Neighborhoods

A Cultivated City

You don’t have to live in the country to farm. Urban agriculture is blossoming in Portland, Oregon.  Simpson Street Farmers: Caienna Bierwirth studied at University of Oregon and is also Assistant Instructor at Tracking Earth, out-door adventures for folks of all ages.Rex Rolle studied at Whitman College and formerly worked at New Seasons Market and Kruger’s …

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Hello, Neighbor

How 75,000 people around the globe are using social media to get to know their neighbors and pool their resources. Need a ride? Got a surplus of zucchini? Want to trade pet-sitting services? It’s all right there in your neighborhood. Rebecca Rockefeller is the co-founder of the Buy Nothing Project. Sheis a writer, farmer, citizen scientist …

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The Miracle of Quixote Village

A group of churches and nomads discover together the true meaning—and power—of sanctuary. Jill Severn is a board member of Panza, a nonprofit organization that was instrumental in the establishment of a model micro-community of tiny houses for the homeless in Olympia Washington. She is a writer and communication consultant.  A former journalist, she specialized in …

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Time Well Spent

Time, not money, is the currency at the Hour Exchange. And everyone’s time is equally valuable.   Stephen Beckett is participant in Hour Exchange Portland.  He is co-founder and lead programmer for hOurworld Cooperative. He graduated with honors from the University of New England’s Physical Therapy degree program and has been practicing a mix of mainstream and …

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hOurworld: A Global Time Bank Cooperative

Social currency and community capital replace dollars in this bank. And you can join for free.  Linda Hogan is founding member of hOurworld Cooperative and previously served as board member and Director of Hour Exchange Portland and as a consultant for TimeBanksUSA. She has been a non-profit administrator, community organizer and social architect working in communities …

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