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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
Attended Earth Day showing of The Great Squeeze

I've always cared about the environment. I was raised that way, but my own experiences have definitely solidified the importance of nature in my life and mores. Over the last couple years I have been learning about peak oil and up-to-date climate change info, both of which clearly demand a response.

As a result of my learning independently and at WWU (Recreation and Fairhaven), I have begun to develop programs to help humanity make the big Transition. I recognize this as my life's work.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I agree with Heinberg. The Transition Movement has the best chance of success of anything out there to help us prepare and plan for the future.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I am especially interested in all skills required for low-energy life. I can do a fair amount with modern tools, but I want to learn more traditional methods. When do we start cob building?

Also interested in the psychological aspects of Transition. As an Outdoor Recreation student, I have insights into how wilderness experiences can prepare us physically and psychologically, including treatment for "addiction to oil".
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
Where I lay my head is home
Where did you hear about Transition Whatcom and how did you find our community network website?
A "entering behaviors" survey could be designed to determine how much people know when they get here, with later surveys to determine the effectiveness of our education programs. It may also be valuable to know how people learn about this website/initiative.

Brian Carpenter's Blog

Radical Democracy

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 4:52pm 2 Comments

Greetings friends,

Over the weekend I had the intriguing opportunity to take part in a Radical Democracy seminar. It was exciting, educational, and somewhat frightening - much like the experiences I usually find through Transition!

I would summarize the message of the seminar thusly:

  • Our country's foundational documents proclaim Democracy - power in the people, but our legal history has instead given the power to…
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Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:53pm 2 Comments

http://www.pca.state.mn.us/oea/publications/p-ee1-01.pdf

I just found this article and will soon comment on it. For now, other people can start reading it, too.

Cheers,

Brian

Our wounded soldiers - forgotten, but not gone

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:12am 2 Comments

The greatest revelation for me while tabling at the Bham Farmers' Market was coming into contact with a group of

sympathizers who haven't gotten very involved with Transition Whatcom

yet: burnt out hippies. Obviously we all know they're around - this is

Bellingham after all, but as a group they are conspicuously absent from

our active membership. Just to be clear, I'm talking about the folks

from the 60s and 70s who poured all their heart and soul into that… Continue

Tabling at the Farmer's Market

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:11am 2 Comments

It was market day today, and I got to spend some time with Rhys and Raven promoting The Great Unleashing! This was my first time tabling, and I really enjoyed getting so many

people to smile and greet me. A good time was had by all, despite the weather, and I think we did a pretty good job of connecting with our community.



Most common quotes overheard:

  • "What the [heck] is The Great Unleashing?!"
  • "Ooh, I've been reading about this!"
  • "We'll be there!…
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In response to the Venus Project

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

(Hello. This blog entry is copied from my response to a discussion on the WWU student forum http://forum.wwu.edu/node/11528#comment-29451. I'm not sure if that's visible outside the school, but I put a lot of effort into this, and it is relevant to our work here, so here you go:)

First off, the Venus Project site is down right now, so I'm having…

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At 10:00am on October 22, 2009, Chris Wolf said…
Hi Brian,
Yes, I would love to borrow the book Ecotherapy. I wonder if our usual paths cross anywhere that we could do a book hand-off. My house is on Humboldt St just off Lakeway, and my office is downtown on Dupont St (in the lettered streets). How about you? Thanks for thinking of me!
At 2:39pm on April 23, 2009, David MacLeod said…
Welcome Brian! There is at least one person in Bellingham who does cob building workshops. Rob van Arsdale - most recently he did a pizza oven building workshop. I'm working on getting him to join us on this site.
 
 
 

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