April 25th – Slow Growth, No Growth, Degrowth: What is in Our Future?

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Join us for Session #5 of the Building Resilient Communities series .

At this event, we will take on the conundrum of economic growth in a time of climate change and resource depletion at the Bethany Church in Randolph on Wed., April 25 at 6:30 PM. Economic growth brings growing resource use, growing waste generation, growing material wealth for the already-rich, and mounting busy-ness and stress for most people…  in an economy that can only grow or collapse. What might a simpler, slower Vermont be like? Let’s talk about it. The degrowth hypothesis is that we can live well together with less if we share more and shift from valuing efficiency to valuing sufficiency. The degrowth movement aims to transform human relationships with each other and the rest of nature toward justice and sustainability. Those are lofty goals and nobody knows for certain how to go about achieving them. Surely, degrowth will look different in different places. Discussing what kinds of futures we want and imagining how to make them happen in our communities is a radical exercise. Come join the exploration with presenter Sam Bliss, a PhD student in ecological economics at the University of Vermont and a member of the academic association Research & Degrowth. The series is organized by BALE and cosponsored by Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission and Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. $5 suggested donation (no one will be turned away). Funded by the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. For more info, click HERE.

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April 22 – Film Screening: Dancing with the Cannibal Giant, Thetford

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Film Screening Thetford Center Community Building

Sunday April 22 at 7 pm

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Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: 5 New Stories for the Great Transition

Sunday April 22, 7:00 pm

Thetford Center Community Building

Free and open to all

“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered what did you do when the earth was unraveling, surely you did something…” – Drew Dellinger

Come see this hope-filled documentary film, filled with the wisdom of people, mostly younger, who see the wounds being revealed all around the world and are actively engaged in healing the planet in their own inspired way.

Dancing with the Cannibal Giant is a 45-minute film that captures five remarkable stories of people and places that are transforming the world. It follows the work and inspiration of people like Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree , and Gillian Kapteyn and Russell Comstock of Metta Earth Institute. It is a regional film (the Upper Valley, Maine and upstate New York) as the filmmakers believe in the power of place and the distinct nature of place to evoke stories unique to that location… and meaningful to the people who are grounded in place and community.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion designed to move us beyond disempowerment and despair, into spaces of action and hope.  We’ll have some light desserts.

April 10th – Randolph Revitalization

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Randolph Region Re-Energized

Come to this Kick-off event including forums and free community dinner.

Join your friends and neighbors on April 10th to discuss your vision for Randolph and enjoy dinner.  This event launches a process to bring community members together to identify and advance priorities that improve economic opportunity and affordability in the face of climate change.  Vermont leaders in economic development, agriculture, energy, and business will join as Visiting Team Members.  Enjoy the dinner and pick the forums most important to you:

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All Members of the Randolph community are invited and encouraged to join the discussion. Come to one or more session and join us at the free community dinner at 6:00!

Then come to another inspiring discussion on local, sustainable models for the future, the following evening – for a continuation of the conversation!

April 11th – at the Bethany United Church of Christ –  Building Resilient Communities Come hear what is happening right here in our region to build local resilience!  Take a look at what these organizations are doing to build local capacity and thriving communities. Meet Alex Buskey from Alliance for Vermont Communities, Anni Mackay from Cornerstone Creative Community of Vermont, Paul Costello from Vermont Council for Rural Development, and Zac Freeman from Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA).  Bethany Church, 32 Main St., Randolph on Wed., April 11 at 6:30 PM. $5 suggested donation (no one will be turned away due to cost). Includes great food from Black Krim Tavern.  This is program #4 in the Building Resilient Communities series organized by BALE.

Co-sponsored by Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, Cornerstone Creative Community of Vermont, Alliance for Vermont Communities, Vermont Council on Rural Development, and Rochester-Randolph Area Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA).  Supported by the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation

April 11 – Local, Sustainable Communities

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Come hear what is happening right here in our region to build local resilience!  Take a look at what these organizations are doing to build local capacity and thriving communities.  Meet Alex Buskey from Alliance for Vermont Communities, Anni Mackay from Cornerstone Creative Community of Vermont, Paul Costello from Vermont Council for Rural Development, and Zac Freeman from Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA).  Bethany Church, 32 Main St., Randolph on Wed., April 11 at 6:30 PM.  $5 suggested donation (no one will be turned away due to cost). Includes great food from Black Krim Tavern. This is program #4 in the Building Resilient Communities series organized by BALE. Screen Shot 2018-04-09 at 10.46.11 AM.pngScreen Shot 2018-04-09 at 10.47.54 AM.png

April 5th – Film Screening – Dancing With the Cannibal Giant – Goddard

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Dancing With the Cannibal Giant: 5 New Stories for the Great Transition

Goddard College, Plainfield, VT; 2:45PM.

Come see this documentary capturing 5 remarkable stories of people and places that are transforming the world.  Dancing With the Cannibal Giant is a 60 minute film that follows the work and inspiration of people like Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, or Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree , or Gillian Kapteyn and Russell Comstock of Metta Earth Institute.

The film screening will be accompanied by a discussion designed to move us beyond disempowerment and despair, into spaces of action and hope.

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“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered what did you do when the earth was unraveling, surely you did something…” – Drew Dellinger

April 4th – Book Reading with Sherri Mitchell and Film Screening: Dancing With the Cannibal Giant – SoRo Library

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BALE and the Royalton Memorial Library…

…are hosting a very special event on Wed., April 4 at 7 PM at the Library, 23 Alexander Pl., South Royalton.  It’s a movie, a book reading, and powerful talk by Sherri Mitchell, indigenous-rights lawyer, activist and author.  Mitchell will read from her new book, Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, and talk from her perspective as a wise indigenous leader. This will be followed by a 45-minute documentary film (produced by BALE) that features Sherri entitled “Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: Five New Stories for the Great Transition.” Free.  For more info, contact Chris HERE or Marianne HERE.

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Dancing With the Cannibal Giant: 5 New Stories for the Great Transition

Come see this documentary capturing 5 remarkable stories of people and places that are transforming the world.  Dancing With the Cannibal Giant is a film that follows the work and inspiration of people like Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree , or Gillian Kapteyn and Russell Comstock of Metta Earth Institute.

The film screening will be accompanied by a discussion designed to move us beyond disempowerment and despair, into spaces of action and hope.

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“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered what did you do when the earth was unraveling, surely you did something…” – Drew Dellinger

March 29 – Environmental Justice Law Society comes to BALE

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March 29 – come hear from the Environmental Justice Law Society (EJLS) – a new group of leaders from the Vermont Law School taking action.

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