Transition US Newsletter - April 2010

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Transition US Newsletter
Welcome! We hope you enjoy the format of this newsletter - we are experimenting and would love to hear your feedback. Email us at

This Issue:
Transition Initiatives & Stories
Trainings & Online Workshops
Transition US Board
Transition Network News
Post Carbon Institute
Green Choice Campaign
Related Events

Web links
Why Transition?
Take Action
Support Transition US

Upcoming Events

Training for Transition
(T4T) (find out what it takes to host a Training course):
Apr 22-25 Blairstown, NJ
Apr 24-25 Rochester, NY
May 22-23 Minneapolis/
St. Paul, MN
June 5-6 Asheville, NC
T4T St. Paul, Minnesota

Creating Funding & Resources for Transition Initiatives
Wed. May 12
(11:00-12:00pm PST Online)

WEBINAR: Join Kit Miller and others in the transition network to explore how to create resources for transition projects.  we will discuss different kinds of contribution people make to work they care about (wealth, work, wisdom) and also think together about ways to move beyond cash in creating and sustaining projects. (more)

Monthly Transition Tele-Salon
Thu. May 20
(5:15-6:30pm PST Online)

This monthly conference call is an open dialogue space where Transition Initiative leaders around the US meet voice-to-voice, celebrate, network, swap ideas, get help, give help, and learn together...(more)

See online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars.


Governance Toolbox

This toolkit is geared towards Transition Initiatives getting started and includes information on preparing an agenda, meeting facilitation, decision-making and conflict resolution. (see all guides)

Presentation Materials
We've assembled a series of presentation materials and resources to help you deliver a steller presentation on Transition -- from short 15-min. overview to a more in-depth look at peak oil, climate change and transition. (browse presentations)

Earth Day Toolkit
Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd - what is your community planning? Visit this page for resources and ideas for organizing events for Earth Day including special film screenings and contribute your own.


Transition US is excited to be taking part this month in the Green Choice Campaign 2010 which seeks to identify organizations who are  showing environmental stewarship. Our goal: gather 10 or more positive reviews during the month of April to make the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Environmental Nonprofits List and increase our exposure to donors. We hope you'll support us - click here to post a review on our profile!

Submit Your News

If you've come across some useful resources, are involved in projects or have ideas for projects related to Transition that you would like to share in this newsletter please feel free to submit them to us at

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This newsletter redesign was inspired by Transition Newburyport's excellent newsletter. Top banner image by Rebecca Meloy, Transition Whatcom County's Great Unleashing.

Transition US Newsletter // April 2010

Transition US has received a challenge grant in the amount of $100,000 from an anonymous donor. This individual sees the profound significance of the mission of Transition US and the great impact of the community resilience we are collectively building all over the country. This challenge grant presents an opportunity to seed more of this remarkable work and grow the existing initiatives. In order to receive the full amount we need to match those funds by raising an additional $100,000.  If you would like to make a gift to help meet this challenge, please click here.  

Thank you for your investment in Transition US!

Transition Initiatives

Transition Initiatives are continuing to emerge in communities around the world. Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative. This month, we welcome four official Transition Initiatives:

photoAn April Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition
Some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the country and around the world...(more)

photoTransition Whatcom: The Great Unleashing
Hundreds of people took part in Transition Whatcom's Great Unleashing featuring two full days of workshops, demonstrations, music...(more)

photoTransition Denver: Grow Local Colorado
Grow Local Colorado Campaign is partnering with Denver Parks & Recreation and the Parks Stewardship Program to grow Edible Public Demonstration Gardens... (more)

photoTransition in Canada
With Transition Initiatives in Canada emerging across the county, we thought it was time for an update on Transition happenings in Canada and ways that we can work together. (more)

photoEnvisioning Sustainable Health Care
Transition Mar Vista (in the Los Angeles area) held a sustainable health care event and invited people involved in the health care field, practitioners of alternative healing...(more)

photoTwo Great Unleashings to Come
In case you wanted more news about Unleashing events, both Transition Bloomington in Indiana and Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill in North Carolina...(more)

Thank you

Transition US Board wishes to thank Pamela Gray and Michael Brownlee for their service to Transition US and to the Transition movement in the US! 

Both have moved on to continue their Transition related activities in exciting new ways. Pamela is writing about transition in health care and would like to hear from anyone interested in that topic as well.  She can be reached at

Michael continues to offer the Training for Transition course, periodic webinars for Transition US as well as related classes, talks and articles.  He can be reached at

Transition Network News

If you're interested in receiving updates from the Transition Network in the UK, where it all began, you can sign up for their newsletter here.

Partner Update: Post Carbon Institute

Visit for more articles, reports and news

imageThis month listen to 4 of our Fellows answering key questions about the challenges which face us. Sandra Postel and Richard Heinberg each address the question "Are Enough Americans Facing Reality?" Also catch up with what inspires David Fridley and Stephanie Mills on not having children.

Related Events

image8th Annual BALLE Conference
May 21-23, Charleston, SC
The new economy is being shaped at the grassroots level in local communities around North America. Join 400 pioneering entrepreneurs and business owners, economic developers and community connectors as BALLE spotlights the most innovative and effective practices in growing community health and building strong, local, green businesses. (read more)

imageSlow Money's 2nd National Gathering
June 9-11, Shelburne Farms, VT
The beautiful grounds of historic Shelburne Farms.  A phenomenal roster of speakers, including Bill McKibben, founder of  The chance to hear investment presentations from two dozen small food enterprises and collaborate with folks from around the country who are finding new ways to connect money, culture and the soil. (read more, including a special discount for Transition US supporters)

Get involved

Learn more: Transition US  // Transition Network  // Transition Culture

Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. We are working in close partnership with the
Transition Network, a UK based organization that supports the international Transition Movement as a whole.


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