The Maturation of a Social Movement: A Regional Response to a Critique of the Transition Movement (Part 2)

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

The series responds 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 2 of 2015 Webinar Series: The Maturation of a Social Movement

  • The Transition Experiment in the Mosaic of Social Movements
  • Consumer Capitalism & REconomy: Gift, Share, Regenerative New Economy
  • Healthy Localism: Concentric Rings of Resilience-Building
  • Atlantic Coastline Megalopolis Corridor: Mid-Atlantic Transition Neighborhoods

Guest Speakers: Brett Barndt, Wendy Brawer, Jon C Cawley, & Pamela Boyce Simms (facilitator).

Brett Barndt is currently a Fellow in the NYC Accelerator for Cleantech and Renewable Energy. Brett conducted original research into opportunities for communities to apply multi-stakeholder, co-design, and co-creation approaches to build new re-localized sustainable economies. He has been involved in new product development, communication, and organizational change in global enterprises for more than two decades. Brett’s experience gives him the perspective to help solve whole system challenges through communication, multi-stakeholder engagement, and action research across large organizations. His background in global finance gives him a unique perspective on the systemic and institutional changes needed to enable real long-term sustainability. He is currently working on a participatory research project about deep change in money consciousness in affiliation with Taos Institute and Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Wendy Brawer is an eco-designer and social innovator based on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Using maps as her vehicle for social change, she's created print and interactive editions that highlight the unique environment of NYC. Through the nonprofit Green Map System, she's helped hundreds of others in 65 countries create Green Maps for their community while gaining valuable skills and strengthening local networks. Wendy consults, speaks, and writes about this work and her other sustainability initiatives, as seen at

Dr. Jon Cawley, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Roanoke College, is the past Coordinator of the Roanoke College Environmental Studies Program, serving from 2000 to 2011. His research & teaching specialties are, Environmental Science: Ecosystems Dynamics and Restoration, Appalachian Geology, Land Use; and, Environmental Studies: Transition Issues, Concentricity, Sustainability, and Resilience. Dr. Cawley's research interests center around the geologic and ecosystem history, and human historic land use within the Southern Appalachian Critical Ecosystem Region. In the northern Appalachians (Pennsylvania and New York), his work incorporates, regional history of technology: of the oil basins, charcoal iron, and various glassmaking industries. Ecosystem dynamics, systems analysis approaches and problem-solving figure into Dr. Cawley's environmental and geology consulting work.

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.


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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