Transition US Newsletter - June 2012

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In this Issue:
Training Courses
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Transition Network
Transition Projects
New Initiatives
In the News
Recent Blog Posts
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action


Transition LAUNCH Training (formerly the T4T)

October 5-7 Woodstock, NY
October 13-14 Longmeadow, MA

This two-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community or for existing Transition initiatives who are interested in deepening their understanding of Transition.

Learn about hosting a training >>

Online Events

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, July 12, 2012
(11am-noon Pacific)

An open dialogue space where folks involved in Transition meet voice-to-voice, celebrate, network, swap ideas, get help, give help, and learn together.
details + registration >>

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Listen to the June Podcast:
a Resilience Festival, some Warmer Homes, and turning carparks into food gardens!

Transition Network UK Conference 2012

September, 2012 - London, UK
The Conference teams are in the thick of planning a weekend of events and workshops that explore the theme of "Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times". The program will have 5 distinct elements, which can be attended as stand-alone events or in combination:

Find more conference details here >>

Related Events

Fxing the Future

Fixing the Future Across America
July 18, 2012
On this day, Fixing the Future, a documentary that showcases working models for thriving economies, will screen in at least 50 theaters in cities across the U.S. Transition Towns will have an unprecedented opportunity to be a part of a national effort to support local economic initiatives.
learn more here >>

Art of Community 2012: People, Place, and Purpose
Sept. 21-23 Conference
Sept. 24-25 Workshop Intensives and Social Change Summit
Occidental, CA
Art of Community is a participatory gathering with interactive workshops and presentations for people seeking to learn about the Intentional Communities Movement and build skills of a Cooperative Culture.
Early bird registration until June 30th.
learn more here >>

Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for youth mentors, regional reporters, videographers, transcribers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>


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Transition US :: June 2012 e-newsletter

Thousands of people around the country stepped up and took the Transition Challenge this past May to build community, grow food, save water and conserve energy.
Thank you
to Daily Acts, Victory Garden Foundation, Sustainable Contra Costa, Marin Garden Challenge, our sponsor and media partners and hundreds of other community groups and individuals. Collectively we registered over 4,100 actions!  A 273% increase over 2011.  Read more here...

Transition Projects

June Roundup: Transition across the Country
Building onthe monthly roundup over at Rob's Transition Culture blog, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US... read more >>

Why Jared Grows Mushrooms
Growing mushrooms isn’t first on most people’s transition to-do list, but Jared Urchek of Boulder, Colorado, is all about fungi.Read this new story from our Why We Do What We Do series by Molly Rose-Williams showcasing some of our Action-Takers during the 2012 Transition Challenge. read more >>

Transition OurWay Launches

Transition OurWay of Ouray County, CO just held their Launch – their own version of an Unleashing. They had a great event, and we thought you might like to hear more of their story and what's been working for them. 

New Initiatives

This month we welcome two new official Transition Initiatives:

Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!

In the News...

Vermont Transition Towns Shine on Public Radio!
"Transition Towns Find Ways To Face Climate Change, Economic Instability"
Four Vermont Transition Initiative Leaders - from Putney, Montpelier, Charlotte and Manchester - are featured in this Vermont Public Radio interview! What articulate voices - do have a listen.

Recent Blog Posts

(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Transition Ingredients and Tools Cards
Here is a great tool for deepening your understanding of the ingredients and tools, a free download for you to play with. All you need is a printer, scissors, and a few people! Some games are suggested, but they are made available on the basis that you are invited to create you own games and share them, so that in the future we can update them.  Print them out here >>

Howtopedia & Practical Action
Thank you Frieder Krups for sharing these two resources with all of us: Practical Action offers information materials and toolkits focused small-scale appropriate technology, and Howtopedia is like a social wikipedia, a collaborative platform for practical knowledge and simple technologies.

Books, Books, Books for Resilient Communities
Chelsea Green Publishing, publishers of the Transition Handbook and the Transition Companion, have put together this great selection of books on resilient communities. Plus, there's still time to take advantage of their 35% off sale! Enjoy browsing >> 

Find more great resources in our online Knowledge Hub!

Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news End of Growth Update

In The End of Growth, published in September 2011, Post Carbon Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, made the observation that world economic expansion, which has been barreling along for the past few decades, is now stalling. So, how are we doing just nine months later? Is the global economy mending or teetering on the brink? Is the book’s hypothesis confirmed or disproved? June saw the publication of an updated ebook version of the book with more than twenty additional pages written by Richard that take a look at what is happening right now in Europe, China, the United States and elsewhere. Buy a copy of the End of Growth Updated eBook. Already have the book? We'll shortly be publishing the update as a standalone release.

Is the environmental movement ready for the 'end of growth' message?  PCI was invited to help survey 100 participants at the San Francisco Green Festival on this very question. To find our more about the results read Green, Not Growing by Development Director Ken White.

Let's mobilize of thousands of new residents, create innumerable sustainability actions provide the community networks and cross-sector collaborations needed to Transition our towns and cities across the US.

Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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