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Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

By Dan Hines, originally published by Communities Magazine on Oct 11, 2016. Dan will be presenting Journey Towards Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat at Hollyhock in Sept 2017.

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done…you are fierce with reality.
– Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days

I am unsure how fierce with reality I have truly become!

Yet I have found inspiration from these hopeful words: to be more daring in claiming the events of my life. Indeed, I can recognize a slowly emerging fierceness within me. I can begin to see more clearly the interaction between my experiences of living within intentional community, my work and travels, and of the growing activism and engagement in political life.

It has been easier in the past to consider and share about these areas of life in isolation from each other. This wider perspective is a new discovery.

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“Oneness” Lost Sock Project

Video by Lori Goldberg, who will be presenting Painting Beyond the Ordinary at Hollyhock on Aug 27 – Sept 1, 2017.

Last September Lori Goldberg participated in an Artist Residency in New York city. She created a Public art project titled ‘ONENESS’ Lost Sock Project. It was a collaborative project to celebrate our diversity and to create connections. Check out the video below and learn more about the project on Lori’s blog.

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Time of Transition

Atum O’Kane
Time of Transition
July 2-7, 2017

7 Years of Patience

Photo courtesy of woodleywonderworks, Flickr Creative Images

There is a big story in Vancouver that is garnering little public attention but it is a great story. It is a story of commitment, of patience, of passion and of fortitude. Trevor Bowden, Jacob Malthouse, and Anastasia O’Rourke founded Big Room in 2007, here in Vancouver, with an aim to coordinate the community’s application for the .eco top level domain.

Back in 2007 Vancouver hadn’t hosted the Winter Olympics. William and Kate hadn’t married. The iPhone 4 hadn’t been released, let alone the 5 or the 6. The economic meltdown hadn’t happened. While 2007 seems a long time ago, it was the year that this dynamic team gave birth to the idea that the release of the .eco domain would be best served in the hands of a community body, not a private sector organization. With patience, passion and creativity these people have lived this dream for 7 years, taking on board supporters at every step of the way. There was no guarantee of a win, particularly as only one other community application had ever won a domain before them (.hotel).

Several weeks ago ICAAN (the body that monitors the global Domain Name System) announced Big Room as the winners of the bid.  For seven years, the Big Room team has patiently followed it’s dream, shifting fluidly from goal post to goal post as the ICAAN released ever-changing requirements.  In our fast-paced world, where we demand results immediately, this kind of determination and patience is dwindling and unheralded. It is simply fantastic that Big Room has beaten it’s competitors, that it’s investors have stayed behind the dream and with the team every step of the way, and that the future of the .eco domain is in the hands of Global Community Leaders.

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Photo courtesy of davidpball.com Google Images

Congratulations to Trevor, Jacob and all of your ‘crew’ that have made this happen.

One planet, one internet, one domain.

#doteco @doteco

Make A Move

Photo by Natashi Jay, Flikr Creative Commons

The ‘Maker Movement’ is coming to Cortes Island in October. This contemporary subculture has a strong focus using and developing practical skills and applying them creatively.

Etsy, the fast growing e-market place promotes Arts and Craft Makers around the world.  In Canada, Etsy has been on the road this year ‘popping-up’ in cities from the East to the West Coast, joining together local craft makers and Artisans to share their ideas and create local Maker Movements.

Jessika Hepburn is an Etsy Ambassador, a ‘Mover and Maker’, a cheerful activist and a Community Matchmaker.  Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia Jessika and Friends will be visiting Hollyhock to share their talents, their business ideas, their experiences and their energies with us.  Make a Move to Jessika’s web site to read more.

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Join Jessika Hepburn and friends for Makers Retreat from October 17 – 22, 2014