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Awareness Guild

Raise awareness of the inter-connectedness of three crises: energy (peak-oil), environmental (climate chaos) and financial. The purpose of this guild is educational outreach on the myriad of topics related to our local Transition movement. This outreach includes supporting existing guilds or seeding new ones. We will organize films with discussion; book study groups; or just general discussions about topics of interest.

As a Transition Initiative, we do not discuss religion or politics.

Members: 21
Latest Activity: May 14, 2016

The Transition movement entails three pieces: the Head (mental understanding), the Heart (emotional and spiritual understanding), and the Hands (consciously doing stuff)

At this point, the Awareness guild focuses primarily on the Head and the Heart – through discussions leading to increased awareness and understanding.  We will be hosting discussions of topics relevant to the Transition movement to create positive solutions to implement in our community.  By tapping into our community’s collective genius, we can create a resilient and sustainable community.

Join us! Contribute to the discussions! Create the solutions!

Discussion Forum

"The Crash Course" on Economy, Energy, Environment 1 Reply

Started by Alex Snyder. Last reply by Alex Snyder May 1, 2012.

Local currency systems 5 Replies

Started by Jacqueline Higgins-Rosebrook. Last reply by Jacqueline Higgins-Rosebrook Apr 1, 2010.

Comment Wall

Comment by Keith Mastenbrook on February 1, 2009 at 11:10pm
I was impressed with the recent viewing of The Power of Community, especially the great discussion that followed. Keep HOPE alive. There is a bright future ahead, especially if we remember to be inclusive. Sometimes I think the Cuban experience, regardless of ones' political agenda, must be seen as a triumph of the positive force in universe. And that our governments' attempts at isolation only highlight the deficiencies of our system (for example in the provision of healthcare).
Comment by Leo Brodie on June 8, 2009 at 9:50pm
Yet another film to consider, in the "doom and gloom" category:

The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.
Comment by Tracy Farwell on March 16, 2010 at 8:09pm
Realizing that power points do not a film make, even so, I've built a story that mediates the three crises with a common solution - . How WA State and an electric vehicle pay for your rooftop photovoltaic panels in a few years, leaving you with 20+ years of free "fuel", with no carbon emissions, no other emissions, net-zero energy annually from the power grid, and independence from domestic or foreign oil. Would like to host a discussion. Very good reception at a recent Sustainability Expo (PLU last weekend).
Comment by Diane Pfeifle on May 31, 2010 at 1:46pm
Greetings Group,
This is an exciting new group that I hope to be intricately involved with. I am very interested in developing electrically sustainable neighborhoods and believe that through collective efforts, we can shape our own communities.
Comment by Tracy Farwell on May 31, 2010 at 2:35pm
The concept of PV-to-EV is not being adopted broadly, regardless of its attractive advantages for sustainability. Barriers are becoming evident. Two approaches to PV installation each have their own concerns. Community solar projects, with strong incentives for placement on public buildings, are not being encouraged by public property managers. Residential installations are pricey despite their early cost recovery. Homeowners don't know if they will remain long enough to reap benefits. Public charge stations will be scarce for another year. Etc.
Comment by Susan Gregory on June 1, 2010 at 9:23am
Set a time and place for the discussion and we can publicize it on the website!
I bet there would be ample interest. The library is a great place for one time events and is free.
Comment by Tracy Farwell on June 1, 2010 at 9:38am
Hi Susan, if somebody knows how to book a suitable venue I can offer a powerpoint study of costs/benefits/WA incentives/issues for discussion. Same as presented 2 weeks ago at the NW Solar Group with good results. I know there's a way to book and announce a meeting on, but I haven't figured it out. Go direct to my e-mail if you like. Tx T
Comment by Susan Gregory on May 19, 2011 at 6:38am

Hmmm..I would think that Stoneleigh's talk in June 4th could be considered an awareness activity. I'm thinking about Planet:Home- we're beginning to contact people to speak. Any ideas who would be a good "Awareness' raising speaker? 


Comment by Patrick Linder on February 13, 2013 at 12:30pm

Hi Folks, I'm just getting involved, and was wondering what's going on for the group.  Thanks,


Comment by Patrick Linder on February 13, 2013 at 3:02pm

Would anyone be interested in doing a reading of the Mayor's Green Ribbon Commission Report on the Seattle Climate Action Plan (available here: We have a couple of weeks left in the public comment period (ends February 28th), so getting together on this soon might be a good idea, if we want to be able to weigh in on the content of the report. The Mayor's Office plans to roll out an update of the 2006 Seattle Climate Action Plan in April, to coincide with Earth Day this year, and that report will drive the City's approach to climate change, sustainability, and resilience.


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