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Happy Thanksgiving

What better way to express your thankfulness on this day than to give back. Here are some video inspirations. Amy Erin Brovoy created a 5-Minute Film Festival. “Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for reflecting on the things you’re grateful for, and it’s a known fact that practicing gratitude is a…

Gifts for Good Community Holiday Gift Faire

Gifts for Good Community Holiday Gift Faire

Gifts for Good is an annual community holiday gift faire that will occur Sunday, December 8 2013 from 1 to 4 PM at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding, CA. This community event (NOT a church fundraiser) has raised over $40,000 over the past 6 years for local…

Between Bleeding Hearts and Talk Radio Heads

Between Bleeding Hearts and Talk Radio Heads

Who’s in the American Political Center? The recent Esquire-NBC News survey finds that “at the center of American politics, there isn’t a hole but a courtyard: common ground where a diverse and growing majority is bound by a surprising set of shared ideas.” They identify 4 segments in the middle”…

Social Capital

Social capital is about the value of social networks, bonding similar people and bridging between diverse people, with norms of reciprocity. According to  Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, authors of the 2011 book Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, being connected is good for…

National Coming Out Day Celebration

National Coming Out Day Celebration

Friday, October 11, 2013 is scheduled for Redding’s National Coming Out Day Celebration sponsored by NorCal OUTreach Project, a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to educating the public in the north state on the issues and lives of LGBTQ+ persons. The event will be held at the Social Hall of the United Methodist…

Stop Bullying in Redding

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, the Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation will present two free community forums focusing on bullying and why addressing it is important. Speaker Wayne Sakamoto, Director of School Safety for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, will speak to concerned community members and parents about how the…

French Country Market October 5, 2013

  Bonjour, mes amis! Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10 AM to 3 PM for the third annual French Country Market at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding, CA. A great team of volunteers has been working on this event and it would make their day to see you…

Be The Bridge

Seems to me society and politics in the United States has become too polarized, no thanks to the talking heads on TV, the ranting voices on radio and the money that supports them. Too many of us get our “news” in predigested sound bites. In the pursuit of ratings, I…

Feast For Good

Creating community is about shared values and relationships. Relationships can be initiated by meeting people through gatherings, through introductions by friends and somewhat more superficially online through Twitter. Acquaintances can become so called “friends” through Facebook, which adds another layer of familiarity, to the degree that one is transparent and…

Community Alchemy: A Model for Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

TEDxRedding presenter Andy Stoll, a media producer and social entrepreneur, is working to grow the grassroots entrepreneurial & creative community in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. He “believes in the power of stories and connections to influence people, inspire action and affect positive change.” The above is his Model for Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem he refers to […]

Connecting Things: Getting Things Done

TEDx Redding was a burst of local creativity, but how do keep the conversation going? How do we get things done? The local Beloved Community movement, energized by the recent Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration has generated lots of ideas and excitement. How do we bring focus and get things done? Connect Things. Reduce time. […]

Redding LGBTQ+ Pride 2013

The NorCal OUTreach Project is sponsoring the Redding LGBTQ+ Pride 2013, the fifth annual event, on Saturday, September. 28, 2013 from 11 AM-4 PM, located on Market St. in Redding, CA on the block in front of Cascade Theatre. The Pride March will precede the Festival from 10 AM to 11AM. NorCal LGBT…

Pilgrims and Tourists

The new documentary Pilgrims and Tourists in the Pastures of Heaven will be screened at The Cascade Theater on Saturday, September 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM following a 6 PM reception honoring local members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe. Filmmakers Toby McLeod and Jessica Abbe return to Redding for the premiere, which…

Voices of Diversity

The Fairness Doctrine, introduced in 1949, was a policy of the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required holders of television and radio broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission’s view, honest, equitable and balanced. In 1984, the U.…

TEDx Redding 2013 Lineup

Join TEDx Redding from 2-5 PM on September 7, 2013 at Cascade Theatre for a curated afternoon of short, carefully prepared talks on the topic Mapping Connections. Local speakers and performers will give live talks, and we will also feature some of the best pre-recorded TEDTalks from TED.com. TEDx Redding brings together practical visionaries…

Where We Live

Population distribution is very uneven, with dense concentrations and vast, relatively open areas. This is due to such factors as physiography, transportation lines, boundaries, zoning and property ownership. So when you think of a community, state or nation it helps to have a mental map of where people live to…

Millennials are Optimistic

Fast Company says that according to a survey of 12,000 young people (ages 18-30 years), millennials genuinely think they can change the world and their communities. This sense of optimism is good news. An impressive 62% of respondents believe they can make a local difference, and 40% think they can make…

Seventh Gay Adventists

There will be a free screening of the film, Seventh-Gay Adventists this Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7 PM at the Cinemark Redding 14, 980 Old Alturas Road, Redding, CA

Open Access to Community Data

Open Access to Community Data

Under a California Supreme Court ruling today, public agencies must provide open access to community public data in the same format that it is used by government agencies. The Supreme Court ruled on July 11, 2013  that under the California Public Records Act, Orange County must give The Sierra Club access to its…

Interactive Redding Twitter Maps

Interactive Redding Twitter Maps

Mapping our connections… Check out this interactive Bing map of Twitters by location in the last 14 days:…

Realigning Human Organization

What are the new, emerging models of human organization for the 21st Century? There are already new apps built around activating, deactivating, reconfiguring, coordinating and realigning human organization and resources. There will be more in the future. Here are some examples from the short video: Gigwalk: Hire Your Smart Army Taskrabbit: Task and Errand Service […]

Redding Community Choir

The Redding Community Choir will sing for the 50th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a Dream” Speech Celebration on Saturday, August 24, 2013, being held at 3:30 PM at First United Methodist Church, corner of South and East Street, Redding, CA. Dinner will follow at…

TEDx Redding 2013

The TEDxRedding team from Catalyst Redding Young Professionals has confirmed the timing for TEDxRedding 2013 for Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 2-5 PM, with a reception to follow. The theme this year will be Mapping Connections. For the second year, TEDxRedding will bring together practical visionaries from the Redding area and beyond to share “ideas worth spreading.”  TED was originally…

Code For America Promotes More Open, Participatory Government

Wouldn’t it be benefical if governments were more open and transparent – with greater citizen participation, using web technology? Well, that is happening now through a group called Code for America. Code for America, a San Francisco nonprofit,  is enlisting high tech professionals to work with local governments to create tools…

First 5 Shasta Seeks Commission Members

First 5 Shasta (Shasta Children and Families Commission) was formed in 1999 following the statewide passage of the California Children and Families Act (Proposition 10). Proposition 10 placed a fifty-cent tax on tobacco products and revenues support early childhood development and school readiness for young children ages 0-to-5. The Shasta Children…

Transitions Redding

Transition US is “a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. [They] are working in close partnership with the Transition Network, a UK based organization that supports the international Transition Movement as a whole. “The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots…

Vaisakhi Festival

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 4, 2013 for the Vaisakhi Festival and Day for Non-Violence to be held at the Sikh Centre at 5400 Sikh Centre Drive, Anderson, CA 96007. The event is promoted to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood among the wider community, irrespective of caste, creed, color,…

Civic Innovation

Interested in a discussion about civic innovation? In civic apps for government as permissionless, open, generative collective action? Then you are invited to attend TEDx Salon at Redding Library 2:30-4 PM, this Sunday, February 24, 2013. The event is free and open to the public. Find out more at their Facebook…

Redding Soup Being Served Again March 8, 2013

Do you have a great idea that would benefit the Redding, CA community? Well, Redding Soup will be served again on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 6-8 PM on the Student Center Stage in the Shasta College Cafeteria. This will be the third Redding Soup gathering. The idea, if you…

Turtle Bay Auction 2013

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is having their Island Sytle (jeans, jewels & Jazz) Auction on March 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM at the REDDING CONVENTION CENTER. Mark your calendar for a fantastically fun evening at Redding’s premier auction, “Jeans, Jewels & Jazz: Island Style”. There will be fabulous items in both…

Shasta Land Trust

Shasta Land Trust is having their biggest fundraiser of the year, Wildways on Saturday, February, 23, 2013 from 6:00 to 10:00pm at the Senior Citizen’s Hall, Redding, CA. See their Facebook Page for a map and more information. Enjoy dinner featuring Prather Ranch sliders, a no-host bar with local wine and beer…

Connected Citizens Reprograming Government Services

Today we get to reprogram government services. Are you ready to bring your best ideas? Starting January 22, 2013 at noon PST and continuing through January 23, the game will be OPEN and LIVE for you to start playing. Be sure to create your player identity (if you haven’t yet) and log-in to the game site. Need a […]

What is the Future of the Community Hospital?

Did you know that one third of all USA hospital emergency rooms have shut down since 1990, while ER visits have increased by 35% during the same period? The future of the community hospitals is uncertain. The world is changing faster than our health care system can keep up. Consolidations…

Shasta Regional Community Foundation

Created by and for the people of Shasta and Siskiyou counties, Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization working to enhance the quality of life for all people in the North State region. Founded in 1999, the roots of the Community Foundation can be found in the passions…

Merry Christmas!

Locational Augmented Reality Gaming

Locational Augmented Reality Gaming

SimCity game designer Will Wright at the  O’Reily 2012 Where Conference (The Art & Business of Location) described an important shift in game design: “gaming has primarily up to this point been about simulating parts of reality, now I think it’s moving toward the idea that maybe we can start…

Season of Anticipation

This is the forth Sunday of Advent for Christians eagerly awaiting our renewal through the Prince of Peace.…

The School of Life Sunday Sermons

This secular Sunday Sermon video took place on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Conway Hall, London. “The School of Life offers good ideas for everyday living. They address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to […]

Redding Interfaith Vigil December 17

Shasta County Interfaith Forum is holding an Interfaith Prayer Vigil tonight, Monday, December 17, 2012 in remembrance of those who lost their lives in Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The candlelight vigil begins at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome.

POP Open House

POP Open House

People of Progress is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with an Open House on on Saturday, December 15, 2012 between 11:00 and 2:00. They will be serving “Human Beans Soup”, Hot Cider, Cookies and there will be special sales & door prizes at POP’s Super-Sized Thrift Store. Starting as a community farm in…

Redding Community Choir

Redding Community Choir

The Redding Community Choir invites the public to their annual Winter Concert on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3 PM at First Christian Church, 3590 Placer Street (at the northeast corner of Buenaventura Blvd.) The event is FREE to the public and light refreshments will be served immediately following.…

R evolution – from Introspection to Outrospection?

Empathy and Compassion are learned traits. Let’s start R evolution.

Community Holiday Gift Faire

Community Holiday Gift Faire

The annual Community Holiday Gift Faire will be held Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 1 to 4:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church Social Hall, 1825 East St. (corner of South and East St.) Redding, CA. This Faire is being dubbed, Gifts for Good. This year’s event features a wider variety of booths…

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Just say NO to shopping on Thanksgiving Day. We are so much more than just a manipulated consumer society. Spend time giving thanks.

Blue vs. Red = Urban vs. Rural?

The 2012 U. S. presidential was all about the electoral college, but the voting patterns within states is more not even and there seems to be a split between urban and coastal vs. rural as the map above from PoliticalMaps.org shows. The northwestern part of California is actually more politically…

Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day was founded by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with HandsOn Network. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of Americans unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. That one day often becomes a regular habit of service for participants when they see […]

ReddingWiki

Fast Company’s co.EXIST recently reported about crowdsourced hyperlocal guides and traces the evolution of LocalWiki from an experimental DavisWiki to LocalWiki 2.0 software. They describe a LocalWiki as a “blog  written by an entire community. It’s a virtual bulletin board that’s more comprehensive than Craigslist and Patch and Yelp combined. It’s simultaneously a history repository and […]

Shasta Transition

Do you long for a more fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems? Do you wonder how our community can best respond to the challenges and opportunities of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis? Then you might be interested in participating…

Redding Soup To Be Served 10/26/12

Do you have a great idea that would benefit the Redding, CA community? Well, Redding Soup will be served again on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5-8 PM on the Student Center Stage in the Shasta College Cafeteria. This will be the second Redding Soup gathering; the first one was May…

Designing Healthy Communities

Designing Healthy Communities

KIXE will be re-broadcasting Dr. Dick Jackson’s Designing Healthy Communities – a 4-part series on Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 from 8-9 pm. In this series Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH (former California Health Officer, currently at UCLA) explains the link between our health and the way our communities…