Given what the calendar suggests (well, at least what it suggests in my current home of New York City, versus, say in Ethiopia), 2016 is drawing to a close. My tradition proposes this is a time to promote peace on Earth and maybe exchange a few gifts. Call me crazy but I think EVERY day is about promoting peace and giving away nice things (objects or otherwise) to friends and loved ones as inspiration strikes. In other words, this note isn’t holiday-themed. It’s simply intended to share what I’m seeing and doing, and it’s a pretty self-promotional note, if I’m honest. But since I’m not selling anything and really just want to spread ideas about a better future that maybe even has some trees in it, I hope you don’t mind. (If you were hoping for gift-giving ideas, you might try Etsy, a certified B-Corp that has something for everyone.) Here’s the update:
I recently launched a website with an overview of my work collaborating with business, with the mission of making the transition to a restorative economy. I’ll admit, my mission is a tall order. Fortunately I work with deeply knowledgeable people across sectors in different parts of the world, and we’re noting that many companies are getting serious about what needs doing.
I co-authored a 2-part blog series with my collaborators at SustainAbility about the Future of Food. As the holiday feasting gets underway, I invite you to give some thought to how our eating choices can be part of a new and better path ahead. I don’t mean that in a preaching way—I don’t have many answers—but maybe if we ask the questions with open minds and curiosity we’ll all get a little closer to where we want to be.
I formally kicked off work on my book project—a series of essays about the human relationship with trees. This sprouted from a realization that I love trees, and have been taught and entertained by them over the years. And I also love writing and have been crafting stories since I can remember. To guide me through Bookland (a dark and magical forest in and of itself), I attended an on-line course on non-fiction publishing with the amazing Jane Friedman, and I’ll be putting what I learned into practice in the months ahead. Stay tuned! I hope you enjoy what you see here and that you will share your feedback, or even share a link or two with others. And if you're on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, maybe I’ll see you there, too. Meanwhile all the best to you and yours for a wonderful, peaceful finale to (Gregorian calendar) 2016 and a healthy and joyful year ahead. Yours in connectedness, Lorraine PS This piece first appeared as an emailed newsletter in December 2016