30 maps to help local change-makers and community organisers Mapping a community’s needs and resources is one of the first things that many community groups do, when beginning their journey into local change-making. See also this post from the Transition Network that positions community mapping within the context of lots of other “ingredients” needed for community change-making (The term ‘ingredients’ is the Transition term for patterns in pattern language). Listed below are mainly UK maps and some global ones. There are maps that locate Timebanks, Cooperatives, community assets and community groups as well as local producers, growers or retailers, independent businesses of all kinds, organics, places for foraging and permaculture projects. How to Keep Monsanto OUT of your Home Garden We encourage our readers to start their own gardens whenever possible. It's a highly rewarding activity! Great for kids to see the miracle of life happening in their own backyard and connect with our mother earth. However, we need to be careful about where we source our seed.
Living map of jobs innovators - BETA Whilst we’re a UK-wide organisation, we want this living map to capture innovations in creating jobs and tackling worklessness from all over: from a project taking place in one small town in rural Sussex to an innovation with truely global reach. To help you search examples by location we’ve categorised the jobs innovations in our living map according to the geographical scale they take place at (or plan to operate at). Search by location Click to see all examples that are situated at a city / regional level within the UK. Click to see all examples that operate at the national level – covering England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, or the UK as a whole. Click to see all international examples – situated in cities, regions or countries outside of the UK, or operating globally.
Clearing Up the Misunderstandings about Organic Farming - Guest Blog - Scientific American Blog Network We at Scientific American welcome responses to our articles. A recent blog post by one of our network bloggers, Christie Wilcox—"Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture"—engendered much discussion online and we received several offers to write responses. This blog post by Jason Mark is the response we accepted. Of course, as our bloggers have editorial freedom, Christie Wilcox may also write her own response to the response. If she does so, I will add the link here.....Edit: Christie Wilcox has responded. When I saw that Scientific American was carrying a web story by a regular SciAm blogger determined to bust some of the “myths” surrounding organic farming, I was excited.
How to Map the New Economy in Your City Mapping your community helps demonstrate that “Another World” is not only possible, it already exists. New economy projects are mostly unconnected, so each one struggles alone rather than supporting each other and even in small towns, people often don't know what's happening in their own backyards. Mapping also can become a community organizing tool - uncovering a reservoir of social assets even in the poorest neighborhoods, which can seed mutual aid and cooperative business ideas to fill in the gaps. USSEN has a list of communities that have done independent mapping projects, each using its own methodology, criteria, platform and map name. When thinking of entities to fill your map, consider if they incorporate any solidarity economy principles: solidarity, mutualism, cooperation, equity, social and environmental prioritization, democracy, pluralism, and grassroots driven.
Why Permaculture Isn’t Just Organic Farming Even most practitioners of permaculture have trouble defining it, partly because its not just one technique of doing this or that, but mostly because the theory encompasses too much to narrow the idea into a simple definition. Sure, there is agriculture, but it’s also a movement that branches into all things good for earth and people, from community sharing to sustainable energy to reforestation. All the same, it’s not just that. Thoughtful design — of our homes, of our gardens, of our cities — all play a key role in any discussion of permaculture. In essence, the practice is more than any one of these things and yet participates in them all.
Publications & Toolkits @ Mapping for Change Ellul, C., Haklay, M., Francis, L. & Rhametulla, H. (2009) A Mechanism to Create Community Maps for Non-Technical Users. Paper prepared for the International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Web Services. PDF The Drought Fighter - Craftsmanship Magazine Topics: Climate Change, Drought, Farming, Fertility, Food, Organic Agriculture, Science, Soil Health, Urban Farming Locations: California, Sebastopol Materials: Bugs, Carbon, Compost, Plants, Soil Masters: Paul Kaiser: Drought Fighter Could a controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? By TODD OPPENHEIMER On Singing Frogs Farm, a relatively minuscule, 8-acre operation in Sebastopol, California, Paul Kaiser says he is grossing more than $100,000 an acre just by harvesting vegetables.
Why Use it? Community mapping provides equitable development practitioners with accurate and unique information, effective visual tools, and the ability to understand and share their own experience in the context of their changing environment. Community mapping is powerful because of its capacity to democratize information-both what is recorded and who has access to it. When presented well, maps have the power to convey complicated information and relationships in a straightforward, accessible manner, enabling non-experts to participate meaningfully in community planning and advocacy. Seeing the Connections By looking at the map we created, people hot a sense why certain areas weer targeted to build housing, playgrounds, community gardens.
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