Also recommend attending one of Martina's east-end cafe's Michael; group of enthusiastic gardeners - you'll find allies there!
Not sure if I posted here or not. Will do so again. My name is Adrian Rhodes, and I was at the post carbon conference two weeks ago. I am still mulling things over about that and was happy to make connections there. I have to keep the momentum going with my writing and the fact that I want to go back to school if I can do it.
I believe that we can use our imaginations and come up with novel ideas, and that they don't necessarily have to be 'rational'. we don't need to debate the ideas I present on my blog in terms of 'that will work or not' but rather in terms of that's interesting, where can I take that idea? If we are to create a better world, then we have to put all our resources into things.
I have a background in sociology, and religious studies. For what it's worth I also have studied military history for about thirty years. Currently, however, I am working to stop some ecological damage in High Park Toronto. The group I joined has been successful in getting the place gated and patrolled, but this is a work in progress.
If anyone needs help with writing, or research, I am trying to position myself as the 'go to guy' for that sort of thing.
I am just south of the Annex in the Harbord Village neighbourhood, which is a great place to be part of. I am interested in Food, Sustainable, and lots more.
As above John Fleming said, there might be enough people to start up an Annex Neighbourhood Group. If we could get a few people who live in or near the Annex to have a meeting this would be amazing. We could start a number of groups working on similar ideas.
Michael, would you be interested in coming to a meeting like that?
Michael Poos said:
Hi everyone, I am an Urban Planning student that lives with my girlfriend in the Annex. I'm interested in pretty much all aspects of the movement, but food security and local currency in particular.
I apologize for my aloofness and neglecting to reply to some posts above. The truth is while I still live in the Annex, this has been off and on due to personal reasons. In the next month or so, I probably won't be living there for good. So, I am reluctant to join a 'community' group, if I am no longer necessarily going to be living in that community.
I wonder if there is any way I could use my planning skills to help the various and disparate groups across the city. I am developing some excellent cartography skills as well as planning rationales and visioning studies. This could become a new approach for Transition Toronto to position itself within the city. Bringing forward thoughtful plans, proposals, or case studies local Councillors can be a very powerful way to get their attention.
Please let me know if I can be of help in this capacity.
I should also mention with regards to mapping: because I am a student, I have access to a load of resources that usually cost planning firms and consultants LOTS of money. I have looked into it, and there does not appear to be any legal conflicts with taking advantage of this.
If anyone has any ideas that they would like to bring me, I am more than willing to meet with them to discuss them.
Cartography skills and access to software -- YES please!! I want to create a city map where members can place a pin at their location and add a brief note about their interests. I did a quick Google map but sharing access doesn't work the way I'd like it to.
Let's take this conversation to email to discuss this. Please contact me at email@example.com!