A record turn-out (I think) of about 19 people (yes probably a record for 2011- Andy) met on 15th December for our monthly Transition Town Poole get-together at the Friends Meeting House.

John gave a short presentation on “Cradle to Cradle” design inspired by the work of William McDonough and Michael Braungart. This calls for the “transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design” based on biological and technical metabolism and biological and technical nutrition. John ended his talk by showing a short animated film which summarizes C2C design: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jORau0V62c. There’s also a 10-minute TED in Half talk by William McDonough here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO-oO7uULcc

Then Sue told us about the launch of the Big Green Believers Agreement http://www.eco-faith.org/members.php which she attended on behalf of TT Poole. She circulated the list of practical and measurable steps listed in the agreement. Although TT Poole is not a faith group we have signed up to the BGF Agreement as one of the community groups that supports the initiative.

Sue then spoke about the various community groups she and Ian have initiated or been involved with starting, including the Big Lunch in their neighbourhood, Space for Life craft get-togethers in Starbucks in Poole, and the exciting new community cafe at The Old Stables, Poole High Street. Sue reminded us that creating community is central to the Transition – from where we are now to a happy, healthy future for our town.

Turner’s Nursery was next on the list. Jamie, Harriet and Fiona met with councillors, council officers and the heads of the schools last week on site and it was agreed that we could go ahead with “informal use” of the eastern end of the site as a community orchard. This is not written down yet so I’m not getting too excited but it felt like a promising start.

We passed the “magic hat” around and got enough donations to be able to afford another meeting!

Then Gwyn told us about the Transition BH Hub Music Party (Listen and Make) on Sunday 22nd January at the Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, 7.30-10.30. Local musician Alex Roberts will perform and get everyone joining in. Should be a great night.

Finally, Martin brought up the issue of “Shopping” – local shops, the impact of supermarkets, local food supply chains, farmers’ markets, our responsibility as consumers. This is a topic we can return to.

Many thanks to all for lively, friendly conversations. See you next time.
Harriet

Next meeting Tues 17th Jan 2012, again at the Friends Meeting House