Transition US Newsletter - January 2011

Transition United States

In this Issue:
Transition Initiative Projects
Trainings & Webinars
Books & Films
Transition Network News
PCI Richard Heinberg's new book 
Take Action




Trainings & Webinars

Training for Transition (T4T)
(click to host a Training course):
Jan 28-30 Sonoma, CA
Feb 12-13 Greenfield, MA

Heart & Soul Series: Consciousness, Creativity and Connection
Wed. Jan 26 - Wed. Feb 23
(4:00pm - 5:00pm PT)
 - online
Jim BelcherThis three part Transition series encourages creative expression, self-reflection, positive collaboration, and community action. Ideas we will explore include: starting with gratitude, the gifts of uncertainty, the universe of possibilities, and the power of acknowledgment. This series will be led by Jim Belcher, founder of Transition Orlando. to register.

Plan Smart, Message from the Heart, and Give Your Motivation a Kick-Start!
Tuesday February 1, Noon-1pm PST
>> click to register (webinar)
Roni KrouzmanTake advantage of the New Year by getting your fundraising attitude, strategy, planning and message in gear. Transition US unveils the first in our new series of practical and inspiring fundraising webinars, designed to help you raise more money for your transition work. Building on our highly successful tele-class this past December, development pro and TUS advisor Roni Krouzman will lead this free, one-hour training to help you:

  • Get more excited to fundraise
  • Develop a successful fundraising strategy
  • Produce an annual fundraising plan
  • Create a compelling fundraising “message”

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. Feb 10
(11:00am-Noon 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



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List of Films to Screen & Books
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Transition US :: January 2011 e-newsletter

We start the new year off with great aspirations, and thanks to all of you for helping us reach our $100,000 challenge grant, we're ready to hit the ground running!


350 Garden Challenge

Save The Date - May 14-15, 2011 - across the country


Last May Transition Initiatives and other community groups across Sonoma County, California, mobilized to plant 350 gardens in one weekend. At the end of the day over600 projects were completed!  This year Transition US is taking this challenge truly national.  In coming months we will be working closely with all of you to make it easy to bring this challenge to your community.  Stay tuned!  Email us at if you would like to get involved early.

Watch the video of last year's 350 Garden Challenge



Transition Initiative Projects

This month we welcome two new initiatives - browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.

BrazilBrazil Unleashing - The Transition model is being adapted all over the world - big cities like Los Angeles to small islands like Whidbey, Washington - and most recently, in the high poverty community of 247,000 people in São Paulo, Brazil, where a group gathered in December for the official unleashing of ‘Transixion’ Brasilândia (read more)

Transition Keene Video10/10/10 Documentary 
- Transition Keene in New Hampshire recently released their documentary on the community’s efforts on 10/10/10 as part of the global work party on climate protection that involved over 7,000 communities in 188 countries. (read more)

Winter HouseThe Resilient Household
 - While Sustainable Berea in Kentucky believes that a strong community is absolutely essential for surviving the coming shocks, each of us needs to contribute by making our households more resilient. (read more)


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

Vanishing of the BeesVanishing of the Bees
Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. (Being screened by Transition Sebastopol)

Meat CoverMeat: A Benign Extravagance
Meat is a groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical, and social issues surrounding the human consumption of animals, and the future of livestock in sustainable agriculture. Garnering huge praise in the UK, this book answers the question: should we be farming animals, or not? The answer is not simple, but Simon Fairlie presents in-depth research in favor of small-scale, holistic, and integrated farming systems as the answer to the pro-meat or no-meat debate. (The book was included in Rob Hopkins Holiday booklist and is available in North America in Feb 2011)

Dirt!Dirt! The Movie
An insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book "Dirt! The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth", Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. (Screened by Transition Houston)


Transition Network News

How toTransition Support Scotland produced a really good booklet called ‘How to organise a Regional Gathering’.  Download it here.

Your help needed in naming the sequel to the Transition Handbook & also sending Rob posters from your Transition group to be included!

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Foreclosure signPCI began 2011 with the release of a new section of Richard Heinberg's upcoming book (working title The End of Growth). Read the excerpt The Sound of Air Escaping and keep up with Richard's progress via his Twitter feed and on Facebook.

Also, check out Richard's video interview which is part of a new 'Peak Oil and the Changing Climate' feature at The Nation...and catch the latest download—Biodiversity: Peak Nature?—from thePost Carbon Reader.

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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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