Posts From Sarah Ratchford

Getting something from nothing

Many longtime practitioners of yoga criticize the commodification of the practice in the Western world. But there are ways Western yogis can make money that focus on the practice’s key tenets, like mindfulness and unity. Leah Emmott, the Canadian creator of apparel company Inner Fire, knows this better than anyone: she makes yogawear out of recycled plastic bottles. She tells SCOPE how it’s done.

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Safety in loneliness

Remember the movie The Ring, and how it brought your childhood fears and/or nihilist leanings to life? That’s where Croatian photographer Lidija Ivanek will take you, with her lonely landscapes and old school developing techniques.

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Thinking about what’s for dinner

Despite the fact that many people aren’t sure where their food comes from anymore, journalist Kiera Butler says a program over a century old may, if it tries, have the capacity to spread the sustainable food movement.

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Sovereigns, not settlers

In ethnically-diverse North America, there can be a fine line between a natural melding of cultures and cultural appropriation — a now-familiar battle cry that rings out each time Iggy Azalea releases a new track. But when people accuse one another of appropriating aspects of Indigenous culture in particular, argues Monika Siebert, they’re often missing a more important political point.

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Closing rifts and opening minds

Jamil Jivani is fighting racial profiling by police in a new way. Mediated discussions about ill treatment, he tells SCOPE, could well be the key to rewiring the system and avoiding large-scale injustice.

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Re-imagining the demise of buildings

The construction of an exciting new building is a spectacle of optimism, and we tend to assume that once completed, a given structure will last forever. It never does, of course, but planning for the end of buildings remains rare. A new book, Buildings Must Die, sets out to change that.

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