Transition US Newsletter: 9,691 and counting!

 

> Monthly digest of tools, trainings and resources for Transition.
 


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In this Issue:
What's Happening in Transition
Webinars: Tackling Climate Change in Your Household & Community, Stories of the Future
Upcoming Trainings: Launch
Voices from the Movement
Volunteer
Get Involved
 
Donate
Take Action

 

 


 
Trainings

Transition Launch Training
June 21-22, Greenfield, MA






Transition LAUNCH is an in-depth experiential introduction to the ideas, process and practices that have inspired tens of thousands of people and catalyzed a global Transition network. 

Effective Groups Training
 

The Art of Hosting     
Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging 2-day skills-building training for individuals and teams which covers key skills for collaboration. Read more...

Learn about hosting a training>>

 

 

Voices from the Movement 

Honoring the talented writers, speakers, thinkers, do-ers, and visionaries in Transition.

In the recording of this month's teleseminar REconomy: Where Cash Takes a Back Seat, Russell Evans shares tips and inspiration for resourcing Transition in a cash-scarce economy, based on his own experience launching and operating Transition Lab on a shoestring budget.



Maggie Fleming, Transition US Co-Director, reflects on the recent SHARE Conference and how the sharing economy is coming alive in Transition in this blog post.

Alexandra Hart (74), Donald True (68), and David “Lucky” Goff (66) of Transition Sebastopol's Elders Salon host a bi-weekly radio show, Growing and Elder's Culture, with past programming available at www.elderculture.com

Tom Lewis of Sustainable Potomac Highlands, WV recently published Tribulation: A Novel of the Near Future.

Erik Lindberg of Transition Milwaukee, WI separates doom from gloom in his essay on Post Carbon Existentialism.

Joanne Poyourow of Environmental Changemakers/Transition LA debuts the new econonomy econ puzzle.

Carolyne Stayton, Transition US Co-Director, offers an inspiring overview of Transition in the US in this blog post in The Shift Network's Catalyst Green newsletter.
 



Volunteer Opportunities

We are on the lookout for volunteer organizers to help collect stories and photos from this year's Community Resilience Challenge. For more information contact marissa@transitionus.org.


 

 

 


It's been a busy month for Transition, with the Community Resilience Challenge in full swing and engaging, innovative events happening around the country. Read on for inspiring stories from fellow Transitioners and to learn how to get involved in Transition Streets!


What's Happening in Transition...

Help us reach 10,000 Community Resilience Challenge actions!

Already this month we've collectively registered 9,691 actions in communities across the country, from Flagstaff, AZ to Rapid City, SD to Washington, DC and more! There's still time to register your action and be counted as part of the growing national movement for community resilience - but hurry! Registration closes Saturday, May 31st.

For inspiration, read "Let's build resilient communities, not just seawalls," an Op-Ed by Challenge organizer Susan Silber of Transition Berkeley, CA, and visit our website for dozens of project ideas.


Transition Streets is Coming!
We're launching a collaborative crowdfunding campaign for Transition Streets, a 7-week curriculum to reduce the carbon footprint of entire neighborhoods and save hundreds of dollars on energy bills. The crowdfunding campaign will raise funds for the national Transition Streets roll-out effort and provide an opportunity for participating Transition Initiatives to raise money to implement Transition Streets in their communities.

If you'd like to bring Transition Streets to your neighborhood and want to participate in the campaign, contact maggie@transitionus.org.

Stay tuned for more info on the campaign - and join next week's Spring of Sustainability teleseminar on "Tackling Climate Change in Your Household and Community" to learn more about Transition Streets!

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  Transition in Action

This month we welcome the 150th official Transition Initiative in the US, Transition Santa Monica, CA!

Transition Fidalgo & Friends in coastal Washington have spent the past year developing Vision 2030, a comprehensive vision to make their community vibrant and resilient - from truly sustainable transport and affordable housing to public fruit trees and pollinator pathways. Vision 2030 has been highlighted in local media and will provide input into the city's ten year plan update. Read more...

Tom Lewis of Sustainable Potomac Highlands, WV recently published Tribulation: A Novel of the Near Future. For more Transition writings, see"Voices from the Movement" in the sidebar of this newsletter.



From Earth Day to May Day, Transition Initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region hosted creative events promoting happiness, wellbeing, and resilience. 

Transition Rosendale, NY organized ten days of food-related activities including workshops on wildcrafting, plant identification, yogurt-making, foraging (above photo), and more.

Transition Charlottesville-Albemarle, NC hosted an Earth Week Pop-Up Clothesline Party.



Transition Town Media, PA organized Happiness Week, which included workshops, music, community activities, and a Happy-Dance flash mob.

The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) Transition-Interfaith Extreme Weather Working Group and Hudson River Playback Theater presented Resilience Stories Evenings.

Transition Newton, NJ hosted Earth Day events highlighting local food resiliency and timebanking.

To learn more about Earth Day to May Day events in the Mid-Atlantic Region, check out this beautiful photo essay.

Transition Mar Vista/Venice, CA convened an Art of Hosting-inspired ProAction Café to support local entrepreneurs in creating and expanding Transition-aligned enterprises and livelihoods.

Read more in Anneke Campbell's post "Serving Community Enterprise with the ProAction Café."

Transition Sebastopol, CA hosted a nonviolence skills workshop to learn conflict de-escalation techniques that can be applied to everyday life and provide a foundation for nonviolent direct action.

And finally, Therese Brummel of Transition Pasadena, CA shares the magic of a very special day held in true Transition style along with plenty of great ideas for organizing low-cost, eco-friendly, community-powered event in “An Alternate Economies, Zero Waste Wedding.”


Interested in starting an Initiative?
Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!
 


 

Webinars & Online Events

 

Spring of Sustainability - Tackling Climate Change in Your Household and Community
Thursday, June 5
12:00pm Pacific

Learn about models for reducing your carbon footprint at the household and neighborhood level, including the award-winning Transition Streets program! Speakers include Linda Currie of Transition Berkeley, Mary Anne Hitt of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, and Diana Donlon of the Center for Food Safety.


Stories of the Future - and Why They're Essential to Our Survival
Tuesday, June 17
11am-12:15am Pacific

There are four major stories about the future in our news, books and films. The one that is most rare is the one we most need. And many of us are living more than one at the same time, contributing to the sense of confusion.

In this talk Sophy Banks - founder of the first Transition Heart & Soul group - looks at the four stories, at the psychological reasons why they’re all important, and the overarching process that links them all. Participants will be invited to explore and develop their own future story.


 

See all upcoming events >>

Check out our Online Training Archives for a rich collection of past teleseminars on topics like Holacracy, local investing, timebanking, and much more!

Your support will enable us to host more TeleSeminars, turn those into recordings, and share them out to people like you!


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Resources
 
Lexicon of Sustainability Seeks Curators
The Lexicon of Sustainability is seeking curators to host pop-up shows of its original, visually-engaging sustainability art in 100 communities across the country in 2014.

Visit their website to learn more or apply to curate an exhibit - application deadline is 6/1.

Thrive Fellows Program
Our friends at Generation Waking up are launching a new yearlong "leadership-in-action" journey that supports young people in designing and implementing social innovation projects toward a thriving, just, and sustainable world. GenUp is seeking a diverse cohort of passionate, creative, and highly committed young leaders to participate in the first Thrive Fellows program. You can nominate a young leader or (if you are a young leader) apply to participate!

Transition Timeline Special Offer
Chelsea Green is offering a special deal on Shaun Chamberlain's book The Transition Timeline, with foreword by Rob Hopkins.  To get a case of 30 books for $37 (including shipping) please contact Jeffrey Slayton (jslayton@chelseagreen.com) at Chelsea Green before the end of June, while supplies last.

The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower energy world. The practical, realistic details of this Transition Vision are examined in depth, covering key areas such as food, energy, demographics, transport and healthcare, and they provide a sense of context for communities working towards a thriving future.


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Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit www.postcarbon.org for more articles, reports and news

Busting the Shale Hype!
At PCI, we're celebrating the news that the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reduced its estimate for recoverable tight oil in California's Monterey Shale formation by 96%. Read more about how the downgrade happened and what this could mean for fracking in the US in this article by PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg.

 

 

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