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Social Change Activities at Walnut Street

January 6, 2016

Our shared living arrangements at Walnut Street Co-op – cooking nightly meals, sharing chores, talking together, exchanging information, networking, and growing friendships – provide a supportive foundation for social change work each of us feels called to contribute to in the world.

Within the last few years Walnut Street Co-op residents have taken significant action in many issues and movements.  We wanted to share a little about our different passions and hope you’ll be inspired.


  • Gifting, sharing and collaborative economics
  • Climate change
  • Forest defense
  • Organic standards 
  • Revitalization of democracy
  • Homelessness and affordable housing
  • Collective and collaborative intelligence
  • The Occupy Movement
  • Inequality of wealth and social power
  • Permaculture, gardening, local food systems
  • Community resilience and revitalization
  • Middle East Peace
  • Tibet
  • Sino-American relations
  • Endangered language preservation
  • Indigenous rights
  • Surveillance, privacy, and security
  • Nonviolence, peace, and empathy
  • Sustainable energy
  • Polarization and “transpartisanship”
  • World music

Several current and former members whose social change work is central to their lives maintain websites about their work.  Two websites are:

Tom Atlee – collective intelligence, democracy, nonviolence, and more
http://co-intelligence.org/
http://www.tomatleeblog.com/ (check the tags)

Andy Heben – homelessness and affordable housing
http://www.tentcityurbanism.com/
http://thevillagecollaborative.net/

Pagoda Trifold copy

Permaculture
http://www.permaculture.org/
http://permacultureprinciples.com/

Climate and Energy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change
http://350.org/about/science/
http://climatemarch.org/

Community resilience / local economics
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/
https://bealocalist.org/

The Occupy Movement and Inequality
http://www.occupytogether.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_movement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_inequality
http://www.tomatleeblog.com/?p=175326345

Forest defense
http://www.forestdefensenow.com/
http://www.redwoodforestdefense.org/

Organic, local food
http://slowfood.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_food
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food

Gifting and Sharing economics
https://kindista.org/
http://www.shareable.net/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVUXiUkfQCs
http://sacred-economics.com/

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