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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Doreen Agostino
Interviewee: Cathy Nesbitt
Location: Ontario Canada

Question Answer
PRE-INTERVIEW
1 Describe your interest in being a change agent, i.e. working to create positive change for the greater good. How would you characterize your current activity level? (Choose one) 100% engaged

2 Describe how this compares to the activity level as a change agent that you might desire for yourself. (Choose one) Good where I am and also open to new opportunities

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. http://green-connections.com

http://projectix-canaan.com

http://byoearth.com

http://foodshare.org

http://ontariogleaners.org


4 We are creating a database of projects and initiatives to support the emergence of collaborative work via Connect 2012. Is there something you are engaged with now, or might imagine launching or being a part of, that you would like to share? If so, please briefly describe the nature of this work, including its purpose and intended results. Guatemala Project between Byoearth, Cathy's Composters, and Project Ix-Canaan is a cultural exchange program, toward innovative answers and sustainable alternatives for soil management and food production.

Cathy's assets: Intellectual property around vermiculture, soil management, crop yields, sense of humor, passion and compassion.

Requests donation of latex free, dishwasher rubber gloves for women in Guatemala, to pick up food scraps at local dump sites to feed worms, which then produce rich soil to sustain food production. PURPOSE Cathy's goal is to bring back a model from Guatemala, where Byoearth is providing women with worm bins to create soil, grow food or whatever they choose to generate income. This project allows women to restore dignity and build community instead of being isolated.

INTENDED RESULT Cathy's target market is age 21 years and over, because at that age they are rejected by education system. If their parents have not prepared adequately, these children are over medicated, over weight, unemployed. Cathy intends to hire under employed, physically and mentally challenged people, to educate and train them in vermiculture, located in a new vermiculture education center, owned and operated by Cathy Nesbitt!


5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? Several acres, with a garden, a building for the worms,which includes a training center now or sooner!


6 List websites you'd like to share that relate specifically to your projects (including Twitter & Facebook if you wish):
(List each website on a separate line)
http://cathyscomposters.com

http://green-connections.com

http://projectix-canaan.com

http://byoearth.com

http://foodshare.org

http://ontariogleaners.org

https://twitter.com/#!/Squirm

http://facebook.com/CathysCrawlyComposters


7 In addition to being interviewed, are you also interested in conducting interviews as part of the Connect 2012 initiative? Maybe

8 Is there anything else you would like to share with other Connect 2012 participants? Effortless and lovely interview. The process energized and helped Cathy get more clear on her path forward.


INTERVIEW
9 Q1(a): As you reflect on a time when people came together in a powerful way for positive change, choose one that stands out for you. Tell me your story about that time and any part you, your family and/or friends might have played in it [if relevant].

Cathy's first open space meeting - energy in the room, people, topics all powerful; focused around local food growth, gardening, and soil management. Level playing field.

Cathy's role was to learn about open space, and contribute her expertise regarding soil management.


10 Q1(b): Why this is an important story? How has it influenced you? What lessons does it offer going forward?

Important to Cathy because the process was respectful of participants, the process and the planet.


11 Q2: At this time in history, what challenges do you see in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially? What opportunities do you see in the ways that things might be shifting, awakening and/or emerging in response to these challenges?

Challenges: People are disconnected from the process of living, disconnected from the electoral process. Imbalance of corporate power, mainstream media negativity, fearful masses of people.

Opportunities: Spiraling upward of energy; people banding together, merging their passions, fringe groups aligning with larger groups. People appear to be more open to embrace change and influence improvements.


12 Q3 Context: Imagine we’re a few years down the line and people like you have been hugely successful in moving us towards lasting and far-reaching changes that benefit all people and the planet as a whole. Wherever you look, there are dramatic improvements in how leaders behave and how communities interact. As you walk through your city, town or village and talk with others across your country and around the world, you see evidence of positive change spreading everywhere.

Q3(a): Describe the differences you, hear, feel, and experience in your everyday life.

Feels lighter; there is less judgment amongst people, mainstream media reports good news stories, supports community, and overall life is a more joyful existence.


13 Q3(b): Describe the differences you see, hear, feel and experience in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially.

Pyramid turned the other way; people taking more responsibility for their lives and leading instead of following; power is balanced, systems are more equitable.


14 Q3(c): What did people do early on that helped to generate such positive outcomes?

People chose to be in integrity with themselves and others, which increased a sense of community, belonging, TRUST, and active participation for the common good.


15 Q3(d): What role did you play in making this happen?

Active volunteering, hosting workshops, mentoring, cultural exchange of sustainable agriculture, connecting people through humor, laughter, joy, honesty, and heart centered engagement.


16 Q4(a): What skills, talents and/or resources might you have to offer in service to collaborative work that emerges via the connect 2012 initiative?

Cathy is a good connector of people and strong in marketing through mainstream media. Cathy has a documentary called Squirm, which encourages people to take a risk and live life.


17 Q4(b) What is the nature of this potential offer (as a paid service, barter, gift, a combination, etc.)?

Mix of gifts and paid services.


18 Are you interested in developing the infrastructure of Occupy Cafe in support of this initiative or in other respects?

Maybe--I would like to know more.


19 Are you interested in collaborating on the production of a short video or a blog post based on your stories and vision?

Maybe--I would like to know more.