Transition Whatcom

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 Kyler Boyes on May 13, 2011 at 9:49am

Attaboy, Attaboy

Comment by Tris Shirley on May 13, 2011 at 9:37am

Attaboy Travis.

Good work on getting us renamed.

Comment by Lia Ayley on May 12, 2011 at 11:52am

Thank you for your post, Heather, I second your request. I am intensely busy right now, and regular meetings times are pretty much essential for me to be able to attend, as I have to organize in advance to have time free. I will be unable to make any meetings in May, but having June and July dates now would make attendance then more possible for me.

Comment by Heather K on May 12, 2011 at 9:37am

Would someone be able to post the May, June, July dates of the next EDAP to ARC Meetings?

Does anyone recall if we made a decision on meeting the 1st & 3rd Mondays or the 2nd & 4th Mondays, or once a month?

The meeting dates have seemed random & difficult to plan ahead for.

Kyler, thanks for posting the meetings notes & thanks to Travis family for hosting again!

I was not able to attend this Monday receiving notice a few days before.

Comment by Irene Hinkle on March 27, 2011 at 10:32am

Thanks, Tris, for those ideas.  


The minutes of the last meeting might also generate some thoughts/discussion.  They are posted on the blog:

Comment by Tris Shirley on March 13, 2011 at 6:52pm

As there's not been too much going on here, l'll toss out a few ideas to stimulate discussion.

1.  We should decide what the EDAP Workgroup’s role should be in producing an EDAP.  What do we do up front to get the project launched? 

For up front work, I propose the following:

Establish a scope for the project.  Are we interested in local (County) transition only, or would we accept material advocating  more sweeping changes to state, federal, or global systems?  I suggest we stay local.

Propose an overall concept for the document.  I suggest : The  <document name here>  is an information resource of practical advice on preparing for a low energy future, and a celebration of preparations already under way in Whatcom County.

Establish a process which allows us to expand our concept of the Guidebook in response to creative suggestions and contributions from the community.  But help people focus on essential content. We must minimize the likelihood  of people investing great effort in work that is ultimately not that useful – when they might have been just as happy doing something that was.

Decide on a working title for the document other than EDAP.  I propose “Transition Voyager’s Guidebook for Whatcom County”.  Or among friends, just “Guidebook”

Rename our workgroup to suggests our role in creating the Guidebook   I propose Guidebook Initiating Group (GIG), implying that we will reconstitute ourselves somehow to execute whatever ongoing responsibilities are identified.

Propose some minimum assortment of subjects that we think are  essential for the Guidebook.  The final determination of  contents can be left open for discussion.  Additions would generally be accepted at the request of  whoever wants to contribute the additional material.  Deletions would also be considered .

Establish an environment (toolset) to use for creating the document.  I propose a Wiki, with an optional Google Docs account for the convenience of those who prefer it for initial drafts. All work would eventually be moved to the Wiki to facilitate public comment and discussion.

Publicize a simple process for people to follow when submitting content.

Identify and/or recruit champions for each major subject area and agree on how they will proceed.

Identify and provide access to sample material done by others that reflects our aspirations for the Guidebook.

2.  I wrote to Transition US for guidance on EDAP development procedures.  None was available but they are looking for information for us.  Most likely, we’ll get to pioneer the process on this continent without guidance.  They did express a preference for EDAPs that contain material that is “actionable”, thus lending support for our concept of blending motivational, emotional content (stories) with persuasive, factual content (analysis & findings).

Comment by Travis Linds on March 7, 2011 at 1:52pm

Next Meeting at my house, Monday March 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 6-6:30 pm is social period. Please bring snacks and beverages to share.

Comment by Travis Linds on February 17, 2011 at 10:57pm



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