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Journey Santa Fe: Challenges and Economic Trends Key to the City’s Future Success, With Matthew Brown

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).


September 24, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am

MATTHEW BROWN, Director of Economic Development, Santa Fe, Will Discuss the Challenges and Economic Trends Key to the City’s Future Success Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy


Brown combines a keen sense of strategy with a recognition of the More >

American Indian Community Day – Sept. 16

Join the Santa Fe Indian Center for the 7th Annual American Indian Community Day, 12-4pm at Ragle Park. Let’s share a meal and relax to the music of JJ Otero & Son of Hwéeldi. Enjoy traditional Native dances by the Laguna/Hopi Buffalo Dancers and contemporary style dances by Ria Thundercloud. Ojibwe drummer Nation Wright will get the crowd moving with round dance songs. 7th grader Nolan Hall, will share his spoken word poems, an acknowledgement to the strength he’s received to overcome bullying. You don’t want to miss 3HC, an amazing local group of breakdancers performing at 3pm! Free raffles More >

“Paint to Hike”: National Public Lands Day Service Project and Back-country Adventure



Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park will celebrate the 22nd annual National Public Lands Day by hosting a special free event, “Paint to Hike” on Saturday, Sept. 30. Join us in giving back to Pecos by volunteering your time to paint fence posts.  In return, receive an afternoon of exploration into the seldom-seen back-country of Pecos National Historical Park and a coupon for fee-free entrance into one Federal public lands unit that charges an entrance fee. This opportunity is limited to 50 people and reservations are required.


“Paint to Hike” will begin Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 am with volunteer registration and More >

Journey Santa Fe: A Conversation with Tony Anella, Past Co-Chair of the Aldo Leopold Centennial, and Founder of the Leopold Writing Program

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).


September 10, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am

A Conversation with Tony Anella, Past Co-Chair of the Aldo Leopold Centennial, and Founder of the Leopold Writing Program Journey Hosts: James Burbank, Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy


TONY ANELLA, past co-chair of the Aldo Leopold Centennial and founder of More >

Enforcing the Broken Border: Two Attorneys General in Conversation


Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6:00 pm on Monday, Sept. 18 at La Posada, 330 E. Palace Ave., for an intimate conversation between two former attorneys general, describing their work in enforcing the border against the Mexican drug cartels. Terry Goddard (Ariz.) will talk about his work in, among other things, stopping the flow of laundered drug money into the U.S.; Gary King (N.M.) will discuss his work in training Mexican prosecutors to litigate the cartels.

While the news is dominated by federal responses to the U.S.-Mexico border–with heated discussion just now around a possible border wall–it More >

Sixth Annual Reaching for the Stars Reception Sept. 23



Join us for our Sixth Annual Reception Reaching for the Stars that supports our “Local Teen’s Dreams to Careers Program.” Come dance to the music of the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band at Stieren Hall at at our own Santa Fe Opera, Sept. 23. We are very proud of our auction treasures from renowned artists, retail stores, and adventurous experiences.

The Rising Stars process is designed to help today’s youth develop their personal leadership skills and begin to set goals and directions for their lives beginning at an earlier age. Leadership is essential in enabling teens to develop character, confidence, More >

Journey Santa Fe: Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Santa Fe Chapter

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).


September 3, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am

Ken Baumann and Cathy Garcia, co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Santa Fe Chapter, On the Fastest-Growing Socialist Organization in the Country Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Depuy

How can we focus political and social action on More >

Restoring Relationship: Creativity in the Age of Climate Change


Molly Sturges


To talk about creativity and climate is to talk about restoring and strengthening relationships. Climate is a highly abstract concept. Having worked with hundreds of people around the globe on arts, social and environmental healing projects, I can honestly say I believe we are first and foremost beings that grow, learn and expand through many kinds of relationships. Some relationships are much more comfortable or familiar for us to engage with than others. Again and again, I have seen that we find and make ourselves in relationship to ourselves, each other, our living natural world and the larger mystery.  


In my work with More >

OP-ED: A Tewa Woman’s Reflection on Urgency


Beata Tsosie-Peña


In my ancestral homelands of northern New Mexico there resides knowledge that is held within Tewa deserts and forested landscapes, where mountains are elders, and our rivers are alive with a spirit that has sustained us since time immemorial with traditional knowledge that continues to guide us to be caretakers of this place. Countless prayers of First Nations are recorded here within shared memory of all that exists, and so is an act of violence so great that it will forever be recorded in sacred time. For in the western region of our Tewa world, in our beloved Jemez More >

Only Story Will Save Us


Michelle Otero


When I was seven I dug a hole in our front yard. My plan was to dig until I could hear the screams of hell, until flames knocked against the shovel. A week earlier, Sister Rosalie had separated our catechism class into lambs and goats. She kept a tally on the chalkboard as she fired questions at us: Do you say bad words? Do you disobey your parents? Do you go to mass every Sunday? The wrong answer, or even hesitation, cast us into the fiery pit. In the end, all but three of us were condemned as goats, sentenced to an More >

Why Poetry? Why Now?


Anne Haven McDonnell


As we spin and hurl in an age of ecological collapse, staggering injustice and political mendacity and absurdity, why turn to poetry? Even as I write this, I see the training of my mind to categorize and justify, to argue one thing at the expense of another. But poetry, to me, is about blowing open this kind of thinking to experience, to a different kind of knowing, and to penetrate to a kind of feeling and experience that resists this kind of categorization. We are trained to value what is “measurable,” and yet the most important experiences of More >

Lead Like a Leaf


Joel Glanzberg


“Cells rely heavily on the code of DNA for development, but they also need a sense of place to do their work. Indeed, the code is utterly worthless without the cell’s ability to determine its place in the overall organism, a feat that is accomplished by the elegant strategy of paying attention to one’s neighbors. As [Matt] Ridley writes, ‘the great beauty of embryo development, the bit that human beings find so hard to grasp, is that it is a totally decentralized process.’” (from Emergence by Steven Johnson)


Life is by nature creative. Unlike mechanical systems, this is how she di-solves her More >

Biomimicry: The Practice of Emulating Nature’s Genius


Toby Herzlich


Life creates conditions conducive to life. From the first single cell that split into two, life has been expressing itself as a creative force—constantly wriggling, pulsing, joining, dividing, breathing, dying, decaying and morphing into new and ongoing expressions of matter and energy. This vitality happens in a context and through co-evolving relationships in the practice of taking care of the place that will take care of the next generation. Nature builds soil, opens new niches, coaxes mutually beneficial relationships, adapts toward emergent new possibilities. Success for an organism is not so much about how large it grows or how More >

Firerock: Pass the Spark Inspiring Change Heart to Heart


Molly Sturges and The Firerock Team


Firerock is a project that catalyzes community engagement with climate change through the ancient practices of song and story. At its core it is a mythical, warm-hearted, family-friendly musical production that illuminates humankind’s disconnection from the destructive social, spiritual and economic impacts of extractive energy. Performances are integrated with engagement activities to build community, create spaces for dialogue and foster sustained collective action. Ultimately, Firerock focuses on what we can do to adapt to combat the worst impacts of climate change and join together with dignity and care to create a truly just and compassionate More >

Creative Muscles for Creative Leadership


Molly Sturges and Chrissie Orr


Combined, Molly Sturges and Chrissie Orr have developed and executed creative participatory projects around the world for over 80 years. They have collaborated on many arts and social and environmental healing projects. They love to stir things up enough to shake off the old junk that makes everyone unhappy. They like to welcome in expressions that provide inspiration and vitality. Here are some “creative muscles” they focus upon in their projects:


Listening: Dancing Belly to Belly With The Mystery

Listening is fundamental to coming into relationship with ourselves, each other, the living world and the greater mystery. What we listen to and More >

The Jemez Principles Applied to Climate Justice


Twenty years ago, 40 people at a meeting on globalization and trade agreed on a set of six principles for democratic organizing. The group was a combination of environmental justice and environmental health advocates that included many people of color and community organizers. Their intent was to help people coming from different cultures, politics, and organizations build a movement together. What they came up with are now known as the Jémez Principles, after the small pueblo in New Mexico where the meeting was held.


Addressing climate from any angle requires us to support communities at risk of racism, gender violence, More >

Teaching Students to Think by Creating

Climate Change as a Challenge Calling for Action 


Catherine Page Harris


I enjoin students to begin the process of learning by making. I usually mention the analogy of Athena springing fully formed from the head of Zeus and the observation that if you aren’t an Olympian god, likely you aren’t going to be able to pull off that kind of (pro) creation.


I think we all share a basic fear of having to see our mistakes. Yet, those mistakes and sketches and half-baked ideas are the stuff that moves us forward. Sometimes, I will sit down and try to offer the internal More >

SeedBroadcast Presenting Voices


Seedbroadcast is an artist collective that has been operating since 2011. It was started by Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr and expanded with additional member Ruben Olguín. Their mission is to present voices of agriculture—from industrial farms to urban gardens. Seedbroadcast records people who work with seeds and plants and those who nurture communities. The project disseminates knowledge gleaned from those people’s experiences to the communities they impact and beyond.


Hart-Mann, Orr and Olguín talk about culture through regional, personal and socio-economic contexts. Over the last two years, they have been working among indigenous and rural communities that are trying to More >

Dance of the Bees


Adelma Aurora Hnasko


 Each spring when the snows melt and the ground thaws, I carry a chair out to the orchard and position it close to the entrances of my honeybee hives. With cup of tea, I sit quietly, waiting for sunrays to crest the mountain and hit the metal roofs of the hives. In this moment of warmth, bees crowd the doorways of their homes and begin, one by one, to fly out into the morning glow in search of nectar and pollen.


The bees are nimble when they exit: Thousands dart out in straight vectors on their foraging journeys. More >

Dancing Earth Explores Renewable Energy


Dancing Earth—an intertribal dance ensemble based in Santa Fe and San Francisco—continues to reflect vital contemporary expressions from the heart of indigenous cultures related to climate change. After a decade of creating dance theater work that interpreted themes of water, seeds and Native foods from indigenous perspectives, the troupe has begun a multi-year project to explore the concept of renewable energy from cultural, spiritual and practical perspectives. With indigenous people on front lines of climate change everywhere, the topic is particularly relevant.


Starting with a gathering in June of intertribal elders and culture carriers, Dancing Earth, led by Rulan Tangen, continued More >