Author Archives: Melissa Ott Fant

Harvest Report for California Ecosystem Restoration Council 2019

In a rustic yet comfortable meeting room on a rain-nourished green landscape in California, critical conversations emerged like vibrant wildflowers blooming into being. Person after person stood at the front of the room to passionately announce a topic they were taking responsibility to host a conversation about. The energy in the room was hopeful, buoyant, and full of anticipation for what next steps and actions might be collectively harvested.

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Cob Enthusiasts Push to Permit Mud Homes [Good Times Santa Cruz]

“Claudine Désirée, locally known as the “Santa Cruz Cob Queen,” is the proud creator of Santa Cruz’s first legal cob house. Cob is a natural building material made from Earth, sand and straw, and cob houses have been around since at least the 15th century. Since cob buildings are fireproof, resistant to seismic activity and inexpensive, Désirée says they should also be the future of housing in California.”

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Nwamaka

Interview with Nwamaka Agbo on Restorative Economics [Systems Change]

As part of our interview series with instructors for our Systems Change & the Next Economy course, we spoke with Nwamaka Agbo, who will be leading a workshop on “Restorative Economics: Strategies for Just Transition to a more Sustainable, Equitable and Just Economy.” Her workshop will take place March 16-17 in Santa Cruz County. Nwamaka […]

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Marco Vangelisti video

Marco Vangelisti: Transforming economy, money & investing for a regenerative world (Video)

“I spent a number of years in finance, left in 2009, and since then I started an effort to really share my understanding of the large systems–money, banking, economics, and finance–with the general public with the goal of empowering the people that want to change the society with the understanding to transform it.” – Marco Vangelisti

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Interview with Marco Vangelisti on understanding the economy, Slow Money, and impact investing [Systems Change]

Recently we interviewed Marco Vangelisti, who has a background in finance and investment management and was a founding member of Slow Money. He is a 100% impact investor and helps communities increase their capacity for local investing. Marco’s workshop is titled “Essential Knowledge for Transition: Understanding the economy, money and investing and how to transform them for a regenerative world” and will take place February 23-24.

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