Transition US Newsletter - June 2010

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Transition US Newsletter
This Issue:
Transition Initiatives & Stories
2010 TN Conference Recap
Trainings & Online Workshops
Transition Network News
Post Carbon Institute
Related Events

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Transition 101
Transition US Blog
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Training for Transition (T4T) (click to host a Training course):
June 25-26 Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 26-27 Durham, NH
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Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. July 15
(11:00am-12:15pm PDT)

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)

Conversations from the 2010 Transition Network Conference (and the Evolving of the Movement)
Thurs. July 1
(9:30-11:00am PDT)

Pat Bensen (Transition US Board member)  and Zaida Amaral (Transition US Trainer) will report back on the highlights of this year's Transition Network conference that was held last week in the UK.  They will also be leading us in a guided conversation on how the Movement is evolving. 

Heart & Soul Speaker Series
Transition is pleased to announce our first annual Heart & Soul Virtual Speaker Series with some very talented guest presenters:
July 7: Joanna Macy
July 21: Trathen Heckman
Aug. 18: Kit Miller
Click for details + registration

See online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars.


Local Money: how to make it happen in your community
by Peter North

An inspiring yet practical new Transition Book, Local Money helps you understand what money is and what makes good and bad money, and reviews how people around the world and in the past have experimented with new forms of money that they create themselves - see Rob Hopkins' recent interview with Peter.

Transition in Action: Totnes and District 2030. An Energy Descent Plan
by Transition Totnes

20 months in the making, many hundreds of members of the local community involved, 230 households surveyed, contributions from local artists and schools, many oral histories carried out, and now the UK’s first comprehensive Energy Descent Action Plan is available.



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Transition US Newsletter // June 2010

The big highlight this month is of course the Transition Network 2010 Conference. Patricia Benson, TUS board member recounts her experience there:

Close your eyes and envision a very large extended family, all ages, all excited, all talking. Observe the enthusiastic hugs and introductions of those new to the clan since the last gathering.  Picture multiple branches  who have migrated to different countries, speak different languages, live embedded in different cultures, but who all share a foundational family culture and history of common experiences.  That is what the Transition Network conference was like.  Not the usual keynotes and powerpoints, but rather a gathering of the Transition family to share stories and experiences of the last few years.  A catching up on each other’s Transition lives, and personal lives.  The conversations in the bar were just as insightful, informative, and inspirational as the workshops.  

I came away from the conference realizing it is all about relationship, a common thread running through workshops on regional hubs, diversity, heart & soul, and even connected to Stoneleigh’s presentation on the economy. Healthy relationships form a foundational base upon which everything else is constructed. 

I can’t do this justice in a paragraph so join us for further live conversation on July 1st!  Many of the conference workshops have been recorded; all have been scribed, and soon should be available on the TN website.  Highly recommend it!

More on the conference below.

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 five official Transition Initiatives, bringing the total to 72 in the US:

photoA June Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the country and around the world...(more)

photoTransition Ann Arbor meets with State Representative

Initiating team member Nathan Ayers was recently interviewed by State Representative Pam Byrnes...(more)

photoRichmond Grows Seed Lending Library

The Richmond Rivets Transition Initiative in California has launched a seed lending library featuring seed catalogues, education...(more)

photoTransition Cotati Launches a Time Bank

An update from Judith Newton of Transition Cotati in California on the recent launch of their Time Bank pilot project....(more)

photoFilm Series Strengthens Transition Group

An update from Lindsay Curren of Transition Staunton Augusta in Virginia on their recent 'Local Motion Film Series'...(more)

Transition Network 2010 Conference Recap

(June 12-14, Seale-Hayne, UK) - This year’s conference featured a dazzling smorgasbord of open space and inspiring workshops, including some longer in-depth sessions, skill shares, project shares, networking, entertainment, and much more.


If you have a couple of hours and want to grasp the “bold headlines”, we suggest a visit to the summaries on Transition Network blog and Transition Culture to check out a recording of Rob Hopkins workshop on Transition as Pattern Language, definitely a central piece to this event, offering both premise and praxis. Ed Mitchell, web-coordinator, provided a workshop Transition Network revised website, which offers a tremendous capacity for connecting and sharing among initiatives.

Stoneleigh’s presentation (about 90 minutes long, economy as driver) had a significant impact on the gathering, but viewing should be coupled with the short video response by Rob and Peter Lipman, who provide a Transition context.

> > Read, watch, listen to more ideas and insights from the conference

Photo and top banner image by Ed Mitchell at the 2010 Transition Network Conference (see original).

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Partner Update: Post Carbon Institute

Visit for more articles, reports and news

photoThis month PCI released the first 2 articles from our forthcoming publication The Post Carbon Reader. Check out WATER: Adapting to a New Normal, by Sandra Postel, and CITIES: The Death of Sprawl by Warren Karlenzig.

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. Take advantage of a special 20% discount offered to 'friends of PCI' by entering coupon code 10M9071 at Look out for further releases in July.

Related Events

US Social Forum  
June 22-26, Detroit, Michigan
The US Social Forum has begun, featuring workshops on building community resilience, economic well-being and social equity (including a Training for Transition) led by Bill Aal and Tina Clarke (Transition Trainers), and Dave Room (TUS Board Member). Check out podcasts, videos and photos here + Amy Goodman's Democracy Now episode.

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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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