Transition US Newsletter - August 2011

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In this Issue:
Special event: Rob Hopkins
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition(T4T)
Upcoming Webinars
New Official Initiatives
No Impact Week
Moving Planet: Sept 24th
Transition Network News
Coming soon: The Transition Companion
Transition In the News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action

Training for Transition

Sept 30-Oct 2  Troy, NY
Oct 14-16 Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 15-16 Tampa Bay, FL
Oct 22-23 Miami, FL
Nov 5-6 Sautee, GA
Nov 12-13 Wooster, OH

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (Multi-Part Series) 
Wednesday Sept. 7
(5:00-6:00pm Pacific)

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus is now glad to offer a series of seminars and trainings in building Resilient Community. Along with the initiatives and programs we have developed nationally and internationally, there have been many requests to generate more hands-on participation. Transition US is proud to be hosting these three virtual conversations prior to in-person courses to be held in Corte Madera, CA.
details + rsvp here >> 

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday Sept. 8
(11am-noon 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...

In Transition crowdsourcing

Click to support the film's 
progress and find out more >> 


In the News

Vermont transitioner Eric Garza wrote a guest article on the Oil Drum:
The US Energy Information Administration's Faulty Peak Oil Analysis

David Johnson and Jim Newcomer of Transition PDX interviewed on:
KBOO Community Radio (Oregon)

"The Permaculture Movement Grows From Underground"
New York Times

Related events


2011 Northwest Earth Institute 
North American Gathering

September 15-18, 2011
Port Townsend, WA

Featuring: experiential workshops addressing sustainable food, community and how to create the changes we wish to see. Will Allen of Growing Power will be the keynote speaker.
Details + registration >> 

Art of Community

Art of Community: Creating Sustainable Culture through Cooperation
Sept. 23-25, 2011
Occidental, CA

Are you interested in promoting cooperation as a cornerstone of creating resilient communities? Transition US is proud to be co-sponsoring this terrific event. Join us for the Fellowship for Intentional Community's three-day and two-night immersive conference and celebration of community at Westminster Woods, north of San Francisco, nestled into the beautiful coastal redwoods. Special 10% discount available for Transitioners >> 

Got Slow Money?

Slow Money
3rd National Gathering

October 12-14, 2011
San Francisco, CA

Listen to speakers such as David Suzuki and Vandana Shiva, hear presentations from small food enterprises and attend breakout sessions relating to the soil, our food system and the economy, plus meet members of the 11 chapters flowing millions of dollars of investment into small food enterprises.
Details + registration >>


2011 Bioneers Conference
October 14-16, 2011
San Rafael, CA

Explore the forefront of positive change in deeply inspiring keynote talks, panels, workshops and intensives. Connect with leading-edge people and ideas. Network with dynamic changemakers. Experience Moving Image Festival screenings, and networking receptions. Discover powerful opportunities and strategies for creating positive change in your work, life and community.
Details + registration >>

Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for coaches, photographers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>


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Transition US :: August 2011 e-newsletter

Join us for a second insightful conversation with Rob Hopkins, author, Permaculturist and founder of the Transition Towns Movement. 

Rob HopkinsIn this conversation we will be asking Rob to go more deeply into the "Ingredients of Transition" as well as answering questions supplied by participants. Transition US board member, author and visionary Vicki Robin will be the host for this call.

Register nowA Conversation with Rob Hopkins
Monday, September 12th 
8:00 AM Pacific - via conference call

We've been floored by the response to our call with Rob in July, hosted by Richard Heinberg, which has been listened to by well over 1,000 people in just a few short weeks. If you have not heard that yet - Listen to the recording online>> 

Transition Projects

Transition Westchester NYAugust Roundup: Transition across the Country - Building on the 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)

LALet it go where it needs to go - 
TUS Blogger Joanne Poyourow gives a status report on Transition in the big city of Los Angeles, reflecting on group structure and evolution...(read more)

Eat LocalMeeting neighbours + sharing in the harvest - Victory Garden Foundation and Transition Berkeley saw about 30 people during an hour of meeting neighbors and swapping backyard produce at the historical Lorin Station... (read more)

Potluck100-mile Potluck + Really Really Free Swap - Transition Cadillac in Michigan convened their first potluck and stuff swap with fruits and veggies grown in local back yards... (read more)

New Initiatives

This month we welcome 2 new official Transition Initiatives:

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

Experiment with a one-week carbon cleanse

No Impact ExperimentTransition US is partnering up with the No Impact Project and we encourage you to challenge yourself to the No Impact Experiment: a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.

videoJoining is simple! Click here to register for the next program in collaboration with Yes! Magazine (beginning Sept 18th).  Or, if you are a student participating in yourUniversity’s No Impact Weekregister here. Visit How It Works for step-by-step instructions and register to download our How-To Manual for day-by-day guidelines. Watch inspiring videos from past participants about their lessons from the week and what motivated them to try it.


Moving Planet:
A day to move beyond fossil fuels

Transition US is excited to be teaming up with on this important day of action. Please check out the Moving Planet website to find an event near you, or create a new one. It couldn't be easier and at the same time more important!

Moving PlanetMoving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end.

Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge. It's time to get moving on the climate crisis.


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Resilience Circle Organizing Kit
Resilience CirclesAcross the nation, people have stepped forward to organize Resilience Circles for their communities, also known as Common Security Clubs. We’re confident you can do it too, especially if you start small.  Check out the organizing kit for tools on getting started >> 

Permaculture Ideas Blog
Permaculture ideasPermaculture Ideas is a place to find a range of articles, videos and latest news related to Permaculture. A vast resource for those looking for an introduction, inspiration or to further their understanding on the matter. Whether you skim the top or dig deep into the archives you'll no doubt be inspired...

Permaculture Posters
PostersJan Spencer of Suburban Permaculture has put together a series of posters to that show and tell real life examples of making big changes. The posters come laminated and can be used for Permaculture classes, conferences, neighborhood meetings, show and tell, or a fundraiser for your group. 


The Transition Companion

Transition CompanionJust three short years ago (is that possible?!), Rob Hopkins’ Transition Handbook outlined a model for a community-led response
to peak oil and climate change. The rest, as they say, is history.

Rob’s eagerly awaited new book, The Transition Companion, picks up the story three years later, drawing from the experience of Transition communities throughout the UK and the world. The Companion is a deliberate move away from the “12-Step” approach utilized by the Handbook--toward a more holistic, appropriate model.

We’ll have more information on how to order the Companion in next month’s newsletter. Contact us regarding bulk orders.

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Who Killed Economic Growth? videoWe've been real busy here at PCI in August. Have you caught our latest animation yet — Who Killed Economic Growth? yet. Perfect for explaining our current predicament to friends, family in colleagues, we hope you'll love it.

We're not stopping there though in helping you get the message out. Richard Heinberg has written a fantastic script that presents our oil journey in a truly accessible way, and we're now looking to turn this into something really user friendly and inspiring to present. To do this we're raising funds, not only to create the slideshow but to train volunteers so that they can deliver it in their own communities. Find our more here about the project here. Thanks for your support.

Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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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