Spring greetings and here's another issue of The Eleven - my effort to share what I'm up to, and ask for your assistance in changing the world. It's been a busy time for me - I came out of a long bout of sickness in January and early February with a lot of energy and ideas. I've been working with new clients lately to teach them how to make the best use of their social networking time to help their businesses and projects along. The business I'm devoting the most time to is my friend Marcia Wiley's Wileyware, and we're planning an open house here on April 3rd and 4th to showcase her glassware and give people a chance to meet the artist. I'll be sending out more information as we get closer to the date - I hope you'll take some time to stop by if you're in Portland then.
Here is a bit of what I've been working on lately:
I'm loving our new Irvington home. It's the best place I've lived in a while. Roomy, centrally located, pretty, full of interesting early-20th century features (lots of wood) and in great shape. I'm sharing the 1st floor with Dahra Perkins and Eecole Copen, and we're close friends with the folks upstairs.
on our local cable access TV station to talk about the Copenhagen conference on climate change and how that intersects with human population growth
I love the music
of Michael Franti and Spearhead and would like to see him/them as the half-time show at an upcoming Superbowl. Join me
in this effort.
I learned about Google's PowerMeter application and am making an attempt to bring that to Portland. Learn more
Filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin
created a short "commercial
" for Wileyware. It's the first time we've tried this out, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.
The backyard is small, but big enough that last week I planted raspberries, peas, kale, radishes and collards. The house also has lots of nice landscaping and we have daffodils and lilies of the valley popping up everywhere!
I'm also enjoying the abundance of my community. I joined Our Sharing Network a while back and have been giving and receiving frequently. I heard Robert Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute speak a couple weeks ago, and if his predictions and analyses are correct, our post-cheap fossil fuel energy future is going to look a lot different than our lives do today. Get comfortable biking :) That said, I'm trying to create a model for working together that looks more like gifting than either barter or buying. And that's been paying off in many ways. Try it on for size - give away a good or service with no attachment to receiving anything in return, then do it again. I know it's not easy, especially at first, but you may find that what returns to you is surprising and wonderful. Let me know how it goes.
Before I forget, here are some recommendations I've been saving that I think are worth some time.