The Transition Movement in the US – and internationally, too, it seems – is at a stage in its evolution where many of us are thinking about how to grow the capacity and increase the impact of our efforts. One strategy for growing and strengthening Transition Initiatives (those efforts that are building-resilience in communities using the Transition Model) is to develop more formal organizations with paid staff, rather than relying solely on volunteers, which can limit participation and often leads to burn-out.
I am a Masters’ student in Ecopsychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and I began working with Carolyne, Marissa and Nils at Transition US as part of my service-learning project in October 2015. Over the six months that my project spanned, I had no idea just how much it would change me and my perspectives.
Jeremiah (my partner) and I don’t dream of getting rich, or owning a big house with a white picket fence and a two-car garage, or driving a fancy car.
A couple of weeks ago, Transition US convened a handful of courageous and inspired community leaders who are implementing Transition Streets in neighborhoods across the US: Sacramento and Berkeley CA; Bozeman, MT; Charlottesville, VA; and the Catskills, NY. We were very excited to hear about their successes and innovations, and wanted to share some of our takeaways with you.
Partnering with Local Government
Originally published by Resilience.org
I learned a new term this week: Stationarity.
More specifically, "the end of stationarity," which is apparently a new phrase coined by scientists to describe the growing turmoil of climate change.
Climate change is disrupting all humanity's presumptions. For eons, people have counted on reliable things like the seasons, the weather, adequate rainfall -- all necessary for growing food. People have counted on rivers staying within their banks, hillsides staying in place, oceans growing fish, and wells bringing up water to drink. All these erstwhile-steady things are now widely variable.
The civil war in Syria was triggered by a five year drought, which laid waste to a large portion of Syrian agriculture. This drought, NOAA has confirmed, was considerably exacerbated by global warming. We in America are disproportionately responsible for climate change. We are responsible for the war, the killing, the increased terrorism, and the refugee crisis—at least in some measure. I kn
In November 2005 we held a small gathering -- a book launch party for Legacy: A Story of Hope. We didn't know it at the time, but that small gathering was the first for a group that would become the Environmental Change-Makers.
It was the start of a chain of change-making events and projects that would see the building of the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, and the Westchester Community Oven. It would include hosting various Transition Trainings, and being the "initiator" for the Transition movement for many sites across Southern California.
It would mean having influence on edible gardens across the area, initiating a local fruit gleaning program, and championing Divestment campaigns both at home and nationally.
It would include big events like hosting a 5-day Seed School, running logistics for Vandana Shiva, and trying to pass a local GMO-free initiative. Deeply reflective events like the Work of Joanna Macy. Chaotic events like the Cluck Trek tour of local chicken coops. It would include dozens of vegetable gardening classes, and small events like local seed swaps and quiet monthly garden parties.
But it all started with a story.
I was very fortunate to be able to attend the International Transition Conference and National Hubs Meeting in South Devon, England last month, thanks to a scholarship from Transition Network. After two and a half years immersed in Transition work at the national, regional, and local level, my soul was in need of some nourishment. The International Transition Network Conference gave me exactly what I needed, and so much more.