Transition US Newsletter - January 2010

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Welcome 2010!

We greet a new decade with a clearer knowledge of limits, a richer sense of community, and a deeper understanding of what it means to chart a personal journey towards resiliency and a reduced carbon footprint. While we are cautioned by Sharon Astyk to practice losing, we can be truly heartened by all those stepping up to adventure with us and the impressive new tools they bring. Sustainable NE Seattle has developed a discussion guide for groups studying the Transition Handbook. Transition Santa Cruz has thoughtful tip sheet on going door-to-door and engaging your neighbors and Ben Zolno has a new video on Why Transition.

Around the world communities are rising to the challenge. Transition Network co-founders Peter Lipman and Ben Brangwyn in conversation with Vicki Robin will discuss what is happening in the Transition Movement in the UK and in other countries around the world.  Add your questions when you register for this free event scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 10 am PST.

On the news front, Transition Initiatives have been seen in: Yes Magazine, Huffington Post, and other local papers like the Pasa Robles Press.    

Continue to send us stories of your journey in unleashing the brilliance, compassion and resourcefulness within your communities.  Let us know how we can help you.

In this Newsletter:

  1. Transition Initiatives & Stories
  2. Upcoming Trainings & Online Workshops
  3. Resources for Organizing
  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 two Official Transition Initiatives:

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

photoTransition Sandpoint Celebrates Anniversary
This February, the Sandpoint Transition Initiative (STI) will be two years old; our official Transition Town status conferred in June 2008. It has been an adventurous collective experience that has offered the full spectrum of emotions, planning, challenges and celebration...(more)

photoTransition Town Ashland - A Year in Photos
Like many Transition Initiatives, Transition Town Ashland has had a busy year. Members helped to organize several community events including an Earth Day fair, Fourth of July parade, 350 day and Skill Share Fair, and also hosted regular transition workshops and meetings. (more)

photoSkill-sharing Open Mike: an entertaining approach to re-skilling
Transition Greater New Haven, CT hosted a skill-sharing open mike and potluck night as an opportunity to share skills and projects they are working on as part of their transition to lower energy consumption. Projects included backyard grain...(more)

photoSustainable Berea's Resilient Household Project
With winter storms and colder weather on the horizon, the Resilient Household Project will provide in-depth information to assist residents in strengthening their households in the areas of water, waste, energy conservation, food storage, transportation... (more)

Read more stories online.


Trainings & Online Workshops

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

Photo: Training for Transition in Hastings, MI on November 20-22, 2009.

Online Workshops:

Open Conversation with Transition Network Co-Founders
Wed. January 27 (10:00am PST)
Peter Lipman and Ben Brangwyn, co-founders of Transition Network with Rob Hopkins, will talk about - and answer questions about - transition's current developments, opportunities and issues from both a UK and global perspective...In addition, they'll look at the social, political and ecological angles of our current predicaments and talk about specific groups, activities and projects that are rising to the challenge.

Lessons from Sandpoint Part II - Building Your Unleashing Event
Fri. January 29 (9am PST online)
Based on Sandpoint's experience, this webinar will share some of the essential components of putting your event together: how you know you are ready, building the buzz, creating an event that reflects your vision, leveraging your community connections, having fun, and following up (what is next?).

Creating Diversity, Inclusion and Openness
Wed. February 10 (10am PST online)
For Transition to be successful there needs to be an unprecedented coming together of the broad diversity of society.  This workshop will focus on helping Transition Initiatives to achieve this.  Transition Trainer, Bill Aal will facilitate an interactive session which will help participants explore the principles of diversity, inclusion and openness and overcoming ‘us and them’ thinking. 

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


Transition Resources

photo Sustainable NE Seattle's Transition Handbook Discussion Course
Sustainable NE Seattle has developed a six-week discussion course based on The Transition Handbook, and is now making the course available to other Transition Initiatives who want to offer it to their own members.

photoTransition Santa Cruz Community Building Tips
Transition Santa Cruz has put together resources on neighbourhood community building including specific ideas that you can do on your block and a tip sheet for going door-to-door. Visit the link above for more information on getting started.

photoTransition Times :: Colorado Edition
Transition Times is an evolving global/local news source that is reporting on humanity’s response to the extraordinary global challenges and opportunities that we face and the story of the emergence of the culture of Transition on this planet.

photoAwakening the Dreamer Symposium (V2)
This new version includes several video segments with Rob Hopkins and information on climate change and peak oil. Transition Initiatives across the country are leveraging the A.T.D. Symposium as tool for building community awareness. Contact us for more info.


This month's featured videos

Transition Videos Digest #1 - watch all of the videos below on our website

videoTransition in Calgary, Alberta
This video offers some examples of Calgary initiatives that support the Transition Town movement. Selected from the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community, this video shows complementary currency, cooperative housing, urban orchards, carsharing, and cultural events.

Why Transition?
videoBen Zolno put together a video that outlines the energy uncertainty imperative of "Why Transition", highlighting some of the ways communities are working to relocalize and increase their resiliency including addressing food, energy, transportation, local business and more.

Transition Town Manchester, Vermont
Tvideoransition Town Manchester asked the Manchester, Vermont community to look ahead to the year 2020 and tell them what they would like to see for a sustainable future. This delightful video captures their visions of what they want to see in their community.

Move Your Money
videoPeople all over the country are choosing to move their money out of large banks and into smaller, community-oriented financial institutions and this new online resource allows you to search for your local financial institutions and learn more about your banking options to reduce risk.

Permaculture Video Series on Youtube
videoTransition Trainers Rebecca and Bill Wilson have put together "The Case for Permaculture," a free 18-Part 'YouTube' Video Series that lays out the global context for using permaculture design principles, drawing from webinars that they have delivered in the past.

Peak Moment TV: Middle Class Lifeboat

videoAuthors Paul Edwards and Sarah Edwards (also a Transition Trainer) ask, how do we financially support ourselves while moving towards sustainable lives? They consider dozens of possible careers and and practical life choices for navigating a changing economy.
For more episodes, see also Peak Moment TV highlights from 2009.


Transition Network News

TN logoIf 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.


Post Carbon Institute News

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Catch up with the latest article The Meaning of Copenhagen by Post Carbon Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg - It was the pivotal international conference of the new century. Tens of thousands showed up, including heads of state, officials at all levels of government, representatives of environmental organizations, and ordinary citizens from nearly 200 countries. Scientists had warned that, without a strong agreement to reduce carbon emissions, the consequences for civilization and the world's ecosystems would be cataclysmic... (read more)

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