MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
"Cascadia Commons is now a team of 11 + two advisers here in Portland, Oregon! I would like to share with all of you our new one-page summary, which includes our new vision and mission statements.
On the eve of the Harvest Moon, Sept. 11, 2011, the…"
"Another update from Cascadia Commons:
We are now rewriting our white paper, writing our bylaws (inspired by Mondragon, Royal Free Hampstead, and SEMCO), and building a new website currently with Drupal.
After completion of these…"
"New Update - 7/12/2011
During our conference call with the American Fraternal Alliance, Joe Annotti, President of the AFA, Chris Kopka and Paul Johnson of Thrivent Financial requested that we develop a membership plan. I'm proud to…"
Hello Cascadian Transitioners! I have some really good news I'd like to share with all of you about Cascadia Commons. I might have mentioned this before, but we are striving to establish a Benevolent Society, which is a mutual aid organization and can offer its members bulk rates on insurance products, such as health care. We believe the Benevolent Society model is excellent for advancing the efforts of transition…See More
I am impressed that Portland always seems to take the lead in these type of aspects. Wish I could be 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.…"
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…"
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…"
"I'd like to update everyone where Cascadia Commons is at.
We received another grant of $1k this winter, and with the total income available, we worked with a PR Consultant giving us a new mission statement (see below) and 30-second…"
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 partsA partyA day of re-imagining…See More
Dear Transition Cascadians, I am proud to announce that Cascadia Commons has launched its Mission Statement Survey. We need help spreading the word as we are wanting our messagingto reflect, as much as possible, the visions and values of the peopleliving in the Pacific Northwest. We've collected 58responses so far (our goal is 200), which is great, but we want toensure the responses represent the diverse opinions of Cascadians. Please take the survey and share it with anyone you thinkmight…See More
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I am an administrator with the Community Exchange Network, and I am currently involved with the Transition PDX movement, in particular the local currency and finance hub.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
The City of Portland, Oregon is really focusing on sustainability, especially at the neighborhood level. The transition model presents a model to effectively develop sustainable, resilient communities.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
As an administrator of the Community Exchange Network of Portland (CEN|PDX), I am able to provide services that extends credit to transition movement programs. If the transition movement has access to a sustainable source of credit, they'll bound to see more success.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
"The End of Money and the Future of Civilization" by Thomas H. Greco, "Hoodwinked" by John Perkins, "Slow Money" by Woody Tasche, "The Next Form of Democracy" by Matt Leighninger, "Networking Neighborhoods" by Erik Van Hove, and "Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia" by Douglas Todd.
Hi Colin! Yes I've been a long time member of the FourthCornerExchange! I've sent you an invite to the new FourthCornerExchange network site on this USTrans site. I think both Renalta & also Frances would be the two folks to connect with in regards to coordinating exchanges between two or more alternative currancy networks.
I am not sure who are current tech person is for the site.
Also, you would be welcome join & to network with many of us who are active on our local transtion site, that is part of the Mt. Baker western watershed regions that flow into the Salish Sea. http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/
Collin: I lost my email on Ning again. I was saying that I somehow got to Cascadia
Commons maybe from some informationon Mark Lakeman of City Repair and I
don't even know how I got there.
I know Mark as he came to Guemes (where I live) several years ago with his
presentation. A couple of months ago I suggested that we work together.
It was probably with reference to Permaculture and Transition Towns. He
was going over to BC and OUR Ecovillage and thought he might stop here
aon his way.
I am having trouble with Ning again. It will not let me see what I am am
writing. I have been thinking hat if Transition Cascadia could perhaps
meet for some kind of conference or whatever, Portland would be the ]
natural place. Since we are so small, I thought that if we piggy backed
on an event like the Building Convergence in Portland, at least if no one
showed up, something important and intersting would be going
on. What do you think?
Thanks Colin for your bioregional Cascadia links posting for map.
I attended some of the very first american bioregional congresses held in the Ozarks in the late 70's. Now I'm often in the Cascadia biorgion, or either the central or NE corner of the North Pacific Ring of Fire...the salty sea that our cascadia bioregion cycles energy & nutrients with! You can find me most often on the WhatcomTransition.ning.com network site.
Welcome Collin and Community Exchange Network of Portland OR. Good to see both of you here. Please take the next step and go to GROUPS/Add your Group to make http://cenpdx.net/ visible to our members. Let's introduce yours to our and ours to yours.