Hi James: thank you for the food forest effort on Waiheke. I am in Wellington now, and will be cycling back to Auckland by late April. I pledged $70 for the effort. May I have lunch with you instead, since I won't be in town when Andy is there? I am happy with a plate of nuts and fruit. It will be my only chance to meet you for at least another year or so. Thanks for considering it, James. Please agree to my request only if it brings you joy to do so. Sincerely, Diane
The aim is for each regions page to act as an information exchange portal, especially with youth who are keen facebook users, and people who may have never come across permaculture before.
Creating a place people can connect with each other will help disseminate relevant information and act as an extremely effective support network.
Facebook may not always be around, so the regional pages can always transition onto other sites as time progresses. Ooooby is clearly a place to have a face when it comes to permaculture too.
The priority, at the moment, is establishing mentors for each region - aiming at a minimum of five for each page who are simply set up with "admin" status. This gives each page real people for the members to see and communicate with.
There's a sliding scale of commitment/input required by each mentor - keeps it simple. Together everyone achieves more approach.
If you'd like to be a mentor for the Auckland (and/or other regions as you see fit) please feel free to go to the specific page and click "like" =) Then I'll be able to add you.
Any other feedback would obviously be appreciated.
This is a community group for anyone keen on making themselves more useful, healthier and happier by becoming more knowledgeable, skilled and active in relation to the following goals...
PRIMARY GOAL: To build and maintain co-operative, resourceful and creative families and communities with an inter-generational way of thinking (ie "cradle to cradle" rather than "cradle to grave"); and establishing systems around sustainable, regenerative, prosperous production, management and educational systems.
STABILISE THE ENVIRONMENT: Maintain and create stable "carbon positive" eco-systems and environments with secure watersheds
HEALTH, HAPPINESS, FUN & PROSPERITY:Restore and enhance yield, prosperity, health and profitability via integrated and regenerative agricultural development, and holistic management. Have fun, keep your mind healthy and active, create beautiful things
BIO-DIVERSITY & BIO-INTEGRITY: Maintain and increase wildlife species, diversity, and increase numbers and stability of populations - bring space to life
IMPROVING WATER & SOIL: Improve water, soil and vegetation resources of towns and cities, and within both industrial and agricultural sectors
NUTRIENT CYCLES: Maintain and restore local, regional and global mineral/nutrient and water cycles
RIVERS & WATERWAYS: Maintain and restore riverine, riparian and estuary areas
ZERO WASTE: Prevent waste of financial, human and natural resources via reducing consumption, cyclic thinking and zero waste principles
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: Develop decentralised, sustainable energy production systems
REAL "TODAYS WORLD" EDUCATION: Propagate and embed "Holistic Management" decision making and Permaculture Design ethics and principles within the education system, and throughout communities and organisations
DISSEMINATE KNOWLEDGE: To demonstrate, educate, co-operate, enhance awareness and provide value (to family, students, neighbours, clients, community)
Next time someone gives you the "its just a spike" stuff, suggest that almost anything that once would have been no problem now causes a spoike and have they noticed that the spikes are getting more frequent and closer together.
Point being that PO itself doesn't "cause" anything, its the environment in which all these specific events play out. A bit like menopause, it changes the metabolism and THAT means that small changes that were easily handled by a younger person become major events.
Nice one on TV1 this morning. Its damned hard to compress the story into anything comprehensible in the sound bites they offer without sounding like your hair is on fire. Well done walking the line.
Its astounding they even raised the possibility of PO in a public forum but its a good sign that some sense of reality is setting in I suppose. Damn the AA guy and his "we don't have to change the way we live, just drive more carefully, inflate tyres etc". Gad.
I came across a comment by you somewhere recently about community sufficiency being the focus rather than self sufficiency. I'm wondering if your could spare some thoughts on this as a new forum post on the Self Sufficiency group to help get people talking?
I'm looking to join a food cooperative on Waiheke and contacted a woman with a surname name something like Prashanti, but lost her contact information. Do you have any idea who this might be or the contact information for food cooperatives on the island? Thank you, I appreciate it.
GLOBAL TRANSITION IN ACTION has added your 'Ooooby Box' to our collection of new and clever ideas for re-use by other localities globally. Great idea! It's now posted to the news feeds on approximately 260 websites. I took a bit of liberty with your graphic, so we could have a square icon for Facebook. Hope you don't mind.
As a new comer to ooooby I am delighted to have discovered your page - particularly in regards to your introduction to the Transition Towns concept. Until I joined ooooby, I was anware of that TT existed. Thanks again for providing this most useful introductory plaform.