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Getting the message across - any ideas?

HiEngaging with communities can be great - if you can find the right language. I tend to use similies and images to get messages across but am struggling to find a simple way of showing the pattern of decreasing natural resources leading to increasing prices. Not just the cost of petrol going up but all the knock on effects from that. Does anyone know of a schematic or a 'what if' scenario which could help me show people how these changes are cumulative and will affect everyone?cheersJaneSee More
Sep 27, 2010
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Getting the message across - any ideas?

HiEngaging with communities can be great - if you can find the right language. I tend to use similies and images to get messages across but am struggling to find a simple way of showing the pattern of decreasing natural resources leading to increasing prices. Not just the cost of petrol going up but all the knock on effects from that. Does anyone know of a schematic or a 'what if' scenario which could help me show people how these changes are cumulative and will affect everyone?cheersJaneSee More
Sep 22, 2010
Jane Cotton added a discussion to the group Leadership Development for a One Planet Food System
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Barriers to successful growing and marketing of organic food

HiAs an ageing failed smallholder I have watched more barriers go up rather than come down.So the questions are 'what are the barriers?' and 'how do we bring them down?'Some barriers in no particular order:-1. Red tape and cost linked to Soil Association accreditation (see reply to Eleanor)2. Lack of/unavailability of ground for local growing initiatives3. Some of the Regulations surrounding disposal of food waste 4. A lack of clarity and consistency across Councils about contaminated ground…See More
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton replied to Eleanor Logan's discussion How can organic be a right not a privilege? in the group Leadership Development for a One Planet Food System
"I am not able to come to the summer school to take part in the discussion, so am putting my 'two pennorth' in here if that is OK? This is not meant to be confrontational but hopefully controversial. I think the word 'organic' was…"
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton left a comment for Jane Gray
"Hi Jane I won't be at the Big Tent Festival - I have a steady trickle of visitors from now until the end of August - (plus I am totally skint having had no paid work for the last 2 months!)"
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton replied to Jane Gray's discussion What Does the Infrastructure for a OPF System Look Like? in the group Leadership Development for a One Planet Food System
"I agree with Jane, and Gerri's Q also reflects the same theme. The whole of our culture has moved on since we bought locally produced goods from local shops and we can't go back to whatever point in time we thought was best. We were fitter…"
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton replied to Jane Gray's discussion What Does the Infrastructure for a OPF System Look Like? in the group Leadership Development for a One Planet Food System
"I agree with Jane, and Gerri's Q also reflects the same theme. The whole of our culture has moved on since we bought locally produced goods from local shops and we can't go back to whatever point in time we thought was best. We were fitter…"
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Gray left a comment for Jane Cotton
"Thank you Jane - I filled it in before I saw anyone else's and did think of changing it once I had, but ...nah... I decided honesty should win out over looking impressive! I'm really glad you like Moffat Online - there's starting to…"
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton joined Hannah Graham's group
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Leadership Development for a One Planet Food System

The Big Tent Summer School will be taking place next week. We would like to give participants the chance to post their questions and thoughts about the Leadership Development for a One Planet Food System programme.
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton left a comment for Jane Gray
"Hi Jane Was interested to read your profile and relate to all of it. I decided that my own particular passion about life in general benefited more from my being a woman! Love the new moffatonline - it deserves to prosper."
Jul 19, 2010
Jane Cotton was featured
Nov 17, 2009
Nick Wilding left a comment for Jane Cotton
"Hi Jane Just getting back in response to your thoughts on blogging! Basically, I think you wrote a blog with your comment - it need be no more worked up than those thoughts you shared in response to me. The important thing is that the topic feels…"
Nov 4, 2009
Jane Cotton left a comment for Nick Wilding
"Hi Nick Thanks for the welcome. Blogging is something I have not yet ever done, tho I did run an anarchistic e-letter several years ago so perhaps blogging is a modern version of that - an online musing and ranting? Am currently flooded in for the…"
Nov 2, 2009
Nick Wilding left a comment for Jane Cotton
"Welcome into Fiery Spirits Jane... I enjoyed reading your introduction and am looking forward to hearing more about confidence and listening in relation to challenging the 'someone elses' responsibility' issue... all this very close…"
Nov 2, 2009
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Nov 2, 2009

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Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
I live in a rural community having been born and raised in an industrial city. Communities used to be naturally supportive entities built around trust, respect and knowledge of neighbours. This has been lost, through Thatcherite principles and the now prevailing assumption that 'someone else is responsible'. I want folk to toughen up and have the confidence to challenge this, both in those who are put in power to govern the country and in their own attitudes.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
A lifelong socialist with a small 's'. An early feminist who now believes that some of that movement did more harm than good both to men and women. A single parent of one grown up son. Originally trained as a botanist, but returned late to education and did tourism then business admin. Live alone on a fairly remote smallholding in NE Scotland. Now work freelance doing information and networking support for voluntary/community organisations. Am a trained Listening Skills Facilitator. Also Chair of our local Regeneration Partnership. Am physically unfit but mentally astounding!
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Getting the message across - any ideas?

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Engaging with communities can be great - if you can find the right language. I tend to use similies and images to get messages across but am struggling to find a simple way of showing the pattern of decreasing natural resources leading to increasing prices. Not just the cost of petrol going up but all the knock on effects from that. Does anyone know of a schematic or a 'what if' scenario which could help me show people how these changes are cumulative and will affect… Continue

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At 19:22 on July 19, 2010, Jane Gray said…
Thank you Jane - I filled it in before I saw anyone else's and did think of changing it once I had, but ...nah... I decided honesty should win out over looking impressive!

I'm really glad you like Moffat Online - there's starting to be a real buzz about it, and the potential if it really takes off is so exciting. My problem is keeping a lid on all the things I think we can do with it - every time I see a new Ning site, I get a bucketload of new ideas.

See you later in the week!

Jane
At 16:39 on November 4, 2009, Nick Wilding said…
Hi Jane

Just getting back in response to your thoughts on blogging! Basically, I think you wrote a blog with your comment - it need be no more worked up than those thoughts you shared in response to me. The important thing is that the topic feels real and relevant to you and perhaps speaks also to concerns of a wider constituency of 'fiery spirits' - which your points about destructive listening most certainly will do! You might like to link it to a topical news item that helps bring it to life as 'news'

best
nick
At 12:42 on November 2, 2009, Nick Wilding said…
Welcome into Fiery Spirits Jane... I enjoyed reading your introduction and am looking forward to hearing more about confidence and listening in relation to challenging the 'someone elses' responsibility' issue... all this very close to many 'fiery spirits'' hearts!

If there are some stories that you'd like to share from INSO, please do 'blog' about them or perhaps start a discussion...

best for now
Nick Wilding
(site host, Carnegie UK Trust)

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