This is a question that was asked at our Party Up for Power Down meeting last Friday evening, and I'm not sure it got answered.
A tiny bit of Transition Whatcom history (more in a later post - stay tuned!): Future TWIG members Rick Dubrow, Tom Anderson, Kate Clark, and myself began serving on the Energy Resource Scarcity / Peak Oil Task Force of Bellingham and Whatcom County at about the same time as Rob Hopkins' Transition Handbook
was published. I had been following Rob Hopkins and the Transition movement in the UK for several years, and was eager to read the Handbook. Rick's wife Cindi was perhaps the first person in Bellingham to get her hands on a copy. She actually bought two copies - one for herself, and one to pass around to others - especially those on the task force. Those of us on the Community Education sub-committee of the task force quickly came to the conclusion that local Transition Initiatives offered the most compelling format for community engagement around energy issues. We were hooked.
In early December, Kate Clark and myself attended a two-day Transition Training in Portland, and in late December Rick Dubrow and Cindi Landreth attended 6 days of Training (to become Trainers themselves) in San Francisco. In early January of this year we came together to begin developing our local initiating group, which we affectionately refer to as "The TWIG."
" is the Transition Whatcom Initiating Group, which consists of Tom Anderson, Kate Clark, Rick Dubrow, Sandy Hoelterhoff, Cindi Landreth, David MacLeod, and David Marshak. We are a small collection of motivated individuals living here in Whatcom County who came together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges and opportunities of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis? This group came together as part of Step 1 of the 12 Steps of Transition
. We came together to "drive the project forward during the initial phases."
We've been working hard, but much of that work has been behind the scenes and not yet very visible. There have been some visible projects (this website) and events - a presentation at a Bellingham IONS meeting, tabling at the Sustainable Connections Business workshop, a movie showing of The Great Squeeze, a couple of other presentations, co-sponsoring the Permaculture Design Course at Inspiration Farm, and of course culminating in our party last week!
Some of the behind the scenes work includes figuring out how we as the TWIG and Transition Whatcom are organized, decision making process, a Vision and Mission
statement (you may see further wordsmithing on this), etc.
We also have a Playing Well With Others Committee (how we engage with individuals, volunteers, and other groups), a Communication Committee (press releases & general wordsmithing of documents), and a Timeline Committee (what all do we hope to do before "The Great Unleashing," and when).
I'll let other TWIGgers chime in here on who they are, why they became interested in Transition, and what they're individually working on.