Recovering from a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy at the City of Hope, Idyllwild Conversationalist Ray Barmore cheers on our efforts at local energy independence.
Check out our wild mind map! At our last meeting, we brainstormed on some of the ways we might disentangle our community from the industrial food chain and create a more sustainable, healthy standard of living for all interested Hill residents. I organized the ideas from that Conversation and the one prior, and I created a mind map using a free online collaboration tool. Continue reading “mind mapping our way to food security”
What can we do to develop local food security? As oil prices rise, so do food prices. Continue reading “conversation #7 — brainstorming toward local food security”
Are our food supply chains secure? Are they healthy for the planet, for the creatures and for us? If not, what can our community do to improve the situation? Continue reading “conversation #6—all about food”
This is the best video I’ve seen on Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly and the consensus process. Well worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about the deep work going on to encourage direct democracy at the various occupations.
At last week’s meeting all participants arrived at a consensus that we should further explore the subject of capitalism at our next meeting on Wed. Nov 2. The following questions arose:
- Who are the so-called 1%?
- What is capitalism, and how might we ascertain its viability as we move forward?
- What resources do people recommend to better understand capitalism and its effects on our world? Continue reading “conversation #5—inquiry into capitalism”
We ran into Naomi Klein at Liberty Square and asked if we could interview her. “After the march!” she called out. But after finding ourselves part of a slow-moving mass of 42,000 humans, we barely found time to get to Penn Station for our scheduled train trip to Washington, DC. Fortunately, this brief interview with Ms. Klein offers some nice insights into what makes this movement so compelling. And she offers some advice regarding the importance of making the most of this critical moment.
(seen above, Lawrence Summers takes a public nap after joining Team Obama)
A message from Conor:
Greetings my fellow concerned citizens,
Wednesday night after our meeting I came home and began reading The HuffingtonPost, I came across a story about a battle brewing between Ron Suskind and the Obama White House. Ron Suskind has written an unflattering book about the inner workings of the Obama administration. Continue reading “conversation #3—preparation— “how information can be controlled and suppressed in the corridors of power””
I’m going to write down some thoughts regarding the last meeting, and I encourage all of you who attended to do the same in the comments section below. You may also comment on comments. As always, please remain civil—people often let loose in an online forum. This is not that kind of forum. Continue reading “conversation #2—gleanings”
Join us for a lively conversation about ‘the greatest heist in history’ and what it says about the current condition of our economic and political systems. Continue reading “conversation #2—preparation—inside job”
“Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For none of us, no, not one is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfections, this world would be a desert for our love.” —Thomas Jefferson
Like many good things it started with a casual chat in a cafe. Conor and I both felt troubled by the state of the world, how it will affect the futures of our children and, for that matter, all children, and the ways in which so much of the public dialogue feels dumbed-down and irrelevant to the deeper issues at play. If democracy depends upon an informed and engaged citizenry, then we must relearn how to inform one another through open dialogue and debate. And so we decided to host a political conversation amongst people from a wide range of political leanings. And then we invited the entire town! Continue reading “the conversation begins—thomas jefferson & us”