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Bioregional Book Bundles

Accessible, inspirational information about bioregional mapping and participatory decision-making is the kind of help most frequently requested  by local bioregional groups. These bundles contain the best books we know from several sources, sold together — so you don't have to track them down separately! Order form at the bottom of this page!

Bioregional Mapping Bundle—3 books, $39.95

Boundaries Of Home: Mapping For Local Empowerment   (New Society Publishers, 1993, 144 pages, maps, illustrations)

Edited by Doug Aberley

Whether your group is opposing a clearcut or toxic dump, participating in local planning and zoning, or trying to learn more about your area, Boundaries of Home will help you find, use and create the maps you need. Using overlays, tapestries and stories, communities can map what's crucial to them: water and air flow, commuting patterns, distribution of species, local history. The heart of the bookis a step-by-step description of how to use sources, from libraries to oral histories to sophisticated computers, to compile truly empowering images of one's home place; it includes examples of home-grown, creative maps to inspire community and environmental groups, planners, educators and explorers of all ages.

Giving The Land A Voice: Mapping Our Home Places   (The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia, revised edition 1999, 75 pages, beautiful hand-drawn illustrations)

Edited by Sheila Harrington

Contributing Authors — Doug Aberley, Michael Dunn, Briony Penn, Bill Turner, Malcolm Penn

Cover art and graphics by Briony Penn

The newly revised Giving The Land A Voice is an animated, informative, easy to use and essential guide for environmentally concerned citizens to enter the world of cartography. The lessons in this handbook range from the nuts and bolts of creating a map, such as cartographic technique, bioregional  mapping and developing a base  map, to the importance and tactics of using maps as effective defense tools for preserving local environments.

The 1999 edition contains an updated section on legal strategies for protecting  sensitive areas and providing for specific uses. The manual is clearly and delicately  illustrated with  diagrams accompanying text described field  techniques as well as sample field sheets. Finally, there are exquisite examples of artful Community and Base Maps throughout the handbook.

Discovering Your Life-Place: A First Bioregional Workbook    (Planet Drum Foundation, 1995, 28 pages, maps and illustrations)

By Peter Berg

An essential ecological education tool that helps people realize their relationships with local natural systems, this workbook introduces the concept of a bioregion through practical examples and a comprehensive map-making exercise. It demonstrates that one is connected to and dependent upon the health of a local bioregion and provides a bridge to link students with their communities to make understanding environmental issues and natural sciences tangible, real and exciting.

Bioregion (life region): An interconnected geographic area with similar patterns of plan and animal life, climatic, and geological characteristics.  Bioregions also include unique cultures that have developed out of living in place sustainably.


Decision-Making Bundle—2 books, $36.95

Introduction to Consensus (90 pages, updated 2000 edition; available in English and Spanish)

By Beatrice Briggs

This 90-page manual is designed to demystify the consensus process. The first chapters cover such topics as "The Five Essential Elements," "Basic Agreements," "Common Misconceptions,"  "The Art of the Agenda," when and how to make proposals, and a description of the roles in the process. The second section focuses on the critical role of the facilitator, outlining the responsibilities of those who provide this service. Included are invaluable tips on how to silence the talkative, encourage the timid, and elicit the best thinking of the group, a timeline for planning a meeting and practical suggestions about how to set up the meeting space. Even groups that do not use consensus will find this a helpful guide for making their meetings more participatory, productive and fun. The author received her original training in facilitation and consensus process with Caroline Estes. She has given workshops and provided facilitation services all over the Americas.

The Facilitator's Guide To Participatory Decision-Making   (New Society Publishers, 1996, 256 pages, illustrations, handouts)

By Sam Kaner, with Lenny Lind, Duane Berger, Catherine Toldi and Sarah Fisk

This guide provides tools to put our democratic values into practice in groups and organizations. It is a how-to manual designed to help groups increase participation and collaboration, honor diversity and make effective, participatory decisions. Loaded with graphics, guidelines and hand outs, it covers the mechanics of group decision-making, closure, building realistic agendas, finding win-win solutions, and more. It features a new model of participatory decision-making that will help group members learn to make effective, timely decisions that each member understands. It is perfect for managers wanting a more inclusive decision-making structure, for participants struggling to overcome poor group dynamics, for seasoned practitioners to improve their skills at helping groups decide, and for students of working group dynamics.  The authors work with Community at Work, San Francisco, which specializes in participatory process.


Bioregional Book Bundles Order Form

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Mapping Bundle

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Decision-making Bundle

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P.O. Box 31251
San Francisco, CA 94131
Shasta Bioregion, USA