How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
I am a Permaculture Designer committed to sustainability and Transition. I have been studying and working on water issues for the past few years and am currently in the process of starting a Green Living Co-op in Santa Barbara. The Co-op is based on the barn-raising model, where people volunteer their labor to build sustainable systems and then earn the ability to host a workshop at their own home (whether they are owners or renters, with landlord’s approval) with a volunteer crew. The Co-op provides certified workshop leaders to its members with expertise in the following areas: rainwater harvesting earthworks, cisterns, greywater systems, food production, and waste management
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I have been aware of Peak Oil and Global Warming for a number of years, and am delighted to find a community of people who are committed to making the transition to more local economies and resources, emphasizing hope and positive change. The Transition movement resonates with many of my longtime values and beliefs.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
Besides being a Permaculture Designer, I am also an ARCSA certified rainwater catchment consultant, a Watershed Management Group water harvesting certified professional, have been certified in greywater design and installation, and have been/am studying all I can about Permaculture and related practices. I am working at more self sufficiency and growing more and more of the food I eat. I have worked as a midwife, an herbalist, a holistic health counselor, and I've produced one 1/2 hour documentary and produced and exhibited a photo show of indigenous babywearing (25 photos) over the last twenty years. I've written incorporation articles for a non profit, founded and run a non profit as well as small businesses, taught classes to adults and children, done some web design work, and organized conferences for up to 300 people. I also do massage and am bilingual English/Spanish.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
I am open to dialoging with others in the movement and attending local events and sharing my hope, insights, and expertise with others. I am busy, but pretty good at networking and making connections between people and causes. I am also open to ideas from others about how I can help.
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We would be very interested in looking at some of your writings and other work that you have done. SeThInk Media (our main company) was founded to provide people within the movement easy access to digital publications and also we circulate articles and other free content throughout multiple networks that we are members of or manage. What was the subject of the documentary your produced mentioned in your profile? Thank you for connecting and giving your feedback. It really helps us to get a feel into this networks metabolism :-)
Thank you for that.
Yes many people feel that way.
Can you tell me what is the biggest face to face gathering of likeminded people with similar goals that occurs there where you live.
Since starting to promote the concept of the GSG, the Climate camp started in the UK, and the Pacha Mama Alliance has organized a Global Gathering, but it is only for PMA members.
This vision is vaster than that.
Those who go to the Burning man festival seem to gets lots of energy from it.
my name is michael and would like to make contact with you
i live on the west coast of australia
but am facilitating a global sustainability event in new zealand
the vision is based around the principles inherent in
the Burning Man festival and i wonder if the concept interest you
we will be chartering a plane to bring people from the west coast of america to the event
would you like more info?