Transition US Newsletter - July 2011

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Transition United States

In this Issue:
Special event: Rob Hopkins
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition(T4T)
New Official Initiatives
Harvest Share - People Care The Great Reskilling
On the Blog: highlights
Transition Network News
Pre-Order The Transition Companion
Transition In the News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action


Engaging Local Government in Transition Work
Tuesday. July 26
(11am-noon PT)

Karen Studders will explore how to increase Government awareness about the Transition Movement and how engaged Citizens involved in Transition Initiatives might partner with local government during these times of dramatic change.
details + rsvp here >> 

Consensus-Oriented Decision Making 
Tuesday, Aug 9
11am-noon PT

A new model for facilitating group decision making is now available. The seven steps of the CODM process offer groups a way to reap the benefits of a participatory, collaborative process while maintaining clear and efficient progress toward final decisions. This new model marries the dual goals of generating widespread agreement and keeping meetings enjoyable and productive.
details + rsvp here >> 

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday. Aug 11
(11am-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 >>

Transition and Resilience Circles - Recording available >> 

Training for Transition

Transition US has developed the following set of guidelines to help individuals and communities host the 2-day Training for Transition (T4T) course in their locale. 

This course provides instruction on how to set up a local Transition Initiative and empower your community to directly tackle the issues of Peak Oil, Climate Change and the economic crisis, by rebuilding community resilience and self-reliance.

Learn about hosting a T4T >>

Related events

Time Banks USA Conference
Aug 4-7, 2011
Providence, RI

The 2011 TimeBanks Conference will provide an opportunity for individuals, youth, families, communities, states, and countries across the world to come together to share and learn more about time banking from one another.
Details + registration >> 

2011 Northwest Earth Institute 
North American Gathering
September 15-18, 2011
Port Townsend, WA.

Featuring: experiential workshops addressing sustainable food, community and how to create the changes we wish to see. Will Allen of Growing Power will be the keynote speaker.
Details + registration >> 


Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Transiton Companion:
Rob Hopkins
is seeking your stories about how your Transition group stops to reflect - details >>

Fishbowl discussion at TN Conference
A Fishbowl conversation at the
2011 TN conference

Check out all of the photos, session recordings, and notes, from the 
2011 TN Conference held in Liverpool this month!

In the News

Belfast Area Transition Initiative (MN)
> Bangor Daily News

Building Better Communities
Anchorage Press

Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for coaches, photographers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>


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(Banner photo: Rob presenting at a Transition Chichester event)

Transition US :: July 2011 e-newsletter

A big thank you to Rob Hopkins and Richard Heinberg for graciously taking part in a live conversation with over 460 callers this month. It was both inspiring and heartwarming. We encourage anyone who missed it live to...

Listen to the recording online>> 

Rob HopkinsEvery month, Transition US offers training sessions, tele-salons and talks with experts. We hope you stay involved, and we look forward to having you join us again for Rob’s next call on Monday, September 12th at 8:00 AM Pacificsave the date!

Transition Projects

Transition CharlotteJuly 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)

Eat LocalEAT LOCAL! Campaign - Transition Colorado's 2011 EAT LOCAL! Week celebrates the delights and benefits of locally grown and locally processed food, featuring local family farms and farmers' markets, along with the outstanding restaurants, grocers, and organizations which support them... (read more)

PowerDown WeekPowerdown Week 2011 -
Back for a second year, Transition Milwaukee's Powerdown Week 2011 project brought neighbourhoods together to explore how to collectively reduce their carbon footprint... (read more)

Transition FidalgoIndependence or Interdependence? - Transition Fidalgo & Friends took part centre stage in the 4th of July Parade, with Evelyn Adams as the Grand Marshall... (read more)

New Initiatives

This month we welcome 1 new official Transition Initiative:

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

Coming This Fall ...

Harvest Share-People Care is about sharing abundance - the abundance of gardens in the midst of the fall harvest, the abundance of creativity and enthusiasm through volunteer projects and the the abundance of goodwill in making our communities more resilient through fostering connections with neighbors.

Transition US will be partnering with a variety of regional and national organizations to promote the notion that "sharing is caring." We will be asking Transitioners across the country to pledge a specific number of volunteer hours and/or pounds of food shared. We will encourage establishing relationships with local food pantries as well as simply the sharing of the seasons harvest with friends and neighbors.   You can learn more and get inspired by visiting our website.  And stay tuned ...

'Evolver Spores: The Great Reskilling'

The Great ReskillingOn July 20th, Transition US and Evolver encouraged reskilling events in some 40 different locations.  If you took part in any of these reskilling events let us know, we would love to hear about it.

On the subject of reskilling, check out the new Reskilling section of our website.

Announcing The (Soft) Launch of Our New Knowledge Hub 'Channels'

Volunteer OpportunityThese new channels are repositories for the wealth of resources that exist on the various topics important to our work in Transition.  Here you will find links to recordings of past events and related TUS content, as well as suggested books, films, videos, websites, etc.  We will be rolling them out over the next few months so check often.

Each channel will ultimately have a facilitator who helps us ensure the content is up-to-date and applicable.  We would like to thank Dianne Monroe for being the first volunteer facilitator and helping us figure out all the logistics.  Thanks Dianne!

On the Blog: highlights

Interested in joining TUS as a guest blogger? Contact us

More blogs >> 


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

The Transition Companion
Transition CompanionFor the first Transition Handbook, published in 2008, this was pretty much a speculative question, but with this new book we are able to draw from what has, in effect, been a four-year worldwide experiment, and attempt to try to put the Transition idea into practice. This book is a move away from The Twelve Steps of Transition that underpinned the work of Transition initiatives up to this point toward a more holistic, more appropriate model.

Contact us regarding bulk orders.

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

It's official Richard Heinberg's new book The End of Growth will be out on August 9th. Order your copy here.

Bill McKibbenOn August 2nd we'll be hosting a live webchat with with Bill McKibben, David Hughes and Kate Sheppard on Energy Bulletin to talk about building a movement to stop climate change. Come join our conversation Holding back the tar sands: Keystone XL and civil disobedience.


Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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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