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"Reverse" Engineering The Future

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How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
Would like to help facilitate growing the movement locally and regionally through education, outreach, and (of course) open source/group collaboration! Nurturing our local bike culture, learning more about permaculture and hoping to help spread more awareness of available positive solutions.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I think of this movement as the beginnings of a broad movement to redefine our ideas of progress, wealth, and happiness in more sustainable terms. I identify with how the movement begins from a place of blame-free recognition of the many ways our lifestyles have become unsustainable, and then guides collective energies towards creating positive changes that are both achievable and rewarding! I love this stuff! Alleviates feelings of hopelessness to become involved with exploring solutions, particularly rediscovering and updating older more appropriate technologies, what I call "reverse engineering".
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
Broad based environmental/science/engineering background. Bicycle maintenance, fixit guy (most anything, but especially like old reusable stuff), plumbing, electrical, mechanical. I've enjoyed doing progressive activism/outreach by tabling at SLO Farmer's Market.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
Spreading information/educational materials via events/film screenings/talks/market tabling/curriculum advocacy. Becoming more knowledgable/skilled with group facilitation methodologies.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
Post Carbon Inst/Post Carbon Cities,,,,

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At 11:18am on January 31, 2011, Darlene Cavallara said…

Hi Rich

Thanks for joining the Organic Gardening & Permaculture group.  We sent out a message last week to the members of that group inviting any of them to step up as admin of that group to keep a constant flow of new content coming in so that when new folks join it is a real resource. 


We are also in contact with Jim Cole and other folks from SLO trying to facilitate conversations about how our team can help get SLO's website fixed (no cost) and getting all the sub-groups (Atascadaro, Paso Robles, etc) better organized online.  If you would like to be a part of that conversation let us know and we can schedule a phone chat.  We are contacting groups all across the state because everyone needs to get their online and on the ground scenes a little bit more aligned and focused so TT's can evolve to the next step.  A fella named Bill just joined from SLO - you may know him but a comment he made on his profile was interesting...something about him being sick of wine tasting events...we left a comment for him to assure him that folks on this network are ready to 'roll up their sleeves'.    Looking forward to hearing from you for further conversation.  We have some questions about SLO that only SLO folks can answer.



At 10:39pm on August 1, 2010, Darlene Cavallara said…
Hi Rich
Glad you enjoyed the movie - first time we watched it we were so stoked. Then we had some kids watch it who were pre-adolescent and it was awesome to see their ability to grasp and understand what the message was - and have the patience to sit through the whole thing. They ended up engaging in quite the conversation with the adults after wards. Looking forward to furthering our connection with you as we 'reverse engineer' our world :-)
At 2:48am on August 27, 2009, michael klein ewin said…
I am unable to send out friends requests because of the software but would like to make contact with you Bob
At 10:35am on February 15, 2009, Samson said…
Hi Rich, Great bio. Very interesting interests. We, three generations, are doing a show and a blog about sustainability. Trying to connect all the dots here in SLO with groups and organizations working towards that goal. Hope to be able to work together on some projects.
At 10:19pm on January 15, 2009, Sandi Brockway said…
or how about RETRO-ENGINEERING. I was also thinking how REVERSE ENGINEERING might also suggest engineering involved with damage control from prior engineering polution, like what you are doing for Chevron right now.

Complicated is not always better. Have you ever worked on any gray water systems?
At 10:10am on October 21, 2008, Les Squires said…
Hi Richard and San Luis! Great to see you here! Lots of SLO people joining.

We've just implemented some get acquainted questions so we CA Transition folk can all get to know each other. When you're finished introducing yourself, it would be great if you could post one or two of your local SLO events -- even if they're local, they're news and inspiration to other communities wondering how they might get involved.

Again, we're delighted to see you. Ask questions. Talk with people. Have fun!
At 7:10pm on October 20, 2008, Paula Vigneault said…

Great-always a pleasure to meet fellow Los Osos folks. Give a call. Want to meet for coffee?

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