Northwest/Cascadian Transition Summit

September 16, 2010

Update as of 9/14/10: We currently have 84 registrants "definitely" attending, and 26 "maybe"s!

On September 16, 2010, Transition leaders from Northwest US states and neighboring Canadian provinces will meet in Seattle to inspire, support and educate each other.

The event is open to all leaders who are forming or evolving Transition initiatives, from those who are just now trying to initiate a new group to those who are evolving after having their Great Unleashing, and every phase in between. We're expecting Transition leaders from Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Portland OR, Sandpoint ID, and many other locations. Because this is the first meeting of its kind, it will not be the best opportunity for newcomers to learn about Transition. If you're already familiar with the concepts of Transition, you're welcome to come and be inspired!

Register to Attend AND/OR Pre-order Meals

Attendance is free because Seattle Community College has graciously donated the venue. We ask you to register for attendance using the link above, so that we can have an idea how many will attend.


The meals are going to be prepared by Chris Wolf from Transition Whatcom using all/mostly local organic food and re-usable utensils. Please bring your own plate, cups and flatware if possible. The cost is $30 per person. If you want to order meals, please fill out the registration form (even if you filled it out before) and indicate in the comment that you will bring $30 in cash on the day of the event. Those wishing to bring their own food can opt out.


We're happy to announce that this Summit will be held at South Seattle Community College.

Some attendees will stay for the 2010 Northwest Permaculture Convergence, which runs at the same location from Sept 17-19.

We will email details on the location and directions to those who have registered. (If you're not sure whether you registered, feel free to register again.)


The event is expected to run from 8:30 am to 8pm, Thursday Sept 16, 2010.

Tentative schedule, subject to change:

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 Simultaneous presentations Round I (attend one or the other):
* Exceptional Event Examples: a panel moderated by Carol Flax of Transition Whidbey, describing events that were successfully executed by various Transition groups (other than Unleashings, which is covered in the alternate session)
* Planning an Unleashing: a panel moderated by Karen Lanphear of Transition Sandpoint
11:00 - 11:50 Simultaneous presentations Round II (attend one or the other):
* Starting and Nurturing a Heart & Soul group: This session will use 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.
* Interweaving with other groups and on multiple scales: a panel moderated by Cindi Landreth of Transition Whatcom. This panel will discuss 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.
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 3:50 Open Space; calling question: "How Do We Do the Work of Transition Most Effectively?". Facilitated by Deanna Martin of Dynamic Facilitation Associates (http://tobe.net/), the Open Space session allows participants to raise any issues they feel weren't covered by the presentations, or that require deeper exploration.
4:00 - 4:50 Plenary circle: Sharing observations from Open Space sessions
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner
6:00 - 6:55 Regional Cooperation: plenary conversation. "What help and support would we like from other groups? What help and support can our own groups offer? What new synergies could we benefit from by sharing resources? What would a bio-regional network look like?"
7:00 - 8:00 Final sharing and Closing

The Transitory Transition Exhibition

If you can, please bring your photos, posters, banners, event displays or other memorabilia, for our silent show-and-tell. We'll set up tables where you can arrange your stuff and show off the fruits of your labors.


It will be a long, full day, so we expect that folks traveling to Seattle will probably need to spend the night here both on Wednesday and Thursday.

As of this writing (9/8), there are some spaces available at Camp Long, which is relatively close to the campus. The price is $40 per cabin plus a $50 refundable cleaning deposit. Make your reservations as soon as possible! (Please contact the Camp directly - the organizers of the Transition Summit have made no arrangements with them.)


Email Leo Brodie: leobro at comcast.net