Transition US Newsletter - Creating the New Economy

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In this Issue:
Creating the New Economy
Webinars: Unstuck Economics
& City Repair

Enabling City Toolkit
& Degrowth Podcast

Starhawk Presentation
Upcoming Training Courses
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action


Transition Training

Transition LAUNCH Training  (formerly the T4T)
February 1 Dolby Ferry, NY

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.

Transition Town Anywhere

Transition Anywhere

From Transition Culture
"For many people, the highlight of the 2012 Transition Network conference was the ‘Transition Town Anywhere’ activity, where a resilience local economy was built, lived in, celebrated and then taken down again over the space of one morning

Ruth Ben-Tovim, one of the event’s organisers, tells us how the event came about, how it worked, and how you could do a version in your community. She started by asking “how many people does it take to build a town?”"

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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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December 2012 e-newsletter

On this auspicious return of the light, we are giving thanks for all of those young and old, from coast to coast, who have inspired us, challenged us and shown us monuments of possibility. From all of us at Transition US - we wish you a safe and heart-filled holiday season!

Creating the New Economy

Transition NetworkTransition recognized in the European Parliament
The Transition Network was awarded first prize by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels this month, recognizing Transition Network’s REconomy Project and its work in supporting Transition initiatives in developing social enterprises. Read more.

Boston BeanSay hello to the Boston Bean!
JP New Economy Transition recently launched a local currency pilot project, just in time for the holidays. Read more.

HolidayNeighbors Sharing Food, Crafts, Skills, and Goods in California
Transition Initiatives in California collaborated to invite the community to come to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season by sharing – holiday decorations, clothing, books....Read more.

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New Initiatives

Welcome two new Official Transition Initiatives:

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

Transition Launch Training, Sarasota, FL, Dec 8-9, 2012

Ask your questions about how Transition hits the ground:

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, January 10
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.

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Enabling CityThe Enabling City Toolkit
This toolkit serves to "document the contributions of the already-strong
‘creative community’ movement; To spark a conversation about the potential of our everyday experiences in contributing to sustainability, and the roles cities can play in providing enabling frameworks for social innovation and participation.

PodcastDegrowth Conference Podcast
Rob Hopkins shares a recap of the Degrowth Conference in Venice, Italy, earlier in September, exploring the theme, ‘The Great Transition: degrowth as a passage of civilisation.’

Find more great resources in our online Knowledge Hub!

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Webinars & Online Events

Unstuck Economics: How Cooperatives and Community Enterprise Will Get Us Out of this Gigantic Mess
Wednesday, January 9
11am-12:15pm Pacific
Community-supported enterprise + cooperatives + local investing + social enterprise + local currencies + micro-enterprise + sharing ….these all adds up to LOCAL, RESILIENT ECONOMIES. With the help of lively cartoon images, sharing economy lawyer and Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Janelle Orsi, will help us visualize some of the next critical steps and how a new sharing economy can ACTUALLY WORK.

A Conversation with Mark Lakeman of City Repair
Wednesday, January 23
11am-12:15pm Pacific
Mark LakemanIn the last decade, Mark Lakeman has directed or facilitated designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.

Is your Transition Initiative as effective as it can be?
Thursday, January 24
5:00am - 6:30am

NareshPioneering co-founder of Transition Town Totnes (TTT) and Transition Training, Naresh has been involved in designing, running and evolving many of the events, groups, and trainings that have been at the heart of the enormously successful Transition Towns project. This call is the most transformative hour and 1/2 you can invest in learning how to keep generating the results you want to create more local resilience. 


See all upcoming events >>

New Recording:
Heart & Mind of the Circle with Starhawk

StarhawkWorking in groups of equals is the heart of our work to change the world.  We value community, yet groups are often very challenging places to be.  How do we create groups and organizations that are warm and welcoming, that value and empower participants, and that bring out the best in each of us? This teleconference explores personal sustainability, 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.

Watch the video and download presentation slides >>

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Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Energy book"If you've ever looked for an iron-clad case that the fossil energy supply is out-of-control, over-the-top destructive --of planet, wildlife, people's health and culture-- then check out Energy, the latest publication of the Post Carbon Institute..." writes Joanne Poyourow in her review of our new bookENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. The book is available in coffee table format, and also as a reader and was produced in partnership with the Foundation for Deep Ecology.

For more insight into our energy, economic and environmental dilemma read Richard Heinberg's latest series on Conflict and Change in the Era of Economic Decline, and remember to bookmark

Best wishes for 2013 from all at PCI!


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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