How to Be Super Productive Every Single Day

I use a simple, free method to organize and prioritize my tasks each day, which enables me to efficiently slice through busyness and relentlessly pursue productivity. It's called a "Things To Do List" (also known as a TTD List). You may be keeping some kind of task list already, but over time I have honed one specific version of this approach which I think you may find to be highly useful to you. 

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A Fascinating People Located High in the Andes Mountains

We've recently had the opportunity to connect with a group of indigenous people located in Ecuador called the Kañari Kichwa. The Kañari are in the process of reviving many of their traditional agricultural practices, after having largely thrown off the yoke of external control by various empires over the last few hundred years. 

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What Are the Most Spoken Languages in the World?

At Aspire, making our information available in multiple languages is a key part of our mission of getting the world out to as many people as possible. In researching which languages we should prioritize, we discovered that there is actually a lot of divergent data regarding the data for various languages. This article is an attempt to synthesize our research in an easy to understand format. 

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How to Make Your Own Fire Starters

We do a lot of cooking outside on the grill during the summertime. A few weeks ago, I noticed my housemate was using these store-bought fire starters which seemed to be industrially produced from non-organic materials. It made me wonder if I could make something better and potentially healthier. Then I remembered a recipe from some rancher friends in Montana which uses clean materials from around the home. I tried it out and it worked great!

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What is a Food Forest?

A Food Forest, also known as a Forest Garden, is a food production system which mimics the multilayered nature of an actual forest. Unlike in a wild forest, where specific plant selection is left up to nature, in a food forest all the layers are either food producers or supporting species that turbocharge the food producers. Today we're going to examine the specific layers that comprise a forest so that we can begin to think about replicating those layers in our own food growing systems.

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Can Permaculture Fundamentally Fix Civilization?

We recently published an article entitled "How to Save the World with Permaculture," which was also featured in Invironment Magazine. One of the editors at Invironment published a response article questioning many of the points in our original article. We discuss those concerns today, which provides us with an opportunity to dig deeper into specifically how we plan to change the world and to fix civilization's largest problems. 

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