I apologize for length of time between posts. I had a strong tug to life’s reality when my 95 year old mother passed away, after only a few weeks of ill health. We had all become accustomed to her always being there. Watching my 90 year old Dad adjust to life alone after 61 year of marriage, I thank God that they chose wisely 60 years ago when they bought their one and only house. It is only because the neighborhood is so full of great people that my sister and I can rest assured that Dad will be watched over. Because he’s not in my backyard, but he is in theirs.

Caring about people even if they aren’t in your “blood family,” or in spite of the fact that they aren’t “local,” is part of what makes a great society. I know it’s easy to be jaded these days, but there are numerous examples of people benefiting from the work of others. There is something to be said that someone else took the first step to show a new way. That’s what NCSC wants to do for our “distant neighbors.”

I was met recently with a set of questions that I have been preparing for, but was still taken back when I heard them. “It’s a great idea, but it’s not in my region. Why should I care? Why should anyone care if they aren’t in the region?” Here are my answers:

1. If you care about the planet, fresh air and water, and a liveable future for your children and grand children, isn’t good to know that someone is showing that there are answers now to some of the problems that we all face? NCSC can be that illustration of how
old tools used in new ways can make it easier to live a healthier life.

2. Finding funding for a big idea is always difficult. If you’re not the sort of person to tilt at windmills, it’s the windmills that will bring the energy and inspiration for someone else to take the big challenge. Isn’t it better to support someone who is willing to take that battle, and you get to benefit from their efforts? Then, if you decide to do something similar there is a model to look to.

3. There are thousands of people who want to learn more about their food; what is safe, how to grow it, how to prepare it, and they don’t have parents who can teach them. NCSC gives them a place to look to, and a way to motivate other efforts in other regions.

4. The economy can’t be rebuilt by one massive industry, or we’ll wind up dependent upon them all over again. It is the strength of a wide, diverse base that will make a difference. But the issue of available small business loans, and start up capital are still there. NCSC can show communities that they have the necessary ingredients to build a new economy for their hometowns. If they can’t find it themselves, they can look at our work and see how it works.

5. If you care about how to reuse all those empty buildings, we’ve got an example of how to “think outside the box.”

6. Because having one region being stronger, we all become stronger. Connecting individual “food hubs,” is easier than building one giant one. THe cost of gas isn’t going to come down, but if we work together to share that cost, it’s cheaper for us all. People coming to our region to learn how to build on NCSC’s idea for their own hometowns may benefit your community, in ways you don’t know even know.

7. Because the arts are vital to keeping our culture strong and wise. It doesn’t have to be “high art,” to be invaluable. Sometimes its the wealth of our senior’s knowledge, or the hand crafted furniture, or the ability to make music without electricity. That’s keeps the arts accessible for everyone. NCSC wants to reawaken that knowledge that we all have our gifts, and community gives us a way to share it.

So if any of this strikes a chord for you, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/NCSCIngredients and give, and/or spread the word about our work and the “Ingredients for a New Economy.” campaign. NCSC is relevant to all who care about sustainability, and small or large donation will bring you into that “action community,” that brings it to life. Thank you.

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