Hello Cascadian Transitioners!
I have some really good news I'd like to share with all of you about Cascadia Commons. I might have mentioned this before, but we are striving to establish a Benevolent Society, which is a mutual aid organization and can offer its members bulk rates on insurance products, such as health care. We believe the Benevolent Society model is excellent for advancing the efforts of transition because of its democratically managed lodge system. Just think about all the old Grange Halls, Elks Clubs, or Masonic Temples. Cascadia Commons is building on that idea, but applying it to bioregional and transition concepts for sustainability in the Pacific Northwest.
We have now gained the attention of the American Fraternal Alliance and they are interested in providing the resources we need to launch. We don't know if that means financial resources - we'll know more after our conference call with them next Monday, April 11, but we believe this could be the start of a very exciting partnership between our two organizations. It also means that Cascadia Commons will very likely be able to do a lot more to serve the regional transition effort. I will add more details to this thread as they become available.
Collin S. Ferguson
Founder | Cascadia Commons
New Update - 7/12/2011
During our conference call with the American Fraternal Alliance, Joe Annotti, President of the AFA, Chris Kopka and Paul Johnson of Thrivent Financial requested that we develop a membership plan. I'm proud to report that we are about to complete the outline for our membership plan, which includes plans for selling modular solar panels and writing a personal energy decent handbook. More info. to follow.
Another update from Cascadia Commons:
Please send me an email if you have any questions.