For a happier populace

TransitionTownPhyllis and Mike Wells have started an ER Transition Book Group (previous posting) to make Elk Rapids more resilient and, as Phyllis says poetically, “make for a happier populace.”  

Here are her notes from the first meeting.

The first meeting of the Transition Initiative took place between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. on January 6, 2011 at the Elk Rapids Library. Ten people were present.

We had read Chapter One of “The Transition Handbook” by Rob Hopkins ahead of time. We spent the 1-1/2 hours discussing peak oil and climate change, including what is in the book and our own ideas. We talked about why people, including ourselves, cannot grasp the concepts that big change is inevitable and that we need to be addressing this as a community.

The purpose of the “transition initiative” is to teach the community how to get organized via creative processes to deal with food shortages, energy depletion and expense, medical upheaval, housing difficulties, financial storms, etc. In encourages the re-skilling of all of the community. It is a joyful planning process in the face of some really scary possibilities.

With this last bit in mind, we did scare ourselves some, but found joy in working together to better understand the problem during this first discussion.

It was decided to meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, at the library, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. That way we can talk with each other and be out of the library by 8:00.

The next meeting will be to discuss Chapter Two. We will meet next week, Thursday, January 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. Toby and Heather Miller will lead the discussion for this chapter.

To join the club or for more information, feel free to contact the Wells family —


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