Want to design or model for the EcoJam Fashion Show?

This year’s ECOJam team is recruiting designers and models (all ages and experience welcome!) who wish to participate in the fashion show on Saturday, April 21st, 2012!
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EcoJam is an annual fashion show featuring garments made of recycled, vintage, or sustainability manufactured materials, designed and modeled by local people. See this short video to know what has been:
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Now that Ecofair has evolved into EcoFairfield, so too will EcoJam be bigger and better this year, and we’re hoping more inclusive.
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Grace Hartnett @EcoJam 2011

If interested in creating a clothing line for the show or modeling for a designer, please contact Grace: gracehartnett@gmail.com or Soangela: hardts@live.com (or by facebook)! with your full name, e-mail, & phone number.

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DEADLINE TO COMMIT = FEBRUARY 17TH (FRIDAY!).

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For futher information click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/337099276330266/

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We would love to have you on board and co-create Fairfield’s most memorable EcoJam Fashion Show of all time!
Let’s get on with it.
EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!
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Green economy: does it include you?

In honor of World Environment Day, in honor of EcoFairfield, and in hopes of winning a trip to Brazil this summer (yay!) for the annual WED conference organized by the United Nations Environment Programme since 1972, today I blog about the theme of the conference this year: Green Economy. Does it include you?
World Environment Day -June 5th-The Green Economy is a fuzzy and complex concept. My definition of it includes triple-bottom-line businesses, cooperatives, private industries, non-profits, and charities; political reform (revolution?), fair-trade and global markets; as well as timebanks, volunteerism, barter, and gifting circles; women’s empowerment, agroecological practices, and renewable energy technologies.

EcoFairfield 2012

But more than these elements, vital to a green economy is a shift in thinking and understanding how things influence one another within a dynamic whole, and then prioritizing accordingly. The Green Economy is not a one-size fits all solution but many different solutions applied appropriately. The Green Economy is not one ideology but the healthy balance of many.
To paraphrase Michelle Long, instead of a global village, a Green Economy is a globe of strong, healthy interconnected villages.
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What we have today is a global village in which a country’s Gross Domestic Product is considered
by most to be the only indicator of standard of living. GDP’s focus is Market Value a.k.a. Money. It ignores income disparities and depletion and degradation of natural resources. It counts your parent’s divorce, hurricane Katrina, and the alarming rate at which we are losing our soils as “gains”.

Contrast this scenario with a globe in which nations strive to boost Gross National Happiness which measures factors conducive to happiness. Here, in this world, you are guaranteed care when you fall ill, and proper education, here mothers won’t die from childbirth if preventable, and you won’t go hungry. GNH is even a useful comparative indicator; research supports the notion that markers of individual and social well-being are remarkably trans-cultural. Pinker likes to say that because we are all relatives, it’s not all relative.

And though I celebrate globalism, I acknowledge unchecked globalization is seriously un-sexy. Ignoring labor rights, human rights, and damages to the environment in international agreements leads to a world of corporate hegemony. A tricky balance needs to be resolved between globalism and localism. Imo more localization is needed. Localizing efforts lead to diverse, harder, better, faster, stronger villages and communities.
As Fairfieldians would say: there is unity in diversity.
So does the green economy include you?
Only you can say and somehow you already have the answer. Are you interested in seeing your town flourish in every way imaginable? More specifically, do you want to see more and better movies offered at the local movie theatre? Top that how about watching locally directed and produced media? Have you ever wanted to be an actor? Are you a videographer? photographer? screen writer? Think about all the new gigs that would be available, now multiply that to include every industry!
Also, what is that small business idea that whispers to you while you try to sleep? And to speak about food, aren’t the veggies and fruits from the farmer’s market just oh so ripe and delicious!? Ever thought about growing your own? Wouldn’t it be fun to manage a community garden along with your neighbors? And exchange seeds? And have potluck parties?
The questions are endless. But the main one still is: Does it include you? You with your valid worries and problems; ambitions, needs and responsibilities; and a set way of doing things: Does this so-called Green Economy include you?
I bet the better question ought to be:
Do you want to be left out?
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EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!
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Fabiola Domenique
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Further Reading
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 UN International Year of Cooperatives http://www.2012.coop/
And if you are curious here are the contest guidelines: