Conversations

“From conversation, to inspiration, to initiative, to manifestation in the world.”

This is our way to engage the community! We envision series of talks, movies, lectures and guided conversations throughout Solano County to inspire and support grassroot initiatives for the good of the whole.

We do not have all the answers, but we are asking questions. According to Socrates, “understanding a question is half an answer.” We hope these questions will help guide all of us as we embark on our quest for answers to our key question: how do we co-create a world that works for everyone?

Questions to guide our meaningful conversations in the community: ** Adopted from Martin Large. Common Wealth: for a free, equal, mutual and sustainable society

Upcoming Events:

Nonviolent Communication Talk (TBA)

What is Violent Communication? If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate—judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being defensive or judging who’s “good/bad” or what’s “right/wrong” with people—could indeed be called “violent communication.”

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things:

  • Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity
  • Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance 
  • Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move toward solutions that work for all
  • Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others”

Stay tuned for event date and details.

Past Events:

Denise Rushing in Suisun City (February 2018)

Author, permaculture expert and former elected official (Lake County Board of Supervisors) DENISE RUSHING helped launch our Conversations and Sustainable Backyard program in Suisun City this year by sharing how to engage, enroll and transform a community from the grassroots by choosing fun projects and initiatives that have the potential to connect across the spectrum.

‘The Economics of Happiness: Local Futures’ screening (March 2018)

In the spring of 2018, Vallejo locals enjoy a special screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness: Local Futures’ which illustrates the social and spiritual impact of economic globalization on local communities and economies, and highlights the many benefits of shifting towards the local. This film screening is part of Sustainable Solano’s community Conversations program bringing inspiring speakers and film screenings to Solano county in an effort to open dialogue and guide community conversations about meaningful topics relevant to global and local sustainable practice, conservation and social policy.

Reclaiming the Food and Farm System as a Commons (April 2018)

On a sunny Saturday morning, a group of local community members gathered at Morningsun Farm in Vacaville to have a conversation with a Food and Farm Attorney Neil Thapar from the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

In the beginning, Neil painted a grim picture of the state of our national food system. We produce a lot of food and throw away 40% of it, while the rate of hunger is going up each year. For example, studies show that one in four kids is going hungry in our county. Diet-related diseases are also on a rise, so all we have to show for our latest “advancements” in agriculture and food production is the excess of food and decreased food security and community’ well-being. [Read more…]

 

‘A Quest for Meaning’ Film Screening (May 2018)

‘A Quest for Meaning’ is inspiring film that connects personal growth and social change, and attempts to uncover the causes of the current world crisis to discover ways to bring about change. Attendees of our summer screening went on a journey across the world hearing from environmental activists, philosophers, biologists, and guardians of the ancient cultures on where the disconnect is, where lies hope and what we can all do to influence things for the better. [Read more…]

 

‘Sustainable’ Film Screening (June 2018)

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

‘Symphony of the Soil’ Film Screening (June 2018)

Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth.

Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.

 

Water Equity and Access (October 2018)

Public Health Advocate/Consultant, Elizabeth Monteadora, spoke on global and local water equity issues and how they affect the health of our communities and environment. Discussion topics included safe drinking water access in our schools, water management practices impacting our local drinking water, the water impact of commercial farming vs organic farming, Standing Rock, potential grant/funding opportunities for California (Solano County) agricultural operations and more.

Integrating Price, People and Profit (December 2018)

Community discussion on what money symbolizes in an economic context, the history of how it became a representative of value and the role of currency as a unit of measure. Attendees took a  journey through the origins of economic life and the emergence of our banking systems. The conversation looped back to our present day economic climate by covering the alignment of purchase with values, how to best determine ‘true price’ for value of goods or services and allocating capital (profits) for mutual benefit. This was the first talk in the series of 5 presentations about Next Economy.