Transition US Newsletter - December 2011

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In this Issue:
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition (T4T)
Upcoming Webinars & Events
New Transition Initiatives
Survey Results Sneak Peek
Transition Network News
Transition Primer 2.0
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
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Training for Transition

T4T Sautee, GA

Jan 7-8 Mansfield, CT
Feb 10-12 Charlottesville, VA

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Monthly Transition Salon

Thursday, January 12
(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.
details + registration >>

Tough Talks in Transition
Wednesday, February 14
(4pm-5:15pm Pacific)
Some of the conversations we have in Transition initiatives are challenging. Different hoped-for outcomes, tactics, and communication styles can make meetings and activities hard. Join this call  with community organizer and longtime practitioner of Non-Violent Communication Judith Katz to get strategies for engaging in challenging conversations with grace and a sense of play.
details + registration >> 

Related Events

The Economics of Happiness Conference
March 22-24, 2011
Berkeley, California

Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference will cover a range of interconnected topics, including public policy choices; local initiatives in food,energy, education, business and banking; the need to bridge the North-South divide; and the influence of the economy on our psychological well-being. Presenters include Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Annie Leonard, Sulak Sivaraksa, Michael Shuman, Joanna Macy, Gustavo Esteva, Richard Heinberg and many more.
details + registration >>

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Listen to the December Podcast:community energy companies, farms and resource centers!

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 :: December 2011 e-newsletter
Happy Holidays!

If traveling, we wish you safe travels. If reuniting with family, we wish you harmony and deep fulfillment. Most of all we wish you kindness, connection and joy. In 2012 come back more fired up than ever. We have a whole lot of localizing and community-building to do! 

As the year comes to a close please consider making a financial gift to Transition US. You can double each dollar as we meet this year's challenge grant. THANK YOU to those who have so generously stepped forward in this much needed way. You have made all the difference in the world.

Transition Projects

Charles Eisenstein visits CotatiDecember 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) 

Transition UNMTransition in the University setting - Transition University of New Mexico is making waves in the local community with projects relating to Transition, energy reduction and recycling... (read more)

Presents or Presence? - Pat Benson, TUS Board Member and founding member of Transition Northfield shares her family's tips on making the most of the holiday season (read more)

New Initiatives

This month we welcome two new official Transition Initiatives:

Transition Westchester Event
Transition Westchester booth, composting display, 2011

Will your community bring us to #111 before the end of the year?  Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

IllustrationTransition & Wellbeing - The November/December issue of Resurgence Magazine features a spread exploring ideas around how engaging in Transition impacts overall wellbeing.Click to download the PDF here.

CharlesCharles Einsenstein
 - Charles is the author of numerous works and the online video “Occupy Wall Street – the Revolution is Love,” in which he is featured, has received over 170,000 views. A Yale graduate in philosophy and mathematics, he has served on the faculty at Penn State and Goddard College. Read his recent article on the Oil DrumPeak Oil, Peak Debt, and the Concentration of Power. Charles has been touring in the Bay Area this month and will be continuing on to WA, FL, NY and OR (see tour dates here). 

Transition Research - Transition is attracting researchers from all over the world, interested in learning more about the mechanics of building community resilience and the role that Transition Initiatives are playing in furthering this emergence. Check out this online archive of over 110 articles on Transition so far via citeulike. And also here is a rundown of basic protocol for researchers wanting to work with Transition Initiatives as well as for communities approached by a researcher.


Survey Results Sneak Peak

Thank you to the roughly 259 people who completed our recent annual survey! Congratulations to our three survey winners who will each be receiving a copy of the Transition Companion, courtesy of our friends at Chelsea Green.

ChartClick here for a preview of some of the feedback from the survey >> 

Stay tuned for a more elaborate report in the New Year. Thanks also to our volunteer David Steinore for helping us crunch the data.


Transition Primer 2.0

In case you haven't gotten your hands on a copy yet, the new version of the 'Transition Primer' (US version) is now available.  It has a fresh new look as well as new sections on peak oil, exponential growth, and resilence indicators.  A future version will include sections on topics such as working with local government. 

We would love to hear what you think and any additions you feel would be helpful for those embarking on this journey called Transition.
Download the Primer 2.0 >


Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Stopwatch2011 has been a huge year for PCI with an award winning video 300 years of fossil fuels, and book The Post Carbon Reader, and two much acclaimed and timely publiclications The End of Growth, and Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?. But our work is urgent and we have so much more that we want to do for 2012...

In January we are launching our new Community Resilience Guides with the first in the series, Michael Shuman's Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity due in January — more to come on this. For 2012 we're planning the launch of a new website a clearinghouse of information, inspiration and communication. "You Are Here: The Oil Journey", will be an arrestingly animated, customizable presentation that you (and hundreds of other PCI supporters) can deliver in your community. And believe us, there is so much more.

We rely on people like you to support our work, so if you are able and would like to help us build resilience in 2012, please make a donation to Post Carbon Institute. Thanks and best wishes to you in this holiday season from all at PCI.


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