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Investigating Community Resilence with Bob and Dave - Part 2

In this second of a two part discussion Bob and Dave begin by recognizing how widespread talk of resilience is becoming. In the effort prevent the concept from becoming hackneyed, the two zero in on two key points of distinction:  resilience is not the same as sustainability nor is resilience the same as efficiency. In fact resilience is the opposite of single outcome efficiencies. Resilient eco-social communities will not be completely completely or fully efficient. Pockets of inefficiencies and unused resources often become the locus of resilience when changes in the environment (natural and man-made environments) demand adaption.

Investigating Community Resilence with Bob and Dave

With this program Bob and Dave dive into a two part discussion of the basic concepts and thinking points involved in the idea of 'community resilience'.They begin with a discussion of the premise of resilience as applied to eco-social communities. Quickly they share the Richard Heinberg narrated video, The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride: Four Hundred Years of Fossil Fuel History. Eco-Social Resilience matters because the drive of history is changing. Energy constraint and expense, along with climate change, are already causing changes, even shocks, to our globalized system of doing things. Severe stresses to our way of life are likely in the near term future.

Good Food, Fair Food, and Resilience

Our discussion welcomes Dr. Oran Hesterman, founder and CEO of the Fair Food Network which focuses, nationally, on developing the mechanisms to bring local food, healthy food, and food that is fair to producer and buyer to the operating marketplace. Hesterman was instrumental in development of Michigan's Good Food Charter and the emerging Double Up Food Bucks program where Michigan leads the way, and Northwest Michigan joins the move this summer. A number of farmer's markets will be accepting Bridge cards for healthy local food purchases of locally grown foods, keeping local dollars local. Hesterman emphasizes that the local food movement must be developing at the bottom, like Double Up Food Bucks but their must be constant effort to update and modernize public policy effecting food. Look for Dr. Hesterman's latest book Fair Food 

Sarah Lucas joins Dave about affordable housing

This week's conversation turns to the topic of affordable housing. Dave is joined by Sarah Lucas, Regional Planner for the Northwest Michigan Council Of Governments and head of the Grand Vision Housing Task Force.  Affordable housing is an issue for the entire community, especially as energy costs continue upward. The long standing trend pattern, where rural housing is cheaper than city housing, is about to crash. The costs of transportation and home heating will soon make rural living untenable for those who must travel some distance to get to work and living on marginal incomes to start. Sarah and Dave outline the many economic connections that center on the living quarters and ponder the coming crisis in affordable housing as even greater numbers of working people can't afford where they live.

Jim Olson joins Dave to discuss water issues

Environmental lawyer and water activist Jim Olson joins the discussion this week, outlining the various threats to our Great Lakes waters. Olson identifies a long list of threats, either physical threats to the ecosystem like invasive species, or ownership threats. We are right at the point of determining for future generations, says Olson, on whose bottom line does our water resource fall. Is water to be commoditized and whose value ends up on the corporate bottom, line or is it to be protected as part of the public commons with the benefits protected for the public.  Who 'owns' our fresh water resource, underground and on the surface?  Jim and Dave also promote an important upcoming event, the 2011 Conference: Saving The Great Lakes Forever with presentations by Maude Barlow (speaking at the State Theater) and Winona Hunter and including a viewing of the film Tapped at the State Theater.

Bob Russell talks with Dave about Media as a Commons

On this weeks show Bob Russell returns from several important conferences to fill us in on things he's learned. RESILIENCE 2011 in Tempe, Arizona was one of  his stops and Bob reports on the effort there to blend academic theory with practice on the ground.  Much of this week's discussion comes from Bob's last stop, the National Conference on Media Reform. From this gathering we learn of the critical importance of perceiving our media resource as 'public commons' no different from other common spaces that need ever vigilant public protection in order to preserve them. Public media is under current threats of privatization. Recent rulings have helped protect some of this commons and exciting possibilities exist, but public engagement in protection of, and use of, this vital resource is necessary.

Matt McCauley joins Dave

Matt McCauley, the Director of Regional Planning at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and leader of a team that brought a Placemaking Summit to Traverse City. Matt and Dave define the concept of 'placemaking', review a video of one of the main speakers at the Summit, Fred Kent, and they discuss how good placemaking builds resilience in the social capital of the communities. 

Ed Bailey joins Dave to talk Energy

This discussion centers on energy issues. Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Education Services at NMC, joins Dave for the discussion. Ed is also the Convener of the Grand Visions Energy Network. Ed talks about the continuing need for energy education so individuals can see their own role in making energy changes. Dave wonders if the education effort readies people for the real need to cut back on total energy use. "Nimby-ism" is also discussed.  For energy production to become diverse and widely distributed with local input and control some developments must go in our backyard.

Dave and Bob discuss the recent UN Climate Change Conference

This conversation is about climate. Bob Russell visits and discusses the outcomes of the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Cancun, Mexico November 29 to  December 10, 2010.

Tom Karas talks to Dave about Local Feed-In Tarriff (FIT)

This conversation is about energy. Tom Karas of the Michigan Energy Alternatives Project is in to talk with Dave about local energy discussions and to explain what feed-in-tarriffs for local electrical generation are, how they work and why they are needed. Michigan has had discussions at the state level regarding mandated, statewide feed-in tariffs though there has been little progress. Tom explains that even a local electrical utility like Traverse City Light and Power can always choose to apply feed-in tariffs on their own. David Long is in for the second segment of the show talking about a proposal for a massive wind farm development in Benzie county. Long is a Benzie resident and leader of a group working to raise public awareness of the impact an industrial sized wind farm could have on the community and environment.

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