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...]

Paint the Intersection at Share-It Square

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People wielded colorful paint, brushes and rollers all over the middle of the residential street intersection. For the 19th year, neighbors and friends were repainting the street in the oldest "intersection repair" in the world. In this year's design, they were freshening up … [Read more...]

Smart Choices for Meeting the Coming Bust, part 2 (254)

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"How do we cooperate and build a collaborative culture now?" asks Laurence Boomert, founder of The Bank of Real Solutions in New Zealand. Local currencies, barter cards, and Time Banks not only create alternatives when money systems collapse, they allow people to get … [Read more...]

Haultain Commons Garden Seeds Neighborliness

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In Victoria, B.C. we visited Margot Johnston (L) and Rainey Hopewell (R), our guests in Claiming the Commons - Food for All on Haultain Boulevard" (episode 185, 2010). The boulevard garden continues to flourish. They've added a sitting area bench made from tree rounds. … [Read more...]

Why’d the Chicken Cross the Road? – To Meet the Neighbors

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McCaskill Street looks like an ordinary residential street in Victoria West, B.C. But it's much more. Neighbors are actively sharing projects and tools and information, and having fun together building friendships. Residents are joining brushes to paint a wall mural … [Read more...]

Dignity Village – A Community By and For the Homeless, part 2 (224)

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"No violence. No theft. No drugs or alcohol. No constant disruptive behavior. Everyone must contribute to the village." While finishing our tour, Jon Hawkes lays out the five agreements residents must abide by, all forged by real-world experience. What would it be … [Read more...]

Dignity Village – A Community By and For the Homeless, part 1 (223)

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"Anybody can come through our gates 8 am-10 pm and use all of our facilities. We have hot showers, a telephone, free computers internet-ready, our commons, offices, [and a free store of donated items.] Anybody has access to this." Tour guide Jon Hawkes highlights this … [Read more...]

Simplicity, Joy and Social Change (220)

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When Cecile Andrews asked herself, "What matters?" the answer popped up: "Having time to do the things you want to do." She simplified her life, quit her full-time job, and started simplicity circles to support others in savoring life. Now she has expanded into neighborhood … [Read more...]

Young Lawyers Lower the Bar to a Sharing Economy (210)

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"Sharing really is going to save the world!" declares Janelle Orsi, author of The Sharing Solution, noting that it's fun, doesn't require special skills — and we can start now. She and Jennifer Kassan co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center to help people formalize … [Read more...]

Soccer Mom Prepares for the Unexpected (203)

 "I have a ball preserving food with my friends!" And at the same time Kathy Harrison is making sure her kids can eat if storms knock out power or roads. The author of Just in Case: How to Be Self Sufficient when The Unexpected Happens gives practical tips on storing food … [Read more...]