Broad Ripple Inc is working to further its passions for sustainability, habitat restoration, species protection, and overall paradigm shifting by working to organize Roots Regeneration. The present status of Roots Regeneration is in the grassroots. There is a strategy for organizing, and it starts with the web platform RootsIndy.org
Roots Regeneration – a systems-thinking approach towards building community, fostering sustainability and resilience, and regenerating ecology.
Broad Ripple Inc offers quite a few services, but alone it can’t pursue the planetary work that we have felt in our hearts and souls, needs to be done. Broad Ripple Inc plans to donate 15% of its profits to Roots Regeneration and its various programs and projects as the nonprofit can be organizing and structured (which is slowly happening).
Roots Regeneration works to revive our connections with nature, restore ecosystems, and foster local resilience, sustainability, and wellness.
Key Roots Regeneration Programs and Projects:
Artists With Integrity: Artists with Integrity is a program which builds bridges between Actors, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Poets, Photographers, Writers, etc with projects actually engaged in their communities. The program hopes to make responsible Ambassadors of Transition out of creative members of the community. The plan is to create projects and events which will utilize their talents while working on the bigger picture as well.
As ambassadors, Artists with Integrity would be given opportunities to stage dialogues and world cafes with community surrounding key issues of food security, resilience, sustainability, facing climate change, ecosystem loss and habitat destruction, as well as social justice.
Central Indiana Exchange Circle: The Central Indiana Exchange Circle is an alternative currency system for commerce and exchange, facilitating a robust local economy, valuing community and place. The Central Indiana Exchange Circle connects unused or underutilized resources with unmet needs for mutual benefit, and would likely facilitate this through a hybrid Time Bank/Local Exchange Trading System (LETS). The objective of this system is to add new economic value and forms of exchange to impoverished communities that assist in providing for needs that are not being met.
Direct Representation: Direct Representation is based on the notion that we should be educating and voting on issues, and not representatives. We should instead directly represent ourselves, and be valued for our participation. There is certainly a long ways to go between that idealistic place, and where we currently are. However, more and more communities are dialing in direct conversations and civic engagement to their local leadership. The current year is 2014, and we owe ourselves the opportunity to lend our engagement to the civic process.
Local First Central Indiana: Because local economy matters. Support businesses that support community. Local First Central Indiana works to support regional localism. The arguments for local economics are many, including but not limited to these (for example). Local First Central Indiana will also work to create resource sharing among businesses, local procurement in private-public partnerships, and actively assist local businesses towards sustainability-minded objectives, such as zero waste and renewable energy.
Holistic Media: Holistic Media is a sketch for a holistic approach to media. This would present information in a do-no-harm/system’s approach that would examine the entire system, in order to diagnose problems within that system, and then prescribe solutions that accordingly respond to problems, as well as inspire understanding of systems.
Project DreamCatcher: The Project DreamCatcher Covenant is an effort to create a covenant by which its members would work to create solutions within their lifetimes, by the dedication to adopting solutions, as a lifestyle choice to problems which were largely created within the last 200 years. Project DreamCatcher would a covenant/support network towards living the values of a Seventh Generation.
Slow Money Indianapolis: A companion to the Slow Food movement, Slow Money Indianapolis would be the Indianapolis chapter of The Slow Money Alliance. The Slow Money Principles are as follows:
The Slow Money Principles
In order to enhance food security, food safety and food access; improve nutrition and health; promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity; and accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration, we do hereby affirm the following Slow Money Principles:
- We must bring money back down to earth.
- There is such a thing as money that is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that is too complex. Therefore, we must slow our money down — not all of it, of course, but enough to matter.
- The 20th Century was the era of Buy Low/Sell High and Wealth Now/Philanthropy Later, what one venture capitalist called “the largest legal accumulation of wealth in history.” The 21st Century will be the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence.
- We must learn to invest as if food, farms and fertility mattered. We must connect investors to the places where they live, creating vital relationships and new sources of capital for small food enterprises.
- Let us celebrate the new generation of entrepreneurs, consumers and investors who are showing the way from Making A Killing to Making a Living.
- Paul Newman said, “I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” Recognizing the wisdom of these words, let us begin rebuilding our economy from the ground up, asking:
- What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?
- What if there were a new generation of companies that gave away 50% of their profits?
- What if there were 50% more organic matter in our soil 50 years from now?
The Coop Incubator: The Coop Incubator works to support the creation of necessary community cooperatives. The Coop Incubator will grow experience upon success, and empower community through this success, both in terms of creating cooperatives in community, as well as utilizing the cooperative model to solve community deficiencies.
- The Salubrious Cooperative: The Salubrious Cooperative is a worker-owned, food-production cooperative located in Broad Ripple, Indiana. Our goal is to further the local food movement, and the shop local and independent movement in Indianapolis and Central Indiana.
The Local Resiliency Center: The Local Resiliency Center would be a scalable local place (hub), that would work to be inclusive of community input, benefit local community, increase diversity, develop sustainability programming, and serve as a hub of community-influenced design, while connecting communities with global community. The Local Resiliency Center would be a scalable and replicable depiction of community resilience and sustainability, as well as a means to creating outreach and inclusiveness to community input. This center would serve as the operational headquarters for Roots Regeneration, and would host wellness and food-related training; resilience/sustainability planning and mapping on a neighborhood by neighborhood, and block by block level; as well as a full range of activities such as concerts, film-screenings, neighborhood association meetings, Roots Regeneration program meetings; and would stage earth and city repair (habitat restoration and neighborhood beautification) projects into communities.
Transition Indianapolis: Transition Initiatives are plans for communities to converge and gather around the ideas of “transitioning” from the affordable carbon economy, to the next economy. This concept might be best represented by the notions of working to gauge our local carbon consumption requirements, and supplement them with renewable energy sourcing, as well as energy descent programs that can lead us to a place where we can be more satisfied for having decreased our contributions to inefficient systems. Other great initiatives that are synonymous with Transition Initiatives are lawn sharing, seed sharing, ride sharing, skill sharing, reskilling, energy descent plans, building energy efficiency overhauls, urban agriculture and food forestry, and more.