Social Capital

Social Capital

The Occupy Movement Locally

Dave is joined by three active participants in the Occupy TC efforts going on locally. The discussion highlights the 'message' problem facing both the larger Occupy effort and those working locally: how to have a decentralized movement with some coherency to the message. This talk also shares numerous web-site resources and access points for those wanting to keep in touch with what's going on. Check CommonsDreams.org for links to many occupy resources.

New Name - ICR: Investigating Community Resilience

Beginning with this show  OUTSIDE IN  becomes  ICR: Investigating Community Resilience. A new name reflecting a more direct link to our content. Bob Russell returns to look around at how the term is being used increasingly and to help clarify our focus. We also highlight web-based resources that showcase resilience work going on in other communities. This discussion also looks ahead at broad areas of success and need in resilience development locally.

Jim Crowfoot on Nature

Connecting To Nature Matters

This discussion is with Jim Crowfoot, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan.  Professor Crowfoot has developed a credit course open to most incoming UM students regardless of major. In his class Jim Crowfoot seeks to guide students towards development of their own spiritual connection to the natural world around them. So many incoming students, he finds, suffer from a very real 'nature deficit'. Without a spiritual connection to nature the meaning of "eco-social communities", so important to Resilience thinking, is lost. Human communities are still fundamentally rooted in the natural world and the eco-system services it provides.

Discussion with Gary Howe about Transportation

This edition's discussion sifts to transportation. More specifically, placemaking around design for more than just one transportation mode.

Gary Howe has joined the iCR discussion before. He has taken his voice for Complete Streets design from his own blog site, mywheelsareturning, to a governmental space with his appointment to the Traverse City Planning Commission, last fall. 

Gary talks about the concept of 'intentional design'  and what it means to the places we live.

Taking Care of Our Neighbors In Need

Disability NetworkThis edition of  iCR  focuses on social capital. Dave is joined by representatives from three different different organizations providing services to those in need in the Bay area and across Northern Michigan. Barb Lemcool outlines the 'one stop shopping', navigator services that Help Link  provides. Sue Onan, director of Brick Ways, details the various levels of independent living her organization provides for the developmentally disabled, and Jim Moore director of the Disability Network of Northern Michigan tells us his organization provides a large range of services to the disabled across 17 counties.  The talk turns to the premise that how well a community takes care of its residents and neighbors who are in need, is a large measure of the social capital, or social strength, of a community and therefore its long term resilience.

Resources:
www.brickways.org
disabilitynetwork.org

Jackie Victor's Keynote at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference 2012

Jackie VictorIn Jackie Victor's keynote at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference in October, 2012, in Traverse City, MI, she addresses the challenges of growing a small business in Detroit. She draws parallels between our two local communities and how importance a strong, viable connected community is in growing a resilient economy. Jackie Victor has been an advocate for social change her whole adult life, beginning with her participation in the Michigan Peace March when she was 19. She went on to direct Sane/Freeze which became Peace Action. Since then, Jackie's work and efforts have focused on the revitalization of Detroit, where she co-founded Avalon International Breads, a socially responsible bakery in 1997 in the Cass Corridor. She spent time at Pleasanton Bakery with our own Gerard Grabowski and Jan Shireman. Jackie is deeply involved in the economic, cultural and spiritual revival of Detroit, where she raises her children and is on the boards of Greening of Detroit, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and SheTroit. She is a close friend and collaborator with the longtime activist, Grace Boggs.

Timothy Young's Keynote at the 11th Great Lakes Bioneers Conference

Timothy YoungTimothy Young is the founder and Chef of Food for Thought, Inc., an organic and wild-harvested gourmet specialty foods company with a mission of creating and raising awareness around just and sustainable food systems. This is his keynote address presented Saturday morning at the 11th Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, October 20, 2012.

 

Complete Streets, Connected Communities

Gary HowePlacemaker, Gary Howe returns to discuss the concept complete streets. Gary and local film maker Aaron Dennis have completed two in a series of visual promos for the support of complete streets planning in Northwest Michigan communities. Plus Gary brings along his own set of demonstrative pictures outlining the principals of complete streets.  Complete streets connect neighborhoods and whole communities. Complete streets do not favor one form of transportation over another. Drivers, bikers, runners, walkers and strollers are all served safely. Gary and Dave discuss the connecting value of a complete street vs the separation cause by single use thruways.

Great Lakes Bioneers Ready For Its 11th Year

Sarna SalzmanSarna Salzman, Executive director of SEEDS, is in to talk about the upcoming BIONEERS Conference coming soon on the 19-21rst of October at Northwestern Michigan College.   The Great Lakes Bioneers is among the leaders in the Bioneers movement being the very first satellite conferences to expand out of the California event. Great Lakes Bioneers has even spawned three additional Conferences, one in Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland.  Bioneers connects the evvironmental movement with social justice.  Dave and Sarna discuss the role this conference and its efforts builds social capital in our region.

More Resilience Concepts with Bob and Dave

Bob Russell and Dave BarronsBob Russell and Dave Barrons take time to discuss the cornerstones of resilience thinking; we are living in and increasingly complex and fragile world with future challenges that will are unpredictable.  Therefore adaptation is a key concept. Bob and Dave discuss what adaptation means and importantly what it doesn't mean.  Localism, another key concept in resilience thinking, is discussed in detail, also.

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