I completed the Transition Training in San Francisco, December '08. I have been involved in the permaculture, sustainable community and ecovillage design movements for about 10 or more years now and have been working towards regenerative and co-creative solutions in building more wholistic communities, mainly in Bellingham, Washington and now currently in Los Angeles.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
As new buzz-words and processes come into being, It's a natural evolution with my background in permaculture and ecovillage design and education. I am currently working towards a masters degree in landscape architecture and within this journey, am looking towards a more credible and well organized structure in which to work to co-create positive change and resilience within our communities. For years, many of us have been working towards "transition-type" projects within their respective communities, but there has yet to be a more universal, credible and well connecting structure in which folks can work from and with to increase the success of their work. I believe that the Transition process is a good synthesis of many of the sustainable community movements.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
Experience in teaching and design (regional and site design and teaching in Canada, NZ, Australia, US) with the permaculture and ecovillage brands..I feel as though I can offer those skills in advancing the growth of TW. I had spent about 10 years in Bellingham working towards building community capacity through workshops, presentations, etc. through Earthcare Design Solutions, the Eco-Integrity Center of Bellingham, WWU, Outback Farm, etc.
I have years of sustainability course organization and event (mainly multi-day festivals...worked on the NW Herbal Faire for 8 out of it's 10 year lifespan at The River Farm) production experience to offer, in addition to facilitation of permaculture and ecovillage design courses.
While also moving into a more mainstream world with landscape architecture, I hope to bring the principles of the transition movement with me to influence in a positive way the many stakeholders of our communities. I currently (June '09) am finishing up a thesis proposal focusing on participatory processes as a means to achieve creative and sustainable design solutions for communities to transition towards resilience to peak oil and mitigation/adaptation to climate change. I have experience with participatory design processes from working on an ecovillage project in Australia in 2002, yet this summer will be gaining certification in designing, producing and facilitating community design charrettes.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
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Tyrone! Are you planning to travel north this summer/fall or attend any NW Gatherings? (rough dates?)
I'd like to show you a couple edible forest gardens when you came north and introduce you to some new permi folks relocated from Orcas, starting business 'Homestead Habitats'.
There was a good PDC out in South Fork Nooksack Valley this summer, though very few local permies or native peoples included. Some interest in another one happening next year too, incorporating local wisdoms.