What might Nashville be like in twenty-five years? While my friends and I have been seeking to answer that question through the lens of the “transition towns” movement, with what we have called “Transition Nashville,” Metro’s “Nashville Next” program has been the city’s attempt to answer that question, and, to a certain extent, the planners involved in Nashville Next have done a good job. They have asked at least some of the right questions, and they have solicited, and elicited, a fair amount of citizen involvement in their visioning, but I think there are some unasked questions and misguided assumptions in their process. I think “the next Nashville” will be very different from what they envision, and that proceeding on their basic assumption, that the future will, overall, be a lot like the past, could produce some very unhappy results. If we recognize these errors and correct our course, Nashville could still be a pretty nice place to live as we approach mid-century. I am going to start by quoting what Nashville Next’s website and then offer my own comments and suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »
This coming Sunday, June 8, I will return to a monthly slot on The Green Hour on WRFN, Radio Free Nashville, starting with a “performance,” as it were, of my “Edward Snowden and the Farm.” I’m not sure if I’ll do both parts or just one. It depends on how long the reading and music take. I am also planning to do a “books on the air” presentation of Charles Eisenstein’s “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible,” which I think expresses the long-range Green vision with exceptional clarity. (That will also save me from having to do as much writing as I used to do for the show!). Eisenstein will not be my sole stock in trade, of course. I’m too much of an egotist not to have something to say to the public once a month! There will also be music, of course. All words and no music makes for a dull radio show. The station will soon be expanding its signal strength so that it is audible all over town, and I had intended to wait for that to happen, but one of our programmers has been doing two slots a month and was ready for a break, so, as if I don’t have enough to do already, I’m adding “radio host” to my juggling act.
Another development worth mentioning here is that I am running for the Tennessee House of Representatives, 54th district, as a Green. To that end, I have started another blog, “Holsinger for House,” where I am concentrating on how the Green paradigm expresses itself on local issues and our current political reality.
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Tags: Charles Eisenstein, Radio Free Nashville, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, WRFN-LP
Categories : book review, election reform, Green Party, local politics, local self-sufficiency, politics
this post was written by Martin with some input from Cindy
For quite a while over the Spring and Summer, we experienced an outpouring of help from friends and neighbors as we coped with our house fire. After a couple of mammoth work days that saw the removal of almost all the burned-out structure and the erection of new walls for new rooms in the remaining portion of the house, things quieted down. These days, when we encounter people we haven’t seen for a while, we are often asked, “are you in your new house yet?”
The answer is, “no,” and, depending on how much time and attention our friends have available at the moment, we fill them in on more or less of the details. In an effort to bring everybody (or at least everybody who reads this blog) up to date at once, here is, as my Jewish grandparents would say, “the whole megillah.” This post is long on wonkish details and a bit short in the “philosophy” department, but then, our true philosophy expresses itself in the details of our lives, so this is, in its own way, a “deep green perspective.” “All politics is local,” as they say, Green politics especially, and it doesn’t get any more local than building your own home in accordance with your ideals. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: building codes, cob, gardening, logging, solar panels, strawbale
Categories : environmental issues, friends and family, Green Party, humor, local politics, local self-sufficiency, transition