Localising Leanganook, established as a community initiative in 2016, emerged out of the Local Lives Global Matters conference held in Castlemaine in October 2015. Centred in Mt Alexander shire, Localising Leanganook brings community members together to further explore themes central to the conference: sustaining viable local economies; acting on social and ecological justice; reclaiming democracy; and revitalising spirituality.
 
Community conversations are held every six weeks. These include presentations which challenge existing paradigms, which showcase creative and sustainable local initiatives, and which incubate ideas and strategies to strengthen community connection and resilience.
 
 

September 2018 Newsletter

“Many people planning ahead are already questioning the notion that the future will be a faster, shinier version of the present. And even if this future were possible, people are also questioning whether it would be what they want for themselves or their children. Some recognise the need for urgent changes to the way we live, and...

August newsletter 2018

Trying to explain the ideological contradictions of neoliberalism is a fools errand. The problem is that for 30 years those in favour of privatising hospitals and nationalising football stadiums, of regulating marriage and deregulating banks, and of subsidising coalmines and opposing renewable energy  have not needed to explain why their friends were treated differently...

June 2018 newsletter

At a point seemingly of collapse, not only of the systems that dominate how we cooperate but also of our response, I wanted to show that the personal is the political, and that infectious change can start by adopting sustainable practices as members of collective households and genuine communities in heartfelt neighbourhoods. What the...

An extra May 2018 e-news

Inspiration is not garnered from the recitation of what is flawed; it resides, rather, in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, re imagine, and reconsider…Healing the woulds of the earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party, only gumption and persistence. It is not a liberal or conservative activity; it is a...

April/May e-news 2018

What the Transition movement does incredibly well is small-scale experiments which are practical, which resonate with local people, which look as if they’re doable, and that can engage people at a practical and meaningful level. It connects up the big issues and the local issues and shows you that change can happen at a...

March e-news 2018

 Taking political power at a local level, then using it to enable people to have a greater say in the decisions that affect their lives. (from ‘Flatpack democracy’- Frome, Somerset, UK) *** The March e-news includes information about: our next community conversation–How can we do democracy better? – March 21st Central Vic Climate Action-...

January/February 2018 e-news

“It’s time to call the housing crisis what it really is: the largest transfer of wealth in living memory.” Laurie Macfarlane This e-news includes information about: our next community conversation– political economy of housing and real estate; a talk on radical mycology with internationally renowned Peter McCoy in Daylesford; an upcoming conversation on democracy,...

November 2017 e-news

We need stories which guide us… stories which can dream us back into  proper stewardship of the earth (1) Welcome to the November 2017 e-news. In this edition you can read about : our next community conversation with Taryn Lane on Sunday November 19th.  Taryn will share stories about her recent visit and research into zero-net energy...

October e-news

The inherent weakness and fragility in the current wasteland that is our food system is the size of its ecological footprint, the resources needed to sustain it and the exploitation it requires (Raj Patel- 1) …………………….. This October e-news includes: the next community conversation- Food Sovereignty and La Via Campesina with Tammi Jonas, Sunday October...

August e-news

As dreams are the healing songs from the wilderness of our unconscious- so wild animals, wild plants, wild landscapes  are the healing dreams from the deep singing mind of the earth (David Pendell) 1   Welcome to the Localising Leanganook’s August e-news. In this edition you can read about: Our next community conversation with Dr Michelle...