Re: Crowd-Source a Car-Free Documetary?
I think you have some wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.
I have been willingly car-free for almost a year now. It has a been a
wonderful experience and I never want to own a car again. On
reflection, the decision to sell my car was brought on by my
submersion to the Davis (California) culture: small town living with a
central and walkable downtown, bicycle-friendly, and environmentally
conscious community. I also studied sustainable cities in Europe in
summer of 2007.
In late 2007, I made a short video to promote bicycle infrustructure
and design. It won the Fit-City Competition sponsored by the Oxford
Health Alliance. My prize was a trip to Sydney, Australia to
participate in an international public health conference. :)
"What are the impediments to living a car-free lifestyle", and "What
would it take to overcome those impediments and get the average
motorist to step out of their car on a regular basis".
From my own culture change experience, I think that it is most
important to frame the car-free lifestyle in a positive way.
Demonstrate that a car-free lifestyle results in a high quality life.
Make it cool.
I'm currently developing a car-free lifestyle promotion project:
CarFreeLifestyle.com. Basic description: "Every day is different
when you are car-free. Share your car-free experiences and inspire
others to try the lifestyle. What's your next adventure?"
Eventually I envision the stories complied into a book or other
promotional media. My hope is that this will increase car-free
lifestyle awareness and promote culture change.
Certainly a documentary would help too. Let me know if I can help
with it. :)
Might anyone else here have ideas/direction for my CarFreeLifestyle
project? Please let me know how I can help you too.
San Diego, Ca
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Chris" <cholt2@...> wrote:
> I wanted to post this question to this list to tap into the expertise
> and wisdom that I've been reading for a couple of years now.
> My name is Chris Holt and I run a website (www.scaledown.ca)
> dedicated to furthering the discussion of making my hometown
> (Windsor, Ontario - across the river from Detroit) a livable,
> walkable city. Windsor's also known as the "Automotive Capital of
> Canada" and currently experiencing the worst economic outook in our
> history, which makes my project even more poiniant.
> I am at the beginning of a 12 month "experiment" where I'm filming
> the transition of a young family (myself and my two kids) going from
> an autocentric lifestyle to a carfree one. We're using this
> springboard to examine our cultures devotion to the automobile and
> the ramifications and costs (social, economic and health-wise) of
> that devotion. Somewhere in there I would also like to highlight my
> communities reliance on the ever increasing sales of cars and the
> unsustainability of that fact (Windsor is the birthplace of Ford
> Canada, just celebrating 100 years, as well as being home to a few
> Chrysler and GM plants as well) Personally, I am a fouth generation
> Ford worker (in my family since 1914) who is on indefinite layoff.
> I would like to tap into the collective conscience of the car-free
> movement to make this a great film. I am also toying with the
> possibilities of making this a "crowd-sourced" project, utilizing the
> experience of scholars and activists around the world to "build" this
> film together. I am especially interested in highligting successful
> communities and how they have moved toward more of a pedestrian-
> centred transpotation system.
> The questions I would like to see this film address, among others,
> are "What are the impediments to living a car-free lifestyle",
> and "What would it take to overcome those impediments and get the
> average motorist to step out of their car on a regular basis".
> I'll leave it there to hopefully discuss with this list further. If
> you are interested in sending me a note off-list, please feel free to
> at chris@...
> Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,
> Chris Holt
> ScaleDown Radio, 91.5 FM
> PS If there are any Toronto-area activists/scholars reading this, I
> will be in Toronto from Dec 9 - 11th discussing the project with the
> CBC. I will also be collecting some footage as well, and would be
> interested in meeting up with you.