You are invited to a launch party of the East End Ecovillage Project/Decker Lake Transition Town
6:30pm-7:00pm - Informal Gathering/Happy Hour
7:00pm-8:00pm - Program- with guest appearance by Rob Hopkins, Permaculture author and creator of the Transition movement. We will then share about this local initiative and speak about a few projects being initiated at present.
Until 8:30pm, Lingering/Networking
The East End Ecovillage Project/ Decker Lake Transition Town is a grassroots community development program. This focused planning, mapping, and neighborhood resiliency collaboration aims to organize and develop the food system, economic potential, resources, and people in the eastern outskirts of Austin, Texas. This endeavor includes residents, farming operations/CSAs, small businesses, and other organizations/projects that encourage socially and environmentally responsible activity as well as inclusivity and solidarity in our neighborhoods.
This project is influenced by internationally recognized programs such like Permaculture, Transition Towns, Bioregionalism, Bau-Biologie, Macrobiotics, and Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT). It will serve as a demonstration of best practices for facilitating solidarity between individuals and organizations working for community empowerment. This collaboration will also promote local business enterprise development, the community economy, and encourage trust and participation from surrounding populations and neighborhoods. It will set up the infrastructure for a new development model, encourage positive lifestyle choices, and promote business practices that proactively support healthy, diverse, united communities and mutually supportive interdependence.
Location~~ Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Avenue, Austin, Texas 78724
As for the goals of this event and project:
Coordinating Efforts- One objective for Oct. 9th is to launch a coalition that will actualize and coordinate grassroots efforts in our area. In the face of economic decline and limitations of the non-profit sector, people in our community spend time outside of their day jobs organizing neighborhood gardens, community currencies, youth programs, and much more. These efforts, while sincere, often fall short of accomplishing program goals for a variety of reasons. To counteract this, the East End EcoVillage project sets in place organizational systems and coalitions to create structures of interdependent support where programs mutually benefit from building alliances.
Skill, Resource, and Information Exchange - Additionally, we would like to connect communities and households throughout the eastern side of our central Texas region who wish to share resources, goods, and services. Through using such web-based programs like the Austin Time Exchange Network and others, we hope to accomplish aims from creating connections between communities- for those intending to participate in sustainable/intentional communities etc., to encouraging the use of ride share programs that will encourage neighbors to meet new carpooling friends and more.
Encouraging Diverse and Local Participation- By focusing outreach efforts on the most immediate area, in socio-economic and culturally diverse neighborhoods, we wish to create a network that will involve many different types of people. The aim is to work with already existing and evolving programs that are important to the surrounding community. Efforts to get involved with Greater Swenson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s quarterly free clothing drive as well as establishing participation with the Ujamaa Bucks program are two initiatives being prioritized at present.
Evolving Mutual Support- We also seek to unite those who have who have been involved with programs/movements/initiatives like those mentioned above- Bau-Biologie, permaculture, etc., to share knowledge and ideas about working with one another.
More will be in store as will updates on opportunities for getting involved and upcoming autumn events. Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested. For now, any email inquiries can go to the email link on this page.
Thanks and hope to see you.
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On Rob Hopkins- From his Transition Culture website: Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. This grew out of many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and setting up the first 2 year full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission. He is author of ‘The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience’ and more recently of ‘The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times’, published in October 2011. He publishes the blog www.transitionculture.org .