The Cascadia State of the Bioregion

The bioregion of Cascadia is distinct. Interconnected by geography, history and a culture deeply rooted in self-determination and a love of the natural world, so to is our movement becoming connected to this region.

2018 was a year of many milestones. We hosted, helped and participated in events throughout the Pacific Northwest, with chapters and events in more than 7 cities, including a Cascadian Poetry Festival, Cascadia Day celebrations and of course our first ever Rainingman.

2019 Executive Summary

For all you wonderful Cascadians out there,

The bioregion of Cascadia is distinct. Interconnected by geography, history and a culture deeply rooted in self-determination and a love of the natural world, so to is our movement becoming connected to this region.

2018 was a year of many milestones. We hosted, helped and participated in events throughout the Pacific Northwest, with chapters and events in more than 7 cities, including a Cascadian Poetry Festival, Cascadia Day celebrations and of course our first ever Rainingman.

Interest and support for Cascadia grew by many of thousands, CascadiaNow! was featured featured by a range of national media such as Vice, National Journal, Business Insider, NPR, CBC, Slate and many others, CN! became a recognized non-profit organization in the State of Washington, and most excitingly we began outreaching for the first time with all of the hundreds of people interested in helping make this movement a reality. But all of these milestones are just getting ready for the exciting things about to happen next year.

Last December, our staff and Board of Directors came together for our first ever retreat to discuss our mission, vision and long term objectives. Together, we defined a mission – to cultivate a resilient and inclusive Pacific Northwest community – a vision – a vibrant Pacific Northwest with a recognizable culture of bioregional sustainability with a clear set of long term goals and short term objectives to:

  • secure permanent online and physical space to create a network of community resources, and better connect CN! chapters and projects.

  • build a robust network of CN! chapters and projects and a strong contributing membership representative of both the indigenous and settled populations of the bioregion.

  • ensure more goods and services moving within the bioregion and, conversely, fewer goods and services imported to or exported from the bioregion (for reasons of cultural preference rather than regulated trade barriers.)

  • increase a positive awareness of the term Cascadia and the concept of bioregionalism

  • a self-sufficient CN! that can support a broad network of chapters and projects thanks to strong financial health and organizational structure.

These milestone marks a few of the very exciting things that we have coming up in 2015. We have completed our first step in achieving federal recognition as a 501(c)3 non-profit, which will allow us to provide fiscal sponsorship for huge array of Cascadian chapters, groups, projects. By establishing a robust network of chapters and projects throughout the bioregion, we will create new organizing spaces that will connect a wide and diverse coalition of people together through shared principles and values, and allow every person to be active about issues they care about.

In addition, we are overhauling a website, a short process that with our technical capabilities we expect to last no longer than 3-5 decades, which will open up the site so that anyone can submit articles, create forums, propose projects or start a group, so that we can begin shifting discussion off of facebook, and into to real life.

We want to be a community toolkit, a hub of resources, ideas and communication, with resources available to every person working to impact positive change in their communities. This will mean finding ways to not only sponsor projects, but to help secure funding so that people can be supported in what they care about.

It has been a unique pleasure to watch CascadiaNow! take shape over the past 9 years. Through online discussion and volunteerism, we will continue to grow in the New Year and beyond. Thank you for being a part of the Cascadia movement.

Sincerely,

Brandon Letsinger
Executive Director & Founder
Cascadia Department of Bioregion

sTATE OF CASCADIA (pdf)

sTATE OF CASCADIA (pdf)

2018 was an amazing year for Cascadia. Here are a few exciting things to look forward to in 2019:


CN! a non-profit!

Cascadia is Now a WA State non-profit and a pending 501c3 umbrella organization.

A Platform for Impact

New website, open blogging, discussion and planning space, resources, services and funding for groups, chapters and projects.

Sponsored Projects

An umbrella organization able to extend our non-profit status, support and help fund all Cascadia related projects within our mission

Groups and Chapters

A robust network of chapters, groups, projects, and events, helping build Cascadia as a positive and inclusive movement.

Membership

An active membership, able to impact their communities, whose resources support projects and chapters, using liquid democracy as our base.


CascadiaNow! By the Numbers

The Cascadia movement in 2018, by the numbers – fun facts and statistics from the Cascadia Department of Bioregion

What to expect in 2019!

2014 was a year of milestones. Here’s a few things to look forward to in 2015.

Snapshot of a Social  Movement: 2018

A great summary of all the amazing activities, events and projects that happened over the past year.

The Year in Pictures

See a recap of last year with a slideshow of activities and events.