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....
Sorry I'm just now finding your note here!!! I founded EDS in 2003 as a vehicle to engage my permie work for the community on a more "professional" level. It's registered as a sole proprietorship. Nothing fancy, and no…"
I just read an article in Communities Magazine that briefly mentions your involvement in Earthcare Design Solutions. I'm working with a friend to develop an Urban Permaculture organization in Chicago. I see some parallels there and…"
These workshops with Robyn Francis, one of the premier Permaculture teachers from Australia, are excellent Transition training experiences. The Eco-Social Matrix all day session I attended in Bellingham really felt like a 3rd day of Transition Training that would have fit perfectly tacked on to what Sophy and Naresh share in their Transition Trainings.8/13: An evening presentation of "My Eco-Neighborhood" where Robyn presents an inspiring case study of her village of Nimbin in Northern NSW…See More
Thanks for the note and the offer. After the presentations at the Bullock's on Saturday, Robyn and I will be headed to Seattle on Sunday and sit in as guest critiques at the final design presentations of a PDC. Perhaps you can come to…"
Yes, it was great to be back home in Bellingham! Thanks again for all your help with making Robyn feel well taken care of. I will be back in southern california for the Pc convergence and will miss it yet again. Perhaps next year.…"
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I completed the Transition Training in San Francisco, December '08. I have been involved in the permaculture, sustainable community and ecovillage design movements for about 10 or more years now and have been working towards regenerative and co-creative solutions in building more wholistic communities, mainly in Bellingham, Washington and now currently in Los Angeles.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
It is a nice evolution with my background in permaculture and ecovillage design and education. I am currently working towards a masters degree in landscape architecture and within this journey, am looking towards a more credible and well organized structure in which to work to co-create positive change and resilience within our communities. For years, many of us have been working towards "transition-type" projects within their respective communities, but there has yet to be a more universal, credible and well connecting structure in which folks can work from and with to increase the success of their work. I believe that the Transition process is a good synthesis of many of the sustainable community movements.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
Experience in teaching and design (Canada, NZ, Australia, US) with the permaculture and ecovillage brands, I feel as though I can offer those skills in advancing the growth of the movement. While also moving into a more mainstream world with landscape architecture, I hope to bring the principles of the transition movement with me to influence in a positive way the many stakeholders of our communities. I recently completed the Transition Training in San Francisco, December '08. I have years of sustainability course organization and event (mainly multi-day festivals) production experience to offer, in addition to facilitation of permaculture and ecovillage design courses.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
Everything Permaculture of course. Lately I've been getting into design methodology and human settlement morphology. Books by John T. Lyle, Ian McHarg, James Lewis are good starting points. Always am referring to Christopher Alexander's work, especially A Pattern Language. Older work in the field of Ekistics is also good for dissecting the science of human settlements.
I just read an article in Communities Magazine that briefly mentions your involvement in Earthcare Design Solutions. I'm working with a friend to develop an Urban Permaculture organization in Chicago. I see some parallels there and wonder if we might be able to pick your brain about what you do and how it's organized...
Sorry that I found out about all the events with Robyn too late in the game to travel to them. if there is any time and you and Robyn would like a stop on the waY from Orcas to Portland, please feel free to contact me. I am a Transition US trainer and have taught social permaculture with my partner Margo Adair and Starhawk. Would be honored to have a potluck or if you all need a p;ace to stay enroute, we have a guest toom.
Bill Aal 206 720 6166
Hi Tyrone! Great to see you back in B'ham for a while.
Thank you for organizing the tour of Robyn and being her regional host.
Stop by our garden sometime...the transparant apples are ready now.
Let us know if you have any needs while in our area.
We may create another seed-saving event or urban-gardening event this fall.
Remember the regional permi convergence is this Sept if you are in the area.
Tyrone: You slipped in there somehow without my even knowing
it. These young Permaculturists.......
I am old enough to have an original copy of Ian McHarg's book
on Landscape Architecure in my library. I studied architecture
at the Rhode Island School of Design about 40 years ago after
getting a degree in art history back there in New England. My
studies were interrupted by the Vietnam War where I served
on this floating world:
We floated around in the ocean for about a year and a half with
180 cadets manning the sails while I typed letters for the
Captain and showed movies on deck at night. After that, I
somehow made my way to Bellingham and was offered a Teaching
Assistantship in Industrial Design at Western. I got real bored
designing plastic things and decided to get a degree in
papermaking with native fiber, printing on it and several things
like making books, thanks to the US Government.
After about ten years in B'ham, I met a woman that also never
finished archtecture school, but has built her own cabin in
Mendicino, California. We proceeded to move to Guemes Island
where we spent 20 years building this thing, which reading from
a book called Edible Landscaping by Robert Kourik. We heard
Then last summer we went to the Washington
Permaculture Convergence. Oh, well, I got bored again with all
those classes and stood up and said. Hmm, I am going to prove
the Papermaking and Permaculture are related fields. If you
wish to hear the reast of the story, why not come to the Madrona
Center booth at Huxley College of the Environment this coming
Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 at Artzen Hall. I'll be there trying
to round up some student interns.
We are planning a Permaculture Workshop here at Madarona Center
on Guemes Island through Bellingham Permaculture:
Welcome Tyrone and soon to be Transition Washington! Or are you more interested in California?
We invite you to go to Starting Local Groups on Transition US and then to Washington or California. Tell us a little more about what's happening in your neighborhoods. This makes your group visible to other groups in Indiana and elsewhere around the world. Be sure to ask questions as they arise.