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Immense Possibilities pulls together the work of host Jeff Golden and other social inventors who share a clear set of beliefs, values, and goals in a weekly public TV visit with guests whose social creations are building vibrant communities. They’re solving challenges that the old systems can’t. They’re infusing others with realistic hope and inviting them to come alive. Our fifth season began January 1, 2016. If you would like to keep this series going strong, please consider making a donation by CLICKING HERE.

Can We Talk

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The ongoing effort to get people talking and listening effectively across the overheated political divide has recently been boosted by two groups, the Coffee Party and Living Room Conversations. We meet two of their leaders, along with Erik Fogg, author of Wedged: How You Became a Tool of the Partisan Political Establishment, and How to Start Thinking for Yourself Again.

 

Kids in Their Place

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“Place-based education,” says Wikipedia, “understands students’ local community as one of the primary resources for learning.” And the lives of children are profoundly changed in the process. Lewis & Clark Professor Greg Smith is a guiding light of PBE, and Ruch Community School teacher Ryan King is one of its inspired practitioners.

 

Considering Climate

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Tired of hearing about climate change, even if you’re deeply concerned about what’s to come? You’re not alone. We invite some fresh, evocative voices to the table: climate scientist/evangelical activist Katharine Hayhoe, Impossible Conversation author Dean Walker and Peter Melton, host of “Daring to Discuss” conversations.

 

Family Farming

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Family farms are enjoying a huge surge of demand for their produce. At the same time, they’re grappling with steep challenges brought on by climate change and global economic forces. The founder/operators of Good Humus and Fry Family Farms tell us what all that’s like, and how the rest of us fit into the picture.

 

Tiny Homes, Pt. 2

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Now that pioneers like our part I guests have worked most of the bugs out of tiny homes, advocates for the homeless are exploring them as an immense possibility for their movement. In part II, we get a powerful invitation to put ourselves in the shoes of the homeless, particularly the young so-called “travelers,” and a tour from the creator of pilot tiny house settlements for the homeless.

 

Tiny Homes, Pt. 1

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Tiny homes, one of the fastest-growing trends in construction. As our thoughtfully passionate guests from tinyhousebuild.com and Tiny Houses, Giant Journey tell us, this is about more than square footage. In a culture of unbounded consumption, this movement is evoking a deep and broadly-shared yearning.

 

Standing Up For Mental Health

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It’s no secret that mental illness is stigmatized, broadly misunderstood and sometimes feared in our culture. We meet National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) volunteers who bravely describe their ongoing struggle with illness, along with leaders from Asante Health and Compass House whose cutting-edge models are embracing and healing people we’ve habitually isolated and shunned.

 

Finding Our Way in the Woods

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Twenty-five years after the timber wars broke out, we’re still striving for the best sustainable balance among the economic, ecological, and social/recreational uses of our forests. It’s a complex puzzle. The Lomakatsi Restoration Project is on the front edge of solutions, bringing old adversaries to the table to restore forest health, viable jobs, and the traditional Native America practices that stewarded the forests for centuries.

 

Young People Who Mean Business

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Could some of our challenges with the economy and jobs have to do with the way we teach business, or don’t, to children? The Josephine County Foundation has found ways to bring business alive for youngsters as a powerful tool for building the communities they want.

 

On the Road with YES!

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In July of 2015, YES! Magazine editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder set out in a small camper for five months to rediscover America. What has engaged, inspired, excited, and worried her these days? Sarah shares with us what she found.

 

Giraffes Stick Their Necks Out

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“Heroes,” said former Oregon Governor Tom McCall, “are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say ‘This is my community and it’s my responsibility to make it better.’” For three decades the Giraffe Heroes Project has been shining the light on people who stick their necks out for others. We also meet an emerging hero from Southern Oregon’s Kids Unlimited.

 

Same Community, Different Sexuality

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Even as same-sex marriage has been legalized, the social rift over homosexuality still wears hard on many communities.  Why?  Can it be healed?  We watch segments from the remarkable film Facing Fear and talk to its creator, and visit with two ministers who’ve struggled with the attitudes of many people—and their own—over time.

 

For an End to Human Trafficking

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It’s the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in America, and the second largest in terms of profits. Human trafficking is devastating not just developing countries, but thousands of people—mostly girls trafficked in the sex trade—across America, including the northwest along Interstate 5. Citizens in our communities are coming together find ways to expose this criminal atrocity and end it.

 

Women Step into Their Power

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If women are the fabric that hold families and communities together, then every one of us has a stake in the personal wellbeing of women. That may be why Women’s Empowerment draws so many volunteers to help homeless women back on their feet, and why Soroptomists International invests so much energy in nurturing girls to become powerful women.

 

Energizing Neighbors & Neighborhoods

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Hands-on neighborhood projects have a way of lighting up the spirit of community. Portlanders have found a uniquely-Portland way to do that with DEPAVE, a group that organizes people to break up and remove “derelict” pavement and breathe life into their neighborhood. And West Medford is reviving because its residents are so determined to make it the place they want for their families.

 

Creative Placemaking

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Are the arts a nice-to-have or must-have element of community life? The second, say more and more people who used to be skeptics. Recognizing the complexity and dynamic unfolding of their challenges, communities are actively tapping the creativity and imagination of artists to create great places to live.

 

Vandana Shiva

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No one is better known around the globe — and, perhaps, more beloved — than Dr. Vandana Shiva for championing sustainable agriculture, whole nourishing food, thriving local economies, and action-based respect for the natural world. We have the pleasure of a relaxed half-hour conversation with her.

  

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