Meet the Transition Towns and Cities of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

This event will take place from 7:00pmEST-8:30pmEST/4:00pmPST-5:30pmPST.

To participate, please register online and you will receive call details via email.

This event is part of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) Teleseminar Series "The Maturation of a Social Movement: A Regional Response to a Critique of the Transition Movement," in response to the Simplicity Institute paper "The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence."

Curious about how a region that embraces the world's largest megacities in addition to the tiniest villages and hamlets goes about transitioning toward resilience?  How can we support each other in keeping Transition Towns vital and dynamic? Meet those who are transitioning the Mid-Atlantic region, hamlet by hamlet; by village, town, city, neighborhood, street, block and building.

Pamela Boyce Simms, Convener of the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) hosts outstanding Transitioner initiator-panelists, Karuna Foudriat and Anasha Cummings from Saugerties and Troy New York. The Saugerties and Troy Transition initiatives have evolved into a seven-site, off of the grid share economy cooperative, and a force for equal-access hyper local solarization respectively. 

MATH Transitioners from all seven Mid-Atlantic states will be on hand in the tele-crowd to share their challenges and successes with other callers.

The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) looks forward to welcoming you to the conversation on February 26, 7:00pm  ET.

Anasha Cummings,a Transition Troy initiator, is a student of design who is passionate about issues of sustainability, community, and social change. He has been working with Transition Troy for years now, helping with the composting/zero waste initiative and solarize program. He believes deeply in citizenship, and democracy as a tool for making decisions at the local level, and thus promotes engagement in the local systems of governance. He works to empower people to interact meaningfully with local government to find ways of valuing and incorporating the wisdom of the crowd., Transition Troy:

Karuna Foudriat is a Transition Saugerties initiator and a member of the Long Spoon Collective, a Working Group of the Transition initiative. Long Spoon goals are, 1) to cultivate a large network of people who know how to grow their own food, and take care of their needs without fossil fuels, and, 2) help those who want to join the collective to build tiny, low-cost or free off–grid housing from either natural materials or those found in the waste stream. Another Long Spoon challenge is to build the social connections for what members ultimately intend will be a moneyless economy. Long Spoon Working Group members are moving away from the consumer-oriented, zero-sum paradigm of competition, scarcity, transactional exchange, and private profit to a producer-oriented economy of abundance, cooperation, mutual gain, and gift giving.  Bottom line, Long Spoon asks, "What can I give?" instead of "What can I get?" 

Karuna also coordinates a MATH-Long Spoon food resilience mapping project for the Mid-Atlantic Transition Neighborhoods initiative as a part of her doctoral degree program. The food resilience mapping project will bring New York City Transitioners to the Long Spoon Collective sites to help with spring planting.

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.

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