Future events and current
Transition Towns Maroondah is part of a world
wide movement. We are all connected. Here is what is going on in the
Preston area. As you can see, other groups face the same ideas as we
***Do you have any
For those who can find the time to listen to an authority on economics
and environment Nicole Foss is well worth your time.
Some of us went to the
last talk and found it most interesting and it surely provided much food
for thought. We will certainly be going to this next event as proposed.
Connecting with other groups can open up new ideas and new
This is part of an
email from ‘Doing it yourselves’.
FROM ‘DOING IT
OURSELVES’ Theo Kitchener
Following the Nicole
Foss and David Holmgren talk.
While some felt that Nicole Foss was pulling her punches at the
Melbourne talk with David Holmgren last month, there is no doubt that
the event was a succinct reminder of the scale of the challenges we're
facing ahead, personally, locally, globally. Seated in the audience, I
had the sense of the talks functioning as a kind of 'you're not alone'
rallying of the troops for transition; a couple of guides in the dark
reaching out to connect isolated hopefuls to each other. So, again, we
ask, where to now?
What do we need to be doing to
stay connected to other transition minded folks, and how do we start
reaching people in our communities who aren't already transition
How do we reach the people in
our communities with positions valuable for strategic decision making so
that they're on side supporting and promoting small scale initiatives
for local resilience?
How do we ensure our work in
growing veggies, attending food swaps, buying local organic foods,
supporting community gardens (and the list goes on) not only prospers
for ourselves, but is contagious within our local neighbourhoods,
supported by a hopefully increasingly rich and diverse manifestation of
So Doing It Ourselves folks have been thinking about how we can branch
out from preaching to the converted and really make a difference. **We're proposing another Nicole Foss event in
late September** when she'll be back here again with a completely
different format. We've currently got four ideas and we'd like to get
your feedback on which one you think might work best (we wish we could
do them all, and maybe we could if some of you felt like donating
funds). So here are the four ideas:
1\. We invite community leaders to a Nicole Foss talk. We're thinking
cultural/ethnic leaders, indigenous elders, journalists, council people,
leaders from the social, environmental and union movements, religious
leaders etc (if you like this option please also send us suggestions for
who to invite - we'll need to get the invites out soon).
2\. We do a big letterbox drop and invite a chunk of Preston to a Nicole
3\. We do both of the above and have the community leaders and the
neighbourhood folks come to the same talk.
4\. We organise a public debate between Nicole and someone representing
either large scale renewable energy or left wing but non-collapse
economics (again please send us ideas for who would be good, so far
thinking of maybe asking Matt Wright or Kenneth Davidson?)
So what do you think would work best?