Cooperation Eugene Study Circle will be discussing “Blessed Unrest” by Paul Hawken at our next meeting on July 2nd at 7pm in Maitrya EcoVillage complex, 1641 West Broadway. We chose this book because it is focused on the thousands of grassroots solutions that are happening around the world, focusing on climate change and economics. It is an interesting book to read after “Emergent Strategy” because it illustrates the de-centralized possibilities of systems change that Adrienne Maree Brown poses.
We are co-hosting an event on Saturday, August 24, 2019. 10:30 AM to 5 PM at the River Road Recreation Center, 1400 Lake Drive!
The Community Resilience Festival is a day long event that will be fun, educational and timely. Its all about reducing our ecological footprints and building positive community culture. The event will show and tell projects, actions, allies and assets we have in Eugene and the southern Willamette Valley for creating more green and resilient homes, lifestyles, city and region.
We had a great Open Space event on the 8th with group participants coming forward with areas of interest they wanted to discuss. We broke out into groups and had a number of good conversations. It was nice to see new faces in the circle and to benefit from all the perspectives that were shared. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Join Us For an Asset-Mapping Open-Space Exercise and Snack Potluck on June 8th
What does a Regenerative Economy ecosystem look like? As we foment new & regenerative economics in Eugene, what assets do we want to know about and connect with? Cooperation Eugene is developing an online directory of resources that are currently in place locally with the intention to help build networks of community. You can check out the initial database here.
Are you a knowledge holder of community activity in a specific area
of interest (EG: food systems, permaculture, education, housing,
cooperatives, economic development, cultural work, healing, legal and
financial expertise, funds)? You are especially invited to contribute to
this asset-mapping project! Your participation in this Open Space
meeting is valuable and there will be other opportunities to continue
working on this project.
After a brief introduction to Cooperation Eugene, and to
asset-mapping in this context, the space will be opened to generate
clusters of interest. We will then break into groups to talk about the
topics that interest us most. Notes will be taken, including assets the
groups mention that could be added to the Cooperation Eugene directory.
Where: Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street, Eugene.
The doors open at noon on Saturday June 8th and the program begins at
12:30pm. We should be done by 3pm.
Bring finger foods or snacks to share. Donations for the space will be accepted and appreciated.
The Cooperation Eugene Study Circle reads books and articles,
podcasts and videos to explore the theory and practice of systems change
for the regenerative economy. We meet monthly, and membership is by
drop-in. Members on the study circle list receive an email, but you must
RSVP so that our meeting place can accommodate all of the respondents.
The discussion will be facilitated – at least in the beginning. Material
addresses a solutions orientation on the new economy, and must have at
least two people who know it before it becomes accepted for study.
Our next meeting is on June 4th at 7pm, and the first book is
Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown. It can be ordered from
Tsunami Books with a 20% discount.
To get on the mailing list, to RSVP or for more information contact studycircle [at] cooperationeugene [dot] org.
On May 7th at 7pm we want to present a framework for the study circle and talk about a selection process for future materials. Location provided to those who RSVP to email@example.com.
Topics for our selections could include:
Theory of systems change
Real world examples of the regenerative economy
The Sharing Economy
Regarding the selection of materials, we have a coordinating committee that has been working on these issues and anyone who joins us on May 7 is invited to join this group. Come with your list. Hope to see you then!
What is the New Economy? We know what the problems
are. Now let’s get to solutions! Cooperation Eugene invites you to a
discussion at The Eugene Garden Club (1645 High Street) on Friday April
26th from 6:30-8:30pm. (free)
Join us as we explore how our most vexing societal issues, such as
income inequality and environmental degradation, have their roots in the
way our economy works. Then we’ll look at some of the things groups do
as they work to transform our economy from a giant world-devouring
machine into something more cooperative that holds sustainability in its
core along with supporting the needs of humanity and the natural world.null
Our New Resources Directory is Up And Running
We’re working to make it easier to discover what’s going on with the New Economy in Eugene by mapping our assets. Our new directory and project endeavor to connect the dots between related organizatio#ns and resources, to identify gaps and overlaps in the services that are available locally, and to encourage cooperation. We’ve started adding organizations and other resources already, and you can check it out here. If you would like to get involved or if you know of a resource that should be included let us know!
Cooperation Eugene was invited to share our work at the Neo-Humanism Camp
sponsored by Dharmalaya. Clare kicked off the conversation with
discussion exploring how we experience the extractive economy in our
daily lives. We then saw how the New Economy movement is part of a
larger social change strategy being taken up by communities around the
country and world. We wrapped up with a review of the initiatives
Cooperation Eugene is launching here. The slideshow is attached below.
If you would like to have a presentation at an event in town let us know!
Our recent potluck and time banking discussion went well. First we
enjoyed a nice meal and conversation. Then we played a little game that
demonstrated how time banking works. Finally we finished up with a
discussion of time banking and how it could be implemented here. There
was a lot of participation and good ideas shared. Our next public event
will be on Saturday the 27th of April. Stay tuned for details!
We would like to announce our first community potluck, and you’re
invited! Join us for this family friendly event at the Eugene Garden
Club, 1645 High St, Eugene, on Sunday February 24th from noon to 3pm and
bring some food to share. While the venue does have a stocked kitchen,
we suggest you bring your own dishes and utensils.
Our plan is to host a potluck like this every-other month as an
opportunity to have fun, build community, and give everyone that would
like to join in a chance to network and discuss New Economy related
The discussion theme for this first potluck will be Time Banking. Of
all the input we received, most folks who made their opinions known said
they’d like to see a Time Bank service-sharing network here in Eugene.
Time Bank Exploration
In a Time Bank everyone’s time is valued equally and skills are
traded among members who record hours on a website. For example Ben
could spend a couple hours raking leaves for Grace. Then he could turn
around and trade those hours to Jill who helps him with her truck when
he needs to move his stuff across town. Then Jill could take the hours
she earned and trade them for a haircut or Spanish tutoring for her son.
It’s a cool concept that is helping people meet their needs outside the
traditional economy, and it is being done successfully in a number of
other cities around the country.
If this sounds exciting please join us at the potluck! We are working
to discover how much genuine interest there is in town. If we are to
succeed we’ll need plenty of help with this project from folks like you
both before and after we get a system up and running. And, of course,
we’ll need a bunch of people who are interested in skill sharing to sign
up. So don’t be shy. If you want to see this happen get involved!
In Other News…
We are forming 3 different committees that are pursuing different
areas of focus. So if Time Banking doesn’t interest you and you would
like to get more involved in this work, we have other options:
The Asset Mapping Committee believes it is
important to take an inventory of the New Economy related groups,
projects, and other resources in town so we know what is being done, and
can more clearly see what still needs to be accomplished. This effort
is about networking our local groups and resources, and cataloging
information online so it is more available and useful. Networkers,
researchers, and technical problem solvers this is your moment!
The Local Investment & Community Development Committee
is looking into a myriad of ways we can improve and localize our
economy here in Eugene. If you have skills or interest in economic
development, finance, banking, law, or buy local campaigns we would love
to hear from you. Topics of interest include:
Cataloging existing local investment opportunities
Creating new local investment opportunities
Making it easier for cooperatives and small businesses to get capital when they need it
Finding ways to keep money circulating in our local economy rather
than being siphoned off by business interests in other parts of the
country or world.
And, of course, the Time Bank Exploration Committee
is looking into the feasibility and planning of a time bank
service-sharing network here in town as described earlier in this
We had a nice time at our first Buy-Nothing Day event. It was a great
opportunity to meet with friends old and new. We visited, ate snacks,
and exchanged things from our lives that we wanted to gift. It felt like
a cross between a silent auction and Christmas morning as the gifts
were given to those that wanted them most. We are looking forward to
doing this again down the road since it was a nice opportunity to step
outside of the consumerist aspect of the holiday gift-giving season.