Northern California Regional Transition Conference

The Nexus (at Craneway Pavilion)
1414 Harbour Way South (Directions at bottom)
Richmond, CA 94804
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:00am - 7:00pm

To attend, please register online here
(Nobody turned away for lack of funds)
On-site catered lunch will be available for $10 extra for registered participants

–– Meet and network with other Transition initiatives from the region, including Sonoma, Sebastopol, Berkeley, Albany, Santa Cruz and more!
–– Be inspired by successful community resilience projects
–– Help take your Transition efforts to the next level; learn innovative organizing tools and methods

If you have helped to organize or have been participating in your community's Transition initiative, or are
simply interested in learning more about this thriving international movement, this is a must-attend conference.

Northern California Regional Transition Conference Schedule

9:30 -10:00 AM -- Registration / Networking

10:00 - 10:35 AM -- Opening
            • Welcome and announcements
            • Opening words from Raven Gray (co-Founder Transition US) and Carolyne Stayton (Transition US Executive Director)

10:35-10:55 --  Group Mapping and Introductions

10:55-11:10 -- Keynote address -- Pam Hartwell-Herrero -- Mayor of Fairfax, Past Director – Sustainable Fairfax

11:10-11:40 -- Plenary -- The Best of Transition — Discussion of best Transition practices, what is working, and what is cutting  edge in Transition. Guest speakers:  Trathen Heckman (Daily Acts, President Transition US Board of Directors), Carolyne Stayton (Transition US), Catherine Sutton (Transition Albany), Michael Levy (Transition Santa Cruz),  Julia Bystrova (Transition Sebastopol), Facilitator: Scott McKeown (Transition US)

11:40-11:55 -- Short refletion exercise in pairs - Facilitator:  Kristina Bennett (East Bay Heart & Soul)

11:55 - 12:40 PM -- Hosted topics session # 1
Community Engagement Track:  Transition Messaging for the Masses – Messaging strategies and use of media to  reach a wider audience and build a more cohesive Transition movement. Guest participant: Pam Hartwell-Herrero (Mayor of Fairfax) Facilitator: Susan Silber (Transition Berkeley)

Transition Projects Track:   Creating Practical Projects – Sharing successful community Transition projects and what has been learned. Guest panelists: Michael Levy (Transition Santa Cruz), Julia Valentine (Transition Sebastopol), Rebecca Newburn (Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library) Facilitator: Catherine Sutton (Transition Albany)

Transition Organization Track:   Getting Funded and Building Capacity through Inspiring, High Impact Programs. Presenter / Facilitator: Trathen Heckman (Daily Acts)

12:40 – 2:00 -- Lunch

2:05 - 2:50 -- Hosted topics session # 2

Community Engagement Track:   Building Solidarity within Diverse Communities – We will work in pairs to explore the diversity in your community, then discuss how to engage with allies across race and class and identify next steps for Transition Initiatives. Facilitator: Kirsten Schwind (co-Founder, Bay Localize)

Transition Projects Track:   REconomy and Transition Enterprises – Daring to Dream what a re-imagined, sustainable local economy can look like. Guest panelists: Marco Vangellisti (Slow Money) Cecile Andrews (author of Circle of Simplicity, Transition Palo Alto) Chong Kee Tan (Bay Bucks, Transition SF), Facilitator: Michael Levy (Transition Santa Cruz)

Transition Organization Track:  Inner Transition -- Sustaining the Group while avoiding burnout and having more fun. Facilitators: Kristina Bennett (East Bay Heart & Soul) and Julia Bystrova (Transition Sebastopol)

2:55 - 3:15 -- Inner Transition exercise – Facilitator: Catherine Sutton (Transition Albany)

3:20 − 4:05 -- Hosted topics session # 3

Community Engagement Track:  Building Partnerships – Strategies for networking and building partnerships with other sustainability/localization organizations and projects. Guest participants: Linda Currie (Transition Berkeley), Kirsten Schwind (Bay Localize), Tom Conlon (Transition Sonoma Valley), Facilitator: Carolyne Stayton (Transition US)

Transition Projects Track:   Regional Transition Projects – Creating larger regional projects such as Time Banks, Slow Money, regional renewable power, etc. that are regionally-focused and shared across Transition groups. Facilitator: Susan Silber (Transition Berkeley)

Transition Organization Track:   Creating Effective Working Groups – Practical, proven methods and idea brainstorming for how to create more working groups in your Transition initiative. Presenters: Scott McKeown (Transition US) and Julia Valentine (Transition Sebastopol), Facilitator: Scott McKeown (Transition US)

4:05 - 4:15 -- Break

4:15 − 5:30 -- Open Space Session

5:35 - 6:00 -- Final group discussion and sharing -- goals accomplished, where to go from here,
                how to stay connected

6:00 - 6:15 -- Closing

6:15 - 7:00 -- Reception / Networking time

7:00 -- (Optional) -- Groups to go out to dinner together

Directions to The NeXus at United Earth Networks:

1414 Harbour Way South
Suite 1010
Richmond, California  94804


(Large complex which includes The Craneway Pavilion, The BoilerHouse Restaurant & The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. Nexus is on the North East Corner of the large building complex. You may ask at the gate.

From San Rafael:
Cross the San Rafael-Richmond Bridge 580 East
take 3rd Exit on right off Bridge-- Harbour Way/Cutting Blvd.
Go straight through the first Stop Light which puts you on Hoffman Blvd. Turn right at the next Stop Light, which puts you on Harbour Way South.

From Berkeley/Oakland:
Take 580 West (towards San Rafael & San Rafael-Richmond Bridge). take Harbour Way South Exit ( which is the 2nd Harbour Way Exit--the 1st exit is Harbour Way North)

Turn right at off ramp & right at the first Stop Light which is Cutting Blvd. Turn right at the next Stop Light, which puts you on Harbour Way South. (you will see signs for the Craneway Pavilion, the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center & the BoilerHouse Restaurant)

Once you are going south on Harbour Way South, just keep going until the street is almost at its end. Pass Hall Ave. (on your left) then you will see long brick building on your left (1414).

Turn Left just before this very long building – check in at the Security Gate. (big sign "1414" there) Tell the guard you're coming to the NeXus at United Earth Networks in Suite 1010. There is a sign in front where you turn which says United Earth (it doesn’t say the NeXus) after you check in at security station, drive directly straight ahead inside complex.  The NeXus at United Earth Networks is the last suite on the right before you would drive around the back of the building.  Parking is on the left inside the fenced area. There are United Earth signs by the entrance to the venue & also for parking area. 







































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