Transition US Newsletter - December 2010

Transition United States
In this Issue:
Transition Initiative Projects
Trainings & Webinars
Books & Films
Ingredients of Transition
PCI Richard Heinberg Museletter
Collapse Network Special Offer
Take Action

Challenge Grant thermometer



Upcoming Events


Training for Transition (T4T)
(click to host a Training course):
Jan 28-30 Sonoma, CA

Light in the Darkness: A Special Solstice Heart & Soul
Tues. Dec 21 - conference call
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Winter Solstice reminds us of the importance of light in dark times. Join Roni Krouzman for a heartfelt discussion on how we can all be beacons of hope, heart, and community in the movement to heal nature and humanity, and approach our work from a deep sense of care, reverence, and vision.
details + rsvp here

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. Jan 13
(11:00am-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

Heart & Soul Series: Consciousness, Creativity and Connection
Wed. Jan 26 - Wed. Feb 23
(4:00pm - 5:00pm PT)
- online
This three part Transition series encourages creative expression, self-reflection, positive collaboration, and community action. Ideas we will explore include: starting with gratitude, the gifts of uncertainty, the universe of possibilities, and the power of acknowledgment.
rsvp here

See online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars.



Special Offer & Thanks

We especially want to thank the folks at Collapse Network for their support. Listen to last Sunday's podcast of the Lifeboat Hour (Progressive Radio Network) hosted by Michael C. Ruppert with guests from Transition US online here.

Michael C. Ruppert's Collapse Network is offering an exclusive 50% discount for a 1-year CollapseNet membership to Transition Initiative members.  Details here!


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Transition US :: December 2010 e-newsletter

Into the heart...
Cultural narratives often describe a way of being with the environment, which may include a spiritual context.  Many people observe environmental brokenness and feel a need to reconnect with and honor the natural world.  Some just like being outside and don’t really care to analyze why it makes them feel good. People journey down a different road, but each contributes wisdom to the community’s work on inner transition. While Transition US doesn’t endorse a particular world view, we welcome and honor all journeys of inner transition.  And if you hang around long enough, chances are good you might find another Transitioner who agrees with you! -- Pat Benson, TUS Board Member (read her full blog post here)

Listen to an interview with Trathen Heckman, TUS Board President and Founder of Daily Acts, on Coach Betty Live | Transformation Talk Radio, on sharing conscious choices for a sustainable world.

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Transition Initiative Projects

Transition NorthfieldGreat Unleashing - Many Transition Initiatives have organized a 'Great Unleashing,' an opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate each other and the potential for creating the change that we want to see in the world. Here's a recap by Pat Benson on Transition Northfield's recent Unleashing in Minnesota. Congrats to Transition Northfield! (read more)

GleanersGarden Gleaning - Garden gleaning is a great way to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, not to mention get out in the fresh air and sunshine. Transition Sarasota has a great Garden Gleaning Pilot Project going that is having huge success with more than 767 million pounds of food now rescued, transported and shared! (read more)

Transition Culver CityLooking back - Transition Initiatives have had a busy year organizing all kinds of events and linking up with some amazing organizations to bring to live an array of collaborative projects. Nearing the end of this calendar year, it's nice to sit back and reflect on the year's accomplishments and learnings. We wanted to share with you this great example of a year-end recap: Transition Culver City: Full of Gratitude and Excited for the Future (part of the Transition Los Angeles Hub). (read more)

Dave and MeliaCo-creating transformative narratives - Last month, Transitoin US's Diversity Working Group along with Bay Localize, smartMeme, Movement Generation groups convened a conversation about co-creating transformative narratives in the Bay Area. The event had a great turnout and created new momentum around sharing stories and successes. Here's a piece by Dave Room, TUS Board member on creating transformative narratives, including a video from the event. Enjoy! (read more)


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

Economics of HappinessThe Economics of Happiness
A film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page -- 'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world - our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future...Featuring Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms...
(Being screened by Transition Albany)

ResilientCity trailerResilientCITY
Trailer + interview

Award-winning Director of The End of Suburbia and Escape From Suburbia, Gregory Greene, has begun work on his third and defining film, ResilienCity. The film features an interview with Rob Hopkins - check out the trailer and interview on Rob's blog here.

Growing EdgePermaculture: The Growing Edge

An antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, including a visit David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. (Screened by Transition Albany)

Film trailer

Food Production Systems: For a Backyard or Small Farm
This is a how-to-do-it DVD set with lots of resources.  A good addition to a library.  One DVD is the case study of a small family farm which includes what they did right and what they didn't.  The second has loads of practical resources and lots of links. Click here to visit Backyard Food Production.


Ingredients of Transition

These are some of the topics below that have recently been updated by Rob Hopkins and that are looking for your input:
Read more about the ideas behind the 'pattern' approach here


Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Richard Heinberg

PCI rounded up the year with the release of a first video Museletter from Richard Heinberg. In it Richard talks about progress on his new book (working title 'The End of Growth'). Catch the video here.

For a more tongue in cheek message watch PCI's gentle play on "Oprah's Favourite things". Hopefully something to make you smile, but a serious message nonetheless.

...and don't forget to check or the latest downloads from the Post Carbon Reader.


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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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