The Power of Community


Location: Gardenia Center
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2008-08-22, Friday

Description: “The Power of Community” is creating excitement in local groups worldwide, and with good reason. It shows what is possible!

The film shows a glimpse of what is possible when a community reinvests its financial, educational and social capital in its own people and the systems that sustain life – food, energy and health care. The movie has an inspiring message and we have a lot to learn from this unlikely role model.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

“The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” presents a rich portrayal of the ways Cuba transformed itself from oil and import dependency to a surprisingly resilient country with an economy rooted in localized food and energy production.


4 thoughts on “The Power of Community

  1. berta

    What inspires you the most? What calls , what beckons?

    How can we respond to that call by bringing it into our world , our community and our hearts.

  2. berta

    For me the thing that really inspires me is the way the community came together, the joy and synergy that happened. Like kids building a fort and bringing together whatever they find to create something incredible and having a great time dreaming it in.

    I am really enjoying being a part of putting on these events even in a small way as they create the opportunity for that synergy to happen, those thoughts to percolate and magic to happen. Also just walking around town gathering at coffee shops or the farmers market meeting the perfect people conversations spark , wheels get turning and we all begin to dream in new ideas but together things in new ways. So much is happening so fast at this time. It is wonderful to be alive!

  3. beckykemery

    I’m inspired by the opportunity to finally pass on all these ideas that I’ve been holding for months, or years, to people who have the passion and commitment to make some of them happen–and to hear all the other ideas that are pouring forth in our community, some of which I can help make happen.

    A note about all these SPAM entries–it’s what we get all the time on my forums at We’ve had to resort to previewing and okaying every entry that comes through. It means that people don’t see their comments posted right away, but it’s worth it to keep the spam out of the posts.

    Good luck!

  4. richard

    In regards to the spam – for now I am removing the spam ongoing – once the volume increases I will resort to your suggestion, Becky. Thanks.