Author Archives: Donal MacCoon

Governing The Commons By Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom — Notes

Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, synthesized empirical research from multiple disciplines (e.g., rural sociology, anthropology, history, economics, political science, forestry, irrigation sociology, human ecology, African studies) to answer the question of what distinguishes those groups who succeed vs. fail at effectively and sustainably managing common resources. This article […]

Chapter 14: Strategies for an Alternative Nation, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual — Notes

“No-one would deny that people are the most difficult factor in any design or assembly. It is not that people lack the will to cooperate; its is more often that they have not adapted those sensible legal and administrative, or social mechanisms which allow them to cooperate.” (p. 532) Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual — or […]

Two Rivers Two Friends: From the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi

A celebration of 23 years of friendship: Four Days Canoeing down the Wisconsin River artery to the Mississippi River September 24-28, 2021

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A native of Los Angeles turned Madisonian by way of Spain and Washington, D.C., Dr. Donal MacCoon is a misfit who helps other misfits redefine and live a resilient, healthy, meaningful and vibrant life using the ancient contemplative practice of mindfulness, modern neuroscience, integrative mind-body healing, community, and environmental and resiliency knowledge. Growing up in […]

Less is More: Purge the Excess, Live Clutter-free, and Enjoy Life

You don’t need an expert to tell you that you have too much. From the 27 pairs of shoes that Whole Shoe Liquidator says you have in your closet to the arsenal of small kitchen appliances you never use, you have more belongings than you actually need. While this is certainly wasteful, the clutter this […]

Snow Walking the Sylvania Wilderness (video)

On February 8, 2019, five Dads traveled from Madison, WI to the Sylvania Wilderness, braving winter temperatures 28 degrees below zero, to enjoy four days of silence, beauty, and adventure. It was awesome. This is our story.

How to Go Green When Decluttering Your Home

Declutteringyour home can be good for your health. When it’s done the right way, decluttering can be better for the environment as well. If you want to clean up your home environment without cluttering the planet, here are some eco-friendly cleaning and organizing tips you should definitely keep in mind during the process. Go Green […]

Electronic Security – Notes

Protecting various electronics from cars to phones to computers during an EMP is covered above. Day-to-day electronics security is also a good idea. This includes encrypting stored data on all devices (including computers, phones, tablets), backing up those devices with rotating drives (with some off site), and encrypting data that is sent and received by […]

Budget-Savvy, Earth-Friendly Housekeeping Tips for Dog Owners

It may seem like muddy paws and hairy furniture go hand-in-hand with dog ownership. You can actually keep your home clean and enjoy your pooch, and it doesn’t mean you need to invest tons of time, money or energy in housekeeping. This article’s tips are designed to allow you and Fido to spend more time playing and less time cleaning and still keep your home looking sharp.

From Branches To Spoons — Notes on the skills and art of spoon carving

Competency in basic skills is a key component of moving from our dysfunctional status quo to a future of thriving on one planet’s worth of resources (one planet thriving). Making anything with your hands can represent a way to build an overlapping set of competencies that may make other forms of making easier. Building relationships […]