SEND Sustainable ENergy Delivery is a cooperative governance structure currently formed in the USA as a 501 (C)(3) Science and Educational charitable organization. Designed as a participative democracy, we are attempting to model our practices and principles on those used by both America and many ancient democracies. Foundational to our organizational structure is the concept of a guild.
Guilds are groups of people with shared interests and goals that share with each other their skills, knowledge, and expertise. Such groups collect to form a community with a culture of mutual aid and protection. A large part of a guild system is education and training, which is used to sustain itself and build community. Using this conceptual model, SEND will organize and construct guilds, building a community to help to guide and give a valued role to those people that don’t yet have skills or craft -especially young people and veterans.
Working on a larger scale, SEND will help to foster and guide the design, creation, and operation of both national and intentional communities of organizations, governmental units, educational partners, and interdependent guilds with the purpose of forming cooperative and regenerative relationships that will help to promote sustainability.
Our initial program developments are focused on building community through real world interactive learning. Our projects will creatively engage and empower people through knowledge sharing that reflects the diversity found throughout our world.
As our community grows, so will our goals. Through best practices of shared governance, SEND’s office guild will provide business development and support services to our community. Each of our guilds will be able to perform business in the traditional sense yet will be able to cooperatively plan and complete large scale projects together.
The planet needs help. We need help. Our current energy trajectory is unhealthy and unsustainable due to over extraction of human and earth resources. SEND is a new model and methodology of energy exchange designed to re-organize our unsustainable systems and thereby re-organize our valuable human energies. Change our system; change ourselves.
The SEND model uses member based cooperatives called Guilds. Using the shared resources of a collective, a guild will enact a method of equitable project management to create and facilitate projects. These projects which will educate and employ people in partnership with Nature.
SEND is an established community of interactive guilds that work as an ultimate expression of participative democracy; it achieves by equitable project management a system to allow out natural systems to regenerate and provide abundant renewable resources needed to support life on earth.
SEND Board of Directors
James W. Bates
Jim’s interests have been rooted deeply in the crafts of the skilled trades for over 45 years.Having worked on the installations of numerous renewable energy systems up to a 150 KW solar PV systems. Jim firmly believes though, that the greatest renewable energy is that of the creative spirit. That energy exists within the soul of every living being and it longs for an opportunity to share it’s gifts.. This conviction has led him to use his craft to help build a safer and more secure world in ways that aligns and encourages community involvement and personal growth.
Chad holds a Ph.D. in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Michigan and Princeton University, where he has worked on a range of sustainability issues, including global food systems, conservation policy, and climate governance. Chad currently serves as SEND’s Treasurer and the Director of Operations at Common Good Washtenaw, a cooperative currency bringing economic democracy to Ann Arbor and surrounding communities.
Jesse has been a Washtenaw County resident for over 20 years. He is the Owner/Operator at Starr Valley Farms of Ann Arbor and serves on the Board of Directors for Project Grow Community Gardens. He also serves as the Compost instructor for Washtenaw County Master Composter Program and is a Certified Master Gardener and Master Composter for Washtenaw County.
Joet directs the Project Grow’s Compost Education Center (CEC) with Jesse Raudenbush. He is a MSU Extension Master Gardener, a Washtenaw County Master Composter, a Master Rain Gardener, a Conservation Steward, and Urban Permaculture consultant. He teaches in the Master Composter Certificate Program (MCCP) of Washtenaw County. He coordinates the UofM-CEAL class, Engaged Academic Learning Through Community Gardening, in partnership with Project Grow. He dabbles in beekeeping, vermiculture, aquaponics, and deep organic gardening. Outside of gardening, he serves as a local and national Red Cross volunteer, and a local member of CERT, Community Emergency Response Team.
Mark has a deep background in whole systems architecture, permaculture, community building, and regenerative design. Mark brings over 30 years of leadership and work experience in systems and network architecture at major IT companies, including Sony and EarthLink. A strong proponent of community building, he is the co-creator of the Conscious Café Ann Arbor and a dedicated advocate of public banks, community-based currencies, and ‘people-based’ solutions as alternatives to the fragile, unbalanced economic model we have today. Mark is a Conscious Evolution Strategist and Extreme Generalist.