We had our first Transition Palo Alto Community Council at Palo Alto Cafe this Tuesday. Attendance was modest, but it is bound to grow as people discover the opportunity to get more involved with setting priorities, creating events and participating in the operations of Transition Palo Alto.
We made a good (re-)start on the idea of a Transition Palo Alto Resource Map. We realized that there are many issues to be discussed before we have a map, including at least:
- What makes a place a Transition Resource? Criteria need to be grounded in Transition values.
- What area will we cover? It must be broad enough to be accessible to our members, but narrow enough to cover responsibly with limited volunteer power?.
- Should we have grades? Not all resources will have all Transition values, but some which have a good representation of values should be noted anyway.
- Maintenance of the map was not discussed but will have to be. New businesses appear, while old ones disappear, and some may cease to follow Transition values while remaining in business.
We spent some times considering Grocery Stores as our first category of businesses to be included on the Map. We do expect that we will want to discuss this for a few months, at the level of the map and criteria, and at the level of the grocery store before we produce our first map. This is a complex process that demands serious thought and research.
We also came up with a good plan for the Palo Alto Library’s re:Maker Fair, which will take place on June 23. We will follow up on March’s Shop Your Fridge Potluck and the interest in decreasing food waste and show people what to do with odd-bits and leftovers. At the least, we will talk about saving craps, peels and tops for veggie stock, either made immediately in small amounts, or later with bits saved in the freezer in bigger batches. There are lots of little tips and techniques to include in such a demo. We would also like to run the Dan Barber video about squash bits on a laptop. A team will form to put together a detailed presentation/table over time. Reach out to us if you are interested in participating.
Make sure to join us in May. Look for an announcement with time, place and other details.