I'm finally back and kind of chilled out now and would love to meet ya'll and talk Transition. Lots of exciting stuff happening on all fronts! Had the idea of exchanging seeds/cuttings maybe, and naming out some transition projects we could align around? One idea Lynda Mink is doing is the 1% garden campaign - getting 1% of people in Dunedin to grow food in their yard (Brie, the food coop lady in Dunedin, is the one who is actually running this - great idea!). We may already have that in Clearwater but the point is to get people to sign up that they are doing this, and connect up - we can promote transition or whatever events/projects are ongoing as part of it. It raises awareness, gets gardeners connected, etc.
Another thing to help create more beneficial connection, I've been encouraging people to promote their local business on Create Clearwater as part of the movement to get the local economy stronger. For some reason, we had a policy not to promote businesses on the web site or newsletters, and I am not sure why that happened, but it seems pretty arbitrary now. We need to help each other increase right livelihood and local economies. Would love to hear others' ideas about how that can be done.
Would you guys like to meet? Could we open it up to anyone interested in Transition Clearwater from any of our connections? What would you like to accomplish in a meeting?
Maybe we could meet this Weds and then decide on a better time? A few of us can come at least.
I'm so sorry I can't attend. Bill McKibben is speaking at Eckerd College that evening.
I do suggest we find another way to communicate. I'm overwhelmed with email and when I have to come to this site and sign in, it often gets postponed. Does anyone else have trouble with it?
Fox Hall at Eckerd College (on Pinelelas Bayway). 7:30 pm. I have two conflicts on the 13th., Still struggling with that dilemma (both are prior commitments, one of which was rescheduled).
Cory I have a projector we can show movies anywhere. I had wanted to start showing documentary films outside with it but the summer weather/bugs have been prohibiting.
I agree with you on having different events. People want to get involved. Things get stale if you dont shake it up a bit.
I've been donating a lot of my time to the occupy movements the last few weeks. Maybe we can have a sign making event or put together an information table to put up at rallies? Something that would show positive solutions.
Met with Christina and Ben Bellamy this weekend. They are interested in joining this group. So is Robert Kostuck.
If we truly want to organize a clearwater group, I strongly suggest we start a google list so we can get emails. I am having problems keeping up with the discussions here, and if I do, I know others will as well.
This has stretched out interminably without success, so in the meantime I keep working with existing groups. Time is short. We need to get cracking! :)
What if those who are able met this Wednesday @ 8:00, immediately after Cory's Green Business Mixer at 647 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. If we all put this out to our friends in and around clearwater, we could at least begin getting to know each other. We might even pick up a few people from that group.
I think we would need to meet at Starbucks downtown - the venue will be closed right after the mixer and Starbucks may be the only place open after 9 PM, not sure. There's also a health food store down there, a great Thai place, and Tony's Pizza....
But I know Starbucks is open until 11 or something.