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World Urban Forum Final Report 
Read the Final Report from the World Urban Forum, which occurred in Vancouver in June of 2006. 
January 13, 2007
The Theory of Change 
This is a short slide show I prepared to illustrate the theory of change, for activists who are trying to make the world a better place. 
December 21, 2006
The Training Team: David Bambata from SALGA, Gwen from GCI, Dick Ebersohn from the City of Calgary, and Sylvia Maluleke from SALGA.] EarthCAT and LASER Training in South Africa 
Read some notes and reflections about the training we are doing from October 18th to November 8th, 2006 in six provinces around South Africa. 

November 01, 2006
Walking for a Change 
Read a short reflection on the recent walk from Ripton to Burlington, Vermont to raise awareness and political action about climate change. Bill McKibben and John Elder led the walk, which took five days. In his invitation, Bill writes:

This is not a partisan effort, nor is concern about global warming confined to "environmentalists." This march will include hunters, fishermen, and farmers; hikers, bikers and birdwatchers. We are students and businesspeople, sugarmakers and ski-lift operators. We are parents and grandparents, and young people facing lifetimes on a warming planet. We are people of faith, and secular people devoted to the common good. Indeed, we have all been moved in recent weeks by the efforts of our retiring independent Senator Jim Jeffords, who has introduced legislation on global warming that goes further than any previous effort to really grapple with this problem. One of our aims is to make sure that his principles—an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, 20 percent renewable power by 2020, and cars that get at least 40 miles per gallon—prevail on Capitol Hill. 
September 09, 2006

Community Currency Guide 
GCI has worked with a leading expert in the field, Bernard Lietaer, to develop a local guide to community currency. This workbook helps community leaders identify the kinds of complementary currencies that might be appropriate for their cities and towns, and gives them step-by-step advice on how to introduce them locally. 
August 23, 2006
[GCI Booth at WUF] Some Irreverent Notes from the World Urban Forum
GCI had a lot of fun attending the World Urban Forum in Vancouver this June. We also had some amusing encounters with various levels of officialdom. You can read the stories we have to tell in the attached file. 
July 14, 2006Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal: A Guide to Community Development. 
GCI has partnered with Hunter Lovins and Christopher Juniper of Natural Capitalism Solutions in Boulder, CO to prepare this workbook for communities on sustainable ways to build real wealth by strengthening the local economy. 
June 19, 2006GCI Featured in Yes! Magazine 
The Summer, 2006 Edition of Yes! Magazine has a story about the work we are doing in Calgary. You can download the attached file to read it. 
May 22, 2006
[Lake District - Another Chernobyl by Palto Sierhiej, age 15] 20th Anniversary of Chernobyl: April 26, 2006 
April 26, 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine, an event that changed the world. It was a key reason that the Soviet Union changed so dramatically, as the citizens of the eastern bloc started demanding better access to environmental information. It also ended the incessant growth of the nuclear power industry. We have yet to learn all the lessons of this disaster, however, and nuclear power is now being advertised as the solution to global climate change. It is not. Read the attached articles for more information. 

April 25, 2006
[Sbusisco giving a class on bicycle repair to young people in Diepsloot.] South Africa: April, 2006 
The Global Community Initiatives Youth Employment and Training project in South Africa had a visit from one of our major funders - the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 
April 05, 2006
[Gwendolyn and the reindeer in Njarka Village.] Sweden: March, 2006 
Gwendolyn was invited to Sweden by Green Cross International to speak to local community leaders about how to use the Earth Charter for local planning. 

April 05, 2006
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
The City of Calgary has embarked on an inclusive, long-term planning project called imagineCalgary - a sustainable development plan for the next 100 years. 

February 07, 2006
Newburgh, New York 
In Newburgh, New York, a community in the Hudson Valley, GCI has partnered with the city on a Sustainable Master Planning process that will empower local citizens, NGOs, youth groups, and others in envisioning and building a sustainable future. 
February 07, 2006

Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal (LASER) 
GCI has partnered with Hunter Lovins and Christopher Juniper of Natural Capitalism Solutions in Boulder, CO to prepare this workbook for communities on sustainable ways to build real wealth by strengthening the local economy. 
February 06, 2006[A youth bicycle class at the workbench.] Diepsloot Youth Bicycle Project 
The Youth Bicycle Project in Diepsloot brings bicycles, vocational training, and sustainable development planning to a community with overwhelming poverty, rampant violence, and little hope. 
February 05, 2006South Africa Local Government Association 
GCI has been working with the South Africa Local Government Association to train their staff and member municipalities to use the EarthCAT planning process for sustainable development. 
February 04, 2006