Hello to all Transitioneers!
It's 2011, and change is fast and furious in the world around us – calling us in the Portland area Transition Initiatives urgently to build up a joyful, resilient Transition movement.
This is a time for renewal and change, for movement toward a future that calls us to create it, and you are wanted and needed to make it happen.
We are pleased to announce the Transition PDX Convergence 2011.
The Convergence will have three parts
The Party: Friday, February 25 from 6:30 to 9:30pm at St. David of Wales Church, 2800 SE Harrison (between Hawthorne and Division). It’s a potluck – bring a dish to share and whatever you want to drink. Music too - bring an instrument if you have one.
The Convergence Day One: Saturday, February 26, from 9:30am to 5pm, also at St. David’s. This day will be about reenergizing ourselves, preparing to expand TPDX, determining our direction, setting priorities, creating effective actions based on our best dreams, and finding out where people want to apply their energy.
The Convergence Day Two: Saturday, March 19 from 9:30am to 5pm, location TBA. We’ll carry forward the directions charted on Day One and create a focused and effective Transition PDX organization with a new Hub or other central body and a network of action grups.
We will need volunteers to help out with various tasks including setup, welcoming and registering participants, setting up drinks and snacks, cleanup and other things including preplanning of supplies and other event needs. Please email Liz Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 503/235-3230 to volunteer or for more information. This is a good way for new people to meet and get right into a group.
No one knows just what the future will hold, But we know that fundamental changes loom, and since, as Rob Hopkins reminds us, governments are slow to act and individuals powerless, our best chance is to work together as communities to create the future we envision. The journey may not be easy, but it will bring out the best in you along the way. Please be there so that your ideas and dreams are included in the roll-our.
for the Convergence Planning Team
This is Jan Spencer in Eugene. Glad to see the post!
Please be aware of the 2011 NW Regional Permaculture Convergence in mid September. We are working out the details for a venue in Portland. Please include on the Transition Convergence agenda, participation with the PC Convergence. Certainly one or more of the PC Convergence steering committee members can attend the TT Convergence and update the PC Convergence.
We are definitely planning a "social permaculture" focus. That means applied permaculture to reworking our cities, towns, homes, economy. In Seattle last summer, Seattle Transition Towns had a one day convergence, the day before the PC Convergence at the same location. Many people with focus on one, attended the other because it was convenient and, of course, very much overlapping in content.
The Portland TT is encouraged to consider a one day event before the PC Convergence. Both can be promoted at the same time. The PC event location will not be usable for a TT event. We are having to finesse the arrangement as it is. Its a great site that will allow camping, has dorms, meeting spaces, etc. Still, we are not 100% solid with the site but its close.
We also anticipate a collaboration with City Repair. Likely having a tour of permaculture sites in Portland the Thursday before the Fri - Sun PC Convergence. TT might have something to add to that as well.
Likely for the PC Convergence, we would invite Portland TT to organize a workshop or 2 specifically about TT. We invite good ideas for presenters, TT may have some great ideas for the program.
We are planning for 500 people at the PC Convergence and we plan on inviting many community groups with interest in local food, local economy, neighborhood building,,,,,,,
such as neighborhood associations, school gardens, communities of faith, mainstream environmental groups, city,,,,,,,,,
Indeed, there is opportunity for new members to the steering committee for the PC Convergence, plus help in all kinds of ways both in planning and at the event itself. So if TT people would like to be involved, that would be great!
Feel free to contact me. Jan Spencer, email@example.com www.suburbanpermaculture.org
All the best!
Transition PDX Convergence 2011 was excellent! I will be convening the new LOCAL ECONOMY committee, which will include discussions about local currency, barter, credit unions, etc. Also, I joined committees on Public Policy and Fund raising.
If you care to join me, please let me know!
I am impressed that Portland always seems to take the lead in these type of aspects. Wish I could have been there!
I am a eastern Washingtonian and have been looking to see if anyone is going to be holding a green expo of sorts anywhere in the NW. I'd like to see what type of alternative energies a householder can use, how to convert your lawn into a productive garden and what is permaculture? Anyway, just throwing out some thoughts on subjects that might be covered in future projects.
I'd check out the 2011 Northwest Permaculture Convergence!