IDEAS For Us | February 8, 2013

‘The Hive’ forms and pollinates ‘Act Up Wekiva’


ORLANDO, FL – On Wednesday, February 6th, a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of students, professors, NGOs, community leaders and interested citizens came together for the first annual “The Hive Orlando“, a new monthly Think Tank initiative for Community Action led by IDEAS For Us, at the famous collaborative workplace, Urban ReThink.


Photos taken by The Hive participants, Ricardo Williams and Vic Hurlburt

The event included an social icebreaker about ‘The Great Transition‘; facilitated in-depth discussion of Global challenges within the Pillars of Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology; and coordinated interactive break-out sessions discussing Local solutions, while organizing focused tactics to take ACTION in the community the following month in March 2013.

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Ecology became the Pillar of choice by an overwhelming majority of responses and interest, formulating the development of an ‘Ecological Restoration initiative’ at the Wekiva River Basin for the 1st action event.  Various groups broke out and discussed stakeholders, event activities, logistics, marketing and other critical parts of developing a community-based activity.

On the 3rd weekend of March 2013, we will teaming up with our local partners, Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC), Friends of Wekiva River (FOWR) and others to host a community event aimed at taking action to preserve Wekiva. Some action ideas including a guided nature hike, trash clean-up, and invasive species removal; adding value to the upcoming Speak Up Wekiva rally happening on February 16th, 2013! CLICK the flyer below for more info on the event.

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For those interested in joining us for the Wekiva Action project in March, please email: [email protected]