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Bob Banner

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An Anthology of the Best of HopeDance. 438 pages.  PDF includes an excellent index. Send me an email to and I will send you the entire eBook. If you wish to make a gift / donation, please visit  For more information about the book, its contributors and chapters, please visit



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Posted: Dec 16, 2008 8:18am
Nov 29, 2008

To You and Me

At this time we are to think about thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude. Sometimes it takes me awhile, being such a contrarian as I am... But today the gratitude thing penetrated into my soul and I came up with some appreciations that I felt warranted to be sent out. If you wish to respond, thats fine.

I appreciate the many people who worked so hard to get Obama elected. I hope its worth it.

I am profoundly grateful for those PIONEERS (not necessarily the best word) who are visionaries just not in thought but who are trusting something, some inner voice, some crazy animal or whatever and who act way outside the general paradigm. They are the ones who had and have to deal with the ignoring, the ridicule and the opposition before most of us jump on when its more convenient to accept the once radical idea. [Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”]

I so appreciate the sun, the stars, the moon, the ocean, the rivers, the soil, the farmers who work so hard to get our basic needs met, the builders of our homes, especially the ones who try to do it more green and sustainable. I appreciate that we have eyes that can see all these things that we see: the beauty, the smiles, the ecstasy of wonderful weather, the laughing faces, the youthful bodies, the wrinkles, the mud soaked hair as it flies through the wind as the body crazily dances in the glorious nighttime.

I am so grateful for all the wondrous food we can eat and taste and swallow, the slimy things, the hardened things, the juicy veggies, the soft cheeses, the sweet fruits... are we blessed or what?

I am so appreciative that there are others who can help me do HopeDance: the volunteers, the writers, the printers, the people who make the soy ink, the workers who tirelessly print newspapers who support themselves and their families, the computer manufacturers who designed and programmed and unearthed the many metals to create this thing that I spend so much time working on, clicking keys again and again.

The people who toil in the factories and on the land who continually help us all evolve.

The people who think and trust and feel and sweat and intuit and trust themselves to speak out for justice and equality and truthfulness and honesty. What would this planet be like if it werent for people who were courageous? I thank all those writers who spent hours figuring out what to say, what to think about and what to write down that gives me incredible joy in the middle of the night as I pursue knowledge so I too can have a voice like theirs.

I appreciate my mother and father who put up with me and my weird ideas and contrarian views all those years. What mystery.

God I admire people who can play music, sing, take an instrument and pour gold all over it and make the light emerge and the joy to ooze out of all the orifices of all sorts of bizarre looking instruments... and the builders of the musical instruments knowing that they couldnt produce a note but knew that they could help by building an instrument. Its as if we are all in love with one another to make all of us so so happy and appreciative and joyful. All of this beauty evolving industry is going on at a deeper level yet we insist we are so different that causes all the pain. I am grateful for the irony.

I am grateful for the wild people who insist on envisioning a different way, who imagine a world that is better, that has more love in it, that has juice running through their veins continually reaching and stretching into unknowns like the sci-fi writers of older times who took their visions and turned them into entertainment so we could all enjoy their reverie, touching our souls along the way with tears and a newly developed imagination. Thanks to Theodore Sturgeon. I embrace you into the afterlife. I love for what you did and god only knows what you are up to now that you are free.

I am so grateful for film, for seeing people talk and argue and fight and make love and cry and touch each others souls as we the audience, the voyeurs, sit in darkened chairs re-living, feeling all our old wounds and happinesses all swirling as the film technically proceeds.

I am so thankful that I have a body that can taste, touch, feel, that I have a heart that aches and stretches me to unknown Mysteries, that I have feet that can carry me to where I want to be, arms and hands that can reach out and touch someone, pick up a piece of fruit, carry books and tree logs and vegetables and shovels full of soil. I so appreciate this planet with all whats going on beneath our understanding, above our understanding and the moments when we get brief and ecstatic glimpses into another world that is truly our world.

If you have gone this far in reading, Im so grateful, especially so if anything I have written touches your soul as it has for me.
Bob Banner
Publisher & Director
Radical Solutions Inspiring Hope
2975 Vineyard Dr.
Templeton, CA 93465

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Our Mission

The purpose of HopeDance is simply to report on the outrageous, pioneering and inspiring activities of outstanding individuals and organizations who are creating a new world--regardless of their spiritual tradition or political agenda.

We publish material and engage in activities (forums, workshops, film festivals...) that are necessary in building ecologically sustainable, practical, down-to-earth solutions, holistic, healthy and awakened community.

Inspiring genuine hope, our intention is to also help connect people to specific projects, individuals, and organizations so that dialogue, wisdom, and vital action will be the fruitful outcome for the people, plants, animals and land in San Luis Obispo County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County... and beyond.
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Nov 1, 2007

by Bob Banner and Lisa Quinn
Michelle Long / Think Local
by Shawna Galassi
Vision Atascadero's Buy Local Campaign
by Shawna Galassi
Proud to Be Idle-Free at Upper Canada College
by Julie D. Johnston
Doug MacKenzie-Mohr: Legendary Master of Social Marketing Goes Beyond the Brochure Interview
by Lisa Quinn
Social Marketing and Sustainability: Understanding Barriers
by David Laulainen
Just Doing It: Transportation Behavior Change and the Team Bike Challenge
by Lisa Murawski
The Go Green Initiative: Teaching Recycling One Child at a Time
by Hilary Grant
Soap, Brotherhood and Social Marketing
by Terre Dunivant
Elephants and Weeds Make for Happy Volunteers
A jumbo approach to a perennial Social Marketing Problem
by Neil Henderson

REPORT: A Renaissance of Local ~ an Energizing Event in Boulder, CO
by Bob Banner
World Music Reviews
by Francesca Nemko
Collaboration: What Does It Take?
by Paula Vigneault & Delia Horwitz
BIONEERS Widens Scope
by Shepherd Bliss
Cooperation of the Press in Sowing the Seeds of Victory!
Vital Help Given by the Newspapers and Periodicals of America
by Charles Lathrop Pack
How the Snake Sheds Its Skin: a tantric path to global transformation
by Daniel Pinchbeck

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Aug 25, 2007





As part of Hope Dance Magazine's ongoing SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION to send people to various conferences to learn about the most progressive ideas and their practical applications in our communities.

Send an application answering the following questions:
1. WHO are you?
2. WHY do you want to attend?
3. HOW will you share the knowledge in your community when you return?

We have 9 (nine) tickets to give away!
Send your answers to with the words TRIPLE CRISIS in the subject line.

The text of flyer that we ran on page 22 of the current issue of HopeDance:



September 14-16, 2007 at Lisner Auditorium
George Washington University, Washington DC

Confronting the Triple Crisis


Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Michael Klare, Martin Khor, Richard Heinberg, Winona LaDuke, David Korten, John Cavanagh, Jerry Mander, Maude Barlow, Tony Clarke, Wolfgang Sachs, Sara Larrain, Meena Raman, Ross Gelbspan, Orianka Kilcher, Frances Moore-Lappe, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Daphne Wysham, Victor Menotti, Atossa Soltani, David Suzuki, Simon Retallack, Jeremy Leggett, Arjun Makhijani, David Pimentel, John Passacantando, Rob Hopkins, Steve Kretzmann, Antony Froggatt, Randy Hayes, Anne Leonard, Megan Quinn, Thomas Princen and 25 more.


Toward an International Movement for Systemic Change
New Economies of Sustainability, Equity, Sufficiency, and Peace
PEAK OIL (The End of the Era of Cheap Energy)


Send your answers to:
no later than August 28th.

Flight and lodging are not included.
Please forward this to friends near Washington, DC.


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Bob Banner
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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Posted: Aug 25, 2007 7:33pm
Dec 13, 2006
More than Waking Up: We Need to Use Documentaries as Community Activist Tools
by Bob Banner

The Ecologist ran an essay contest a few months back. Out of a selection of their top 25 documentary films they wanted applicants to answer the question of how a particular film “woke you up.” I had seen 17 out of the 25. But rather than focus on one film, I focussed on something else. The following is the winning essay. The award will be the 25 films which will go in the HopeDance Film Library.
The End of Suburbia DVD

The first film, “Zapatista,” of the 25 you listed in your excellent December/January 2006 issue, woke me up in two ways. As I was walking the streets of Seattle during the WTO ministerial event in November of 1999, I saw many posters taped to buildings advertising a film screening of “Zapatista.” I had read much about Zapatistas but really wanted to see them, or at least see a film about them. After an hour-long wait to get into the basement of a darkened, smelly bar we finally managed to get inside. This was not a typical film theater or art house. Crowded tightly and starring at a white sheet taped to a wall with a blue light streaming from some obscure techno gadgetry, we were eager to see what it was all about. One of the 3 young filmmakers started to introduce the film: Three young guys from the US had purchased the necessary video cameras on credit cards and gone south to interview Subcommandante Marcos in the mountains of Chiapas. Marcos is the collectively-decided spokesperson for the Zapatistas, a very popular movement of indigenous people, made more popular because of their knowledge of using the Internet in the early years, right after NAFTA was issued into power.

The film came alive on the white sheet. A “video projector” was doing the work along with a sound system and video player. Not only did I wake up to the problems of the indigenous people but learned how the Zapatistas were creating a provocative blend of performance art plus political action to make people aware of NAFTA and other globalization crimes and the neo-liberal ideology of free trade (which is just another word for imperialism: raping the resources and exploiting the people) so prevalent in our global solution think tanks in the US.

I also woke up on that day to the revolutionary capabilities of the video projector showing politically astute and progressive radical films to communities throughout the country. I immediately purchased a number of copies and asked the filmmakers about screening the film in my hometown. That was the beginning.

We had a packed audience some months later to see “Zapatista” and to have the filmmakers answer eager questions from the audience. This latter wake-up call started us on the process of obtaining other documentaries for showing to the public.

We purchased “Culture Jam” before its filmmakers signed their rights away to a distributor, which allowed me to screen the film. That film blew me away. Not only did I first learn about the incredible, outrageous antics of Reverend Billy but saw the Billboard Liberation Front actually doctor those huge billboards in Silicon Valley in the middle of the night. We have shown that film numerous times, inspiring people when they learn about these brave people culture jamming and adbusting. When I saw “The End of Suburbia,” I was shocked to my core. This film is still reverberating throughout my body and psyche. To know (as much as it is possible to know) that our lives, our civilization, our behavior, our life styles have been predicated on cheap, limited oil has been a major wake-up call. We bought boxes of the DVD and sold every single one of them. We screened the film in four different cities to audiences who always left in shock, a good kind of disturbance, a waking-up.

One thing I have done is to learn how to facilitate a discussion after each film we show — to gather people’s responses and to have them speak about their projects in our communities. It is definitely not enough to screen a film and have them walk away in a stupor. We need to talk, to share, to cry, to scream, to do whatever it takes to embody the message of the film. And what better way to do it than with a group of people who have just seen the film. Also, from time to time, we have had the filmmakers come to the screenings or to have some expert on a particular subject speak after the film or answer questions. It makes the connections and the dialogue all the more pertinent and powerful.

Out of your 25 films listed, we have screened 17.

“Life and Debt” blew me out of the water when I first saw it on POV on PBS two years prior to its DVD appearance. It is the most powerful film about globalization, especially in its contrast of Jamaica as a resort place and Jamaica as a country to be raped by various global trade organizations.

“McLibel” blew many of us away because we did not know there was a trial happening in England by some green peace activists who had the balls to actually take McDonalds to court against their labor practices and a plethora of other social and environmental injustices. We were shocked — and thrilled — when the decision came down primarily in favor of the two heroes who had taken them to court.

“Blue Vinyl” is both hot and funny, definitely a wake-up call for us who are ignorant of the various supplies that go into building our precious homes. A chemically sensitive woman told me about the film years ago, and because of her personal sensitivity to vinyl as a toxic substance, she gave the audience (after the screening) an added jolt to their already shakened response.

“The Take” was powerful and expensive (the film distributors made it almost impossible to screen the film; they charge way too much and their antiquated notion of film screening does not include the new breed of community activists who use film as an organizing tool.) We took the chance and lost money. More activists need to negotiate seriously with certain political film distributors. More of this is in my book (see below). With all the hype about the film, it had some serious flaws. It focused ONLY on the workers in Argentina taking over the factories. Yes, that’s a great idea and to see it implemented was in fact fantastic! But a much broader film, and more accessible, is the film called “Argentina: Hope in Hard Times” that not only and simply and elegantly illustrates the workers taking over the factories but includes farmers, food, community, recycling the waste, starting up businesses and much more. Go to bullfrog films for more details about that film and how to order it (“The Take” just recently became available in the U.S. After two years! Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein: What were you thinking??!!)

“Affluenza” is another major film that can be shown time and again especially around the over-consumptuous maddening holidays. But a much better film is the sequel “Escape From Affluenza,” especially for those who already know what the problems are and want to do something about it — and who have a desire to find out alternatives to break out of the affluenza disease. The same type of film is in the makings called “Escape From Suburbia,” a sequel to “The End of Suburbia.” Stay tuned in August of 2006.

One film you didn’t include is Robert Greenwald’s film, “Wal-Mart.” It will blow you away. We screened that film in four cities to 700 people, all in a week’s time. We were even instrumental in having a city council decide against changing their laws which would have accommodated another Wal-Mart store to come into town, even though there was already a Wal-mart store in their town.

Thank you, The Ecologist, for putting these films together and for publishing the blurbs. We have 80% of your initial 25 films, plus 300 more in our Film Library that we loan out to people in the US. They are not only catalogued online but are shelved at a cool cafe where people can “rent” them and awaken to some powerful realities out there that get violently swept under the veils by corporate America. Check out our website at to learn of the films and their summaries and check out what films we are going to be showing in our central coast cities (and in other cities as we expand).

It is not enough to simply be privately woken up by any of these films. To sit there being awakened without changing anything or doing anything is being impotent. What we have done is to SCREEN the films, talk about it right afterwards, and encourage people to go to their favorite cafe and keep the discussion going, meet up with other people with similar projects and strengthen the progressive element in small cities throughout the country, and the world.

Thanks again for putting on this contest.

Bob Banner is publisher of HopeDance POB 15609 San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 USA 805 544 9663 and is the author of BECOMING THE MEDIA: SHOWING FILMS IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY (available at

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Posted: Dec 13, 2006 11:50pm
Aug 23, 2006
San Luis Obispo (CA) Public library pulls progressive magazine from shelves, calling it 'pornography'

Sat, Aug. 19, 2006
Bob Cuddy:

The county’s library director has ordered librarians to remove the August
edition of HopeDance magazine from library shelves because the issue is
"dedicated to sex," features local artist Mark Bryan’s painting of a nude
woman on its cover and has sexual graphics inside.

Local libraries pull 'explicit' magazine

Librarians stash or trash an issue of HopeDance that’s ‘dedicated to sex’;
publisher says he’ll sue

The county’s library director has ordered librarians to remove the August
edition of HopeDance magazine from library shelves because the issue is
"dedicated to sex," features local artist Mark Bryan’s painting of a nude
woman on its cover and has sexual graphics inside.

HopeDance magazine, which calls itself a progressive or green magazine that
has been publishing 10 years, routinely goes to libraries’ shelves with other
free publications. But in a July 13 letter to librarians, library Director
Brian Reynolds wrote that he is "not comfortable having this particular issue"
on the free shelves. He asked librarians at the county’s 15 branches to
recycle it.

"Take a look at it, as well, and you’ll see why I am concerned," Reynolds wrote.

The free bimonthly publication has the painting "Venus and the Burning
Temples" on its front page and headlines promoting stories inside devoted to
"Public Masturbators," "Female Sexual Dysfunctions?" "Pornography: Beyond
Right & Wrong," and other subjects related to sexuality.

Reynolds could not be reached this week, but Deborah Graf, acting assistant
library director, called the issue "fairly sexually explicit" and said it went
against the library’s desire to be family- oriented. She said some parents had

Graf said she did not know how many librarians simply put the magazine out of
public view and how many destroyed it.

That’s a number HopeDance publisher Bob Banner would like to have, because he said he will sue the county for removing the magazine. He said it costs money to print and distribute, and when copies are destroyed not only does he lose money but advertisers suffer.

Banner said Reynolds could have called and asked him to remove this month’s
magazine. The publisher distributes 12,000 to 15,000 copies of each issue in
four counties and could have put the library copies elsewhere, he said.

Banner said he spoke to Reynolds, who told him he was worried about
adolescents’ reactions to the magazine. But, Banner said, much of the
HopeDance information that makes Reynolds uncomfortable can be found in
materials already on shelves at the library.

When asked for comment by The Tribune, First Amendment advocate and retired Cal Poly professor Laurence Houlgate said he’s worried about censoring
anything in the public library "that does not meet the very strict constraints" set by the Miller test. That stems from a 1970s Supreme Court case and helps determine what can be considered obscene material, he said.

"Unless it actually constitutes pornography under the Miller standard, I don’t
see how or what would justify its (removal)," Houlgate said. "The First
Amendment of the Constitution has got to be interpreted very broadly. We have to be careful how we censor reader material and how we censor people’s thoughts."

Houlgate, who has not seen HopeDance’s August edition, said that if it has any socially redeeming aspect, the Miller test would not consider it pornography.

Banner said he has long wanted to do an issue about sexuality. In his
introduction, he writes that the August edition is "packed with articles that
are fresh, disturbing, funny, probing at the unusual, and alive with what it
means to have a body embedded with desire and spiritual yearning dancing
together in its beautiful chorus called humanity."

He said HopeDance’s underlying theme is sustaining the planet, adding that its
audience may be people who are upset with what is happening in the world, or
looking for something different than what the mainstream media provide.

HopeDance magazine often has an environmental and/or political focus and
Banner says the next issue, now in preparation, will deal with global warming
and oil.

Staff writer Larissa Van Beurden-Doust contributed to this report.

Bob Banner, the publisher of HopeDance is a friend of mine and his magazine
has been a favorite of mine for years. San Luis Obispo (SLO) is in Central
Cali and I don't always stay in close touch with what's going on there (500
miles south of Redwood Valley), so I wasn't aware of this issue over the
current "sex" edition. This article was done in the local daily newspaper in
SLO and has some inaccurate information that Bob addresses below.

Notes from Bob that will morph into a Viewpoint for tomorrows SLO Tribune, the daily paper of SLO County that ran the article above. When I get the final
piece from Bob, I'll post it on my Share Network.
~Peace, Larry

From Bob, writing to the SLO newspaper and editor:

VIEWPOINT by Bob Banner about Censoring HopeDance Magazine in San Luis Obispo County, CA:

In your recent cover article about HopeDance, reporter Bob Cuddy wrote:
"[Banner] said he will sue the county for removing the magazine." I never
uttered a word about "suing" anyone. I specifically told him that I'm in the
process of writing a letter to the Board of Supervisors letting them know the
decision that Brian Reynolds made.

Also, reporter Cuddy wrote: "[Banner] said HopeDance’s underlying theme is
sustaining the planet..." I never said that. The planet will sustain itself
whether us humans are here or not. If everyone wishes to live like the modern
consumer we will need 3-4 planets to keep the billions of humans alive on this
planet. We need something else. We need to learn to live WITH the Earth, not
raping her resources like there’s no tomorrow. We need radical solutions. And
this is what HopeDance has been diligently working on for the past 10 years.

Cuddy wrote that the next issue "will deal with global warming and oil." I
told him that the title of the next issue is called HOW CITIES ARE PREPARING

But thank you very much for putting the explicit naked artwork on YOUR front
cover!! Let's hope that the Libraries won't censor YOUR publication! By the
way, in your recent editorial you state, “The prudent move would have been for Banner to call Reynolds and say something like: ‘I know this is a family
library; this is what's coming down the pike. Any problems?’ I think this is
preposterous. Did you ask permission from the head librarian to see if you
could put YOUR issue that contained a nude photo on YOUR front cover at the
Libraries throughout the county? I don’t think so.

Brian Reynolds could have discussed it with his librarians. Rather than give a
directive he could have initiated a dialogue. Some librarians might have known
about the American Library Association's (ALA) “Freedom to Read” policies or
the myriad ways in which this could be dealt with without resorting to dumping the papers. In fact one librarian wrote me stating that:

<< Sometimes some librarians put a "dummy" in place of the magazine with
notice that it is available to patrons over 18 who ask at the circulation (or
reference) desk, and that anyone under 18 would have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, I think it is also a form of censorship, as it
introduces a level of judgment and intimidation.>>

Some county librarians did put the issue in a less visible place for adults to
pick up the copy. The quoted librarian also pointed out two points from the
ALA that is pertinent here:

<<4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of
others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for
adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.

[]… We cut off literature at the source if we prevent writers from dealing
with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a responsibility to prepare
the young to meet the diversity of experiences in life to which they will be
exposed, as they have a responsibility to help them learn to think critically
for themselves….

5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept the
prejudgment of a label characterizing any expression or its author as
subversive or dangerous.>>

See American Library Association (ALA) to read more:

The librarian concludes with:

<< I respectively disagree with Reynold's choice to bow to pressure from a
particular group of readers. It is not in the interest of our society and the
freedoms we all too often take for granted. It takes us down a dangerous path.>>

As for the children. “Children” don’t read adult periodicals. And adolescents
can easily read material and see images from books in the library. What
intrigues me is the use of children as a standard to censor ideas and images.
As a culture we fatten our kids with fast foods, we sit them down in front of
TVs for hours at a time (indulging them with all sorts of violence and
unconscious desires to consume), we drug them with sugared sodas and candies and sugared processed “food”... but when it comes to sex we somehow muster all our parental muscle to make sure they are protected, to make sure they don’t see how people may celebrate and lovingly use their bodies, rather than the constant barrage of shooting or slashing or hacking or slapping or bombing human beings. Odd creatures we have become.

I also wish to comment about the sexuality issue itself. Not from myself but
from some of the readers.

Utne magazine published this online:

<<In an attempt to confront, and seemingly disestablish, the "very limited
monoculturalist view of sex" that's brewing in the United States, HopeDance’s
latest issue throws the doors of sexuality wide open. No subject is too risqué
for these pages: sacred prostitutes, a farmer's land buzzing with reproductive
frenzy, a woman who's had enough with public masturbators. By and large,
pieces avoid mining for shock value, focusing instead on presenting
information and stories frankly, showcasing examples of how they'd like to see
sexual discussion evolve. -- Rachel Anderson>>

Also from Lucia Capacchione, a therapist in Cambria:

<< [T]he issue of women’s sexuality was treated with such honesty, respect,
insightfulness and included such solid information. You honored a very
“touchy subject” (pun intended) with elegance and courage. As a therapist
and trainer of therapists working mostly with women for the past 30 years,
I’ve seen the pain and struggle so many women still have in owning their
sexuality and expressing it. Thank you for the depth and breadth of your
coverage of this most important issue.>>

This is what Brian Reynold has censored and I’m glad that some of the
librarians dissented from his directive to make sure that this particular
issue stayed in the Libraries. And thank goodness for the Internet since the
entire issue is online at as both a PDF with artwork or html without the artwork.

Bob Banner, Publisher of HopeDance
P.O.Box 15609
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

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