Transition Whatcom


TW Book Study Group

A group dedicated to studying books related to Transition issues - developing knowledge in the Head that can be put into action by the Hands or reflected on, providing encouragement and motivation from the Heart.

Location: Whatcom County, WA
Members: 12
Latest Activity: Feb 26, 2019

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The Next Book?

Started by David MacLeod Oct 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Some suggestions have been previously made on the next book to study.A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail (recommended by Garrett)People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara (recommended by Heather)…Continue

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Book Study Meeting 6:30 August 1

Started by Joy Patterson. Last reply by Margo Terrill Jul 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi All, Our house has been painted (a color like a butterscotch). Still 3218, but the house numbers have not been replaced yet. There will either be a new roof or one in progress. JoyContinue

Food Security and City of Bellingham

Started by Joy Patterson Jun 19, 2013. 0 Replies

During our last book club meeting, we discussed focusing on food initiatives. Consider attending Thursday's workshop from 7 - 9 PM. If more community garden-minded people participate, we may be able…Continue

Energy From the Vacuum

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by David MacLeod Feb 4, 2013. 1 Reply

This is a follow-up to last month's meeting, where Larry Horowitz shared his thoughts about Energy from the Vacuum, and the work of Tom Beardon and John Bedini.  Larry sent me the following email,…Continue

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Comment by David MacLeod on February 12, 2013 at 10:12pm

I just posted a blog post on "Aspects and Perspectives on Localization and Relocalization."  This relates to some of my comments at the book study group last week.

I have a lot of short excerpts from 8 articles, which adds up to a lot of words...especially if you check out each article referenced.  I don't expect everyone to do that, but I think this is an important area of study because so much of what the Transition Initiative movement is about is related to this concept.

Thanks again to Garrett for the links to the articles by J.M. Greer.

Comment by David MacLeod on February 9, 2013 at 8:01pm


Thanks for the links to the Greer articles.  These are excellent add-ons informing our discussion about localization/relocalization.  I'm going to use these in the post I am planning - a compendium of links showing different perspectives or aspects of this issue.

Regarding chapter 5 and "green tech stability" fantasy, that thought briefly passed through my mind as well when reading.  I think the intention was to set aside for the moment all the negatives that can easily come to mind when thinking about a "powered down" future, and instead put some focus on positive visioning. Bringing some balance, since we sometimes tend to dwell on the negative; and also because without having a positive vision to shoot for, most people will not engage. 

I don't think Hopkins is making the argument that we maintain the status quo by replacing everything with more sustainable alternatives; he's just saying that if proper preparation is put into place, there could be many positive benefits of a "powered down" future.

The key point: "A large part of our intention to bring this about arises from our being able to imagine it, having a vision of such a future - bein able, on some level, to conceive of what it would look like, sound like, smell like and feel like."

I hope to have the opportunity to read A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail at some point.

Comment by Joy Patterson on February 9, 2013 at 12:37am

One movie recommendation is Manufactured Landscapes

Andrew mentioned 180 Degrees South.

Here are some inspirational (short) videos: Gratitude and The Important Role of Mushrooms


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