Pulling the Strings of Community Together, from the Grass Roots Up

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Tim Lynch

As we navigate the crests and troughs of 2012 we are recognizing that our economic ship of state is in need of a coherent steersman and destination.

More and more crew are asking the question, where are we going and what is the forecast? And with the waters globally ebbing and flowing more erratically, with treacherous patches on the horizon, how will the crew, not wanting to mutiny, take personal responsibility, come together to chart a new course that not only empowers the 99% but also offers up innovative solutions to shaping our collective destiny as a conscious humanity awakening to their role in this life.

Building community is the catch cry, as crew scramble to acknowledge the severity of the challenges ahead.

They have figured out that they need to simplify the systems onboard and are looking at the basics of clean air, pure water and an organic food chain. Health is becoming a priority, coupled to loving families, dynamic communities and far more transparent governance.

Below are some of many groups and organizations that are  discussing how they may be integrated into a grass roots upward movement that manifests community resilience and reliance and builds safer more secure neighborhoods of kinship and cooperation.

I encourage you to talk with your friends and neighbours the pros and cons of extending your outreach, be it to co operate to buy cheaper food, to hire equipment, to share financial situations.

By 'consciously' asking and talking to every person in your locality, posing the question how can we make our community more cohesive and secure, especially for our children? That can happen over coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, dinner with neighbors, friends, cussies, associates and at the photocopy machine.

Reinvigorating 'Neighbourhood Support' is a way to keep neighbors relating to each other. This still has so much potential and possibility, and would not take too much to establish especially if your local councilors were visionaries. If the are not ... inspire them!

This previous post on neighborhood support offers up an overview.

Contact Ooooby (Out Of Our Own Backyard) and see how you can produce and barter/sell what goods or products are outside of your back door.

http://www.OOOOby.org

Then go to Transition Towns, visit their website, and learn who in your area may be involved.

Follow up with them and share ways to integrate the powerful information that this 'global grass roots' organization gathers.

http://transitiontowns.org.nz

Go to Permaculture NZ and learn how to grow an organic food forest in your back yard and even the front of your section. And possibly affiliate with the NZ Organic Society here in NZ to learn the secrets of successful gardening.

http://www.permaculture.org.nz

NOTE: Australasian Permaculture Convergence
Resilience By Design
11 - 15 April 2012, Turangi, New Zealand

Then find out which Auckland Community Gardens have been activated in your local area, from among more than 50 that have been set up in the last 3 years.

http://www.organicnz.org/

Time Banks - Green Dollars and Localized Currencies

Short of cash or funds? This is an innovative way for you to empower yourself on a local scale. There are numerous groups throughout NZ doing this, proving that supplementing your income is possible and fun!

We can identify many other groups thriving throughout this network. The concept to build community is a profound way of bringing more people from divergent occupations and lifestyles to realize their capacity to contribute to the evolution of a healthy local and global culture.

For example:

  • Holistic Healers - there are 9000 registered healers in NZ.
  • 1200 Marae's. The original ecological community.
  • Home Birthers
  • Home Schoolers
  • Organic Explorer Magazine
  • Element Magazine (NZ Herald)
  • Organic NZ Magazine.


Living Economies ~ www.le.org.nz

SUSTAINABILITY: The Key in the fast coming future!

Get prepared - with precautionary strategic thinking - Be emotionally engaged and having a transition plan in place.

To be followed up in the future.

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'