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....
"ah...looks like the last part of my note was just simply cut off due to its length...here's the rest of what I had to say :-)
I have also tried to help catalyze, be a part, of a Transition Initiatives effort in our neighborhood/county/region…"
"Howdy Neighbor!You and I live in adjacent Ohio counties: Hocking/Athens.
I frequently have our 2 meter amateur radio rig on, set to scan frequencies. However, the Athens County Amateur Radio Association, ACARA repeater at 145.150 with an…"
Hamwatch looks like a good site. We also have the Radio Communications group here on Transition. There is also The American Preparedness Radio Net on which prepareness topics are discussed. The TAPRN is on 3.818mhz LSB at 9pm Eastern on Sun…"
"Thanks for the info on local currencies Ellen, I will take a look at those primers. That's a good point about Occupy becoming the default position when the Peaks hit. By that I mean we do/will need a new way of doing things besides the old isms…"
"Very nice posts. For my 2 cents worth. I think the Occupy Movement is still about Economic Justice, that is, a more fair distribution of wealth in the US as well as in the world. I don't believe at this point Occupy is aware of the peak oil,…"
No we don't have a transition page for Laurelville yet. I will add a picture to my profile as soon as I can figure some things out.
I came to the Transitional movement as a result of James Howard Kunstler's book the long…"
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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Workin on getting myself better prepared for what I think is coming. Planted a garden this year for the first time in 40 years. Canning corn. Planted fruit trees. Trying to get a mulch box stared.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
The only way to survive the coming depression, collapse, slow fall is to be part of a community.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
Having lived what we now call transition as a child I have an unusual perspective.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
The Long Emergency,( TLE was my intro 5 years ago), The End of Growth, Limits To Growth, The Transition Handbook, Surviving the Economic Collapse, The Resilient Gardener, The Jamily Preparedness Handbook, and many others.
The Crash Course dvd along with the book by the same name is good. www.chrismartenson and The Modern Survivalist are good sites along with many Transition sites.
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ah...looks like the last part of my note was just simply cut off due to its length...here's the rest of what I had to say :-)
I have also tried to help catalyze, be a part, of a Transition Initiatives effort in our neighborhood/county/region but there currently isn't an interest in my backyard and the ones that have tried to get up an running at the county/regional level seemed to veer away from the Transition principles and as far as I know, are no longer in existence.
Is there a Transition Initiatives group up in Hocking County now?
I am in agreement with the Transition Initiatives Cheerful Disclaimer and am very fond of the citizen-based, multi-stakeholder organization and planning approach.
The Transition Initiatives Cheerful Disclaimer:
"What we are convinced of is this: If we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late If we act as individuals, it'll be too little But if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.
KC8ZHR monitoring ACARA repeater frequency 145.150
Kathy Jacobson, RN
The Broadwell Hill Learning Center and Woodland Sanctuary
The Community Health and Civic Resilience Alliance
Federal Creek Watershed, Bern Township, Athens County, SE Ohio
You and I live in adjacent Ohio counties: Hocking/Athens.
I frequently have our 2 meter amateur radio rig on, set to scan frequencies. However, the Athens County Amateur Radio Association, ACARA repeater at 145.150 with an off-set is my primary link out of my neighborhood.
I've had conversations on that repeater with folks in Hocking County and am wondering if you can also access the ACARA repeater from your base. If so, we should be able to communicate with each other on that frequency.
However, I am most willing to try to access other area repeaters. Please let me know what frequencies you use to get out to a broader area in Southeast Ohio.
I hope that the effects of the derecho did not impact you severely.
I am pretty prepared here with supplies and off-grid solar electricity, rainwater collection system, pond for back-up, satellite internet, HAM radio,etc.
However, my neighbors did not have electric, phone and therefore no internet for over a week.
I was able to communicate with HAMs around the county, and folks who did have internet, but I could not communicate with my local neighbors unless I saddled up the horse to go for a visit.
I have been speaking with my neighbors for a long time about developing a Neighborhood radio system, i.e. two way radios, CB radios with our HAM station serving as a central point. And, I have expressed my willingness to serve in that capacity, i.e. monitor the 2-way radio, CB, access and mobilize resources and relay messages in and out of the hood.
The derecho and its subsequent effects definitely revealed to me that there is still a need for such a neighborhood system, especially given our sparsely populated area and the fact that we need to adapt to a post-oil reality where it won't be feasible to jump in our car to go visit folks.
Yes, we need to develop alternate means of transportation as well, which for me equates to my feet, bike and electric golf cart charged off the PV solar system but in terms of checking in on folks while using a minimum of resources... radio is the way to go.. Smoke signals wouldn't work so well given our hills and we don't have many young folk in the hood who could serve as runners. :-)
Yes, it is true that most of my neighbors are pretty self-reliant and hooked into community networks that activate when someone needs help; we are very blessed in that way. But, it contributes and perpetuates that attitude of "nothing much happens here and if it does we'll just wing it the way we always do".
I can live with that kind of community networking but it doesn't ring my bells. I am much more interested in being a part of collective, citizen based, effort to build a much more robust and resilient neighborhood system via multi-stakeholder planning.
I have taken the ARRL EM COMM classes and tried to find ways to get more involved in our local club and ARES group that also help satisfy my desire to help build more resilient systems. Much of my approach is reflected in the material presented at this site:
I am also very familiar with our county and regional emergency response plans and attitudes. One doesn't have to look into such things very deeply to find the weak links but given my background as our county health preparedness/infrastructure coordinator... I am very aware of the situation, very aware of the need to help activate the citizen component.
I have also tried to help catalyze a Transition Initiatives effort in our neighborhood/county/region but there currently isn't an interest in my backyard for such a collective effort, the ones that have tried to get up an running at the county/regional level seemed to veer away from the Transition prin
Great to see your interest in Transition! Welcome to GLOBAL TRANSITION IN ACTION. You mention in your registration "...Workin on getting myself better prepared for what I think is coming. Planted a garden this year for the first time in 40 years. Canning corn. Planted fruit trees. Trying to get a mulch box stared...." I see you've already connected with several of our groups. Super. You'll find many others here who think as you do. We look forward to sharing your experiences.
Please join and click anytime on Transition group members in Ohioto join your neighbors in discussions and events. Click on any person's photo to say hello and find out more about their Transition interests. Reinforce the good things they are doing. Mention something that particularly interests you. Ask a question. Start a discussion. Let me know if you would like to be an Admin on this page to help build and maintain your group's portfolio. Have fun!
On the local scene, does Laurelville have a Transition-supporting website, or blog, or listserv, or Facebook, or Meetup? If so, it would be spot on for all our members if you would consider including a link to Laurelvillein our registry of organizations, localities, companies, products, services, Twitterers, Facebooks, Meetups, etc. supporting Transition and Sustainability. Here's the page to create the link. That way we can introduce our two groups to each other. I'll be glad to help launch and build your link.
One more thing. It would be super to see your photo -- Click on Choose File and then follow instructions. Let me know if you need assistance. I'll be delighted to do some photoshopping if needed.
Nice to meet you...we're regional neighbors! Thanks for joining Transition Ohio? Cool to hear you're a Ham! Our ACARA repeater has been down for awhile; hoping it comes back on-line soon. When you asked about transition groups down here...did anyone know what you were talking about? I am continuing my efforts out here on the eastern edge of Athens County and we are indeed making great progress in the related realms of transition but not much interest in official organization along those lines, yet. I think these things grow differently in very rural, close to the Earth communities where simple living and survival skills are a way of life. I attended a training for transition out in cali in 2008 and a training was held in Meigs County in 2010; still hoping to find a way to better merge efforts with those folks. Some of them are hosting a sustainability/resilience salon at the paw paw festival this year. We're working on an approach to encourage neighborhood circles and the subsequent organic growth of a diverse, interindependent network throughout the region. We've made great progress in our neighborhood with an email group list, monthly potlucks, resource sharing, barter, carpooling, animal/house caretaking, seed sharing, etc. I'm hosting our 12th monthly potluck on Sunday, October 2 in conjunction with the Green Energy Ohio Green tour (used to be the solar tour). You are more than welcome to join us! What's happening up in your neighborhood? perhaps we can be sister hoods :-)