Creating Green and Resilient Homes, Neighborhoods, Economy and Culture

by Jan Spencer

cYou are invited to attend a four part series of presentations and site tour – “Creating Green and Resilient Homes, Neighborhoods, Economy and Culture.” The presentations will be the third Monday of the month at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road, a block north of Goodwill on March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20.

Jan has been an advocate of economic and culture transformation for years. The presentations will be a product of sixteen years transforming his own suburban property, ten years on the board of his neighborhood association, a Permaculture design course, organizing many events, speaking tours, travel and taking the time to assess the human condition.

The series is far more about taking action than explaining the challenges and trends. A core ideal of the presentations is to show and tell allies, assets, opportunities and actions that already exist – our homes, friends, neighbors, city programs, local non profits, faith communities, ourselves. The presentations are intended to encourage and activate others to join or deepen their participation in a growing world wide movement for humans to live within their environmental and economic means – helping to create a very different economy and culture. More info—green-and-resilient.html

Here is a short overview of the four presentations. Mix and mingle at 6:30, presentations start at 7. Site tour TBA for July. Sliding scale. Suggested $25 for the series.

Monday, March 21 – Preview of the Series
Key words and Concepts, Trends, Economic and Cultural Mythologies; Big Government, Big Business or Neither; Priorities, How to pay for the Changes, Green Preparedness, Benefits. Discussion. Suggested reading – “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein. Search Permaculture – Google, You Tube.

Monday, April 18 – Transforming A Suburban Property
Grass to Garden, Reclaim Automobile Space, Edible Landscaping, Rain Water Catchment, Solar Redesign, Food Management, Aesthetics, Educational Resource. Home Economics, Beyond a Single Property. Suggested design project. Discussion.

Monday, May 16 – Greening The Neighborhood
Accounts from River Road residents, historical photos of the neighborhood, overview of events and actions in River Road. RRCO, Rasor Park, Permaculture Events, Bike Tours, Dharmalaya, Filbert Grove, Engaging the wider community. River Road’s experience is relevant to any neighborhood. Discussion.

Monday, June 20 – Allies, Assets, Actions
Allies and Assets – Neighborhood Associations, Communities of Faith, City Programs – Map Your Neighborhood, Neighborhood Watch. Block Planning, Inspiring action stories and role models from Eugene, Portland, Olympia, Seattle, Port Townsend, Medford, Detroit. Social Activation, Civic Culture, Simplify and Resensitize, Slow Down, Benefits. Discussion.

TBA – Site tour and social. Show design projects.

Half day seeing permaculture sites followed by potluck/social and see design projects.

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