Event: 2nd Open Space Community Think Tank — FOOD: A Special Event to Build Community — This Saturday, Nov. 14!

Nov 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Health, Open Space, Transportation

openspaceThe 2nd Open Space Community Think Tank — FOOD. Hard Times: Community Self-Reliance, at Common Ground High School, 358 Springside Ave., New Haven, takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

We are in a time of Transition. “When the food trucks stop rollin’, what’s gonna keep us goin’?” “How can we work together to create new jobs, beautify our neighborhoods, establish food security and build community by coming together around FOOD?”

Bring your ideas, inspirations, experiences and passion to this gathering in an Open Space format and help unlock the genius of this community. If you are curious about the Open Space format go to the link below.  We had a lively, generative experience last year.  This time we want to focus on the issues related to food.

Bring Food to share–Beverages provided. Suggested Donation $15. Child Care Available: Call in advance.  For more information and to register contact: Bernard Brennan 203-288-0001 or BernardTransition@me.com, or Maria Tupper mariatupper@gmail.com.

YouTube links to Open Space Technology and Transition Towns information can be found on our website: http://newhavenbioregionalgroup.org.

Take a look at some photos from last year’s Hard Times: Community Self-Reliance open space: http://picasaweb.google.com/mariatupper/HardTimesCommunitySelfReliance#

“The Open Space is a part of the ongoing work of the Transition Greater New Haven Initiative/Bioregional Group.  Open Space is a format for bringing community members and groups together around issues they feel strongly about and want to connect with others to perhaps have better links for future projects.

What has happened locally with the Transition Movement since last year’s Hard Times open space event? Both a lot, and not nearly enough. SHARE Haven Time Bank, a local currency, arose out of last years “Open Space” event and it now has more than 80 members (I have personally received several hours of valuable consulting time in exchange for guitar lessons that I have been giving another member of the Share Haven Time Bank).

“Transition Greater New Haven” was officially recognized as the 30 official Transition initiative in the United States and the New Haven Bioregional Group and members of the Transition Greater New Haven Initiative team have created the “Transition Road Show” — an interactive variety presentation about peak oil, climate change and our proactive responses to re-localize resiliency.

The Green Expo at the Connecticut Folk Festival saw the unveiling of our “Tunnel of Transition” — a mobile museum exhibit.

This Saturday, Common Ground High School will host “The 2nd Open Space Community Think Tank,” this time focusing on local food systems. The invitation asks “How can we work together to create new jobs, beautify our neighborhoods, establish food security and build community by coming together around FOOD?”

Open Space is an opportunity for new projects to begin but also a time for people doing similar work, with similar interests and passions, to come together and begin working together.

We hope many people will come to join us for the day of exploring FOOD as an issue important to this community’s resilience and self-reliance.”

Please join members of the New Haven Bioregional Group and others at this open space meeting and help create local solutions commensurate with the challenges we face.

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2 Comments to “Event: 2nd Open Space Community Think Tank — FOOD: A Special Event to Build Community — This Saturday, Nov. 14!”

  1. Shelby Tay says:

    Hi there, we’d love to repost your article on our site at http://www.transitionus.org. If that would be ok, please contact us!

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