Something You Just Don’t See Often

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When was the last time you walked into a bookstore and saw a stand with a prominent display that said,
“Ultimate Success Book For Conscious, Creative, Holistically Minded Entrepreneur Business Owners”

– it just doesn’t happen… you have to wade through a bunch of books on marketing, sales, money, speaking, goal-setting, time management, productivity, spirituality and then weave them together on your own…

Not Any More!

Our very own Seth Braun has done it with his new book, Indestructible Success: Creative Entrepreneurship and The Art of Small Business. 

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AND…
For a limited time, you can get an expanded package of excellent content for FREE (including eBooks, Videos and Audio from thought leaders around the country)

If you are serious about success, this could be the best $25 investment you can make in your career.

But don’t take my word for it, check out what other have to say:

“Seth Braun’s message is a professional and spiritual transmission. This book works on you from the inside out, evoking a new level of clarity, purpose and power. Lots of books provide skills and strategies–this one makes you want to wake up, stand up, and joyfully create the destiny that is yours alone.”
– Jeff Salzman, Founder of Career Track, Integral Thought Leader

www.IndestructibleSuccess.com

Now there is an ulterior motive here… I have to be honest… we are also trying to help Seth get Indestructible Success up to the Amazon Best-Seller Ranking. In the first 12 hours, the book went from #29,843 to #4,442 to #3,000 this morning… (probably higher by the time you read this)

I think it would be kind of cool to have another best-seller from Fairfield, don’t you?

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The Hometown Rewards Program

Taken from the Fairfield GoGreen Website, edited by us:

When you save energy, everybody wins. And now there’s one more reason to do so – Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program.

The City of Fairfield was selected to participate in a two-year partnership with Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, through its Hometown Rewards grant program.

This program rewards Fairfield for reducing citywide energy usage either by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (turning off lights, unplugging unused electronics, etc.) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (like compact fluorescent light bulbs, new insulation, etc.). If Fairfield successfully meets its goals, Alliant Energy will give the community a reward.

What kind of reward are we talking about? One picked by the sustainability leaders in Fairfield – new solar panels for a city building.

The purpose of the Hometown Rewards Program in Fairfield is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation goals outlined in the City’s strategic Go Green Plan through grass-roots community efforts. Hometown Rewards goals in Fairfield include:

  • Save residents 5,059,288 kWh in electricity and natural gas equivalent (that’s $540,000 in energy costs)
  • Offer free educational workshops relevant to all sectors of the City
  • Engage at least 50% of Fairfield residents in this program

*You can see all of the program’s goals and strategies here.

The Hometown Rewards Program builds upon the energy initiatives outlined in the Plan by identifying the community’s energy use today, setting goals for improvement, implementing strategies and measuring the results.

The goals were outlined during a 3 month process by the program’s steering committee. Committee members include Mayor Malloy, Kari Bedi, Anna Bruen, Jeff Clawson, Bob Ferguson, Michael Halley, Daryn Hamilton, Joel Hirshberg, Molly Martlin, Fred McElwee, John Revolinski, Lonnie Gamble, Scott Timm, Roger Vorhies, and Alliant Energy representatives Laurie Appleget and Robin Sempf.

An outside consulting firm, Sebesta-Blomberg will measure progress towards the goals and metrics until the end of 2013.

So what’s next?

“Dig In, Fairfield” the Hometown Rewards Program kick-off event, is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd. We’ll be planting a community orchard just outside of Chautauqua Park along the trail system and then have a free BBQ dinner (catering to most dietary needs) provided by Hy-Vee, and entertainment by the Jefferson County Green Band. Also, that weekend FMS, Washington Elementary, MSAE, and Singing Cedars School will be planting trees for energy efficiency; and the public parking lot on B and Broadway will receive shade trees. We’d love to see you anytime on Sunday and encourage you to sign up through the Fairfield Volunteer Center to help volunteer, but of course you are welcome to show up anytime. At the event, we’ll be hosting the president of Trees Forever, representatives from Alliant Energy, as well as Congressman Loebsack, Senator Chelgren, and Representative Hanson.

Local designers and screen-printers designed the Dig In logo and t-shirts.

www.fairfieldgogreen.com was re-designed to highlight the Hometown Rewards Program. On the website you can learn about the program, find opportunities to participate, and track progress towards the program goals. We’re also on Facebook!

You’ll start hearing about the Hometown Rewards Program and Dig In event on radio stations. You’ll also be seeing posters and door hangers for the Dig In event around town!

EcoFairfield, Alliant Energy, City of Fairfield, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center,  Iowa State University, 100.1 FM KRUU, Trees Forever, HyVee, Ideal Energy, Danaher Oil, Everybody’s Whole Foods Store, and The Global ID Group help turn the Hometown Rewards Program a success in Fairfield. Thanks to EcoFairfield and other partners, Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program can offer fun, exciting and educational events; all of the educational workshops will be free of charge; and projects begun as part of the Hometown Rewards Program will have solid maintenance plans to ensure their continued success.

Serve. Connect. Inspire.

The Hometown Rewards Program really depends on community effort. Join us to end the EcoFairfield Earth Day weekend with a bang! RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/350672824976142/ or here if you’re a student:  http://www.facebook.com/events/175458325908820/. Let’s plant some trees!

EcoFairfield 2012 Team
Serve.Connect.Inspire
Because our locals are awesome!

Green Cornucopia!

Green Vendors Sale- over 50 booths- EcoFairfield Trade Fair Sat. April 21
All Green, All Natural. Admission is free.

Bring the family to Dharma Foundation’s first-ever Green Vendor Sale of eco-friendly products, gifts, toys and services on Saturday April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Expo Hall. It’s part of EcoFairfield’s Sustainable Living Celebration for Earth Day 2012 and you’ll discover an overflowing cornucopia of goodies to enjoy!

You’ll find a vast variety of delightful offerings from over 50 local and regional craftspeople, artisans, importers, performers and artists — and you can feel good that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Dharma Scholarship Fund to help students attend the Maharishi School.  You can also feast on a delicious buffet lunch from India Café.
You’ll find jewelry, scarves, toys, gourmet delicacies and organic cosmetics, ayurvedic aromatherapy products, organic chocolates and organic clothing and literally hundreds of other items.  It’s the ideal place to shop for unique gifts for upcoming birthdays of your family members or friends, or find the perfect natural water filter or hand-crafted kitchen goods for your home.
“We have a wonderful eco-oriented community and you’ll find an abundance of quality gifts that are exotic and unique, so it’s a great shopping opportunity” explains Donna Cingre of  the Dharma Foundation. It’s also an important fundraiser to help students attend Maharishi School, the first consciousness-based school in the world.”

For a list of Green Vendors that is being updated regularly,  go to tinyurl.com/Dharma21

In addition to the Dharma Foundation’s Green Vendor Sale, you can participate in other exciting events during EcoFairfield’s Sustainable Living Celebration.  RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/409948079031068/

Rosalie D’Anne Borg
Event Coordinator
Dharma Foundation
EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Fairfield, you are invited!

“What is the next greatest version of your life, your community, the region and the nation?” asks keynote 2012 EcoFairfield speaker Seth Braun.  That’s what last year’s EcoFair organizers asked ourselves last year.  We learned from our local workshop presenters that there is a wealth of expertise, passion, and practical home-based sustainability in Fairfield and regionally. We learned from the Fairfield Volunteer Center’s weatherization projects and Interact’s Sunnybrook garden project that community service is fun, meaningful, bridges generations, and generates friendships.  At the Growing Food and Justice Conference in Wisconsin we discovered that community building and sustainability education can be seamlessly merged, and that culture, art, agriculture, and food are all integral.  We knew that community meant connecting diverse perspectives, because if the “choir is preaching to the choir,” the choir is missing out on learning, growth, and new relationships.  With so many fantastic organizations, projects, and people here, it seemed like the best route was to come together and get to know our neighbors.

by Werner Elmker

You’re invited this April 20th-22nd to Fairfield, Iowa for “EcoFairfield”. Bring your shovel, your business card, your story and most importantly your passion and vision! EcoFairfield is a new idea: a community organized, community-supported, and community-wide event themed to “Serve, Connect, Inspire.” It is a cross-organizational project that includes the Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield Rotaract, myLocal Cooperative, City of Fairfield, Dharma Foundation, Bonnell Building Project, and Iowa State Extension with more partnerships developing.

“One of the many partnerships that have come together for Ecofairfield is a group to plant in upwards of 300 6-foot trees around the community,” explains James Schleppenbach. The project is funded through an energy grant from Alliant Energy.  Shade trees as well as fruit and nut trees for community orchards will be planted. James’ initial “Day of Service” concept focused on bringing together students from Fairfield Public Schools, Maharishi School, and MUM for an afternoon of community volunteering, but it quickly evolved into a coalition working with the City’s tree planting and several other events. RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/350672824976142/.

Green Vendor's Fair 2011
Green Vendor's Fair 2011

Saturday we invite you to enjoy the abundance of Fairfield.  Your weekly Indoor Farmers Market is 8am-2pm at the Senior Center.  9am-4pm, the Green Vendors’ Sale (http://www.facebook.com/events/409948079031068/) and Green Career Jobs Fair (http://www.facebook.com/events/406619692688100/)  will fill Fairfield Convention Center Expo Hall and meeting rooms. Discover eco-friendly goods, local cottage industry expertise, and global connections.  Explore green jobs, internships, business opportunities, and local non-profits dedicated to education and service.

Green Jobs Fair 2011
Green Jobs Fair 2011

Workshops, presentations, and documentaries all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon will offer a broad range of knowledge and experience you can apply to day-to-day sustainability.  Enjoy walking or biking the Spring streets as you visit the Fairfield Convention Center, Fairfield Public Library, the old St. Mary’s schoolhouse, and MUM campus, where you can tour the new Sustainable Living Center.

Local or regional speakers and workshop hosts include Fred Kirschenmann from the Leopold Center; Stuart Valentine, green asset management; Christian Renaud from StartupCity Des Moines; Michael Cook, a former organizer of the Village Building Convergence in Portland, Oregon; Francis Thicke, author, sustainable agriculture expert, and founder of Radiance Dairy; Maryan Hesse, an Amazon forest ambassador; Scott Morris, Founder of myLocal Cooperative; and Nick Campney from One-Hundred Trees.  Most presentations will be free; a few workshops may require $2-10 donations to help cover costs of materials.  A schedule including costs will be here online the first week of April.

EcoJam 2011
EcoJam Fashion Show 2011

Saturday night culminates in the annual ECOjam Fashion Show at 7pm in St. Mary’s School House. Twelve designers will each present a line consisting of recycled, vintage, or organically and sustainably manufactured materials. Local artists are also invited to showcase their art! (Artists contact: gracehartnett@gmail.com) Tickets go on sale at April’s Art Walk in front of the Beauty Shop and at the ECOjam door. For more information click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/312749835455771/.

Sunday morning is reserved for appreciating the spirit of rest, worship, and family. The early afternoon features a Community Swap, Kidz Corner, Food Drive, and workshops before the event’s grand finale at Chataqua park, where the Hometown Rewards BBQ and tree planting will be complemented by Seth Braun facilitating a community conversation on envisioning the next best version of Fairfield.

Revelations Bookstore and Cafe
by Werner Elmker

Stay up to date and help us get the word around by visiting our blog and subscribing for updates at ecofairfield.wordpress.com, or like us at facebook.com/ecofairfield. Please direct questions, suggestions, and volunteer interest to Minca Borg: borgs108@gmail.com
Or come join us for an evening of Green Drinks, networking, and fun this Friday evening at Revelations http://www.facebook.com/events/389870794357499/.

EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Fairfield: The Next Greatest Version

The road ahead is certain. Certainly different. Certainly fast paced. Certainly evolutionary . You know that the greatest environmental problem of the mid-19th century was horse manure. Massive piles of it in Chicago, Boston, New York. The Mayors of all these towns met for a 10 day conference and quit after two days because there was no solution. Then a new paradigm of transportation emerged and solved the problem. It created a new set of problems. Of course, we are talking about the automobile.
What are the cutting edge innovations and paradigm shifts that will render current problems obsolete? What new way of thinking will it take? What is the next greatest version of your life, your community, the region and the nation? Creating a compelling future means having outrageous optimism while facing the brutal facts of current challenges. Let’s get on with it!


With honest assesment and aspirational enthusiasm, best-selling author, and EcoFairfield’s keynote speaker, Seth Braun will rouse the audience with a stirring string of stories, celebrations and suppositions about our collective future as the next greatest version of ourselves.

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Seth Braun provides speaking, coaching, training and consulting services in support of individuals who want to develop their full personal and professional potential. He is also a devoted father and husband, an avid gardener, a musician, and a chocoholic. Braun’s new book Indestructible Success is about building your mind, heart and actions so that you can live your dreams and live (and leave) a legacy of creative and entrepreneurial work that makes a better world.

Braun and his daughters
http://sethbraun.com/

Is this exciting or what?
EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Kony 2012: Yay or nay?

Hi all,
By now you have probably seen this poster around:

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you should. It is about stopping the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, by the end of this year.

As you can see, the Invisible Children organization has onehelluva mighty-powerful social-media campaign going on.  Why is this relevant to EcoFairfield, you say? Because it’s about human rights and an unsustainable system that brakes people, because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and, among other reasons, because its chosen “launch” date is April 20th, 2012. The EcoFairfield event also begins on Friday, April 20th.
The video tells the heart-wrenching tale of how Joseph Kony abducts children from villages: boys so they can fight and torture as soldiers in his army, girls so they can be sex slaves.  Props to Invisible Children for opening my eyes and inspiring me to focus my attention.  While I knew of the terrors of child soldiers and war, devastation and artificial scarcity in Africa, Invisible Children clued me into the issue in northern Uganda. However,  the little voice inside my head was buzzing while watching the Kony short-film.  The little voice doesn’t trust anyone, it is a tad-bit cynical, and it doesn’t like people willfully pulling at the heart-strings. I love my little voice because it’s like an internal compass for critical thinking. It makes me review something and then arrive at stronger, better informed conclusions. Since it was up to me to further inform myself and discern an appropriate path of action, looking for more information I bumped onto two blogs. Blogs, while not the best sources of information, can be pretty interesting, specially if written by people with well informed opinions.

Musa Okwonga, whose family is from Northen Uganda, urges us to: Stop Kony, yes. But don’t stop asking questions. He goes on to say “I understand the anger and resentment at Invisible Children’s approach, which with its paternalism has unpleasant echoes of colonialism.  I will admit to being perturbed by its apparent top-down prescriptiveness, when so much diligent work is already being done at Northern Uganda’s grassroots.” And I agree with him wholeheartedly; I felt the third-world-needs-western-world-to-save-us  vibe. I heard the white man’s burden on the video narrator’s voice. I was disturbed by strict divisions of “good” and “evil”.
“On the other hand,” he continues, “I am very happy – relieved, more than anything – that Invisible Children have raised worldwide awareness of this issue.  Murderers and torturers tend to prefer anonymity, and if not that then respectability: that way, they can go about their work largely unhindered.” Oh and famous will Kony become! It’s hard being famous! It takes its toll on people’s lives. Lives after fame are never the same.

“For too many years, the subject of this trending topic on Twitter was only something that I heard about in my grandparents’ living room, as relatives and family friends gathered for fruitless and frustrated hours of discussion. Watching the video, though, I was concerned at the simplicity of the approach that Invisible Children seemed to have taken.” The short-film put together by Invisible Children targets a young audience. If bound to go viral, like they hoped, their message had to be simple. A successful story is a simple story that is easy to remember and spread. The story they chose to tell was Jason Russel, Jason’s son, and Jacob’s story. Any film-maker knows not everything will be included and a lot of important details will be left out. Editing is a pain.

The other blog I found was too a well-written and well-informed account, this time by Grant Oyston. Grant (http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/)  is strongly opposed to the KONY 2012 campaign because he thinks spreading awareness about Kony 2012 supports the Invisible Children organization directly.  From his blog “As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production.”  Does he not understand film production nor what Invisible Children does? Invisible Children says on their website: “We are story tellers. We use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest-running armed conflict in Africa. We make documentaries, tour them around the world, and lobby our nation’s leaders to make ending this conflict a priority.” Quality film production is expensive, advertising and social media is expensive; people need living wages. (Trust me, we can’t all be starving volunteers).

Grant’s undermining of the power of social media is evident. “Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture, as hard as that is to swallow. Giving your money and public support to Invisible Children so they can spend it on supporting ill-advised violent intervention and movie #12 isn’t helping.”  Media is powerful, social media specially. Did he not hear of the influence of social media during the Arab Spring?  or of Komen’s reversal of their decision to discontinue funding of breast-cancer-screening by Planned Parenthood? Where has this guy been for the last decade or so?

He continues on to say “Do I have a better answer? No, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it’s something. Something isn’t always better than nothing. Sometimes it’s worse.” And here is where I disagree with him completely. How many of you shared KONY 2012 images or the video “just because”? Is he assuming people behave like sheep? Does he fancy he’s got a monopoly on critical thinking?

Liberals jump at each other’s throat. We have not yet learned that there is more than one way to solve a problem, and that many of them are complementary. I agree that bickering is beneficial and helps refine our approach but it’s also counter-productive in the sense that it divides us as we belittle each other’s efforts. We forget that each of us holds but one piece of the puzzle and that to tackle greatly complex problems we need to collaborate, to work together despite our differences. Or at the very least not shoot each other down.
Indeed, something isn’t always better than nothing, but when it comes to human rights, action is ALWAYS better than inertia. Even if mistakes occur, that’s how progress is made, that’s how people learn. Humanity wasn’t born knowing how to tackle it’s problems. (All of them, anyway).

And because ideas are most valuable when in action, let’s talk ACTION STEPS. Kony 2012’s youtube description includes tips on how to help: Donate to Invisible Children: https://www.stayclassy.org/checkout/donation?eid=14711, Purchase KONY 2012 products: http://invisiblechildrenstore.myshopify.com/, Sign the Pledge: http://www.causes.com/causes/227-invisible-children”. And these are fine and dandy, or not, depending on your view and support of Invisible Children.
However, I believe it is not possible to bring down a system without first building an alternative one to replace it with. It is better, in my opinion, to support Ugandan grassroots organizations, in Musa Okwonga’s opinion, to seek diplomatic pressure on President Museveni’s administration, or as Invisible Children suggests, to write to your representatives.
Here’s a list of some organizations listed by ugandaonline.net:

  • Uganda Debt Network – Uganda  Debt  Network is an advocacy and  lobbying coalition of NGOs, Institutions and  individuals formed in 1996.

  • Rhino Fund Uganda -Two species of Rhinos once roamed the savannahs and woodlands of Uganda. Today, the Rhino is gone from Uganda,

  • Gulu Walk  – Every night, up to 40,000 children living in rural northern Uganda walk into urban centers to sleep in relative safety and to escape the rebel army.

  • Computers for Uganda – Computers for Uganda is a not  for profit organization which is part of Emerald City Rotary’s Computers for the World organization.

  • Ceewa Uganda – Council for Economic Empowerment for Women of Africa chapter Uganda is a non-partisan and non profit organization working to promote the economic empowerment of women in the development process.

  • Slum Aid Project – SAP’s vision is “To see that  people of Uganda in slum communities live and enjoy fair and dignified lives
  • United Nations Development Programme – UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

  • ACODE – ACODE is an independent public policy research, analysis and advocacy think tank.

  • Aids Information Centre – AIC exists to prevent the spread of HIV and mitigate its impact by being a model of excellence in the provision and expansion of voluntary counseling and testing, information and education, and the promotion of care and support.

  • DENIVA – Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations(DENIVA) is a registered, indigenous, non-profit making network of Ugandan Non-Governmental and Community Based Organisations (NGOs/CBOs).

  • Kulika Charitable Trust – Kulika is a charitable organisation based in the United Kingdom and Uganda, providing educational scholarships and grants to Ugandan students and also ‘on the ground’ sustainable agriculture training to farmers in Uganda.

  • AidChild – Aidchild provides Homes, Pschological support & Innovative medical care to Orphans affected with HIV/AIDS.

  • BROSDI – Busoga Rural Open Source & Development Initiative is a not for profit organization that works with government and the civil society in improving rural livelihoods among others with the help of ICTs.

  • Hospice Africa – Uganda  – Committed to providing & supporting the provision, of palliative care to cancer and HIV/AIDS patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Nature Uganda – NatureUganda is the operational name of the East Africa Natural History Society (EANHS) in Uganda.  EANHS is the oldest conservation NGO in E.Africa.

  • Network of Ugandan Researchers & research Users – NURRU has three core programs, each of which is strategically conceived not only to feed into one another but also to ensure efficient achievement of the individual program goals, thereby achieving in sum the overall organizational objectives

  • Uganda Rural Development & Training Programme – URDT is an ideologically and philosophically independent learning institution, dynamically remolding the thinking and behavior of the people in rural areas regarding women, the girl child, and their own participation in, and control of those forces that influence their lives in the Kibaale and adjacent districts of western Uganda.

  • Ugabytes Initiative – UgaByTES initiative is Not-for-profit organization with a vision of promoting the integration of Information and Communication Technologies in the development plans of Uganda.

  • Isis-WICCE – Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange.


And lastly, (another thing Invisible Children got right),  keep on spreading the word!
KONY 2012.

Volunteers wanted to post things around town and in near-by towns, after EcoFairfield’s Key-note speaker, Seth Braun, is done with his speech around 9:30pm. Ninja attire encouraged but not required. Please RSVP for the self-organized event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/374491262574643/.

Instead of being swallowed by the tsunami, EcoFairfield is gonna ride this wave.
It’s a win, win, win.

EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

The Earth is Full?

Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that’s equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.

Paul Gilding has spent 35 years trying to change the world. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Greenpeace, taught at Cambridge University, started two successful businesses and advised the CEOs of some the world’s largest companies.

From his website about this ted talk: “Although I’ve done a hundred or so public talks around the world in the last few years around my book The Great Disruption , speaking at the opening session of the annual TED event is an experience and opportunity like no other. Another speaker backstage, feeling similarly hyped about the opportunity, described it to me as being like ‘the world series of public speaking’!
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For me the pressure was really on because I was going into the lion’s den of “techno optimists” – those who believe that technology can solve everything. My message is a tough one for this audience – that sure technology will do wonderful things for us, but the reality is we are going to face some very difficult consequences of our overloading of planet earth and its too late now to stop those consequences. I argue strongly that humans are amazingly capable and will recover from this inevitable crisis and indeed in the end build a stronger and happier society.

My focus in life is to motivate and inspire people to act on the urgent challenges of climate and sustainability and it is a real honour to speak to the TED crowd. This passionate and engaged community has an amazing capacity to make a difference in the world with their creativity, influence, innovation and entrepreneurship, so I was delighted to make a contribution in the opening session.”

Paul is confident we can get through what’s coming and says rather than the end of civilization, this could be the beginning! He argues we will rise to the occasion and see change at a scale and speed incomprehensible today, but need to urgently prepare for The Great Disruption and “the end of shopping”, as we reinvent the global economy and our model of social progress.

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Sobering reality, and yet we are not alone.
We have each other.
EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Meet the team Part 1

The EcoFairfield team has a varied background, but the most important common denominator across the team is our passion for sustainability and our love for the Fairfield community. We are all happy volunteers that enjoy meeting weekly, sharing ideas, collaborating, working hard, and even arguing, to bring you the best possible Earth-Day weekend event. Get to know some of us here:
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The Planter

Meet James Schleppenbach. He is a transfer-student from Christopher Newport University in Virginia, born and raised in Dunellen, New Jersey, currently in his 3rd semester at MUM studying Sustainable Living with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture. He first got involved with EcoFairfield last summer after being elected Sustainable Council President for MUM’s Global Student Council. No longer President, he is still involved with EcoFairfield as student representative coordinating Day of Service and a tree planting project as part of the Hometown Rewards Program for the City of Fairfield. He enjoys making great food, making great compost, and spending time with people who appreciate life.
E-mail: jaschlepp@gmail.com
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Minca Borg
The Connector

Minca Borg is a Sustainable Living student originally from California, though she considers Fairfield, IA, to be her hometown. She is coordinator, and most of times meeting-facilitator, for EcoFairfield: Serve, Connect, Inspire; Student Council representative; and Resident Adviser at MUM.  In her words:  “My first year at MUM, I asked a senior how to get things done.  She said, ‘Be a Connector.’  So I am.  It seems to be an effective strategy for every aspect of my life.  I am here to help you connect with you interests, passions, goals and community.”   Minca’s interests include: Human, Organizational, and Social Development; Community Building; Gardening; Writing; Nature walks in all-weather; Math; Community Service; Why & How. She watches House when she can and likes to listen to Cat Stevens.
E-mail: mborg@mum.edu
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David Fisher
The Overseer

David Fisher is primarily a botanist. He received a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin. He then served as a research scientist at the USDA Forest Experiment Station in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and was a Humboldt fellow at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Prior to joining MUM faculty, he was a professor and researcher in leaf structure-function relationships for six years at the University of Hawaii. His research at MUM on breeding potatoes for resistance to the Colorado potato beetle has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Leopold Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. He is the founder and Director of the Sustainable Living program at MUM and has been the primary advocate for the design and construction of the new Sustainable Living Center. Otherwise, his pursuits are reading, playing basketball, vegetable gardening, tree climbing, and bicycling around the Fairfield Loop Trail.
Email:dfisher@mum.edu
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More profiles coming soon. Have a great week and thanks for reading!
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EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Green Drinks Event

The EcoFairfield team invites all interested in environmental issues to an evening of green drinks, good food, good people, and hopefully a good tune or two.
Green Drinks events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.
Green Drinks have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

We hope you can accompany us for fun and networking this Friday, February 24, at Arandas’ Mexican Restaurant. Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/348191771877938/

The Code:

Green Drinks are Open

* Green Drinks is mostly for people working on environmental issues, but anyone can come — people from environment groups, business, government, academia and as individuals. There is no ‘us and them’.
* Organisers and all attendees actively welcome newcomers and introduce them to others in the group.
* All attendees commit to meeting new people at every session and not just sticking with people they already know.

Green Drinks are Freeform

* There is generally no agenda or theme, Green Drinkers mingle and share insights and provoke and exasparate and inspire and delight each other. There are moments of serendipity and a lot of ‘oh, you if are interested in X then I must introduce you to that person over there who knows all about it’ …
* All kinds of people come to Green Drinks and this is what makes for the interesting interactions.

Read the rest here: http://www.greendrinks.org/Start 

See you Friday!

EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

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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