Transition US Newsletter - April 2011

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In this Issue:
Transition Initiative Projects
Trainings & Webinars
Video: Training for Transition
Books & Films
Transition Network News
TUS Team
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action


Training for Transition T4T
April 30-May 1 Norway, ME
June 11-12 Spokane, WA
>> learn about hosting a T4T course

Transition Trainer Don Hall webinar series

April 28: From Initiating to Core Group
May 26: Integral Activism: Designing for Diversity
details + registration

Janelle Orsi: Transitioning to a Sharing Economy
Tues. May 3rd - 4-5pm PST
Sharing is a key ingredient in the transition to a more sustainable world. Car sharing, shared housing, barter networks, gift circles, shared food gardens, meal sharing, community energy projects, cooperatives, community-supported enterprises - these are just some examples of ways that sharing is becoming an essential part of our economy and livelihoods. 
details + registration

Jon Young (3-part series)
May 17: Storytelling
June 14: Peacemaking
July 5: Culture Repair

Storytelling is a powerful tradition that people have used to meaningfully inform, instruct, raise questions, and evoke the world of imaginative play. In this series, Jon will tell us how we can begin to build strong local communities designed on the bedrock of deep nature connection.
details + registration

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. May 12 
(11am-12:15pm PT)

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 + rsvp here

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

You are invited to participate in the making of ‘In Transition 2.0′ - the follow up to the first Transition movie. Read Director Emma Goude's blog post about how the film will be made.
In Transition 2.0

2011 TN Conference
8 to 11-July in Liverpool - details here

And, stand by for the launch of 'The Transition Companion', the follow up to the Transition Handbook!

The TUS Team grows!

Thanks to everyone who helped forward on our recent job postings. Please give a warm welcome to Scott McKeown as our Training Coordinator and Sarah Beth Lardie as our Development Director. Needless to say, we're excited to have them onboard and contributing their valuable skills to support the Transition movement!

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Top banner photo: Transition Northfield Earth Day Celebration, 2010, by Griff Wigley

Transition US :: April 2011 e-newsletter

Honoring 40 years of Earth Day, and the knowledge that we still have much to do to protect this Earth, we encourage you tochannel your awareness into action...Grow Food, Conserve Water, Save Energy, Build Community!


350 Home & Garden Challenge Map

On May 14 & 15, thousands of seemingly average citizens from around the country will work together to create new gardens and green their homes. From coast to coast, in urban and rural communities, abandoned lots will be converted into green oases and school children will pull weeds and plant tomato starts. Whole communities are signing up to pick up shovels and tools to help install rainwater harvesting systems, swap light bulbs, improve insulation, install solar panels, and bring homegrown produce to their friends and neighbors. Check out the new Actions Map and help us fill it in!

In order to accurately and most powerfully tell that story we need you to do two things: add your actions to the map and simply challenge at least 2 friends to do the same - you canrsvp and invite them to the facebook event here. Stand up and be counted.
Register Your Action Today

Transition Projects

This month we welcome two new official Transition Initiatives in Massachussetts:

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

Unleashing videoSnapshot: Transition across the Country - Building on the monthly "Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together by Helen and Rob over at Transition Culture, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US...(read more)
Transition Voice homepageTransition Voice - not just another peak oil website, Transition Voice has been tapping into the talent of the transition community, touching on topics from energy to psychology, and is now celebrating its first six months...(read more)

Transition CheltenhamLaunching Transition
 - Transition Cheltenham in Pennsylvania kicked off its status as the 78th official Transition Town in the US with a fun-filled potluck bash in March. (read more)

Video: Training for Transition

Thank you to trainers Jonathan Bucki, Louis Alemayehu, Ethel Cote and to Joanna Kohler at Kohler Productions for this stirring video from the training in Minneapolis/St. Paul in March. Here's a peak at Transition Training from the Midwest - click below to watch the video:

Training for Transition Minnesota video

Books & Films
(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Synopsis: "The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey..."(Read a review of Gasland by Rob Hopkins on Transition Culture)

Sharing SolutionThe Sharing Solution
How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community 
Synopsis: Discover how to create a more sustainable community with this practical legal guide to forming successful sharing arrangements. Transition US is hosting a special webinar with author Janelle Orsi on Tuesday, May 3rd.
details and registration

Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news

gas drilling rigThis month a major upcoming report from PCI on the future of natural gas was featured in theNew York Times. If you would like to receive the report on release—or know of someone who should get it—e-mail us with details

April also saw the release of brand new content from the Post Carbon Reader and Richard Heinberg's The End of Growth.

Finally, if you have questions about what we are up to, join ourLive webchat on April 28th. This is a chance for you to put questions to Richard Heinberg, Asher Miller, and Bart Anderson of Energy Bulletin. Hope to see you there!

Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

We are hoping to hear your stories of diversity - what does diversity mean to you? how do you honor diversity in your community? email stories to!

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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