Community Response to Building Common Ground #1 plus Transition Our Way

The Telluride-based New Community Coalition and the Wilkinson Public Library were thrilled to have such a fantastic turnout and post-presentation dialogue at last week’s Building Common Ground and Green Business Roundtable gatherings.

Thursday evening, January 2, saw the Program Room filled to the gills. Friday morning, February 3 – the first powder morning in a while! –  still brought 50 stalwarts through the door wanting to hear more about the Slow Money Alliance, investing in local food and farming projects and the Transition Town movement. An added bonus was Ridgway’s event with nearly 70 folks showing there as well. So thanks to all who came and to the 20+ who signed up for the book discussion group. We’ll be gathering on Wednesday evening, February 8, 6:00 p.m. at the Telluride library to start reading and discussing Woody Tasch’s book, “Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered.”

One question I find most intriguing from Woody’s Slow Money Principles is this:“What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?” The book group will be looking to answer that one as well as delving deeper into the ideas and concepts that seem to offer win-win, locally-based scenarios.

For more information about the book discussion or the presentations contact me at

Transition Our Way – the new group forming to initiate a transition town discussion in Ouray County hosts three nights of films and discussions as well. The first is Friday evening, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ridgway Community Center. The next two gatherings are the Wright Opera House on Friday, February 17 and Friday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.

For more information about these activities contact Paula James at

And tune in on KOTO (91.7, 89.3 fm or on Monday at 3:00 for New Community Conversations and the Mesa Mix. My guest this week will be Jodi Pounds the new director of the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

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