HANDS ON, A Community Skills Workshop, February 12, 2011

What happened to the practical know-how our grandparents had? In our modern industrial age, cheap energy, factory automation and transnational economics have allowed us to out-source almost every aspect of our lives, including how we feed, clothe, and entertain ourselves.

But a new wave is sweeping the country. People are recognizing the joy, satisfaction and security of being able to provide for our own needs, shifting from dependence on giant corporations to a healthy interdependence with our local community.

In partnership with Ravenna Eckstein and Meadowbrook Community Centers, Sustainable NE Seattle is organizing a community skills fair called "Hands On." Forty folks from our neighborhoods have stepped up to share skills such as food preservation, grafting, tool repair, and making clothes.

Let's re-learn the skills our grandparents knew.

The event takes place February 12, 2011. The skills workshops are being held in two community centers simultaneously. Vanpools will be available.


Second Seattle screening, The Economics of Happiness, February 11, 6:30pm

Meaningful Movies

Please join Transition Seattle at the Seattle Town Hall on the evening of Tuesday, January 11th, 2011, for a special Seattle screening of "The Economics of Happiness," a new documentary film by the International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) about the worldwide movement for economic localization. The film features a chorus of voices calling for systemic economic change, including Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, and Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests including the film's director Helena Norberg-Hodge, David Korten, John de Graaf, Fran Korten, and others to be announced. The discussion will focus on local initiatives related to the film.

Transition Seattle is an official co-sponsor of this event.

what: Seattle screening of "The Economics of Happiness" with director and special guests
when: Tuesday, January 11th, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
where: Seattle Town Hall (downstairs), 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101-2738

Organizational partners: Yes! Magazine, David Korten's Living Economies Forum, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Seattle Good Business Network, Community Alliance for Global Justice, 350 Washington State, Transition Seattle, SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound), Compassionate Action Network, Sustainable Seattle/Seattle Area Happiness Initiative, Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice, and others to be confirmed

$15 suggested donation (no one turned away)

Watch the trailer
Official website