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Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)


Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)

This is a group of people working to prepare Transition Whatcom Actions for Resilient Communities (TW ARC). Formally know as the Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP).

Members: 32
Latest Activity: Jan 1, 2015

Discussion Forum


Started by Travis Linds. Last reply by David MacLeod Dec 25, 2014. 11 Replies

Rob Hopkins summarizes the EDAP essence in the Transition Handbook.“If your mental picture of the final EDAP is community planning documents you have seen before, think again. Your EDAP should feel…Continue

a possible way to get started again

Started by Emily Farrell. Last reply by Tris Shirley Jan 27, 2012. 3 Replies

I've been thinking about what kind of project the ARC could take on that would not be so huge and unanswerable as an entire descent plan. I've been thinking that it might be helpful to have a…Continue

Vision for ARC or EDAP?

Started by Monica Sjursen. Last reply by David MacLeod Aug 1, 2011. 5 Replies

Here is a speech in 4 parts by Dana Meadows, the mother of permaculture.  Very inspirational and made me re-think our direction with the ARC - or maybe there needs to be another arm sprouting out of…Continue

ARC Process

Started by Tris Shirley. Last reply by Tris Shirley Jul 10, 2011. 7 Replies

I had an action item from the May 9th meeting to write a draft a process for our Actions for Resilient Communities (ARC).  This is the result.The Transition Whatcom ARC (TWARC?) is proposed as an…Continue

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Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 13, 2014 at 10:57pm

The distinction, as I understood it, was the dynamic document would be updatable and the static one would be words committed to paper, so to speak. I'm not aware of any document having been created to date, and at this point something would be better than nothing. I asked the question to the group as to whether peak oil or climate change would be the priority issue of concern going forward. I think climate is driving the rate of change, making this document a vital consideration, and hence my opting for the lowball static version. I drew a map of Whatcom County with dispersed resources to be considered. I envisioned using the Nooksack for transportation East to West. I had hope bio diesel would be derived from plant debris and small stations set up for the movement of food. Using Maslow hierarchy of needs might provide a good check list to get the conversation going (again), and maybe an emphasis on content could be stressed this go round.

Comment by Tris Shirley on December 10, 2014 at 2:55pm


What the workgroup wanted to do (back in 2011!) has been done by others at .  But in the meanwhile, I've started thinking there might be some other useful, EDAP-related work to be done locally.  Could you please remind me of the distinction between static and dynamic EDAPs?  What did you have in mind?

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 10, 2014 at 8:51am

Anyone feel inclined to form a "static" EDAP until the "dynamic" one is finalized? Ideally including all of Whatcom. 

Comment by David MacLeod on October 15, 2011 at 1:19pm

Building a Resilient Co-op Future, Oct. 20, 2011

Comment by warren miller on June 23, 2011 at 1:11pm
Transition Whatcom has a project on the Home and Landscape tour this weekend (June 25/26 from 10AM to 5PM)- the project we helped with across from the Farmers Market for the 350 Home and Garden Challenge. This is a high visibility location so it is a great opportunity for us to spread the word about TW! If YOU want to volunteer to be at the site, for any subset of the tour time, to answer questions about Transition Whatcom please contact Warren Miller at Thanx!
Comment by Monica Sjursen on June 10, 2011 at 11:14pm
I am also up for a break with a busy summer ahead.  And set meeting dates to allow others to attend along with back-up location would be great. Thanks for the suggestions.
Comment by Emily Farrell on June 10, 2011 at 10:23am
We could potentially meet at my psychotherapy office downtown, at least sometimes. i have space for about 7people comfortably. If we need somewhere bigger maybe we could use the CoOp meeting space. July 11 or 25th are best for me.
Comment by Kyler Boyes on June 8, 2011 at 12:55pm

Linda, I would be comfortable with taking a break like you have suggested, partially since I am getting pretty busy with other things too.

In addition I want to express strong agreement with your suggestion of making set meeting times and places. (We could alternate locations, and have back up locations too)



Comment by Linda J Fels on June 8, 2011 at 11:58am

Fellow ARC group members, how about we take a break for a while?  

Monica, Kyler, Heather and I are all taking David MacLeod's sustainability class on Mondays for 6 weeks.  Why don't we meet again on Monday July 18 or 25? Mondays seemed to work for most of us.  Then we could decide on set dates (1st & 3rd Mondays OR 2nd & 4th Mondays) and report on what we learned in this class that is applicable to our work on the ARC.  Since my schedule is finally lightening up for a few months, I can now catch up on all the suggested readings and links that people have posted here.  

We would still need to find a place to meet.  Does anyone have suggestions?

Comment by Heather K on May 31, 2011 at 5:21pm

I'll continue to stay connected with local seed sovereignty & food-forest-farm networks as our ARC process unfolds.  (The Whatcom Food Network forum in April was a huge success! (not a TW creation but attended by some TW members!) 


Dreaming the Future” Bioneers video: 

 (Dreaming New Mexico produced a systemic statewide analysis and re-visioning of all aspects of a region's food (and energy) system. This innovative project offers a template for cities and states to realize do-able dreams to leverage the way we produce, market and eat food, region by region.)-

There is a third Democracy School being held locally that is drawing in active citizens. - Scholarships are available so don't let low cash flow be a reason not to attend-

Remember to read an article about the school in the next Whatcom Watch.

Re rolving ARC meetings-  I just receive notice that our next weeks Monday June 6th meeting has been changed to June 8th Weds.   I'm getting dizzy...  ;-)
I won't be able to attend a 2nd Weds of the month meeting that late in the evening, but hope others will.

As a caretaker of a 'pollinator' sanctuary, I'm attending the 2nd Weds Beekeepers meeting - - which is also listed on our TW Events page.

I know some of us ARC folks will be at the permaculture principles class- Beyond Sustainablity taught by David MacLeod!- 

It starts next Monday, and there is still time to register.

Online location of the central ARC discussion page is now at: ___?     I recall someone volunteered to start an at-large Blog or Forum for this, but I'm not able to locate it, so I assume this ARC/EDAP Group Site is our current central Transition location for planning?

I notice on our TW events page, the dates for the ARC keep changing...maybe we need time-out for summer outdoor work and trust special topic work-groups are still meeting in our community even if all are not posted on the TW ning site.

We all just do the best we can each moment.  See you on the earth garden!


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