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Documentary: "Sustainable" at The Pickford Cinema

October 21, 2016 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Presented by Cloud Mountain Farm Center as part of the Pickford's Doctober series, Sustainable is a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.The narrative of the film…See More
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Seed: The Untold Story - Bellingham Premiere at The Pickford Cinema

October 26, 2016 at 7pm to October 29, 2016 at 9pm
* TWO DAYS ONLY  - Wed. Oct 26 and Sat. Oct 29* Stay for a Q&A with the Director after the screening! Director in attendance on Oct 26th Purchase tickets at * Watch the trailer at * From…See More
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Unbroken Ground (25 minute film) at Online

October 16, 2016 at 6am to October 23, 2016 at 7pm
Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis.It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis – grown, harvested and produced in…See More
Oct 16
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A Vision for Sustainable Agriculture in Washington State at St. Luke's Health Education Center

October 25, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
Food systems stakeholders across the state - from farmers to advocates, food bankers to climate change activists - are gearing up for community wide conversations on a draft 25-year vision and roadmap for a sustainable food system in WA.This vision was drafted by the WA State Food Systems Roundtable, a broad multi-sector coalition made up of public and private partners representing the major sectors that describe the food system.Between October 24th and November 17th, Roundtable members will…See More
Oct 16
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Harvest Time for Mason Bee Cocoons at Chuckanut Center (north of Fairhaven Park)

October 30, 2016 from 12pm to 2pm
Fall is the time to harvest the mason bee cocoons to help the bees thrive, not just survive!!!!   Leaving them outdoors allows them to be unprotected from pests and weather elements. We will be opening up the tubes, reeds, or wood trays we have to separate the cocoons from pests. We will then overwinter them to keep them safe & protected.  If we don't do this, we will more than likely begin losing our mason bees to pests.Come find out how to…See More
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Birchwood KaPOW! at Shuksan Meadows Park

October 16, 2016 from 11am to 3pm
Cancelled due to weather. Will be rescheduled.Birchwood residents are invited to help reimagine and reinvent their neighborhood with Birchwood KAPOW’s mural painting party on Sunday, October 16, from 11-3pm at Shuksan Meadows Park. Sustainable Connections, the Whatcom Family Community Network, the Whatcom Community Foundation have teamed together to provide a series of opportunities for the Birchwood Neighborhood to leverage their assets, build upon community leadership, and create new spaces…See More
Oct 16
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Strong Towns Curbside Chat with Charles Marohn at Various Locations around Bellingham

October 20, 2016 from 8:15am to 7pm
Are Our Cities and Towns Financially Healthy?On Thursday, October 20 Charles Marohn will be in Bellingham, talking about the financial health of American cities: • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth? • Why do we struggle at the local level to maintain our basic infrastructure? • How can we become more resilient in changing times?The current path that many American cities are pursuing is not financially stable. Strong Towns ideas can help us…See More
Oct 14

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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
I've taken the Transition Training workshop with Sophy and Naresh from the UK, and was a co-initiator of Transition Whatcom (TWIG), getting Transition Whatcom up and running.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I've been concerned about Peak Oil and climate change since seeing The End of Suburbia in 2004, and I have been following the Transition movement since it began in the UK in 2005. I initiated and on served on the local Energy Resource Scarcity/Peak Oil Task Force for the city of Bellingham and Whatcom County.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I guess I'm a "community organizer." I have some skills in nonviolent communication, use the Acorn model for group organization, and modified dynamic facilitation. I can present on peak oil and Transition topics. I am a musician (trumpet). I have interest in Heart and Soul/Inner Transition issues and processes.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
The Birchwood Neighborhood
Your Personal Website (if you have one)
Where did you hear about Transition Whatcom and how did you find our community network website?
I heard about TW in my minds eye and I found the website when I created it!
Please note that you do not have to answer all of the above questions in order to join, and you can always come back later to edit your profile. If it's all too many questions for now, please provide a short answer below on why you'd like to join this site (or a summary of the above, if answered).
I'm here to see the creative genius of our community unleashed!

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Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent

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Integral Leadership Review Integral Leadership Review (ILR) has published the paper I presented to the recent Integral Theory…


Fossil Fueled Republicans and The Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 2:32pm 0 Comments


In my final post in the Holiday Smorgasbord series, I want to share two articles that are each directed at (and finding fault with) different ends of the political spectrum. I don’t think the point of either of these articles is to demonize individuals who embrace either conservatism or liberalism, but rather to point out that in general we are not being served by the mainstream political discourse from either perspective. I find these articles…


Responding to Limits to Growth: Embrace Life and Locate Your Values

Posted on November 29, 2014 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

In today’s installment of our Holiday Smorgasbord, I bring you two voices that I have been following off and on for the last decade, and who have both been warning about limits to growth, and more importantly what we as individuals can do about it.

Nate Hagens on Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do About It

Nate Hagens, a former “wolf of Wall Street” stock trader/money manager, and then a …


What’s Going on with Low Gas Prices, Shale Oil, American Energy Independence, and OPEC?

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Orlin Wagner/AP (image source: Orlin Wagner/AP)

There’s a lot of confusion going on right now – as the price of gasoline in the U.S. is declining, we are becoming ever more complacent. Today we saw another steep drop in the price of oil…


A Holiday Smorgasbord Part 2: Permaculture, A Vision of a Post-Oil World

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

Today’s installment of our holiday smorgasbord features an approach to the environmental crisis and the energy crisis and the economic crisis that I’m very thankful for…Permaculture.

Permaculture, A vision of a post-oil world

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At 11:24am on December 13, 2012, Ira Carter said…

I joined in part to stay in touch with you, in part to stay in touch with the good work. My old e-mail died and I forgot to copy you over to the new one. Please send your snail mail address to theiman52 at yahoo dot com so I can send you Christmas/New Years propaganda. Life is good here, I hope it is for you as well.

At 12:36am on July 19, 2012, Heather K said…

Hi David, Would you be willing to send out an invitation to your TW friends list, for the Skillshare Event – When you think the event page is ready to go broader.   Its only 2 months before the faire date.

If I understood correctly, you will also post Larry Korns talk at Village Books.  That is so helpful and I know Larry would appreciate it.


Re the Skillshare event posting on our TW site.....There is a small volunteer team that has worked hard on the website....On my posting on TW, I've tried to keep it simple and to direct people to the main website-    I've now added a line on the TW event page that states its a TW sponsored event. 

I'm not sure who is taking the lead on seeking sponsors – check with Tom, my guess is we could really use your volunteer support with this, and with seeking skillshare presentors!


I'm waiting for an updated picture to add to the TW skillshare page ...I've requested  Brian K to look in his files, and am also waiting to hear back from webteam for a link.

I will be traveling for a week and return late July. ...It would be great to have your backup on this event page while I'm traveling (or offline)...please be sure any changes made are in near consensus with the planning team, as we're working hard to be a functioning collective. 

At 11:16pm on July 18, 2012, Heather K said…

Hi David, I need some help.  Would you request TW admin team to sponsor these two events?   Natural-farming  and

Whatcom Skillshare

I recall you sharing in the past that TW wants an online form filled out Before they will sponsor an event.

It would be so helpful if you or another computer person would fill out that TW form for these two events, all the info needed should be right on the event page or website.

Link  possibly here-


I believe both events would welcome sponsorship by Transition Whatcom. 

If the TW team is interested in this, sponsorship could be as simple as providing a donation (USD) towards the event (whatever amount team decide would be appreciated), and to also help with promotion by placing the events as featured events. 

The Skillshare event is looking for more volunteers, if there is an aspect of being involved in event preparation or at the event that you are especially called to, we would so welcome you! 

At this point, phoning Tom may be the best way to plug in, and asking to be on the planning team email list.

At 8:26am on April 3, 2012, Charles Kelm said…

Hey David - hope you have a great birthday tomorrow!

At 2:34pm on October 14, 2011, Heather K said…

Transition Whatcom now has 1,000 members! 

Thanks for your vision & work David!

At 10:22am on April 7, 2011, Cipriano Mauricio said…
Good Morning David! Juliet and I are meeting tonight to work on the Group Organization. We'll give you an update post our meeting. Have a good one!
At 1:47pm on March 28, 2011, nancy clark said…
thank you! i am aware of them.
At 8:32pm on December 27, 2010, Heather K said…

Hi David, I just posted my response to Juliet's Twog Blog.  I did not see your response as I was writing it...I'll read over what you've written later.

Thanks for all you do!

At 10:18pm on June 17, 2010, Kate Clark said…
Hi David
Yes the Boulevard park event is a TW OA event, so if you could "feature" it that would be great- thanks!
At 10:47pm on April 15, 2010, David Pike said…
Hi David,

Thanks for the recommendation on maintaining the formatting on the blog posts...unfortunately I still can't get it to work...I've saved the articles using google docs as html files and copied the html source into the blog entry - but to no avail. If any further advice or solutions come to mind I would be interested in trying them.

David Pike

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