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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
10:59 am
[galacticchick]
an awesome blog-

http://www.mountainsentinel.com/index.php

have a scroll down and look at the essays- the first one is really interesting in that he's considering uprising as the only alternative to what's going on in the USSA right now.

there's also this film-

http://www.whatawaytogomovie.com/more-about-the-film/

and this man's work-

http://www.grahamhancock.com/underworld/

Why do I include Graham Hancock in this list? Because he points out that, in terms of global cataclysm and world change, humanity has been through this scenario before and it's possible to learn some valuable lessons from it. Read more...Collapse )

So if anyone is interested in furthering these ideas and conversations, or sees something of interest to them in this conversation, leave a comment and I'll happily take it up. :)
Sunday, November 11th, 2007
10:50 am
[galacticchick]
Natural Sequence farming
I just inadvertantly came across a really amazing, exciting and inspiring segment on a Sunday show (with Ray Martin as host) about a man named Peter Andrews who is revolutionising the sustainability of the Australian landscape.

http://www.naturalsequencefarming.com/

This stuff has blown my mind, I haven't been this excited about anything environmentally sustainable since I stumbled across permaculture many a year ago. It's revolutionary, it's astonishing, totally sustainable AND pesticide/herbicide/fertiliser free, it requires very little to implement. So are politicians looking into it? Not at all.

Check it out for yourselves, look at what this man is able to achieve, email the Sunday show that aired it (it's the first time in 5 years that I've actually *watched* tv, please don't ask me the name of the show right now, I'm too excited) for more information if necessary: as far as I'm concerned, this program should be aired on *every* station for weeks, until people get the message. If you're as excited as I am about the myriads of environmental and social implications of this man's work, now is the perfect time to make it a political issue- the desperate situation of the Murray River system is reason alone to have this man's work pushed to the forefront, the solutions that the pollies are touting are going to cost the Australian public billions when it simply isn't necessary. That's billions that could be spent on things like education, health and social programs.

This information also has implications for getting things started in the desolate areas outside of Brisbane, as well as reclaiming overgrazed, saline affected land everywhere: something CAN be done, this man has waist high, lush pastures on land that has no irrigation whatsoever, with animals that are totally disease free because they eat the weeds that agriculture officials order everyone else to spray with herbicides. It really has to be seen to be believed.

It's five to midnight, will this society wake up in time?? Knock, knock...
9:18 am
[galacticchick]
So, you think you have geek fu?
http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/challenge


(the following is taken directly from the above link)

Three sites. Three continents. Hundreds of innovative designs.

One connected world.


Enter the AMD Open Architecture Challenge and help enable affordable Internet access to 50 percent of the world by 2015.

The AMD Open Architecture Challenge is an open, international design competition. Its aim is to develop not one but many solutions for building sustainable, multi-purpose, low-cost technology facilities for those who need them most. Three community partners have been selected to participate in this year's Challenge. Each site poses a unique set of design constraints and opportunities. While the needs of each client are unique, the hurdles they face in embracing technology to offer access to education, healthcare and the global marketplace are shared by millions of people in communities all over the world.

You do not have to be trained architect to participate. Anyone can enter. Entrants are invited to develop a design for one, two or all three sites.

Each design entered into the competition will be published and shared on the Open Architecture Network so that any community looking for similar design solutions will have access to them.

Proceeds from the competition entry fees will be awarded to the top entry for each site. The overall winning solution will be built and one years' operating costs will be given to the community partner with funds of up to $250,000 provided by AMD. Centers will be constructed for the other two sites and replicated for additional community partners as funding becomes available.



Go have a look, see what you can come up with- we have heaps of creative people in our community and even if you don't win, by having your solution published on the internet it may be just what someone else is looking for. :D
8:05 am
[galacticchick]
A Change in Thinking
I've been giving a lot of thought to the idea of starting a housing co-operative here in Brisbane and I've pretty much come to the conclusion that this would be a waste of time on my part for several important reasons. I'd like to hear other people's opinions about my reasoning so I'm going to lay it out here.

(What follows is a discussion on post peak oil planning, investigating Cuba, New Zealand, the possibility of creating a community and a call for anyone interested to contact me)
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If anyone has any other ideas, I'd love to hear about them: as I said, I'm sure that there are aspects we've overlooked and many heads make for interesting perspectives. :) This isn't confined to Australian members either- we have the technology available to have web meetings or teleconferences, so I'm eager to hear from overseas interests as well: if you know of anyone who would be interested, please pass my contact information onto them. :) Michael and I are developing several online projects together, including setting up a website (Intelligent Nation) to explore these issuesm share information and resources, create connections between like minded communities across the world and create a working mindmap for possibilities of exchange, trade and global connection. In my mind, it sure beats sitting around waiting for the world to happen to you... :D
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
2:34 pm
[galacticchick]
Multi-owner property loans.
http://www.podproperty.com.au


This is the first example of a company specifically set up to deal with these kind of loans. I'm quite sure they're not the most competitive.

Please download the info pack and have a read, there is too much information for me to repost here. I'd be interested in what people think.

My idea is to find an entire block of units for sale, one that has enough land around it for community food gardens. We could be creative with refurbishing the units to passive/active solar, water recycling etc. There could be more than one housing project if we wanted to do things this way.

I'm open to discussion about it. I'm also open to actually creating a working project that is committed to buying our own property. There *are* many considerations I know, including the nervous twitchings and realities overseas regarding property market crashes. There are many interesting approaches to this kind of project, from purely pragmatic housing decisions (everybody buys in then lives as individuals with no community projects) to a housing version of Northey St, showcasing the best of sustainable and CLIMATE INTELLIGENT housing for this region (sheesh, talk about dark ages when it comes to intelligent building for climate :/ ). So there are a few things to talk about. Personally, I'm interested in the latter more than the former. :)

So whatever your area of interest, here's the place to start talking out the ideas. I have some contacts in the property investment area and will see what they think: if I can get them to post their perspectives here, I'll do that. Keep an eye on the space. :D
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
9:31 am
[galacticchick]
A Feast for the Mind, Imagination and Sense of Adventure!
http://www.arcosanti.org/

Have a look at what these people are creating. :D



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Monday, October 1st, 2007
11:13 am
[galacticchick]
Eye on the housing bubble.
Here's some links sent to me from an friend in the U.S. I think it's really smart to take a look at what's happening in the US in order to get a handle on the directions here considering the markets have been set up the same.

http://thehousingbubbleblog.com

http://patrick.net

I'm interested in what people think: does it make a difference to have an $80,000 loan on a share in a strata title community if the general price of the property falls? Currently, $800k would be an average price for a large block of land (10 acres or so with house) in a reasonably serviced area. Would this kind of purchase make financial sense? Try comparing the cost of a house on an acre of land to your investment- I'll be posting links very soon to articles such as 'The $15k house' and co-operative building, where everyone helps create each other's house.
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
1:42 pm
[galacticchick]
Link Fest!
I'm going to bookmark this entry as the Link Page for now. This is the place to put all those handy dandy and interesting sites that we find. I'll start the ball rolling. :)

**HOT TIP** You don't have to buy the magazines mentioned here- most of them are available for loan from your local library.

http://www.simplesavings.com.au This is an awesome site that has heaps of ways of reducing living costs. There's a fortnightly newsletter and the option to upgrade to a paid account that allows access to the Ideas Vault ( a very reasonable $40-ish cost). A great Australian based resource.

http://www.earthgarden.com.au The Australian publication now has a discussion board. All topics from earth friendly living to permaculture, eco housing and more. No fee join and covers both regional and global topics.

http://www.seymour-expo.com Eco living expo in Victoria, early 2008. This expo rocks, people! Well worth the camping trip- immerse yourself in the quantum field of possibilities re eco living and alternatives to current cultural practices.

http://www.theownerbuilder.com.au Website for the Owner Builder magazine. Have a look at the articles listed under 'extracts'.

http://www.naturalsequencefarming.com/ revolutionary land care that is truly sustainable and eco friendly. check it out and be amazed!!

http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/ great website for getting the mind going on housing and other alternatives

http://www.ata.org.au/ Alternative Technology Association, an Australian organisation and website. Publishers of the magazine ReNew (just look for the link on the site). Great practical stuff.

http://www.gmagazine.com.au/ more upmarket 'green living' Australian based mag.

http://www.newint.com.au New Internationalist magazine. Mind poking alternative to mainstream media, with articles on human rights, ecology, sustainability, Fair Trade advocates and more.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com eco and ethically friendly travel

http://www.theglobalintelligencer.com Great Articles from all over the world on all the topics relevant to this community.

http://www.globalideasbank.org like the name says, ideas from all over the world, from the brilliant to the boggling. Great site.

http://www.ahimsahouse.com.au West End meeting place and venue.

http://www.offbeatbride.com Eco friendly weddings that have the added bonus of saving $1000's. Weddings don't have to be ridiculously expensive and can be ecologically sound without looking like Ma and Pa Kettle's bash. Not just for brides, all these wedding ideas can be applied to any celebration or party. :)

http://www.eco-friendlyweddings.co.uk/ Even though it's in the UK there are plenty of international links and the ideas are applicable anywhere. Not just for weddings. :)

http://www.budgetdreamweddings.com More ideas.

Festivals I love are:

http://www.burningman.com Yes, the Burning Man festival: amazing foundational ideas and implementations. Who says an instant community can't be created? If America ever stops being so insane and actually becomes an inviting place to visit, this festival is one of the primary reasons I would go there.

http://www.lanternparade.com The Lismore Lantern Festival, another premier fire event and where we shall be playing the night before our wedding next year. :D

The Dreaming this is an excellent alternative to the now overcrowded Woodford Folk Festival and is run by some of the people who run Woodford. My kids love this festival.

Nowhere . We are considering doing this for our honeymoon, followed by some further time in Spain checking out Guadi's architecture in Barcelona and then a few weeks in Cuba checking out the post oil society there. I'll be going to Nowhere rather than Burning Man simply because I think being in the States would be excruciating in this current political climate. I'll wait till things get vastly saner before going there- besides, I like Spanish way better than Americanese. :D



Ok, that's it from me for now- hope you enjoy the brain candy. :D
1:31 pm
[galacticchick]
Discussion Topic: Looking at possible areas.
Land in Brisbane is expensive, as we know. Personally I'm inclined to go for acreage where possible, given the ideas of city farm, energy production, home based businesses, resource pooling etc. I realise that we may need to plan for more than one project, so what are the suggestions? 10 acres out at Brookfield area, with 4 br house, will currently set the thinktank back $800k. 10 acres is a LOT of land to reform, people- I've worked a 1/4 acre and it kept me busy! A LOT of food can be produced on that much land and it's more than ample for an income producing city farm.

So where are other possibilities? What would work and not work for people? Have you spotted a possibility, be it warehouse, flats, anything that we can get creative with? The motto of this project is "I don't want to wait until I'm living in my car to do something proactive!".
12:03 pm
[galacticchick]
First Post!
I've decided to make this community to keep track of all the ideas, information, updates, projects etc that hopefully will spring from the discussion. I know the ideas I have been talking about are a radical shift from the way things are 'usually done' but I really believe that such shifts are going to be necessary in order to keep thriving in changed circumstances.

Please feel free to post your ideas here- this is the first time I've set up a community and I'll be working things out as I go. I'll see if the format here works well enough while I'm setting up my website and newsletter. Lots of fun learning curves ahead!

I thought I'd give a bit of background to myself as way of introduction. I'm 42, partnered by the awesome triffid_hunter, we're getting married next winter solstice. I have six surviving children, three grandkids and am intending to have my last child in about two years time. I've lived on communities in the Northern Rivers NSW area, have lived in some fairly extreme places in some fairly primitive conditions and I have no intention of going back to washing clothes by hand! I love intelligent use of technology and I don't advocate a return to subsistence farming. I love creative solutions, intelligent discussion intended to further understanding, creation and action.

I would also like to say that currently our family is dealing with the very recent loss of my co-daughter Lyddie and that there may be days when things go quiet. I'm doing what I need to do and am appreciative of people's understanding. :)
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