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|+ - ||allas (mind)
Institute for Sustainable Communities
DATE: May 12, 1998
POSITION TITLE: Office Director
JOB PURPOSE: Ensure the successful implementation of project
activities through effective management of office operations in a manner
consistent with ISC core values.
EMPLOYMENT PERIOD: Approximately August 1, 1998 - September 30,
The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is a non-profit
organization whose mission is to promote environmental protection,
sustainable economies, and participatory decision-making at the
community level in Central Eastern Europe and Eurasia through training,
technical assistance and demonstration projects. With our headquarters
in Montpelier Vermont, and offices in Moscow, Sofia, and Skopje, ISC has
an international staff of approximately 45 people. ISC receives
financial support from private foundations and US government agencies.
ISC's core values include a commitment to making a meaningful
contribution to improving the quality of life; a desire to maximize our
effectiveness through creativity and high quality work; and compassion,
honesty and respect toward each other and our partners.
The Office Director leads a staff team of 10 - 12 people responsible for
implementing a multi-million dollar environmental grants and information
program. The goals of the program are to reduce environmental pollution
in the interest of improving public health and to promote the
sustainable management of natural resources. The Office Director must
effectively supervise personnel and guide office operations to achieve
program goals. Accordingly, the Office Director has overall
responsibility for office, financial, and personnel management; grant
and contract administration; and oversees technical program planning,
implementation and evaluation. The Office Director must promote an
atmosphere of trust and mutual respect both within the office, and with
project partners and funders, thereby encouraging the development of
creative initiatives which have as their overriding goal the improvement
of the environment in Russia.
QUALIFICATIONS AND NEEDED ATTRIBUTES:
* Proven ability to plan and implement efficient and effective
* Demonstrated management capability in all aspects of office
operations, grant and contract administration, procurement, financial
and personnel management.
* Ability to develop and maintain collaborative, team
relationships in a fast-paced work environment.
* Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
* Experience working with government and non-governmental
organizations in Eurasia in a related area, such as environmental
management, community development, environmental policy issues, NGO
support, multi-stakeholder decision-making, or public outreach and
* International project experience.
* Fluent in English and Russian, both spoken and written.
* Relevant advanced degree.
* Familiarity with US government international assistance program
* Excellent written and oral communications skills, basic
knowledge of computer word-processing and spreadsheet programs.
Interested applicants should send a resume, salary history and salary
requirements to "Office Director Search" no later than May 31 at
e-mail: or fax: 802 229-2919.
|+ - ||meadows-rovat (mind)
THERE'S "PESTICIDE-FREE" AND THEN THERE'S "ORGANIC"
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has heard the people. Maybe. Sort of. For
The USDA has been trying to draft a definition of "organic," so consumers can
know, when they see that word on a food label, that it means something. Some
states, such as California, New Hampshire, and Vermont, have strict organic
certification standards. Other states have none. Anybody can slap "organic"
onto any tomato and ask for a higher price. So a federal standard seems
But the proposed standard, when it emerged from Washington, raised a wave of
wrath that has the USDA wondering what hit it. Over 200,000 furious letters
poured in. The outrage centered on the "dirty three" -- genetically engineered
life forms, foods preserved by irradiation, and crops grown on land fertilized
by sewage sludge. The standard would have allowed these foods to be labeled
organic, as long as they haven't been exposed to commercial fertilizers or
The overwhelming response, especially impressive because there was no big money
behind it, shows that people want "organic" to mean more than pesticide-free.
At a minimum it should mean food we trust, un-meddled-with, healthy to eat,
raised in an environment healthy to live in.
The USDA got the message. It has announced that the "dirty three" will not
qualify for the label "organic."
Hurray for democracy, I thought when I heard that. Then I heard more and
restrained my enthusiasm.
Organic farmers around me pointed out that there are still problems with the
federal standard. It doesn't rule out raising animals in "factories." It
requires fees and paperwork that could bury small farmers. It doesn't allow a
state to set standards stricter than the federal one.
Then I saw a letter from Monsanto to the USDA. Monsanto is suspected to be one
of the forces that pushed gene-spliced crops into the organic standards draft.
The letter suggested that the USDA hold off on that idea for a few years, until
Monsanto can convince people that these crops are safe.
And a letter came from Michael Ableman, who raises over 100 different fruits
and vegetables on 12 acres at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California. His
organic farm employs 17 people and feeds 110 subscribing families, plus drop-in
purchasers at the farm stand. It is also an education center, where kids watch
worms make compost and learn to tell the weeds from the lettuce.
Ableman wonders how organic growers could have been so eager to push for
national standards. "It was as if a spell was cast over independent-thinking,
self-sufficient and contrary farmers.... Did we forget we were dealing with a
government whose policies consistently encourage industrial chemical
To Ableman the issue goes way beyond the "dirty three." He doesn't want to
find "the products of corporate 'organic' farms on supermarket shelves,
shrink-wrapped next to the Cheerios. It is sobering to see that the vast
organic farms of Gallo, Pandol, or Tanamura, though an improvement in some
ways, are in many other ways indistinguishable from their chemically farmed
"We should honor any farm that eliminates poisons from its growing practices,"
Ableman says. "But too often we are still left with the same linear corporate
production system, the same factory consciousness."
"We need to start asking questions again. How far does food travel from the
field to the plate, and at what cost in terms of electricity and fossil fuel?
Whose hands grow and harvest our produce and are they paid a living wage? ...
How do we make pure food available to all, not just those who can afford it?"
Ableman doesn't expect Washington to answer questions like these. Instead of
federal certification, he calls for community certification, " ... carried out
by individuals who look each other in the eye at farmer's markets, in community
programs, and at produce stands. It is based on honor and trust. No federal
program will ever match the integrity of such a system."
My first response when I read this was "Yay!" I am no fan of the industrial
system that values bigness and cheapness over fairness, health, environment,
community, or caring. I watch airlines, banks, phone companies, hospitals
swallow each other up and grow huge, distant, and inhumane. I don't want food
that comes out of such a system, even if agribusiness learns from organic
farmers how to grow crops without pesticides. I want fresh, local, unpackaged,
unprocessed food, raised by folks who care. As gardener Ruth Stout once said
about the idea of people working in her garden who do not love gardening, "I
wouldn't permit it! Who wants to eat THAT kind of radish!"
Then another part of me said, "Hold on. Aren't we GLAD that agribusiness is
seeing the virtues (and profits) of chemical-free farming? Wouldn't it be a
boon to the environment, if organic methods went mainstream?"
It would. As Michael Ableman says, we should honor any grower who adopts
greener methods. We should sanction a nationally agreed-upon label --
"pesticide-free" or "grown without harmful chemicals" or some such.
Then we need another word for the kind of agriculture Ableman does,
neighborhood agriculture, kept to a scale that preserves respectful
relationships with employees, customers, farm animals, and the planet.
Seems to me the folks who invented it should get to keep their word for that
kind of farming -- "organic."
(Donella H. Meadows is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at
|+ - ||Deep Impact - jovo kedden a FIKSZ Radioban! :-) (mind)
A Deep Impact-nak valamikor a napokban volt a bemutatoja. Ha igaz, vasarnap
este megyunk el csapatosan megnezni a filmet. Ugyanis elhataroztuk, hogy a
FIKSZ Radio keddi ZOLDINDULAS c. musoraban beszelgetunk egy kicsit a foldsurlo
kisbolygokrol, egy lehetseges becsapodas valoszinusegerol, hatasairol stb.
Reszben a film urugyen, reszben a mult napokban felroppent "becsapodasi
A Zoldindulas a FIKSZ Radio zold szellemisegu, kornyezetvedelmi indittatasu
musora, benne a legkulonbozobb "termeszetkozeli" temakkal. A FIKSZ
a 98 MHz-en foghato Budapesten es kornyeken, vasarnap, hetfon, kedden
10-22 ora kozott. (Egyeb idoben a Civil es a Tilos Radio hallhato a
hullamsavon, idoosztasban.) A Zoldindulas keddenkent 18-19 ora kozott
uralja az etert, most kedden (tehat 26-an) kivetelesen 2 oras lesz.
Szoval egyreszt hallgassatok bennunket, masreszt szeretettel varjuk a
betelefonalokat (telefonszamunk: 463-4313), illetve varjuk a csillagaszati
zenei otleteket!! Persze nem a kommersz kategoriabol (pl. "Csillagok,
csillagok, szepen ragyogjatok!..." :-). MP3 zeneket le tudunk jatszani,
szoval akar interneten is kuldhetitek otleteiteket!
A Zoldindulas nehany korabbi nagyszeru beszelgetesenek realaudio
hangarchivuma megtalalhato az alabbi cimen:
amely a FIKSZ Radio honlapjarol is elerheto:
(ezuttal mint FIKSZ radios musorgazda)
|+ - ||[HIRDETES] Falusi turizmus (mind)
Pihenjen a Vendvidek (Vas megye) egyik legszebb volgyeben Ketvolgyon az osztrak
és szloven hatar kozeleben. Falusi haz (ketto haloszoba 2 és 4 agy, furdoszoba
, felszerelt konyha, nappali) 4 hektaros teruleten (erdo es ret) csaladok resze
re egesz evben kiado. A kozelben tavi furdesi lehetoseg, horgaszat, vizisportok
. Kirandulas kijelolt turistautakon, valamint kozuton konnyen elerheto az Orseg
, Ausztria es Szlovenia.
A kornyek novenyekben es allatokban gazdag. Tiszta levego, az Alpok aljan egyed
ulallo szubalpin klima.