Randall Jamrok March 28, 2014
At this point, all of your "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" booklets have been sent out! If you did not receive yours, or there was a problem with the mailing, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will correct the problem (the solution is usually found within the problem ;) ).
Thus, this will probably be my last update post! Thanks again!
I had a great time presenting at the Center for Sustainable Community in Stelle, IL, (home of Midwest Permaculture) and the group of people there were really excited to discuss community-based solutions in small groups.
I will be leading a small group workshop at the Climate Summit in Palatine, IL on April 5th
(http://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-connections-for-action-tickets-10789444519?aff=es2&rank=6&sid=0e7dcf2eb4e811e3907822000a9f3045), as well as giving some presentations in Michigan in May.
Any feedback or experiences using the booklet in community groups would be great to hear. So, if you do so, please contact me!
Randall Jamrok February 27, 2014
I sent out the first batch of "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" booklets today.
It seemed appropriate that while I was being waited on at the Post Office that the conversation in the line behind me was about the craziness of extreme weather & snow storms going into March...
Randall Jamrok February 13, 2014
I just mailed the proof back to the printer--no corrections necessary.
I'll be talking about my experience in Cuba and the booklet on Saturday March 8th, 2014 at the CSC (Center for Sustainable Community) open house in Stelle, IL.
Randall Jamrok February 12, 2014
There's two days left in the campaign, the proof is on its way from the printer, and the goal has been exceeded.
Once the campaign is finished I'll be collecting mailing addresses from all who chose rewards.
Randall Jamrok February 7, 2014
This crowd-funding campaign for "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" met it's goal yesterday (by some very generous contributions!) with 7 days still to go! (Anyone can still contribute over the goal and order a printed booklet until the 13th).
Frances Moore Lappé's Small Planet Institute added a link to "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" to their "Food, Hunger, & Environment" Resource list!
Frances Moore Lappé is one of my heros! So, it is quite an honor.
Here's the full list of all their awesome resources: http://smallplanet.org/resources?topic%5B0%5D=179
It feels good to know that people believe in me and the work I'm doing.
The final edits have been made, and I will be sending it to the printers ASAP.
Randall Jamrok February 5, 2014
Thank you for your contribution to "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change!"
This is the final stretch of the campaign (9 days left), and the project is over 50% funded!
I hope to get closer to the goal and wanted to ask you if you could please share the link on your social media platforms, email, facebook, etc. (if you haven't already) to help bridge the gap and send this project to completion.
Also, tomorrow I will be starting a related project to implement these solutions--a group called PermieCouncil. The first stage is to let people know about the group by detailing each permaculture solution from the booklet with an accompanying vision of how it can look in practice via a facebook organization page daily post. Please 'like' this page if you: A. are interested in starting your own group to implement some of these solutions, or B. want to be part of PermieCouncil Northwest Indiana:
Randall Jamrok January 28, 2014
I added a new reward possibility to the campaign (see campaign page under $200).
If you already contributed, but you were interested in this new option, please inquire with me (my email is on the booklet), as I would be interested in facilitating your group, because you already contributed to the campaign!
Randall Jamrok January 26, 2014
We hit the 50% mark in the campaign!
Thanks everybody for your interest & contributions.
If things continue steadily, I'm confident that we'll reach the goal.
Tomorrow, I'm one of multiple people being interviewed for an article in an Indiana farming magazine about permaculture and how it relates to farmers. I think it is great that more and more people are interested in trying to figure out how to produce food in a way that repairs the Earth, instead of degrading it--even in the heart of Indiana (the 49th worst state in the US for air pollution among other things: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/forum/stats-show-indiana-sinks-at-health/article_3f2fdd50-d0a6-5079-ac0f-9e6207d91ed5.html).
When this campaign is over (in 19 days), it is my personal goal to set up a group here in Highland, IN, US, take 25 booklets, sit down with whoever is interested in collaborating, and democratically choose the most appropriate ideas from each of the categories, and figure out how to implement those ideas. I know I can't do everything myself, but that's where working with others helps (one of my former teachers used to call it "group intelligence").
Speaking of working with others: I never could have completed this project without the help of Kathy Sipple of 219greenconnect.com, Nicki Meier who helped with the design and editing, other friends who looked it over and gave useful advice, all the IPC permaculturists in their search for solutions to major problems, wethetrees.com for having this permaculture crowdfunding site, and especially you who supported this project!
Randall Jamrok January 22, 2014
Thank you all for your interest and contributions!
I'm really content with how well this campaign is going.
We are $10 shy of having the campaign 40% funded.
Time-wise, this is only 25% into the campaign.
So far, between the number of booklets sold and downloaded, I've been able to share "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" with a potential of 317 people.
On the 20th, the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia posted my article about the booklet and the campaign, which led to more-than-doubling the activity of downloads and contributions. http://permaculturenews.org/2014/01/20/bringing-permaculture-solutions-back-ipc-cuba/
My hope is that as more people read the material from the e-booklet, they will see this information as useful, and come back and choose to obtain print copies. As I receive downloads from people all over the world (France, Australia, Africa, the UK, Canada, India, all over the US), it really makes me think again about the material in the pamphlet. After re-reading the material with all the people who have downloaded it in mind, I am confirmed in my strong belief that this is useful information very much worth sharing. To me, it is a basic blueprint for re-building a society that is more just, more ethical, more fair, better for the environment, better for our health (both physical and mental), and better for the future.
Please continue to share about this campaign with anyone who may be interested, as we need to continue to work our way closer to the goal in order to fund it to completion.
Randall Jamrok January 19, 2014
Thanks to everyone's generous contributions, we're nearing the 20% mark of the goal!
I'm glad there has been so much interest in this booklet. That "Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" will be used to expand our social groups and help implement projects that can contribute to more sustainable and resilient communities, makes me happy to contribute in a small way to that effort.
Feel free to continue to share about this project with your friends and colleagues. I also hope to reach organizations such as neighborhood groups, church groups, environmental groups, or any other organizations with an interest in restructuring our societies to be more ethical, more healthy, and more sustainable. Any assistance with promoting to these groups would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your contribution!
I hope to reach the goal and get the booklets out as soon as possible.