Transition US Newsletter - April 2012

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In this Issue:
Transition Challenge!
Transition Projects
New Initiatives
In the News
Training for Transition
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Transition Network News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action

Training for Transition

May 12-13 - Framingham, MA
June 16-17 - Fort Collins, CO
June 16-17 - Maine (tentative)
Aug. 18-19 - Providence, RI
Sept. 8-9 - Durham, CT
Oct. 13-14 - Longmeadow, MA

For further information on the trainings above (except Fort Collins, CO), contact Tina Clarke.

No trainings in your area?
Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, May 10, 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. Join in!
details + registration >>

Related Events

Spring of Sustainability
Take advantage of these free half-hour shots of inspiration... Tune in by phone or web to some of the world's leading thinkers, visionaries and experts as they chart a way forward to a healthy and resilient world. Learn and engage...
Featured Transition speakers are:
* Vicki Robin
* Tina Clarke
* Trathen Heckman
* Richard Heinberg
* Rob Hopkins

...and over 100 other thought leaders from around the world.
Find titles of these talks on our site >>
Register here >>

Sustainable Enterprise Conference
May 11, Rohnert Park, CA
Capitalize on opportunities in the growing green economy, discover current trends in enterprise management, and network with thought leaders. Academics, government officials and business leaders will show you how innovation and sustainability will drive the economy, and help organizations like yours prosper. Thank you to the organizers for offering this discount: Use SAVEGREEN to save $20 registering!

Strategies for a New Economy
2012 Conference

June 8-10, by simulcast
This three-day conference will include over 60 workshops, plenary gatherings, and participatory sessions organized around 10 theme areas. Registration for this conference has closed, but the plenaries and some workshops will be simulcast. Hear about research and best practice and how a decentralized, sustainable, cooperative economy is already taking shape. Read more >>

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

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

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 :: April 2012 e-newsletter

We're just a day away from our May 2012 Transition Home & Garden Challenge, and the list of inspired actions around the country is growing! Last year we had 1,500 actions - this year let’s have over 2,012!
Join the Challenge! We have a host of handy resources and action ideas assembled for you! And the new In Transition 2.0 film is a great tool to gather your community and kick off an action.

You can also double your impact and support the global Climate Impacts Day on May 5th. Register your action for the Transition Challenge AND for the Climate Impacts Day! (Yes, you will need to register on both websites... a few worthwhile moments to tell your story even more widely).  Also consider hosting a community potluck during National Potluck Week May 20-26. (Let us know if you do)! 

Transition Projects

April Roundup: Transition across the Country
Transition WoodstockBuilding 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 >>

Results are IN on the Youth Engagement Survey!
Last Month Evan Frisch conducted a survey on how Transition initiatives are working to engage young people. Thank you to Evan for your initiative on this project and to everyone who participated. Evan shares his analysis of the results in What Caine's Arcade Can Teach Us. This article and the detailed survey results offer great suggestions for TIs seeking to collaborate more effectively with youth.

Nurturing a Gift Economy
Gift CirclesGift Circles not only provide an alternative model for economic engagnement, they also build community! Transition Sebastopol's Julia Bystrova shares this story about the positive power of giving that is being nurtured through their Heart and Soul group. Read more >>

New Initiatives

This month we welcome another new official Transition Initiatives:

  • Transition Hastings-on-Hudson - Hastings on Hudson, NY (#116) 

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

In the News

Transition Cadillac's 100 YARDen Dash made the News!
Transition Cadillac News<br />
StoryTransition Caddilac garnered media attention with their 100 YARDen Dash and is featured in this video news story on MINews26. How exciting that their getting the word out about helping people become more self-relient by focusing on developing their local food system! Watch the interview here>>

(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Dreaming Planet Earth
Methods for Mapping Future Food and Energy Systems at the Local Level
This booklet was created in response to many requests from around the country and world as to how Bioneers/ Dreaming New Mexico Project went about "future mapping" at the local level for their "Age of Renewables"  and "Age of Local Foodsheds/Fair Trade State" maps. It is now available for free download here >>

Building a Strong Foundation for Your Initiative

Prince Rupert TIThe interview Rob Hopkins did recently with Lee Brain, one of the founders of Transition Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada, was one of the most inspiring he has yet published. In this installment, he gives a fascinating taste of what it looks like when an emerging Transition group gives over some time to getting the foundations of its work as solid as possible before proceeding any further. Listen here>>

Self-Repair   ManifestoRepair is better than recycling! The best way to keep electronic waste out of landfills is to keep it working longer. iFixit is a free repair manual that you can contribute to and edit. It is being created by a community of people who care about things and want to make them last longer. Currently, the site is focused on electronic equipment, but the poster certainly has a wider message! Check it out here >>


Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news The Oil Journey video

Our customizable presentation YOU ARE HERE: The Oil Journey narrated by Peter Coyote is now ready for action. With feedback from PCI supporters we've put together a great new set of resources for any budding presenters out there. If you're interested in becoming one of those presenters we'll hold web-based trainings in May. Contact us via

With PCI Fellow Michael Shuman's new book Local Dollars, Local Sense in stores we're looking into the issues around local economies. Join us May 1st at Noon PST /3PM EST/ 19.00 GMT for our Live Video Chat event where Michael will join Slow Money Founder and Chairman Woody Tasch to discuss the wide-ranging benefits of investing in local food systems.


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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