How can we create a resilient, sustainable local economy that we would love to work and live in?

Update by Leo Brodie

In September, Sustainable NE Seattle featured the theme  "Local Economy." The series included speakers at our monthly general meeting, two movies, an Open Space event, and a Barter Faire. The Open Space Event posed the question: "How can we create a resilient, sustainable local economy that we would love to work and live in?"

 

Facilitated by Katherine Wismer (at the far left in the photo below), the group of almost 20 participants raised and addressed questions such as "How can we develop more businesses that focus on local products and services needed for resiliencey?", "What might be the basis of our local economy?", and "How can we engage businesses in our local economy?"

 

 

As the discussions progressed, Anne Jess created a beautiful graphic recording of the ideas that emerged:

 

Here is the compilation of notes taken from each session, in PDF form.
20090926_open_space_local_economy.pdf (updated 10/6/09)

Here's a set of photographs taken by the facilitator, Katherine Wismer:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Katharine.A.W/NESeattleSustainabilityOp...

The Local Economy series was capped off by a Harvest Moon Festival & Barter Faire. Neighbors were invited to bring their own apples for the apple cider press, and then take home their own cider. The event also gave participants the chance to trade their excess garden produce, canned goods, dried fruit, baked goods, eggs, dairy products, and arts & crafts, with no money changing hands. Read more about the Barter Faire and see pics!

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