The Human Community Network currently has three Action Groups that are focusing on projects that illuminate the systemic nature of the challenges facing Oklahoma.
Ecological Innovations: An Action Group focusing on developing ecological innovations and systemic change for a more sustainable Oklahoma. In 2018, the Ecological Innovations group is focusing on enhancing urban farming and community gardens in Oklahoma, supporting renewable energy education and advocacy, and exploring ways to more effectively encourage the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to regulate Oklahoma industry in ways that will contribute to a more sustainable Oklahoma. During the week of October 7-12, 2018, the Ecological Innovations Action Group sponsored a trip of 18 Oklahomans to Detroit, Michigan to learn about urban farming and alternative economic practices for building resilient communities. Since returning from this learning trip, the participants are working with other community leaders in Oklahoma to develop educational opportunities and projects to enhance urban farming and gardening.
Engaging Local Citizenry: An Action Group focusing on engaging local citizenry in systemic change for a more participatory Oklahoma. In 2018, the Engaging Local Citizenry action Group is working in partnership with the Coalition of the Underheard to explore the forces of systemic change in Oklahoma with emphasis on how we might employ the initiative petition process to address issues that are not being addressed effectively by the Oklahoma Legislature. The Engaging Local Citizenry action group is supporting statewide forums and initiatives to encourage voter participation, laying the groundwork to repeal State Question 640 (which requires 75% of both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature to increase taxes), encouraging the restoration of a 7% Gross Production Tax on oil and gas in Oklahoma, and exploring Ranked Choice Voting as a potential way of increasing voter participation and civic engagement.
Celebrating Interdependent Community: An Action Group focusing on systemic change to enhance and celebrate the presence and awareness of interdependent community in Oklahoma. This action group is working to implement projects to help develop intercultural and interfaith cooperation and service in Oklahoma. In 2018, this work continues through the exploration of creating an Interfaith/Intercultural Student Network at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.
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