Climate Solutions, Economic Renewal, and the Energy Transition
Over the past few years, our communities have faced the impacts of three interconnected threats - an economy that is failing people, a fragile and dangerous energy system, and an increasingly violent climate. Across the globe and here in the Twin Cities, communities are embarking on an epic journey to build solutions – a transition that will transform our energy systems, agriculture, urban structure, the global economy, and our everyday lives.
Are we ready for this challenge? As scientists struggle with technology, leaders fight entrenched political and social assumptions, economists try to rethink global markets, and everyday people prepare to adapt, we will unravel the challenge of our century.
This class is focused on providing a thorough understanding of issues surrounding creating green jobs and economic opportunity in our communities through climate and energy solutions. We will prepare ourselves with a background understanding of real and feasible alternatives to an economy dependent on energy sources facing terminal decline and a chaotic global climate.
Learning in this class is participatory – some information will be presented in a story-telling/ lecture format, but there is a very strong emphasis on group dialogue and sharing by participants about their experiences and struggles around these issues. We will make the topic personal, not just theoretical, and focus on building a community founded on personal relationships that is working together to apply the lessons learned from this class to the real world.
This class is for those seeking the links behind our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. It is for current and would-be change-makers seeking to build a community where we can learn and act together. It is for neighbors from all backgrounds who want to find ways to bring our communities together around deep solutions.
Tuesdays Blegen Hall Room 245 UMN, Thursdays East Phillips Park (24th St. and 17th Ave)
17th Ave. and 24th St.Minneapolis, MN 55407
This class will be based on a program developed by the facilitator through EXCO (Experimental Community Education). Around 120 community members and students went through this course during 2007-2009, when it was offered regularly. This class has been updated to account for recent events, current challenges facing our community and world, and specific solutions being developed in South Minneapolis and nationally. Timothy has developed a strong background knowledge of climate solutions, the economic transition, and the energy crisis through over twelve years of following the issue. In the last five years, he has become a community organizer and innovator creating solutions that advance environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, social justice, and community empowerment together. Some of his recent ventures include: - Co-founding and growing Grand Aspirations (www.grandaspirations.org) and the Summer of Solutions (www.summerofsolutions.org) starting in the Twin Cities into a national non-profit organization supporting teams of youth creating green economy solutions in 16 communities nationwide. - Building Cooperative Energy Futures (www.cooperativeenergyfutures.com), a community energy cooperative based in South Minneapolis. - Supporting and growing the Our Power campaign, a South Minneapolis alliance of residents, businesses, and community groups working together for a better energy future. Beyond personal experience, Timothy believes in the power and wealth of knowledge already present in us all. As a practiced facilitator active in over a dozen groups, Timothy will facilitate by inviting leadership, dialogue, and insight from the whole group. As in past years, this class is a deeply participatory learning experience.
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