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....
sorry about delay in getting back to you. i definitely think Bowling Alone and Better Together by Robert Putnam are a good start. i've also read John Field's Social Capital (UK perspective)and Social Cpaital: Critical Perspectives by Baron, Field and Schuller. hope this helps. i think developing social capital is at the heart of community development, though it's a little used concept. Putnam thinks Portland , Oregon has rich social capital. would be interested to hear your view
Are you still around? So far, you and I take anywhere from 7 months to 2.5 years to respond to each other. But alas, the revolution has come, and I think it's high time we connected. :-)
I've recently begun my next original documentary theatre project (created by teens) called "Civil Disobedience - The Musical" and I really want to connect with the folks here at Transition. You are the first person I'm reaching out to.
I hope we can connect soon!
I hope this message finds you healthy with moments of joy each day in your life!
Probably, but not without knowing more about how the community already operates, and how it would ideally operate. I'll try to sink my teeth in here, but I think one of the main issues is that it's a lot to digest from the outset. Is there a "new member guide" anywhere around?
Thank you for the link to the Wiser Earth group Judith. I joined and looked around a little. I have not found Wiser Earth to be very useful but the way James frames the issue is certainly in line with my thinking and the fact that he has over 400 members in impressive. Perhaps there is a way to work together.
Ok, now I feel silly. Ya' know why? Because I have actually been there before and I didn't even really realize what it was! I was on a tour of local rain water catchment systems in Prescott a couple of years ago, and Manzanita Village was part of the tour. Their common building had a rainwater catchment system, and one of the private homes did too. At the time, I was struck by the pedestrian zone in the middle of, what looked like to me, city streets. I was curious about that, but since it wasn't really part of the tour subject matter, I didn't inquire more. Now I know why - it was a cohousing project! :)
Very cool. Yes, I will make contact with them. I agree, this type of community is the PERFECT place to start getting awareness out about transition town movements - and certainly the eggs. Heck, maybe I could help them start with chickens if they wanted to. I think I will see about meeting some of them at one of their dinners. Then I can also invite anyone interested to my place, and show them the rainwater catchment system that I built at my house, that was inspired by THEIR rainwater catchment. And I can show them the chickens too, and maybe get them excited about the idea of chickens.
Thank you for the welcoming words Judith. I'm new to all of this, but my motivation right now is pretty high as all of my reading on this subject makes sense to me. I've said to my friends that I feel it would be almost unethical to leave my daughter on this Earth at the end of my life without pointing her in the right direction to survive the impending transition years our society will face. I only pray that it doesn't involve violence.
As of yet, I'm only familiar with Racine Transition. If your familiar with any others in wisc I would appreciate a lead or two, if you don't mind. This movement make so much sense to me, I wish I had started ten years ago!
Thanks Judith, the service is going well. Yes, I am interested in moving to a Transition Town and will start attending TT meetings in Louisville while I'm in town. Its good to hear this is a service that is transferable....
Thanks for that! Yes, I have already introduced myself to Brian and the people at PCI, and I am trying to network both with people local to me, and with people involved in healthcare across the globe, but it can be hard work at times!
Hi Judith, Yes patience is the most difficult. At times I want to scream while asking "when will you ever wake up?". I will be interviewing people involved with transition initiatives in 2011. Where are you? Maybe I can visit you and the others you are working with? You can see my first blog entry at transitionvision.wordpress.com.
Please forward the following invitation to anyone in the Santa Barbara area who may want to join us. Yolanda McGlinchey, SB emergency services manager, is also inviting a fire fighter who has established some time of radio network up in the mountains outside of SB.
I'm heading west for family stuff and am going to be at this gathering. I don't know how far you are from SB but it would be great to meet you! (I'll be staying in Ojai during part of my visit.)
Introductional meeting on merging sustainability and community resilience in emergency planning processes and visa versa.
When: Friday, June 18, 2010 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada).
Where: Fire Station 1, 121 W. Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA