Newsletter - February 2010

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Transition US Newsletter - February 2010

It was one year ago in February 2009 that Transition US opened its doors. At our recent Board Retreat we reviewed the past year and set strategies in motion for the year ahead. Our direction is largely informed by the activities and needs of the Transition Initiatives.  In recent interviews we found that many TIs would like help in fundraising, group process, building alliances and partnerships, engaging diverse communities, connecting with other TI’s and lots more. So naturally we will be offering more resources in response.  One we started right away was an on-line Tele-Salon for members of Transition Initiating Groups.  These are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:15–6:15pm PST as a virtual open space where participants go into break-out rooms and get the opportunity to really learn from each other. Great conversation happening here!

Our best estimate is that over 200 groups in the US are currently mulling over whether or when to become official Transition Initiatives along with the 59 others who have already taken that step. We intend to revise the application form soon, not to make it onerous, but to refresh it with ideas harvested from our retreat. One big Retreat ah-ha moment was the recognition that Transition is an evolving “process” more than it is the adopting of a “model”.  With this in mind everything opens up….

In this Newsletter:

  1. Transition Initiatives & Stories
  2. Upcoming Trainings & Online Workshops
  3. Transition Resources
  4. Featured Videos on Transition
  5. Transition Network News
  6. Post Carbon Institute News
  7. Get Involved

Transition Initiatives

Transition Initiatives are continuing to emerge in communities around the world. Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative. This month, we welcome five Official Transition Initiatives (59 in the US):

Throughout the month, we post stories from Transition Initiatives about some of the wonderful projects they are working on. Here are some highlights:

photoThe State of the Movement: Transition in Colorado
For this article, author Don Hall interviewed leaders from six of the most active and successful Transition Initiatives in Colorado and wrote about the ways in which these communities are laying the foundations for transition...(more)

photoA Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition
Read this lovely article for a taste of some of things underway out there in Transition-land from a church in Reno, Nevada to bustling market stalls in Brixton, England to the Sunshine Coast of Australia...(more)

photoTransition US Board Retreat: a recap
The Board of Transition US recently met in person for the first time for 3 days of intensive discussion, creative thinking, heartfelt sharing and celebration. Read a recap of the weekend by Transition US Co-Founder, Raven Gray...(more)

photoTransitionSF: Official and Active
Transition San Francisco received official recognition as a Transition Initiative, the 55th – one of seven in the Bay Area and 16 in California. Here is a cheerful update from the folks of TransitionSF...(more)

Read more stories online.


Trainings & Online Workshops

T4T Delafield, WIUpcoming Training for Transition (T4T) courses are scheduled in (find out what it takes to host a Training course):

Photo: Training for Transition in Delafield, WI on January 30-31, 2010.

Online Workshops:

photoAwakening The Dreamer: In The Context of Transition
Thu. March 4 (5:00-6:15pm PST online)
This webinar will explore how the two networks can work together to make the transition to a more fulfilling, equitable and sustainable world...(more)

photoMonthly Transition Tele-Salon
Thu. March 18 (5:15-6:30pm PST online)
This monthly conference call is an open dialogue space where Transition Initiative leaders around the US meet voice-to-voice, celebrate, network, swap ideas, get help, give help, and learn together...(more)

photoMaking the Transition Presentation: Part I
Tues. March 23 (12:00-1:20pm PST online)
Need to make a presentation about Transition? This webinar will give you the tools (including script and presentations slides) that you need to create your own full-blown Transition talk...(more)

See the online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars and our newly enabled on-line forums to continue discussions.


Transition Resources

photoTransition Primer available in Spanish and Danish
The popular Transition Primer 26-page PDF is now available in Spanish and Danish. This document provides the guidelines for establishing a Transition Initiative in your community.

photoFilm Review: Food, Inc.
Many Transition Initiatives have screened the documentary 'Food, Inc.' in their communities - the film was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. In case you missed it, watch the trailer and read a review of the film by Rob Hopkins.

photoEat Local! Resource Guide & Directory
As part of its EAT LOCAL! program to help relocalize food and farming in Boulder County, Transition Colorado, has just published the second edition of Boulder County's EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide and Directory.


This month's featured videos

Transition Videos Digest #2 - watch all of the videos below on our website

video‘After Copenhagen’: a recent Transition Town Totnes event
Here is a short film about a recent event in Totnes, where people involved in TTT who had been in Copenhagen for COP15 and the Klimaforum shared their experiences. Thanks to the good people of the nu-project for making this film.

videoTransition Town: What's it all about?
Andreas Teuchert filmed a series of interviews at the 2009 Transition Network conference around three key questions: What is Transition all about? What are the visions of Transition? What are three technologies that you would like to take with you into the future?

videoDeveloping a transition mindset to overcome the inertia of the familiar 
Davie Philip , coordinator of the Irish Transition Towns network asks whether the Transition Towns initiatives emerging around the world are up to this challenge and what more this young movement could be doing to facilitate the building of resilient communities.

videoTransition Towns and Energy Descent Pathways
In this programme the history of the Transition Town process is outlined and the concept of Energy Decent Action Planning (EDAP) is explained.

Local Food Web - Hardwick, VT 
videoThis video shared by Annie Gaillard of Transition Hardwick, VT - it tells the story of the Town of Hardwick's food web and how local consumers and producers are working together to close the loop of food production and consumption.

Peak Moment TV: "Local Food — By and For the People"
videoWhat if the food system benefited local producers, nourished nearby people, and built a stronger community? Krishna Singh Khalsa of Eugene, Oregon is exploring models of local cooperative, entrepreneurial organizations... For more episodes, visit Peak Moment TV.


Transition Network News

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Partner Update: Post Carbon Institute

Visit for more articles, reports and news

Post Carbon Fellows retreatPost Carbon recently hosted its first ever Fellows Retreat. Twenty-two of their 29 fellows joined them in person, with others contributing by phone. The retreat was a culmination of a year-long strategic shift by the Institute towards serving as a think tank focused on the interconnected sustainability crises of the 21st century—"a one-stop shop for all the cutting edge thinking on the transition to a post-carbon world." (read more)

Catch up with the latest posts on PCI including Fellow Bill McKibben's latest insight The Attack on Climate-Change Science: Why It’s the O.J. Moment of the Twenty-First Century, Asher Miller's piece on the fragility of complex systems Who L'eggo My Eggo? and Tod Brilliant's challenge in The World Saving Habit You'll Hate (And the Great Puzzle of the Well-Intentioned Do Nothings).


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