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Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas S. Loeber Jr. Dec 22, 2011.


Greetings from Bob!

HopeDance Magazine Issue #72 Spring 2009 (March thru May)

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How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
Selling The Transition Handbook, started a Transition PORTAL ( listservs, launching the Transition CA site with the help of Les Squires, am involved in the SLO County steering group, living in an intentional community / farm that is transitioning to more and more sustainable practices, publishing HopeDance Magazine which has been involved with transitional ideas and practices for 12 years, screening films about sustainable agriculture, permaculture, natural building, peak oil solutions, globalization / localization, etc.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
Why? its a movement that appears to include every aspect of sustainability, regenerative principles, humor, positive thinking, a sense of the spiritual/sacred. The focus on the LOCAL has been very important to me, with support of the local, creating and funding local resources, creating local currencies and easing out of the comfort zone of globalization with all its various seductive forces to keep us asleep.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
Publishing, screening films, writing, facilitating conversations / dialogues, creating events, networking, a diverse perspective of how many sectors in society need to participate in the transition movement, not just agriculturally but philosophically and psychologically. Once those basic foundational roots can accept resilience and transitional models, the others will follow more smoothly.
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What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
By participating in activities like this and being more of a messenger to very effective information as well as a wealth of re-skilling models and activities and encouraging the conversation about personal and consciousness change in the movement. AND creating a foundation of JOY to withstand any type of response with love, equanimity, laughter, true celebration of life no matter what happens.....
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
all the transition ning sites
HpoeDance, Ode, Permaculture books, The Sacred Matrix by Dieter Duhm, Rumi, Hafiz, Sufi books and anything related to LAUGHTER YOGA.. hahhahah

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At 5:59pm on December 2, 2012, Keegan Meade said…

Thanks so much! I would love to help out! 805 540 4664  I saw the one post on here about creating a slo county ecovillage.  Do you know of action or discussion on the subject?  Or of any village, existing or conceived, the closer the better, where I might live or at least help and learn for a time?

At 10:20pm on July 24, 2011, Rootamental said…


For me its going to Chumash Farms my California (I am a native son) roots. Looking to the past to aid in our healthy transition into the future. Stoked on your Hopedance tour. I wanted to repost it until I realized it has been completed.

Keep on...


At 6:36pm on July 24, 2011, Rootamental said…


Thank you, I owe it all to you for planting the seed, nurturing it and gettng this TC community going.

You are the man,



At 11:12am on July 17, 2011, Sarah Forsythe said…
Hey Bob - saw your comment. No, I did not take it least not on purpose. However, I am no computer wiz. I will post it again. Thank you:)
At 8:55pm on June 2, 2011, Carrie Campbell said…

Thanks Bob,

I love your photo too. Carolyn has told me a lot about you. I hope we can meet in person at your film on the 12th. We will do our best to bring the class after our cob workshop.




At 8:29pm on September 23, 2010, Darlene Cavallara said…
At 11:49pm on September 22, 2010, Darlene Cavallara said…
Hi Bob
Hope your Equinox was beautiful. We are brewing up some strategy to import Low Impact Sustainable Development protocol into the United States from the UK so we have been super busy preparing for that possibility - did a presentation last weekend. We apologize for not having a spare block of time to go into the Hope Dance back end but it is on our list that we have been checking items off of daily! Your workshops are this weekend so we will make a point to laugh more than usual in support! :-) Hope everything goes awesome for you.

At 7:26am on August 2, 2010, Dulanie Ellis said…
Hey Bob -
Good to see you pop up on my radar again. I joined the pledge for LocalGrow and will send it out on the FOOD NEWS to 200+ in the Ojai Valley.
Also - working on a new film..."A Greater Mission" - a documentary about returning veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan who are going into organic farming, to heal wounds and to find a new positive mission. Will add you to my list to send the promotional reel to.
At 10:14pm on August 1, 2010, Darlene Cavallara said…

Hi Bob - we are giving the morning glory flower to everyone who supports the LocalGrow so here is yours :-) Thank you and we got your message. I am trying to figure the account thingy out but so far no luck on my tutorial research and script writing friends bugging them... If you don't mind retaining your former powers we don't mind could do cameo broadcasts LOL...and it really is no problem forwarding you stuff that may come through for you - we totally respect your privacy. I have emailed Ning about it so I will see what they have to say.
At 11:14pm on April 12, 2010, Darlene Cavallara said…
Hi Bob - the class we took was taught by a couple who live in Sacramento. They came up for the day and basically introduced everyone to laughter yoga - it was fun. We think if you were to come to Nevada City your time would be best served with a local Transition Town gathering/conference and integrate the laughter yoga into it. Are you familiar with A.P.P.L.E? They have a new Sustainability Center which is a good venue for talks. Let's talk about possibilities - we love to organize events. Dar works for the FIC Events team (Fellowship for Intentional Communities) and this area is full of very interested and active folks.

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