Our Accomplishments

30 Years of Magic

People have come to Magic to clear heads of nonsense, and to fill hearts with love. Since 1979 We've been evolving to better discern and further common interests of humankind.

In the realm of idea we began with a mandate to study and teach human ecology. From the outset we were attentive to apparent conflicts between economic and ecological approaches to value. By the early 1980's we were teaching the first course in Ecological Economics to be offered at Stanford University. Over the next two decades we've developed the concept of valuescience and disseminated it through teaching, publishing, and demonstration projects.

We've shaped an all-volunteer organization and robust community of service. At the center of this community are residential service learning program participants who shoulder primary responsibility for operating Magic for benefit of the general public. Key operating personnel, board members, and other supporters include exceptionally talented and accomplished individuals with demonstrated commitment to furthering common good. A number have been associated with Magic for a decade or more.

We've generated an organizational structure and culture which reflect our mission, relying heavily upon gifts of material and labor, making fund-raising incidental to our service activities, and providing personnel freedom to learn and serve in ways suited to individual circumstance. We've built a modest asset base that includes three adjacent Palo Alto residences that Magic's service learning community occupies.

From this foundation of ideas, people, and other resources we've created programs to shed light on common human values and how people may effectively further them. With Magic programs we aim to provide opportunities for participants to cultivate individual health and awareness, promote social justice, peace, and freedom, and increase and protect wealth, including environmental quality.

Since 1979 we have:

On the basis of these achievements we have won national and international awards and recognition for assessing ecological impacts of climate change (International Oaks), swim instruction (New Zealand Triathlete), urban forest planning (Journal of Arboriculture), mediation and community development (American Society of Landscape Architects), habitat restoration (Audubon), transportation planning (Renew America), river-floodplain stewardship (BioScience), valuescience (Society for Ecological Restoration), and public service (Stanford University).

Although Magicians reflect with satisfaction upon the purposefulness and enthusiasm we've brought to our work, and although we are grateful for the appreciation others have shown for our accomplishments, we remain cautious in assessing our contribution to human well-being. We're aware of many instances where people celebrated results obtained over a few years or decades, only to later realize that adverse impacts outweighed gains.

We're grateful to the many people who've made Magic to date, and we look forward to continuing to grow the Magic community of service. If you think you may enjoy making Magic, we'll welcome your inquiry.