Pre-Gathering Intensive Workshops

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 9:00am - Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:00am

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Join us for one of six one-or-two-day workshop intensives leading up to the Transition US National Gathering! Workshop intensives include:

Two-Day Intensives

Effective Collaboration Training

While working together in groups can be fun, it's not always easy. How can we collaborate with others without replicating hierarchical structures or getting too bogged-down in group process? Specifically designed for Transition Initiative leaders and those working towards social change, this dynamic, participatory training will provide you with everything you need to build organizational capacity and skillfully navigate the inevitable ups and downs of group life. See more information about the Effective Collaboration (aka Effective Groups) course here.

Presenter Bio: Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota (Florida) from 2010 to 2016. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don currently works part-time for Transition US. He holds a Master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University.


Skilling Up For Local Economic Resilience

This two day course is designed for community organisers, activists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders – anyone who is interested in making real economic change where they live. Based on our experience in Totnes and elsewhere, this course will include useful ideas and theories, and lots of practical tools. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of local economics, how to organise change making projects, and a real feeling of confidence. Topics include:

  • economics – assumptions and aspirations

  • key ideas in local economics

  • mapping and assessments

  • networks beyond the usual suspects

Note to participants - this won't be a course on how to start a 'transition enterprise', but rather how to create the conditions for many 'transition enterprises' to emerge.  Some practical, actionable work people can take home, but no business plans. *Please note - this workshop requires a minimum of 20 participants. In the event we do not receive enough participation and need to cancel the workshop, your ticket can be refunded or put toward another intensive workshop.

Presenter Bio: Jay Tompt is a co-founding member of the Totnes REconomy Project and independent consultant. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has developed an innovative approach to economic regeneration and resilience, which includes the Local Economic Blueprint, Local Entrepreneur Forum and the REconomy Centre. Jay has also worked with groups across Europe and Japan. Jay is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and San Jose State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University. 




One-Day Intensives


From Meetings to Movements: Social Permaculture Strategies for Transition

DATE: Thursday 7/27 

How can Transition form unlikely alliances and spread its message "beyond the choir"? Can relocalization advocates start to shape local public policy? Join permaculturalist, author, and social entrepreneur Adam Brock in this interactive workshop designed to take our local initiatives to the next level. Please note: This workshop requires a minimum of 10 participants. In the event we do not receive enough participation and the workshop is canceled, your ticket can be refunded or put toward another intensive workshop..

Presenter Bio: Adam Brock is a social permaculturalist based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. As co-founder of The GrowHaus, Adam led the transformation of an abandoned half-acre greenhouse in Colorado’s most polluted zip code into an award-winning permaculture demonstration site that engages thousands of residents per year. Adam is active in the local and national permaculture communities, serving as co-founder of the Denver Permaculture Guild, co-organizer of the inaugural North American Permaculture Convergence, and a contributor and guest editor at Permaculture Design magazine. Adam’s most recent project, "Change Here Now," is a social permaculture pattern language published by North Atlantic Books in 2017.


Community Rights: We thePeople Are More Powerful Than We Believe

DATE: Thursday 7/27

Imagine activists beginning to redefine ourselves as We the People, with the inherent right to govern ourselves where we live. Imagine us turning our Energy Descent Action Plans (EDAP's) into rights-based local ordinances with ten-year locally enforceable timelines for full implementation. The Community Rights movement has already helped more than 200 communities and counties in eight states to realize that they in fact do have the RIGHT to a Sustainable Energy Future, the RIGHT to a healthy climate, the RIGHT to clean water and a local food system, the RIGHT to a sustainable infrastructure, etc. As locally enforceable laws! We need a scale of local organizing and educating that few of us have ever witnessed. We need to start seeing ourselves as The Deciders. We need to start thinking and acting as a self-governing people. Expect to be provoked and stretched in your thinking! Click HERE to read the speech Paul gave to the Portland, Oregon Transition group in 2012 which will help to clarify his perspective on how the Community Rights movement’s strategy and vision could profoundly transform and expand the work of Transition. See the website for more info

Presenter Bio: Paul Cienfuegos is a nationally prominent workshop leader and community organizer in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people's inherent right to govern themselves and protect the community’s health and welfare. Paul has some very provocative ideas about how Transition could rapidly expand its impact across the US by teaming up with the Community Rights movement and its ongoing success in helping more than 200 communities to successfully pass locally enforceable laws that transition us away from unsustainable energy and resource depletion and towards our RIGHT as We the People to a sustainable future. Paul recently co-founded Community Rights US to further this work nationally. More info at www.CommunityRights.US and .


Deep Resilience: From Me to We - An Intimate Communal Exploration

DATE: Friday 7/28

This interactive and experiential intensive focuses on the inner transition, “the changes we need to make within ourselves to transition to the more caring, equitable, beautiful, sustainable and resilient world...” (Transition Network). We will attend to our internal humanity, the fertile inner territory where we discover the ingenuity and power to cultivate resilience. We’ll be tapping into sources within that give rise to and invigorate our healthier responses to the challenges facing us - to ultimately blossom as trailblazers and game-changers in ways that can be sustained over time. Then, we will investigate how our own deep resilience can foster wellbeing in our communities. Throughout the day, we’ll weave in practices that involve self-reflection, helpful unlearning, contemplation, conversation, and more.

Presenter Bio: During the last four decades, Rebecca Blanco has served as a psychotherapist, presented an array of personal growth workshops, and completed a Masters and a Doctorate. Feeling concerned about the severe challenges we are facing, Rebecca delved into eco-psychology and deep ecology, perspectives that enable us to understand the interconnections between ecological-social-psychological forces and the manner in which these reveal the complexity of our planetary crisis. Rebecca participated in numerous programs/trainings, including the Transition Trainer Course, Permaculture Design Course, consultations with eco-psychology instructor Andy Fisher, Ph.D., Animas Valley Institute's wilderness-based programs, The Work That Reconnects, and an Awakening the Dreamer Facilitator Training. As the founder/chairperson of The Bridge, a community-oriented organization designed to explore paradigm-shifting ideas, Rebecca has organized over 100 educational events. She is full-heartedly dedicated to facilitating workshops that support eco-centered personal transformation.


Taking Your Transition Initiative to the Next Level

DATE: Friday 7/28

Join colleagues in a highly interactive, sharing and problem-solving workshop addressing key challenges of growing a Transition/resilience/eco-collaborative community. Give and receive in-depth support. Explore pros and cons of different approaches to communications, outreach, growth, group structure, community development, choosing goals and projects, facilitating outer and inner Transition, with other groups and local government. Share and discover “best practices”, fantastic resources, and how to choose among Transition ingredients to best support collective genius and action in your unique community. A leading global Transition Trainer, Tina will share insights from local eco-economy-community projects from her Transition consulting work in Denmark and Europe. Format: participatory exercises, small groups, large group discussion, presentation.

Presenter Bio: Tina Clarke has been a professional community organizer, trainer, facilitator and speaker since 1985, and a Transition Trainer since 2008. She directed national citizen training programs and founded campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins. As a consultant she helped 422 organizations with strategic planning, program expansion, fundraising, and public engagement. Working with Transition Network Tina has served over 240 communities worldwide, given 61 official Transition courses, and provided hundreds of Transition presentations. Her Transition articles have been published in two scholarly books. She is currently consulting for Transition Initiatives and model local eco-economy projects in Denmark.  


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