In which Vancouver neighbourhood or other community do you live?
Please tell us which areas of Transition interest you. For example: growing more food/urban agriculture, relocalizing our economy/local currency, Permaculture, transit, energy efficient buildings, the arts, urban homesteading, preserving seed diversity, placemaking, potlucks, outreach, organizing events, community-building, having fun while saving the world, or...
community-building, potlucks, full moon block party, urban planning & transit, sharing economy, good design for good deeds.
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We're always glad to see new faces in our group, and as co-convenor I thought I’d give you a summary of what we’ve been working on over the past few months and how you can get involved.
At our first meeting last October, it emerged that concept of community currencies was of great interest to the group, and we decided that we would begin the process of planning a local currency for the Dunbar neighbourhood as a pilot project . Community currencies are forms of money developed by and for a community for various reasons, including relocalising and stimulating the economy, supporting community projects and non-profits, re-introducing a more social aspect to economic transactions, and more. Using the experiences gained from Dunbar, we hope to be able to eventually either expand the currency to other neighbourhoods, or replicate it to have multiple neighbourhood currencies throughout Vancouver.
Since that meeting, a number of members of this group (and beyond) has begun preparations for the Dunbar Dollar, which we are hoping to be able to launch in late spring/early summer this year. There is a lot to be done, so if you are interested in volunteering in any way please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I should also add that, although community currency has been our primary focus over the past
couple of months, it need not be the only project! There are many things that can be done to help
create a saner and more localised economy, so all ideas are welcome.
We are organizing a number of events this summer, such as Car Free Day on Main Street on June 19. We'll be erecting an entire sustainable village, with chickens, bees, a composter, rain barrel, solar panels, etc. We'll need volunteers to help make it a great place to visit for everyone.
Meanwhile, we are busy growing lots of food in the city and are creating a roving food market (a small farmer's market) to distribute this zero-mile food to every neighbourhood in Vancouver, by bicycle.
There is lots to do, and lots of fun people to do it with.
Whatever you'd like to do, we'll help to make it happen.