In an open space meeting the folks that show up set the agenda. There was a wide range of topics, including:
- collaborative art, art activism, beauty
- nuclear transport
- educating and integrating the poor
- water catchment and conservation, urban homesteading
- growing medicinal plants, making a living on the land in the city
- transforming the public school system, sustainable regional transportation
- green burial
- creating an event in Asheville like Portland's City Repair
- using cloth grocery bags
- creating an Asheville intentional community group
- preparing for peak oil
- teen pregnancy
- meaningful inclusion of the racial and ethnic experience
People went to break out sessions that they were drawn to and had discussions that were recorded and then bound into a book of proceedings. Now everyone has a record of what went on, who was where, and how to get in touch with them. We gathered in a large Circle at openings and closings, passed the talking stick, and danced the spiral dance. Through intensive listening and inspired speaking a community was born.
Chris envisions SOS Asheville to be a space for community people and organizations to connect, supported by a Council of Leaders. If all goes well, this group could be a prototype for other SOS Community regional groups. Maybe we will see on in Atlanta.
The group will have a web presence at http://SOSAsheville.wordpress.com/. Keep an eye on them as I predict good things will be happening!