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Artistic Independence and Social Media: Interview with DIY Multimedia Icon Jean Smith

Feminist multimedia artist, singer, and writer Jean Smith – best known as the singer in the iconic underground rock band Mecca Normal – quit her part time job to sell her paintings online. As she shares her latest paintings on Facebook, she allows her fans to follow the rapid evolution of her work. This is the second in a series of interviews with artists working through Facebook to reach audiences.

Is Emptiness Overrated?

Some eastern influenced and/or New Age folk pull emptiness or oneness out of their hat, like the most tired of magician’s rabbits, believing they have the ultimate profundity that answers any challenge, question or proposition.

Power for the People —From Water

Earth is a blue jewel in our
solar system—the water-rich planet. Will we use our emerging crises to employ harmonious technologies to restore watersheds,
cleanse rivers and oceans, and ultimately create a higher civilization?

An Industry Emerges: The Rise of Medical Marijuana

The market for medicinal cannabis was estimated to be $1.7 billion in 2011. Like health food and hip-hop, cannabis was going corporate. As a wave of newbies began to challenge the old guard, movement veterans recalled the days before Proposition 215. "A lot of people want to cash in but they don't have an appreciation of what it took to get here. They don't know the history."

Report From OWS: The Global Conversation Begins

These personal accounts capture life at Zuccotti Park, as experienced by a young Civil Rights attorney and mother who arrived at the Occupy Wall Street protests a skeptic, but who was quickly pulled in by the excitement of witnessing a new movement being birthed.

Sacred Economics: Chapter 17, Summary and Roadmap (Pt.18)

The transition I map out is evolutionary. It
does not involve confiscation of property or the wholesale destruction of
present institutions, but their transformation. As the following summaries
describe, this transformation is under way already, or incipient in existing
institutions.

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