2 July 2011

July 9 Open House Potluck Invitation

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In lieu of our regular monthly meetings, at least for the summer, we’re proposing to have a mid-summer potluck at our house in order to meet in a more informal setting.

Sustainable Leadership Forum Summer Program

Open House Party & Potluck
Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m.
Basking Ridge, NJ
Please RSVP (read on for directions)

Plan to bring someone else and something to share, and join us to discuss the state of the sustainability dialogue in the world today.

We’re changing the format for a number of reasons. Our principal focus these days has to be on the Morristown EcoCenter, so there’s less time to plan monthly programs; and ironically (as a result of a change in our Certificate of Occupancy), the EcoCenter is no longer available to us for public meetings.

More importantly I think this is an opportunity to reexamine our focus and explore how we can better serve our mission. For some time I’ve been concerned that the SLF is not serving a sufficiently urgent or important purpose; and I’ve never been entirely happy with the format.

In my view, a peer-to-peer organization is not about having “presentations,” however interesting. It’s more about having real conversations, in which people share their projects and resources, and help each other move forward toward their goals.

No doubt there’s a place for special presentations; but increasingly innovative organizations are looking to alternative models of conferences, dialogues, and experimental collaboration.

The recent CreativeNJ conference, for example, followed the Open Space model, “a powerful way of bringing people together to search for solutions to complex issues around a central theme or question.”

I think we face a similar challenge, to articulate a larger vision for what it would mean for our society to become fully sustainable, and to identify practical actions we can take that will contribute to making that vision a reality. So I invite you to join me in an “open dialog” in the service of this higher goal.

I am also inclined to dissolve the SLF as an organizational entity. The volunteer program, the revolving loan fund, and other innovative elements have not gotten much traction in reality. And the combination of the SLF with the Incubator and the Sustainable Haiti Coalition has run into several obstacles, the resolution of which seemingly involves separating and restructuring the different organizations.

But the SLF as a community remains viable, vibrant, and vital, providing us with inspiration, empowerment, and a shared vision of what’s needed and what’s possible; so I invite you to continue to support it with your ideas, your presence, and your experiences. For in the end it’s only through this larger conversation that we can truly conceive of a world that is fully regenerative and adding to its long-term viability instead of exceeding its limits.

At a practical level there is an opportunity to join together to work for the success of the Morristown EcoCenter, to find investors and supporters for it, and to use it as a stage to showcase the best technologies and practices for a sustainable food-centered facility. I invite you to inquire about this if it’s relevant to your immediate goals.

Stepping Up to History

We’re thinking about a new campaign built around the idea of “stepping up to history,” by which we mean having each of us explicitly take on our role as historic actors, as consciously shaping the future. This will be one of the topics we’ll be talking about on July 9, and we look forward to having your input.

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Correction: We'll be hosting this year's holiday potluck — "Bringing Solar Power Home for the Holidays" — on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III).
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II.
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities.
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"Inside Job" Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
2nd 'Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference', January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti
Dec 11 SLF Potluck: "Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays" Basking Ridge, NJ. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.
RSVP to [email protected]
Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update. At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. "Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development." At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. "Creating the Morristown EcoCenter." Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.
Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, ""A Profound Transformation in Consciousness," Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Click here for details.
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.
Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "Reinventing Wealth," followed by our annual "Potluck for the Planet" from 4 to 8. Click here for details.
Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?". Click here for details.
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: "Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey".
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