WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ACTIVATE?

It means stepping into your empowered self, showing up, getting involved, and making a difference. Since we all are embedded in an unsustainable civilization, we are all presently contributing to the problem. The question is – in what ways can each of us be part of the solution? Am I merely a cog in a big wheel that is relentlessly rolling toward a cliff? Or am I part of an inspired local and planetary effort to do something magnificent?

Activating means doing things that contribute to humanity's Great Turning, healing our relationships with each other and the planet. What would it mean for you to truly rise to your evolutionary potential, as if the well-being of you and your loved ones, future generations, and the Earth itself all depended on it?

SOME WAYS TO ACTIVATE:

Support Local organizations. Volunteer with, become a member of, or donate to one of our great local organizations. See a list of local organizations here.

Support local initiatives, issue campaigns, projects, proposed legislation, etc. Contact local organizations and find out what projects they are working on, or start your own project, social experiment, or ballot initiative.

Activate through your school, church, or community center. Organize events like educational movie nights, presentations, and fundraisers for a cause. Help your institutions become more sustainable through their purchasing choices and how they run their facilities.

Get political. Attend public hearings and testify; support worthy candidates; discuss issues with your friends, family, co-workers, and strangers; contribute to the Political Tracker.

Support your Community Association. As local as it gets -- work together for change with your neighbors. See a list of Maui community associations here.

Support Evolution-Local. Post to the Forum or Almanac; Contribute photos, artwork, or guest blog posts. Read more here.

Be "on call". Subscribe to social media pages or organizations' email lists that send out action alerts, etc. Be ready to show up, write letters, make calls, etc on short notice.

Activate your whole self. Activating also entails evolving as an individual, becoming more aware and more focused, shifting one's priorities, and coming alive more fully. There are many pathways of personal evolution. Read more.

Support alternative media. In addition to national and global media sources, Maui has a number of options for local TV, radio, websites, and print media -- as well as social media. See more

Connect with local nature. Explore new trails and snorkel spots. Go on a group outing or spend some solo time in nature. Find a spot to sit, slow down, and take it all in, the big picture and the finest details. Look under rocks and into the depths of the night sky.

Spend time with others who are activating. One of the best ways to get inspired -- it's contagious.

Political Tracker

A community tool for political education and empowerment

Promoting transparency and public engagement in local politics

Monitoring elected officials, government bodies, and key local issues

The Tracker is a collaborative effort -- get involved!

POLITICAL TRACKER CONTENTS

(note: the Political Tracker is a work-in-progress, and some sections are not yet up and running)

1. Introduction to the Political Tracker. For background on the Tracker concept, check out the following post: “Introduction to the Local Political Tracker”

2. Puna Political Bulletin: The Bulletin provides a chronological list of local political events with brief commentary and links from the news. Click here to read the Bulletin.

3. Local Government Tracker This section documents the activities of governmental bodies and individual officials. While the emphasis is on Hawaii County government, sections are included on Hawaii State Government, and Hawaii's representatives in the US Government.

4. Local Issue Tracker. This section documents government activity related to key local issues. For more in-depth background on each issue, see the Local Issues section of the website, or for nature conservation issues see the Local Nature Almanac. Issues can be discussed in the Discussion Forum. Issues include: Water, Agriculture/GMOs, Planning/Land-Use, Energy, Housing, Waste, Native Hawaiian Issues, Governance, and Nature Conservation

5. Local Elections and Party Politics. This section contains information on candidates running for office, as well as background on how the voting and election process works.

6. Local Democracy Resource Page: Links to articles, organizations, films, podcasts, etc.

Local Issues

This section provides an archive of background information on key local issues. If you have expertise in any of the subject areas and would like to contribute material, please contact the site administrator. For current governmental activities related to each issue see the Local Issue Tracker. Or to discuss any of these issues, check out the Community Forum section of the website. For background on nature conservation issues, see the Local Nature Almanac, or to learn more about the 'big picture' for selected issues, see the Beyond Local section of the website. To find out how you can support local initiatives and organizations that address these issues, see the Activate! section of the website.
  • Agriculture
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Nature Construction
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Planning/Land Use
  • Waste Issues
  • Housing
  • Governance

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