How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I have been involved in the early stage meetings of Boulders (Boulder Valley Relocalization) movement and Fort Collins Relocalization efforts. I have attended Great Turning Ohio, the first national Great Turning conference, as well as BALLE in Berkeley last year (Business alliance for local living economies). Since I am a psychotherapist and social worker I took particular interest in last years Ecology, Psychology, and Sustainability conference in Portland, OR.
I bought a OLD house in Frederick with the intention of building a straw bale addition to my vast southern exposure as well as expanding the garden I got in this year and may try to experiement with my first green house this winter.
I want to work with Transition teams in Boulder, Denver and Longmont and bring those skills back to transform Frederick in a Transition town.
PS I also have designed and built prototypes for a solar air heater that can be used for space heating or to dehydrate food. I have shot my "how to" video and hope to get it up on E-bay or my own web site!!
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
As a citizen of the planet I know we are killing HER.
As a Psychotherapist I know people are dying for intimacy and REAL connection with other humans, animals and the planet!!
I have worked in addictions for years, and increasingly people are succumbing to compulsions, I believe this is because there isn't much else offered up by the culture, as money and power has been most people's GOD!
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement?
Calm imput, professional feedback, informed speaker, non-judgementalness, good listener. Show progressive films!!
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
The Great Turning
When technology fails!
Empire of Illusion
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What steps did you take to get here?
What are your expectations of the Transition movement?
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Thanks. There's a plan afoot and it isn't mine alone. We'll have to see if we can get traction with the poop project here. I've got a couple of other ideas that we can plant here and see if they germinate.
Your Men's Conference sounds great. Cool. Wonderful you're going to spread the word there. Yahoo. Sounds the trumpets!
I'm going to present on Direct Communication with Nature at Jerome Osentowski's place, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture, in Basalt. I was part of the teaching team for a few years when I first returned from Africa in '09. I did an AgroForestry project there--a Peace Corps gig.
I've leaving soon for a teaching trip in Mexico, followed by the Mexika Moon Dance, a wonderful womens' event. Mostly women from Mexico city--which is supported by men in the community in a very inspiring way. Anyway, I'll get back on the 15th. I guess the Willow Way tour will have to wait until then.
Re: simple low-budget extending the season thoughts, did you see my discussion notes on this? Strawbales surrounding your growing bed, covered by a sliding glass door, then weighting it down somehow( I'm sure you're quite familiar with how powerful the wind can be here--which Solar Glass in Boulder has stacked up for give-away or Resource Recycle Building materials has for very cheap--or likely you could get one closer. This would be a good start, or I think you were suggesting using hose or PVC pipe to create the quonset hut type curved-wall deal--these can go a long way to giving you greens in winter--especially if you have greens started and growing well as we go into the shorter days.
So, I hope to see you on the flip side of this trip. I think I'm going to organize a sheet-mulch event here for a large garden I want to start here next spring. Maybe that would fit your schedule.
At 12:25pm on September 27, 2008, Zia Parker said…
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At 11:25am on September 27, 2008, Zia Parker said…
How's it going with this Transition concept in Frederick?
I'm excited to get to present at the upcoming Permaculture Design course, after a long hiatus from teaching PC.
Come by to see my place, "Willow Way', if you like.
What's up with you?
Zia 303-530-1415, c. 303-332-3359
We should discuss the films with Chris Loeffelmacher of Fresh City Life. The other possibility would be to set up a special series under the rubric of "Transition Denver." The exhibit will be up (hopefully) March/April of 2009. Maybe we could have a weekly film series to go with it, with a local expert and a facilitator to host a discussion afterward. Let's brainstorm at the next Transition Denver meeting.
Welcome, Doug, and a special welcome to your primary interests -- "Calm imput, professional feedback, informed speaker, non-judgementalness, good listener". I'm going to change our registration questions to include the books people read for information about Transition. Thanks for your tip!