talks between Germany and France after the Second World War. They run a series of conferences in the summer months up at Caux (heaven on earth!), including TIGE (Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy) from July 5-10, 2014. I am featuring a chapter of why IofC and Caux are so special in my upcoming book “The Collaboratory” (Greenleaf Publishing, July 2014).