"Karen, I've gone through a number of working titles for the book (which so far, no publisher has jumped on, so I'm writing chapters and posting them for free). If you're interested I can give you the links."
"Yes, thx for your reply. I loathed ordering my book Hot Flat and Crowded, because of knowing about the free trade economics of Freidman's father's works in Chicago. I will confer you with you now after further reading the 2nd chapter, that…"
Thanks for the reply. As we go deeper into our own understanding and that of others, we begin to see some of the deeper connections as well as contradictions in our own thinking and that of others. For me, Thom Hartmann has a deeper…"
"Ironically, I am just doing the research to see why my super hero Thom Hartmann is so angry at Tom Friedman. Thom recommended to do this that I see his book review of Bad Samaritans, the Myths of Free Trade- Hartmann's big problem with Friedman…"
"I'm not trying to claim anything special. I didn't know much about the permaculture movement other than from friends interested in it.. I am ony a novice, but it just seems to be from within me that I seem to understand and relate to the…"
How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
I am a psychotherapist and author who has been working in the transition movement since 1995. I'm part of the local Willits Economic Localization (WELL) program.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
In June, 1995, I had a "vision" in a Native-American sweat lodge about the sinking of "The Ship of Civilization" and the need to form a new network of arks for a more sustainable culture.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
I have been helping people transform personal crises into opportunities for creative growth since I began my work in 1965.
I offer counseling and support for people all over the world.
I have written 7 books, translated into more than 24 foreign languages, including international best-sellers, Male Menopause, and The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression.
I am working on a new book: Board Your Ark: How to Survive and Grow Rich When the Ship of Civilization Sinks.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
Through my website at www.MenAlive.com I connect with people all over the world. I send out a monthly on-line newsletter to over 17,000 people.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
Hot, Flat, and Crowded (Thomas L. Friedman)
The Great Turning (David Korten)
The Upside of Down (Thomas Homer-Dixon)
Peak Everything (Richard Heinberg)
The Shock Doctrine (Naomi Klein)
The Real Wealth of Nations (Riane Eisler)
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Found your post in the discussions as we have been re-organizing about the book you are writing. Is that still a project? We have moved your post into the Wish Lists & Wanted but would love an update on your progress. Sounds like a great book!
Jed; One thing I could suggest would be to use your ning community as a means of trading and organizing among neighbors. Have a look at http://www.cosbycooperative.ning.com which is a social/trading community for prople living within 30 miles of Cosby Tennessee. Re-localization is going to require an efficient means for neighbors to trade skills and products with neighbors. Groups like Transition California could serve as umbrella groups for thousands of local groups and help people find them.
I am not a member of WELL. But some day I would like to be. Having lived in Northern California at one time and having heard about the rededication of the town, I have sort of been following its progress. I sent several people an invitation from your website. Liam showed up and at first was having difficulty signing up. I asked him if it would be more convenient if I setup the groups site for him, then made him an administrator so he could monitor the groups site. Anyone can be assigned administrative function. A good way to generate interest in your group and engage in dialog is to come up with some compelling topics using the FORUM or DISCUSSION feature. While I am here, I would like to get a much clearer logo from your group. I cut and pasted what I could find from your site, but it did not translate very well.
It's great to have people like you connected with us. I would enjoy a group where those who have been using the Transition site and tools can suggest ways that we, who are new, could use the technology to maximum positive effect and point out possible drawbacks that we should watch out for.
Hi Jed, I signed up simply because Ive been following WELL for years and wish to stay in the loop and to let more people learn about what you have been doing for the past years. Im new to social networking. I see you asked Reingold for his input as well. perhaps we ought to start another Group with suggestions as to HOW to best use this and some success stories and some not so successful so we can bite our teeth into this new technology. good idea? I have lots of success stories, its also a matter of how often people want to stay engaged or start something or to put energy into this.. if suddenly people are getting responses from the events on this site then it will grow exponentially. Im using all sorts of means to get the message out, social networking is another one.. but the power I see in it is that there are so many incredible and powerful RESOURCES of people. We already have a wealth of writers just from this past 2 weeks welcoming people reading their profiles, etc.
One thing you could do is to try to get all the people on this site who are already associated with WELL to join the Group and see what you can do here that you arent already doing within your own communication modalities, like meeting face to face. But perhaps social networking isnt necessary for a small town like Willits who already has a blossoming and interactive and communicative community. gotta eat some thanksgiving turkey now.
I seem to run into you at the best places, like this Transitions site. I have been in Berkeley for the last month. Last time I saw you was at the WELL elections. Your comment about being available for stress counseling as times get tougher, was great. See you sooner. Reinhold