4 Ways to Engage your Community in Action

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New to the FIC Community Bookstore
Four Community Action Coursebooks
by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager

We are now offering four new coursebooks for guiding your group through discussions on climate change, sustainability, food ethics, and social justice!

Change is our ChoiceIn collaboration with and from the creative minds of Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI), we are thrilled to offer to you action-oriented, discussion-based, multi-lesson coursebooks for guiding your community, classroom, organization, or neighborhood! Now you can network with your neighbors and colleagues with a proactive framework and “break big issues into bite-sized pieces.”

Most courses are available in both print and digital versions with essays, discussion questions, and sometimes interactive videos and electronic engagement.

Which coursebook is right for your group?

Change is Our Choice ― The science has long been settled: climate change is real and it’s happening all around us right now. This five-session discussion course on climate action will help you take action to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Presented in an interactive ebook, this new discussion course experience integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans that help you roll your sleeves up and get started taking action toward a better tomorrow. 

Powering a Bright Future is a three session discussion course exploring issues related to energy use, and what we can do to take action as individuals and communities interested in promoting energy sustainability. This course contains solution-based content encouraging discourse on energy production and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and environmental impacts. 

Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability ― What we eat mattersthe food choices we make everyday have an impact on our planet. Hungry for Change helps participants explore the true meaning of the phrase “you are what you eat.” Learn about our roles as both consumers and as creators-of food, of systems, and of the world we live in. Discuss how food choices have an impact on a range of issues, including ecosystem health, factory and farm worker treatment, and our global economy. Participants create personal action plans and discover how to create a healthy food environment. 

Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability ― How does one mold such complex principles as peace, justice and sustainability into a coherent story? The difficulty reflects the media’s borader struggle to convey how these themes are mutually linked. Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability connects the dots between three of society’s most pressing challenges and helps participants find pathways for powerful change in our everyday lives. 

Also, be sure to check out our Games and Teaching Aids section for more supportive ways to engage your community, such as:

ReInhabiting the Village workbook featuring 110 pages of exercises, step-by-step instruction, and practical approaches to integrating the inspiration from the ReInhabiting the Village book in order to engage community development, interpersonal communication, project management, regenerative, holistic design, and more. 

Powering a Bright Future Hungry for Change Seeing Systems Reinhabiting the Village


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