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....
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I'm part of the steering committee for the Victoria Region Transition Initiative, which is starting to get rolling in a serious way. We have a fall program of awareness raising events planned, and our first public presentation on Transition scheduled for August 5th. Our membership is increasing rapidly, and more and more people seem to be getting excited about Transition here in Victoria. It's about time!
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
The Transition movement is the best way I know of to help communities make the urgent changes we need to make to enable humans to survive and thrive on this fragile, resilient, deeply interconnected planet.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I'm working to spread awareness of the Transition Initiative in town in a variety of ways, as well as participating in other activities promoting permaculture and sustainable food growing in Victoria.
I can teach... ecological theory re. permaculture, organic gardening skills, incorporating music into the Transition (still working this out!), mostly I'm still learning!
People in my group have a pretty wide variety of skills, perhaps too much so to list them all here.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
Tamara: Thanks for the gift. Notice that if you want to give another gift, you have to pay $2
for it. Capitalism, even on Transition Towns. I figured out how to put you guidelines on the site. Good work. Now if our members can just follow them. I am trying to learn how to put video on the site.
Tamara: Heather is helping me with organization of Transition Cascadia. First change is that instead of me being sole administrator, I can share it with others (I didn't know this). You and Heather, Collin
and a few others can now initiate Discussion groups. Then hopefully we can stay on track and send personal exchanges to discussion groups. As soon as I find out other things you can do as administrator, I'll let you know. Thanks for all your time and thoughts. Happy Hoildays. PS. I hope as administrators we can make T Cascadia more effective and win back the folks we have lost and invite and help other smaller initiatives. And I am working out a way to create a library of our work and other important information. Not me alone. More later when I am more awake. Lane
Hugs & Laughter! Great to hear from you! I am balancing my creative energies with the earth & spirits call to rest-renew go within as the earth approaches its furtherest northern tilt from the sun's energy. I am also preparing to travel south towards the warmth and hope to spend time volunteering in tropic gardens & swimming with the whales...along with just being in the present moment and taking care of body health, and the basic need on land here related to increasing home warmth & insulation, new cooking stove needed, protecting plants in pots & greens in ground from the deep freeze we have experienced from the Frasier Valleys winter flows. And I'm still dreaming of a greenhouse.
Thank you again for your sharings on the Cascadia group! You may also join the TransitionWhatcom group as we welcome guests, and I network there much more frequenty than the US ning site.
Hi Tamara! I sing you song of greeting from across the Salish Sea from the land of the rising sun over Mt. Baker! I recall the blessings of the 3 weeks we spent learning & working together during the design course on Orcas Island! I rejoice the community work you do on Vancouver! Next year I will walk the island again and visit Victoria & O.U.R Ecovillage. Lets stay connected!
Our website is www.transitionwhatcom.ning.com and that should tell you how we are doing! We have been hosting monthly Party Up for Power Down! events - this next one is about reclaiming our entertainment...focus on music and storytelliing. Last one was about building up our skills at bartering - some folks have never bartered before. We decided we would revisit that one in the fall and perhaps through out the winter. We have about 6 Transition Initiatives in Whatcom County that are just getting started and we are building our skills and assets to support them. Our TWIG (Transition Whatcom Initiating Group) is consists of 7 people at this time and we are looking for a volunteer coordinator to coordinate and catalog skill sets of those that have said they want to get involved. I am having such a good time with all of this that I have a hard time wanting to do my regular day job (residential designer and owner of design/build firm)!
Hey! Good news that Rashaan and Elyse found you! They are awesome people and have some great energy to help make the world a better place. How are you all doing up there? Do you have a web presence that I could check out?
Hi Tamara: Very good thinking. I was only just refering to the Gates Foundation to our Nepali friends yesterday. Our family has some ties
to the Gates, but more than that, I think this international project has
some merit and "fit" with the Gates goals, especially since we now have
a health component.
I hope you and K!ef can come to our OcTUBERfest! What are you doing these days?
My wife just heard a radio interview (KUOW FM) with someone on Vancouver Island who is concerned about resilience and keeping a viable food supply on the island. Sounds like a kindred spirit and a potential 'Transition' contact.
Check out the website http://www.vancouverislanddiet.ca
My wife and I stayed overnight there before going to the Transition Training
in Victoria. I might be teaching classes in papermaking and hand printing there this summer and we may share a Transition festival here on Guemes Island where I have a non-profit called:
I met Jens Kiefer at the Training and here is what he told me
about the first meeting of Transition in Victoria:
we just had our 1.st TT meeting here in Vic. since the workshop. We are trying to figure out how to start, but I think it looks promising.
Did you see the Holzer documentary? Did you like it? let me know
I will invite him to be in Transition Cascadia presently. By Cascadia I
include at least British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and
California, just because that is known as the Salmon Nation.
Where are you working now. You are welcome to visit us at any