St Albans is a small city just north of London, England. We want to make it a more sustainable place by empowering communities to take responsibility at the local level, and initiating grassroots projects to prepare for the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil.
Several meetings in now, and it feels like we're only just beginning to organise ourselves and work effectively together. There's a lot to learn, and it's time to start really reading up on the Transition idea, gathering information from those who have gone before, and putting some more formal structures in place.
Current reading: Richard Heinberg's 'Peak Everything', and 'The Long Emergency' by James Howard Kunstler.
One month in, and we're beginning to find our feet. We're getting to know each other, and meetings feel more relaxed and more fun, and we're also beginning to see differences of opinion!
Current homework is to find as many other groups at work in St Albans, everyone from boy scouts to bee keepers, cycling clubs, hikers, commuter associations, business interest groups, everything we can think of. Once we've got them all on paper, we'll begin to get a picture of who's doing what and what kinds of strategic partnerships we need to start to build.
Transition St Albans held its first meeting on Wednesday 29th of January, 2009.
An interesting mix of people attended, including a teacher, a journalist, a gardener, and a storyteller. It’s going to be exciting to see what we can all come up with between us.
Watch this space!