2014 Episodes

GENEROSITY’S REWARDS

Why do we give? Generosity is the lifeblood of strong community, but its satisfaction can be hard to express. We move towards the heart of the matter with a look at Sparrow Clubs of children rallying around their peers in need, a visit with the Center for a New American Dream, and an update conversation  Read More»

HERE COMES THE SUN

What’s going on with solar energy? More technical advances, broader access and affordable options than you probably think. Local and national leaders trace the movement of solar from the edges to the center of our overall energy picture. Plus an update from the Jackson County Fuel Committee.

A HOME OF THEIR OWN

An elegantly productive partnership arises between groups like Habitat for Humanity that help people build and own their own homes, and job training organizations like Youthbuild and the Job Corps. Results include the first quality housing some families have ever had, a pathway to quality jobs for disadvantaged young adults and remarkable volunteer opportunities. Plus  Read More»

CARING FOR FRIENDS OF OTHER SPECIES

More than a few people find their way to community connection through their love and compassion for animals. We talk to singularly devoted professionals and volunteers behind Friends of the Animal Shelter, Dogs for the Deaf and Autism Service Dogs of America. Plus an update on Sanctuary One care farm.

Food, Kids and Angels

Southern Oregon is home to a couple of the most effective programs anywhere for connecting kids to the source of healthy food, launching them into a life of conscientious, wholesome eating, and recruiting school cafeterias as key allies for establishing healthy habits. It’s also home to the Food Angels, a wildly resourceful group of volunteers  Read More»

Stirring and cultivating citizen power

We hear all the time about the importance of active civic and community engagement…and we meet plenty of people who think they don’t have the time or patience for it. Why? And what actually works to get and keep people engaged? We meet activists of very different ages with some great answers.

Lighting up the senior years

If forgetting a name or date or your car keys has you worried about “inevitable” declines in memory and mental vitality, this episode is for you. Some well-designed and enjoyable programs—service-based, recreational and educational—are carrying people to very advanced ages with very sharp and capable minds.

Extending our way towards self-sufficiency

There’s an old established institution in just about every county, bolstered by a wide range of volunteers, that offers both adults and kids the tools to extend their capacity for healthy, more self-sufficient lives. It’s a coincidence that they’re called Agriculture Extension Services

Girls in Science

Millions of girls are raised to believe they have no aptitude and little chance for success in the STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But their thinking is changing, thanks to the professional role models and volunteers determined encourage to dream big and then make their dreams real.

THE WORLD IS STILL OUR COMMUNITY

The Himalayan Cataract Project, The Honduran Accompaniment Project, Eyes to Burma Every community has a few individuals called to take global challenges head-on, without constant reflection on whether or not they are making much of a difference. And it becomes compellingly clear, in a way that inspires those of is learning of their work, that  Read More»

MORE YOUTH TAKE THE REINS

The Green Fund, Rogue Climate and Surfing for Change The torch is passing. It’s not that the projects imagined and implemented by activists in their twenties and younger “might” change the world. They’re doing it, right now, in fundamental ways that inspire realistic hope for what the future holds.

SAFER COMMUNITIES FOR WOMEN

Women’s Crisis Support Team, Community Works and Jackson Katz Violence against woman is a blight on our communities that swells in economically rough times. Volunteers and professionals are coming together to change attitudes, norms and social expectations so that every woman has reason to feel safer in her day-to-day life.

BOOSTING THE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

“Get America Singing Again,” Friends of Children and School on Wheels People who care deeply about kids are finding more and more creative ways to fill the gaps in today’s public school offerings, and the difference they make can’t be overstated. PLUS: As the 2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival opens, an update on how Film  Read More»

WHAT NATURE TEACHES KIDS

Coyote Trails is one of a growing number of programs that are turning to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world to offer children deeply formative and centering experiences they won’t find anywhere else.

DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD

Businesses across the country—and most recently in the state of Oregon—are redefining their roles and chartered mandates to pledge bottom-line responsibility to their employees, their communities and the planet, as well as to their shareholders.

JUSTICE FOR AND BY YOUTH

In one of the most powerfully effective parts of the emerging Restorative Justice movement, teenage offenders are challenged by juries of their peers, and by caring yet insistent adult volunteers, to make things right for their victims and their community.

HOW DO ARTS BUILD COMMUNITY?

Creative projects and events for creative people Painting, sculpting, dancing, music, performing and spoken-word arts—they engage and inspire a lot of people, but are they really building healthier, more vibrant and functional communities? The answer, our guests clearly show us, is ‘yes.’

SMART READING

With a commitment of just one hour a week, volunteers all over Oregon are offering young children a gift that can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment and advantages: confidence and competency in reading.

THE CYCLING VISION

It’s no secret that bicycles are becoming more popular and widespread in just about every community. What are the long-term visions and surprising social inventions of those on the front edge of cycling movement?

SCHOLARSHIPS THAT MATTER

Few investments in people and communities pay off better than those that connect ambitious, hard-working people with modest amounts of money to open the doors of higher education. In most cases, one good chance is all they need

CHILDRENS’ THEATRE

The fun and transformational magic of theatre programs for children. When you look around for initiatives that build healthy communities in a sure and durable way, that strengthen kids to meet all kinds of life challenges, that excite and engage everyone who comes near, and that are just plain fun…it’s hard to beat Children’s Theatre.

FACING AND HEALING GRIEF

Reclaiming a vital part of the human experience. The death of a loved one can feel like a life-crushing experience. There are growing numbers of volunteers with the skill and dedication to guide kids and adults through this painful gateway to a fuller life of healthy acceptance. Guests: Winterspring (Medford) and the Dougy Center (Portland).

NURTURING AT THE ROOTS

Enabling families to live well There’s quiet, straightforward, effective work underway in our communities to give families the counsel and support they need to raise children to healthy, satisfying adulthood. It’s not fancy or mysterious—it’s just remarkably powerful. Guests: Family Nurturing Center (Medford) and others.

ONE KID AT A TIME

The extraordinary power of 1-to-1 mentoring. “Mentor one child, change two lives” is the accurate slogan of one of our guests this week. The adults who volunteer to mentor say they’re never the same again, and the children they support thrive beyond all normal expectations.

LEARNING OUR PLACE

Why does environmental education make such a profound difference? “By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility,” says author Richard Louv, one of our guests this week.

Why Local Matters

Why is the interest in local food, local finance and local enterprise generally exploding? And why does it matter so much?

2013 Episodes

Supporting Girls on their path to adulthood

Supporting Girls on their path to adulthood We visit with founders, volunteers, and the grounded, dignified, adventuresome girls of the Rose Circle Mentoring Network.

Main Street Alliance

Owners of small enterprises are banding together to voice a very different view on “what’s good for business.”

Veterans for Veterans Day

Did you catch our earlier coverage of the Welcome Home Project, an event and film that bring communities together to welcome their war veterans home?

Community Building Media

What can radio and online newspapers accomplish when their #1 goal is to make their community stronger and more enjoyable?

Youth take the reins of leadership

Twenty-somethings are beginning to grab the reins of leadership with brilliant creativity, passion and imagination. The future is in wonderful hands.

Slow Money

What if there were a way for people to invest some of their savings, not in Wall Street, but in its own community’s food and business enterprises?

Helping our elders stay in their homes

Community groups are forming to provide the relatively simple services their elderly neighbors need to keep living in their own homes.

Childbirth as Affirmation, not Ailment

More and more American births are surgical, scheduled procedures. The cost of that shift to women, to babies, and to the initiatory stage of parenting, say more and more childbirth activists, has been drastic. They are dedicated to reversing the trend.

Citizen Peacemaking and Rotary War Prevention efforts

“It’s too important to leave to political leaders.” That’s how millions of people have come to see the task of making peace among nations, and Rotary International is on the front line.

Community Health Clinics and Rising Star

Health care the way it can be, and a community of musicians joining to help make it happen.

Supporting Girls on their path to adulthood

We visit with founders, volunteers, and the grounded, dignified, adventuresome girls of the Rose Circle Mentoring Network.

Land Trusts

Smart, far-sighted, COLLABORATIVE ventures to conserve our best land for future generations.

Life Art

One man’s patience and creative generosity decisively change the lives of  troubled teens who are easy to write off as “gang members.”

Bee-keeping

They are the irreplaceable centerpiece of healthy sustainable agriculture, and for some, a profoundly satisfying practice. How can we help the bees survive?

How Film Festivals Build Community

To mark Oscar week, we explore the surprisingly powerful way that small film festivals have created a stronger sense of community in Southern Oregon and elsewhere.

Children and Nature

The work of reconnecting kids to the natural environment is ongoing and crucial.

Crossing the Political Divide

With so much talk about building bridges between old political foes…what actually works?

The World Is Our Community

“Building community” is a global proposition for some people.  They believe they’re the “somebody” in “Somebody ought to do something about….”

Facing Child Sexual Abuse

It’s said that sexual abuse thrives in darkness and shame.  Now adult survivors of abuse, resourceful professionals and passionately dedicated volunteers are standing up together to protect our children in more effective ways.

Jeffrey Smith/GMOs

The network of people who believe that genetically modified foods threaten our health, farmlands and local economies is growing.  Jeffrey Smith, author of SEEDS OF DECEPTIONS  and both the book and film GENETIC ROULETTE, is its compelling spokesman.

Co-ops

Cooperative enterprises are growing in size and number, and Rogue Coops is a cutting-edge example of their collaboration to create an integrated cooperative economy.

CoHo

COHO — Choosing Options, Honoring Options–is helping people find their voices for the hardest, and potentially richest, conversations of their lives.

2012 Episodes

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

Amy talks with us about IP’s essential threads: building healthy communities, bringing generations together and bridging the old political/social divides.

Pushing back against foreclosure

Enough, say more and more community activists, who are keeping more and more people threatened with foreclosure in their homes.

The epidemic of bullying

The epidemic of bullying: volunteers and professionals empower kids to safeguard their own circles from physical and emotional violence.

Visionary author Charles Eisenstein

A new story of community and economic “reality” from Charles Eisenstein, author of SACRED ECONOMICS, and a preview of the film MONEY AND LIFE.

Homeless Youth

Developing services for the exploding number of homeless children that they actually appreciate and use.

Veterans for Veterans Day

The daunting task of welcoming home and supporting war veterans continues, with dedicated professionals and volunteers making a huge difference.

CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates: a special relationship that makes the world safer for kids and richer for volunteers

Making Our Water

The old, nearly lost and long overdue practice of rain harvesting.

Guiding Kids

The Boys-to-Men program of initiation, and an astonishing girls basketball team.

Soul of Money - Lynne Twist

Visionary Lynne Twist offers us a vast and original perspective on fundraising and good living

Care Farming

Sanctuary One and the movement to weave together the healing of people, animals and the land.

Time Banks

Currencies based on hours instead of dollars bring profound change to communities and the people who live in them.

Community voice with Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin on the basic principles of voluntary simplicity, and finding and amplifying the “community voice.”

Catherine Austin Fitts

Exploring the reframing and revitalization of community and family wealth.

State Banks

Is the publicly-owned Bank of North Dakota a good model for Oregon and other states?

Taking stock of 2012 - Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé makes her second visit to IP.

Keep Warm

The Jackson County Fuel Committees and the Empowerment Plan harness volunteer energy to bring wintertime comfort to vulnerable people.

What Works

On observant, systematic approaches to real-world problems…and not re-inventing wheels.

Collaborative Forestry

Old foes come together to craft a community-based 21st Century forest industry that can work

Avoiding Gender Violence

Jackson Katz and his groundbreaking approach to infusing men with a passion to end domestic and gender violence.

The Tea Party/Occupy Wall Street Conversation

Tea Party and Occupy activists look for common ground..

Welcome To 2012

Heifer International and The Abundance Swap — new gifting models that build community.

2011 Episodes

Cohousing

People who want the best of both individual and collective living are modernizing an old traditional approach.

Community elder care

The Eden Alternative is bringing a richly wholesome quality to the last years of life.

Community Currency

A course in the transforming energy of place-based currencies from the world’s foremost expert, Bernard Lietaer.

Tiny Houses

Dramatic downsizing that is enriching the lives of more and more people.

Help Now

The resourcefulness and devotion of volunteers solve “unsolvable” problems for people low on options

Effective Voluntarism

Civic engagemnent masters David Gershon and DeeAnne Everson tell us what they’ve learned

Effective Alcohol & Drug Treatment

OnTrack’s priority on keeping kids with their recovering mothers has the nation’s attention.

Restorative Justice

When the focus turns to healing the community, victim and offender, everything changes

Citizens Initiative Review

Bringing unbiased citizen wisdom to public policy.

Ashland Food Project

A powerfully simple answer to “What can I do to help?”

Developing great youth leadership

Ocean Robbins and college president Peter Angstadt on what it takes to support the next generation’s leaders.

Rotary First Harvest

The nation’s largest service club puts members resources together to keep thousands of people better fed.

Welcoming Home our Veterans

The community-based project and film that, at long last, welcomes home our combat veterans.

Carsharing

More and more people who occasionally need cars aren’t owning them.

Crewfund & Mycoriseup

Two innovations: crowdfunding for community-building enterprises, and harnessing the multidimensional magic of mushrooms.

Why Local Economy Matters

The findings of Michael Shuman, America’s premier “localist.”

Farm to School

“What they grow, they’ll eat.” An inspiring collaboration for healthier kids.

Yes!

Celebrating the anniversary of the original magazine of possibilities with Executive Editor Sarah van Gelder.

Frances Moore Lappé

A conversation with the visionary whose legacy inspired IP.