“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller said those words decades ago and today several groups in Sooke are taking that ball and running with it.
On Feb. 13 in the Edward Milne community school theatre, Awareness Film Night will present moviegoers with a chance to find out about some exciting new models that are being brought forth in Sooke to create a more sustainable, vibrant and locally-viable community.
The film night will begin at 7 p.m. with a collection of 10 short film clips from around the world on creating healthy, cooperative, resilient and merry places to live. Featuring such titles as: First Permaculture EcoVillage, 50 Machines Needed For Life (in 4 minutes), Straw Bale Homes, Worker Cooperatives and Local Share, the films will set the tone for post-screening presentations from three progressive groups organizing in our own community:
The Village Farm is a new eco-village farming cooperative and some of its core team will share a quick slide show portraying their innovative and inspiring ideas for living, farming and creating small businesses on a 150-acre farm on Helgeson Road.
The Harbourside Senior Co-housing group has recently purchased the Sooke Ocean Resort property. They will give a quick introduction to their visions and designs to be followed up by their upcoming information session for the public on Feb. 16 at the site.
Frederique Philip and cohorts have plans for “the boatification of Sooke” – a grassroots movement to bring some style and beauty to enliven the Sooke downtown core.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the three presentations and to make a connection with any or all of these initiatives as well as with the Sooke Transition Town, which will have an information table at the film night.
If you are interested in or just plain curious about some new models in creating community, this will be a vibrant and inspiring evening.
Admission is by donation.