FEATURED RESOURCE: Common Good Tools for a New Economy

Offers & Needs Board for the Hilltowns and Beyond

We’re in this together. Use Common Good’s online Offers & Needs bulletin board to offer help and ask for help from your friends and neighbors in any community in the United States. No sign-up needed. Go to CommonGood.earth and click on the red Offers & Needs button!

“I tried it this morning,” says Mary Link of Ashfield, MA. “I learned that my next door neighbor was going grocery shopping and offering to get food for others to minimize exposure.” Later, Andrea Caluori delivers Mary’s groceries to her front porch.

The nonprofit Common Good provides innovative economic tools for local use. During this time of widespread social distancing to combat coronavirus, it’s up to us, as a community, to make sure we all have what we need. So Common Good created and launched a free online Offers & Needs Bulletin Board, where anyone, anywhere in the US, can offer help and ask for help from their neighbors.

Whether it’s a home-cooked meal, a ride to the drugstore, or an hour of childcare, we can use the Offers & Needs board to make it happen. The online bulletin board can help people expand their scope in addressing community needs in bigger ways too. Kirsten Levitt, the director of the Stone Soup Café in Greenfield, MA, used the Offers & Needs bulletin board to find more drivers in communities beyond where the café customarily serves its free, hot meals on Saturdays. “Demand on our service exploded the first Saturday after social distancing went into effect,” Kirsten says. “We’ll only be able to expand capacity to meet demand … with tools like these because we need more volunteers in communities we don’t normally serve. It’s a time for all hands on deck, and Offers & Needs can help.”

Common Good’s director William Spademan says, “our tools for a new economy reflect core values of community resilience and caring about the people around us. Now more than ever, we want to do everything we can to encourage mutual support at the community level.” William adds, “it’s really about neighbors helping neighbors in small ways to make a big impact, without depending on government assistance. It’s how we build an economy that works for everyone, a common good economy.”

LIVE-STREAM WORKSHOP: Nature Journaling for Kids

Join the live-stream via Stimola Live – Nature Journaling for Kids, this Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 4pm.

Kids won’t need to leave their home to engage and reconnect with nature in this free live-stream workshop with Naila Moreira. Children ages 8-12 can learn to make illustrated nature notebook pages from their encounters with wild or urban nature. What animals, plants, insects, and natural objects have you seen? How do they interact with their environment, and with you?

No drawing or writing experience required! If participant can spend ten minutes outdoors in their backyard during the workshop, that’s great. If not, inspiration can come from a houseplant, family pet, shell, pinecone, or even stuffed animal. Just bring paper or a notebook and a pen or pencil.
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ONLINE CLASS: Nerissa Nields Creative Writing and Songwriting Zoom Groups for Teens

Perfect for the creative teen or tween who wants to write or is already writing. These exciting online classes with Nerissa Nields begin on Tuesday, March 24, goes to June 16, 2020. The 4pm class is for all genres, including graphic novels, fan fiction, poetry, etc. The 7pm class has a strong focus on songwriting. Nerissa has six years of experience teaching writing at preparatory schools, as well as 15 years of teaching these creative writing workshops out of her studio. $265 for 12-week course.

Zoom Youth Writing Groups

Each week, Nerissa will give assignments, tailoring each assignment to the student’s interest and genre. For example, if the student wants to write songs, she will give a song prompt or topic. If the student is writing a novel, she will guide them to craft an outline, then submit chapters. If the student is writing a film, they will storyboard, then write scenes. Read the rest of this entry »

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