The Maturation of a Social Movement: A Regional Response to a Critique of the Transition Movement

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

Join us for the first in a 2-part "COMING ATTRACTIONS OVERVIEW" of the topics that will be covered in a 2015 Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) webinar series:"The Maturation of a Social Movement: A Regional Response to a Critique of the Transition Movement."

The series will respond to and explore critiques of the Transition Movement raised in a paper by Simplicity Institute called The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power and Affluence.

Overview Part I of 2015 Webinar Series: The Maturation of a Social Movement

  • Taking the Temperature of the Transition Movement in the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Transition Homeostasis: Maintaining a Delicate Non-hierarchical Balance
  • Transitioning.....Urban Spaces or not?
  • Diversity: Transition to What, Where and for Whom?
  • Localism and Systemic Change

Guest Speakers: Pamela Boyce Simms, Convener, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH); Dan Minor, NYC Transition HUB; Marco Vangelisti, Essential Knowledge for Transition; Kenyatta Jones, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA

Pamela Boyce Simms, a change agent and public speaker for over 25 years, offers Transition Initiatives an experiential understanding of how groups can work when at their best.  A veteran of organizational development and team building, Pamela helps initiatives work toward a progressive mastery of group dynamics that is essential to the long term traction, momentum and success of Transition towns. She adapts her expertise with a suite of facilitation tools, consensus building, systems development, and change management technologies to the needs of specific groups and organizations. One of seven original initiators of Woodstock Transition in Ulster County, New York, Pamela now convenes the Mid--Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH), a six-state consortium of Transitioners that facilitates the collaboration of Transition initiatives throughout the region.

Dan Miner is a longtime NYC sustainability and peak oil activist with experience in business and government.  While at Long Island City Partnership, a business services nonprofit in Queens, he promoted solar energy system installations, energy efficiency retrofits, and white roof painting.  He now works as District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 6.  Back in 2008 he wrote a report about how NYC could integrate preparation for energy price and supply volatility into its sustainability initiatives, available at Dan is one of the initiators of the NYC Transition Neighborhoods Hub and is glad to be volunteering with Transition. 

Marco Vangelisti came to the US from Italy as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, Marco worked as visual artist for 5 years and obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for 6 years managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In April 2009 Marco left the finance industry and has since been instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money Northern California chapter where he currently leads the investor working group. Marco is currently developing Essential Knowledge for Transition- a curriculum for engaged citizens to understand the money and banking system, the economic system and the financial system and how we need to transform them.  Marco is also helping communities increase their capacity for local investing.

Kenyatta James is a designer, community organizer, and environmentalist, living in Philadelphia. He is known for his work building green spaces in urban environments, and is responsible for spearheading holistic community development projects. In 2011 he studied Human Centered Design under TED Fellow Juliette Lamontagne and has since adapted the techniques to meet the health and wellness needs of underserved communities. His unique understanding of community organizing, digital marketing, and design, allows him to examine problems in unique ways and offer innovative solutions.

The second part of this overview will be hosted Dec 4 @ 2pmEST/11amPST. Read more & register here


Recent writings from MATH:

Inner Transition: Commit to Staying Awake, Transition US blog post by Pamela Boyce Simms, 10/17/14

The State of Transition in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Transition US blog post by Pamela Boyce Simms, 9/05/14

Unlikely Suspects - Deep Outreach: Transition for Whom, and to What End? "Transitioning for All," Transition US blog post by Pamela Boyce Simms, 8/15/14

Unlikely Suspects - Deep Outreach: Diverse Initiating Groups - The Pace of Building Trust, Transition US blog post by Pamela Boyce Simms and Pamela Haines, 7/17/14

The Curious Marriage of Two Networks that are Made for Each Other, Transition US blog post by Pamela Boyce Simms, 6/04/14

Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) Council Celebrates Happiness, Wellbeing, and Underscores "Genuine Progress" Earth Day to May Day Celebrations Around Mid-Atlantic Region, Transition US photo essay compiled by Pamela Boyce Simms, 5/15/14

Reachable Moments: Transition-Interfaith & Eco-spirit Dialogue, Transition US blog post by Pamela Boyce Simms, 4/04/14

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