Be the Change Community Update January 9, 2022
What's In This Issue:
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Simply Living Events
Simply Share New Monthly Meetup Sun Jan 23 @ 3 pm

Simply Living members are a diverse community. We share values about living mindfully with each other and with nature.

Simply Share is being launched as a way to check in with each other and learn what we're thinking, reading, watching - creating a time to share our favorite podcasts, recommend a TED Talk, or tell us what is changing in your life, neighborhood, and priorities. As networkers put it, "All of us are smarter than any of us," and that's why we share!

We're starting on Zoom but may switch to in person or hybrid in the future. It's free for members. Register here. Not a member? Join here.
February First Friday
First Fridays
Columbus Climate Action Plan and Equity Initiatives
Fri Feb 4 @ Noon

Last year Columbus released its Climate Action Plan, committing to reducing carbon emissions 45% communitywide by 2030. But what's in the plan? What areas does it address? What are its goals?

Join Simply Living and Sustainable Columbus to learn more about the Columbus Climate Action Plan and new initiatives Columbus is pursuing to increase equity. Speakers include Erin Beck, Assistant Director of Sustainability, and one more TBA. There will be one or two short presentations followed by Q and A.

This event kicks off Simply Living's 2022 First Fridays series exploring sustainability initiatives in Columbus and beyond. We hope to see you there! Register here
Simply Living News
Tree of the Month:
Oak (Quercus sp)
Oaks, the trees of the genus Quercus, are among the most important hardwood trees. There are approximately 500 species of oaks worldwide and a little under 100 in the United States, but they are found primarily in the northern hemisphere. Oaks provide a huge percentage of the edible mast for wildlife, and of course oak is tremendously useful as lumber. They are among the longest lived trees and can survive for four or five centuries in favorable conditions.
New Discussion Courses Coming Soon!

For more info about courses Simply Living facilitates,
visit our partners at EcoChallenge.

Interested in facilitating a course? Contact
Online Solar PV Course

This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to install a system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career.

This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.

Join Simply Living and we will send you a code to get $50 off! Join here
Enter the code when you enroll in the course on the Blue Rock Station course page.
More at Blue Rock Station!
Spirit and Money - Pre-Recorded Self Study Course - with Randall Loop ($59 - 30% supports Simply Living)

Your Money or Your Life, a best-selling book and study course by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, provides a nine-step program for personally retooling your conscious activity with money, leading to transformation, fulfillment, and purpose.

Randall Loop, LMT, LSH will be leading the course within the pre-recorded webinars. During 2004 Randall discovered the Your Money or Your Life Study Group through Simply Living, and as a result of living the 9 simple awareness-building steps, he paid off nearly $20,000 in credit card debt, developed savings, and now owns a home/business combo in Merion Village/South Columbus. Since 2006 he has led study groups and coached individuals through the program. Enroll here
Community Events
Grassroot Ohio Radio / Podcasts with Carolyn Harding

Every Friday 5 pm on 94.1 FM and streaming worldwide @, Repeats on Sundays at 2 pm on 92.7/98.3 FM and streams @

Conversations with everyday people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, with folks on the front lines.

Details on Facebook here. Listen to Podcast archives here.

7 pm
POETRY FORUM with Jonie McIntire

Jonie McIntire is a powerhouse poet and skilled promoter of poetry in Ohio. She's the author of Semidomesticated (winner of Red Flag Poetry chapbook contest 2020), Beyond the Sidewalk (Nightballet Press, 2017) and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She is also poetry editor at Of Rust and Glass and hosts a monthly reading series called Uncloistered Poetry in Toledo. Jonie has just been named Poet Laureate of Toledo. Bring a poem or two of your own for our virtual open mic. Join Zoom Meeting
Reimagine Appalachia Virtual Strategy Summit
January 11 & 12, 11 am - 1:15 pm ET each day.

This event helps shape the work plan for ReImagine Appalachia, and we need your feedback by attending and participating! Register for the summit here
Coming Soon: What is a Fibershed? Mon Jan 24 at 6 pm
What is a Fibershed? A collaborative network of local fiber farmers, processors, weavers, designers, shop owners, and consumers that are building a community to create local textiles in a way that decreases consumption of fast (plastic) fashion, supports a local circular economy, works to restore the soil and the environment, and even transforms your closet.

Join us Monday, January 24 at 6 pm.
Hosted by Ohio Past Plastic with guest speakers Jess Boeke and Sarah Pottle, co-founders of Rust Belt Fibershed, who will speak on textile impacts, both locally and globally.

RSVP for Zoom Webinar:
Community News
Walnut Woods Metro Park - Hike the Tall Pines
6723 Lithopolis Rd, Groveport, OH 43125

Distance from Columbus: 25 minutes
About the hike: The woodlands and fields of Walnut Woods Metro Park are beautiful. But the most stunning part of the whole park is the Tall Pines area. It’s magical any time of year, but there’s something about these pines being covered in snow that transforms it to something incredibly magical. The trails are all described as easy by the park and they vary in length. Learn more about breathtaking winter hikes in Ohio recommended by Columbus Navigator here.
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Sustainability Resources
Learn to Handle Overwhelm, Conflict and Chaos with More Ease
Mon Jan 10 - Fri Jan 14

Embodiment Unlimited is hosting this free five-day event to help us all find our center a little more easily as we move into the new year. Sign up for free and join Mark Walsh (author of EmbodimentWorking with the Body in Training and Coaching, and Embodied Meditation) to learn his top five practical embodiment tools for self-regulation. You’ll also get access to a bonus talk on trauma with Alanis Morissette and Richard Schwartz to download immediately, AND the recordings of the entire event FREE if you attend one session a day. Sign up now for FREE
Beetcoin Dialogue
Wed Jan 12 @ 7 pm
This month's Beetcoin Dialogue features Zoë Bradbury. Zoë operates Valley Flora Farm in Langlois, Oregon, with her sister and mother. Their successful small, organic farm cultivates over 100 different crops, has a 100+ member CSA and farmstand, and helps keep the pantry stocked at dozens of local restaurants, retail stores, and foodbanks. Zoë will make a 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A moderated by Slow Money founder Woody Tasch.

Beetcoin. Growing the online community that supports small and medium-sized diversified, organic farms and local food systems. For more information, visit
Regenerative Agriculture and Justice - Farm Bill and 2022 Policy Priorities Special Event, Part Two
The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) and the Regenerative Agriculture and Justice Working Group invite you to their special event on Farm Bill and 2022 Policy Priorities Special Event, Part Two. These sessions are planned as a lead-up to the working group voting on and establishing their 2022 policy priorities.

Participation in this working group is normally restricted to ASBN members, but in the spirit of education, we are opening this speakers series to our broader network. If you are interested in how policy can be used to advance the goals of regenerative agriculture and a more just and equitable food system, this is a great opportunity to learn about the work key players are doing.

Part 2 will feature speakers from the following organizations:
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
  • National Family Farm Coalition
  • Earthjustice

This virtual meeting will take place Thursday, January 13, at 1 pm. Register here
Take a journey to several of the nation’s public gardens

Wild Ones National Board Member Matthew Ross is the director of continuing education at the world-renowned Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where he manages more than 175 educational programs. Prior to his arrival at Longwood Gardens, Matthew spent six years in Toledo, where he worked as a horticulturist at Toledo Botanical Gardens. Read more about Matthew's background and work with Wild Ones on his Board bio.

This free webinar takes place Thursday, January 13, at 7 pm. Register here
A webinar link will be emailed to registrants the day of the event. A recording will be available to the public on the Wild Ones YouTube channel soon after the event.
Install LOVE on the HUMAN Computer
Customer: I really need some help. After much consideration, I've decided to install LOVE. Can you guide me through the process?
Tech Support: Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Read this humorous and uplifting exchange with tech support here - don't we wish? :)
American Sustainable Business Network Podcasts
ASBN’s Just & Sustainable Economy Podcast just launched. Subscribe and listen to the first two episodes below.

Episode 1 - Restoration & Reconciliation - Rev. Dr. William J Barber II & Karen Joseph

Episode 2 Fighting for Our Future: Businesses Taking a Stand featuring Cenk Uygur (TYT Media), Joe Sanberg (Aspiration), David Bronner (Dr. Bronner's), and Kristin Hull (Nia Impact Capital)
If renewables keep growing at this pace, 100% is in sight
Environment America Research & Policy Center released a new report that found renewables have nearly quadrupled over the last decade. Renewables on the Rise brings a lot of good news and reasons to be excited about our energy future. Read the report and see how Ohio rates here.
Visit to explore the courses
The Foundation for Intentional Community offers interactive and on demand courses designed to support your inner communitarian. Whether you want to start an intentional community, seeking an opportunity to build community, or a resident or supporter of the movement you will find a course to meet your needs. 
Community Calendars
Connie Hammond's Newsletter - Peace and Social Justice Events
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Sunday, January 9, 2021, 3:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "Gaza: Still Alive." When you think of Gaza, you may think of war and destroyed buildings, of economic hardships, the strangling siege, the high unemployment rate, the poverty and deprivation—but less often do we see the deprivation that is the invisible, unmet needs for psychological support for a population so in need of it. One wonders what is the effect on a Palestinian child’s mind to hold the idea that they’re living in ‘imprisonment’ while the rest of the world’s kids live in freedom. Gaza: Still Alive is not full of images of war planes, bomb craters or other war footage. Rather, the film asks: how has a decade of siege affected people there? How has this affected their mental health and why? And what does this bode for the future? It focuses on the scars and craters inside the ordinary Gazan’s mind. Register now and join us on January 9 at 3:00 PM Eastern for a discussion of the film with psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Samah Jabr, head of the Mental Health Unit of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, and independent journalist and filmmaker Harry Fear. Our moderator will be Dr. Elizabeth Berger, child psychiatrist and founding/steering committee member of the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network. Register here to receive the zoom link for January 9 and a link to watch the film. 
Tuesday, January 11, 2021, 7:00 PM. The Future of Palestinian Politics. Join Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Chapter for a webinar with Khaled Elgindy. Khaled Elgindy is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute where he also directs MEI’s Program on Palestine and Israeli-Palestinian Affairs. He is the author of the newly-released book, Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump, published by Brookings Institution Press in April 2019. Elgindy previously served as a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution from 2010 through 2018. Prior to arriving at Brookings, he served as an adviser to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations of 2007-08. Elgindy is also an adjunct instructor in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Khaled’s writings have a appeared in wide range of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor,, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, and others. He is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Politico, and other print media, and is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, PBS Newshour and others. Register for the webinar here.  Facebook

Thursday, January 13, 2022, 11:30 AM. Engaging Communities in Health Care Antiracism Initiatives Peoples Experience with Discrimination in the Health Care System. We will discuss the project to encourage involvement of the community in efforts to address structural racism. The presentation will include the results of our survey on people’s experience with discrimination. We will discuss what authentic engagement looks like and why the communities impacted must be part of addressing structural racism. This webinar will be hosted by Universal Healthcare Action Network of Ohio, the North East Ohio Black Health Coalition, the Ohio Unity Coalitions and the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence Inc. Register here
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