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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
The transition movement is the wave of the future. We need to live in a society that can sustain it self. We need to get back to basics.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I feel I can become an effective tool in getting minorities involved. They need someone that is like them. But, they also need someone who understands how to explain in terms that will be acceptable and make sense.
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Hi again Gloria,
I know, at least hope, you're not around a computer but wanted to refer you to Henry Robert Burke's page . I've had a few interactions with him over the years and have greatly appreciated his work. I am thrilled that he has just joined the Transition Ohio site and am hoping and greatly looking forward to reading anything he may care to share there.
I did read your last comments. You have been on my mind.
Thanks Gloria! I have also read your comments and you have been on my mind.
I'm glad to hear you're on vacation and hope you can avoid computer stuff. Let me know when you're back on-line.
I am thrilled we have connected. You appear to have a better understanding then most. I have become real irritated lately, by people who assume they know what Blacks want and need. Education does not mean common sense. You my friend have earned my immediate respect. Often times, I find my self suppressing a lot.
Ahhh...thank you very much. I find myself, as one other friend informed me, disavowing (?), not taking ownership of the stuff I am doing. I am working on accepting such feedback as nourishment with humility and grace. I think my hesitancy to let such things stick is related to old fears related to the potential my ego might have to take such things an run with it toward some ego/control/power trip. I feel at peace that this is no longer a concern, while also aware that I must continue to love my ego and tend to it like a child, my inner child, who needs to be reminded from time to time of the ground rules.
Please do not feel like you have to self-suppress anything you may be feeling with me. I am eager for your sharings and the input you have to offer us in this adventure.
I am having great difficulty creating such a organizational structure within the current ning site. I'd like to be able to create sub-working groups, like Public Information and outreach, where we could share info about communications with minorities, literacy, etc.
But, for the time being that's all I've been able to do. I have however been in communication with one of the site admins and am still looking for a more appropriate medium for creating a more multi-dimensional depiction, map perhaps, of these interconnected systems.
Anyways, I am thinking of you and hope you are having a fabulously fun and refreshing vacation.
Talk with you later and thank you so much for speaking up in this venue. What you have to share is extremely important!
HI Gloria...I've been thinking of you and the topics of discussion that we began exploring together. I hope to write more in the near future since I've got some thoughts on my mind but need to focus on my nursing work for awhile.
I hope you are well and enjoying the day.
How wonderful, thanks for writing! I'm looking forward to continued explorations and the sharing of insights, information and process tips with you.
I'm familar with the Post-Carbon, Cool Cities, Relocalization and of course, Transition Towns. I've checked out most related models and templates since there isn't the time or need to reinvent the wheel. I can't remember which exact ones you mentioned though.
I'd love to read your research. You may also want to do a bit of a dive into the realm of public health. Climate change is a big deal as is a silos to systems movement, all hazard worse case scenario planning, etc. Public health has to build extensive networks toward robust and resilient systems if they're going to have a breath of a chance to handle the pandemic flu... a matter of when not if. Studies have also shown that the public has to be involved in transparent planning and response activities for such efforts to be effective. Top down efforts haven't been very effective and I think that the Transition movement is exactly what the doctor ordered.
I have had similar experiences interacting, communicating and sharing information with folks of diverse backgrounds. I work as a home health assessment nurse for a state medicaid program so get to travel around the hills meeting folks in their homes.
It makes a big difference in one's ability to establish a comfortable rapport with folks if one knows the cultural norms, vocabulary levels, etc. There is a big difference between "city folk" and "rural folk" and Appalachia has it's own set of behaviors. It is always rather funny to go to inservice on cultural sensitivity that are offered by city folk who don't even know how to pronounce the words. :-)
We have a history of moonshinin' down here and some of the names are intentionally pronounced differently so folks can tell if you're "not from around here" :-)
I grew up in rural North Dakota, am fairly well-educated, traveled and lived way out west and came here 25 yrs ago as a professor's wife and mother of two young children.
I have spoken with a lot of my local neighbors about preparedness, government response, etc. Such folks are actually a lot more aware of the need for self-sufficiency and resiliency than a lot of the hip folks I know from around the area. They are also very interested in community dialogue but are rarely given the impression that anyone wants to hear what they have to say.
Particular issues of peak oil and climate change are a little harder to discuss due their general lack of news and research. I had a fun dialogue with some local guys recently that thought that the whole peak oil thing was just a bunch of hogwash...that it was really just the oil companies and political folks jerking us around. But, when I presented it in terms of it being a limited resource, brought their attention to how much we are using and how it plays a part in every part of their lives...they didn't have any trouble understanding and agreeing that we had best be prepared and start making some changes.
Same thing with climate change...may not know the stats or believe everything that the media is portraying but they know that our weather patterns are changing.
They're not quite ready to organize however and I'm not really sure how to go about getting them on board with such efforts. We still have strong community ethics here and if someone needed something they'd be there, disaster utopia.
Like I said, I actually have more difficulty communicating such things to the educated academic folks because they think all of their pre-programmend assumptions and knowledge is correct. They seem to find it harder to humble themselves to the point of accepting that everything we thought we knew and the way we have been going about things could be entirely incorrect when dealing with very complex and dynamic systems.
Sorry to have rambled on, I hope it's not too disjointed...I do love this stuff and meeting folks such as yourself. I'm coming off of a lond day of computer activities and am a bit fried.
I'll re-read your letter tomorrow.
It's time to shut the thermal curtains, stoke the fire a bit and come up with some dinner fixin's.
It's a pleasure to meet you and thanks for all you are doing! kj
I appreciate your profile post and am glad to make your acquaintence!
I live in a township with the highest concentration of minorities in our county, anthropologically referred to as Melungeons, but I prefer to refer to them as friends and neighbors ;-)
I think we also have to remember that the average reading literacy in America is at a 6th-8th grade level. In my area it is more like 3rd grade with a lot of communication happening in the verbal/body language arena. I live in the Appalachian Hill Country in an area with a predominence of generational poverty.
As a RN, I must apply literacy writing tools to address these matters in educational matters. I find the readability statistics tool in the spelling and grammar section of microsoft word to be very helpful but it's always a challenge to get my writing down to the desired reading ease and grade level scores.
Anyways, I appreciate you bringing such matters up and would appreciate hearing any suggestions you have to help explain in terms that will be acceptable and make sense.
Hi Gloria! Great to see you here on Transition U.S. "... I feel I can become an effective tool in getting minorities involved. .." -- Wonderful. What do you need from this broader community to move ahead...
If you haven't already done so, come and see the new US Transition Page we rolled out this past weekend. As this page develops, it will become a map of Transition resources across all ning sites. All 50 states are now active. Many state sites are brand new! Go to TRANSITION MASSACHUSETTS and sign in. Invite others. Enter some of your local events. Start Discussions. Make Transition! Have fun!