Transition US Newsletter - January 2012

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In this Issue:
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition (T4T)
Upcoming Webinars & Events
New Transition Initiatives
2011 Annual Survey: the results
Transition Network News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
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Training for Transition

Group work during T4T in Mid-Maine

Feb 10-12 Charlottesville, VA
Feb 17-19 Santa Rosa, CA
Mar 17-18 Stone Ridge, NY

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Monthly Transition Salon

Thursday, February 9
(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 >>

Tough Talks in Transition
Wednesday, February 22
(4pm-5:15pm Pacific)
Some of the conversations we have in Transition initiatives are challenging. Different hoped-for outcomes, tactics, and communication styles can make meetings and activities hard. Join this call  with community organizer and longtime practitioner ofNon-Violent Communication Judith
Judith Katz to get strategies for engaging in challenging conversations with grace and a sense of play.
details + registration >> 

Related Events

The Economics of Happiness Conference
March 22-24, 2011
Berkeley, California

Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference will cover a range of interconnected topics, including public policy choices; local initiatives in food,energy, education, business and banking; the need to bridge 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, Gustavo Esteva, Richard Heinberg and many more.
details + registration >>

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Listen to the January Podcast: award 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 :: January 2012 e-newsletter
Happy 2012! This year is already bursting forth with collaboration and synchronicity. Made possible by those who put up a challenge grant at the end of the year and all of you who helped realize it. BIG thanks to all who gave generously throughout the year. In 2012, we look forward to providing more support, connecting more deeply and representing more widely the inspiring Transition work being done across this nation. Don't forget to check out the results from our Annual Survey for 2011!

Transition Projects

Whatcom Folk<br />
 SchoolJanuary 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) 

Western Massachussets Regional Gathering - On a cold, wintry night, Transition Initiators in Western Massachusetts gathered for their fourth Regional Gathering. Thanks to Tina Clarke for the recap...(read more)

Garden100 Food Garden Challenge - Transition Cadillac held a kickoff meeting for their upcoming 100 Garden Challenge for 2012 to engage the community around local food... (read more)

New Initiatives

This month we welcome two new official Transition Initiatives:

Berkeley Transition Initiative event
Berkeley Transition Initiative Saturday Swap (Dec, 2011)

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


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Trailer: In Transition 2.0'In Transition 2.0' trailer
The film captures stories of Transition from around the world. You’ll hear about Transition Wayland in the US, and their very first meeting! Stay tuned for the film premiere in March. In the meantime, watch the trailer here >>

TED Annouces 2012 Prize Winner: The City 2.0 
TED writes, "For the first time in the history of the prize, it is being awarded not to an individual, but to an idea. It is an idea upon which our planet’s future depends." Thanks to Melinda for sharing the link - she writes, "I just learned about this year’s TED prize; the entire focus of this sounds very Transition-like. Take a look and add your voice to the vision of what City 2.0 might look like." You can help to shape the City 2.0 vision here.

David HolmgrenThe upcoming transition away from a fossil-fuel based society: David Holmgren talks strategy
Synopsis: How do we move away from a fossil-fuel based society? David Holmgren, ecological design engineer and co-originator of the term “Permaculture” sits down with to discuss this question. Thanks to David of Transition Whatcom for sharing. Find the video, audio and notes online.


Annual Survey: the results 

Thank you to the roughly 274 people who contributed to our recent annual survey! Congratulations to our three survey winners who will each be receiving a copy of the Transition Companion, courtesy of our friends at Chelsea Green.
Survey word cloud

ChartThanks to your responses, we have a better sense of challenges and successes, how best to develop resources and support, and a reflection of the collective vision for this evolving network. 

Please check out + share the report on survey results >> 

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

videoHave you seen our presentation yet? YOU ARE HERE: The Oil Journey is a customizable presentation for people who want to share the issues of the day with their communities in a positive and engaging way. We were delighted to get the video narrated by actor, author, screenwriter and narrator Peter Coyote. Now we're inviting you to take it, personalize it and spread the word.

Energy policy is shaping up to be one of the big issues of 2012. The year started with earthquakes in Ohio related to hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. PCI published two reports by Fellow David Hughes on shale gas in 2011 - catch up with his latest article With Gas so Cheap and Well Drilling Down, Why is Gas Production so High?


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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