The World is On Fire

Well… that depends. It depends upon participants suspending judgement. It depends upon participants suspending the need for an outcome, a decision, a plan of action. It depends upon participants suspending a need to be right. And it depends upon participants being willing to really listen to each other, to inquire – with a sense of curiosity – about the assumptions of others and even more importantly, to inquire – with curiosity and courage – about their own assumptions. So yes, dialogue can create understanding across difference if the above conditions are met.

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.

By Jessica Cohodes, Transition Milwaukee, originally published by Strong Towns blog

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

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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.

The End of Stationarity

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

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