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What parts of our mission are you interested in (for example, growing food/food security, appropriate energy technologies, transportation, community building, etc.)?
growing food/food security, appropriate energy, sustainable building, homesteading skills, community building
How do you see yourself being involved with Sustainable NE Seattle? What skills, talents and passions are you willing to share?
I'm just becoming aware of the "transition town" movement, and I'm not yet sure how I'd like to plug-in to that, but I know I have skills, talents *and* passions which could be put to good use >;-)
List other affiliations/groups that you participate in with similar missions.
friend of Sustainable Ballard, Undriving, Bullock Bros. Farm on Orcas Is.
Cedar Park (Shoreline, WA)

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At 9:01am on January 12, 2010, Bill Aston said…
Likewise. I liked the way Leo formated the discussion last night and allowed the group to self organize with the material at hand. Yes, it was a joy for me and I'm looking forward to see what the "southerners" come up with.
At 8:39am on January 12, 2010, Virginia said…

Likewise. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and all of the other wonderful members of our group.

Last night I came home and made a sign for us. Now . . . to get out of the house with it next Monday!

At 7:25am on December 22, 2009, Susan Gregory said…
Hi Julianne,

There's a website which has really good info and plans I think it's or something close to that- Susan
At 1:04am on December 22, 2009, Julianne said…
Hahaha, I just went to see that actually, you've *already* signed up for it - EXCELLENT!
At 1:03am on December 22, 2009, Julianne said…
Eric, thanks very much for that link - I just bookmarked it. Don't know if your schedule would allow for this, but beginning in January there's going to be a study group for The Transition Handbook - check out "events" - I'm sure your input would be a fabulous asset to the conversation if the timing works.
At 12:20am on December 22, 2009, Eric McAlister said…
I googled Future Scenarios and ran across Holmgren's website
At 12:11am on December 22, 2009, Eric McAlister said…
Julianne, thank you for that review. It sounds like a really good book to read.
At 11:14pm on December 21, 2009, Julianne said…
Susan, here's the blurb about Future Scenarios, which btw is by David Holmgren, founder along with Bill Mollison of the original concept of permaculture:

In Future Scenarios, permaculture co-originator and leading sustainability innovator David Holmgren outlines four scenarios that bring to life the likely cultural, political, agricultural, and economic implications of peak oil and climate change, and the generations-long era of “energy descent” that faces us.

“Scenario planning,” Holmgren explains, “allows us to use stories about the future as a reference point for imagining how particular strategies and structures might thrive, fail, or be transformed.”

Future Scenarios depicts four very different futures. Each is a permutation of mild or destructive climate change, combined with either slow or severe energy declines. Probable futures, explains Holmgren, range from the relatively benign Green Tech scenario to the near catastrophic Lifeboats scenario.

As Adam Grubb, founder of the influential Energy Bulletin Web site, says, “These aren’t two-dimensional nightmarish scenarios designed to scare people into environmental action. They are compellingly fleshed-out visions of quite plausible alternative futures, which delve into energy, politics, agriculture, social, and even spiritual trends. What they do help make clear are the best strategies for preparing for and adapting to these possible futures.”

Future Scenarios provides brilliant and balanced consideration of the world’s options and will prove to be one of the most important books of the year.
It's really not a very big book at all and although I opted to read it *after* The Transition Handbook, I'm sure it will be a quick, if very thoughtful and stimulating, read.

Have a lovely holiday yourself, and a grand Winter Solstice tonight!
At 10:11pm on December 21, 2009, Susan Gregory said…
Hi Julianne,

I haven't read Future Scenarios, but would be interested to hear your thoughts, and if it's a good one to look at. I took a permaculture course last summer, so am interested in that perspective on things. Have a good holiday! Susan
At 8:42am on December 12, 2009, Julianne said…
Susan, thanks so much. A friend had just recommended "The Transition Handbook" to me and my copy arrived in the mail this morning, along with "Future Scenarios," David Holmgren's book, and that's what prompted me to look for a more local to me group to join. I'd love to participate in a discussion group about these, and I'll see about the possibility of making a meeting as well.
Happy Saturday!

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