At 11:19am on January 10, 2013, Gerry Robertson said… Thanks, Randy! I am definitely going to fill out the profile page as I have several interests and an active workshop in my home. I hope people will read about all I have to offer. I look forward to getting much more involved in the community through your projects. Warm regards, Gerry
Hi Randy, thanks for the reminder but I will not be able to come today - I am at UBC and exams are next week! I will, however, come for the lectures next year! I am really exited about this as it is my dream of combining economics with anthropology and ecology! hope the meating turns out well! Is anyone going to be taking minutes, or something like that, that I could take a look at? cheers!
Hi Randy Thanks so much for your welcoming message. I enjoyed reading through your profile and bio. I too am struck by the disconnections of an ostensibly 'sustainable' city and the continuing unsustainable practices. But that was balanced out by seeing how you're personally putting the theory into practice in your own life!
Thanks for the interesting welcom email, Randy. I too have been pretty frustrated with some of the problems associated with switching to alternative energy systems, especially the fact that gas is so cheap and electricity from hydro power so expensive! I will try to get to the potluck on the 10th. It would be great to meet up with neighbours interested in such things and to hear what everyone is up to.
I am actually in Vancouver this week for a planning session for Farm to Cafeteria Canada. We are on Bowen Island until Tuesday, and I am staying on for a few days. Is there any chance that we could meet in person to chat. I am free Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 2PM or so.
Hi Randy and thanks for the welcome. Yes, I do know Michael. He tells me its been a slow build for Community Way.
A Transition Town project has just launched here and going into its 3rd meeting. Surprisingly, about 200 people have come out so far. An interactive website will go up in a week or so which will be a much simplified version of what you have here. Details at transitiontowncv.org.
This is the 3rd time I'm trying to post a message to you here. Perhaps you need to approve it before it goes public? Dunno.
We hope you know Michael Linton and use Community Way Dollars because we are trying to launch a local currency here as well. Michael has made many trips to Vancouver to teach us how to do it.
To our knowledge Courtney-Comox does not have a Transition initiative going yet, but I am sure there are many people there with the interest.
Thanks for joining, and I hope you can learn a few things and get inspired.
I can't believe I had not heard of that before but anyhow, pretty cool....and yes, just another way, I suppose. :)
I completely agree re: you can only manage what you measure. I do foresee a better future where there are actual guidelines that must be followed for firms when preparing and presenting their financial statements - i.e. taking a more integrated approach. It's happening right now, voluntarily, with some companies, and the number of companies doing it will only increase over time. And, before we know it, it will actually be required - so it's pretty cool. We just need to make sure the requirements are actually improving the environments welfare, and not just saving face. If you're curious, right now you can submit comments to the GRI's(Global Reporting Initiative) draft set of standards - pretty cool that it's open to the public. http://www.globalreporting.org/Home
I am sorry to hear about how the Urban Market proposal was handled by the Deputy Manager for one of the most sustainable self-aggrandizing cities in North America. It is far worse that this is not even remotely surprising. It does, however, remind me a heck of a whole lot of a similar story in Detroit captured by a marvellous documentary Urban Roots that I could not recommend more highly. The Detroit Agriculture Network may be some interesting folks to connect with as they have been struggling with similar issues with the city of Detroit for some time. I try to remind myself that change happens slowly, it isn't surprising that at the city level the status quo would be considerably more appealing.
Best to you Randy, and sure when I'm next in the Cambie area I'd look forward to a herbal tea. Lisa