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November/December 2012 Table of Contents   

2012 Utne Visionaries   

Future of Food image 

The Future of Food  

Nance Klehm, radical ecologist 

John Edel, vertical farming pioneer 

Michel Nischan, food justice advocate   




Occupy 125 

The Spirit of Occupy 

Anonymous, hacktivist collective 

David Graeber, global justice activist 

Steve DeCaprio, squatters' rights activist




Community Works
Community Works

No Papers No Fear, immigrant rights activists 

Sanjit "Bunker" Roy, grassroots educator 

Marcin Jakubowski, open source inventor 



Advocacy Visionary Resistance 125  

The Art of Resistance 

Middle East Children's Alliance, human rights activists 

David Wish, music education innovator 

Mahir Saul, debunker of African stereotypes




Want more visionary inspiration? Check out our 2012 Utne Visionary page for online extras, including full interview transcripts, videos, and links to read more.    

 Confronting Climate Change  

NovDec Climate

Time to Get Crazy
We might be doomed by climate change, but we should fight anyway by Chris Hedges, from TruthDig  

This Crisis Needs A Movement
Using people power to combat the new climate change by Bill McKibben, from Solutions Journal  

The Power of Nature
A vision of the future where we live as one with the earth by Gitte Larsen, Søren Steen Olsen, and Steen Svendsen, from ISSUES 

Gardening Beyond Reason
The simple act of getting your hands dirty by Darren Fleet, from Adbusters 

Online Only: The Man-Made World of 2112
Realizing our collective and technological potential by Søren Steen Olsen and Steen Scendsen, from ISSUES 


 Dissent in Uniform  

NovDec12 Dissent

Revolt in the Ranks
Dissent in the armed forces is a patriotic tradition
by Chris Bray, American Conservative  

Orders, torture, and the truth
by Eric Fair, from Ploughshares  

Military Resistance: A Strong Brew
Anti-war veterans serve up support and lattes to their friends in uniform by Dean Patton, from Yes! 

Emerging Ideas   

NovDec12 EI  

Taking Tourism in Stride
Threatened by a tsunami of Twilight fans, a tribe opens up by Bryn Nelson, from High Country News  

The Science of Pollen
Solving crime with a study of scattered dust by Richard Conniff, from Environment Yale 

Tall Wood
Sustainable skyscrapers may harken back to log cabin era
by Sarah DeWeerdt, from Conservation 


Marginal Jew 

My Welfare Mom, Our Food Stamps, & Why I'm a Marginal Jew
A lifelong struggle to feel at home by Andrea Kott, from Lilith 

Foul Mouth
An anti-dentite rant about teeth, jealous love, and sweet revenge by Pasha Malla, from Maisonneuve  

The Things They Googled
An ode to the search engine that can answer almost anything by Marion Winik, from The Sun 

Mindful Living  

The Heretic 

The Heretic
For one LSD researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was too tempting by Tim Doody, from The Morning News  

Foodie Fundamentalism
The food movement's surprisingly religious roots by Dana Logan, from Religion & Politics 

Mixed Media   

Bridge with Music 

Trying to Build a Bridge with Music
One singer-songwriter's experience as a cultural ambassador to Afghanistan by Peyton Tochterman, special to Utne Reader  

My Favorite Contemporary Zines
The editor of The Lowbrow Reader offers up a shortlist of great reads by Jay Ruttenberg

A Seed of Doubt: a review of Bitter Seeds
Occupation on Trial: a review of The Law in These Parts
Words of Inspiration: a review of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
Reporting At All Costs: a review of Reportero

A Voice Like Thunder and Words Like Rain: a review of The Salesman and the Shark by Sean Rowe
Familiar Progress: a review of Bend Beyond by Woods
Tying Up Loose Ends: a review of Unfinished Business by Wanda Jackson
Just Keep Moving: a review of As Above So Below by Azure Ray
Small Dark Corners: a review of Transcendental Youth by Mountain Goats

Take It Easy, But Take It: a review of In His Own Words by Pete Seeger
The American Nile: a review of River Notes by Wade Davis
Hanging Around in the Lost and Found: a review of White Elephants by Katie Haegele
Reprinting a Love Story: a review of America's Other Audubon by Joy M. Kiser

Editor’s Note
by Christian Williams 

by Eric Utne

Dispatches from: 
Landscape Architecture (Helping Kids Start a Pedal Rebellion)
Earth Island Journal (Viva La Compost!)
Colorlines (Detecting Abuse)
Environmental Building News, Conservation (The Giving Tree)
Sojourners (Gas Is Just to Cheap!)
Resurgence (New Life for Old Garbage)
Scientific American Mind (Brain Freeze?)
OnEarth (Florida's Green Freeway

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