Member Registration and Benefits
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As a Global ARC Member/Contributor, you’ll be able to collaborate with others on the following types of challenges:
1. Reinventing Bioregions
A number of forces on the world stage (e.g., global economic stress, ecological degradation, climate change) are converging in ways that are radically changing how we think about and value regions and regional development. Regional approaches are becoming increasingly important as it becomes more difficult to meet our basic needs for water, food, and energy, among other things. Integrated regional watershed management, foodshed plannning, and climate change adaptation, for instance, are becoming pivitol to enviornmentnal public health and our propsects for creating livable communities. This heightened emphasis on regionalism (including calls for “new regionalism”) tends to have a metro-centric bias, notwithstanding some attention to rural issues, including a call for “new ruralism.” The metro-centric bias is problematic since it tends to undervalue rural and hinterland resources. We need a deeper understanding and capacity to link urban and rural challenges in sustainable ways. Classic efforts that frame urban-rural interdependence in terms of ecological regionalism are worth noting, as are efforts calling for bioregional self-reliance. We need to be reinventing our notion of regions and regional development.2. Making Connections Among Diverse Projects Across Sectors and Scales
The Global ARC strives to bridge sustainability solutions at a bioregional scale (with special emphasis on watersheds and foodsheds). We build trusted relationships and knowledge networks that can support, and globally interconnect, local community-based movements for healthy and sustainable development. As a Global ARC member/contributor you can help inspire and enable community-based action research; analysis and evaluation; engaged scholarship; science communication; social learning and green entrepreneurship for the global good. Become a member/constributor and help us “connect the dots” through the power of “convergence” by bringing together diverse initiatives using watersheds, foodsheds, sustainability and health as organizing frameworks.3. Creating a New Kind of Knowledge Commons
The Global ARC uses an Open Access database for organizing challenges, solutions and opportunities for research, social networking and action geared to creating just and healthy communities. As a member/contributor you can collaborate with other s to share, grow and scale up your sustainability solutions. The Global ARC web site can help draw attention to your work, link you to others, and provide you with useful tools and resources.