Transition US Newsletter - Harvest Edition

Transition US Newsletter
This Issue:
Transition Initiatives & Stories
Trainings & Online Workshops
Get to Work for 10/10/10
Transition Pattern Language
YES! Magazine Offer
Transition Network News
Post Carbon Institute
Related Events

Web links
Transition 101
Take Action

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Upcoming Events

Training for Transition (T4T) (click to host a Training course):
Oct 9-10 Holyoke, MA
Oct 15-16 Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Oct 22-24 Omaha, NE
Jan 22-23 Albuquerque, NM


Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. Oct 21
(11:00am-12:15pm PT)

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)

Community Preparedness as a Path to Transition
(Two Part Series)

Part 1: Wed Oct 20 &
Part 2: Tues Nov 16

“How can we reach beyond the choir?”  is a common refrain heard in Transition Town circles.  But two Transition-type groups in Washington State may have found a possible answer.  Using the banner of “preparedness” the Methow Valley Community Preparedness Committee of N. Central Washington, and the L2020  group of Port Townsend, are both successfully inspiring a broad spectrum of people to engage in sustainable, community-building activities in their local areas.
See details + registration

See online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars.




book cover‘Local Sustainable Homes’: Now Available!

The third book in the Transition Books series, ‘Local Sustainable Homes: how to make them happen in your community’ by Chris Bird, is now available to purchase here. "It is a brilliant guide to creating low impact homes in your community, packed with inspiring case studies of low-carbon buildings, from retrofitted old houses to new eco-villages," writes Rob Hopkins. Transition Initiatives can also purchase in bulk.

Transition in Action

A limited quantity of Transition in Action—the 20-year Energy Descent Action Plan for Totnes and District—will be available in the U.S. as a full-color bound book from Chelsea Green Publishing. 

Totnes EDAPAt 308 pages, and chock full of tables, graphs, and other illustrations, this is a tremendously inspiring document for any group that’s just beginning to wrap their collective mind around the task of an EDAP for their community. 

Transition in Action offers a new story of the future of Totnes, based on a scenario of positive visions, and proposes practical pathways of ideas, activities and policy changes across a series of themed timelines to 2030. 

You can order the book through your favorite U.S. bookseller, or directly from Chelsea Green here. The Totnes EDAP is also available online at:

or READ the online version




Our wonderful Transition Initiatives have been in the media spotlight lately, including:

Which Resilient Future?

Transition Initiative Revs Up in Milwaukee, Urban Farm Online

Seed Saver Library Sprouts in Richmond, SF Chronicle

Cluck Trek: Environmental group sponsors chicken-coop tour, Los Angeles Times

And as always, check out new posts from the Transition US blog team.



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Top banner image: Closing circle at the 2010 Cascadia Regional Transition Summit

Transition US Newsletter: Harvest Edition

This Harvest Edition Newsletter is chock full of great stories from communities across the country, and we greet the season with renewed energy, bursting enthusiasm, and replicable ideas from the 1st Annual Transition Cascadia Regional Summit.

We have a new board president, Trathen Heckman. Trathen is the Executive Director of Daily Acts and is involved in community goodness in and around the San Francisco Bay area. He states, “Given the scale of the challenges we face, Transition is a fresh breath of inspiration and hope in action. I feel blessed to serve as Board President of Transition U.S. to support this movement and you in this vital work.” Welcome Trathen!

Our deepest thanks go to Raven Gray for her pivotal work in the formation of Transition US. Raven will continue her vital work in support of Transition and will participate as an adviser to TUS. Thanks Raven for your continued support.

And to all - Happy 10/10/10!





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 our 75th official US Transition Initiative: Transition Sewickley in Pennsylvania.

photo2010 Transition Cascadia Regional Summit

Transition leaders from Northwest US states and neighboring Canadian provinces met in Seattle to inspire, support and educate each other...(more)

photoLife After Oil in Los Angeles

Nearly 50 people in Los Angeles studied this past weekend at a one-day mini-conference hosted by Transition Los Angeles...(more)

photoTransition Keene Growing in New Hampshire
Transition Keene Task Force is getting the buzz going with film screenings and get togethers...(more)

photoVicki Robin's 10-Mile Diet

Read about Transition Whidbey Island initiator and co-author of Your Money or Your Life Vicki Robin's recent adventures in eating local...(more)

photoSandpoint Community Garden

Sandpoint Transition Initiative (Idaho) and their food working group, launched their first Community Garden...(more)




Transition Initiatives Get to Work for 10/10/10

Spurred by, October 10, 2010 is shaping up to be "A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions"-- together we'll get to work in our communities on projects that can cut carbon and build the clean energy future.  With only a few days to go, nearly 6500 events are being planned in 188 countries around the world. Transition Initiatives across North America, are stepping up to organize for 10/10/10 -- see what they have planned from permablitzes in Houston, TX to the CAReFREE Sunday Street Scene in Cotati, CA.

REGISTER YOUR TRANSITION INITIATIVE AT  350's suggestion list of "ideas for your 10/10/10 work party" include "start a Transition Town."  That means that people will be clued-in to the words and will be looking for us!  So register your Transition Initiative as an action on the website with instructions as to how participants can find you.  Even if you aren't meeting on the weekend of 10/10/10, register anyway.  Here's what Transition Los Angeles has done -- you are welcome to copy/paste their text and edit it to fit your local circumstances. Click here for more tips.





Transition as Pattern Language

Rob photoOver the coming few months, Rob Hopkins will be sharing with you the ongoing work in developing the patterns-based model of Transition that will form the centrepiece of the second version of the Transition Handbook. See an explanation of this approach in the booklet produced for the 2010 Transition Network conference

These patterns need to be alive and rich with your hard-won experience, your failures as well as your successes. Below are a few recent posts (read more):

Forming Working Groups
Arts and Creativity
Awareness Raising
Local Food Initiatives
Running Successful Meetings
The Role of Storytelling




YES! Magazine: Special offer for Transition US

YesMagazineYES! Magazine’s latest issue is about what people can do now to prepare for the uncertainties of peak oil, climate change, and economic collapse. The magazine’s 35-page theme section offers fresh insights and useful how-tos for individuals building resilience in their own homes and neighborhoods, and for communities getting ready for anything. The issue showcases the Transition movement, including the article, "Skill Up, Party Down: Transition Towns plan a gentle descent from oil dependence—and have a blast in the process."

YES! Magazine is giving Transition US members a special introductory offer: Subscribe to YES! today and get four beautiful, ad-free issues-for just $10 (regular price $24). Resilient Communities will be your first issue. Read the recent blog by Peak Moment TV's Janaia Donaldson's about meeting with the movers and shakers behind YES!




Transition Network News

If you're interested in receiving updates from the Transition Network in the UK, where it all began, you can sign up for their newsletter here.




Partner Update: Post Carbon Institute

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PC Reader CoverIt's Almost Here! The Post Carbon Reader is the most important book we've published, with essays by Rob Hopkins, Wes Jackson, Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg and 24 others, The Post Carbon Reader examines how population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another and what can we do to address one problem without making the others worse.

The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and community resilience. This insightful collection takes a hard-nosed look at the interconnected threats of our global sustainability quandary and presents some of the most promising responses.

To honor 10/10/10, we've worked with UC Press to set a release date of, you guessed it, October 10, 2010.  To be among the first to read and get a special discount for friends of PCI/Transition, order directly through UC Press here.

For free chapter downloads, go here.




Related Events

ASPO2010 Peak Oil Conference
The Future of Oil, Energy, and the Economy
October 7-9 Washington, DC
The conference brings together a diverse collection of speakers including Ralph Nader, Dr. James Schlesinger, former CIBC Chief Economist Jeff Rubin, Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, and Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh at Automatic Earth) that agree on thing: the peak oil debate is over.  If you would like to attend at a special discounted rate ($125), please register with the code "transition" as soon as possible. And please feel free to share the code with others that are plugged into or interested in the Transition movement. Details of the invite here.

IslaVista Isla Vista Fall Festival
October 16 - Anisq'oyo' Park, Isla Vista, CA
Join us on Saturday from 3-8pm for live music from the talented Ted Lennon, John Swift and friends. Proceeds from this concert to benefit Transition US and Water Wells for Africa! Visit website for info.

Bioneers2010 Bioneers Conference
October 15-17 - San Rafael, CA
(with intensives October 14 and 18)
The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum presenting breakthrough solutions for people and planet.  At this year's conference, social and scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity.... Learn more

Next GenNext Gen Expo
October 15-17 - West Palm Beach, Florida
Next-Gen-Expo is a highly productive engine and pro-active two day, single-track conference and exposition of new ideas dedicated to innovation that benefits humanity. You will be immersed in the new conversation about entertainment, media, energy, technology, health... Learn more


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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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