Transition US Newsletter - August 2012

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> Monthly digest of tools, trainings and resources for Transition -- see also our monthly roundup of stories.

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In this Issue:
Monthly Tele-salon and
Webinar with Starhawk

Guide to Grassroots Organizing and Climate-Friendly Food Guide
N. California Transition Conference
Upcoming Training Courses
PCI Update: New Video
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Related Events

Art of Community

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.
learn more here >>

Bioneers Pre-Conference

Catalyzing a Resilient Communities Network
Pre-Conference Intensive: A Call to Action and Collaboratory
October 18, 2012
San Rafael, CA
Our very own Carolyne Stayton will be presenting on social resilience along with others from Post Carbon Institute, WiserEarth and more. This landmark gathering will feature leading models, strategies and tools for building resilience at the community, local and regional levels, highlighting the opportunity for a Resilient Communities
Network nationally and globally.
Limited scholarships available.
learn more here >>


Bioneers Conference
October 19-21, 2012
San Rafael, CA
At the 23rd Annual Bioneers Conference, you'll join global thought-leaders, experts and advocates in exploring breakthrough solutions for a sustainable world. Visionary speakers are part of a culture creating the healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world in which we all want to live. Full access, day, half-day, and individual workshop passes are available. Conference attendance is in demand, so we suggest early registration. Use ourspecial promo code: BC12AO4 for 20% discount rate
learn more here >>

Volunteer Opportunities

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


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August 2012 e-newsletter
Transition Network Conference UKAs September rounds the corner, we'll be hearing updates from our very own Carl Shuller and Carolyne Stayton who will be sharing their insights about Transition in the US -- and learning from initiatives around the world at the Transition Network UK Conference in London, England. Stay tuned!

A note about this newsletter:

With the growing amount of information sharing each month, we're experimenting with sending you two monthly digests - the first full of stories of Transition across the US -- and this second one, with more of a focus on the tools, resources and learning opportunities to build capacity both within ourselves and our communities. We hope this will be more helpful than trying to fit it everything in one -- please reply, and let us know what you think!

Payson, Wayland and Cadillac

Welcome our three new Official Transition Initiatives:

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


Grassroots SustainabilityGrassroots Sustainability: A Guide to Organizing a Thriving Community
Inspired by the real-life efforts of a handful of grassroots groups in Marin County, California that successfully brought sustainability policy and education to their communities, this guidebook documents their best practices and shares important lessons learned along the way. 

Climate-Friendly Food GuideClimate-Friendly Food Guide
Agriculture is a huge emitter of greenhouse gases associated with climate change. This guide accompanies a public radio documentary series, and explains the diet-climate link, ways to eat more sustainably, delicious recipes and more!

Find more great resources in our online Knowledge Hub!



Webinars & Online Events

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, September 13, 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.

Heart & Mind of the Circle
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
5:00pm - 6:15pm Pacific
In this teleconference, we’ll explore the personal sustainability that is the ground of effectiveness with guest presenter,Starhawk.  We'll consider social permaculture—the principles and agreements that lead to healthy and functional groups—as well as the agreements we make with each other, the way we make decisions, and how we handle the conflicts that inevitably arise.

See all upcoming events >>

Regional Conference
Over the past few years regional gatherings have been held across the country and we're please to announce the first everNorthern California Regional Transition Conference on October 6th in Richmond, CA. Early registration is open and stay tuned for more details!


Transition Training

Transition LAUNCH Training  (formerly the T4T)
September 7-8 Durham, CT
October 5-7 Woodstock, NY
October 13-14 Longmeadow, MA
October 13-14 Everett, WA

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.



August Round Up of What's Happening Out in the World of Transition...

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 the full round up >>

Transition Laguna's Aquaponics workshop

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Don't Worry, Drive OnYes, there's still oil in the ground. We just can't afford it. Watch our brand new video on why we need to leave oil now. Please share it on your social networks and also with yourelected officials.
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.

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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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