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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
I'm an expat-Brit and have recently moved to Bellingham after retiring from Corporate America. I now have the time and certainly the inclination to help move society towards a more sustainable model.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I'm a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), established in 1754 and who put up "Premiums" or prizes for such endeavors. George Vancouver was competing for such a premium when he surveyed the Pacific Northwest. Today's RSA aims encompass much of what the Transition movement hope to achieve.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I'm a successful but retired business owner with extensive experience of corporate America and small businesses alike. My knowledge and skills are primarily in any aspect of the computer industry.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
Your Personal Website (if you have one)
Where did you hear about Transition Whatcom and how did you find our community network website?
Bellingham Entrepreneur Coffee meetings.
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 part of the generation that got us into this mess, perhaps I can help recover.

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At 6:53pm on November 11, 2012, Robert C. Jastad said…

hello,  I notice you look close to my age sixty-one now.  I relocated here from Eureka, CA  early in '08 after living in Humboldt county nearly a dozen years.

I have lived since early in '85 supported by SSDI/SSI income and ten years now HUD section 8 rental subsidy.  I'm a radical leftist; and am trying to focus more locally, in making friends.  I'm good at that with Seattle music people who are connected to the musical community I'm part of, I began associating with getting a BA the spring of '76 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

I can sure feel marginalized, with an earned income of $45,000 the seventeen years I had to work within capitalism; for over forty different employers, with my only union job with Boeings four months the winter after high school where I earned enough to buy my first fancy saxophone; expecting to save enough to pay my way through four years of college then suffering being laid off.  

While I also feel spectacular too; with lots of things to my credit as a poorly paid government funded cultural worker.  Helping to organize Humboldt county's Mother Jones club, the local chapter of the Communist Party USA there, I joined as a homeless "vehicular resident" during '94 after mild frostbite on all my toes sleeping in my car in Spokane January of '93 landed me in Berkeley.


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