Being the change is imagining how you wish the world would be, and trying to live in such a way that your actions contribute to making that vision a reality. In many ways, the social interaction and spiritual dimensions of community are more immediate and accessible to an individual’s initiative and influence than the economic and structural aspects of a community, and the choices we make resonate far more broadly than we imagine. Community Solutions’ conferences and educational work highlight home and work-based skills and tools that enable us to foster a network of working relationships among social activists and people willing to Be-the-Change in their own communities. This transformation in values and perspective is particularly explored through writings and workshops by Community Solutions Fellows, Carolyn Baker and Ma'ikwe Ludwig.
Each of us can empower ourselves to contribute to solutions by becoming educated and acknowledging our responsibility to the planet and its future inhabitants. Whether you are a beginner to this journey or one of our long time friends, we want to provide the resources that will empower you to enact your own place-based solutions--real change that starts in your body, your family, your home and your neighborhood.
Sellus Wilder, director of End of the Line and a speaker at our 2016 Charting a New Course conference provides an overview of his conference presentation.
The Yellow Springs Time Exchange is a local project to facilitate currency-less exchange. Neighbors can offer different services like piano lessons in exchange for an equal amount of time for service from another time bank member. To become a member check out their website!
This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during "the special period". Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.
William always delighted in the education and encouragement of the next generation. He included among his many mentorships a Saturday Science Seminar for local youth, several of whom went on to join the current generation of young technology startup entrepreneurs.
Jonna Johnson has partnered with Springfield Promise Grows to administer a garden-based after school care program. Here is a picture of Jonna and first-year Community Solutions LEAF fellow, Leah Newton, with the Hayward Middle School Garden Club, making rocket stoves.
Locally grown food can promote a community’s health, relationships, and economy. While the local food movement in southwest Ohio is growing, it remains relatively small, and many barriers to growth exist. To find out more more click here.