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Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)


Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)

This is a group of people working to prepare Transition Whatcom Actions for Resilient Communities (TW ARC). Formally know as the Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP).

Members: 31
Latest Activity: Jan 1, 2015

Discussion Forum


Started by Travis Linds. Last reply by David MacLeod Dec 25, 2014. 11 Replies

Rob Hopkins summarizes the EDAP essence in the Transition Handbook.“If your mental picture of the final EDAP is community planning documents you have seen before, think again. Your EDAP should feel…Continue

a possible way to get started again

Started by Emily Farrell. Last reply by Tris Shirley Jan 27, 2012. 3 Replies

I've been thinking about what kind of project the ARC could take on that would not be so huge and unanswerable as an entire descent plan. I've been thinking that it might be helpful to have a…Continue

ARC Process

Started by Tris Shirley. Last reply by Tris Shirley Jul 10, 2011. 7 Replies

I had an action item from the May 9th meeting to write a draft a process for our Actions for Resilient Communities (ARC).  This is the result.The Transition Whatcom ARC (TWARC?) is proposed as an…Continue

ACTION PLAN: Step One: Developing a Framework

Started by Travis Linds. Last reply by Tris Shirley May 31, 2011. 4 Replies

Here is the discussion proposing our Framework (aka table on contents, outline) for our Action Plan. From …Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on January 1, 2015 at 6:58pm
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on January 1, 2015 at 4:56pm
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on January 1, 2015 at 8:50am
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 17, 2014 at 9:22pm
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 17, 2014 at 5:24am
Comment by Hank Kastner on December 16, 2014 at 10:46pm

I am interested if this effort develops. Methane is a bad story, but only part of a larger sad story. And energy limits are still knocking on the door in spite of conventional wisdom. There is more than enough here to grasp our interest.

No one in the County is addressing issues raised by an EDAP; someone should. That said, I know there is TW history with this that has sapped people's energy. If we proceed it should be realistically & deliberately, with actual resources in mind. But for (re)starters, it's worth one good F2F (face to face) discussion if we have at least a few people in the room. I'm there.

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 16, 2014 at 8:59pm
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 16, 2014 at 8:46pm

Now is the time for action in making an EDAP with a precise accounting for a climate driven by Methane. This is my motivation. Our youth deserve an attempt by TW to lay a frame work out for a worst case scenario. We are in the Anthropocene. It's time to focus and produce a plan.

Comment by Emily Farrell on December 16, 2014 at 10:38am

Last winter, when I was working with the TWOG, I put together a map of how TW, together with our local community, might begin to put together a community vision/EDAP. One thing that was key was to begin by discovering and engaging with other organizations in Whatcom County who are already working on aspects of this visioning. Together we would develop goals for the process, and decide how to proceed. TW would play the role of coordinator, as well as working especially on the areas we already support - re-skilling, urban agriculture, permaculture, personal transition, education, etc. At the time there didn't seem to be any energy in TW to work on this. Perhaps that is changing.....?

Comment by Tris Shirley on December 15, 2014 at 9:30pm

Thanks for your interest in this C J.

I think any decision about the flexibility of the document medium (static or dynamic) would depend on the intended document lifespan, authorship, audience, and objective or desired effect on the audience.

For example, on the last go-around, we wanted a document that could remain relevant for decades (lifespan), would be authored by the general public (anybody with a useful skill),  that would be accessible to the general public (audience), and would provide valuable information supporting individual, family, and therefore community resilience.  In other words, the document would be there to assist just about anybody, whenever they finally decided to become more self reliant and/or more integrated with the Transition community. Clearly, we needed a dynamic document to meet those objectives.

So, in my opinion, the starting point for any new attempt at an EDAP like document would be to come up with new answers for those four key points: lifespan, authorship, audience, and objective.  What are your thoughts?


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