Jersey in Transition committee meeting minutes of 21 March 2011

March 23rd, 2011 by Nigel Jones

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Minutes of the third committee meeting, Monday 28th February 2011

Present: Ann Pirouet, Geoffrey Pirouet, Ruth Baier-Rolls, Ian Rolls, Nigel Jones, Luke Shobbrook, Nick Palmer, Bernard Carree, Francoise Carree, Helen Thomas, Irene Brown, Anna Wimberley.

Apologies: Daniel Wimberley, Jeremy Miller, Kirsten Miller, Simon le Noury, Annie le Noury, Marilyn Melvin, Marion Shobbrock, Caroline Leach.

1. The minutes of the meeting of the 28th February were circulated, approved and signed.

2. The aims of Jersey in Transition

There was a general consensus that we should join the worldwide Transition Movement and model ourselves on Transition Towns/UK, but not copy them.

Two draft versions of JiT were read out, a short one by Nigel (see Appendix A) and a longer one by Anna (see Appendix B). It was suggested to adopt the shorter version as the opening paragraph for our constitution, and use the longer one for the website or a leaflet about who we are, perhaps labelled ‘Objectives’. We took our first vote: 10 were for, 1 against, adopting Appendix A into the constitution.

3. Membership and money We will need money, to pay for insurance, booking halls, a banner, etc. We discussed whether we needed a membership subscription fee. Or would it be enough just to register?

We decided, by unanimous vote, that membership should be free. Donations should be encouraged and openly asked for whenever there is a major cost. We also discussed some possible fund raising activities, e.g. from some of the stalls at the summer fiesta.

4. Constitution

As an example, the constitution of Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT) was circulated.

Several people suggested to adopt it as a template for a JiT constitution.  We would replace their aims with our agreed aims and modify the paragraph about membership fees. There was some discussion as to how members would be accepted and under what criteria they would join, if anyone who wanted to could join anyway. We voted on using the PACT constitution as a template for ours, 10 for and 1 abstention. This also meant that the word “committee” would be replaced by “steering group”. Two points were made:

a) Has PACT got copyright? (Anne) Nigel to find out. (Update – their website says they have; message left asking for a waiver for our use 23/3/11 – Nigel)

b) The steering group retains the right to make changes to the constitution when it sees fit to do so. (Irene)

5. Official Status

Before registering as a Transition Island we needed to check whether we were ready for it.  Ruth read out the checklist of 16 criteria from the Transition Network, and we answered them in turn. Ruth agreed to complete the criteria response form and then send it to Ben Brangwyn who will review it for “official” status. We are already registered as an Initiative. We noted down some more steps necessary to become official:

As many steering group members as possible should register themselves on the system, then tell Nigel about it, so he can put it on our profile. Also the story of JiT needs bringing up to date(Nigel) and the info provided with our profile needs to be checked to see whether it is complete

6. Werkstadthaus

We heard an interesting account by Ruth from her recent visit to the Werkstadthaus near Tuebingen. This has been a great achievement, started by four individuals with a lot of drive and little money. The idea was to combine housing with some retail businesses, craft workshops and other rooms used by the local community. To hear this story is a boost to us, when we talk about converting the Le Seelleur building into a “Workshop House”.

7. News from groups

Summer Party – Irene told us about the summer fiesta, planned for the 28th August at Brian Adair’s farm. A lot of thought and preparation has gone into this already. There will be stalls with home produce, crafts, healing therapies, massage, face painting, food, etc., a good opportunity to come together with other related organisations, all under the banner of Jersey in Transition.

8. Next meeting: Monday 18 April 7.30 pm at Communicare, St.Brelades

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Appendix A: Aims (Nigel)

Aims of Jersey in Transition

  • Jersey in Transition aims to provide support for the future transition of life in the island from its present form to one that is much less dependent on fossil fuels.
  • To this end, JiT aims to provide a framework in which people can share their time and enthusiasm, knowledge and skills, and possibly more tangible assets, while being creative and having fun together.
  • We aim to help build a more resilient and fulfilling society in the island that has the expertise to make this transition.

Appendix B: Aims (Anna)

Aims of Jersey in Transition

1. JiT recognizes the challenges we face from diminishing fossil fuels. There is an awareness in the island, that we have to change from an oil dependent wasteful society to one that is more sustainable and in harmony with nature.

2. JiT wants to build on this eco-awareness and spread it further, not through political campaigns, but by making the community more resilient for when we run out of oil. It encourages people to be creative, learn to work together and share resources, for the common good.

3. JiT is re-invigorating long standing activities like gardening, baking, knitting, etc. things people did before the oil age even started … not only because these activities use less oil, but because we need to learn a more self-sufficient culture, we need to build up our confidence and connectedness.

4. JiT believes that the way of life we have come to take for granted, is no longer tenable.  Climate Change and the loss of biodiversity are just two examples of the harmful effects of our lifestyle.

5. JiT seeks to build new social and economic models, by tapping the creative energy and goodwill in all of us. Already there is a trend in Jersey towards allotments, local food production, bus and bike travel, green energy, waste recycling, etc. JiT wants to link up with organisations or individuals promoting these and cooperate with them.

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