Because of the inevitable problems we’ll experience as a result
of energy issues, we’re going to be challenged profoundly in the
ways we live. As a community, we have two choices: we can sit back
and wait, or we can respond proactively and begin making real
changes that will lead to a more resilient community. The GREAT
UNLEASHING is an event that will engage Whatcom County in a
collective and committed response, and will kick-off the process of
creating a 10-20 year energy descent action plan.
THE GREAT UNLEASHING will be a two-day celebration and extravaganza that will motivate, excite, educate and engage our community in coming together to envision a vibrant, resilient, and dramatically less energy-dependent Whatcom County, and will unleash our collective genius as we start working towards a tangible and compelling plan to get us there.
Admission is a suggested donation of $15. No one turned away for lack of funds - - attend without obligation -- pay what you can! Advance tickets are being sold for $15 at Village Books, The DOWNTOWN Community Food Co-op, and Terra Organica. Admission to Frances Moore Lappe's 4pm keynote is Free, sponsored by Village Books.
9:30 am Rob Hopkins Recorded Welcome (Bellingham HS Commons)
10:00 – 11:00 am Topical Sessions
- Panel of Elders
- Community Energy Challenge
- Fourth Corner Exchange
- Gardening in Small Spaces
- Peak Oil, Peak Everything
- Made by Hand: The Changing Nature of Work
- Living with Uncertainty
- Local Herbs for Health and Healing
11:15 am to 12:00 pm Keynote: Vicki Robin, Having Enough for Life (BHS Theater)
12:30 to 1:30 pm Topical Sessions
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Healthcare after Peak Oil
- Why Transition, Whatcom? Powering Down as We Follow the Energy Descent Curve
- Changing Transportation Plans: Bellingham and County
- Conversation with Vicki Robin
- Eat Local EVERY Week
- Accelerating the Transition
- Voluntary Simplicity
1:45 to 2:30 pm Keynote: Trathen Heckman , Reverence and Resiliency – The ecology of awakened action (BHS Theater)
2:50 to 3:45 pm Topical Sessions
- Carless in Bellingham
- Feeding Whatcom County after Peak Oil
- Navigating the Great Turning
- Panel of Fairhaven Collegers: The Future We See
- Local, Public Transportation in The Next Generation
- Conversation with Trathen Heckman
- Land-use after Peak Oil
- Tool Libraries and Co-op Shops
4:00 to 5:00 pm Keynote (in partnership with Village Books): Francis Moore Lappe, Getting a Grip—Gaining Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want (BHS Theater)
More Info About The Great Unleashing:
Unleashing: An Overview
General Description of the event, and an "at a glance" outline of the sessions on Day 1.
Pedal Powered Parade
Come be a part of the pre-event parade on Saturday morning!
Speakers: Rob Hopkins, Trathen Heckman, Vicki Robin, and Frances
Read their bios, see their photos, and learn what they'll be talking about.
Sessions: All the Details
Full details of who, what, when and where for the breakout sessions on Day 1.
Music and food are important. Dana Lyons, Jan Peters, Burke Mulvaney, Youth Jazz Band, and more!
Read all about the exhibits and exhibitors.
Overview of Day 2
This is the day when the real work of Transition Whatcom will begin. We encourage everyone who has a strong interest in Transition to prioritize attending Day 2 of The Great Unleashing. It could be among the most important time spent of your entire year.
We couldn't put this event on without our sponsors. Please express your thanks to these generous companies and folks!