In this Issue:
State of a Nation in Transition
Business Designed by Nature
Upcoming Training Courses
Heinberg New Economy talk
Transition Launch Training: Greenfield, MA
Coming Soon! "Effective Collaboration" with Transition Network's Nick Osborne
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Rob's New Book!
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Richard Heinberg on Navigating our New Economic Reality
Here's the bright idea: to build community, move your 4th of July BBQ from the back yard to the front yard. Makes sense, right?
Let us know if you try a front yard BBQ, and feel free to send us pics to share!
Volunteer with TUS
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This month we heartily thank three generous donors who have made possible a summer challenge grant campaign by offering $25,000 in matching funds! That, along with your survey results, give us both a flight path and wind under our wings. Thanks for helping us soar!
State of a Nation in Transition
Obama's Climate Change Plan
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a national climate plan with measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change, but no fracking restrictions or final decision on KXL.
The Results Are In!
Last month TUS surveyed Transition groups across the country on successes, challenges, and how TUS can best support your work. Here are some highlights on the state of Transition in the US:
Initiatives in Action!
Check out our Transition Stories Roundup for some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US and around the world...
Transition Initiative Spotlight:
Hay River, Wisconsin
In 2009, Hay River Transition Initiative became the 1st official Transition Initiative in Wisconsin and 52nd in the US. Formed by a group of friends and neighbors in West Central WI, HRTI has mastered the art of bringing together their rural community for a Traditional/Green Skills event each March (despite harsh weather!)
"Our Traditional and Green Skills day was attended by 200 people. That is over 5% of the population of our area of 3500 people, made up of three very small towns and the surrounding farms. If any of the groups in a big city could get 5% of the population to attend they wouldn't have any space big enough!" - HRTI member George Adams
(Sounds like a Transition Challenge to us!)
HRTI Key projects/activities
Want to put a spotlight on your TI? Let us know!
Tuesday, July 9
Nature has already shown us the way to solve many human problems, from deciphering simple engineering puzzles to unlocking the mysteries of flight. Join us for a conversation with Giles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business. Giles makes a compelling case for applying the same principles of biomimicry to the development of a new business paradigm. He presents the challenges to the prevailing "business as usual" model, explains the pressing need for transformational change, and reveals the concepts and mind-sets necessary to inspire the businesses of tomorrow.
A 6-session online course hosted by Starhawk, with guest speakers Joanna Macy, Pandora Thomas, and Diana Leafe Christian. July 2 - August 6.
Film Screenings through Specialty Studios
Transition US is partnering with Specialty Studios, distributor of "How to Boil a Frog" and other great documentaries, to offer a special price for Transition-organized community film screenings.
Report: Student Action for University Community Investment
Want to engage young folks in Transition AND catalyze local investment? There's a huge opportunity to encourage universities to invest locally, especially as student pressure to divest endowments from fossil fuels continues to gain momentum. Check out this report from our friends at Democracy Collaborative on student and administration-led initiatives bringing university dollars into local economies.
Transition US Partner | visit www.postcarbon.org for more articles, reports and news
Community Resilience Guides: Want to start a community-owned café, solar array, or investment fund but don’t know where to start? The Post-Carbon Institute recently launched a book series to provide community leaders with the tools they need to relocalize and transform our food, financial, and energy systems:
Read an excerpt from Rebuilding the Foodshed, and stay tuned for our upcoming webinar on "Power from the People," the second in a series of "Community Resilience Chats" in partnership with Transition US and Chelsea Green! Participants receive a 35% book discount.
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