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Learn1 : The Snowball Effect


“Infrastructure Begets Infrastructure”


I like this idea because it motivates me and reinforces my belief that small actions will lead to big changes. Like this: Give a village clean drinking water, and now the kids can learn without being sick, grow up to be healthy, happy, productive. Build a thriving farm on one acre of vacant urban Milwaukee land and you: reduce transportation costs, create recession-proof jobs, make people healthy, build community, and educate residents.


Here's how I will do simple things to make big changes:

Plant vegetable gardens on a disc golf course and a build stone pizza oven. Golfers (while playing) could: harvest the ingredients needed to make pizzas, maintain the course, support eating local, and bring more friends because they had a healthy, happy experience.


For a long time I’ve wanted to change the world. Looking back, I let the worlds big problems discourage me from acting on what was in front of me. When trying to solve big problems with big ideas, I just ran into walls. *note: trying to solve big problems with big ideas taught me a Lot*


Now, I’m in the community where I grew up, doing what I’m good at, and passionate about: Making Gardens, Green Spaces, and promoting the Sport of The Future.


By making change among friends, family, and community, I’ve been offered help from some very unexpected people and groups.


“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.” -By Unknown Monk, 1100 A.D.

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Comment by Brian Ballsun-Stanton on March 9, 2010 at 7:32am
Awesome. What plans are you going to use for your pizza oven?
Comment by James Ream on March 9, 2010 at 7:44am
clayoven.wordpress.com/ is a good start. Also, there is a book I'm waiting for from the library called 'earth ovens'
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 9, 2010 at 9:01pm
Wow, cool! I had a similar idea with a golf course, where you replace all the golf balls with clay seed balls containing a wh*** food forest succession inside them. Mulligans would be encouraged. Landscaping irrigation would already be installed, and the groundskeepers would now be hunter/gatherers. Over time, the course would slowly become a sustainable farm.
Comment by Sylvain Ratelle on March 12, 2010 at 12:52am
James, Well done I like the approach, and Buffet would support it to! I will following your blog.
Comment by James Ream on March 12, 2010 at 2:21am
Nick- cool idea. I think Paul Stamets routinely creates earth dollars, sheets of recycled paper lined with all seeds necessary to sprout an old-growth forest.

Sylvain- thanks for the kind words, I will send you blog updates, and please message me with your updates as well.
Comment by Jeremy Laird Hogg on March 20, 2010 at 8:13pm
The notion that it is most practical to take small actions is powerful given the paralysis-by-vastness human nature is prone to. Excellent to meditate on for people like myself, wanting to do and be good, but paralyzed by lack of brilliant ideas to execute. A strange and common problem, I conjecture.

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