Hi Collin! Great to read of what you are creating! I'm not familiar with the Bright Neighbor program you spoke of, being a technology superior to Ning or Facebook.
Send me an invite to the site you're developing and I'll explore it sometime.
We are creating our 3rd annual Seed-Swap ( & Tubers) this Jan 30th up in Bellingham, and we hope more seed-savers from the bioregion attend.
Here's a couple links if you want to pass the word:
I also did not make it to the urban permi convergence this year...September is just too beautiful of a time to transport to an urban zone!
I'd like to update everyone where Cascadia Commons is at.
We received another grant of $1k this winter, and with the total income available, we worked with a PR Consultant giving us a new mission statement (see below) and 30-second pitch. Also, we now have uniforms, business cards, and a very exciting gift certificate program. To generate revenue for the organization, we've launched a pilot version of our Solar Power Sales Lead Nurturing program. So far, I've been traveling the streets of Portland, Oregon pitching to businesses involvement in our gift certificate program and encouraging them to take the Cascadia Commons Solar Power Survey, which we'll use to generate leads for Solar contractors.
Over the next couple of months, we'll write our bylaws for both Cascadia Commons, 501c3 and the soon to be Cascadia Commons, 501c8. The latter will eventually become the parent organization and will create a lodge system for Cascadians dedicated to Bioregional Sustainability and Energy Decent. The 501c3 will advance certain aspects of the charitable purpose of the 501c8.
We'd really, really love to have someone from Transition Cascadia join us in sculpting our bylaws. We now have the attention of the American Fraternal Alliance. If we're successful in launching the 501c8, we'd be the first new Benevolent Society in the United States in over 60 years! This is a very exciting opportunity that we believe will do a lot for the Cascadia Transition movement. Please join us!
Collin S. Ferguson
Founder | Cascadia Commons
P.S. Here is our new mission statement:
The mission of Cascadia Commons is to help Pacific Northwest communities grow and thrive in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. Our programs encourage community involvement, promote the use of renewable energy, market underutilized native resources, support new ways to exchange goods and services, foster regional culture and history, and offer educational assistance and mutual assurance for our members.