Transition Launch Online Training

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 2:00pm - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:30pm

This training is now officially sold-out. Please contact if you would like to be added to our wait-list and be informed of future online training opportunities. You can also find out more about how to host a face-to-face training in your local community here.

Training Circle

Transition Launch is designed to provide you with everything you need to set-up and run a Transition or other community resilience-building initiative right where you live. At the same time, you will learn essential life skills, such as how to forage knowledge on the web and facilitate online meetings. Many of these skills are highly-transferable to a wide variety of collaborative projects and businesses.

Over the course of eight weekly sessions, you will build mutually-supportive relationships with participants from different contexts and cultures, develop new abilities and knowledge, create your own personal action plan, and receive guidance for overcoming the specific challenges you are facing. Specific topics covered during this training include:

- How to make sense of our fast-changing and increasingly-complex world,

- How to harness the power of positive vision to inspire others,

- How to form and nurture high-performance in groups, and

- How to maintain personal resilience while doing the work you love.

This online version of our most popular training is a unique opportunity to engage in a dynamic, international learning cohort from the comfort of your own home, at a lower cost and with a smaller carbon footprint than traditional face-to-face offerings. Double-down on your commitment to help bring about a truly regenerative future by joining our online community today!

Who Is Launch For?

This course is open to English-speakers from all over the world and will be highly-beneficial and transformative for anyone currently engaged in or wanting to start building resilience in their local community. This kind of activism can take many forms, including: Transition Towns, Permaculture, Local Food, Renewable Energy, New Economy, Social Justice, Participatory Democracy, Emergency Preparedness, and more!

How Does It Work?

This training will consist of a series of in-depth course materials (images, videos, and text) that you will be asked to review before each session, eight 1.5-hour live webinars featuring interactive group exercises and discussion on that week's topic, and a private forum you can use to share resources and continue conversations in between sessions. Please don't worry if you are unfamiliar with any of these technologies! We will make sure that everyone who registers receives clear instructions about how best to use them.

While this online format has many advantages, including more time to digest information from week to week, if you prefer to host a face-to-face training, please click here to learn more about how to do that.

Sessions at a Glance

1. Introduction to Transition (March 29): an overview of key practices for setting-up and running a successful initiative.

2. The Global Context (April 5): why we need to Transition and how to communicate the challenges we are facing in ways that engage people rather than turn them off.

3. The Power of Vision (April 12): articulating a positive vision for the future that's both realistic and compelling.

4. Cultivating Effective Groups (April 19): establishing healthy relationships, tasks, structures, and processes.

5. Engaging Your Community (April 26): building a large base of supporters and reaching beyond the choir.

6. Creating and Strengthening Partnerships and Networks (May 3): increasing your impact through collaboration.

7. Exploring the Inner Transition (May 10): supporting personal resilience and leadership development.

8. Bringing It All Back Home (May 17): action planning and becoming part of a worldwide learning network.

About Registration

We are currently offering three main sign-up options through our Eventbrite page: a $120 Standard Ticket to cover the costs of producing this course, a $60 Scholarship Ticket for anyone who needs it, and a $180 Sponsor Ticket to subsidize scholarships. However, in keeping with our commitment to accessibility and inclusion, we are happy to provide additional financial assistance for those who request it. Also, because we believe in the value of having more than one person from each organization attend this training, group discounts are available. Please contact our Training Coordinator, Don Hall, at or (941) 408-3374, to take advantage of either of these options.

Facilitation Team

Naresh Giangrande: Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town, and of Transition Training, Naresh has been involved in designing, running, and evolving many of the events, groups, and trainings that have been at the heart of this enormously successful Transition project. He has delivered the hundreds of Transition Trainings to thousands of participants in twenty countries worldwide.

Fred Brown: Fred is the current President and CEO of the Forbes Funds, and has been a Transition Trainer since 2012. He is a celebrated African-American environmental justice leader in the Pittsburgh area, who has developed a ground-breaking approach to building resilience and cultivating sustainability in historically-marginalized communities that he calls the Urban Transition Cities Movement.

Tina Clarke: Tina has been a professional community organizer, trainer, facilitator, and speaker since 1985, as well as a Transition Trainer since 2008. Working with Transition Network, Tina has served over 240 communities worldwide, delivered 65 Transition Training courses, and provided hundreds of presentations. She is currently consulting for Ecolise, a coalition of 38 organizations in Europe that includes the Transition Network.

Michelle Colussi: Michelle has worked in community and economic development for over 20 years with a focus on community resilience and organizational capacity-building and planning. She was a co-founder of Transition Victoria (BC) and their flagship programs: Building Resilient Neighbourhoods and Resilient Streets. She has delivered Launch training since 2009 and chaired the University of Toronto's Transition Emerging Research Advisory Group.

Leonie Croy: Leonie is a co-founding member of Transition Sunshine Coast Canada, and has been a certified Transition trainer since 2012. She is blessed to work with an amazingly dedicated and talented Transition Core Team that has strong connections with the community. Leonie is currently completing her Permaculture Design Diploma in Community Services with a focus on her Transition Initiative experience.

Sally Ludwig: Sally is a co-founding member of Transition Guelph, with particular interests in the inner dimensions of personal and community resilience, ecological justice, effective collaboration, and social applications of Permaculture. She is a trainer for Transition and facilitator of the Work that Reconnects who works as a relational therapist, educator, and consultant. Secretly, she is a guerrilla planter of fruit trees and raspberry bushes.

Presenting Partners

Transition US is a national hub for the international Transition Towns movement of communities transitioning off fossil fuels, living in balance with resource limits, and building equity for all.

SHIFT Collaborative offers strategy, coaching, training and tools to support learning and leadership development, strategic impact and collaborative innovation for a healthier and more resilient world.

Transition Network is a charity set up to support the spread of Transition by inspiring, encouraging, connecting, supporting, and training communities world-wide as they self-organize around the Transition model. 

For More Information

Please contact Transition US Co-Director Don Hall at or (941) 408-3374.

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