Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) - Iowa
 
 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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SUSTAINABLE LIVING, RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND THE FUTURE OF IOWA

New Bohemia Art and Cultural District
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Michael Richards, SEED Founder Call 319 363 1774 or e mail at; postpetrol@aol.com

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What's New [ Top | Index ]

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Monthly Meetings [ Top | Index ]

We now have monthly follow-up S.E.E.D. sessions to keep working on building sustainable / abundant / surplus life-support systems in Iowa.

At these community gatherings, we will keep working on building sustainable life support systems in Iowa. These monthly education and community action meetings will take place at 2 pm on the first Sunday of each and every month for the next 20 years. Long term planning and long term commitment are essential elements for sustainable community. It will take one generation to heal our abused soil, tainted water, and revitalize our disillusioned and discouraged populace so that we can build a vital and sustainable community. Our future is in your hands.

Our first Monthly SEED Sunday will take place this coming Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm at 1029 Third Street S.E. in Cedar Rapids in the New Bohemia Art and Cultural District. Please bring cookies, local organic milk, good Iowa apples, cider and coffee along with a very positive attitude and your Midwest work ethic. Our work now is to take the real world action to build the aspects of a sustainable society that 100 people defined at our Conference. Bring your musical instruments so we can make music together. Bring your kids and your neighbors. SEED is a multigenerational learning process. Each monthly S.E.E.D session will provide an open forum for community discussion and action for two hours; 2 to 4 p.m.

You can also put the SEED II/2008 Annual Conference on your calendar for October 24, 25, 26/2008.

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2 December 2007 - SEED Meeting [ Top | Index ]

Dear Friends;

As you know, the first annual S.E.E.D. Conference in the New Bohemia neighborhood was a great success. We had over 40 organizations that are working with environmental and sustainable living issues from all over Iowa participate. A twenty year commitment was made to establish Iowa as "The Sustainable State".
You can review this entire effort at this website link; http://www.resourcesforlife.com/groups/seed-iowa/

The commitment to a twenty year effort to establish sustainable economic systems in Iowa started with the October '07 Conference. We now have a follow up SEED session on the First Sunday of each and every month. The next follow up meeting of the growing SEED organization will be this coming Sunday, December 2 at the Matyk Building in New Bohemia at 1029 Third Street S.E. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

S.E.E.D. Follow up Session Agenda 2 pm to 4 pm, Sunday December 2.

1. Introduction of the S.E.E.D. Board of Directors, Final call for new directors to be appointed
2. Determine SEED activities for the next 3 months
3. Guest lecture/power point presentation; 3:00 p.m.
Lee McClune, President/Founder
Sorganol Prod Co
Knoxville, Ia 50138
641-218-8666 website; www.sorganol.com


Sorganol is a totally new Iowa industry. The goal is to produce 1000+gal per acre of land of Fuel Ethanol at <0.50$/gal and at ZERO Fossil Energy Input,, Sorganol produced a crop in Iowa last fall produced over 7000gal/A of Sugared Juices, at 18% Sugars,that converts to over 1000gal/A of Fuel Ethanol.

Sorganol has demonstrated production rates that are 6 to 10 times the NET Fuel Ethanol/A that is derived from Corn. The deeply entrenched multinational/corporate corn industry has a vested interest in keeping the status quo, rather than moving forward into more productive and ecologically sustainable crop alternatives. S.E.E.D. is an "alternative voice" for the State of Iowa. Our goal is to build a "Sustainable State" during the next generation. This is a twenty year action plan.

S.E.E.D is committed to serving as an educational and organizational resource that is on the cutting edge of measurable sustainable economic systems. SEED provides a "greenwash" free zone, where we measure the actual ecological costs and values of alternative technology and emerging economic structures.

Best regards;

Michael Richards, SEED Founder Call 319 363 1774 or e mail at; postpetrol@aol.com

Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (SEED) Followup DEC. 2

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Conference 2007 Report and Follow-up Message - 30 October 2007 [ Top | Index ]

A Letter from your Future (you can forward this timely message to friends and family)

Dear Friends and Neighbors;

We offer you a greeting from your future. The Future is Now, so please take time to read this today. This timely missive is also an invitation; Join us for convivial community and creative action this coming Sunday November 4, kindly RSVP at postpetrol @ aol . com (remove spaces)

We are living in a time of an unprecedented acceleration of historic change, so The Future is Now. We invite your assistance to build a sustainable future for yourself, your children and your grandchildren.

To those of you that did not show up at the SEED I Conference, we wish you were here and wish you well.

To the 100 friends and allies that did show up to plant the seeds of a sustainable and healthy state in Iowa;
Thank you for your attendance and enthusiastic participation at the First Annual S.E.E.D. Conference.

Our work has only begun... we have simply planted the first small seeds of visionary action and practical implementation that are urgent and necessary at this time. We'll now have monthly follow up S.E.E.D. sessions to keep working on building sustainable life support systems in Iowa. These monthly education and community action meetings will take place at 2 pm.on the first Sunday of each and every month for the next 20 years. It will take one generation to heal our abused soil, tainted water, and revitalize our disillusioned and discouraged populace so that we can build a vital and sustainable community. Our first monthly SEED Sunday will be this coming Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm at 1029 Third Street S.E. in Cedar Rapids. Please bring cookies, local organic milk, good Iowa apples, cider and coffee along with a very positive attitude and your Midwest work ethic. Bring your musical instruments so we can make music together. Bring your kids and your neighbors. SEED is a multigenerational learning process. Each monthly S.E.E.D. session will be for two hours; 2 to 4 p.m.

You can also put the SEED II/2008 Annual Conference on your calendar for October 24, 25, 26/2008.

As a species we face unprecedented threats such as global climate chaos. When we are heading toward a deep, steep cliff, it takes much more than a slight change in course to avert disaster. Such a situation requires a dramatic and total change in direction, a systemic paradigm shift. As you choose to turn in a new direction, you can call out with compassion back to the lemmings now in the lead to turn around and join in with all of us, as we turn decisively in a very new direction. The future is indeed here now.

Our present slate of Presidential candidates do not have the courage to actually speak out about deep issues. We only get shallow sound bytes. They all want to be Captain of the Titanic. None of them offer any substantive plan to plot a viable new course of action for our Ship of State that would avert the looming icebergs of climate chaos, international violence and global economic upheaval. A sustainable life support system is not on even on the official agenda. The fact is, an intelligent plan for setting up sustainable systems is not on the present agenda at the federal, state or local level. SEED is a citizen's movement that is calling forth new leadership to address this very serious leadership vacuum. SEED is not of the left or right, it is simply an intelligent and innovative public initiative based on a new reality or new paradigm. In a new paradigm, the terms and definitions of the old paradigm no longer apply. We call on our present leaders to stop, think and act with us. SEED is a non-partisan citizen action group that welcomes all that wake up and face our present challenging reality.

As we end 2007, we are at the crossroads of the most major paradigm shift in human history. Climate change, non renewable resource depletion and the ignorance and waste of war have brought us to an historic tipping point in our shared human drama. As Thomas Kuhn noted in his exceptional book; The History of Scientific Revolutions, the leadership of a present paradigm waste their energy to defend and perpetuate the collapsing paradigm, and only rarely do our present leaders activate the urgent and necessary advance into a new paradigm.

Our present federal government has lost it's legitimacy. As our founding fathers understood, only the citizens can grant legitimacy by public mandate. Our present U.S. President is so totally ineffective that he has become irrelevant, so he was not invited to the SEED Conference in Iowa. We are in a time where very wise fiscal management is imperative, so there was no need to waste our own tax dollars on expensive petroleum to fly in Air Force One or to tie up local traffic in Cedar Rapids. Iowa's Senate and Congressional leaders were invited. They did not show up. Our Governor and every State legislator in Iowa was invited to the First annual SEED conference. They did not show up. Every Presidential Candidate was invited. They did not show up. Our elected city government officials in Cedar Rapids were invited. They did not show up. The leaders of every Church, Synagogue and Mosque in Cedar Rapids were invited. They did not show up. Major business entities were invited. They did not show up, however, new paradigm entrepreneurs were here with tools in hand, already hard at work building a sustainable Iowa economy. All area institutes of higher learning were invited; only a few future oriented students and faculty did show up at S.E.E.D. I/2007. Hundreds of Iowa media reporters were invited. Only the Cedar Rapids Gazette and locally owned KCRG showed up. (Thank you... for keeping our local community well informed.)

Many great organizations that are working every day to build a sustainable society did show up at SEED 2007. A heartfelt thank you to;

If you want to find new paradigm leadership for Iowa, look to these great organizations.

100 citizens of Iowa and many friends from other states did show up at SEED I, 2007.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead, U.S. Anthropologist 1901-1978

Einstein stated that we cannot solve problems with the present way of thinking that created the problems. The fact is, emerging new leadership always moves the experiment of human civilization forward at a time of major paradigm shift. Since the Future is Now, those new leaders are urgently needed. Historically, established and official cultural institutions remain mired in the past and sink into progressive ineffectiveness and inaction. When there are no real leaders in sight, it's time to move to the front of the crowd and act.

Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (SEED) is an Iowa not for profit educational organization that provides a whole systems approach to researching and building sustainable life support systems in our home state of Iowa. At the SEED Conference I, we started the work of seeing how various life support systems such as food, energy, architecture, community building and our ethical-cultural foundations are integrated in a whole system model. SEED is also a totally open system. All those that "did not show up" are invited to join forces with the 100 SEED pioneers at any time they choose to finally face the facts of our present economic and historical reality. An attitude of compassion and forgiveness is always necessary at the time of a paradigm shift. The absolution; "Forgive them for they know not what they do." applies at any paradigm shift, or "change of covenant." The assumptions of the passing age no longer apply to the emerging age or paradigm, but blaming those that are slow to shift to the new reality serves no one. Just move forward, forgive and invite the agents and leaders of the old paradigm to follow into the new paradigm. We would even forgive George W. for lying to us and for the gross waste of our common public resources on ignorant war games if he ever chooses to face reality. It is grossly immoral for an individual to use violence as a response to conflict, it is even more immoral for a nation to do so. Leaders should set an example, not wallow at the lowest level of human degradation.

A great nation needs great leaders, not thugs and thieves that sponsor international theft, approve human torture and spend our common tax dollars on death and destruction rather than productive life enhancing endeavor. Great leaders know that violence is now an ignorant and obsolete response to conflict. SEED has the courage to speak Truth to Power and the intelligence to plan a sustainable course of action. We abhor both waste and violence. Martin Luther King and Gandhi pointed the direction, until the very violence they decried also destroyed them. It is finally time to take the first steps out of our savage and infantile stage of human history into our very first age of intelligent human civilization. Real human civilization will be based on an integrated ecological ethic; love of self, other, planet and all life. If you are looking for the missing link between primitive man and a civilized human race, then we all need to look in the mirror. Welcome home to your sustainable future. Our future is now.

War is the most unsustainable of all human activity. It is a crime against humanity, life and planet. A war machine ravages the land that it marches through. An ecological ethic cannot accept such wanton waste and destruction. We always have an absolute right to defend ourselves with strength, resolve and courage against an aggressor. We never have the right to engage in pre-emptive aggression or imperial conquest. Such acts are an outrage against our deepest human principles. At SEED we not only protest this present insane war, we are building a sustainable new human life support paradigm where all war is unnecessary and inconceivable.

Our door at the SEED office at 1029 Third St. is always open to everyone, including our present government, academic and business leaders as they finally "get it" and move into the new paradigm. S.E.E.D. is totally inclusive and participatory in structure and function. Any living ecology becomes stronger and healthier as diversity increases. The only requirement for participating in SEED is to be alive, awake and committed to our collective survival as a species and planet. We need all of the allies we can gather in to face the unprecedented crises of global climate chaos, mass species extinction, planetary resource depletion and futile war. Such challenging times demand active citizens, not passive consumers, an apathetic populace and ineffective leaders.

In times of major change, most "leaders" at the top become stuck and ineffective. Our present leaders are not only asleep at the wheel, they are not even on the right road. Vital, dynamic and intelligent new leaders emerge from the bottom up to forge a new path into our future. All progress, change and growth emerges at the edge, at the grassroots level. This is demonstrably true in our present circumstance; our Federal Government responds to Global Climate Chaos and with denial and gross inaction and the immoral violence of a war machine sent out on futile forays to grab non-renewable resources. Our State Government responds to non-renewable resource depletion with an ill advised and very unintelligent rush to non-sustainable bio fuel industries that only further deplete our deeply damaged soil and toxic water. Our local governments plan like it is still 1970; rather than building sustainable high density/low energy consumption urban life support systems. Millions of dollars our tax dollars are misspent on new infrastructure and to build new roads to nowhere. The petroleum powered suburban sprawl model of housing is collapsing in the mortgage meltdown brought about by a financial sector motivated by greed, rather than fiscal responsibility and sound economic management.

An active group of 100 Iowans have now responded with an intelligent, caring, sane, humane, ethical and scientific alternative; Sustainable, Ecological Economic Development.

100 of Iowa's emerging/new paradigm leaders and a few very strong allies from 8 other states did show up in Cedar Rapids at SEED I on October 26, 2007. We planted the first healthy, intelligent, growing seeds for a sustainable society. As innovative film maker Wood Allen wisely and wryly stated; "99% of success is just showing up." Our door is always open, so we hope you also show up this coming Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm at the Matyk Building in New Bohemia We will roll up our sleeves and get to work on our one generation/20 year commitment that's required to shift Iowa into a sustainable state. All other states and nations are invited to participate as we build the action plan for a sustainable planet. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? There is only one Global Biosphere. We are all in this one together. The time is now.

"Without Vision a People Perish"... - The Book of Proverbs

Best regards;

Michael Richards, SEED Founder
1029 Third Street S.E.
Cedar Rapids
Iowa, "The Sustainable State"
Phone toll free; 888 411 5177
e mail; postpetrol@aol.com

For those of you that live a long distance away we will start SEED Sunday Conference Calls.

You can find an ABC/Channel 9 newslink at: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/10838481.html

(forward this message to friends, family, to your organization e mail list or post on your website or blog.)

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Welcome Message - 6 October 2007 [ Top | Index ]

"We invite you to join in with hundreds of your fellow Iowans to explore the integrated elements of building a sustainable community; local food sources, green building, renewable energy, community education and economic-political organizing. Re-localization is an important aspect of a sustainable society, so our focus is Iowa... however the word is out on this exciting event, so we have visitors coming in from all over the USA."

Dear Friends;

Welcome to the first annual SEED Conference. One Generation will now meet for the next 20 Harvests.

We're gathering together as a vital community to do what Iowans have done for generations. We are here to plant seeds, nurture those seeds and grow a sustainable society for future generations.

Some of us are new immigrants. Many have elders that arrived here generations ago. Our forebears came here as stewards of the land. We are gathering during the Harvest of 2007 to decide how we can best carry that sacred responsibility forward.

Thus far, in a strict biological sense, human beings are the most successful species on earth. We've populated every far corner of this beautiful green planet. We know that we have a major impact on all of the living systems of the earth. It is for all us at this Conference to decide if that impact is creative or destructive. We are at a major crossroads. It is time to choose a clear path into our future.

Our ancestors that settled between the two great Missouri and Mississippi rivers came here to honor this land and to provide a legacy of healthy land, water and life support for their descendants. We have a responsibility to keep this chain of life healthy.

Human work and creativity is the most important renewable energy that we have. We can choose to use that energy to chop down decaying old trees or to find a clearing and plant new seeds. Sometimes we have to do some of each as good stewards of the land. The purpose of this conference is to look across this land between two rivers and find the clearing, if necessary to make the clearing to plant the new seeds of a sustainable society.

Some of the old trees that have grown here are in the process of decay and breakdown. With problems like global resource wars, petroleum depletion, environmental degradation, polar ice melt and mortgage melt downs, we know that many of the structures put in place by human effort are no longer working. We are convening this Conference to imagine the new seeds that we must plant so that our grandchildren will look back and thank us, rather than look back and curse us for how we have managed this land and water that is shared by all generations.

In our present cultural paradigm, elected officials have a short term perspective, as they answer to special interest groups and act on their own self-interest for re-election in the next 2 to 4 year electoral cycle. A sustainable society, our next generations are not even on the political agenda. Corporate entities plan for the next quarter of profit with extremely short term tunnel vision, within an illusory economic structure that does not measure ecological and social costs. Those huge hidden costs are very real and are now coming due. Large academic institutions receive major funding from pharmaceutical, petrochemical and agribusiness sectors, so challenging the present paradigm is not encouraged, it is even actively curtailed. This leaves a huge leadership vacuum; very few leaders look at long term sustainability issues and very few step forward with the courage to ask the hardest questions. S.E.E.D., the educational group that is presenting this Iowa event, is a "cultural outpost". SEED is a leading edge human capital resource for advance cultural intelligence. S.E.E.D. provides a whole systems/sustainability perspective for our community. You are that resource, so be it, know it, use it, and grow the SEED.

Many of our present leadership are asleep at the wheel, and in fact, are not even on the right road.
You may notice that there is not governmental, academic or corporate sponsorship of this important Conference. That's on purpose; historic new paradigms emerge outside of current structures. While National Candidates simply spout shallow sound-bites, you can engage with real leaders at this conference on a substantive level. This conference is providing a space for critical thinking and visionary action, activated from the grassroots. All growth in living systems takes place at "the edge" at the roots, sprouts and the leaves. We will let this gathering be a new clearing on this land that is free of the past assumptions and vested interests. We are working together as conscious stewards of the land to plant the seeds of a sustainable future. You are invited to assemble with us to dream, to imagine our shared future, and then to take decisive action. We are standing at the edge of an historic cultural shift. Take a stand forward.

Michael Richards, S.E.E.D. Founder
Conference Convener/2007

To register for the conference or to set up an exhibit table, call 319 363 1774 or send an e mail to:
postpetrol @ aol. com or, register day of conference at 1029 Third Street S.E., Cedar Rapids 52401

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Purpose [ Top | Index ]

There are many excellent groups that deal with a focus issue such as Wellness/Healthy Local Food such as CSA's.. Trees Forever and The Sierra Club are exemplary conservation groups. I-Renew has led the way in Iowa for many years to educate the public and implement renewable energy alternatives. We thus have great "songs" . We actually need an fully functional "Choir" to bring these diverse efforts into a more holistic and integrated "whole systems" approach. We need this whole systems paradigm to make a substantive transformation to Sustainable Living in Iowa. That is the purpose of this history making Conference. At the very least we will build bonds, be the catalyst for a cross-germination of the efforts of these great organizations that are already at work. If our "Choir" really does this work well, the Audience will come to seek out what we offer.

We are making a twenty year commitment to staging this as an annual community conference. It will take one generation to build a Sustainable Society. Each year, the proportion of Choir/Audience will shift as the Audience gets larger and larger. The real goal of a Sustainable Society is an Ecological Community where choir and audience are one and the same. The mass consumer society "does not yet get" this core concept of an ecological economy. Consumers are expected to engage in passive consumption of food, cars, clothes, music or entertainment. The Consumer society is a high consumption/low value society. A Sustainable Society is a low consumption/High Value Society. This high value comes from active participation in your own life and your own community as a self sufficient free agent. This conference is about a deep rooted, systemic "paradigm shift".

A systemic change in the way that we think and act within our communities is urgently required. Our present leadership are asleep at the wheel and heading down the wrong road. This change is needed to responsibility transfer the value of land, water, air and global climate to the next generation. We may think that such thinking is novel, innovative. It is actually a conservative return to the founding ethic of Iowa and our nation. The Enron/Oil based era of the fast cash grab is over. This is not just a moral/ethical imperative; according to Thomas Jefferson, this is actually a legal responsibility. We have no right to leave our children and grand children with a ravished land, polluted water, a warming planet and huge debt to finance wars for non renewable resources.

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Planning Process [ Top | Index ]

The Conference has been organized by Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) An extensive and diverse group of community organizations are actively participating in planning this conference. This is a totally open community process, so we welcome all other interested parties to join in the process.

Planning meetings have included the Mayor of Cedar Rapids and 2 city council members, Metro High School Staff, Frontier Cooperative Herbs, Cedar Rapids Women for Peace, Linn County Democratic Womenís Caucus, Coe College Faculty, Mt. Mercy Faculty and Student Body, Trees Forever, Indian Creek Nature Center, Sierra Club, Iowa Green Party, Community Clergy, Community Supported Agriculture participants, Coop Housing and Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Coalition for Sustainable Living, Center for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Indiana conference presenters, PrairieFire BioFuels Coop, Practical Farmers of Iowa, I'm for Iowa, Environmental Advocates, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Iowa Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Drake University and Iowa State University.

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Map of Campus and Directions [ Top | Index ]

A cluster of buildings in the New Bohemia Art and Cultural District will serve as a "Conference Campus." This Conference Campus is a pedestrian friendly zone in a model neighborhood of urban revitalization. The campus will include the following locations which provide links to MapQuest for your convenience:

Our Conference Campus is in an area that used to be a sad example of urban decay thatís now becoming an epicenter for the creative economy in Iowa. New Bohemia, on downtown Cedar Rapidsí southeast side, is finding a niche among artists and entrepreneurs who see potential in the aged buildings and the rich ethnic history of this unique neighborhood. The areaís charm stems from the dedication of a few local individuals working to create affordable living space for artists, and an atmosphere that attracts, encourages and rewards talent, technology and tolerance. New Bohemia is developing as a pedestrian friendly urban village. Industrial brownfields are being reclaimed for new use. Old buildings are retrofitted with solar energy. New Bohemia is growing into a working model as a vital, sustainable community.

Cedar Rapids Conference Campus Map

For directions, please consult with your preferred source of mapping services. Once you reach the downtown Cedar Rapids area, the above map should serve well as a local guide. Generally speaking, the campus is located to the south east of downtown Cedar Rapids.

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Presenters and Locations [ Top | Index ]

Event Locations

Track I: Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness

Track II: Integrating Shelter and the Environment: Community Ecotecture

Track III; Renewable Energy, Conservation, Efficient Transportation

Track IV: Community Building, Education and Civic Action/Political Process (building a multi-generational community learning process)

Track V: Ecological Economic Development/Jobs for Seven Generations

Track VI: Earth Centered Spirituality; A Moral, Religious, Ethical and Philosophical Foundation for Land and Resource Stewardship in a Sustainable Society

Individuals and Organizations with Information Tables

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Schedule [ Top | Index ]

Friday Evening , October 26, 2007 Opening Session/community building

6:30 p.m. Welcome and Conference Opening Invocation
6:35 p.m. Keynote presentation by Ken Meter; President/Crossroads Resource Center (local food/local economics expert) Ken has also served on the staff of the Kennedy Policy Center at Harvard and at U of M.
8:00 p.m. Community Celebration: All Ages Harvest Moon Dance Party; We'll have a house band, but the
main event will be a community jam session. Bring your instruments and be ready to sing and
dance. Everyone from 8 to 88 can Rock and Roll!

Saturday, October 27, 2007 Core Educational Conference

Overview. There will be three core sessions during the day: 8am-10am (Core Session I), 10am-12noon (Core Session II), and 1:30pm-3:30pm (Core Session III). The presenters (listed above) will be at all three core sessions -- offering three similar sessions on the topic covered by their track. In this way, conference attendees can experience three of the six available tracks (topics). Or, by staying for about an hour for each track, it would be possible to get a sampling from all six tracks. In general, the first hour of the track will be presentation and the second hour will be discussion with questions and answers.

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Core Session I (choose one track for a two hour seminar and open discussion)
Each seminar track will be led by a panel of expert moderators
Track I: Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness
Track II: Integrating Shelter and the Environment: Community Ecotecture
Track III; Renewable Energy, Conservation, Efficient Transportation
Track IV: Community Building, Education and Civic Action/Political Process
Track V Ecological Economic Development/Jobs for Seven Generations
Track VI: Earth Centered Spirituality; A Moral, Religious, Ethical and Philosophical Foundation for Land and Resource Stewardship in a Sustainable Society.

10 am to 12 noon Core Session II (choose one track for a two hour seminar and open discussion)
Each seminar track will be led by a panel of expert moderators
Track I: Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness
Track II: Integrating Shelter and the Environment: Community Ecotecture
Track III; Renewable Energy, Conservation, Efficient Transportation
Track IV: Community Building, Education and Civic Action/Political Process
Track V Ecological Economic Development/Jobs for Seven Generations
Track VI: Earth Centered Spirituality; A Moral, Religious, Ethical and Philosophical Foundation for Land and Resource Stewardship in a Sustainable Society

Noon; A community potluck, bring a dish made with local food and your own table service.
*All food should be dropped off in the P-3 Union Hall 14th Ave./1st Street/New Bohemia.
If you have ever felt compelled to be a keynote speaker, go for it; Open Mic after lunch.

1:30 to 3:30 pm. Core Session III (choose one track for a two hour seminar and open discussion)
Each seminar track will be led by a panel of 3 expert moderators
Track I: Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness
Track II: Integrating Shelter and the Environment: Community Ecotecture
Track III; Renewable Energy, Conservation, Efficient Transportation
Track IV: Community Building, Education and Civic Action/Political Process
Track V Ecological Economic Development/Jobs for Seven Generations
Track VI: Earth Centered Spirituality; A Moral, Religious, Ethical and Philosophical Foundation for Land and Resource Stewardship in a Sustainable Society

3:30 to 5:00 Art Bike Rally, Kid's Bike Rodeo led by Scott Anderson
3:30 to 5:00 Alternate Event: If you've been dozing off in your conference chair, get on up to CSPS
for Dance Lessons and an afternoon SALSA DANCE PARTY!

5:30 to 7 pm. Total Community Gathering/Vision Quest: facilitated group process
Our ancestors built deep intergenerational community connections around a central campfire as stories and visions were shared. At this event any citizen of any age can come up to the microphone on the stage to share a story, a vision, a dream or share their insights from this groundbreaking Conference. This conference will be both informational and transformational.

7:00 to 8; Dinner on your own with family, old friends, new friends or an interest group for discussion. There are about 35 restaurants within one mile of the conference location. Some are easy walking distance. Listed on Bulletin Board in the Matyk Building.

8:30 The Prairie Fire Authors Circle; Dan Armstrong founder of Mud City Press in Eugene Oregon, William Kottke, Author of Garden Planet and Michael Richards founder of Innovation Press will convene a town hall meeting with several noted authors from around the USA that are experts on the Environment, Eco Villages and Sustainable Living. Eco-Architect Phil Hawes will pull his chair up to the roundtable.

8:00 Alternate Event; If you're already on information overload from the afternoon and want diversion rather than discussion, then it's time climb the stairs to the Performance Space at "CSPS for "OUT OF BOUNDS"
This is a diverse and uncensored art event. Some presentations may be offensive or raise challenging questions without easy answers. (A nominal theatre ticket of $5 is requested at the door).

10 to ? Downtown Party Night; Walking to Party is putting "sustainable living." into practice!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 Community Convocation at CSPS; Local leaders of Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Christian faiths will share the common spiritual threads that provide the moral and ethical foundation for Sustainable Earth, Air, Water and Land Stewardship.

Lunch on your own/open community networking sessions until 3 pm at the Matyk Building/New Bohemia

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Registration Fees and Application [ Top | Index ]

Conference participation fees are based on the following:

a. students; $5 in advance through October 15. $10 at the door
b. adult individual $25 in advance through October 15 $35 at the door
c. family pass $50 in advance through October 15 $60 at the door
d. business/corporate pass $100 in advance through October 15, $125 at the door (entire staff group)
e. conference sponsor, with exhibit table $100 in advance through Oct. 15, $150 after Oct. 15

For pre-registration, please sent us your name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail address. Remember to include the number of people in your group. Please make your check out to: S.E.E.D./Iowa and mail your check and registration to:

SEED/IOWA
1029 THIRD STREET S.E.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52401

Thank you for your support and participation!

Registration. You can fill out the form at the end of this document for advance registration or register on the day of the conference in the Matyk Building at 1029 Third St S.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 5:00 PM. FRIDAY OCT. 26.

 

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Resources [ Top | Index ]


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To register for the conference or to set up an exhibit table, call 319 363 1774 or send an e mail to;
postpetrol @ aol. com or, register day of conference at 1029 Third Street S.E., Cedar Rapids 52401

www.seed-iowa.org hosting is provided by The Environmental Resource Group at
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