Hosted by Food Day, Agricultural Hall, and the Boston Food Forest Coalition, Jan Spencer, a permaculturalist from Eugene, Oregon, will present "Transforming Where We Live - Our Homes, Culture and Economy." Spencer sees a common denominator to virtually all the social/political/economic/environmental downward trends of our times.
Spencer has been transforming his own economy, culture, and quarter-acre suburban property for over 13 years. The grass and driveway are gone, there is edible landscaping all over, passive solar redesign, a 6,500 gallon rain water system, and much more. His presentation discusses suburban permaculture and highlights creative green projects between friends and neighbors where he lives in the River Road Neighborhood of Eugene. He will explain allies and assets in almost any community and include a look at other green initiatives in the Northwest. All for revitalizing civic culture for transforming homes, culture and economy.
As he observes, "We live in a culture that is short on civic vitality because there are so many distractions which are remarkably effective at reducing peoples' capacity to act in their own best interests. The needs of a growth-based, supply-sided, globalized economy are at odds with healthy civic culture and are not compatible with a green and peaceful planet. Transforming our economy so it becomes friendly to people and planet means we mitigate virtually all the downward trends at the same time."
There will be a half hour mix and mingle time before the presentation with community groups tabling.
Two events on both sides of the river!
November 2, Saturday, 6:30, Cambridge/Boston,
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. Harvard Square, Cambridge
Nov 4, Monday, 6:30, Jamaica Plain/Boston
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain
The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, see