At our last TWOG meeting on Wed., we were talking about the EDAP/ARC. Creating and implementing the "Energy Descent Action Plan" or "Actions for a Resilient Community" is at the center of the mission of Transition Whatcom. As we reflected on what that actually meant, Paul commented that really the ARC/EDAP is a culture, the culture of the future.
This hit me like a bolt of lightning. Transition Whatcom is attempting to create a path to a culture, and all of its elements (community, transportation, housing, energy, education, healthcare), that does not yet exist. How overwhelming is that?!
The only way to do this is to imagine that we are already there, and to allow our vision to guide our steps. In the Transition Handbook are numerous examples of newspaper articles written "in the future", as if the cultural shift has already occurred. By imagining ourselves looking back from a future where transition has occurred, we can begin to create a path to get from here to there.
The work of transition is as much about imagination as it is about community development, permaculture, urban agriculture, reskilling, or anything else. As a meditation teacher I had once said, "we must allow the pull of the future to be stronger than the push of the past".