Transition PDX has seemingly been underground or underwater recently, out of sight—but maybe not out of mind? “What’s happening with the Steering Committee?” people have been asking. “Why haven’t we heard much from Transition PDX lately?” If you’re on the Updates list, you may have read the May 29, 2012 message from David Johnson explaining the major setback experienced by the new Steering Committee when two members resigned suddenly in mid-May. In his message, David expected we would be up and running, convening general meetings again by the first week of July, and obviously that hasn’t happened. However, there is hope!
Coinciding with the arrival of a stretch of sunshine (finally!) a few things are beginning to sprout for Transition PDX:
- We have a new website — still under development, but you can see the beginnings, and we would love to get your feedback.
- We have a library! Thanks to Pete Jacobsen, who initiated and single-handedly organized it, we have begun to collect books, DVDs and other resources which can be checked out by anyone signed up on the Transition Updates List. Find details here.
- We have an office! Thanks to the generous sponsorship of St. Francis Parish, Transition PDX will be housed, at least in the near future, in the Fremont Room, which happens to have one long wall of beautiful wooden bookshelves, just perfect for our library. The room is large enough to accommodate meetings of a dozen people or so. Stay tuned for more details….
- This month, we are co-sponsoring a talk by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy on Friday, July 27 at the First Unitarian Church, on her new book coauthored with Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy . Find details for this event, plus a July 19th screening of Fixing the Future, here.
- A new working group has been formed to learn and practice using different types of alternative currencies, and to learn about successful models that are being utilized here in Portland, as well as in other places. For more information, go to the Alternative Currencies Working Group page.