Involving the low income and disenfranchised in OS

owen owen at
Mon Nov 9 16:22:33 PST 1998

At 02:37 PM 11/9/98 -0800, you wrote:
>John has asked a very valuable question about involving people of limited
>economic means in the growing OS community.  He consented to my passing his
>message on to this group.  Your thoughts on this subject would be most
>Peg Holman
>----Original Message-----
>From: John L. Johnson <johnj at>
>To: Peg Holman, Open Space Institute <osi at>
>Date: Thursday, November 05, 1998 11:26 AM
>Subject: Re: Last Notice: Come to the Open Space on Open Space, Nov. 14-16
>>Dear Peg:  Thanks for your message.  I need to go a bit further, given
>>your reply about combining OSonOS with a vacation at the beach. One of
>>my major interests is in economic development in the Black Community.
>>We serve and work with very low income groups and among disenfranchised
>>and oppressed people, in addition there are serious issues of race/class
>>and economic inequality.  But I believe that Open Space has a place in
>>this work, but as of now it seems to be financially out of reach for
>>most of "us" and a "vacation at the beach" or the romanticism of
>>Monterey, in my vies, grows out of a privileged position, without
>>awareness. I realize the intention of trying to build up Open Space, but
>>if it to be "reserved" by economic and cultural privilege, then it will
>>not serve the communities in which I and many others are striving to
>>work and to bring OS into the mix.  How can we work together, within the
>>Open Space Institute, to find ways, by venue, by attitude, and
>>economically to involve "us" in the very important effort?  I have
>>already been in touch with Robin Hopkins, in this area, in terms of
>>developing a local open space community that is inclusive of the diverse
>>needs of  our communities. I would appreciate it if you would, if you
>>feel comfortable, relay my concerns and interest to those assembled at
>>the Open  Space of Open Space.  John L Johnson
Open space seems to break out just about anywhere folks have the interest
in letting it cut loose. So where are we invited to go next?

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