“What needs to be sustained is not competitive advantage, corporate profits or economic growth. What needs to be sustained are the patterns of relationship in the web of life.” Fritjof Capra, Founding Director, Center for Ecoliteracy
“Community is not some add-on to our other needs, not a separate ingredient for happiness along with food, shelter, music, touch, intellectual stimulation, and other forms of physical and spiritual nourishment. Community arises from the meeting of those needs. There is no community possible among a people who do not need each other.” Charles Eisenstein, whose new book is The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
In Portland for the 13th Annual Village Building Convergence, inspired by Mark Lakeman and his organization, City Repair, something significant came together for me; why we were building with local, natural materials, why we were talking about “putting up” our garden produce, why new words are arising like gaialogue and indigenuity, why we need to make places where people can gather and talk: it’s all about creating a new story, one which arises when we see ourselves as terminally interconnected. And we also looked at how radical actions must be taken to unseat the old story of entitlement and power over other people and over nature. (more…)
We’re changing the format of the monthly potluck to include a monthly gift circle.
What is a gift circle? Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice in as much depth as you want:
So here’s how it goes: Make a dish that you like (enough for three people) and bring it at 6:30 pm. After we’ve eaten, at about 7:15 pm we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then match them.
What ensues? Stronger community bonds, needs met, gifts accepted, hearts opened, lives bettered. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome, and from those who can afford it, a $5 donation helps us pay for use of the hall and kitchen. We end at 8:30 pm or thereabouts.
Report from a field by KO
Set in the midst of the quickly growing suburban Orange County, amongst tracts of new homes built without solar power panels, the Solar Decathlon finalists’ houses sat on the runway of a retired Air Force airport and were opened to the public from October 1 to October 13.
This is the winning design, from students in Austria. Go here for pictures of all entries: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/gallery_houses.html
The Solar Decathlon is a college student competition to create accessible and affordable Net Zero home designs (see requirements at end of this article). Students take two years to produce their house and deal with a steep learning curve of project management, budgeting, construction trades, and fundraising among others.
We’re Loni and TJ, a pair of homeowners who are on the road to resilience. We’d like to share a few things we’ve learned along the way that we hope will be of value to you, or at least have you nodding your head in recognition. And since we’re seeking a new housemate for the next stage of the journey, we’ve included what is essentially an ad for anyone who’s interested in joining us at the table.
A discussion of ways to conserve water, utilize rain from your roof without rain barrels and set up a greywater system. Here’s a cogent article to motivate you: http://www.nationofchange.org/never-again-enough-1375197456
We will be concentrating on solutions and skill-sharing.