How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
As a non-driver living very frugally, I am used to maintaining a relatively small ecological footprint by American standards. I bring research and analytical skills and a willingness to question all sorts of assumptions; am immune to "groupthink." The committees on which I serve and my robust participation in County affairs can connect our issues to public decisions.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I do not identify with the "movement" per se, as transportation obstacles have kept me from most "official" Transition events; however, I do recognize the need for our economy and culture to be thoroughly rethought and regrounded in the real capacity of the ecosystem to support it. I am hoping that joining this forum can overcome transportation obstacles to participation.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
Currently serve on the following County committees: Citizens' Transportation Advisory Committee, Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, and Water Resources Advisory Committee, and am an alternate on the Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee. A robust participant in SLOCAATS (a group facilitated by Arts Obispo), etc. etc.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
I don't identify with the movement per se, but with the goals of the movement. Anything we can do to help a paradigm shift express itself in the culture will likely increase our resilience in dealing with realities that are already here but in the process of becoming more evident. Particularly interested in moving beyond lip service in transportation modal shift.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
Try to keep up with The OIl Drum, but in general prefer to be out doing rather than staying home blogging. Much of my reading is General Plan Amendments, EIR's and other government documents in the process of being acted on. I can't say this is always inspiring, but it is necessary. Authors who particularly influence me range from Gregory Bateson to Robinson Jeffers.
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Thanks for thinking of asking me to be Atascadero administrator!
did I ask you? wow I dont think so.. I was talking with Weyman....
Actually, I am very new to this site, and don't feel ready to step into an "administrative" role, especially since, while I'm a rather active Atascaderan, most of my civic involvements are on countywide committees and issues. Let me get to know this site better, and better understand how it functions and what an "administrative" role might entail, before I commit to such a thing! Hello out there! Any Atascaderans more seasoned at being on this site ready to take on the role of administrator?
weyman already has agreed to.... im sure it is just a matter of learning how this site works...
thanks for being on board...
welcome Eric!!!! browse around, read the articles, see the videos, collaborate with people in the county about transition.. and if you want more articles that arent there or more videos, the new revamped hopedance site is for you.
check out all the transportation, energy, housing articles from hopedance on the site.. or at least in the process of getting 10 years worth on to the new site.
and if you are into local food, check out edibleSLO