How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
I am deeply interested in creating a social networking website that allows people within a community to engage one another on their deepest concerns as individuals and connecting their cause as a way to transition into a co-collaborative community. My work is dedicated to understanding the human aspect to sustainability and how our inner struggles can be transformed into great human potential. I am someone who is versed in multi-cultural and diversity issues and would love to contribute my understanding of the types of conversations we can have that can breakthrough our differences and strengthen our ability to work together peacefully and effectively.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
All my life, I have always felt a sense the the endless pursuit of wealth and the way in which that pursuit affects our connection to one another as human beings. At times I feel disconnected from those who have become consumed by the need for material wealth and now am truly realizing that I should no longer ignore this sense. Our world is in great need of healing, not a healing just of our actual physical environment, but a healing of ourselves as a human society and the values that operate our country. As someone who is a part of a family who came to the United States for a better way of life, I realize that we are collectively placed in the greatest position to make the most impact to improve our world. For so long I have valued the importance of balance in my life and after developing the skill to recognize when people or society is imbalanced, I find joy in helping that balance to be reestablished. I believe that while we do have the right to pursue individual prosperity, our time in this part of human history requires that we truly begin to honor our responsibility to care for one another and the only world we share. I know this is my life purpose and the transition movement is a guiding light to that purpose.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
I am receiving my certification in Permaculture, Sustainable Systems Design thinking by the Ecology Center of San Juan Capistrano. Also, I am working with a non-profit organization Women's Initiatives for a Sustainable Earth (W.I.S.E.) with our central focus being about engaging people within communities using methods of Circle Hosting to diversify and spread the movement of sustainability. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Public Health. Since my graduation, I gained three years of business management experience while working as the General Manager of my family business with my parents and two younger brothers supplying durable medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries as part of their plan B health care coverage.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
I would love to know how people are connecting their individual interests and stories to the idea of sustainability. In essence, I believe sustainability is an environmental issue second and a human issue first in that we must come to understand our connection to one another and this earth as the only way to achieve sustainable living for the global human society. We must be able to translate stories of seemingly diverse hardships and recognize how it relates. No matter what point people are in their personal lives, there is a reason why not everyone is yet on board with the Transition Town movement. I hope to find a way to invite everyone to see that this awakening is what we have been longing for as a peaceful human society for thousands of years.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
Transition Culture, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, transitionculture.org, 350.org, 4yg.org, greentowns.org, wiser.org, johnehrenfeld.org, TED.com, wisematters.org, transitionnetwork.org
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Hello Karen and welcome to the Transition California Community Network! We are happy that you joined and welcome your involvement and sharing with the community. Here is a link to the 'how to' video tutorials for using and navigating the network and if you have any questions feel free to contact me directly or post them here.
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IT IS SUPER EASY TO UPLOAD A PROFILE PHOTO - JUST CLICK THE GENERIC AVATAR PIC ON YOUR 'MY PAGE' AND YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO YOUR 'SETTINGS' PAGE WHERE YOU CLICK 'BROWSE' AND THEN PIC A PHOTO FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND THEN CLICK 'SAVE' -