Relocalizing our Communities - Project Guides

Below is a compilation of project guides on topics such as film screening, gardening gleaning projects, car-coops, and running for municipal office. These resources, or project "scripts", will also be included in a future book. We have released these project guides in order to gather your comments and incorporate your feedback into the final version of Relocalize Now!.


The goal is to have Local Groups experiment with the project guides and report back on their successes and the difficulties they faced when implementing these projects, so that we can all learn from and build on the collective experiences of other members of the Relocalization Network.

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The Project guides above outline processes for experimenting with different relocalization projects and ideas. The purpose of experimenting with these different projects is to develop a locally relevant parallel public infrastructure. This parallel public infrastructure will exist in order to support communities in the event of an energy and economic crisis. The sooner we begin experimenting, the sooner we will discover what works in our communities and what does not.

These resources are designed as guidelines. Just as each theatre company’s production of Hamlet is different, each group will interpret the guides differently. Groups can interpret a project to reflect their community’s particular needs and interests. As more groups begin experimenting, we will be able to develop our pool of resources, information and research on relocalization efforts. The Relocalization Network at relocalize.net provides space for this information sharing.

We want your feedback!

Please post your comments at the bottom of the pages for each individual script. If you have any comments, feel free to post them to this page by click on the "post new comment" link at the bottom of this text or click here.

If you have an idea for a new script, post your idea below as a comment or send us an email.


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peakoilaction's picture

Community Resources Cards

This is a small project that can be done at a film screening, discussion or other event.

Here's a word document includes cards and a sign that can be used with this project: http://lapostcarbon.org/documents/CommunityResources.doc

Print the Community Resources cards on business card stock (or plain card stock). Add contact info or your website URL to the card if desired.

Modify the included Community Resources sign as needed or make your own sign.

Let people at the event know that you will be collecting community resource ideas which will be distributed by email (or mail, posted on bulletin board, etc.) after the event. Show people where the box is to put the cards.

Pass around a sign up sheet (http://www.relocalize.net/files/Blank%20Sign-Up%20Sheets.doc) and Community Resource cards.

Before concluding the event, remind people to put the cards in the box (or basket).

After the event compile the list of resources and distribute via email, mail or other means.

This project might be fitting on the Outreach Toolkit page, or on the Film Screening page. Instructions are included on the last page of the document (http://lapostcarbon.org/documents/CommunityResources.doc).

Feedback is welcome.

Eric
eric@lapostcarbon.org

Shelby Tay's picture

Bike Activism

Hi mlevybiz!
Welcome to relocalize.net - thanks for posting your suggestion for a script on bike activism.

You might be interested in checking out this link www.youneverbikealone.com

"You Never Bike Alone is an 80 minute documentary looking at how cyclists are building critical mass in Vancouver, Canada, and changing the face of the city.

The cycling phenomenon known as Critical Mass is a reclamation of public space that started in San Francisco in the early 1990s and spread by the internet throughout the world. On a set day, at the end of every month, cyclists and other self-propelled people ride en masse through city streets."

cheers,
shelby

mlevybiz's picture

Additional script for bicycles

I suggest that bikes get a plug with a script for bike activism.

People could be encouraged to do what we have been doing successfully in Santa Cruz, California, through our local bicycle advocacy group, People Power (peoplepowersc.org).

With or without an advocacy group, one can organize to get one's city to prioritize safe bicycle transportation. This can take the form of installing bike lanes on important transportation arteries, creating bicycle boulevards on which bicycles are prioritized over cars, creating secure bike parking in downtown areas, businesses, and public gathering spots, making sure that traffic lights respond to bicycles, educating drivers on safety around bicyclists and bicyclists' need for the right of way on a par with cars, converting underutilized rail corridors to bike paths (or adding bike lanes to rail corridors), and more.

LizMednick's picture

One more script to recommend

How about a script on how to put together a Powerpoint presentation about Peak Oil and the possibilities for relocalization in your area, identify and contact interested groups, and give the presentation yourself or have your group members form a speaker's bureau?

LizMednick's picture

Something's missing

I see reference to a Take Inventory of Your Community script (mentioned in the Community Post Carbon Guidebook unit, but I don't see the script anywhere. Am I looking past it?

Liz

hjcaponi's picture

Overall

These are excellent ideas and tools.

Thank you.

Herb

hjcaponi's picture

You reference a script Take

You reference a script Take Inventory of Your Community, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Can't really efficiently proceed to community guidebook without the inventory. Am I just not locating the inventory or is it to come?

Shelby Tay's picture

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