Sustainable Communities Salon, October 27, Oakland
- Sustainable Communities Salon
Venue: Parkway Theater Date: Sunday, October 27th
1834 Park Ave., Oakland CA 94610 Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
Friends of Gaviotas
The Parkway Theater www.picturepubpizza.com
The Bay Area Friends of Gaviotas group is hosting an
event of lively (and ongoing) discussion for the
benefit of like minds, coming together for an
afternoon of conversation and sharing of ideas. The
public is invited to this FREE event. We are inviting
folks from many groups in the bay area, people who are
interested in sustainability issues and community
building topics. Please disseminate this information
to those that may be interested.
The venue is especially fitting for this event. In
addition to being a movie theater, the Parkway also
doubles as a café & bar, where attendees can be fed
and watered, or wined and dined, as the case may be.
The couches are also very comfortable. This is the
first Sunday Salon for the Parkway, look for others in
The meeting format will not be unlike a conventional
salon. We will have an overview presentation and
discussion of concepts, before we break into groups
for everyone to discuss the varieties of subjects that
come to the table. Featured in the overview at the
beginning of the salon will be a 20 minute DVD about
Las Gaviotas. A large poster board will be up for
each group to write in what they want to talk about in
their prospective corners, much like a map of the
room, and we will switch off every 20 minutes or so.
That way everyone can navigate many different groups
if they like, or stick to one or two of the smaller
Las Gaviotas is a village of more than 200 families,
that for more than 30 years has lived and thrived
amidst the civil war, drug-money fueled guerrilla
actions, and harsh desert conditions of eastern
Columbia. Despite the obstacles, they are a model to
the world of community building and sustainable living
habits. If they can do it under such bad conditions,
surely others can do it in places like the USA.
(Further information can be found in Alan Weisman's
book: Gaviotas - A village to reinvent the world).
"Ravaged infertile lands and drought is a reflection
of impoverished petty minds and a demoralized spirit."