Renton Food Co-Op needs you

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This past Wednesday was inspiring at the Renton Food Co-Op meeting. We had a larger than normal turn out and there is nothing more energizing than sitting with a group of good people that want to band together to make something happen. Any event that brings people together for a common cause is a power that cannot be denied-take the recent success of the Seahawks for example. People who would have not normally spoken to each other at the grocery store were suddenly striking up conversation-they had a common bond, perhaps for the first time. I couldn’t help but wish people would bond together for a more lasting purpose, like creating a Renton Food Co-Op, or resurrecting the downtown area, or localizing our economy. That is what we are doing at Sustainable Renton-one baby step at a time.

Sustainable Renton will table at events and educate the community about our mission in general and specifically about why a Food Co-Op-or any cooperatively run business is a good idea for Renton. If you are in the dark about what a cooperative is and why it is especially important in this economic environment, you can find out more about them here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/cir55/cir55rpt.htm. The wonderful part about cooperatives is that they are cooperative, not competitive. They operate democratically and everyone has a voice.

Our plan is to be at the Farmer’s Market a couple of times this summer, in the Renon River Days Parade and man a community booth at the Renton River Days Fair. Our annual fundraiser will be held in August this year and we are scheduling an event specifically for co-ops with the showing of a film followed by a lively Q and A with the filmmakers, so keep your eyes on our blog to find out more about when and where that event will be.

One more thing we have decided to look into is the idea of a local Buying Club. When we first gathered about a year ago we looked into the idea of a Buying Club and after some research we voted it down because we thought it would detract us from our ultimate goal of a brick and mortar food co-op. However, we are re-visiting the idea because we are looking at it as a means to an end, a way to draw interested people out, people that will ultimately shop at the Co-Op. To find out more about Buying Clubs you can visit here: http://cafe.tougas.net/products/how-start-food-buying-club-101.

The Renton Food Co-Op Steering Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm for a potluck followed at 6:00 pm for the regular meeting at the Sustainable Renton Headquarters. Everyone is welcome. We discuss what steps we need to take next on the road to starting a cooperatively operated grocery store in the Renton area. We are in the organizing phase and are in need of people to help make this dream a reality.

For more information you can contact sustainablerenton@gmail.com

 

 

Meaningful Movies of Renton presents

On Friday, January 31, Meaningful Movies of Renton presents An Exploration of Alternative Economics: Two perspectives on Money, Economics, and Radical Trust.

First, we present Charles Eisenstein on Sacred Economics. Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

Second, we present musician Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking. Today, many people are trading music for free and record companies as well as some musicians are up in arms about it. Amanda Palmer has a different perspective.

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer, she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

Summing up her business model, in which she views her recorded music as the digital equivalent of street performing, she says: “I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.”

“A lot of people are confused by the idea of no hard sticker price [on my music]. They see it as an unpredictable risk, but I see it as trust.”

Moving beyond the environmental and economic crises we face requires an new approach to economics. After the two films, we will discuss ways to move away from the economics of separation to an economics of connection and radical trust.

Come join us for what should be an invigorating and inspiring conversation. We need your voice.

This event is held at the Sustainable Renton Office located in the Renton Highlands neighborhood at 970 Harrington Ave NE Renton 98056

Hope to see you there.

Welcome to our new blog!

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Hi!

We are launching a new blog for Sustainable Renton that will also function as our organizational website as well.

This is the place to come to find out about upcoming events in our community, to learn more about projects we are working on, to get inspired by new ideas related to sustainability, and more.

Of course-we welcome your involvement and feedback. If you would like to contribute a blog entry for us, let us know. You are also encouraged to comment on articles and blog entries, and share on Facebook and other social networks.

Come back soon-We’ll be updating this site very soon with upcoming events and other announcements.

Thank you for your support!