Steering Group Meeting report June 30th
Transition Powell River Steering Group Meeting
June 30th 2009, 7pm at 7173 Huntingdon, Powell River
Kevin was to get examples of Transition constitutions, and BC Societies constitutions and bylaws, for us to work from, has not done so yet. Julie will look online and get the examples.
Awareness raising Event Schedule
We updated our summer event schedule to reflect venue availability and co-ordination with other events.
- Tues July 14th: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry. Email for directions.
- Thurs July 16, 6-8pm: TPR presence at Hot Summer Nights market on Willingdon Beach with display table to promote upcoming screening and raise awareness. Kevin has contacted Karen, the organiser, about a table and she has confirmed we can have space for free or make a donation if we can. Kevin will bring a shade tent. Owen will bring a table. Wendy and Barry will bring a 3-panel display for the table, each panel is about 30″ x 40″ so the whole thing will fill most of the table length, with room in front for handouts etc. Julie will also attend. Setup time is 4 – 4:30pm.
For this display, we need information about Peak Oil, Climate Change and the links between them; information about Transition generally (why, how, etc); and information about Transition Powell River specifically and our upcoming events. Discussion, ideas and volunteers for producing the displays are welcome.
- Tues Jul 28th: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry. Final planning for film screening.
- Wed July 29th: Film Screening: “The End of Suburbia” at the Unitarian Hall (date booked). To include before and after activities as described in the Transition Handbook. This will require a laptop and projector to show the DVD (Wendy P) and a screen, as large as possible. Anyone have a screen we can use? If we stretch a king-size white sheet across the stage area, would that be good enough?
- Tues Aug 11: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry.
- Sat Aug 15th: possible table at Blackberry Day at the open air market? TBC. Kevin will contact Julie B to see if we can do this.
- Wed Aug 19th: Film Screening: “TBA” at the Unitarian Hall (date booked). To include before and after activities as described in the Transition Handbook. See discussion below for film ideas.
- Fri Aug 21st: possible presence at Blackberry Street party. Julie T will contact the organisers to find out if we can do that.
- Tues Aug 25th: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry.
- Tues Sep 8th: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry.
- Mid-September: possible Transportation-related film or talk? OR Wed Sept 9th “Transition Movie”
- Tues Sep 22nd: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry.
- Sep 26-27th: possible presence at Fall Fair
- Tues Oct 6th: steering group business meeting, 7pm at Kevin’s house in Cranberry.
- Wed Oct 7th: Film Screening: “The Power of Community” (or other farm/food film) location TBA, date TBC. To include before and after activities as described in the Transition Handbook.
- Sat Oct 10th or Sun 11th: Open Space conference day on Local Food. Location TBA. Date TBC.
- November or January: “Eco Fair” major event.
Viewing of the film “Peak Oil – Imposed by Nature” made us change our minds about making that our first film to screen. We found that it jumped into the middle of the whole Peak Oil concept without enough introductory material, that it started out with a “conspiracy theory” flavor, and had too much in the way of talking heads, limpets and accordion playing. (truly!), and not enough relating peak oil to our lives. We decided to make our first screening be “End of Suburbia”, which while it does have a lot of 6-lane highway sequences which don’t necessarily resonate for Powell Riverites, does go through the issues from the beginning, and relates them to the way we live.
Our original plan was to show “An Inconvenient Truth” in August. Discussion made this seem like less of a good idea, as it ignores peak oil completely in the discussion of climate change, and also has licensing requirements and fees for public screenings which we’d have trouble dealing with on such short notice. So, the August 19 screening is open at this point. I’ll review the other DVDs I have in the stack David P passed along, to see how suitable those are. There is also a “Transition Movie” being produced which might be ready by then.. OK, looking at the Transition site, they are hoping to have a multisite-worldwide-premiere on Wed 9th Sept. So we might be able to make that our mid-Sept screening, and get a transportation-related one for August. Suggestions welcome, especially if you already have a suitable DVD! Another option would be “The Age of Stupid”, a more recent movie. Anyone seen it / got the DVD?
- posters and handouts ASAP for the Wed 29th End of Suburbia screening.
- entries in Around Town and the Shaw Cable ticker
- Press Release about our first film screening
- (post meeting idea): podcast interview with David and Kevin?
Happening Around Town
Green Steps sustainability project/book: public coffee-house/discussion on making outdoor landscapes more sustainable at Breakwater books, 7-9 pm on July 9th. More information: www.greenstepsolutions.com
Ben Stewart, intentional community organising 604 414 7665
Items for discussion at next Steering Group meeting
- How to get young people and people from Sliammon involved.
- How and when to start topic groups
Additions and corrections to this report are welcomed.