November 3, 2009 · 7:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
After the initial introduction of the Transition concept in February of this year, we've spent the next eight monthly meetings looking at Transition from many perspectives. We were re-introduced to the idea by our neighbors from Portland, considered Transition from our most personal perspective, viewed how the Cuban people dealt with it and how NM architect Mike Reynolds has built entirely sustainable housing. We've looked at innovative energy solutions, at historic local approaches, and at our current environmental attitudes. With the occaisional exception, attendance has averaged 20 people per meeting, consisting of those from various cross sections of the community who have come for a particular topic and the small core group of you have attended with consistency. The November meeting will revisit the basic premise of Transition and then bring the broad picture in to focus on our hometown. The next phase of our work is to incorporate and apply what we've learned starting with the creation of a composite vision of a vibrant, sustainable Brunswick. The Nov 3 meeting will begin with a 1/2 hour filmed interview with Jennifer Gray, a pioneer in the Transition Initiative in the UK and co-founder of Transition US. Jennifer describes the Transition Towns movement as a community-led response to the crises of peak oil, climate change, and economic uncertainty. She says it's positive, it's pro-active, and it engages the whole community in building resilience into their lives. In the interview, Jennifer explains the Transition Initiative process, and clarifies how it is designed to inspire and empower individuals, households, neighbors, businesses, members of a community to create their own solutions and build an Energy Descent Action Plan for their area. The film will be followed by a brainstorming exercise. If we are to implement this successfully here in greater Brunswick, your input is essential. Please attend!