You can create coincidence. This is Paul Liekens' intriguing message. Anyone can make any wish come true. You just need to understand the laws of the universe. Jurriaan Kamp talked with him about allergies, phobias, rain and ... happiness.
Peace is possible, but is must be constantly won anew. Anita Roddick's last column for Ode.
In developing countries urbanisation is the source of a variety of common problems. Villagers take their poverty to already overpopulated cities. The solution lies in strengthening rural economies. Microcredit, small loans for poor entrepreneurs, can play an important role in this process. Marco Visscher travelled through Ecuador and Peru and saw for himself how microcredit can be used to bolster the position of local communities and put a stop to urbanisation...
Truth and authenticity are relative terms in Japan. Imitation and reality intermingle. Are they in danger of losing sight of 'the truth'? Not as far as Pico Iyer is concerned. In fact, you appreciate your surroundings more once you grasp their transitory nature. Everything changes, except the truth.
NEWS & MEDIA
The resurgence of timber in European building
'We'-thinkers maintain their hard-won intellectual and emotional freedoms while connecting with the greater whole. Tijn Touber's column.
From an evolutionary perspective sex is a relatively new phenomenon, which may be why we haven't quite yet mastered it. But the so loudly applauded advent of free sex appears to be undermining Western society. It is possible to bring together spirituality and love. Ode went in search of the love behind the lust.
Desire is the wish to consume. To imbibe, devour, ingest and digest -- annihilate. Desire needs no other prompt but the presence of alterity.
Is your house full of junk? Never enough time to clean it all up? Don't kid yourself any longer. A tidy house is a tidy mind.
Devinder Sharma asks how can a 'protein-rich' potato really stop malnourishment in India.
Religion has caused a lot of misery in the world, says Neale Donald Walsch. We need a modern Martin Luther to free us from the tyrannical bonds of our churches. It is time for a new spirituality to emerge on earth.
African radio stations serve democracy
'Working on reconciliation is realising God's dream for humanity'
Kiran Tawadey sells healthy, restorative and delectable organic tea
An orchestra can flourish if it's open to creativity and input from its members