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It’s hard to imagine thriving without a supportive community especially as we transition into new ways of living and using our resources. This segment offers ideas and inspiration for working together to create thriving, supportive local communities as well as sharing ideas with others who are creating communities around the world.

 

Thriving Planet Local Living Concept Paper

Vision
To gain knowledge and wisdom about living locally for the purposes of healing the earth and her people by creating centers of local living for sharing local skills, food, products and services for healthier, more sustainable communities.

Mission
Develop local living center pilot project in Austin to provide ways of supporting and sharing local skills, food, products and services for healthier, more sustainable communities.

Austin Demonstration
Local living center would include– café; grocery; gardening classes/information/support; studio for yoga classes/gatherings/other classes; parenting classes; childcare coop; arts and crafts; energy efficient/renewable energy powered buildings
White Dog Café in Pennsylvania example – buys from local farmers – wind-powered

 

Quote

"Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life,
the firm resolve to achieve sustainability,
the quickening of the struggle
for justice and peace,
and the joyful celebration of life."

The Earth Charter 2001

 

El Jardin Alegre Project

festivalbeachgarden.org

www.transitionaustin.org

Suggested Reading:

“The Transition Handbook” Rob Hopkins
"Permaculture: A Designer's Manual"
Bill Mollison
“Small is Beautiful” E.F. Shumacher
“Unsettling of America” Wendell Berry
“Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh” Helena Norberg-Hodge
“Webs of Power” Starhawk