New Habits of Mind for New Solutions

New Habits of Mind for New Solutions
Friday, November 20, NWETC – Headquarters, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220
This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking, instructors are About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm . For more information call 206-762-1976.

650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220

This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking.

About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm. For more information call 206-762-1976.

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Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

Guided Tour of the Georgetown Power Plant
Saturday, December 12, Georgetown Power Plant Museum, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
6605 13th Avenue S
Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6210580512035483148#
http://flickr.com/photos/espressobuzz/sets/72157621451817510/
http://flickr.com/photos/vwguy/sets/72157606651279302/
http://flickr.com/photos/artvixn/sets/72157607292705402/

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:

West Seattle Crop Circle

The West Seattle Crop Circle is a monthly Circle for food gardeners in West Seattle to share experiences, ask and answer questions, and create community.

    More information at www.gleanit.org (Community Harvest of SW Seattle). To join the discussion and receive announcements of future Crop Circle updates you can join the yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WestSeattleCropCircle/join.

    The location is at the Common House of the Duwamish Cohousing Community (access via Brandon or Dawson from the north and Myrtle from the south).

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    Podcasts from 2009 SWS Festival

    Podcasts from the 2009 Sustainable West Seatle Festival Online
    See the Program Guide or the Festival Schedule for the 2009 Sustainable West Seattle Festival to review the speakers and musical acts. Click on the links below to listen to the presentation (MP3 files):
    Opening Ceremony, Cecile Hansen and Duwamish Drummers and Dancers
    Opening Remarks, Building Resiliency in our Local Communities Bill Reiswig, President/Co-Founder, Sustainable West Seattle
    Jim McDermott, US Congressman, Washington – 7th District
    Vic Opperman, President/Founder of SCALLOPS
    Dow Constantine, West Seattle Transportation
    Panel on Local Food Resilience
    Erick McWayne, Reskilling for the Green Economy
    Madeline Ostrander, Community Resilience
    Stacy Noland, Growing Green Collar Jobs for All
    A History of West Seattle: From Loghouse to Longhouse
    Mike McGinn, Building Resilient Cities
    Closing Ceremony
    Also, the Cool Moms produced an eco-story Puppet Show, the audio of which is as compelling as the live performance. Listen again to the characters of the Cool Moms puppet show as they describe their world.
    Several of the musical performers at the Festival have also given permission to publish the recordings of their music:
    Robert Stewart Acoustic rock & soul. Stewart is the founder of, and front man for popular Seattle-area band The Fiasco
    $4 Shoe Boot-stomping bluegrass jam and old-time Southern hootenanny

    Podcasts from the 2009 Sustainable West Seatle Festival are now online.

    See the Program Guide or the Festival Schedule for the 2009 Sustainable West Seattle Festival to review the speakers and musical acts. Click on the links below to listen to the presentation (MP3 files):

    Several of the musical performers at the Festival have also given permission to publish the recordings of their music:

    • Robert Stewart – Robert Stewart Acoustic rock & soul. Stewart is the founder of, and front man for popular Seattle-area band The Fiasco.
    • $4 Shoe – $4 Shoe Boot-stomping bluegrass jam and old-time Southern hootenanny,

    Self-Reporting Bike Hazard/Crash Website

    New Self-reporting Bike Hazard/Risk/Crash Website Operational
    bikewise.org
    Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. It’s based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. Bikewise was started with the conviction that biking could be made safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong. To navigate the site, select one of the focus areas (cited below) and then click “change location” to view Seattle, Bellevue and other areas.
    Crashes: It’s estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we’ll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
    Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we’re still putting this part of the system in place.)
    Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We’re currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.
    Contact the group through support@bikewise.org and check out the website – http://bikewise.org.

    A newew self-reporting bike hazard/risk/crash website is now operational at bikewise.org.  Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. It’s based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. Bikewise was started with the conviction that biking could be made safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong. To navigate the site, select one of the focus areas (cited below) and then click “change location” to view Seattle, Bellevue and other areas.

    1. Crashes: It’s estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we’ll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
    2. Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we’re still putting this part of the system in place.)
    3. Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We’re currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.

    Contact the group through support@bikewise.org and check out the website – http://bikewise.org.

    SWS May Meeting – Building Community Podcast

    Podcast of SWS Monthly Membership Meeting for May
    Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) Founder and past Executive Director Paul Fischburg gave his thoughts on sustainability and volunteerism at May’s monthly general membership meeting. Listen to this month’s featured speaker and the interactive audience session which followed. Paul Fischburg speaking on sustainability and volunteerism.

    Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) Founder and past Executive Director Paul Fischburg gave his thoughts on sustainability and volunteerism at May’s monthly general membership meeting. Listen to May’s featured speaker and the interactive audience session which followed. MP3 file is SWS-Monthly09-05-18-PaulFischburg

    2008 King County Environmental Report

    2008 Annual Report of King County Environmental Stewardship Published

    Environmental Stewardship in King County, the 2008 Annual Report for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, describes the department, what it was tasked to do and what it accomplished in 2008. The report provides maps, facts and figures to convey the breadth of department responsibilities and includes overviews of executive initiatives, performance measures and results, and awards won by the department in 2008. The 2008 Annual Report describes accomplishments by the department’s four divisions including: Wastewater Treatment; Water and Land Resources; Solid Waste, and Parks and Recreation. The report also outlines the 2008 achievements of the King County GIS Center, and includes an overview of finances for the department and its divisions.

    Environmental Stewardship in King County, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ 2008 Annual Report, is available in Adobe Acrobat format, and is available in sections for faster download. To request a paper copy of this report, please call 206-296-6500 or e-mail anna.matte@kingcounty.gov. Download the document at this URL: http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/natural-resources/annual-report/2008.pdf

    SWS Bylaws

    Sustainable West Seattle Bylaws are linked here. You can separately download the file as a PDF file by going to the About page.

    Sustainable West Seattle Bylaws
    You can download the SWS Bylaws here, they exist as a PDF file.

    Sustainable West Seattle Bylaws are linked here.  You can separately download the file as a PDF file by going to the About page.

    Delridge Produce Coop

    Delridge Produce Co-op
    A new food co-operative in the Delridge area has begun. It’s an offshoot of the King County Food & Fitness Initiative project being adminstered by Delridge Neighborhood Development Association. To get involved please contact Galena White, galenawhite@gmail.com

    Delridge Produce Co-op

    A new food co-operative in the Delridge area has begun. It’s an offshoot of the King County Food & Fitness Initiative project being adminstered by Delridge Neighborhood Development Association. To get involved please contact Galena White, galenawhite@gmail.com