Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New growth in old Detroit

"You have to make a way out of now way".  These are words of wisdom that 96-year-old philosopher Grace Lee Boggs learned while living in urban Detroit.  A fascinating interview with Ms. Boggs, "Becoming Detroit", is available for listeners on the American Public Media show "On Being".

She is helping those from her community to change and grow from  the unemployment crisis in Detroit, where one third of the land is vacant.  Rather than just protesting, she encourages us to consider revolution as evolution. She notes is that the current environment provides us with a chance to re-imagine work in a different way.

One of the tangible ways she is building community is through encouraging urban farming.

Among her insights .... We have to restore the neighbor to the hood.

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