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Lunch & Learn: “Stories to Action”

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Join us for a preview of the “Stories to Action” learning cohort, which will launch in early 2022! The goal of the Stories to Action cohort is to support participants in replicating these inspiring models in your own community, with guidance from experienced project organizers and support from Transition US.

In this Lunch & Learn session, you will learn about the 4 inspiring initiatives we will feature in the learning cohort:

  • “Community Bikes,” a community-based bike upcycling program that makes fossil fuel-free transport accessible to all;
  • a “Permablitz” program where neighbors work together to transform their yards, neighborhoods, and public lands while growing food, habitat, and community; &
  • Climate Conversations: Bringing Climate Change Home“: an awareness-raising event series that you can customize to your own community to help people understand what is going to happen where they live, and practical actions they can take today to be more prepared tomorrow, making the idea of adapting to climate change more manageable.

Leslie MacKenzie lives in Minnesota where she is a writer and community organizer. She is a co-founder of Transition Longfellow (Minneapolis) and was a co-organizer of a 6-part Climate Conversations speaker series as well as a year-long preparedness email series.


Mark Juedeman and his family lived for many years in New Orleans where he was active in historic preservation, bicycle advocacy, education, the environmental non-profit The Green Project, and obtaining personal experience with renewable energy technologies such as small wind and PV.  After being displaced to Houston by Hurricane Katrina, Mark obtained a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009 after being displaced to Houston and founded Transition Houston. Mark became a certified US Transition Launch instructor in 2012, and joined the Transition US Board in 2013.  In 2015 Mark returned to Montana where he is a part-time ranch hand, serves on the board of the sustainable ag, renewable energy, and community resilience non-profit AERO, the Helena Citizens Conservation Board (established by the City of Helena), and the founding leadership team for Resilient Helena, a mulling Transition Initiative.

Portia Sinnott is the co-founder of LITE Initiatives, the parent of Community Bikes, and was active in leading Transition Sebastopol from 2009 – 2015. A long-time member of the Sonoma County Local Task Force on Integrated Waste Management, in 2018 Portia was instrumental in initiating the county-wide goal of Zero Waste by 2030. An advocate consultant, she leads and takes part in cutting-edge waste reduction, recycling and Zero Waste related projects across North America. She also serves as Program Director for Zero Waste USA and is Vice President of the Northern California Recycling Association.

This lunch &learn is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.


Feel free to bring your lunch to this Lunch & Learn session!


October 6
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


ReGenerative Communities Summit
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