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Link Activist San Diego remote url Link 2004-03-14 2004-03-14
  Their mission statement: "Activist San Diego is a social justice organization that promotes and facilitates the development of an active, inter-related, progressive community in San Diego through networking, culture and electronic technology."
Link Indymedia San Diego remote url Link 2004-03-14 2004-03-14
  (No description)
Link Walkinginfo.org remote url Link 2004-03-11 2004-03-11
  "resources to make your community walkable." "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is a clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement and the health community."
Link Walk San Diego remote url Link 2004-03-11 2004-03-11
  Oh joy of joys! from their site: VISION We envision San Diego communities that invite walking as a preferred choice for transportation and recreation for all people. MISSION WalkSanDiego is dedicated to enhancing the livability of communities, through promotion, education, and advocacy, by making walking a safe and viable choice for all people. HISTORY WalkSanDiego was formed in 1998 to address the unique needs of pedestrians within the San Diego region. Our board consists of transportation professionals, land use planners, health advocates, injury prevention specialists, and residents who want to improve the pedestrian environment. We believe the region's traffic congestion is largely due to poor planning and few alternatives to driving, forcing everyone to use cars for most trips. Many trips could be made on foot within one's own community. We can help make it happen. WalkSanDiego is a 501 (c) (3) organization, so your membership donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law. " They have a "newsletter":http://www.walksandiego.org/pages/newsletter.html
Link Walkable Communities, Inc. remote url Link 2004-03-11 2004-03-11
  "A non-profit corporation ... organized for the express purposes of helping whole communities, whether they are large cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable and pedestrian friendly." Beautiful. See especially the "Walkable communities by region":http://www.walkable.org/article6.htm section by Dan Burden. I am ecstatic to find this... While I value the "carbusting" approach... I'm not too motivated to work that angle. Walkable communities on the other hand... Maybe in the future I'll be working more with walkamerica, walk21 and the like! In addition, Dan has started a "walkable communities listserve":http://lists.topica.com/lists/walkable/.
Link America Walks remote url Link 2004-03-11 2004-03-11
  "America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our members are autonomous grassroots organizations from across the country, each working to improve conditions for walking in their area. The mission of America Walks is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as a collective voice for walking advocates. To carry out our mission, we provide a support network for local pedestrian advocacy groups. We offer advice about how to get started and how to be effective with public officials and engineering and design professionals."
Link Walk21 remote url Link 2004-03-11 2004-03-11
  Welcome to Walk21 - the site dedicated to the support of professionals who have the responsibility for developing, coordinating and promoting walking initiatives.
Link Riin's Carfree links remote url Link 2004-03-06 2004-03-06
  I spent some time browsing the carfree yahoo group. Riin's page has some links to others (besides her) who are active on that list.
Link A poem on a Frightening Substance remote url Link 2004-03-06 2004-03-10
  I've no more to say.
Link Reason Surface Transportation Studies remote url Link 2004-02-24 2004-06-24
  They are coming down clearly on the side of continued car-use and things like bus rapid transit instead of rail systems. What are they *not* taking into account in their studies? An "article":http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040217-9999-1m17rail.html on their *Great Rail Disaster* study made it into the San Diego Union Tribune not long ago. I got the feeling that the planners at city hall are fairly pro-rail, at least in this case, however.
Link City of Villages remote url Link 2004-02-24 2004-02-24
  A new urbanism vision for San Diego will at least be better that the way it is now! "The Paseo":http://www.sdsuniverse.info/story.asp?id=13899 is one of the more pedestrian-friendly projects near the trolley stop at SDSU that earned a designation as a City of Villages pilot project.
Link Walton Feed / Rainy Day Foods remote url Link 2004-02-21 2004-02-21
  If you are carfree and living far from your favorite food coop, and miss your soaked organic oat and buckwheat groats, Walton Feed can help. Their prices are great. I was able to order only 50lbs and have them shipped to my door for less than the same amount of goods would have cost if I picked them up at local coop (including bulk and member discounts). There are many thought-provoking articles and resources on their site as well. Maybe in the future, when disaster strikes, the carfree people will be able to make it through as well as the Mormons.
Link Hope Magazine remote url Link 2004-02-16 2004-10-30
  Another "GK":http://georgekao.com recommendation. I don't like this one as well as "YESmag":../yesmag. (just from dealing with the website). It is not easy to get a sense of their purpose- <blockquote> Its mission is to help us understand ourselves and each other, to face individual and societal challenges with a courage and a sense of the possible, and to celebrate human values. </blockquote>
Link Yes Magazine remote url Link 2004-02-16 2004-10-30
  This mag is recommended by "George Kao":http://georgekao.com. It is a project of the positive futures network: <blockquote>The Positive Futures Network (PFN) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people’s active engagement in creating a just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Millions of people worldwide are engaged in creative change. Their work and vision carries the potential for an evolutionary leap – to a world that works for all. To realize this potential, we must focus on positive outcomes and encourage all people to be part of a powerful, inclusive process of change. In the years since PFN was founded, our communications and networking activities have helped deepen the commitment of hundreds of thousands of people to contribute to transformational change in their personal lives, their communities, their nation, and the world.</blockquote> I find the "State of the possible retreats":http://yesmagazine.org/retreats/index.htm particularly interesting.
Link Auto Carnage remote url Link 2004-02-13 2004-12-26
  Matt Jalbert writes: "This is not about smashed cars and blood and gore. This is about American consumer society and what it does with its biggest and baddest consumable: the automobile. From what you’ll see in this collection of my photographs, we’re pretty flip about getting rid of the beasts. It’s easy enough to dump them in the desert, in a river, by the roadside. Then there’s the other side of the coin: the cost to the Earth and its non-human inhabitants."
Link Radical Urban Theory remote url Link 2004-02-13 2004-10-30
  Writings on the modern urban condition. Found while looking for more about Mike Davis, prompted by Neil Morgan's column in the SDUnion Tribune 2004-02-13, mentioning the "Spirit of the Land conference":http://spirit.sdsu.edu/.
Link Bicycle Universe remote url Link 2004-02-04 2004-02-04
  Michael Bluejay wrote in the last carfree world newletter: <blockquote> I'm starting the process of moving most of the content from "BicycleAustin.info":http://bicycleaustin.info to the new site, BicycleUniverse.com. Most of the content on BicycleAustin is useful to a much larger audience than Austinites so it makes sense to have it on a general domain. This follows the same path as the newsletter, which went from "Austin Bike News" to "Car-Free World" nearly two years ago. ... The new domain is part of the strategy of making clear that this stuff is for everyone, not just Austinites. </blockquote> I don't know, if he'll be able to expand well beyond a US focus (not to mention the Earth), but it doesn't hurt to aim high!
Link The Edge Foundation remote url Link 2004-01-30 2004-01-30
  If you're curious, You'll find plenty to broaden your mind-world here. It has led me on some good adventures already (An intro to Roger Schank). I intend to spend more time here in the future. I'm not quite happy with the apparent (and intentional) neglect of the art and the literary world, although I feel the motivation for doing so (how have the artists been helping us develop a shared vision and a path? - and yet, for a vision to be shared it must be expressed.). The link here is to the world question center. I'm not sure it quite fits with the undefined idea I have of *Our Culture*. It isn't densely good enough for me to include it under *recommended reading*.
Link PRO EVO: Pro Evolution - Guideline for an Age of Joy remote url Link 2004-01-02 2006-01-30
  Update (2006-01-30): I started a "pro-evo yahoo group":http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pro-evo/ for those who want to discuss this text. This book arrived mysteriously in my grandmother's mailbox. It was mailed from New Jersey, but that is all I know about who sent it, and that it was a mass-mailing. It is a small book, 135 narrow pages. It presents an optimistic world view and theory of why we are here. I read it this afternoon. I do not agree with all it says, but find it provocative and very helpful. The author has done a wonderful job of expressing many important concepts concisely. In time I will be able to more effectively judge the value of having read this book. The direct relevance to this site can be found on p. 121 under the topic "How could living conditions be improved constantly?" : "(3) Converting residential areas into healthy, comfortable and humane places, free of air and water pollution and harmful noise, divided into administrative districts of manageable size, and with streets and squares thronged once again with people and not noisy machines spreading poisonous exhaust fumes (as, for example, could in towns be achieved in part through transportation of people and goods by electrically powered vehicles and by limiting private cars)." and p. 113 footnote 31: "Examples of the effect of a lack of *pro-evo* economic guidance: (1) The unrestrained expansion of the oil and automobile industries in the Second World War, which led, among other things, to the neglect both of mass transportation and of research into, and use of, solar and geothermal energy and other inexhaustable and renewable sources of power..." And most importantly, p. 37: "(11) The establishment of a research organization for monitoring the effect of scientific and technical innovations on man and the environment; and for working for, and enforcing, measures to prevent *anti-evo* consequences from the innovations." As to what pro-evo and anti-evo are, I'll leave that to the author, Tomot Om, whose other books include _Age of Joy_, _On the side of life_, Lebensrichtig, Zeitalter der Freude (perhaps under other names). If you guessed that he hinted at an un-libertarian merit (or rather *pro-evo*)-ocracy and world government, you'd be correct.
Link Lords of the Chainring remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-01-02
  Much shorter, and in some ways much better than LotR (which I never saw). 5 min long or so. (Spoilage warning: don't read the next sentence!) Well-stuffed superheroes, a damsel in distress, a villainous car-driver, and the requisite car-bashing. And I was able to dowload it in a short time even over a modem connection!
Link Flying Rutabega Cycle Circus remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-01-02
  Made famous from their preemptive arrest prior to the Biodevestation 7 conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Link Ode Magazine remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-10-30
  "Ode is an independent magazine about the people and ideas that are changing the world. Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the war, poverty, exploitation and pollution that the mainstream media use to fill our view of the world. But there is more to life. There are other stories to report. Stories of countless initiatives being launched around the globe by people devoted to justice, respect and equality. Stories that bridge the gap between thinking and doing, between rage and hope, and the painful gap between the rich and poor – and thus build peace and sustainability. That is the news that Ode promises to deliver. By reading Ode you connect to a network of positive change and inspiration. Ode points the way to knowing better, doing better and feeling better. Ode publishes ‘the stories that are different from the ones we are brainwashed to believe’ (Arundhati Roy). Ode challenges us and invites us to change. We realise that change starts with information. We can only make a choice to change things for the better when we learn how it can be done. Similarly, we can only change our behaviour when we understand the harmful effects of what we do. Ode teaches and inspires us, helps us see how every one of us can contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Ode is published monthly in English, Dutch and Portuguese."
Link Orion Magazine remote url Link 2004-01-02 2004-10-30
  "Since 1982, Orion has worked to reconnect human culture with the natural world, blending scientific thinking with the arts, engaging the heart and mind, and striving to make clear what we all have in common." I'm not sure what to make of these magazines... They are successful (in that they exist). Maybe something can be learned from them with respect to our efforts to effect change. In the several times I've looked at this one I haven't come across anything world-changing, but perhaps I'll pay more attention/ give it a more thorough look? I'm finding reading classics (currently Goethe, Faulkner, and criticism thereof) cheaper and more productive in terms of ideas generated per words read.
Link The Wild Farm Alliance remote url Link 2003-12-21 2003-12-21
  "Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that helps protect and restore wild Nature. To make our food systems sustainable in the 21st century, we envision a world in which community-based, ecologically managed farms and ranches are seamlessly integrated into landscapes that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological processes."
Link The Ecological Farming Association remote url Link 2003-12-21 2003-12-21
  "a non-profit educational organization that promotes ecologically sound agriculture. Our special events bring people together from all over the world to share ideas and experiences in producing healthful food from a healthy earth. When you support the Eco-Farm Association, you are supporting a new vision for our food system where strengthening soils, protecting air and water quality, encouraging diverse ecosystems, and honoring rural life are all part of producing healthful food." HQ is near Monterey, CA.

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