Holiday Party: Shop of the Open Heart
Thursday December 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Allison & Dane’s: 30 Hutchings Street, Dorchester, MA 02121
Do you want to have a meaningful exchange of gifts, creating deeper connections with your neighbors, family, friends? Do you want to get away from commercialism, which has distorted the way in which we relate to one another?
Celebrate this holiday season through a Shop of the Open Heart, a meaningful gifting practice:
Each participant contributes with an item, something meaningful or dear, that they would like to give away. People can also offer their talents and abilities in the form of a service (e.g. massage, a lesson, a meal) After taking some time to “window shop,” each person selects an offering that calls to her/him. Then you take the opportunity to connect with the giver to hear the story and significance of the gift.
This is known as Shop of the Open Heart, and more info about how it works can be found at: http://walkoutwalkon.net/2012/11/walking-on-to-gifting-shop-of-the-open-heart/
Allison Meierding, alumni fellow and change maker in JP, and her husband Dane will host this year’s Holiday Party! They live at 30 Hutchings Street, Dorchester, MA 02121. Desserts and Drinks will be provided, but always feel free to bring something you want to share.
Come out to wish your neighbors a good holiday season and to reclaim a gifting culture that is meaningful and the opposite of mass consumerism.
Due to the limited space of the venue, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, is required.
Hope to celebrate with you!
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Tour will begin and end at the Egleston Farmers Market
Closest T Station: Stonybrook T on the MBTA Orange Line
This tour is part of the City Awake Social Impact Festival. More info at: http://cityawake.is/
Jamaica Plain is a vibrant urban neighborhood in Boston. This walking tour will visit some of the local experiments in forming a new economy –including community food systems, local business, and transportation.
The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition is working to support and catalyze a variety of efforts to build a more resilient, equitable and sustainable neighborhood.
Orion Kriegman will lead a tour and discussion. He is a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, co-director of JPNET, and has lived in the neighborhood for many years.
For any questions regarding event, please email email@example.com
Greg’s Open Source Ecology Report Back
Thursday December 4
7pm – 8:30pm
Name Smith House
155 Lamartine St. in JP
In Summer 2014, Greg Buckland spent 10 weeks completing a full time residency at Open Source Ecology in northwest Missouri. Come hear from Greg about the experience – what he did, saw, and learned – including some reflections on transforming our economy here at home. Complete with TED Talks, aerial drone photography, and high powered laser cutters!
Open Source Ecology (OSE) is a non-profit education and research organization building the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS): a set of 50 machines to allow a small-scale, sustainable civilization to flourish. These machines are Open Source, meaning that the designs are freely available for anyone to download, build, modify, and create. OSE is giving away these “blueprints for civilization” in order to build an “open economy” based on meeting true human needs in a sustainable, equitable, and resilient manner.
Greg went to Missouri for the Summer to see the GVCS in action first-hand and gain design and engineering experience. The result was a Summer he will not soon forget full of learning and adventure. Come hear stories, see pictures, and find out more about how we can work together to build and open, just, and resilient economy!
What can we learn from Cuba? When nearly 70% of Cuba’s oil supply stopped in 1989 after the USSR collapsed, transportation, electricity, and food production were jeopardized. Cuba responded by shifting to widespread use of renewables and permaculture-based agriculture systems, making the country a world leader in sustainable development.
Join us in welcoming Cuba’s leading Energy Efficiency and Renewables educator, Mario Alberto Arrastía Avila. Mario is responsible for the development and delivery of energy education at all levels in Cuba, and is a passionate and engaging speaker.
Come along to hear about Cuba’s “Energy Revolution” and what New England can learn from it.
JP NET and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) are thrilled to invite you to a celebration of people, culture and music.
Please SAVE THE DATE for our Community Dance Party:Honoring JP Changemakers.
Everyone is welcome! We will provide brief dance instruction for folks who are new to the Latin rythms of Bachata, Merengue and Salsa and we will teach each other as we dance. No pressure, just FUN!We’ll also honor a tireless leader who through her diligent and silent work has started to change the way we look at food access in Jamaica Plain and beyond.
Great music by DJ KANARIO, delicious appetizers and beverages, a great group of folks… You don’t want to miss this Dance!!!
This event is part of the Egleston Square Fall Fiesta! a day-long celebration of community including a wide variety of events: Ribbon Cutting of the Boylston Public Art Gallery, Harvest Fest Celebration at the Egleston Community Orchard, Pumpkin Palooza at the Egleston Farmers Market, Trick or Treating, and a Block Party.
We are looking forward to dancing with you!
Desiree Franjul & Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Juan Gonzalez & Giovanny Valencia, on behalf of JP NET and JPNDC
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Egleston Square Fall Fiesta!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25th 12-4pm Block Party and 7-10pm Dance Party
Come celebrate with the whole community, food, music, youth performances, ribbon-cutting, mural hanging, street art:
- GRAND OPENING Boylston Public Art Gallery on Brewery Building N wrapping Brookside and Boylston Street – come to the ribbon cutting as we unveil four new murals by local artists and youth from Urbano!
- Harvest Fest @ Egleston Community Orchard – cider pressing, pumpkin carving, kids activities – celebrate the creation of our 100% community owned orchard! After four years of hard work, the City of Boston is finally transferring the deed for 195 Boyslton Street to Commonwealth Land Trust, ensuring the Egleston Community Orchard is owned by and for our community in perpetuity!
- Pumpkin Palooza at Egleston Farmers Market!
- Community Dance Party – “Honoring JP Change Makers” – celebrate the people who are improving our neighborhood, sponsored by JP NET, 7-10pm at Urbano, 29 Germania Street in the Brewery Building F.
- Trick or Treat on Washington Street with Egleston Square Main Streets! Kid friendly.
- Boylston Street Block Party! BBQ, Face Painting, Music, Street Performers!
Fall Fiesta is co-sponsored by many different neighborhood groups – Egleston Farmers Market, Egleston Community Orchard, Egleston Square Main Streets, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET), JPNDC, Urban Edge, Egleston YMCA, Egleston Library – and is yet another piece of this neighborhood’s collaborative spirit.
What does it mean to “buy local”? What’s our vision for supporting local farmers and fishers, engaging in sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and changing our broken food system?
Come join us as Professor Brian Donahue of Brandeis University presents A New England Food Vision, a collaborative report that considers the future of our region. The Vision calls for New England to reach a bold goal of producing at least 50% of our food by 2060 – food that will be clean, fair, just and accessible for all.
Incorporating more than three years of collaborative research and input from hundreds of voices throughout New England, A New England Food Vision imagines a future in which food nourishes a social, economic, and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come
A panel of experts will respond with additional reflections about food justice, challenges for new food producers, and the state of our land and ocean resources. In addition to Professor Donahue we will hear from:
Karen Spiller – Network Team member of Food Solutions New England and former director of Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
Eva Agudelo – National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, food justice and what is happening with new immigrant farmers
Brett Tolley – Community Organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance is from a four-generation commercial fishing family and working to advance social, environmental, and economic justice throughout the seafood value chain.
There will then be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Bring your questions!
Do you want to lead New Economy projects while advancing your professional career? Become a Community Leaders Fellow!
Fellows lead JP NET projects in exchange for coaching to achieve their life goals. The fellowship unfolds in 4-month cycles. Next cycle opens up in October 2014.
To learn more about the Community Leaders Fellowship come to our Info Sessions:
- Thu Sep 25, 6:30pm at JP NET (30 Germania St., Bldg. L, JP)
- Tue Sep 30, 6:30pm at JP NET (30 Germania St., Bldg. L, JP)
Hope you apply,
Director of Community Organizing of JP NET