Past Events

2010 2011
Community Sustainable Economy Global Climate Self Improvement
Dec 11: Holiday Garden, Cookie & Craft Exchange Oct 28: Discussions: Out of the Cage Jul 21: Serving the Greater Good: Haiti Apr: Are you Stressed Out?
Nov 16: Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills Workshop Oct 25: Sustainovation: Creating Sustainable Cities Apr 18: Climate Wise Women: Global Women Take Action on Climate Change    



Holiday Garden, Cookie & Craft Exchange

Saturday December 11th 2:00 - 3:30pm FREE !

World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Join us for the holiday community free exchange of garden bounty & Holiday creations. Bring Holiday cookies and decorations to swap & your homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, and holiday greenery to trade!

Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together for swapping and sharing locally grown, fresh produce. The first local Garden Swap was held August 21, with people coming together to share produce, chat and get to know one another. Four other events followed where home gardeners met for a free exchange of garden bounty. Here is one guest's rave review: "What a great event, like a free farmers' market - grapes and raspberries and oranges and two types of apples, sage and oregano and rosemary and thyme, sorrel and a plethora of tomatoes, seeds to save and plant, and some beautiful flowers. Thank you!" - Rani

Saturday, December 11, we will expand the concept to exchange homemade holiday creations, as well as all great late fall produce, such as persimmons, lemons, and oranges. Bring cookies and other sweets, crafts, decorations, & greenery to exchange for the handmade goodies of your neighbors. Expecting that some of the cookies will be eaten on site, we will provide apple cider to quench your thirst.

Come for the food, come for the community. Hope to see you there.

Our Palo Alto exchange is supported by a coalition of community ecological organizations and neighborhood groups including: Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Assn, Common Ground, Palo Alto Community Gardens, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto, & World Centric.

Developing Conversation and Community building Skills Workshop

Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills
Workshop November 16

Cecile Andrews, Simplicity author/lecturer will lead a workshop showing ways to build community and examining the essential ingredients of good conversation.

Tuesday November 16 7:00 – 9:00 pm
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
(behind JJ&F, just off El Camino Real, in College Terrace)

Saving the planet means creating a caring culture. Social ties are central to health, happiness, and civic life. Yet our frantic, distracted culture makes it difficult to maintain and deepen social connections. Trust and civil discourse are in decline.

Led by Cecile Andrews, author of Less is More, Slow is Beautiful, and Circle of Simplicity. Cecile will also be speaking at the Green Festival at 11am on Sat, Nov 6th.

Cecile Andrews has her doctorate in education from Stanford where she teaches in the Stanford Health Improvement Program. She is on the board for Take Back Your Time, and is active in Transition Palo Alto and Seattle’s Gross National Happiness Project.

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, World Centric and Silicon Valley Action Network (SVAN).

Event PDF for posting and printing


Sustainable Economy

Discussion: Out of the Cage

Sustainovation: Creating Sustainable Cities


Global Climate

Serving the Greater Good: Haiti

Six months after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, the plight of the island nation is no longer a lead story, but the people are as desperate as ever. Please come and hear from Kelly Kobza, a native Palo Altan who recently returned from Haiti, for a briefing on the current situation and how you can help out. Having spent three months in Haiti on a self-led mission to serve the greater good, Kelly returned to Palo Alto compelled and committed to do more for the cause.

Kelly will present a slideshow at World Centric in Palo Alto on Wednesday, July 21 at 7pm. Here are the details:

Serving the Greater Good: Haiti
A presentation by Kelly Kobza
Wednesday, July 21, 7pm
at World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Kelly writes: "As I was winding down during my last month in Haiti, I began assessing the needs of the people, an overwhelming task, and refining my focus. There are far too many problems: leadership is vague to non-existent, infrastructure has collapsed and the earthquakes have further crippled an already lame society. Haitian people are beautiful, dignified and, yes, needy. There is a sanitation problem the likes of which I personally have never seen. Education is in dire straits and public health issues are surmounting. Relief efforts are touching just the tip of the iceberg. So where does one start? Well I intend to begin where I can, at home. My hometown is Palo Alto, though I am going to live in Haiti so that I can be there doing work I find meaningful and sustainable. I intend to invite people from Palo Alto and the region to come to Haiti, to give a slice of their time in whatever way they possibly can. I know there are people, who once they see the problems, will, as I did, begin to think about how they can participate in solutions. I can plan small actions like visiting orphanages, beach clean-ups, reforestation plantings, guest teaching stints, workshops on a variety of topics, actually, any number of activities. I'm willing, able and excited to host people who would like to make a difference. I'm asking all friends and family to stop and think, “what can I do to serve the greater good?," in this case with a focus on Haiti. I know there are those among us who are not interested in traveling to Haiti, but who would like to help. I'm asking that one and all consider how you might give, whether it is expertise, volunteering to help from this end or simply providing funds for our efforts."

Climate Wise Women

Climate Wise Women

Global Women Take Action on Climate Change


We need to talk...
Please join us to participate in a very special global/community conversation.

In April 2010, Climate Wise Women from South Pacific Islands, Uganda and Biloxi, Mississippi begin a 30-city, 18-country speaking tour in the Americas. These community activists can't wait for politicians and governmental negotiators to get it right on climate change. They want straight talk on what climate change is doing to women, children, families and communities around the world. The tour continues to Asia / the Pacific in Fall 2010 and to Europe in Spring 2011.

The genesis of this project, a program titled ‘Global Women Take Action on Climate Change’, was originally presented by the tcktcktck campaign in New York City on September 23, 2009 to a group of journalists and VIP guests to coincide with the UN General Assembly High Level Event on Climate Change and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Moved by the overwhelming success of the event, Copenhagen Mayor Bjerregaard requested that a similar program be planned for Copenhagen during the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change. ‘Women's Leadership on Climate Justice – A Global Perspective’ was presented on Monday, December 14, 2009, hosted by Mary Robinson and Mayor Bjerregaard.

And now they're coming to Palo Alto. Let's talk.

Please see panelist biographies below.

Sunday, April 18, 7:00 PM

World Centric
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Free - Contributions will be requested  ||  Wheelchair Accessible

Sponsored by
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center



Panelists (as pictured above, left to right)
Additional speakers to be announced

Sharon Hanshaw (Biloxi,Mississippi, USA)
Executive Director of Coastal Women for Change

For over 20 years, Sharon ran a hairdressing salon and worked as a community advocate, until Hurricane Katrina propelled her to a position of leadership in Biloxi. Coastal Women for Change brings together community members in Biloxi, Mississippi to discuss and participate in long range planning and reconstruction of their community following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The challenges she and her community face are likely to be replicated around the world as extreme weather becomes more common as a result of climate change.

Constance Okollet (Uganda, Africa)
Chairperson, Osukura United Women Network

Constance is a peasant farmer from Tororo district in Eastern Uganda and a mother of seven. She is a community activist and chairperson of the Osukura United Women network which includes 40 regional groups in Uganda's Osukura Subcounty. In 2007, heavy rains destroyed the homes and food supply of Constance's village displacing all of its residents. Starvation followed. Once the situation stabilized, the community was dealt a second blow: an unprecedented drought which dried up crops and wells, reigniting the cycle of hunger and thirst.

Ursula Rakova (Carteret Islands, South Pacific)
Executive Director, Tulele Peisa

Ursula became a pioneer in the environmental movement after leaving the atoll to study social administration at Papua New Guinea University. At the request of a group of Carteret Island chiefs, Ursula returned home to help form Tulele Peisa, an organization whose mission is to voluntarily relocate 1,700 Carterets Islanders, whose islands and food supply are rapidly eroding. They now must move to three locations on mainland Bougainville, Papua New Guinea over the next 10 years. She was awarded the Pride of Papua New Guinea award in 2008 for her outstanding contribution to the environment.

Ulamila Kurai Wragg (Cook Islands, the Pacific)
Coordinator, Pacific WAVE Media Network

Ulamila is a veteran journalist who has worked for the past 20 years in Fiji and the Cook Islands, witnessing first-hand the diverse impacts of climate change in both island countries. She is the interim coordinator for the not-for-profit Pacific WAVE Media Network and heads its Climate Change team. WAVE (Women Advancing a Vision of Empowerment) is a network of Pacific women working in media focused on empowering Pacific women as leaders in and through media. Ulamila lives with her husband and four children on Vaimaanga beach in Rarotonga. Increasing sea surges, eroding shorelines, frequent cyclones and dried riverbeds are just some of the many reasons that Ulamila's paradise home is under threat.


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