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Transition workshop summary

Transition workshop summary

Two very full sessions totalling about 140 people were held on January 25th, providing an introduction to the concept of the Transition Town movement.  It was very inspiring to see so many people interested in making our community a healthier and more sustainable place to live!

The discussions focused on a variety of different topics with several common themes, which I will attempt to summarize as follows:

  • sharing – housing, cars, tools, communal spaces, business cooperatives, skills, education
  • healthy people and environment = good (permaculture)
  • working together – worker cooperatives, neighbourhood associations, cooperative housing
  • conserve resources – alternative transportation and energy, sustainable architecture

Some of the ideas discussed are things that happen in our community already, but on a small scale.  Most ideas focused on the possibilities and opportunities that exist, the potential for creating a really amazing community that will thrive and prosper for years to come.   Not all ideas were recorded — it was intended to get people’s brains churning with possibilities, and this is just the beginning of a great conversation!  Watch for future opportunities to develop these ideas and expand on them further by “liking” Kamloops 350 on our Facebook page.

Internal Transition
Catalyst for community/global change
Changing the focus from consumer to participant
Ongoing process
Celebration
Role for creativity
Communication, Resource access/sharing, Time bank, Skill sharing, Book clubs promoting sustainability
Support groups that promote wellness and sustainability
Safe places to talk about fears and challenges
Classes/counseling re emotional development/awareness/issues for all
Reconnection and awareness of the knowledge that what we are internally depends on the environment we evolved within

Consciousness in Health Care
Driven by consciousness not profit
Education for prevention
Credible source of alternative info
Drug use and dependency reduction
Proactive wellness, Empowering self-healing
Health care providers paid based on health not illness
Food based healing
Community grown/prepared natural remedies

Healthy Watershed
Water pricing
Water conservation program
Priority for domestic consumption, ecological
Food production
Guardianship
Hard limits to pollution
Separate streams of domestic water (drinking & untreated) (Yay Sun Rivers!)
• Should be mandatory for all new developments
• Also geothermal: infrastructure built at outset
Greywater & blackwater separate
Low flush/no flush toilets
Rivershed Society of BC
Outlaw bottled water
Running water vs. ?
Water collection systems for gardens

Walking in the Shade of Fruit Trees
Fruit Gleaning – The GleaningProject website; Food Policy Council
Garden sharing
Kamloops Sustainability Projects
Public produce project
Communities in Bloom – food category?
Involve schools: San Francisco’s school gardens, high school greenhouses (like Smithers), support elementary teachers with garden projects
School composting
Summer projects with YMCA, Big Brothers/Sisters
Below ground greenhouses
Work with city to incorporate agriculture into road/street designs
Need to consider bear attraction
Fruit trees trained along fences – easy reach for harvest

Local Food Production

Ecological
Self-sufficiency in some foods e.g. garlic, apricots
Yard sharing
Promote edible, local gifts e.g. dried apricots, honey
Transition away from lawns
Pollinator friendly city
Transition to fruit trees on city property
Squash and beans on fences by Riverside Park
Educational garden at library
Food production education/resource centre: info, materials, tools, classes, trading
Urban farms
Aberdeen, Sahali have community gardens, canning kitchens, community orchards

Urban & Rural Reforestation
Community orchards
Public food trees on city blocks
Mass re-planting of hillsides, nature parks, rural crown land with diverse woodland – food trees, fuel trees, resource trees
Trees capture CO2. Make o2
Trees are natural air conditioning
Trees shade hot urban areas
Use of hemp-bamboo/etc. for pulp products, clothing & any other resource we currently cut down trees for.

Local Organic Bakery
Locally sourced organic grain
Financial start-up group funding, local investors
Sell direct to market (at farmers’ markets, deliveries)
Low carbon facility (LEEDS certified)
Low carbon truck (biodiesel)

What can be done without wheat?
Rice bread, gluten free, organic
Where to get flour? -local source
Cooking/ baking classes taught by local people

Open Source Education
Vision Statement: In a more localized economy, we are all going to need a lot of skills that most of us do not have. We are going to need structures that facilitate the learning of skills as well as the exchange of skills and tools.

Online resources through a website
Skill share (e.g. food preservation, animal husbandry, manufacturing textiles (wool carding, spinning, knitting; hide tanning; flax to linen), draft animals, black-smithing, repair workshops, )
Building groups: learning to build using local, natural materials (Straw bale, Cob, et al.), renewable energy, grey water systems, composting toilets, micro house design
Connect with other groups e.g. Habitat for Humanity
Free university courses
Tool library
Caravan farm theatre
Tranquille Farms: link to draft animal website
MensShed
Open Source Ecology website
Smartphone app: info on products re energy use, waste stream

City Council
(Lots of creative doodles too – this is just the text)
Bylaws ♥
Should allow for tiny homes (e.g. Tumbleweed Homes)
Public space gardening
Urban micro livestock: bees, hens, mini goats. Etc.
Cob houses
Better listening: accountability/attitude shift
Regular public meetings between elected officials and the public
Earlier timing for public input
Public large-scale visioning events
Supporting Council candidates who are proactive in involving the public
Council apprenticeships
Staff apprenticeships (sustainability coordinators, etc)
Onsite Council meetings
Bylaws enable sustainability
• Public gardens
• Urban micro-livestock (hens, bees, micro-goats)
• Cob houses, alternative housing, small houses
More interaction with the public – opportunities for interaction.
Accountability/attitudes
More emphasis on innovative infrastructure/service delivery
Share Transition Town idea with Council & staff

Local Currency
Example of a Saltspring Island dollar

Worker Co-ops
Can bypass economic problems e.g. Spain
Skill Exchange – trades and barters
Tool Exchange
Wide scale applications e.g. Newspapers
Strong worker incentive
Stable: cannot be bought out
Can be nation-wide
Investment in youth
Local example: Femme for All Collective, Athena Gradwell

Barter System
Community website (not Facebook)
Trade goods and services through network (ie: greenstep.com)
Common currency based on value of good or services
How to monitor? Volunteer?
Work to goods to services to $ (no order necessary)
Relationships to understandings
Goods for goods
Volunteer hours for artwork (in Kamloops now?)
Food seems easiest to begin with
Neighbourhood associations – where or what are they
Could be much more natural

Alternative Transportation
Transportation demand study
Electric bikes
Aqua bikes/ trikes
Cablecar
Gondolas/ hill assist
segways
Copenhagen wheel
Public transit: more efficient, better schedule, expansion. More buses and more types of buses
Car communes
Social shift
Rideshare, carshare, carpool – by region, employer, function
Corporate/ business incentives
Taxi – subsidize by activity: personal/ professional
Energy production

Carshare
World changing
Daily news building
Truck/ van sharing for group outings, team practices, extended family
Amongst neighbours – arrange through neighbourhood associations
Informal arrangements
Consider sharing yard and gardening tools
People move – implements into pool

Walking school buses
Bike racks
Contacts of interested families via PACs
Active school travel planning
Survey other communities and schools
Involve retired persons
Art and Recycled parts for bike racks
Car free downtown blocks
Improve wheelchair access
Conveyor belt to uphill Kamloops
Car share

Litter
Graffiti Task Force
Neighbourhood clean-up crews
Ban plastic shopping bags
Do something about cigarette filters in the streets (end up in river)
Garbage barrels “maintained” by a store

Neighbourhood Associations
Structure must be “flexible” to allow for changes
Westsyde Association, 14 in Kamloops
Geography gives us something in common (e.g. safety)
Possible physical locus: community centres
Vehicle for municipal government
• Input to municipal gov’t
• Enshrine in official community plan
“Local projects”
Gleaning projects
One project at a time
Promotes networking
Can’t be single-purpose
Focus on community/social benefit
“Residents to feel they have a buy-in”
Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association
• Jane’s walk
• Peterson Creek Clean-up
• Facebook email list (group?)
Westysyde Assn – Family Night & BBQs, opportunities for fun challenges
Incorporation gives structure & limits legal liability

Co-op Housing Villages
Know your neighbours
Saves time and energy by sharing cooking, childcare
Able to share skills and knowledge
How to finance?
Able to incorporate green ideas
Various models: apartments, houses that share yard space, townhouses, ecovillages, micro-houses with common space
Would have to educate city council

Solar/Wind Power
SUN – solar hot water
Incentive
Controversial vs. non-controversial
Proximity – wind power (nose bleeds, sinus/ear pressure a concern)
Some wind power being investigated between Kelowna, Kamloops, Merritt
Solar Co-op:
• payoff vs. capital investment
• kickstarter
• longer term values
• City co-op
• Parkade space
• Impark/single parking areas
• Co-op housing (Rarebirds co-housing)
Greywater recycling
Permaculture
Hotel 540: forward-thinking owner, location

Sustainable Architecture
Energy Systems:
● Solar, micro hydro, hybrid, wind.
● Energy sold back to Hydro? Materials
● Local, renewable, biodegradeable
● Insulation valve
● Recycled and reused
● Basoteh materials
Reduced Consumption:
● R-valves, low-use fixtures
● Orientation of buildings
● Passive systems
● Volume of buildings
● Grey-water systems Density Issues
● “Liveable” high density
● Stores nearby (food ++)
● Schools and other services
● Mixed income and use
● Housing co-ops
Esthetically Sustainable
● “Ownership” of our spaces
● Variety of style
● Vegetation
● Public art Landscaping
● Trees on southern side that lose leaves (deciduous)
● Xeriscaping/ low water use
● Gardens and parks (parkour, workout)
● Edible landscapes
● Community gardens
● Chemical free
● Water collection
● Reduced lawns
Parking Issues
● Management of traffic
● People first ● Incentives for going green
● Competitions for best practice
Design
● Cob, haybale, Earthship
Prime Directive
Established interpersonal ethic based on respect, awareness and universal love
The development of virtuous technology
The pursuit of universal truth
A constitution for life/ society
Sharing resources vs owning and duplicating the sames things (block tool shed)

Bulletin Board of Random Thoughts
Take stock of what you already have and expand
Being thankful
Sharing
Value System
Consumerism
Keeping up with technology
Skills sharing – I will share my carpentry skills and cookie making skills
Spiritual focus too – prayers/ meditations/ reflections from whatever viewpoint individuals come from. All coming together in a non-judgemental way, to sing, pray, … together to ask blessings and guidance from the Creator of all to help all in joint undertakings. This can help with that essential unity that is underpinning of any successful effort.

3 Comments

  1. What an amazing list of ideas!

  2. great work! at the afternoon workshop, under healthy watershed i added “ecological” (missing in the list above) to food production. just because food production is local doesn’t mean it’s non-toxic.

  3. Added. Thanks.

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