2010 Transition Cascadia Regional Summit

On September 16, 2010, 78 Transition leaders from Northwest US states and neighboring Canadian provinces met in Seattle to inspire, support and educate each other. The Summit was held at South Seattle Community College, the same location as the three-day Northwest Permaculture Convergence that began the following day.

For a detailed review of the day, see this blog post by David Johnson of Transition PDX.


8:30 - 9:30 Meet, greet, light breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 Welcome by Carolyne Stayton, Executive Director of Transition US, followed by introductions (plenary)
10:00 - 10:50 Exceptional Events: a panel moderated by Carol Flax of Transition Whidbey, describing events that were successfully executed by various Transition groups. The panel includes presentations by Kristi Laguzza-Boosman of Method Valley Community Preparedness, Barbara Greene of Transition Reno, Randy Chatterjee of Village Vancouver TTI, Susan Gregory of Sustainable NE Seattle, and Carol Flax.

Exceptional Events panel on YouTube
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video on YouTube (35:25)
Planning an Unleashing: a panel moderated by Karen Lanphear of Transition Sandpoint, and featuring Richard Kuhnel (Sandpoint) and David MacLeod (Transition Whatcom)

Audio recording of the panel (the first speaker is Karen Lanphear) (43:54):
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More info on the Whatcom Unleashing
Schedule for the Whatcom Unleashing

11:00 - 11:50 Interweaving with other groups and on multiple scales: a panel discussion about two challenges that Transition Handbook doesn't address: working on the scale of a large city and interacting with an abundance of sustainability groups already active in your area. Moderated by Cindi Landreth of Transition Whatcom, and featuring Jana Vanderhaar of Transition Reno, Jim Newcomer of Transition PDX, and Cathy Tuttle of Transition Seattle.

'Interweaving' panel on YouTube
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video on YouTube (59:14)
Starting and Nurturing a Heart & Soul group: This session used the format for Heart & Soul meetings in Transition PDX (Portland) to explore the challenges and questions that arise for Heart & Soul groups within the context of Transition. Moderated by David Johnson of Transition PDX.

Audio recording of the discussion (thanks to Thomas Allen) (55:15):
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12:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 3:50 Open Space. Facilitated by Deanna Martin of Dynamic Facilitation Associates.

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4:00 - 4:50 Plenary circle: Sharing observations from Open Space sessions
Sharing observations from Open Space sessions
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner
6:00 - 7:30 Next steps: after-dinner conversation on Regional Cooperation and next conference.
Notes from the conversation

Photos by Shelby Tay. Videos by Leo Brodie

The Transitory Transition Exhibition

A silent show-and-tell featured various group's photos, posters, banners, event displays or other memorabilia.


The meals for this event were lovingly prepared from scratch by Chris Wolf of Transition Whatcom, using locally-grown, organic produce -- most of it straight from the farmers. Vicki Robin wrote a sweet blog post about Chris Wolf's fabulous meals in relation to Vicki's own 10-mile diet.

Reviews and Thanks

Thank you again for the FANTASTIC job you and your team did to create the Convergence. Everyone was so happy, the food was terrific and we really created new energy and direction.
Karen Lanphear, Sandpoint Transition

I was so inspired by the Transition Summit that I am organizing Transition Woodinville. Thank you for all you work!
Trish Knox, Woodinville

Thank you very much for putting so much work into the Transition Convergence, it was really wonderful!! Both Jana and I learned a great deal and made many great connections! We are now focused on the last few weeks before our Unleashing, it will be hectic, but exciting! I am looking forward to seeing your video of the Convergence meeting! Thanks again,
Barbara Green, Transition Reno

I definitely want to be kept on the mailing list and would love to be part of the list of attendees. It was one of the nicest events I've attended in years and years of organizing. It was simple, to the point, and full of loving and compassionate conversations. I think we've turned a corner in the movement.
Eileen Jackson, Transition Whidbey

Thanks for all your great work in organizing the excellent Summit!
Chuck Estin

Thank you for your work on organizing a wonderful event.
David Johnson, Transition PDX & Transition US