Re: Taking advantage of the Bill McKibben Keynote Video: toward the 10/10/10 Global Work Party
From: Diane (
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 17:21:04 -0700 (PDT)
sounds great Craig.  I'll try to sell it in the Boston area.


On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Craig Ragland <craigragland [at]>wrote:

> In the last issue of Cohousing Now!, Coho/US released the Bill McKibben
> Keynote video on the Cohousing Website:
> S
> The video was part of Bill's June 18 keynote address for the 2010 National
> Cohousing Conference in Boulder, CO. The keynote was a highlight of the
> conference.
> OK, that's the official Coho/US part - now for my personal appeal.
> This video presents a strong call-to-action that I hope Cohousing
> communities around the world will embrace. Bill invites us to throw a Work
> Party at each of our communities on October 10, 2010 -- that is 10/10/10.
> Some members of my community, Songaia Cohousing Community, viewed the
> 30-minute video after dinner. At the end, there was applause (which is rare
> after videos). This was followed by silence as we swallowed and collected
> our thoughts.
> What followed was remarkable. It seemed that each of us was ready and able
> to look directly at the climate change disaster that has started to
> manifest. We openly considered our collective responsibility. Our talk
> quickly moved beyond "replacing light bulbs" to consider what symbols might
> motivate others to act. Should we go ahead and put solar panels on our
> common house? How about offering Pea Patch garden plots for the surrounding
> suburbs on our acreage? Perhaps pressing cider to lure in the kids (of all
> ages)? Maybe different activities on 10/10/10.
> As Bill states, this is not about what we actually accomplish from an
> environmental point of view on that date. It is about who we might drive
> meaningful carbon legislation on a global level... now.
> Tomorrow afternoon, we're going to watch the video again. This will be the
> first part of our monthly 2-hour circle. I suspect that Songaia will decide
> to host a public Work Party on 10/10/10.
> I feel this video is important. Since it speaks directly to those of us who
> have embraced Cohousing, it really hits home. Please share this video with
> those in your community - or with those who find Cohousing of interest.
> What a great symbol it would be if 100 different Cohousing Communities in
> the US hosted Work Parties:
> 100 on 10/10/10
> Of course, Coho-L is read by people all over the world and this is global -
> so, how about 1,000 Communities throwing Work Parties on a world-wide
> basis?
> 1000 on 10/10/10
> What do you think?
> Craig Ragland
> Exec. Dir, Coho/US since 2008
> Member, Songaia since 1992
> Member, Human Race since 1957
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