If truth be told, the legacy of myopic insight and action is the residue beholden to the individual and the collective. Unrecognized, any evolutionary aspects become hamstrung into conforming to recognizable patterns, albeit unconscious, this tendency darkens the way.
Many folks are familiar with the development of electricity in America and the squaring off between Thomas Edison and Nicholas Tesla. As Edison purported D.C. current and Tesla backed the A.C. , the deciding factor was Westinghouse’s backing the centralized and meter able version. Which came down to kicking Tesla to the curb. I can’t help but wonder if equating market success with resilience is the useful metric it’s held up to be, or is it merely for the sake of being comforted by the familiar aspect it offers.
When TW was being established the decision was made to exclude using the name Bellingham as group name, which comes across as a bit odd to someone outside the city limits, seeing how much emphasis has been devoted to a mindset of inclusion. Did any of the formulating discussions occur in Kendall, Acme, Sumas, Maple Falls, Deming, Glacier, Everson, or Custer? Other than the food being sold (resilience) at the Bellingham Farmers Market, were any other considerations given to the concerns and needs of those outside the city limits. If so, What were they? If not, why? Before I dialed into the nature of the “TW/TB” issue, I took a piece of paper and sketched out the county (all of it), and proceeded to begin developing an EDAP, with alternative routes/means of transportation being emphasized. When I attended an EDAP meeting and asked those who attended the question of which issue Peak Oil or Climate Change would be the concern to challenge us first. It was Peak Oil unanimously.
The next 2 years need to be considered thoroughly as Fukashima’s invisible debris and Methane releases in the Arctic begin to offer their resources into our web of life. Embracing change with the capacity and capability at hand is a window of opportunity never to be seen again, and the first step most likely will be away from the comfort of the familiar and the legacy of human history. An option now destined to morph into a demand.