Transition US Newsletter - February 2011

Transition United States
In this Issue:
Transition Initiative Projects
350 Home & Garden Challenge
Trainings & Webinars
Books & Films
Transition Network News
Learning from the Gulf Spill
PCI Update
Get Involved
Take Action


Training for Transition T4T
Mar 19-20 Greenwich, NY

Mar 26-27 Twin Cities, MN
Mar 26-27 New Haven, CT
April 17-21 Big Sur/Esalen, CA 
>> learn about hosting a T4T course

Transition Talk Training
Sat. Mar 19 Sarasota, FL

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. Mar 10
(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
Thanks to Jim Belcher of Transition Orlando for offering this three part Transition series which encourages creative expression, self-reflection, positive collaboration, and community action. Ideas explored included: starting with gratitude, the gifts of uncertainty, the universe of possibilities, and the power of acknowledgment.
watch the full recordings here

On the horizon...

Corporate Gifts: A Step-by-Step Approach to Raising Money from Businesses
Tuesday April 5, Noon-1pm PST
>> click to register 
This is part II of our Fundraising Support for Transition Initiatives Webinar Series

Intro to Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
Tuesday, April 12, 11am PST
>> click to register

Transition Trainer Don Hall is offering a 3-part webinar series

Learning from the Gulf oil spill

We partnered with Post Carbon InstituteASPO-USA, and Transition Voice on a petition calling for President Barack Obama to acknowledge peak oil on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill and to call on America to reduce our oil consumption by 50% in ten years. Please read, sign and share!


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Transition US :: February 2011 e-newsletter

"Homesteading" is all the buzz lately, and increasingly we are seeing it emerge as powerful way of creating community resilience. We can't help but recognize the parallels and intersections between the Transition movement and the growing trend towards urban homesteading, especially now, with the 'Food Movement' becoming a measurable environmental force

An urban homestead is a household that produces a significant part of the food, including produce and livestock, consumed by its residents. - UC-Davis

We would invite all those interested and/or engaged in homesteading to consider exploring ways of bringing the Transition model to their communities. Just by making others in your area aware of what you are doing, literally in your own back yard, will go a long way towards bringing a new world to life. 


Transition Initiative Projects

This month we welcome our 80th Transition Initiative in the US -Transition Traverse City, Michigan. Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.

Transition YouthTransition Youth in Action! - Transition Youth/YES! in Northfield, MN are leading the way in raising awareness in their community through fun and engaging events and projects, with a view to the future. (read more)

Clothing eventTime Exchange - Finding ways of dealing with the current economic crisis proves to be a challenge for so many people. Transition San Fernando Valley decided to come up with a solution and created an alternative economy group in September 2010 called the San Fernando Valley Time Exchange. (read more)

FloetrySnapshot: Transition across the Country - Building the "January Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together by Helen and Rob over at Transition Culture, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US...(read more)



350 Garden Challenge

Save the date - we're taking the challenge national!

VideoWe're thrilled to be helping out with the 350 Home & Garden Challenge this year to take this initiative national! Last May Transition Initiatives and other community groups across Sonoma County, California, mobilized to plant what ended up being over 600 projects!

Watch the video of last year's 350 Garden Challenge


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

Farmer and the HorseFarmer and the Horse
Synopsis: From award-winning journalist Jared Flesher a film that digs into difficult questions about sustainability, self-sufficiency, and why we do the work we do.    Flesher’s film goes beyond the usual platitudes of smiling organic farmers talking about the good life. Farming is hard work—especially if you don’t use  a tractor. (Read  Rob Hopkins's review on Transition Culture)

Bag It

Bag it: is your life too plastic?
Synopsis: An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do about it. This film examines the impact of plastics on the environment, marine animals and human health. (Being screened by Transition Culver City, CA / check out the film website for resources for outreach & education)


Transition Network News

How toDiversity: Check out the Transition Network Diversity January Newsletter: A collection of diversity news, what it means and discussion how to become more inclusive. 

Markets: Have you been approached by organizations wanting to market via your networks? See some interestingreflections on Transition as a market.

The Transition Handbook: The sequel to the Transition Handbook now has a name! ‘The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times’ Stay tuned formore opportunities to contribute to the book.

How-to Guide: And, for those who may have missed it, this is worth including again: Transition Support Scotland produced a really good booklet called ‘How to organise a Regional Gathering’.  Download it here.


Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Political upheaval around the world in response to rising food and energy prices is showing more than ever why economic growth is over. February saw the release of Chapter 3 of Richard Heinberg's upcoming book The End of Growth. Read How Markets May Respond to Resource Scarcity: The Goldilocks Syndromeand catch previous downloads here.

Also, check out the latest download—Culture and Behavior: Remapping Relationships: Humans in Nature —from the Post Carbon Reader.


Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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