ConsciousPlanet Newsletter Archive


September 2002

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Welcome back! As Labor Day is behind us and fall has unofficially started, people are leaving the beaches and heading back to their desks. While work activities are picking up, one still can consider a vacation to the Indonesian archipelago -- or rather read about it -- as Paraview Literary Agency client Lawrence Blair writes about his adventures there and how the local population deals with the threats to their forests, reefs, and livelihood. 

Elsewhere in the world, in Johannesburg, South Africa, political and business leaders convened over the last week at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development to discuss similar threats on a global scale. It remains to be seen what the results of that conference will be, but economist and sustainability activist Hazel Henderson pointedly describes Bush?s agenda at this conference as being one of ?going it alone? and based on 19th century economics. As she says: ?good for his corporate constituency, but bad for everyone else.? Have also a look at for live webcasts, or see our featured Conscious Internet websites below. 

Besides conferences, sustainability and environmental issues, I?d like to draw your attention to a truly fascinating description of the spiritual aspects of sound. Paraview Press will present this in an upcoming book: The Sonic Thread: Sound as a Pathway to Spirituality by Cynthia Snodgrass. Keep your ears and eyes open for its publication.

As usual, our Media Guide will inform you about upcoming interesting radio and TV programs and worthwhile websites. I would like to mention here one website in particular, both because it is unusual in its approach to news, but also because it just celebrated its fifth anniversary. It is the Good News Network, which showcases the remarkable things happening in life, business, politics, and society -- a great initiative and reminder that good things do happen around us. On that positive note, I invite you to further explore that website and the other valuable media programming mentioned.

Alexander M. Dake

Lux Mentis, Lux Orbis
Light of the Mind, Light of the World

Conscious TV

Rare Earth: The eReport (Wisdom TV)
Check the website for dates and times.
This half-hour magazine-style program covers environmental issues such as pollution, recycling, conservation, natural resources, endangered species, alternative energy sources, and global warming. September topics include eco-education, endangered planets, environmental homes, solar cars, endangered monkeys, and international plastics dumping.

WorldLink TV 
Check the website for channel availability and schedule.
WorldLink TV presents first-run documentaries on global issues, current affairs series, international news, classic foreign feature films, and the best of world music. Daily reports and analysis by Danny Schechter from the Earth Summit in Johannesburg are aired every weekday at 7:00 PM ET (4:00 PM PT). 

?Mobile Eyes on Sustainable Development? (Free Speech TV) 
September 7 and 8
?Mobile Eyes on Sustainable Development? provides 48 hours of the issues presented by the Earth Summit, and the website offers related links, news, program schedules, and discussion. 

TVE?s Earth Report (BBC World)
(Airs weekly at Mon 21:30; Tues 01:30, 09:30; Sat 18:30, Sun 07:30 GMT)
The current Earth Summit in South Africa is covered extensively online and via the television program.

Produced by Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, GodTalk brings together people of all faiths to discuss common social, moral, and spiritual concerns. In addition to its TV programs, the site offers clips and videos on the Catholic clergy abuse crisis, a prayer service in response to the abuse crisis, the Women of God video series, and information on five new retreats/workshops for healing and spiritual growth in 2002 and 2003.

Conscious Radio

To the Point (KCRW/PRI)
Check the website for dates and times. 
If you crave a fast-paced, informative discussion of the day?s hot topic, check out ?To the Point,? hosted by Warren Olney. Recent topics include the end of the baseball strike, the new session in Congress, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court, the growing divide between the U.S. and Europe, and ?sidewalk rage.?

Inner Wisdom (Wisdom Radio)
Check the website for dates and times.
Host Carolyn Craft delves into in-depth conversations with gifted authors and teachers in the holistic thought and human potential movement. September guests include Caroline Myss, Bernie Siegel, Jack Kornfield, and Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein. 

Check the website for dates and times.
WRN carries live audio newscast streams in RealAudio, Windows Media, and StreamWorks 24 hours a day from 25 of the world's leading public and international broadcasters. On any given day you can listen to Voice of Russia, Swiss Radio International, Network Africa, RTE Dublin, Radio Budapest, and much more. 

Conscious Internet

Good News Network 
One more good news bulletin: This inspirational news site features positive news stories from around the world and is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Independent Press Association 
The Independent Press Association, the antidote to monopoly media, supports independent publications committed to social justice and the free press. 

Media bridges the mass media and good causes by helping media makers, educators, nonprofits, and activists use documentaries to further their aims. Current features include information on the online Media That Matters Film Festival and the upcoming United Nations Association Film Festival.

Association of Transformative Media Arts 
The website of the Association of Transformative Media Arts, a meeting ground and forum for media professionals who use their work to support the transformation of the media industry and society with integrity. 


New at Paraview in September

In September, features notes from all over the world. 

Feature: Bush?s Agenda in Johannesburg
Author Hazel Henderson explains the U.S. stance on multilateral cooperation and what alternatives exist for our increasingly connected planet.

Feature: Notes on Cruising the East Banda and Arafura Seas 
Ever dream of sailing the South Pacific? Add an experienced escort to your fantasy. Paraview Literary Agency client Lawrence Blair writes about his adventures as a guide whose boat is boarded by 25 angry men with drawn bows.

Coming Soon: The Sonic Thread
Music doesn?t merely entertain ? it inspires, too. In the forthcoming Paraview Press title, The Sonic Thread: Sound as a Pathway to Spirituality, Cynthia Snodgrass illustrates the life lessons she?s learned by studying the spiritual aspects of sound. 

Streaming Video: Civilization and Transformation
Paraview Press author Jim Garrison explains why he believes the world is in the process of completely reinventing itself. 

See you next month!

If you miss anything described above that you wanted to see or hear, more information about the media providers, programming, and air times is always available through links at our Conscious TV and Conscious Radio index pages.

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