SEED Conference II: A Wake-Up Call
A conference that addresses sustainable buildings, food systems and community is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, in Cedar Rapids.
Michael Richards, organizer of the Sustainable Ecological Economic Development, or SEED, Conference II: A Wake-Up Call, notes that Iowa this year was hit with two of its most challenging crises: the most extreme flooding in the state’s history and most serious global financial crisis.
The conference, at Metro High School, 1212 7th St SE, will explore the root causes of these crises.
For information, call: 319-213-2051 or e mail the conference team at: Soyawax@aol.com
A $25 donation for attendance is appreciated.
Here is the schedule:
Friday, Oct. 24 – 6:30 PM Conference Opening Invocation; Michael Richards, S.E.E.D. Founder
7:00 PM Closing Night/Cedar Rapids Second Annual Environmental Film Festival
The film fest is a month long film series presented in many art, cultural and educational venues in Cedar Rapids
An Enlightening Evening with the Film Directors; Nationally acclaimed, award winning Madison, Wisconsin based film makers Gretta Wing Miller and Aarick Beher will join us in the Metro High Media Center tonight to screen their most recent documentary film; “Keeping the Lights On”. Learn how film making is a vital tool for dynamic change and cultural growth.
Saturday, Oct. 25: A Community Building Conference
Track I; 9 AM Sustainable Food and Wellness; Transforming the Iowa “Food Desert” into a Sustainable Oasis
Janet Coester, Mir Valley Farm
Peter Hoehnle, Iowa Valley Resource and Conservation
Steve Smith, Iowa Network for Community Agriculture
Track II: 10:30 AM Integrating Shelter and the Environment; establishing a “deeper shade of green” within sustainable communities. Rebuilding a Green Iowa after the devastating Disasters of 2008
Nadia Anderson/Iowa State University Architecture Studio; Green Rebuild/Design for a Post Flood Iowa
Ashley and Nate Mealhow; Building A Pedestrian Friendly-Sustainable Urban Village in Oakhill-Jackson/CR
Clark Rieke and Lisa Mc Millen Boese; Eco-Modular/A Smart Approach to Affordable Housing in Cedar Rapids
Michael Richards, Oakhill Jackson Neigborhood Pres. “The Greenest Homes are ones already here”. Rebuild/Retrofit
Track III; 12;00 Noon Lunch Session; Community Based/Self Sufficient Energy Solutions; Local Options
Steve Fugate; Founder, Green World Biofuels; Self-Sufficient Local Energy
Timlynn Babitsky, Author; WIND PROJECT; a Grassroots Community Organizing Handbook
Track IV; 1:30 PM Building Ecological Communities; Intelligent/Sustainable Land and Resource Conservation;
The Back Story; The 100 year history of land and water practice in Iowa that led up to the Flood of 2008:
Wayne Peterson, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Christine Taliga; Director, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development
Clark Rieke; 1000 points of mitigation, a decentralized/distributed land/water flood management plan for Iowa
The Future Story; presented by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Mark Madsen, University of Iowa, Mike Carberry, Green State Solutions;
Climate Change/Climate Chaos as a contributing factor to natural disasters; we are in a new circumstance
Track V: 3:00 PM Ecological Economic Development / A Thriving Economy within an Ecological System
Michael Richards, Author, Sustainable Operating Systems/The Post Petrol Paradigm (www.amazon.com)
Richards is a member of the State of Iowa Economic Development Task Force; REBUILD Iowa Office, RIO
Jim Salmons, Co-Founder/Sohodojo; The Small is Good World of Ecological Entrepreneurship
Lynette Richards, Community Connected Life-Long Learning; Sustainable Education/Grassroots Political Connectivity. Lynette is one of the 7 Member Task Force planning post flood affordable and sustainable housing.
Track VI: 4:30 Ethical/Spiritual Foundation for Land and Resource Stewardship
Prairiewoods Eco-Spirituality Community will convene this group exploration of root ethical values.
6:00 PM Gather in the kitchen and dining hall and all work together to prepare a Community Feast
8:00 to 10:00 PM Harvest Moon Dance Party with local musicians. This is whole family event.
Michael Richards adds the following:
S.E.E.D provides an effective, non-partisan, local citizen capacity to activate reality based, sustainable solutions.
For thousands of years, the native ecology of Iowa was resilient, incredibly diverse with immense capacity to absorb water and sustain life. These natural systems have been dramatically disrupted through our uninformed policy and economic actions of the past 100 years. SEED serves as a community catalyst to apply intelligent biomimicry for land, water and resource management to restore ecological resilience.
Iowa has the base economic resources of fertile land, bountiful water and hard working, honest people. Out of necessity, we are entering a time of real economy; We will conserve, scale down, simplify, save, and spend prudently for the things that we actually need. We will now create a sustainable economy. As “The Sustainable State”, Iowa can lead the way to restore sane national economic systems and intelligent political discourse.
The false economy is collapsing, but the real economy remains. Did we forget how to make things that people need? Can we no longer grow local food? Did Iowa factories burn down? Are our tools lost? Did we run out of good people to work in farms, factories and offices? No! The real economy remains as our sustainable foundation. The present financial crisis is simply the evaporation of the false and illusory world of derivatives, collateralized debt, index funds, credit default swaps, structured investment vehicles, and the hard-sell marketing of sub-prime mortgages and super-sized homes. That house of cards has collapsed. We will now build a sane and sustainable economy.
Six years ago as the Iraq war started, I launched Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) to address root, causal factors of war; the deluded pursuit of the false and destructive economy of Empire rather than productive and sustainable Creative Enterprise. Economies based on Empire exploit other nations, the natural environment and even our own citizens through usury, labor exploitation, and unfair wealth-transfer through corporate welfare and coercive bailouts. Excessive national debt is irresponsibly relegated to future generations. Average U.S.Citizens have been reduced to powerless serfs, indentured by fear, complex webs of wealth-transfer taxation and oppressive debt to fuel the totally unsustainable military/industrial-Wall St. Machine. Our founding fathers would not recognize the State of our Nation. The bright light of the American Dream is now shrouded with dark clouds of fear, greed and deception. We need a wake-up call and restore our nation to ecological and economic health. The S.E.E.D. Conference is a call to community action.