Transition Towns

Interests represented: - Transition Wigdby, WA -we underway 3 years - Transition PDX - underway 1 year - 4 from Ashland Community

    - Transition Ashland movement  - passion for food security/localization -    How can we get the farmers to cooperate to get the food needs met for their communities?
    - Sustainable Community Leaders Dialogue – Time frames are shorter than I thought trying to collaborate
             How can I collaborate?
    - Organizing people in crisis – battered women’s movement – people need safety and getting needs met
    - Gaia University – Lover of Whole systems design - - giving talks on TT – founder of Transition Ashland
    What happens with cooptation and competition in this space of organizing?
- Co-intellegent process community, wanting to help bring process to TT - TT as Carrier wave – bonding and bridging capacities - New to the concept of TT – the ripe territory for change to happen - The heart and soul of the movement – eco-psychology - connections - Wall Street - Local currency movements – Ecolocity DC – interested in new emergent economic structures - Scott Peck’s community development – shadowwork -
        - How do we be authentic and stay in community?
        - What is the new DNA?
- Grand Junction, CO Transition movement– growth management, social justice, environmental protection - What is the narrative of the collective across the geography? - New – know nothing about TT - New – curious interesting in community groups and relationships – “bridging and bonding” – Dynamic facilitation and wisdom councils – peripherally involved in Sustainability groups in Seattle – process interest – collaborative learning - Involved in parallel interests for 20 years. - Researcher -What are some of the practices in these round processes. - Holistic practitioner in Seattle – this is the time. - The idea of transition – How does it fit in with micro and macro systems - Mission in TT, Bay Area – diversity issues in the TT movement – it is irrelevant in my area – not the demographic but the use of the movement is important enough - Marginalized communities have the capacities

Group organized into fishbowl and then not to.

Transition Whidbey Isle. - Started in Aug 2007 - Unleashed early – 3 monthly meetings of 100ppl – stopped and restarted the monthly community meetings “Pot lucks with a Purpose” There was a hunger for people to get into the room and talk about peak oil.

    o   5:30 -8:30 for parents and kids
    o   People bring food – 45min convivial time
    o   “Celebrations, Announcements, Offers, Gives and Asks”
          Catalyze the community to work together with resource limits upon us
          Members of the community have a space
          Members bring Needs and Surpluses
    o   Program presenters bring something to the community  that is actionable and leaders try to press people against edges
    o   Every third meeting is Open Space
    o   30 minutes for action groups to form and organize
            ·Inviting other groups in is a place that has not been as successful
            ·What has happened with the action groups? These are action groups
    o   Mapping the assets of the island 
              - Who is growing what?
    o  Local economy action group, 1 yr to develop, will launch soon
        Studied complementary currencies 
    o   Systems of health on the Island

What is the governance like? - The governance model is the purpose statement to set the container. - Hired a coordinator - a weaver - Self organizing – teams and facilitators

What is the population of Whidbey? - 8,000 people south Whidbey - Sustainable Whidbey - Council of governments for three towns – mayors - Education extension units

What are the edges? - It is an open system – How cooperatively and collaboratively do you do TT? - There is an ecology of stuff related to TT that will be TT - Seeing government as an ‘open door’ is being reflected anywhere – government is resource limited.

"TT is a way to connect things"

Bay Area – Food and water security - Living room salons for dialogue

    o Share food
    o Celebrate food, farm workers and earth
    o Motif for each night – movie with a message     
         Catalyze the community to work together with resource limits upon us
         Members of the community have a space
         Members bring Needs and Surpluse
         Ning site
         Garden mapping project
- Challenges are inconsistent groups - web-like network not community – diversity issues - There is a lot of completion in farming – farming politics legacy – and gardening groups – whole

What is the governance like? - There is a collaborative commitment and time is an issue - Scalability- Starting with a neighborhood with a container - can you say more than that.

Ashland, OR Transition - We are all part of a bioregion – scalability makes sense on that level. - We killed the concept of community around the automobile - New development using the model that all your needs can be met in a quarter mile

    o We are looking at retrofitting out neighborhoods    
    o Why don’t we have wells sunk all over the area?

There are sustainability ideas and experiences that are useful we need to use them and not reinvent them.

The nascent beginnings are the same as those faced 37 years ago. Head, Heart and hands a place to plug in for all.---

There was a shift in the converstion when on member left and the group organized around the experience of this - the voice lost and the challenge.---

Be with the voice of the least.

Scribing: Rachel Lyn

Additional notes from Shaktari:

Transition Friday, May 15, 2009 1:39 PM

INTENT: 1. Exchange practices and what works/hasn't worked. 2. Deep into TT conversation.


TRANSITION WHIDBEY Social aspect. Hunger to show up and discuss the issues in a productive manner. Started and stopped until recently with Pot Lucks with a Purpose - once a month o 5:30-8:30 o Kid friendly o Eat together, convivial 45 mins of eating o Celebrations, Announcements, Offers, and Asks - celebrate a win towards sustainability. Announcements regarding anything having to do with catalyzing the community. Realization of the richness of what is going on in the community. Offers/Asks? create opportunities to give/receive. o Program - not experts from their business, but presenters of resources of the community (1 hour) plus discussion. Press up against our edges - who are we, who are we not? o Every 3rd is an Open space. o Half hour for Action Groups to form and meet. o Approx. 100 people show up every time. o Sometimes do Movies with a Message. o Invite other groups to table each event. Asset mapping groups - Soils, farms, capacity in many ways creates baseline for intentionality. Local economy studying Complementary currencies around the world about to launch Script LETS Took a year and a half to create it. Local energy group Health and sustainability - Whole systems understanding of responsibility for health Governance: Strong purpose statement. Raised $ to hire a coordinator. Not totally volunteer. It's self-organizing. Facilitators are resources. Population is 60,000. TT is about 18,000 located at South Whidbey. Joining with Sustainable Whidbey Coalition who is linked strongly to local government (island county commissioners, council of governance). Public/private partnership. TT grows out of the Permaculture tradition of the UK. Local governments for sustainability - going for many years. Judy Corbett created Village Homes in Davis. Created movement around new planning techniques. TT is an open system. How collaboratively can we work with the existing system. How does TT integrate with the emerging programs with and around government. Catalyst, not leaders.

TRANSITION PORTLAND TT is a framework upon which you can hang.

OAKLAND Ning site to social network 100 people participating Forum monthly - share food Motif for each night. Updates on each group - leverage points Movie with a Message The Garden (has copy) How support each other's work Grey Water Guerrillas - underground catchment Conversations around policy Updates on garden mapping project with website. Bay Localize - recent salon. Four groups. Hope collaborative - mapping what's available in the Bay Area Communitree Inviting other leaders to be supported. Bamboo planting Gardening together Time lack for many these days.

Challenges: o Consistency of membership. No sense of tight-knit community, more of a web. o Diversity commitment - If too many whites show up the people of color don't come back - how create safe space? o Friends with garden projects in Bay Area - none get along. Too much competition. Racial justice consciousness isn't alive in the high profile farms. Access and diversity challenges. Healing histories.

QUESTIONS THAT ARE ALIVE NOW: o What is the governance? o What are your learning edges? o How can we engage people through activities that matter, not just listening. o Scalability - natural boundaries. Where soften? o What principles or concepts allow for sustainable systems? o How do we respect our elders and humbly look towards them and learn? o How can we learn from Roberto? o What voices are alienated? o How do we learn to school and flock around this. What is the natural flocking around transition? o We don't know how to do this. How do we engage a whole community? o What does indigenous mean? Who isn't indigenous? What is the quality of indigenousness? o How can we learn from those who have been walking this talk in the past like Roberto? o How do we create deep systems change? o How do we tap the ways of sustainability of each culture/group/demographic? o How do we look for the voice of the least? Republican, Hispanic, Lesbian, Child? St. Francis of Assisi only held a meeting if the lepers were present. Huichols only held meetings if the children were present. o How do we become actors in a complex system whether we are recognized or not? o How do we give ourselves permission to contribute? o How do we listen long enough to contribute? o How can we follow the energy and learn? o How many of us really know what it means to really be indigenous to a land and never have left it - or for generations and have been forced to leave? o How can we honor the not-knowing and keep it alive? o The oil culture allowed the possibility of not being indigenous. How do we re-indiginate ourselves? o How can we re-embrace the ways of knowing and ancestors within our genes and experience? o How do we acknowledge the indigenous in our locales? o How have we co-oped each other? o How can we be patient with each other? o How can we truly listen and hear each other, even when the speak differently, hold context differently? o How do we build bridges to those who want to create anarchy, militias, etc. How do we do this? o How do we find out who the long-time people are, how do we become available to the locals? In S. Oregon, the native people are difficult to find, but the right-wing militia are easier to find. How do we approach them? o How can we find out how we are racist? How can we take it on? How can we have the desire to cross boundaries? o How do we make music together across different turfs? o How do we own our own projections? o How do we create safe spaces for conversations of bridging?