Transition US Newsletter - February 2012

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In this Issue:
Transition Challenge!
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition (T4T)
Upcoming Webinars & Events
New Transition Initiatives
Transition Network News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
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Training for Transition

Mar 16-18 BigSur, CA
Mar 17-18 Stone Ridge, NY
Mar 21-22 UNM Albuquerque, NM

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Monthly Transition Salon

Thursday, March 8
(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 >>

Money and the Story of the People: A Conversation with Charles Eisenstein
Wednesday, March 14,
(4pm-5:15pm Pacific)
We all know we are facing a transition, but of what? Underneath our systems of energy, technology, and money, a deeper shift is underway: a shift in the defining myths of our civilization. In this session, Judith and Charles will explore how each level of transition interrelates, from the political to the personal level.
details + registration >> 

Related Events

The Economics of Happiness Conference
March 22-24, 2012
Berkeley, California

Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference will cover public policy choices; local food,energy, education, business and banking; bridging 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, Richard Heinberg and many more.  
Special Discount Offer
As TUS is a partner, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount: 
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Click “Begin order”.
Discount code: localfutures
To download a registration form with the discount, contact conference(at) or call 510-548-4915

Thriving Communities
Global TeleSummit

April 28, 2012, everywhere
Free to the public. This event is part of a major 3-month sustainability events program called Spring of Sustainability, co-produced by The Shift Network and Sustainable World Coalition, which also features Rob Hopkins, Vicki Robin, Tina Clarke, and over 100 other thought leaders from around the world. Presenters include: Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein (Sacred Economics) and Esperide Ananas (Damanhur), and hosted by Kevin Danaher and Thom Hartmann on the call.

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Listen to the February Podcastaward winning markets, 60,000 trees and cardboard cafes!

For all you webmasters and bloggers, there's a new widget for the Transition Companion Book - get it here >>

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 :: February 2012 e-newsletter
Transition Challenge
Join the challenge May 1 - 31st to create new gardens, green homes and build community resilience. For the month of May, thousands of average citizens from around the country will pick up shovels and tools to help construct rainwater harvesting systems, install solar panels, make energy efficiency improvements, and share garden know-how with their friends and neighbors. All while educating and empowering community, and supporting local businesses. 

Transition ChallengeThis is an opportunity to promote and increase participation in city and county programs for lawn removal, greywater and healthy food while creating innovative demonstration gardens in communities ranging from front yards to apartment patios, city landscapes, schools, churches, organizations and businesses. Sound inspiring? Register your action so we can show the world just how powerful we are as a movement then check out the Actions Map to see who else is taking on the challenge.

Transition Projects

Transition Putney video
February 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)

Press Democrat article photo
Unlocking the collective genius - Transition Sonoma County, CA was recently featured in their local news - the Press Demcrat in an article by Suzie Rodriguez...(read more)

GardenCommunity Resilience Plan - Transition Northfield residents are engaging in a series of 14 meetings with community members to gather feedback to create a "Community Resilience Transition Plan" for Northfield... (read more)

New Initiatives

This month we welcome three new official Transition Initiatives:

Esalen at Eco Farm Conference

Esalen Transition group core team member Noel Vietor and her colleagues presenting at this year’s Eco Farm conference in Pacific Grove, CA.

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


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Film: Anima Mundi
Read about Special Screening Arrangement on our site!
“Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed? Anima Mundi is an innovative documentary about the planetary animal called Gaia and the human animal we deny, we deny at our own peril, yet a peril that is perfect in design”.

SeedsBlueprint: Starting a Seed Library
A great seed library resources is available courtesy of some permaculture folks in Richmond, CA.  They've published a detailed blueprint of their successful model for anyone to use and adapt as needed. The site even includes the orientation video they show to all new volunteers and contributors. Thanks to Jenny Nazak of Transition Austin for sharing. Photo by dyogi under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Local Dollars, Local Sense coverIt's here! The first in our new series of Resilience Guides Local Dollars, Local Sense is published - order your copy here. The book, by PCI Fellow and local economy pioneer Michael Shuman, is the essential guide for communities and Transition groups wanting to build resilience in their local area. In the words of Rob Hopkins "Changing the direction our money flows away from the tax havens and the banks and toward the urgent rebuilding of community resilience at the local scale is one of our most pressing and urgent tasks. Michael Shuman inspires and equips us for this work with great vision and purpose." Can't wait for your copy? Read an exerpt from the book here '5 Ways to Make Your Dollars Make Sense'. Local Dollars, Local Sense is the first in a series of books which will also cover energy and food.


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.

Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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