Community Grief

This article was first published by Communities Magazine, Issue #185, here, in Winter 2019. The article can be seen as a .pdf as published here.  By Lee Warren A Toddler Died A toddler died in our community. It was a tragic five seconds that changed the course of everyone’s lives. Rowan’s mama loaded her car […]

Farmers can fix WNC’s health and hunger crisis

Originally published in the Mountain Xpress, here. Posted on October 9, 2019 by Xpress Contributor   BY LEE WARREN Health & Hunger Crisis It’s no news that we have a health and hunger crisis in this country, and this area is right in the thick of it. According to the N.C. Justice Center, our state has the […]

Village-Building Stumbles

A few of the things Earthaven Ecovillage has gotten wrong This article first appeared in Communities Magazine, Issue 184, Fall 2019, here. The theme of the issue is The Shadow Side of Cooperation. I’ve been living in community for half my life. I started visiting and living in intentional communities and ecovillages all over the […]

How to Hire Great Nonprofit Leaders

by Lee Warren on September 16, 2019 Originally Published in Blue Avocado. under categories: HR and Employment Issues| Leadership and ManagementTopic Tags: Executive Director| Hiring We’re all familiar with great leaders. From popular culture to UN council meetings, to articles about CEO’s, images are emblazoned in our minds. They are great champions on the big screen, in the boardroom, and […]

Nine Doable Investments to Support Regeneration

Originally published in Capital at Play here.  Many of us working in agriculture and nonprofits don’t have extra money to invest outside of our baseline life-supporting endeavors. Yet others in our community are blessed with extra. My big question for these folks is: Do you have investments? And then subsequently… Are those investments supporting soil […]

Soil is Wealth

Originally published here in Capital at Play in May 2018.  The dictionary definition of wealth is “an abundance of valuable possessions or money,” or “the state of being rich; material prosperity.” In many modern cultures including ours, we equate wealth with the ability to buy the good life. And what is the good life? While […]

Beyond sustainability — restoring, repairing and creating resilience in our community

Originally published by Mountain Xpress here on April 7, 2019 by Xpress Contributor   BY LEE WARREN Three-legged Stool of Sustainability For many years, I have taught classes in the basics of sustainability called The Three-Legged Stool of Sustainability, which describes the three main principles, or pillars, of sustainable systems. These three pillars are defined as social, […]

Soil = Health

New Dogwood Health Trust board needs agricultural advocates   Originally published by the Mountain Xpress here and here, on September 9, 2018 by Xpress Contributor   BY LEE WARREN The recent announcement about the proposed sale of Mission Health to for-profit hospital empire HCA Healthcare has the community abuzz with questions and concerns. The focus of attention […]