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“If a Transition initiative cuts carbon and/or builds resilience but no-one measures it, has it made any difference?” The answer is yes, a bit, but nowhere near as much as it could do.

What Transition measures have you been using or could you use?
What tools could make that measurement easier?

At the individual level, online Pacific Gas & Electric accounts make it easy to get monthly Therm and kWh usage. And can give you your car's mpg.
At the town level, has information such as travel time to work.

Other Measures

• percentage of food grown locally
• amount of local currency in circulation as a percentage of total money in circulation
• number of businesses locally owned
• average commuting distances for workers in the town
• average commuting distance for people living in the town but working outside it
• percentage of energy produced locally
• quantity of renewable building materials
• proportion of essential goods being manufactured within the community of within a given distance
• proportion of compostable "waste" that is actually composted

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Just to start a discussion: pattern theory says that everything has a pro and a contra. Doing something like "Measurement" means to give this development step priority over other alternative development steps. Maybe something is more important at a certain place/situation in a certain stage of development. So we get to the quality of the situation and the question of the sequence of pattern application.

What are the contra-indications of "Measurement"?
What is the effort needed to do it?

Much depends on the people available. There are people who hat to measure and others love it. Maybe cooperation with a university might be a way to get at it.
How about maps as one way of communicating quantitative information. So much of Transition, especially at first, is human connections. Farms, locally owned business, manufacturing and the people who do it, those willing to barter, people/businesses committed to zero waste are all subjects that can be placed on an interactive map. This provides a fun, concrete visual for people to view Transition at work.

i've spent over 30 years in "mgt of waste & energy systems" in industrial process. I have the equivalent of a MS in mathamatics and this combined with physics allows me to actually do "life cycle" impacts of energy flows from actual measurements. "Pattern Theory" appears to be a modern version of what was used in aerospace to assure 99.999% reliability. The "pattern" you presented looks similar to what chemical process engineers do all the timeand I do for all my projects. If you and others would like to be briefed on effort about "measurement" during the first energy crisis I would be glad to help.

Helmut needs to remember that if you don't know where your are [measured] you never know if what you are doing will make it better or worse IN THE LONG RUN.


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