While browsing through websites on Transition Town Initiatives I stumbled upon this seven minute video. After watching it I felt compelled to share it with all of you. I have felt frustrated with my efforts at times when it seems that there is no momentum at large and at other times when I cannot seem to live up to my own individual philosophical convictions. This video explains why I feel that way and what might be able to be done about it. It reminded me that what WE are trying to do at Sustainable Renton is exactly the thing that is the solution to our problem-to work in our local communities to effect a positive change and to move towards a more resilient, self-sufficient city, rather than a dependent one. Here is a link to that video: http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-change/ After viewing the short it will take you to a quiz to find out what kind of game changer you are. I was informed that I am a nurturer. I’m not sure how I feel about that, I think I might rather leave the nurturing to others and I’ll be in the forefront changing the rules of how the games are played, but it’s nice to be effective at both I guess.
One idea that has been mentioned at our Board meetings is to make Sustainable Renton a Transition Initiative. If you are unfamiliar with this idea then you can go here to find out more: http://transitionus.org/transition-101
Here is a snippet from the website to pique your curiosity:
“The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Transition Initiatives differentiate themselves from other sustainability and “environmental” groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self reliance and resilience.”
If, after finding out more, you want to get involved in what Sustainable Renton might be doing please come to our Board meeting held on the third Thursday of every month at 7 pm or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back with you.
In the meantime, do good work.