Sustaining a Transition Group

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

Sustainable NE Seattle (, the 19th official U.S. Transition Initiative, finds itself gearing up for its fifth anniversary, bigger and more active than ever. How does such a group navigate the evolving dynamics of keeping an organization active during different phases of its lifetime, and honor its internal "transitions?" How does a group in a large city compete with the myriad of activities and special interest groups available? How does the group balance awareness raising with the creation of tangible projects, including an annual skills fair, garden parties, community gardens, and their newest venture, the Northeast Seattle Tool Library? Join three of the group's Steering Committee leaders for a conversation about what has worked and what hasn't worked in maintaining and growing the organization, and how their own perceptions and goals have shifted along the way. Susan Gregory, Joann Kerr and Leo Brodie serve on the Steering Committee of Sustainable NE Seattle, having been actively involved since its founding in May 2008. They authored the "Transition Handbook Discussion Course", a guided discussion plan to accompany The Transition Handbook, in 2009. Most recently, they helped launch the NE Seattle Tool Library ( 

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