MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
Luellen, your reading list (I just read it) really makes me want to know you face to face. There are so many of my personal favorites on this list, so many books that have shaped who I am today, and some I haven't read yet but seeing them on this list convinces me I'd like to read them!
Good to hear from you. There was actually just a permaculture training in Lapeer county recently. I didn't attend, but felt encouraged to hear of folks in mid-michigan getting the "good word", lol.
I have read Last Child in the Woods -- an excellent book which describes so many of the ways we are disconnected from a meaningful relationship with our home and our place. I've been working on building that relationship for about the last 12 years. (Glad you liked my hair... This was my hairdo for the wedding of my daughter last month! I love it!!! Now I'm teaching myself how to do crown braids.)
It's definitely my long-term goal to come back and start a Transition Initiative in my home county (Allegan). It's ironic that you mention construction because that's who I worked for in MI, Townsend Builders. There should be retrofitting, energy efficiency and new design work like strawbale housing in the future. Hey, wouldn't it be great if we could get these guys connected (oops, I made a sexist assumption that your construction friends were guys!) :-) Alice
The ideal person is the one whose name is recognized widely throughout your community. In other words, someone trusted. That way when invitations and announcements go out, there is instant recognition.
Hi Luellen, At this point we are inviting all local initiatives interested in Michigan to register their interests and activities. We expect that 40-50 localities in Michigan will start discussions on this page. When we have a clearer picture of who wants to be involved state-wide, we'll then set up Transition Michigan.
Please click on the link above and describe what's happening in Eaton
Rapids. Let me know if you have questions.
Hi Luellen. Wow! what an avid reader. Your list has tremendous value for our entire community -- would you be willing to go to the Transition Michigan to register your interest in the Lansing, Michigan area and post your list? And while you're there, give us a few words about the training session -- how'd it go?