What has happened to the brigade?
Hey Don and all,
I think that Rob Hopkins’ notion of the heart is important here. As scary as this stuff is, and as much as fear may feel like a motivator, Hopkins’ thoughts about ‘Harnessing the power of a positive vision’ are, I think, spot on. ‘Let’s build community’ fits with that, but my group the other day wasn’t a natural community in any sense. They would need to bring the message to their own communities and do the building there.
That being the case, I’m leaning now towards a Johnny Appleseed approach. Next time I do the presentation I’m going to ask at the closing for invitations to other gatherings to give the presentation again, and again, and again in hopes that eventually enough folks will get motivated to do the community building and all the other things that need doing – in their own natural communities (as I am beginning to do in my own).
My thoughts du jour, anyway…
Wow. I just downloaded your files. You are a hero! Thanks … Don
I am new to the Martenson Brigade. I have been browsing through some of the many posts on the numerous subject lines to get an idea of what people have been up to. I gather from what I have read that efforts have been mostly self-directed, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. Still, I’d like to know if someone could provide me with some direction, or general suggestions, of how to proceed.
I have been doing some outreach already, as I suspect most have done, but my efforts have probably been not as intensive as others. I have written to some media outlets, some politicians, etc. I have been reaching out to local members of our medical community, hoping the doctors might take a special role in leadership. As with most such efforts when it comes to doctors, its more than a little bit like herding cats, as the saying goes.
In any case, I will continue to browse the Martenson Brigade section for ideas, but if anyone would like to help me out, it would be very much appreciated!
I’d like to let you know that I have a skype forum that I host every sunday night and we just wrapped up our first podcast. you can find it under ‘two beers with steve’ on itunes or you can get it here from this link
load it up to your ipod and take a loooong walk,
there are many ways that we can spread the word. my goal right now is to link together people who already are very similar to the visitors of this website; intelligent, seeking knowledge, full of questions. i’m less interested in trying to convince the people around me that do not care to realize that the road ahead of us is full of uncertainty. eventually they will have to ask the questions themselves you can’t put the question in their head.
Want to see pictures of my community garden?
then use the link to the Broomfield Permaculture garden. See ya … Don
Well, here in toronto, ontario Canada, I’m holding a viewing of the crash course towards the end of the month, from there I’m sure i`ll be able to network with others and once thats done I’ll be looking into contacting the local media.
Hmm, would Chris be interested in travelling here if I could get him an interview on a talk show?
I am thrilled to announce that Chris is coming to Denver the weekend of 7/17 and he is getting plugged into the Transition movement. I just bought airline tickets to North Carolina for that weekend for a family week on the beach, but now I’m considering not going to North Carolina so that I can be here with Chris. I just found out about this last night. The marriage of Crash Course information moving people toward the happy answers available in Transition is something I have long worked for here in the Denver metro area. Although not involved in arranging Chris’ visit, I’m thrilled to find out that it is happening as a result of others’ work. Special thanks goes to Michael Brownlee of Transition Colorado as I understand he has been involved in making this possible.
Happy beyond my wildest dreams … Don
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As indicated at the top of the page under Upcoming Events – coolhandluke, myself, Mrs. Dogs and a couple of other SE Virginia Lowesville alumni will be presenting Crash Course with discussion. These are the first two of five planned presentations. Will keep everyone posted as to how things go.
Wish we could meet in a pub like Zombie did, but we’ll make do at the library.
Potential intersting twist – the majority of the attendees are members of the Virginia Chapter of Campaign For Liberty. It is our intent to keep politics out of the discussion as much as possible – but given the inept bumbling this Administration has decided to carry on from previous administrations, and the inanity from our elected Idiocracy I doubt we can stay completely apolitical.
It should be interesting…..
I thought I had better post an update since I have been pretty derelict on that lately!
I attended the Transition Training in Oakland last month with my wife which was organized by Chris and Elanne Kresser. They did a great job and we met many new people and learned a lot as well. Sounds like the Denver event will be a special affair with the Martensons.
I’ve been pretty absent from the Brigade recently as regards posts and so on but the spring activities, new garden, etc. have been a killer on web time!
But we are moving forward here and I started a regular Crash Course Schedule on Thursday evenings starting at 6:30 which I hold in my office conference room. The first session was last week on the 25th and I show the three part DVD set with one each week and the fourth week we do the Chapter 20 self assessment with a "what should I do?" discussion. I am planning on doing a "name your fears" forum following the third DVD to help get set up for the chapter 20 event the following week.
The second four week CC series is being held at our local ambulance and fire station meeting hall so we can handle a larger group and it is being advertised by our local FoCuS organization ( Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability) which is a not for profit 501c-3 with a goal to educte the public on sustainability. I hope to continue with the four week series into the fall, longer if interest holds.
The FoCuS group has created a Local Providers Exchange and is investigating establishing a local currency. We also intend to create a "Transition Tuolumne County" initiative this fall which will sponsor a regular think tank open to those who have completed the full Crash Course and Self Assessment and are a Transition supporter.
Our local Community Supported Agriculture program is up and running with about 200 families contributing and more joining all the time. An educational agriculture seed group to promote sustainable practices is established under the FoCuS group and has year round educational programs running. I think two members have completed certified Permaculture courses. Currently about 25 acres are being intensively managed while another 50 or so acres are in the planning stage by interested persons.
Our next endeavour is to create a CSK (community supported kitchen) which I have on the drawing boards and am currently looking for a place to land. The kitchen will have a full freezer, cold storage room, butcher shop and cooking kitchen. The kitchen will be separate from the butcher area for our vegetarian folks. It will be mostly an underground affair (not the clandestine type!) for space conditioning reasons and we intend to make it a stand alone facility (energy wise) for future workability. I would like to see construction of the space done by CSEBA which is another FoCuS seed group and has many innovative people in the construction trades participating. The acronym is for Central Sierra Ecological Building Association which was started last year.
We will be keeping a close eye on agricultural output this fall to help us plan to "Thrive in any Future!"
So that is some of what has been happening in the mountains of Central California. More later on as we continue to chip away on the transition process.
One of the founders of our local non profit FoCuS group (see my post 68 above) is an MD who specializes in wholistic medicine. He has provided strong leadership and is currently attending the CC series I am putting on. I will ask him to send you an e-mail if you would like to connect up with other like minded persons in your profession. Just send me a PM with your contact info if you are interested.