What is localism and who is a localist? Why is localism emerging here and now? Is localism just a trend or the path forward? What does localism look like on the ground? Can you be big and be local?
Join Wednesday's OakX panel to examine localism from both a conceptual and practical framework.
Tina Tamale Ramos / Co-Owner, La Borinquena
Erin Kilmer-Neel / Executive Director, Sustainable Business Alliance
Erin Axelrod / Community Engagement Manager, BALLE
Nicole Neditch / Online City Engagement Officer, City of Oakland
Wednesday, July 31st
Doors open at 12pm. Program from 12:30 to 1:30
Ticket includes lunch catered by Tina Tamale
Free for volunteers | email firstname.lastname@example.org
New to localism? BALLE's Localism 101 is a good place to start.
Nicole Neditch is focused on engaging citizens to participate more in City Government through the use of innovative technology and strategic design. Her role as the City of Oakland’s Online Engagement Manager is the culmination of her years of experience as an artist, designer, programmer, arts administrator, community organizer, and entrepreneur. She is interested in harnessing the power of the strong creative and tech communities in Oakland, to help the City be more efficient, more transparent and more participatory.
Erin Kilmer Neel is the director of Sustainable Business Alliance, based in Oakland. Erin recently worked as program officer of One PacificCoast Foundation, helping to build programs and provide strategic direction to one of the country's most innovative and socially responsible financial institutions. She founded Oakland Grown, Oakland Unwrapped!, and the Oakland Indie Awards to make it more compelling and easier for people to support independent businesses. Erin held positions at Oracle Corporation and California Resources and Training, and helped build grassroots eco-tourism operations in Thailand. She has a Master of City Planning from MIT, a Master of Education from ASU, and has served on several boards, including AMIBA and the Oakland Merchants Leadership Forum.
Tina "Tamale" Ramos is a third generation co-owner and spokesperson of her family's business, La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, in operation since 1944 as well as the owner of Tina Tamale Pop-up Stand and Catering. Tina is a native resident and merchant of Old Oakland as well as an indie business and community advocate. Tina was a founder of Oakland Grown and of lOAKal Mobile Food. Tina is a board member of Old Oakland Neighbors, a volunteer grassroots community group and an ambassador of 10,000 Steps, an urban park stewardship and history project. Tina truly understands what it means to be hyperlocal while working and playing having the opportunity to explore her culturally rich and diverse city. She can be found online at TinaTamale.com and other social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tina and her family have been highlighted in the East Bay Express, Oakland Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and El Restaurante Mexicano. Tina Tamale and La Borinqueña are the first two time recipients of the Oakland Indie Awards Pillar category.
Erin Axelrod is a front-yard farmer, problem-solver, systems-design consultant, entrepreneur and community organizer. Erin’s passion for local living economies stems from her love of nature and her belief that cities (like ecosystems) are better through collaboration, zero-waste design, deep-rooted connection to place, and reverence for nature. Erin earned a BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the BALLE team, Erin worked for 4 years as the City Programs Coordinator of Daily Acts Organization, where she managed water conservation programs for Sonoma County cities, transformed lawns into food, and helped design and manage a successful greywater reuse education & installation program. When she’s not at BALLE, she’s undoubtedly covered in dirt, either out in the backcountry scaling rock precipices or in the backyard making compost or food-growing. She is passionate about ecological design, and has given presentations at conferences including the Sustainable Enterprise Conference and The Annual CA Greywater Conference.
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Who is OakX? OakX was created by Ratna Amin (@ratnaamin), an urban planning consultant who has held several policy, political and planning roles in Oakland. OakX exists with the support of many visionary people: Katherine Bell, Kiran Jain, Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council, Dan Cohen and Edit Ruano/Full Court Press, Susan Mernit/Oakland Local, Debbie Acosta/2.Oak, Eleanor Hollander/Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Ahmad Mansur/Urban Economy Institute, Jeremy Liu/Creative Ecology, Tomiquia Moss, Susan Worthman, Catherine Lim, Tim Aldinger, Elinor Buchen, Jonathan Bair, Echa Scneider, Navarre Joseph, and many other civic leaders.
A special thanks to Neil Planchon, Nathan Stalnaker and Larry Bragg.
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