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Skill Share Weekend
August 30 @ 2:00 pm - September 3 @ 4:00 pm
Labor Day Weekend Skill Share
August 31-September 3
Join us for a bootstrap weekend that will bring neighbors and leaders together to ask questions and share wisdom through skills. During this 4-day, overnight program our speakers and participants will work together to explore topics such as simple living, composting, repair sharing, co-op start ups, community investment clubs, bee keeping, gardening, and other ways to reduce your reliance on working for money. Local action is the focus: visioning a world where we all thrive.
One person joining us will be Remi Harrington. Remi addresses diversity, equity and sustainability in the Kalamazoo food system through her work with the KVCC Food Innovation Center and the Urban Folk Art Exploratory. Remi says we need to decolonize, well, everything. Including our food systems and our understanding of food, environment and each other. At Skill Share she will share her methods for decolonizing food in Kalamazoo.
Pre-register for the Labor Day Weekend Skill Share by replying to this email with your name and the skill you would like to share. In addition to daily skill-sharing, we’ll enjoy circle discussions, swimming, work in the garden, and saunas along with nature hikes. Join us!
Featured Skill Sharers
Remi Harrington says we need to decolonize, well, everything. Including our food systems and our understanding of food, environment and each other. At People’s Institute she will share her methods for decolonizing food in Kalamazoo.
Naim Edwards, Detroit activist and Circle Pines member, will join us again this year leading a discussion on healing our addiction to systemic destruction and injustices, highlighting tangible and achievable antidotes.
Among his many talents and community positions, Naim is co-chair of Keep Growing Detroit‘s board, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of farming with an emphasis on ecological restoration. Naim holds a master’s degree from University of Michigan where he studied biodiversity in urban gardens, specializing in beneficial insects and recently completed a course in Permaculture. Naim has worked with numerous organizations to address both political and cultural obstacles to achieve food sovereignty and is a staunch advocate for land, water, housing, and education rights.
Mlado will grace us again this year! Sharing with us his success stories with immigrant and refugee food sovereignty. Hopefully his friends from Humanitas, a student-activist group from GVSU, will share their refugee support stories as well.
A professor at Grand Valley State University, Mlado Ivanovic’s primary interests concern opening up new possibilities for moral and political relations between and within communities and cultivating a sense of responsibility that empowers, rather than ignores, the myriad ways that humans interact with each other and their environments. He feels strongly about interdisciplinary collaboration and brings a passionate voice to the challenges posed by the demands of social equity and inclusion. Combining his passion for immigrant and refugee integration with practical demands for cultural, economic and political empowerment, Mlado and his colleagues Kelly Parker and Elizabeth Arnold are currently working on an ecological initiative “E- Habitat” (an organic garden and education project) designed to offer opportunities for education and work to asylum seekers currently located in refugee resettlement centers in Greece and the Balkans.