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....
Thank´s for writing me. I do not know USA alot, so I have to look up where Ohio is. I am into raw food and happiness. And also Personal Transition, permaculture, eco-living, straw bale house building, music and dancing. I used to live in an eco village, but moved due to dictature like conditions. And at the time I did not feel good about confronting it. Well all is new to me right now, and I focus on the greatness that is opening up right now, for me and others to really be aware and loveing. Hope you are well and in love. Write me if you like. :)
I don't know what's going on in my community specifically, about transition. However, many people around here do garden because they like to and/or that's the way their families have been doing it forever.
In my case my family has been around here and Logan (Well, the newcomers came in around 1870 or so. Hi Hi) for a long time. My greatgrandfathers on my mom's side fought in the Civil War and one of them helped build the house I grew up in before he went to the Civil War.I am an exception to the gardening crew though in that I swore I would never plant another garden after I escaped from the farm in 1966. That was my intent untill I read James Howard Kunstler's book The Long Emergency about 5 years ago. It took a while to retrieve those repressed farming memories Hi HI) but this year, even with all the rain I did get a garden in. Some potatoes, corn and beans. I planted some other stuff but it was just too late. I picked a lousy year to start, but this is a trial year so I'll be better prepared next spring.
In the 5 years since I read JHK's book I've been informing myself about the predicaments our civilization has gotten itself into. Predicaments are different than problems in that they have no easy, readily available solutions. It took a lot to get me started but doing something is better than just fretting and complaining about it.
As for the communication problems, at some point I would like to discuss those issues as I have some experience in discussing the issues we're talking about on amateur radio.
Also, if someone wants to discuss some of these issues about GCC, Peak Oil, water and such I would be interested. One of the problems that I've ran into is that people just don't believe the next 20 years are going to be different than the last 20.
I just wanted to let you know that I am doing what I can to promote the ham radio ideas here but I personally don't have time nor the passion for picking it up as a hobby for myself. I was so delighted to find you and it has been fun seeing the ham radio movement start to pick up here and there. We have an Electricity and Radio Museum here in Bellingham that offers classes on Ham Radio operation. We talked about it at our Great Unleashing (April 10/11) - which was a smashing success! I didn't see a work group form from it but I think I heard a communications work group may have started - and they will likely pick up on it. I will monitor it for this. We have lots of folks involved now and many are not on line so they are going to focus some on how to stay in touch with non-computer users.
We're having a Climate Festival here in Cotati, CA. We'll have electric vehicles on display, postcards you can send to your reps, a community art project, face painting and solar cookies! So far, the weather forecast looks promising -- we're getting the rain out of the way now!
Transition Louisville has a new web site - and we have more than doubled our 'membership' on this new ning site in less than a month- it also has a number of 'groups' and and approach to neighborhoods that you may find interesting