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207: Planting the Seeds for a New Society

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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pm207_200.jpg“We’re a conduit and a packager of important cutting edge material that people need to do the work that they’re engaged in.” Judith Plant and the New Society Publishers (NSP) team are social change agents bringing emerging ideas and authors to the forefront. They converse about the need for women’s voices in social change; rootedness in place, and how their boots-on-the-ground, solution-oriented books are antidotes to fear. They deliberately go out to talk to their readers. Hearing what they want, then search for authors to address topics readers are asking for. [www.newsociety.com].(Photo, left to right, back: Heather Nicholas, Aileen Warner, Ginny Martin, Ingrid Witvoet, Sue Custance; front: Janaia, EJ Hurst, Judith Plant; Jean Wyenberg; Chris Plant).Listen to Audio.  Read the Transcript. Download video on iTunes. Watch the video »

182: Changing the World One Bike Rider at a Time

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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pm182_150.jpgA weekly free bike coop where you can use mechanics’ tools and expertise to fix your bike? Free clinics where schoolkids or neighbors learn to maintain or build their own bikes from used parts? Chauncey and Dash Tudhope-Locklear make a living repairing bicycles, but volunteer projects support their mission of empowering “social change through bicycles.” With an eye to local food self-reliance, they even repair farmers’ bicycles for free. (www.ptrecyclery.com).

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal “At the ReCyclery, What Goes Around Comes Around” about taping this conversation.

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165: Finding Excitement Creating a Life-Sustaining Society

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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pm165_150.jpgLavender farmer Dana Illo and her partner Catherine Johnson will infect you with enthusiasm. They’ve turned their initial response to resource declines from “it’s horrible and overwhelming” into “we can create new ways of doing.” Dana is bringing Dragon Dreaming to her community. This organizing model starts by having a group totally buy into a specific dream, like being locally food self-sufficient. Then in every cycle of implementation, members Dream, Plan, Do and — just as importantly — Celebrate! Why not have fun while we build community and security?

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149: Santa Barbara Students Lead the Way to Sustainability

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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pm149_150.jpgTake a personal tour with members of Santa Barbara City College’s Student Sustainability Coalition. They’re propelling action — like bringing fresh, local organic produce daily to the salad bar, and placing recycling bins in the cafeteria. They’re educating the campus all year round and especially during Sustainability Week — on the climate crisis, renewables, and campus transportation alternatives. Now their advisor, professor Adam Green, has formed a Center for Sustainability for the college campuses, curriculum and community (sustainability.sbcc.edu).

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125 An Engineer Examines a Town’s Energy Future

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

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pm125_150.jpgHow much energy does a town consume? Brian Corzilius sleuthed that out for Willits, California, and got a big surprise: in this community of 13,000 people, nearly 25% of personal after-tax earnings (about $30 million annually) leaves town to pay for energy - gasoline, diesel, electricity and natural gas. His inventory grew into an energy independence report which identified opportunities for local energy sources to replace external inputs. His local “energy mix” considers solar, wind, hydro, biomass, wood gasifiers, co-generation, and sewage plant methane to create electricity. A model for any community, his energy report is online at www.willitseconomiclocalization.org.

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121 Helping Local Food Businesses Thrive

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

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pm121_150.jpgWendy Siporen coordinates The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE), which helps small locally-owned businesses not just to thrive, but be more sustainable as well. A “Food Connection” directory enables local businesses to buy from one another. Their “Rogue Flavor” campaign helps consumers find locally produced food at farm stands, restaurants, and markets. Tasty ideas from the one-week “Eat Local Challenge”: cooking classes, films, and a meal cooked from all-local products from the growers market. Yum! [www.thriveoregon.org, www.rogueflavor.org]

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108: Sustainable Bellingham - Grass Roots Organizing is Key

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

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pm108_150.jpgSustainable Bellingham has built a solid infrastructure to be as effective in their community as possible. Team members Sandy Hoelterhoff, Lynnette Allen and David Kowalsky discuss their decision-making tool QET (a Quick Effective Tool), as well as a natural-systems model to define roles for producing events. Called ACORN, it includes roles based on directions of the compass (e.g., physical logistics tasks are in the south, oversight in the north). With a mission of education and communication, they network people, projects and groups with similar interests. Among Sustainable Bellingham ’s activities are film showings and a Sustainable Transportation Fair. [www.sustainablebellingham.org]

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106: Community Gardens Grow Community

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

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pm106_150.jpgPatrick Marcus and other motivated citizens sprouted a community garden on city land slated to be a park in Ashland, Oregon. When the garden was threatened by plans to develop the park, they got active. Their research and advocacy led to official policy supporting community gardens in city parks. As the volunteer garden manager, Patrick affirms gardening isn’t just for leisure — it helps build community. It creates bonds among people from diverse social spheres — through shared work, classes, potlucks and, most of all, shared passion. [www.communitygarden.org]

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105: For the Love of Trees

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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Though born and raised elsewhere, Jerry Becker is now a de facto indigenous member of Oregon’s Elk River watershed. The credo he lives by is Respect. He and his family have lived lightly “long before it was cool.” An ecoforester, Jerry manages the woods sensitively with an eye to its wholeness. For the past thirty years he has worked with Friends of Elk River to protect wilderness regions in the watershed. In the last decade he formed the Elk River Land Trust, working with private landowners to protect agricultural and forest lands from development. Ripples of his gentle respectfulness permeate the Elk River forest community. [www.foer.org, www.erlt.org]

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95: Economic Localization - A Community Rediscovering Itself

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

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Peak Moment 95In this freewheeling conversation, Jason Bradford and Brian Weller, co-founders of Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL), discuss local food security, creating a farm at a nearby grade school, being rooted in community, urban / rural issues in finance and land use, regional trading partners, reinventing local public transportation, and more. [www.willitseconomiclocalization.org]

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