Original Responses from World Cafe, 15 March 2012

Table #1

What scares you about the future, and what’s your hope for Transition Port Angeles?

Gap in social classes
Those who feel they have nothing vs. those who look down on them

Marketing is the basis of consumerism
Underpinning is a commitment to growth
but this will doom us
can’t sustain growth forever
competition for limited resources
gap will grow greater and greater
inculcated into all our systems
the poor are made poorer by marketing

Hopes: put into action the thoughts expressed here
Fear: lower budgets leading to less community activities
Hope: creating our own values rather than from outside forces
Move somewhat toward society we had 100 years ago
All of our “leaders” buy into the growth idea
Local timber industry – exporting raw logs
We should be finishing wood products
Hope: people won’t feel left out

Table #2

Challenges and Opportunities
Challenges
Shuttered stores/depressed economy
Need for long-hauled goods
Hard to produce things locally
Port/Ocean: small-scale shipping possible
Energy intensity to extract
Loss of farmland
Possibility of social disintegration
Opportunities
People trained in maritime trades
Forests/woods
Old technologies still exist
Natural resources: wood/fish/water/climate
Lots of existing skills will still be needed
Development has slowed down
Need to establish community ties
There has already been a study conducted of the local food system and an effort to create a Food Policy Council (led by the local League of Women Voters)

Table 2

What scares you about the future, and what’s your hope for Transition Port Angeles?

Sustainable transport for aging/physically limited populations
Militarization of our borders
If the green and organic movement can finally have caught fire, sustainability can catch fire too
Hopefully to have transportation from further reaches of town into main parts without driving one person per car.
Carpools, conveyer belts, gondolas

Challenge:
Distorted sense of fair value for a product (Wal-Mart vs. local) opportunities.
Bring together local hobbyists and crafts people to find out what they need to be successful in business, like Farmers in Jefferson.
Mills ship out lumber
Make lumber for wood workers to build quality furniture
Textiles for clothing
Brewing

How do we handle our waste stream?
Hope that we could generate energy or new uses for our waste!
Opportunity for new thoughts and ideas for young minds to address solutions
More public transportation, running more often, on more extensive routes using electric or solar powered transport vehicles.
Organize groups of Craftsmen/women. How to convert skills to local industries.
Challenge – People embracing true cost of goods
Scared that things will get worse due to scarcity of resources, and “survivalist” instincts will prevail
Fear that the increased militarization of the Peninsula as characterized by the expansion of Border Patrol will impact personal liberties.
Strength: Community Housing Land Trust
Developing local investing industries to serve out immediate needs.
Peak Oil scares me. Climate change scares me. What my granddaughter’s adult life will be like scares me.
Hobbies – Work
How does our transportation system move people more effectively?
How do we build good neighbors and neighborhoods.
Sustainable transport for aging/physically limited populations

Table 3

Hope: Can sustain without going off the Peninsula

Leverage: Smart metering to learn and control own power use
Cost of Living: Energy Food
Renewable energy
Sources aren’t necessarily cheaper
Concerned that community doesn’t come together
Gulf between have and have-nots widens (smaller middle)
More of what First Federal Bank does
Solar Power
Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness
Expand collective community gardening
Community hubs
What is the tax cost point for Mega stores vs. local stores? Why does it matter?
Change the world…. One pedal stroke @ a time
Opportunities: Neighborhood watch
Challenges
Dependence on external markets
Energy costs
Need a unifying vision for our town
We can be on the cutting edge of localizing food sales and economic efforts

Table 4

Replace City Council
Conservation
Nippon water rights
Become sustainable community
Guns/Drugs
The poor who cannot be self supporting
Roles models for youth
GMS’s
Privatization
Codes: People are not concerned: Bad government
How much electricity do you need?
Would like to see:
People helping people
Behave more sustainably
Conscious living
Conscious Behavior
Make composting poop legal
Conservation Behavior not being enough
Make natural building legal
Hope for PA
Replace most of Council
Make sustainable living legal
Clean up Rayonier super fund site
Conservation is critical – make them care
Get rid of biomass plants
Stop cronyism
Get the “good ole network” to stop wasting our time and resources
Insecurity behavior
Hopelessness
Food security
Corporate ownership of food
Genetically modified food
Privatized water
Corporate profiteering
Cellular damage
Rethink biomass, earthquake prone waste water treatment
Health
Choice of power? Wind – solar – tides – microhydro
Rethink water front
Rethink CSO
Rayonier
Biomass
Economy scale
Possible Tsunami wave will destroy sewage treatment plant

Table 5

Challenges
Discouragement – nothing happens
People want privacy
Homeless People
Inspires City to Invest in people instead of business
Keeping people inspired

Opportunities
Positive people
Community Gardens
Local community gardens
Juvenile hall – juvenile gardeners
Lots of volunteers – retirees

What scares you about the future, and what’s your hope for Transition Port Angeles?
Sacred about Biomass plants
People will forget that have the power to do this, and not let the Big Old Boys stop us from doing it.
Apathy developed and ill-informed people in society. How do we return to the energy of the 60’s?
Consumer attitude
Generation attitude

Hopes
People come together
Co-op food
Traffic circles
Local businesses in buildings
We can attract young people under 25!!

Table 6

Every child deserves a quality education to prepare them for the future
Have a season on Deer! All over Clallam County – border to border
Where are the jobs?
Walking paths
Family
Walk-able paths/trails
Take creeks out of culverts
Access trails over gullies and creeks
Make them more accessible

Table 7

What scares us?
Housing unaffordable
Homelessness
Time to change – loss/life possible?
Locally water pollution – food safe?
Cleanup locally taking so long
Public education not adapting fast enough
Social and economic system fragile – loss of trust – lack of ownership
Air quality
What is our hope for Transition PA?
Good organization
Strength of First Federal
Waterfront can bring us together
Community organized neighborhoods
Energy:
Need to control our grid
Potential of wave power
Could community do it rather than private interest?
Need options explored

Food system – local food – Market is great
(secret garden supply – local organic farm supplies)
We have local bicyclist org to build on – need education for public – need barriers
Good local stores – a clothing store with locally made clothing
We have good public art downtown, symphony, art museum
Locally made furniture w/alder
Local meat butchered locally, and locally processed
Commercial kitchen
Sustainable together
Challenges or Opportunities

Need alternative transportation for those who can’t bike, better buses, small units for rural
Many moved out of town intentionally –
Structure or model for Transition org:
Don’t get bogged down with mission statement
Lots of talent and creativity here
Don’t form committees
Have structure that all ideas can come to – overseeing board and process to evaluate ideas – then draw on resources of community need passion of persons

Challenge: Port Angeles too heavily invested in Tourism

Opportunities:
Farm Land – still here
Business incubator – building and incubator a possibility
Fairview – Turn into working farm and teach students how to do farm business
Collaborate
Build strength of local farms
We have people moving here who want to learn or work as farmers

Table 8

Hope
Authentic to Port Angeles
Local energy
Local water
Local food
Focus on the waterfront
Clean, working harbor

Fears
Lack of vision/cohesion
Sea level rise
Fear of pollution from biomass
Climate impact on food crop, economy
Isolated
Vulnerable
Resilient
When the crash comes we gave resources
No long term professional opportunity
Becoming Port Townsend
Is this movement different? We have been the next big thing for 150 years.

This table had a graph timeline of firewood coal oil – but I couldn’t insert a graph

Table 9

Fears
Biomass causing respiratory problems
Produces dioxins which are carcinogenic
No way to flush out particles from biomass plants
30% less lung development in children like constant wood-burning

Hope
Family center for gathering for fun and learning

Table 10

Hope
Transportation
Cooperative
Green transportation/ neighbors to be more community-oriented (nurture friendships)
Collect our own rainwater!
Neighborhood emergency cooperatives
Sustainability! We can grow our own food.
Bicycles, walk educate the young (our students and their parents)

What scares you?
Consumerism of kids
Global economy impact on local economy
Transportation issues/no public transportation
Climate change
Excessive growth of rural populations
Oil issues – transportation/travel limited
Isolation as a community – un-sustainability! Crisis!

Local organic logos
Community potluck meetings w/local food, wine, music
Party with local food products
Port Angeles logo for locally grown
Piggyback “INFILTRATE” on already established events like
Crabfest, Arts in Action, Hydro Planes, Speed boats
Community Pot Lucks
Get to know people
Eat local foods
Celebrate
Town 4th July Picnic
Mainstream People with sustainable food and teaching opportunities
Educate Public/selves about food, the need “It doesn’t seem like a good deal”
How? Price comparisons
Farmers Market vs. Safeway

Challenge
Lack of transparency in local government, what get’s decided behind closed doors and what gets decided in the open. How it happens? Maybe we can do without “them”
Short term thinking – or Not thinking.
We can meet our own local food needs!!
Local stores can sell local produce products

Good program – encourage home owners to create a small garden – grown an apple tree and pear tree.

Table 11

More accessible public transportation
Better connections with neighbors
City council more responsive to citizens’ needs vs. corporations
Neighborhood community gardens

Climate change
Forest Fires burn our forests
Port Angeles downhill path – living in the past
Possibility lose
food supply
Bridge closure
Landslide over highway

Community greenhouses
Air pollution
Water pollution
Mushroom growers

Table 12

Port Angeles more a part of Victoria
Time bank
City bank
Geothermal retrofit for green
Farmers Market Grow
Produce, buyers
More local businesses
Horizontal organization
On-demand manufacturing
More renewable energy – active and passive
Mine PA landfill for recycling and environmental protection
Make it EASY
Getting people engaged – start with youth
On the ground education
and alternate
Apathy
Tie the City together
Urban gardening
Don’t teach consumerism!
More farmers market days. More hours
Emergency preparedness is very difficult in PA
Far from anywhere except one ferry to Victoria
Local resiliency must improve to preserve the whole community
Get kids involved in city plans
Educating the youth
Face challenges
Community
Be a living example
City government hold competition in local design
“What do you want your future to look like”
Acculturated passivity
Dissatisfaction will lead people to break with system and bring change
Either incentivize change or increase dissatisfaction

Table 13

Fear:
Population +++!!
Poverty – crime
Corporate dominance/power
Increase of illegal drug use
Theft to support
An increasingly feral society

Solar power
Clallam County Sheriff Department has neighborhood organization program for emergency
citizen response. Might be model for neighborhood cooperation, recycling, sharing, reducing consumptions, re-skilling.

Walkable, cycleable, golf cartable

Share effort: Workers, Brains, Imagination, Gardens, Volunteers
Share $$$$ – Locavest!

Contrast consumption
Need communication clearinghouse
Dependency on “outside” force
Divulge local source…

Concern: cost of water (sewer fee) for home gardens
Vacant spaces in downtown PA

Hope
An appreciation of our place in the natural world
Pressure for big box economics:
PA and Sequim: Making Costco and Wal-Mart a family outing tradition
Too many people, too little resources
Bigger is better attitude

Permaculture

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