Transition Whatcom

Second Transition Whatcom Assembly

Event Details

Second Transition Whatcom Assembly

Time: March 27, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: Cordata Coop - Upstairs
Street: 315 Westerly Rd.
City/Town: Bellingham, WA
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Event Type: assembly
Organized By: Juliet Thompson
Latest Activity: Mar 27, 2011

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Event Description

Update 3/18: Not just a meeting - we'll sing a song by Jack Johnson & Ben Harper - With My Own Two Hands (... If you can play guitar, bring it along or email me (juliet).
Also Cyndy Sheldon ( will help us get to know each other better.

The Assembly is a quarterly event, and the opportunity for group leaders
or representatives to inspire and inform others of your Workgroup's progress
towards learning, sharing and helping our community develop the skills it
can use to transition towards a more aware, less energy-intensive way of
living. The Assembly is open to all, but we will ask all group leaders or
reps to tell us about what they've been exploring over the last three
months. For more details review the minutes from the first Assembly meeting
located on the TW Ning site (under TWOG Schedule Discussion, 12/11/10)
and/or email Warren Miller at for more
information on the structure of our transition model.

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Comment by warren miller on March 27, 2011 at 11:36am

Attached below is a link to the PPT presentation I will be using at the Assembly today to describe the upcoming 350 Home and Garden Challenge sponsored by TW ans Transition US. I will be available to answer questions and help you thru the proposal process by which you can apply for $upport for your Project!


I hope to see you at the assembly today-

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Comment by Juliet Thompson on March 23, 2011 at 12:21am

Hi Heather,

The agenda is pretty much what's stated above in the event description. We will ask for agenda items once we're there, so if you have an agenda item, that's a perfect time to bring it out for all to see.


Comment by Heather K on March 22, 2011 at 6:14pm

Assembly Meeting Notes from Dec 29th-  ;-)

Thanks to Warren for such great notes!

When an agenda is ready, could that be added to these comments?

I'm not sure I can make this Assembly, as there is an herbal workshop at the same time...but I'll pass the word and see if some of the community garden & permaculture Earth Gardens network folks can attend.  Sorry I'll miss all the singing & dancing!


Also, here's the link from the 1st Assembly agenda-


(Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine with Dov -   )




Comment by Juliet Thompson on March 21, 2011 at 10:50pm

I'd love to see you as a representative of that group at the assembly Ed. Do you know or have you met anyone in that group yet?


Comment by Ed Lofquist on March 21, 2011 at 10:42pm
Well, it seems the alternative energy group has been around for a couple years now. I would like to see a list of the projects actually undertaken and the status of same.
Comment by Juliet Thompson on March 21, 2011 at 10:41pm

Hi David, I found the last Assembly minutes - 

Transition Whatcom First Assembly Meeting                                12/11/10

1)      Introduction and Work Group Report

Goshen - Started spring ’09 and created a list of resources/skills/tools/etc, 25 members, wiki website, have a shared shredder, doing grain/peas/millet research, seed share, 5 homes with solar panels, <and an impressive list of other stuff>.

Personal Finance- have had multiple meetings and have a handout that has been used to help people decide on local banking alternatives.

Ning Website- has been up and working well, Travis will now be helping David with postings and new members, have a bi-weekly meeting to discuss/plan improvements.

Living Democracy- have had multiple meetings and an active discussion on the Ning site.

Heart and Soul- have helped with local presentations, training and an open space. Active group.

Herbalism- have 14 members and have done training sessions for making medicinals from local sources.

Reskilling- opportunity to create a ‘University’ like environment – Folk School -  similar to NW Freedom University, needs additional members for an initiating group.


2)      Toms state of the world report

a.       IEA report


3)      Work group survey report

a.       Only 15 responses

b.      Would like to understand what barriers exist to Work group action


4)      TWOG Intro


5)      Discussion

a.    Is the status of the work groups a problem or is this the normal way these things work?

b.     Is there something the TWOG needs to do to make work groups successful?

c.       Ning site as a good way to capture institutional memory.

d.      Are there consistent obstacles for work groups?

e.      Can the Ning site be used to help drive the EDAP?

f.        What are the guidelines for posting events/workshops?

g.       The important thing is to have the Transition Whatcom structure remove roadblocks- for example working with the government, need to find a way to do this.

h.      Post the great unleashing there was lots of energy, to get action you need a common shared goal.

i.         Can the next goal be the EDAP (Maybe EDAPT instead?) with a limited number of categories. How do we get as many people involved as possible?

j.        Can we capture a short, one paragraph summary after each event  as collective memory?

k.       Can we sponsor Transition Drinks with a table for each section of the EDAPT and capture thoughts and actions? Face to Face meetings drive movements.

l.         The summary of these discussions could go out as an email to other interested members to drive more involvement in the Drinks and Work Group activity.

m.    Creating energized work groups will make creating the EDAPT easy.

n.      One way the Transition Goshen folks help generate activity is at the end of every meeting they ask if anyone has a project they need help on this week.

o.      Need to start the fact finding portion of the EDAPT so we can tell if the Work Group ideas can actually work in Whatcom county.

p.      How do we take this kind of work and make it sexy?


6)      Action Plans

a.       Create reporting threads on the Ning site to be used to capture institutional memory (Adam/David)

b.      Initiate Transition Drinks- find venue, etc (Adam/Chris)

c.       EDAPT planning- Erica


7)      Visioning Exercise- Chris Wolf

a.  The group formed the following subgroups and conducted the visioning exercise thinking about the ideal future for their theme and listed a couple elements they discussed- Energy (Horses, Windmills), Government (government working with the community), Community (Land stewardship, sharing resources), Ecology (our world in harmony as a multi-sensory garden, people with skills who care), Heart and Soul (personal discussions instead of Facebook), Transportation (fewer cars, energy efficient public transit), Finance (Relocalization, facilitate connections between people).


8)      EDAPT Action Proposal

a.       Volunteers signed up to the core group- Erica and Travis will facilitate

                                                                     i.      Francis Ayley, Lia Ayley, Irene Hinkle, Adam Ward and Tris Shirley


9)      Actions Voted on-

a.  Transition Drinks monthly, Council meeting quarterly (Both passed)


10)   Agenda for Council Meeting

a.  Plans for the future, celebration of past action, fool on the council to speak the truth, update the working groups on TWOG activity, review inputs from Transition Drinks, improve communications for non-computer users, use schools, grange halls, etc for meetings, informal social time, line music, child care option.


Comment by David MacLeod on March 21, 2011 at 9:56pm

Hi Juliet,


Not even I can find the TWOG Schedule Discussion.  Do you have a link?  Do you know how to embed links in postings?

Comment by Juliet Thompson on March 18, 2011 at 11:24pm
We will miss you too, Renata. J
Comment by Renata Beata Kowalczyk on March 17, 2011 at 10:34pm
Sorry I will miss it. I will be in Seattle from Friday thru Monday.

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