Food, Community and Our Place on Earth (320)

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If the trucks stopped rolling, how long could locally-produced food sustain your community? A farmer friend of Whidbey Islander (WA) Vicki Robin calculated “Two weeks in August [peak harvest time].” Vicki went on a one-year 10-mile diet, building relationships with her … [Read more...]

Best of Canada, volume 2

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First Nations People Reclaiming Their Heritage, Pawa Haiyupis. Visit McCaskill Street — Forging Community through Resource Sharing, Meredith, Garcia-Meredith, Riddell, Parkhouse, Walsh Village Vancouver — How Can a Big City Become a Village? Moster, Pacey & … [Read more...]

Best of Canada, volume 1

An Urban Developer Goes for the Green, Joe Van Belleghem Claiming the Commons — Food for All on Haultain Boulevard, Rainey Hopewell & Margot Johnston Awakening the Village Heart and Mind, Brandy Gallagher An Eco-Sense House — Natural Building, Natural Living, Ann and … [Read more...]

Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 2 (309)

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Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan, co-authors of We Need Each Other: Building Gift Community, modeled the tribe-forming process on fraternal lodges like Elk and Oddfellows. It begins with a champion, one or two people who establish the tribe's values. The champion invites others … [Read more...]

Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 1 (308)

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"If you look at our DNA, we're meant to be connected…. You can take people out of the tribe, but you can't take the tribe out of the people." Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan share a model for community where people live in their own homes located "roughly within biking distance." … [Read more...]

Village Vancouver — How Can A Big City Become a Village? (302)

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How do you empower an entire metropolis to transition towards more localized living in a post-petroleum era? Founder Ross Moster and board members Rand Chatterjee and Ann Pacey of Village Vancouver Transition Society view Vancouver (B.C.) as a network of neighborhood-sized … [Read more...]

Visit McCaskill Street — Forging Community through Resource Sharing (297)

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It all started with neighbors meeting to save money and share information around energy, water, food and more. It has grown into shared projects, shared tools and deepened friendships. Residents joined brushes to paint a wall mural with unique neighborhood themes, … [Read more...]

Beyond “How to Save the World” (296)

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When Dave Pollard started his blog "How to Save the World" over a decade ago, he believed he might actually play a role in changing the world. After studying the three major systems of civilization — energy & resources, ecology, and economy — he finds all three … [Read more...]

Re-Becoming Villagers Wherever We Live (268)

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Whether city folk or country folk, North Americans don't tend to know our neighbors, much less do things together. Mark Lakeman (Portland) and Brandy Gallagher (rural Vancouver Island) talk about "repairing" our isolation. How can we we reclaim our village roots−living, … [Read more...]

Ventures and Videos in BC and WA

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It's been a whirlwind since mid-April! I'd hoped to post many blogs, but life moved too quickly. Here's a brief chronology of some wonderful adventures, people and places we visited and videoed in southwestern Canada and northwestern Washington. April 6-20. We settled … [Read more...]