We were at a nice party over the weekend - a birthday celebration that included a number of people we'd never met before. During the food and festivities, some of us began talking about the "Good Old Days" in Sedona - back in the 1960s - 1980s - before West Sedona had turned into a "Strip" with a highway running through it. The old-timers are artists who were very interested to learn about our Resilient Communities endeavors. They asked me to keep them informed - and I asked them to bring their insights and their friends to the process.
Later, I was talking to a couple about how they had upgraded the energy efficiency of their home. It was really impressive what they had done and are doing themselves to save energy in a typical, production builder home. I mentioned that their energy efficiency projects are the kinds of things we'd like to encourage everyone to practice as we pursue our efforts to transition off the fossil fuel based economy. They were intrigued by the Resilient Communities process, and asked me about speaking to their homeowners association meeting. You know me, I never turn down an offer to talk about something more sustainable.
So - here we have a couple of casual encounters that led to the introduction of the Verde Resilient Communities network and our goals for the Verde Valley. In both, people were excited to learn about the process and wanted to participate in some way. During a birthday party, there arose two opportunities to grow our network.
Let us know about your experiences. I know you all are engaged in some aspect of sustainability, transitioning to a value-based economy and improving the quality of life. How can we spread the word and get others involved who might not currently be part of our efforts?