LAUNCH: Training for Transition, Media PA

Media Providence Friends School
125 W. 3rd St. (Please park and/or enter from 4th St.)
Media, PA 19063
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:30am - Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Please note that registration cost are:

  • Before May 6th the cost is $125 
  • After May 6th the cost is $140. (Register Early!)
  • If you can make an additional contribution, you will help us cover expenses and provide scholarship opportunities.

Please note: Light breakfast, snacks, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included.

TO REGISTER: Contact Aleisa Myles or Sari Steuber (they can answer any questions too):


Please join us for this 2-day LAUNCH: Training for Transition!

As we face the challenges of economic instability, energy choices, equity and fairness, and weather instability and environmental health, the global Transition movement is a positive approach that focuses on local solutions and building community resilience. The Transition Launch Workshop is the popular, in-depth experiential workshop created by the global Transition Network. The course shares how to launch, run, and grow a successful Transition Initiative. It is packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community, and delves into both the theory and practice of Transition that has worked so well in hundreds of communities around the world. It meets the training criteria recommended for local Initiating Groups to become an internationally recognized Transition initiative.

Join others seeking grassroots methods that build community resilience.

Through this course participants will:

  • Discuss the context for Transition Initiatives -- our current global situation that includes four major challenges;
  • Understand and be able to use the Transition model – including the ingredients of Transition, the seven principles, and the larger Transition process that engages many community members in addressing the critical issues affecting our communities to build local resilience;
  • Learn how to inspire positive action, facilitate collaboration, set up a successful initiating group, reach diverse sectors of your community, and unleash an exciting and inspired expansion of transformational work in your community;
  • Facilitate a visioning process;
  • Know how to organize effective Transition meetings and gatherings;
  • Learn tools for supporting both the outer work of transforming your community’s dependence on oil, coal and other fossil fuels, and the inner and interpersonal work that is essential to resilience and collaboration;
  • Understand the purpose and components of an Energy Descent Action Plan;
  • Be able to give an effective and inspiring description of the Transition movement;
  • Network with other people interested in Transition in your area;
  • Develop initial action steps for yourself and your locality; and
  • Connect to others in this rapidly growing, positive, global movement!

This training will be a mix of presentation and visual media, participatory discussions, small group work, and practical planning that you can take home and use. Participants are invited to share their experience and learn from others in the course.

Join us for a weekend to focus on ideas and opportunities, to build skills, and connect with others interested in the Transition Movement.

Required Reading: Transition Primer: The Essential Guide to Doing Transition                                                                                         

Recommended Reading: The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, by Rob Hopkins (look for the free downloadable pdf in the middle of the page)

Who can participate?

People interested in learning about the Transition movement in greater depth, leaders who are already creating a Transition Initiative in their community, and leaders of community groups who wish to be resources for the Transition movement in their locale. The training is open to anyone interested in learning about or developing a Transition initiative.  Just 35 places are available. Register early to hold your spot and get a discount!

Your workshop hosts:

Transition Town Media is sponsoring this Launch training. All are welcome—from Media, the Mid-Atlantic region, and beyond—to join us for this inspiring weekend. Please let us know if you need a scholarship, have specific food needs, or would like to be hosted in a home on Friday and/or Saturday night.

Have questions? Contact Aleisa Myles and Sari Steuber at

This workshop is offered by Transition Network, the global facilitator of the Transition Towns movement. The workshop has been offered in hundreds of communities and dozens of countries worldwide. Certified Transition Trainers Tina Clarke and Fred Brown will share experiences from the U.S. and around the world. For more information, see and

Please note: This venue is conveniently located blocks from the SEPTA 101 Trolley Line, 118 and 109 Bus Lines, and is a 15-minute walk from the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line. You can also come to nearby Philadelphia by train or plane, and take public transit to Media from there.

Event Trainers:

Tina Clarke - Amherst, MA

Since becoming a Certified Transition Trainer in 2008, Tina has worked with over 240 Transition communities, given 42 of the official Transition weekend courses in the U.S. and Canada, and provided hundreds of Transition presentations.

Prior to doing Transition work full-time, Tina had been a trainer, program director and consultant for 25 years, supporting and guiding leaders in over 400 local, national, regional and local organizations.  In Washington, D.C., she directed citizen training programs for 17 national faith communities, and she directed Greenpeace USA's national citizen Activist Network. After moving to Massachusetts she directed the Veterans Education Project, the Western Mass Funding Resource Center, and a training program on personal financial management. She founded and led campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins for New England Clean Water Action.  Most recently she was a consultant with, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Sustainability Institute. Tina has an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, a B.A. in Urban Studies from Macalester College, and is certified for mediation and consensus decision-making facilitation.  Her passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic, largely locally-built "Power House" won the Massachusetts utility company-sponsored competition, the Zero Energy Challenge, and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2010 Zero Net Energy Award  Tina provides free phone support to Transition Initiatives. Reach her at: 413-658-8165,

Fred Brown - Pittsburgh, PA

Fred Brown has been a climate justice trainer, environmental justice leader, policy analyst, adjunct professor, dean of students, teacher, coach, mentor, certified Juvenile Justice Judge’s trainer (TOT), certified conflict mediation and resolution trainer (TOT), master consultantsupervisor, director, and executive director of non-profit organizations since 1987. He currently works at The Homewood Children's Village in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he serves as President and CEO. 

Mr. Brown has helped to rewrite public policy through the Transportation Equity Network (WIN) that revised federal guidelines regarding public participation and transportation equity. He recently helped designed a web-based environmental/energy reduction tool that teaches community residents how to strategically and pragmatically reduce their energy use through weatherization efforts, retrofits, alternative energy practices and monitoring energy use; creating models for green sustainable communities-via the Imagine Larimer Software and the use of SMART Board technology. A frequent speaker, trainer, coach, mentor, and consultant; Mr. Brown has a BS in Education from Indiana University of PA, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a doctoral candidate working on a PhD in SW and a MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Mr Brown has co-facilitated several Trainings for Transition workshops in Jamaica Plain, MA, Pittsburgh, PA, Holyoke, MA, and Troy, NY.  Recently his Urban Leadership Institute (ULI) was awarded the 2011 “Save it” award for best practices for a resident to resident model for energy reduction by PennFutures;  ULI challenged 51 families in a “block by block” Neighborhood Energy Challenge to reduce neighborhood energy use.


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