Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III)

Posted by Admin under: Community Development; Events; Neighborhoods; Resiliency; Suburbs; Sustainability.

In view of the impacts of the storm(s), and the fact that we’re having a Solar Open House at our home today from 2-6, we’re postponing our regular monthly conversation for this month until next week (Saturday, November 17, 10-12 EST).

I hope you will all be able to participate on that date, as we do in fact have a number of new developments and initiatives we can discuss — and we’d like to hear your latest updates as well. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to hear from all of you, and sharing your experiences of working to transform society in many different ways.
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Even Conventional Economists are Starting to Recognize the Problem of Suburbanization…

Posted by Admin under: Community Development; Economy; Land Use; Neighborhoods; Suburbs; Sustainability; Transportation.

In the light of our ongoing discussions on creating more sustainable neighborhoods and communities, some comments in a recent article touting “the real Jersey comeback” in NJ Spotlight caught our attention:

Analysts, developers, and academicians all saw hopeful signs, however faint, for New Jersey’s economy and housing market, but told a state conference in Atlantic City that the highly suburbanized state is poorly adjusted for longer-term changes….
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Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II

Posted by Admin under: Community Development; Ecology; Economy; Energy; Events; Landscaping; Neighborhoods; Resiliency; Sustainability.

Access the audio recording of this session here.

And here’s the link to the presentation for Saturday, October 13, 2012:



As promised, we are continuing our dialogue on Creating More Sustainable Neighborhoods and Communities this Saturday, October 13 at 10 AM Eastern:

Conference dial-in number: (559) 726-1200
Participant access code: 850034

This number can be dialed from Google Voice so there should not be any long distance charges; it can also be dialed from Skype at freeconferencing.5597261200 (then provide the access code).
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Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities

Posted by Admin under: Community Development; Ecology; Economy; Energy; Events; Food; Landscaping; Leadership; Neighborhoods; People; Resiliency; Sustainability.

NOTE: The recording of this event can be accessed here.

It’s not enough just to speak and write about transforming our neighborhoods and communities; we need to take action, and we need to find ways to make this action sustainable.

We’re planning a new SLF event — a monthly small group conversation on neighborhood and community transformation. This discussion is intended to occur at a number of different levels, but with the explicit intention to find ways to make it self-sustaining. Read the rest of this entry »



Awakening New Pathways in the Global Brain

Posted by Admin under: Creation; Ecology; Emergency; Evolution; Forum; Future; Global; History; Inspiration; Leadership; People; Policy; Religion; Science; Story; Sustainability.

It is becoming every day more apparent that we are in the midst a great transition, and that part of this transition is a shift in consciousness on a more or less planetary scale. Physically, the the world is headed toward ecological collapse, and this likely cannot be averted without a global awakening to the realities of our situation. So the critical question is, what does this look like? And how can we facilitate it?

For some people the answer is technological and scientific, for others political and economic, and for still others it is spiritual and philosophical. In reality, however, these dimensions all need to be aligned. We have the basic (and in some cases quite a bit more advanced) scientific understanding of the interrelated biospheric challenges we are facing. But if our political and economic systems are out of step with these emerging understandings we will continue to hurtle toward disaster. And if our religious, spiritual, social, psychological, and philosophical belief systems are unable to accommodate the new realities and what they call for, we will, it seems, stumble more or less blindly into a global catastrophe. Read the rest of this entry »



SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities

Posted by Admin under: Community Development; Ecology; Economy; Energy; Entrepreneurship; Events; Future; Green Building; Organization; People; Permaculture; Policy; Resiliency; Sustainability.

There’s a growing interest in ecovillages, cohousing, and other intentionally sustainable communities, both as experiments in living and working together, and as models for the wider society.

Please join us for our next SLF potluck on Sustainable Living Environments and Communities, Saturday, June 16, 4 p.m. onward. Bring whatever healthful dish you’d like to share, and RSVP to [email protected].

As a couple at the leading edge of the Baby Boom retirement generation but nowhere near “retiring,” we’ve started thinking about where we’d ke to end up, and with whom. The Ecovillage at Ithaca? Findhorn? Southern California? Costa Rica? or an “eco-ville” in the south of France?

We thought others might be interested also — after all, 10,000 Americans are reaching “retirement age” and being added to the Social Security and Medicare rolls every day — so we’ve begun our own little study of “sustainable living environments,” which for the most part means communities. Read the rest of this entry »



Join us for the Sustainable Haiti Conference April 23-25 in Miami

Posted by Admin under: Events; Haiti; Inspiration; Sustainability.

NOTE: For a report on this year’s Sustainable Haiti Conference, see

Follow up to the 2012 Sustainable Haiti Conference

This year’s Sustainable Haiti Conference promises to be an extraordinarily useful gathering of people and organizations — with tangible plans, access to investment funding, and innovative solutions to the challenges of rebuilding Haiti.

This 3rd annual conference will take place from April 23rd- April 25th, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We’ll be hosting a session on April 25, on Coalition Building for Sustainable Enterprise Development, and we invite you to join us for this — and take advantage of the resources, contacts, and opportunities present at the Conference, which is now a regular part of John Rosser’s remarkable Sustainatopia festival, which also includes an annual Impact Conference that attracts more than 600 social investors and entrepreneurs from around the world.

Rosser has partnered with the Haitian Diaspora Federation (HDF) to bring a focus on investments to this year’s conferences. For the first two days, the Haitian Diaspora Federation will present the 2012 Investment Forum: Pote Kole Pou Ayiti Dekole – a conversation about the necessity for sustained investments that create jobs.

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What We Need Now

Posted by Admin under: Leadership; Organization; People; Story; Sustainability.

What kind of leadership we need for sustainability is really dependent what the world needs right now—which is a broad and deep transition to a new way of life, a new way of doing business, new kinds of social organizations, and a fundamental shift in our awareness of nature and our relationships with each other.

I recently had the opportunity to watch Inside Job, about those responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, and at the showing someone handed me a copy of Zeitgeist: Addendum, a title that only makes sense when you know the producers had made two previous films and this one came out in 2008. I haven’t watched the most recent one, or the older ones yet, but it’s already clear that this series of movies is dedicated to a profound shift in our consciousness and a corresponding change in our social organization. Read the rest of this entry »



MoveOn.org “Inside Job” Movie Party

Posted by Admin under: Economy; Events.

Join us for a MoveOn.org “Inside Job” Movie Party

Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM




2nd ‘Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference’ January 26 in Port-au-Prince

Posted by Admin under: Entrepreneurship; Events; Haiti.

Dear friends of Haiti,

In March of 2011, over 250 Haitian Business Owners and Members of International Non-Profit Organizations came together at the first ‘Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference’, to address the need for local purchasing in an economy dependent on aid. Since last year’s conference, the results of local purchasing by International organizations have been tremendous!

The Haitian economy is projected to grow by 8% in 2012 (Economic Commission Latin America & Caribbean). As Haitians offer high-quality, locally produced goods and services, local purchasing is essential to the long-term restoration of the country. To ensure stability, economic growth, and the creation of 100,000 new jobs by 2020, Partners Worldwide is equipping Haitian businesses and international non-profit organizations to collaborate across sectors. For this reason, we invite you to attend the second ‘BUY HAITIAN, RESTORE HAITI’ Conference at Karibe Convention Center, January 26, 2012.

Speakers and Attendees include organizations and businesses— buyers and suppliers. This conference is a win-win for all attendees! Read the rest of this entry »



Demanding Change

Posted by Admin under: Community Development; Economy; Forum; Future; Global; Inspiration; Leadership; People; Story; Sustainability.

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is about demanding change, though there is some confusion about what changes it is actually seeking.(1) My objective here is to lay out a common framework for the change we need at this moment in history, and to show that the pieces that Occupy Wall Street is fighting for are parts of a coherent critique of the existing system and an emerging if as yet incomplete alternative to it. Read the rest of this entry »



Dec 11 SLF Potluck: “Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays”

Posted by Admin under: Events; Sustainability.

“Bringing sustainability home” is the theme for our holiday potluck.

Whether it’s speaking to skeptical relatives about global warming, or changing your own habits, practices, and beliefs about what’s sustainable and what’s not, the holidays bring out a lot of emotional reactions. These can be a source of frustration—or of wisdom if you accept that we’re all on the path, and have a lot of work to do to reverse-engineer the mistakes of the past. Read the rest of this entry »


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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.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities.
The Sustainable Haiti Conference took place April 23-25, 2012 in Miami.
"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".
Download the slide presentation here, and the discussion paper here.

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