New Post-GGRC09 Interviews at CITinfoResource!

We now have 3 post-GGRC09 interviews posted as audio on the CITinfoResource blog

GGRC09 interview 1 = City of Kelowna Councillor Michelle Rule
GGRC09 interview 2 = Director of Special Program, Real Estate Foundation, Tim Pringle
GGRC09 interview 3 = Executive Director, Comox Valley Land Trust, Jack Minard

Please circulate/share/etc!

Edited transcripts of these interviews will be posted as part of the regular end-of-November blog posting at CITinfoResource: www.communitytransition.blogspot.com

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November 17, 2009 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

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Hi #GGRC09 folks! It’s pretty amazing what I’m seeing/hearing/watching at this conference.

I know from talking to some of you that you’ve got things to ask, things to add, things to comment on. Here’s a space.

Some of you are very real-time/online savvy, and there’s a steady stream of great comments and quotes happening via Twitter (search #GGRC09 to see the amazing contributions by conference goers). For those of you outside the Twitter loop, please take a moment to leave comments in the “comment” box here at this site.

hasta entonces sustainabilitistas!

hpm

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October 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm 5 comments

#GGRC09 Day 1, Part 2 (gazing at the Twitter-stream)

The Twitter Stream….#GGRC09 tweets (between approximately 12noon-8:45pm, Tuesday, October 20/09)

Lots of folks sharing information and ideas and commentary via Twitter at this year’s Gaining Ground conference, Resilient Cities. I did a brief synopsis using tweets this morning. I’m too whacked right now to do a summary, so I’m just going to post the twitter stream for you to review. Some interesting stuff. Keep it coming!

See you tomorrow in real-time/real-space at #GGRC09 – or follow it by searching Twitter for #GGRC09!

hpm

#GGRC09 tweets (between approximately 12noon-8:45pm, Tuesday, October 20/09)
@granvillemag @ryanrutley yes plenty of them around too. a lot of exasperation, tho buoyd by the heady notion that something SOMETHINGs gotta give #ggrc09

@granvillemag LOL RT @ryanrutley: @granvillemag Youd be surprised at all the “positive-thinking change-makers” masquerading as burnt-out cynics. #ggrc09

@hanspetermeyer @raulpacheco Thanks. I’m swamped too. And brain-fried. All good stuff though at #GGRC09 – good to see your posts btw!   1 minute ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer This morning’s #GGRC09 summary re-posted here… at GGRC09 blog: http://ow.ly/vABn 6 minutes ago from HootSuite

@raulpacheco @hanspetermeyer I’ve been swamped all day – will look at recap later tonight #GGRC09 14 minutes ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer busy day for media folks of all kinds at #GGRC09 – it starts again @ 7am w/ a review of SM (that’s ‘social media’ not S&M, folks) activities 29 minutes ago from HootSuite

@Foglio RT @hanspetermeyer: Just posted my first thoughts on #GGRC09 as short summary of tweets. Your comments? http://ow.ly/vwOC about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

@justintilson Saw Gregor Roberson, Paul Hawkin & many others speak today at #GGRC09 http://bit.ly/1RUO71 Very encouraging. Lots of deep green love. about 2 hours ago from Tweetie

@ryanrutley RT @NaomiDevine: @hanspetermeyer, @foglio, @mediathtmatters, @raulpacheco Great tweeting with you today. 🙂 #ggrc09 / More tomorrow. about 2 hours ago from Twitterena

@jominglau Great to meet new faces, reconnect with old ones and put faces to names! Enjoyed this inspiring first day of the conference #ggrc09 about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck

@abundantsink RT @granvillemag: For a great quickie synopsis of the morning’s speakers at #ggrc09, check out @hanspetermeyer’s blog http://ow.ly/vwOC about 2 hours ago from HootSuite

@NaomiDevine @hanspetermeyer Great summary of day one thus far. I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but got errors. On to day two! #ggrc09 about 2 hours ago from web

@NaomiDevine @hanspetermeyer, @foglio, @mediathtmatters, @raulpacheco, @ryanrutley Great tweeting with you today. 🙂 #ggrc09 about 2 hours ago from web

@CITinfoResource RT @jominglau: We need to increase environmental literacy, and not resort to trivial gestures. Listening to Paul hawken! #ggrc09 about 2 hours ago from HootSuite

@NaomiDevine @zannalyons Great to meet you today. If you have a chance, let’s talk tomorrow. #ggrc09 about 2 hours ago from web

@ryanrutley @granvillemag Youd be surprised at all the “positive-thinking change-makers” masquerading as burnt-out cynics. #ggrc09 about 3 hours ago from Twitterena

@granvillemag For a great quickie synopsis of the morning’s speakers at #ggrc09, check out @hanspetermeyer’s blog http://ow.ly/vwOC about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck

@LucRensonnet RT @granvillemag: “Don’t underestimate the power you have to influence the ppl around you to enact change” #ggrc09 about 3 hours ago from web

@granvillemag @kathryn_slater gotta say, it feels good to be around so many motivated, positive-thinking changemakers! #ggrc09 about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CITinfoResource RT @ryanrutley: Neighbourhood, city, bioregion, world. #ggrc09 about 3 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Teresa: 1/2 clients r private/motivated 2 do the right thing but still wary of risks. Public clients motivated by policy #GGRC09 #realestate about 3 hours ago from Twitterrific

@granvillemag @welchkristina great to meet you at the workshop on Eastern philosophy, neuropsychology and changing habits #ggrc09 about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck

@mediathtmatters RT @hanspetermeyer: Just posted my first thoughts on #GGRC09 as short summary of tweets. Great work, Hans and all tweeters http://ow.ly/vwOC   about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@theseboots RT @jamesglave: RT @foglio: just released: City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from HootSuite

@Destination2010 RT @jamesglave: RT @foglio: just released: City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from HootSuite

@jamesglave RT @foglio: just released: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from web

@toxicsoup RT @CliffGMJ: RT @foglio: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from HootSuite

@mbdfilms RT @CliffGMJ: RT @foglio: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from HootSuite

@CliffGMJ RT @foglio: just released: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer RT @mywestworld: “Earth doesn’t need cities but civilization does.” – Paul Hawken #GGRC09 #sustainability #QualityofLife about 4 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Dan: it takes 2-3 yrs to know whether green bldgs perform. Teresa: we rent at same price but green rents first. #GGRC09 #realestate about 4 hours ago from Twitterrific

@hanspetermeyer Dan: take personal resp; learn to think and act differently; find opps in a #sustainable society #GGRC09 #realestate #REIBC about 4 hours ago from Twitterrific

@conoverbeth Chicago green guru Sadhu Johnston moving to run this : RT “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 (via @foglio) about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Gaining Ground Conference loaded with smarts and best practices. Vncvr is blessed with some great convenings (via @joelsolomon) #GGRC09 about 4 hours ago from Twitterrific

@NaomiDevine RT @foglio: just released: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@knitterbee RT @granvillemag: “Don’t underestimate the power you have to influence the ppl around you to enact change” #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Dan: #Vancity Enterprise has established a track record for doing “green” profitably #GGRC09 #realestate about 4 hours ago from Twitterrific

@Foglio just released: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action plan “Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future” http://bit.ly/2t9szV #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Dan: brownfields represent incredibly important (and undervalued = investment opp) devpmnt opps for sustainablity #GGRC09 #realestate about 4 hours ago from Twitterrific

@Rideshare_Co RT @granvillemag: “Don’t underestimate the power you have to influence the ppl around you to enact change” #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@walmartcgbs RT @granvillemag: “Don’t underestimate the power you have to influence the ppl around you to enact change” #ggrc09 about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@phoenixlam RT @granvillemag: “Don’t underestimate the power you have to influence the ppl around you to enact change” #ggrc09

@granvillemag “Don’t underestimate the power you have to influence the ppl around you to enact change” #ggrc09   about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Dan from #Vancity Enterprises on their biz model /move to “green” bldgs #GGRC09 #realestate about 5 hours ago from Twitterrific

@granvillemag Bass ackwards! RT @jominglau: Water costs in Phoenix is one of lowest in US as a result of policies & incentives! How ridiculous! #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jominglau There’s a need to ask ?s about the intangible benefits of green buildings, and shift the paradigm of what COST of a bldg means. #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag “thinking the problem is so big and we dont have enuf time only gets in the way of taking action” #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Teresa Coady (bunting coady architects) – ¡muchos ejemplos -muy inspiratcional! #GGRC09 #realestate #greenbuilding #cc about 5 hours ago from Twitterrific

@hanspetermeyer RT @tobybarazzuol:society shld be supporting/rewarding companies that are restoring communities and environments ~ PH #ggrc09 (via @kmacura) about 5 hours ago from Twitterrific

@gbbrain Our display at the Vancity booth at Gaining Ground Resilient Cities #ggrc09 http://yfrog.com/5dbhjwj about 5 hours ago from Tweetie

@jominglau Water costs in Phoenix is one of lowest in the US, as a result of policies and incentives! How ridiculous! #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Teresa Coady on multiple examples of “green” bldgs that are working for clients #GGRC09 #realestate about 5 hours ago from Twitterrific

@zannalyons RT @granvillemag: “Pollution is a sign of incomplete consumption – something being wasted” #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@gishdesign AGREED! RT @bnedguy RT @tobybarazzuol: society should be supporting & rewarding companies that are working restoring communities..#ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from web

@granvillemag “Pollution is a sign of incomplete consumption – something being wasted” #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@kmacura RT @tobybarazzuol:society should be supporting & rewarding companies that are working on restoring communities and environments ~ PH #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from Nambu

@granvillemag RT @DavidIanGray: does not consider balance sheet RT @granvillemag: RT @itsaulgood: “Steal the future + sell it = GDP” -Paul Hawken #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag Whatll it take 2 b wrlds greenest city 2020? GreenestCityActionTeam new report w/10yr targets #GGRC09 http://bit.ly/taQcz via @andreareimer about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@davidiangray does not consider balance sheet RT @granvillemag: RT @itsaulgood: “Steal the future + sell it = GDP” -Paul Hawken #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@bnedguy RT @tobybarazzuol: society should be supporting & rewarding companies that are working restoring communities and environments ~ PH #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @tobybarazzuol: society shud be supporting & rewarding companies that r working on restoring communities and environments ~ PH #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @itsaulgood: “Steal the future + sell it = GDP” -Paul Hawken #ggrc09

@tobybarazzuol society should be supporting & rewarding companies that are working on restoring communities and environments ~ PH #ggrc09   about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NaomiDevine RT @Foglio: Mayor Gregor Robertson announcing Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan/10 points, target-based http://twitpic.com/m95vw #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jominglau House sizes increase from 983 to 2500 sq feet from 1950-2008. #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CITinfoResource RT @andreareimer: What’ll it take 2 b wrld’s greenest city 2020? Greenest City Action Team new report w/10 yr targets vancouver.ca #GGRC09 about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@CITinfoResource RT @zannalyons Pt3 Vanc’vr Greenest City Action Plan clean water + reduced use/clean air/local food/reduce carbon ftprint 33%= 2020 #GGRC09 about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer John: However, there are good examples of “green” bldgs and “value” – BUT a challenge to know what’s really “green” / few examples #GGRC09 about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@roykaufmann Great round-up of observations. RT @hanspetermeyer: posted first thoughts on #GGRC09 as TWT summary. comments? http://ow.ly/vwOC #teamadams about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@zannalyons RT @NaomiDevine: truth is that decision-making is hard (sustainability or othrwse) & we have immature mechansms 4 consultn #ggrc09 #localgov about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NaomiDevine MacLeod: democratic decision-making is harder, but more interesting & leads to more durable outcomes. #ggrc09 #localgov about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer @carreralee Greetings! Nice to meet you at #GGRC09 at “Hot Properties” #GGRC09 #realestate #cc about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@NaomiDevine The truth is that decision-making is hard (for sustainability or otherwise) & we have immature mechanisms 4 consultation. #ggrc09 #localgov about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer John: investment interest in “green” bldgs (high several years ago) has fallen significantly #GGRC09 #realestate #cc about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer John: Will tenants pay more for “green” building? His experience: most tenants very price-conscious, not envio-conscious #GGRC09 #realestate about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@phillipdjwa Hawken says men have had the last 2500 years so it’s time for women to step up and lead. Men, get out of the way! #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from txt

@zannalyons Paul Hawken: women are going to decide the fate of the Earth. Have more power than they take. Its womens’ time. #GGRC09 #women about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer @katedugas Glad you made it here! (though I was enjoying your #GGRC09 -envy tweets 😉 about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer John: tough to prove whether Green premium is worth it / market (and tech) still isn’t “quite there” #GGRC09 #realestate #cc about 5 hours ago from HootSuite

@jominglau Beauty and inspiration part of criteria for Living Buildings. Very cool! #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@tobybarazzuol paul hawken suggests watts as the standardized measure for sustainability, not CO2, carbon, GHGs, megajoules or barrels of oil #ggrc09 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer John’s: the challenges for appraisers determining whether bldgs are “green,” what value they have #GGRC09 #realestate #climatechange

@zannalyons Hawken: need one common metric for our energy impact. Not carbon, megajules, horsepower – watts, since we can all understand that #ggrc09   about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CITinfoResource RT @katedugas: That’s how nature works – it makes lots of small mistakes. Not big ones. Hawken #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@zannalyons Hawken: am I making a difference? Need to have faith that if I continue to pursue and learn, there is a cumulative effect #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer @NaomiDevine any comments coming out of “decision-making” wrkshop – or others related to LG? how about tagging them #localgovt AND #GGRC09? about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@davemacdonald Entirely missed hearing about #ggrc09 somehow. Need to get on the right list or pay more attention. about 6 hours ago from web

@iseegreentv RT LEED platinum not end point of green bldgs, only what market can handle. Living bldg challenge moves toward regenerative bldgs. #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from twitterfeed

@jominglau LEED platinum not end point of green bldgs, only what market can handle. Living bldg challenge moves toward regenerative bldgs. #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@katedugas That’s how nature works – it makes lots of small mistakes. Not big ones. Hawken #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from UberTwitter

@davidiangray Interesting tweets re sustainability conference happening here, now in Vancouver: Gaining Ground: set search: #GGRC09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jominglau Learning about financial and code barriers to green bldg. #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@dethe RT @twitcouver: Please help pass the word to #ggrc09 participants: Vancouver’s BridgeToACoolPlanet events Saturday! #b2cp http://ow.ly/vxRr about 6 hours ago from Tweetie

@zannalyons RT @twitcouver Vancouver’s multi-venue BridgeToACoolPlanet events Saturday! #b2cp http://ow.ly/vxRr #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer now it’s John’s turn to talk about “Is there green value in real estate?” #GGRC09 #realestate #climatechange about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hummingbird604 @WordSpring Honestly, Catherine, as I told Gene Miller, Gaining Ground has been so far an amazing conference. Excellent, seriously. #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco .@WordSpring I actually told Gene Miller that I’d be happy to speak at next Gaining Grounds (if they invite me) @resilientcities #ggrc09 🙂 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@twitcouver Please help us pass the word to #ggrc09 participants: Vancouver’s multi-venue BridgeToACoolPlanet events Saturday! #b2cp http://ow.ly/vxRr about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@mackaffinity RT @katedugas:The way systems heal themselves is to connect more of themselves to themsleves Paul Hawken #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from Nambu

@hummingbird604 *blush* thanks! RT @WordSpring: You would totally rock as a speaker at a Gaining Ground conference @raulpacheco @hummingbird604 #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jeremyosborn RT @katedugas: The way systems heal themselves is to connect more of themselves to themsleves Paul Hawken #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@katedugas The way systems heal themselves is to connect more of themselves to themsleves Paul Hawken #ggrc09

@hanspetermeyer Heap: Insurer’s response to projected costs of #cc will be a driver of change – old biz as usual will be too expen$ive #GGRC09 #realestate   about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@wordspring You would totally rock as a speaker at a Gaining Ground conference @raulpacheco @hummingbird604 #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Heap: We need to reduce greenhousegas emissions [GHGs] by 80% by 2050. #GGRC09 #realestate #climatechange Cachet of “green” is helping… about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Heap: the biggest uncertainty is around our resolve to do something about climate change. #GGRC09 #realestate #climatechange about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@petequily Create up a green business startup incubator in Vancouver like tech ones in USA. Idea for #ggrc09 participants. about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer We need 2 plan for significant rises in sealevels (4’3″) in coming decades. Impact on properties? cities? #GGRC09 #realestate #climatechange about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Heap: Kamloops OCP: forest areas now considered “hazard areas,” not “amenity areas.” #GGRC09 #realestate #climatechange about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Okanagan studies of conservation of water use + capacity for pop growth = Not sure whether “growth as usual” can be sustained in OK #GGRC09 about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Short version: Heap on BC climate change: wetter wet seasons/drier dry seasons. More mudslides/windstorms. More forest fires/drought #GGRC09 about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer “Developers are building for the future… Climate change is changing the rules for land development” N.Heap #GGRC09 about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@katedugas So thrilled to be at a workshop with Paul Hawken at #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from UberTwitter

@tobybarazzuol at the Gaining Ground conference to hear Paul Hawken speak….I’ve waited for years to see him and now that time has come 🙂 #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NaomiDevine Looking forward to hearing Peter MacLeod of @masslbp speak about the politics of decision-making. #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer Nicolas Heap is starting his presentation on “Hot Properties” – real estate values and climate change at #GGRC09 (i’ve used his stuff a lot) about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@CITinfoResource RT @Foglio: Mayor Gregor Robertson announcing Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan/10 points, target-based http://twitpic.com/m95vw #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from HootSuite

@arjunsingh RT @jamesglave: Nike’s Severn on climate change: “need to get out of the conference rooms and into the offices of your legislators” #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco @granvillemag Thanks to you and @jominglau for the RTs #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Glad to have seen @jamesglave at #ggrc09 – it’s such a great conference, so very well organized, great content. about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco @ryanrutley @NaomiDevine Sorry I missed you at lunch – I’ll be back either later tonight or tomorrow all day. Find me. #ggrc09 about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ryanrutley http://bit.ly/4bfVRp The Story of Dockside Green. #ggrc09

@NaomiDevine Headed to The Politics of Decision-making for Sustainability @ 2pm. Anyone else? #ggrc09   about 7 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CalredevelopLil ? abt a Cali city? RT @granvillemag Positive rivalry bet…#Vancouver & Portland toward becoming leader in sustainability #ggrc09 #teamadams about 7 hours ago from HootSuite

@CITinfoResource RT @carbonmarket: RT @NaomiDevine Cam Brewer, ED/Smart Growth BC announces Smart Growth Charter 4 cities w/ Canada GreenBldg Council #ggrc09 about 7 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Just posted my first thoughts on #GGRC09 as short tweet summary. Yr comments? http://ow.ly/vwOC @michelerule @CITinfoResource @roykaufmann about 7 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Just posted my first thoughts on #GGRC09 as short summary of tweets. Yr comments? http://ow.ly/vwOC @granvillemag @planningpool @ryanrutley about 7 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Just posted my first thoughts on #GGRC09 as short summary of tweets. Yr comments? http://ow.ly/vwOC @hummingbird604 @jamesglave @phillipdjwa about 7 hours ago from HootSuite

@hanspetermeyer Just posted my first thoughts on #GGRC09 as short summary of tweets. Your comments? http://ow.ly/vwOC @NaomiDevine @Foglio @mediathtmatters about 7 hours ago from HootSuite

@ReputationsCorp RT @granvillemag: RT @gbbrain: #ggrc09 Nike, best buy, MEC, building the green exchange: lets comps open green tech patents about 7 hours ago from TweetDeck

@iwishiwas Wish I was going to be at #ggrc09 on thursday. curious to hear mark holland's resilient cities .. http://bit.ly/Z2jGL #iwishiwas about 8 hours ago from twitterfeed

@knitterbee Wish I was going to be at #ggrc09 on thursday. curious to hear mark holland’s resilient cities manifesto http://bit.ly/2tLIsL about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco For those on Twitter at #ggrc09 I am wearing a burgundy dress shirt and dress slacks, so you can grab me here or at lunch about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jamesglave Nike’s Severn on climate change: “You need to get out of the conference rooms and into the offices of your legislators” #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from web

@granvillemag RT @gbbrain: #ggrc09 Nike, best buy, MEC, etc building the green exchange: lets comps open green tech patents under creative commons. Cool! about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Your voice counts more in a global commodity chain like footwear #ggrc09 [find me at lunch if you wanna talk about this too] about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NicoleCharles at the #ggrc09 but have to sit in Blends for internet. Ah no iphone:( Looking fwd to p.m. workshop on innovative alternatives to sprawl about 8 hours ago from web

@raulpacheco Severn – there’s no point that Portland and Vancouver are oasis of sustainability if the planet isn’t #ggrc09 – [Raul – great point] about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @ryanrutley: GreenXchange = creative commons for green patents? Promising. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@gbbrain #ggrc09 Nike, best buy, MEC, etc., building the green exchange which let’s companies open green tech patents under creative commons. Cool! about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

@raulpacheco In climate change we need speedy technology transfer #ggrc09 [Raul – 100% agreed] – open sourcing transfer on climate change about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ryanrutley GreenXchange = creative commons for green patents? Promising. #ggrc09

@zannalyons Nike collaborating with @CreativeCommons to develop system for sharing sustainability patents, “Green Exchange” #ggrc09   about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco The Green Exchange – we share a common purpose. By sharing ideas, we can achieve uncommon results #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco The Green Exchange (Innovate for a Better World) #ggrc09 – Nike and Best Buy and Creative Commons are working together on sharing about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hummingbird604 The Green Exchange (Innovate for a Better World) #ggrc09 – Nike and Best Buy and Creative Commons are working together on sharing about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Excellent point by Severn on companies participating in climate change advocacy on behalf of consumer #ggrc09 – industry helps consumer about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @raulpacheco: As a scholar whose PhD thesis was on leather & footwear industrial restructuring & enviro, Severn’s talk hits home #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Severn – global commodity chain of footwear very vulnerable to climate change (FULLY AGREED) -Nike sees opportunity for innovation #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@MyLoverArlo “Focus the Nation: Empowering a generation to power a nation” – logo incorporates the Japanese war-time flag #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@mediathtmatters Catching up with generative pioneer Bill Reed. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Nike – the voice of the consumer wasn’t being heard in Washington (climate policy) #ggrc09 – our role was to put forth that viewpoint about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Nike – started working w/ advocacy in climate change – Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (project of Ceres) – #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Wow. As a scholar whose PhD thesis was on leather and footwear industrial restructuring and enviro, Severn’s talk hits home #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag @NaomiDevine they r so savvy. brought their message to an audience of word-o-mouthers. and look already we’re tweeting bout them #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@zannalyons Severn, Nike, shows movie that asks ‘What if we removed the shelf from shelf life?’ in exploring closed loop product system #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @NaomiDevine: Did we just watch an ad for Nike? Yes. Yes we did. Sigh. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NaomiDevine Did we just watch an ad for Nike? Yes. Yes we did. Sigh. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Nike started phasing out plan in 1997, 2001 MOU w/ WWF Climate Savers, 2005 18 reduction over 1998, 2006 complete SF6 phrase out #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag “A shoe can’t change the world, but an ethos can” – Nike spot on closed loop production model. My response: “smirk…” #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Wow – Severn mentions ‘wicked problems’ (an old problem in policy analysis) #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jominglau RT @raulpacheco: Ultimate goal of Nike’s – achieve closed loop system (Raul – hard to do in a global commodity chain like footwear) #ggrc09

@raulpacheco A shoe can’t change the world, but an ethos can – Nike (Severn at #ggrc09) – we’ve got lots of challenges in terms of materials & technology   about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @raulpacheco: Nike – Committed 2 sustainable products that solve env challenges w/o sacrificing performance for athletes #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Ultimate goal of Nike’s – to achieve closed loop system (Raul – hard to do in a global commodity chain like footwear) #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco In every category – their goal should be at least at the base level of sustainability (many Nike products exceed now) #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@gbbrain Sarah Severin of Nike just pit up a slide that had a creative commons logo on it, on green exchange #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

@raulpacheco Nike uses index to help create less waste – environmentally preferred materials leather consumption has gone down – Raul’s remark) #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco You need to think about signal being the first element #ggrc09 – measuring enviro footprint – product side (waste, water, energy, toxics) about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Nike – Committed 2 sustainable products that solve env challenges w/o sacrificing performance for athletes #ggrc09 – interesting focus about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Severn – closing the loop – partnerships on climate change and advocacy – the green exchange (vision of collaboration) #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jominglau How do we get down to a 1 planet level, instead of 4 planets worth of consumption – Sarah Severn #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco I should talk to Sarah Severn from Nike – my PhD dissertation also examined Nike’s evolution in substituting materials for footwear #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@zannalyons Sarah Severn, Nike, says “we have technical knowledge to solve problems, lack political and moral will” #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Good points by Severn on ecological footprint #ggrc09, though preaching to all of us converts 🙂 she’s very articulate and smart though! about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NaomiDevine Sarah Severn, from Nike, discussing peak oil as a driver for change. Whoa. http://yfrog.com/5j9a9yj #ggrc09 #climate about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jamesglave Swoosh concerned about peak oil, H2O, C02. “We have to reimagine what we use in terms of materials.” -Sara Severn, Nike #GGRC09 about 8 hours ago from web

@zannalyons Nike says demand for water and energy resources higher than supply so “we have to reimagine how we source materials” #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco @wordspring I know – I told Geoff that this year I’m coming as media, hopefully next one as speaker 😉 #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Nike – water usage 2700 litres of water into 1 cotton t-shirt (agriculture) – we need to do a lot #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@jominglau RT @ryanrutley: Based on Mueller’s comments I’m very excited to see forthcoming & future change to LEED & CaGBC. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@sleslie @hummingbird604 no, Victoria isn’t yet treating our sewage AFAIK, this is still a plan in development #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Sara is using The Natural Step framework http://bit.ly/y3ucQ #ggrc09 – speaking about peak oil – re-imagine what we use as materials – Nike   about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ryanrutley RT @hummingbird604: is Victoria really treating their wastewater now with a plant? #ggrc09 – I am not sure they do / no, but In the works. about 8 hours ago from Twitterena

@zannalyons @hummingbird604 Victoria capital region will use integrated resource management to capture waste energy, details undecided #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@wordspring @hummingbird604 So glad you are enjoying #ggrc09 An amazing conference with great people… about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@raulpacheco Sarah Severn – Nike – Business and the One Planet Economy #ggrc09 – we can’t give up on the national piece within a multinational about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@abundantsink RT @granvillemag: Portland: cycling has increased – 6% of all trips done by bike now – improved infrastructure #teamadams #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@arjunsingh RT @NaomiDevine: Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CITinfoResource RT @NaomiDevine: Erin Flynn. Portland’s kick ass Dir /Economic Development talking abt building green jobs. http://yfrog.com/0rlxmij #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@arjunsingh RT @zannalyons: Portland aims to be global capital of the green econ. five years, aims to create 10,000 new green jobs. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ryanrutley Based on Mueller’s comments I’m very excited to see forthcoming & future change to LEED & CaGBC. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from Twitterena

@granvillemag RT @raulpacheco: Rating system to making Integrated Resource Mgmt – working with Green Bldg Council #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Capturing heat from wastewater in the Olympic Village treatment system #ggrc09 – interesting – I do hope they’re reducing water usage about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag Thomas Mueller, President, Canada Green Building Council: Olympic village extracts heat from sewage to heat the housing site #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@mediathtmatters John Knott developer of Noisette, speaking tomorrow at Resilient Cities #ggrc09 http://twitpic.com/m9nky about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hummingbird604 Hmmmm…. is Victoria really treating their wastewater now with a plant? #ggrc09 – I am not sure they do about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Hmmmm…. is Victoria really treating their wastewater now with a plant? #ggrc09 – I am not sure they do about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco @NaomiDevine @NoahPDXworld I’ve used Portland as a model city for urban restructuring comparisons in my research #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Rating system to making Integrated Resource Mgmt – working with Green Bldg Council #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@NoahPDXworld High praise! RT @NaomiDevine: Model 4 Cdn Cities? http://bit.ly/HV4BA #ggrc09 #teamadams #learningfromPDX about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco O’Riordan – integrated resource management -[Raul] as someone who studies Int Water Mgmt, I see a different pattern here. #ggrc09

@hummingbird604 For Resilient Cities ’09 I will be tweeting from @raulpacheco instead of this one to avoid confusion – follow there #ggrc09   about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag ‘In a healthy society, economy always follows ecology, and education guides both’ Jon O’Riordan on Integrated Resource Mgmt #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hummingbird604 Jon O’Riordan on moving from being non-resilient to resilient #ggrc09 – I hope resilience is not overhyped nor misused in this context about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@raulpacheco Jon O’Riordan on moving from being non-resilient to resilient #ggrc09 – I hope resilience is not overhyped nor misused in this context about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CITinfoResource RT @granvillemag Targeted industries /Portland econ dvlpmnt: Clean Tech, Active Wear/Outdoor Gear, Software, Advanced Mfg #ggrc09 #localgovt about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@raulpacheco I really enjoyed hearing about green jobs (City of Portland) and admitting to what their shortcomigns are #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hummingbird604 I really enjoyed hearing about green jobs (City of Portland) and admitting to what their shortcomigns are #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@Foglio RT @mediathtmatters: Anita Burke giving kisses at Leif’s Zanby booth. #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag @PMHarper, take notes… RT @ryanrutley: Portland wind farms = stimulus at work. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@CITinfoResource RT @DivinaComms RT @granvillemag CO2 emissions/capita down 19% since 2001 -based on efficiencies made/not bc ppl were focused on #cc #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@NaomiDevine Erin Flynn. Portland’s kick ass Director of Economic Development, talking about building green jobs. http://yfrog.com/0rlxmij #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@Foglio Erin Flynn, Pdx Devt Comm, on Climate Prosperity plan to draw clean tech to city – esp solar, wind, transport, grn bldg + storage #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ReputationsCorp good news RT @granvillemag: Smart Growth BC partner w Canada Green Building Council 2 reduce silos btwn building, planning & infra #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@gbbrain #ggrc09 #teamadams #pdx has more LEED green buildings than any other city. about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

@CliffGMJ RT @foglio: Sam Adams, Portland mayor, merged depts of Sustainability & Planning (from #ggrc09 Conf) about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ryanrutley Portland wind farms = stimulus at work. @maddow #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from Twitterena

@ReputationsCorp RT @granvillemag: 100s of companies around Portland who are making $$ making sustainable products, services, etc. #teamadams #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@ryanrutley RT @NaomiDevine: Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from Twitterena

@Foglio Too bad Seattle isn’t represented here at Resilient Cities. So what if there’s an election going on. We’re saving the world here! #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@poppyearth GAINING GROUND resilient cities: urban strategies for transition times #GGRC09 about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

@zannalyons Portland aiming to be global capital of the green economy. Within five years, aims to create 10,000 new green jobs. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @Foglio: http://www.portlandonline.com/bps for more on Portland’s environmental initiatives. #ggrc09 #teamadams RT @ryanrutley about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@gbbrain #teamadams loves to play up freindly rivalry, and how it’s really working together. we ❤ working x-border w/ ecotrust in #pdx #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

@granvillemag 4 targeted industries for Portland’s econ dvlpmnt: Clean Tech, Active Wear/Outdoor Gear, Software, Advanced Manufacturing #teamadams #ggrc09 about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@hanspetermeyer RT @NaomiDevine: Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@CITinfoResource RT @NaomiDevine: Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from HootSuite

@Foglio RT @NaomiDevine: Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@roykaufmann RT @NaomiDevine: Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

@Foglio http://www.portlandonline.com/bps for more on Portland’s environmental initiatives. #ggrc09 #teamadams RT @ryanrutley about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

@josegee RT @hummingbird604: For the Gaining Ground: Resilient Cities conference (happening in Vancouver now) follow the hashtag #ggrc09 about 9 hours ago from Seesmic

@NaomiDevine Vancouver + Portland’s friendly sustainability rivalry is creating a race to the top. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

@Foglio http://www.cleanenergyworksportland.org – reduces carbon footprint BUT primarily a green job creation initiative! #GGRC09 rt @CITinfoResource about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

@gbbrain twitnerds at #ggrc09 come see our open source creative commons greenbuildingbrain.org website, free demos and smiles at the Vancity booth! about 9 hours ago from Tweetie

@ryanrutley http://bit.ly/2WcbaS Shorter Portland link. #ggrc09 #teamadams about 9 hours ago from Twitterena

@DivinaComms RT @granvillemag: Per capita CO2 emissions down 19% since 2001 – based on efficiencies made, not bc ppl were focused on #cc. #ggrc09 about 9 hours ago from Digsby

@Foglio Susan Anderson, Pdx Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, on successes in city greening + the “20 minute complete neighborhood” #ggrc09 about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

@granvillemag RT @jamesglave: Portland = home-retfrofit “concierge.” No $5-10K up-front home-owner invstmnt needed. all financed via utility bills #GGRC09 about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

@zannalyons Portland is home-retfrofit concierge $5-10K home-owner investment financed via utility bills. #GGRC09 #teamadams about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

@complexified RT @foglio: Sam Adams, Portland mayor, merged depts of Sustainability & Planning #ggrc09 (via @ken_homer) about 9 hours ago from Twitterrific

@ryanrutley http://www.portlandonline.com/bps for more on Portland’s environmental initiatives. #ggrc09 #teamadams

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October 21, 2009 at 3:52 am Leave a comment

GGRC09: Resilient Cities ~ Day 1, Part 1

Very human focused http://bit.ly/XCB6s ” Here are a few other twitter-bits that relate some of my remembrances of Hawken. @phillipdjwa: Hawken’s summary – We are using more of what we have less of to use less of what we have more of… @foglio: Hawken praises Nobel for Ostrom as recognition of ecological economics. … Finally, before I break for a much-needed lunch (nothing to eat since late last night when I had a very, very lovely meal at Campagnolo on Main Street), a couple of reminders via twitter: @hummingbird604: While we are having the smart growth conversation at #ggrc09 I would LOVE if Canadians stopped thinking that they have lots of water!

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Resilient Cities (Vancouver, Oct): Gaining Ground on Realities that Threaten to Grind You Down

by hans peter meyer

I’ve got a bit of territory to cover in this post. It’s all to do with climate change (or, what most folks understand as “global warming”), but it’s geographically spread around.
First, there’s this tcktcktck thing. The ticking of the clock. Telling us the days are counting down to the Copenhagen UN Summit on climate change in December. Lotsa attention on that right now. Especially as the time is tcktcktck running out on our current carbon-atmospheric balance. That’s about all I’m going to say on this, except that it sets a global context for what follows: people around the world are feeling major URGENCY about doing things – anythings – to reduce carbon emissions.
Second, there’s the BC government’s paradoxical HST thing that puts taxes back onto things like bicycles, but keeps them off gas and oil… The budget is still fresh, but most of the people I respect are scratching their heads…
The third item is a local by-election. Yep. One of our guys on the City Coucil farm club got elected to the “big leagues.” From the 1-5 decision-making table, he’s now in a… much bigger room. Far less power. That’s his worry (and kudos to him; he moves up to higher pay, gets to pass GO, collect a big raise… For us taxpayers… we get to pick a new guy or gal to sit on the bench. I only know of one contender, Doug Hillian. A long time member of the social planning circle I used to play with, someone I respect. I’m curious if Courtenay’s old timer’s network is going to dig up anyone with Doug’s smarts. Playoffs in November… (and it’s all related to climate change because, as one of my erstwhile mentors once said – and how I love to quote her – “Local government is the Hell’s Kitchen of sustainability”) Good luck Doug! I’m in your corner.
The fourth item is the treasure. And a pleasure. Yes, it’s about climate change stuff. And yes, it happens in Premier Greenjean’s home town. The place where he cut his political teeth as mayor, and which owes a little of its current “Vancouverism” cachet to things that happened or were allowed to continue under his regime. I’m talking about the upcoming October “Reslient Cities” conference, part of the multi-year Gaining Ground Summit series (www.gaininggroundsummit.com).
I’m a skeptic about conferences. So I was more than a little surprised at my virginal response to the 2008 Gaining Ground Summit in Victoria: I felt the rapture.
Well, not “the” rapture. But a sense of something cool happening. This wasn’t an ego-strokig, career-building confab. I was in the midst of hundreds of people serious (but not toooo serious) about the amazing things happening in their neighbourhoods, cities, and states/provinces. Wow. Seriously: Wow. Cool things. No irony.
I’m sure that a conference has never inspired me. But I was inspired by GG08. It was my “road to Damascus.” I left feeling – grateful, actually, to be doing the work I was doing: research and writing about things like land use, climate change, how we grow and change our communities. My boss was there. I sought him out. I told him that I was happy. I almost got on my knees, to tell him he could keep the money; I was content just to be in that place, to feel like I was doing something that mattered. I did come to my senses. I kept the money. And, I wrote about that conference. Maybe you can tell that some of the glow of those 3 heady days in May ’68 …er, ’08 persists….
….Which is why I got excited when “the” GG visionary asked if I’d lend my bit of mojo to this year’s event in the home of Vancouverism. He’s an interesting guy, this guy, Gene Miller. He came to the west coast from NYC in the early 70s and founded Monday Mag in Victoria. He got involved in a real estate trade publication. He got invovled in real estate development. Now, he’s a bit of an eminence gris vis-a-vis “green values” approaches to land development on Vancouver Island. An alt-cult guy who’s smart and understated. He knows how to get cool stuff happening. Muy cool. A fun guy to hang with.
Which is also cool, because much of what the GG Summits deal with isn’t “fun.” It’s incredibly sobering. When GG08 started with the requisite show & tell about climate change… I wanted to leave the room. I find global warming chilling. I’ve got 4 kids. I ask myself: What kind of a world am I leaving for them? What kind of lives will they and their kids experience? Lots of less-than-fun thoughts.
GG08 wasn’t a fun-fest. But what came after the soberiety test was inspiring: real-world, on-the-ground examples of how great stuff is happening in towns and cities to address climate change. Often, it’s happening in really wierd/creative ways. People are making things happen that combine enviro stuff with social and economic stuff. A green roof inner-city school is using the space to garden: they teaches kids about growing food, provide them and their families with cheap, healthy food, and save money by insulating the building (and they cool the adjacent city blocks). Or the project in one declining mid-western where they’re training ex-con’s in landscape/ garden skills: turning vacant inner-city blocks into sources of fresh, local food. (Take note Mark Holland, viz your thoughts on ag urbanism.)
That’s a taste of what GG08 was for me: practical initiatives that are helping to make communities better places to live, AND addressing some of the challenges of climate change.
So we’ve got this tcktcktck clock thing happening. Personally, I’m a fan of analog. I’ve got a bit of a tick-tock collection, thanks to a muy cool once-upon-a-time compañera. But when the ticking starts… man, I leave the room. Same with the climate change stuff: when someone winds that clock, makes it scary-serious, I’m likely to find something else to engage in. Which is why I absolutely love what happens at GG. And I think this year’s GG Resilient Cities ’09 (that’s #GGRC09 for all you social media taggers – take note!) is going to be an antidote, both to the tcktcktck pressure, and to the wishy-washy policies and budgets that don’t lead us. I love Vancovuer. And I’m one with the Vancouverism-ites. #GGRC09 is going to inspire lots of us to do things in our small towns and big cities that’ll make a huge difference – not just to big picture climate change stuff, but to the way we experience quality of life in our neighourhoods.
That’s what’s got me all evangelical. For example, I’m flipping through my last issue of FastCompany (trendo-cool neuvo-business mag) and come across a way-cool section on alt-transportation! Very nice. But it gets even better when I see that one of their pin-up girls (Janette Sadik-Khan – yowzah! I tweeted about her) for alt-trans is coming to #GGRC09! And then I hear that one of the coolest presenters from GG08 (Sadhu Johnston – yowzah yowzah!!) just got hired by the City of Vancouverism! My mind boggles….
OK. I’m a bit of a GG evangelist. I admit it. Yes, I had my “road to Damascus” moment last year in Vic. But this is no Paulist hardcore “thou-shalt-not” message. And, as I said, GG may not be a fun-fest, but it is a positive vibration, at a time when we needs us plenty of pos vibes. Plenty. Good vibrations (for the ’60s crew). Positive vibrations (for the 420 crew). It’s all good. It’s all stuff to cool the climate change reality. And to make our “human settlements,” as my friend Tim likes to call these things we inhabit, more liveable, more sustainable – and, as my pal south of the border (that’s you Sheri H – and yes, I do sometimes pay attention to what you’re spouting about!) calls “thrivable.” To thrive. Not just sustain, or survive. But to actually enjoy our live here on planet earth. My friend MC has a few words about this. Coolest. Yes.
So, thanks to Gene and the crew (especially the Tall Ones who aren’t the cocktail crowd type, but are persisting anyway – good on you!). #GGRC09 rocks, with may tags: #sustainability #QualityOfLife #thrivability #fun #tcktcktck Check ’em out. Google. Twitter. Facebook. Don’t just sit there. The solution is in your willingness and readiness to engage others in creating new ways of engaging, having the convo about how you want to live. That’s what inspired me about GG08.
See you in Oct. #GGRC09. ¡Hasta entonces muchachos!
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originally published in September 2009 at www.development-issues.com

October 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Gaining Ground: in Conversation with Gene Miller

by hans peter meyer

The Gaining Ground Summit series lands in Vancouver this October 20-22, 2009. I interviewed one of the visionaries behind this exciting and inspiring confab this summer. An audio version of this interview is published in two parts here (part 1) and here (part 2).

For anyone using Twitter and interested in this conference, please follow @ReslientCities. Please also tag all posts related to the conference as #GGRC09. A lively feed of pre-conference information has already started! The conference can also be found on Facebook by searching Gaining Ground Summit.”

hpm: Gene, would you tell me a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been involved in the Gaining Ground Summit series?

GM: Sure. I come from New York City, but I’ve lived and worked in Victoria since the very early 70s. For the last four years I’ve been involved in organizing the Gaining Ground Sustainability Conferences. Our sixth conference, what we’re calling Resilient Cities, is coming up in October 20-22, 2009. Three have been held in Victoria previously and two in Calgary. This one will be in Vancouver.

h: What exactly is Gaining Ground?

G: Gaining Ground is the accidental name for the conference series. It was meant to sound notes of hope and optimism in terms of the sustainability agenda as we defined it.

I have pretty much all of my life, certainly all of my professional life, been involved in orchestrating public conversations of one sort or another starting in 1970 in Victoria with the creation of the Open Space Arts & Culture Centre, and in 1975 with Monday Magazine. So I feel that the conferences are very much in line with those earlier efforts to conceive and orchestrate public conversations on important themes.

h: So how did you become involved in the sustainability conversation? From what I see and hear, you’ve become a pretty important person in Victoria, but also in Western Canada in this conversation. How did that happen?

G: Oh, that’s generous. I have always had an interest in architecture, urban planning, and urban design. I put those interests to work principally as a development planner in the Victoria area and wound up getting involved professionally in the early days of Loretto Bay, David Butterfield’s big sustainable resort development down in Baja California, in Mexico.

I spent about two years working with David then returned to other aspects of my career back in Victoria. But I had built a pretty large network by that time, of people who were passionately interested in and involved in sustainable development and some of its related fields. It was a pretty logical jump for me to seize the opportunity to create a conference series that would bring together all community elements to discuss sustainability and move the sustainability program ahead.

h: When you first started, when you first got involved with Gaining Ground, how would you characterize that conversation, compared to now? What has changed in the time that you have been involved with it?

G: A great deal in a very short time. When I conceived the conferences as I say, a little less than but certainly no more than four years ago, sustainability was a marginal interest. It was a marginal concern driven largely by people who were perceived by the main stream to be tree huggers and hysterics and apocolyptarians who harboured concerns about impacts [sic] on the environment. And in four short years – which I think shows amazing and promising take-up – sustainability, as people say these days, has moved mainstream. That seems to me to be a remarkably short time frame and obviously a very promising indicator.

h: You talked earlier about wanting to give hope something but has that kind of message changed in the years that you have been involved in this? I was at Gaining Ground last year in May in Victoria and it was my first exposure to what you’ve been doing. I came away with this incredible sense that people are doing amazing things out there to address a whole lot of concerns and that’s not part of – well, most of what I hear about climate change is fear stuff – but I came out of Gaining Ground ’08 feeling excited and positive. Can you talk a bit about that?

G: I think that as little as four or five years ago, but certainly going back before then, people were sounding notes of warning and notes of alarm and were seen to largely to be coming from the protest end of things. But I believe there was always and undercurrent of people who were professionally engaged or deeply engaged in productive activity either in science or scientific and technical innovation, design, urban planning, and community capacity building, and a whole bunch of other fields or areas of social endeavour. And I think what has happened is that those people have taken on more and more responsibility for articulating and spreading the ideas and the practises of sustainability.

h: The conferences in the past have happened in Victoria. This last, at some point you moved one to Calgary and now you are having this one has moved to Vancouver. Why moving the feast?

G: Well, I think it’s possible for a conference-like event to outstay it’s welcome. I didn’t want to see that happen. So I take a subjective measure of the energy of an event from one year to the next, and I felt that three conferences were enough in Victoria, and two conferences which we completed in Calgary this year was enough. Each of those conferences on its own terms, and in significantly different terms from each other, have been highly successful. I think the Calgary job is done. The Victoria job is done. I sensed that there was an enormous opportunity to convene the very active and very diverse community involved in sustainability practise and promotion in Vancouver.

h: So talk to me a little bit about what the name of this conference, “Resilient Cities,” is that correct? And why Vancouver?

G: The Vancouver conference has a number of themes, one of which is green economic development. This is not the the only theme of the conference, but it is a major theme. I think there’s a line of connection between the public as consumption society and the consumption footprint, and the consumption footprint is what has driven us and the systems of nature to such a state of duress. It’s my belief that all of North America needs a model, probably many models, and it certainly needs a classroom. One of the ideas of this conference is that Vancouver, for a number of years now, has made a name for itself internationally with a branded style of urban planning and urban design which is called Vancouverism, or known as Vancouverism. I felt that of all the places I knew, Vancouver was on the verge of a transformation to a green sustainable city and that sustainability represented Vancouver’s next bounce in that arc that began with its reputation for distinctive urban design and urban planning.

So it seemed to me that Vancouver was a logical place to focus the sustainability conversation. All of my initial inquiries and conversations with people made it clear that everybody felt the time was right for a major event, to bring all parties and all interests into one room so they could engage with each other.

It’s been a fundamental belief of mine for all of the conferences that sustainability isn’t simply the province of sustainability practitioners, or people with narrow or specific expertise, or folks in the academic environment, or in political leadership. I’ve always believed that sustainability, by definition, represented a kind of a whole system transformation or a whole society – or in this case a whole city transformation. So it was very much in my mind, particularly for the Vancouver conference, to work off a model that was used successfully for our previous conferences. To bring all interests together and to assume that out of that might come some very powerful synergies, new partnerships and new collaborations, engaging all interests.

The other thing is that I think that there are upper limits, particularly in this economic climate, to the resources that a city, at a leadership level, can bring to the sustainability agenda, or any other. With the Vancouver conference, even more than with the others, we’re going to make sure that community level interests are full participants in the conference. I think that out of that can come a city governance/community collaboration or partnership that doubles Vancouver (or any city’s) ability to make sustainability progress.

h: Well that’s an ambitious vision.

G: Yes it is. But, sustainability has not only moved mainstream, but in the course of moving mainstream has engaged community interest at a tremendous level. While there are different interests or contiguities that may have their own take on, and own definition of, what sustainability means, it’s all good and it’s all in aid of a good. So, I don’t feel much of a need to differentiate or distinguish, but simply to make sure that these parties and players have an opportunity to interact and to move towards what will be an organic outcome.

h: What kind of response have you had in Vancouver to the idea of the conference?

G: It’s been stupendous. Something that we tried on a kind of a practice basis at the last Calgary conference we have been much more ambitious with for the Vancouver conference. So far we’ve had amazing success. What we’ve done is to identify a variety of organizations in all fields who endeavor to be conference partners. And you know, conference partnership is a simple relationship, a simple exchange of free registration and an opportunity to promote organizational interests at the conference in return for an active promotional, conference promotional effort. And the partnership program is working stunningly well. The partners that we have attracted, almost fifty in number [by July 2009], represent professional organizations, municipalities, a regional endeavor, authorities, regional and city authorities of all various kinds, NGO’s, community associations and organizations, several universities and learning institutions. So it’s been an extraordinarily successful initiative, and I think a very timely one.

There is an appetite to make a thing like this successful and to try to be part of something that makes a significant difference. And the timing it appears could not be better because Vancouver this fall will unveil its ten year sustainability plan, as well as it’s green economic development strategy. I hope and believe those will be in a significantly finished stage to allow the conference to be the place where the wraps are taken off these two protocols. In any case, the conference will certainly be showcasing them.

h: Very cool. Very cool. So if people want to follow up on this stuff or they want to register for the conference the website is www.gaininggroundsummit.com. Is that right?

G: Absolutely, and I would add to my previous thoughts that I don’t know whether… I mean a conference is just a conference. It’s, as I say, a two and a half, or with the shoulder events, a three and a half day event or conversation. I think the networking is going to be extraordinary, and if our luck holds and if the trends continue, we will in fact have six hundred or more people at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. They’ll be here not just from the mainland, the Lower Mainland, but from Vancouver Island, points east in Canada, the US, and elsewhere. If a conference can be a tipping point, then I hope that Gaining Ground Resilient Cities is that tipping point, and allows Vancouver to make significant progress in its effort to become a green city and to more fully develop it’s green economic development strategy.

So I’m hoping that not only community, government, and academic interests are there; I’m hoping that a lot of business interests also make a point of coming to the conference. I think we are on the verge of something big here. The speakers, as you know from visiting the website, are – well, it’s a feast. It’s just a feast. I know of two books that will be coming out of the conference and we also just heard from the video producers of the End of Suburbia that featured Richard Heinberg and James Kunstler. They are coming to the conference to make a video of it, because they are preparing a new video documentary called “Resilient Cities.”

h: Very cool.

G: Absolutely.

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Versions of this interview appear in the September 18, 2009 posting of the Communities in Transition Information Resource at www.communitytransition.blogspot.com
and in the September 6, 2009 posting at
development-issues.com

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