Transition US Newsletter - June 2011

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In this Issue:
Special event: Rob Hopkins
Transition Projects
Upcoming Trainings (T4T) & Webinars
New Official Initiatives The Great Reskilling
On the Blog: highlights
Resilience Manual & Garden Share
Transition Network News
Pre-Order The Transition Companion
Pat Benson on Wisconsin Public Radio
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action


Training for Transition T4T
July 9-10 Northampton, MA

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Jon Young: Culture Repair
Tues. July 5
(11am-noon PT)

Jon will tell us how we can begin to build strong local communities designed on the bedrock of deep nature connection. He will explain specific practices that will help us repair our culture and create the structures that increase bonds and strengthen relationships between individuals and individuals, individuals and the group, and individuals and nature. See parts 1 & 2 on  Storytelling & Peacemaking (recordings).
details + registration >>

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. July 14
(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 >>

Engaging Local Government in Transition Work
Tues. 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 >> 

Children and Transition

Children and Transition
Recap and reflection on our recent webinar series with Dianne Monroe on celebrating art, nature and life with children in Transition, by M. Adele Connally for Transition Voice... (read more)

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

In Transition 2.0
We're excited to be contributing to the making of ‘In Transition 2.0'. ReadDirector Emma Goude's 3rd updateon the film, tentatively set to release this Fall.

Transition Town Totnes wins an Ashden Award!

2011 TN Conference
Coming up! 8 to 11-July in Liverpool - stay tuned for session recordings...
details here

Pre-Order available:
The Transition Companion

Making your community more resilient in uncertain times

Our friends at Chelsea Green are taking pre-orders of the Transition Companion.

Transition Companion

Order your copy, and maybe even one for your local library.. 

In the News

Transition US Board Member Pat Benson talks about the Transition movement as a guest this week on Wisconsin Public Radio - have a listen.

Browse latest news >> 

Volunteers Needed

Transition US is looking for a temporary volunteer to help with a straightforwardinternet research project. We anticipate this short project taking between 5 - 10 hours. If you are interested and able please contact

We are also 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 :: June 2011 e-newsletter

We're delighted to announce that Richard Heinberg will be hosting our conversation with Rob Hopkins on July 18th. Rob is the author of the Transition Handbook and co-founder of the Transition Network. Join us, bright and early, for this special event!

Rob HopkinsLive Conversation with Rob Hopkins,
hosted by Richard Heinberg

Monday, July 18th
8:00-9:15am PT 

via Maestro conference call

Mark your calendar + rsvp online here >> 

Transition Projects

Chicago T4TJune 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)

Transition OKC's Local Food ChallengeArt + Food in Oklahoma- Transition OKC brought local chefs together for a Local Food Challenge as part of EVOLVE, a juried art exhibit and collaborative fundraiser exploring sustainability, resilience & community... (read more)

Whatcom Folk SchoolWhatcom Folk School -
Inspired by Transition Whatcom and the Transition Town Movement, Whatcom Folk School is all about connecting people looking to learn the skills of a more resilient, joyful and sustainable life with instructors and organizations who offer to teach practical skills... (read more)

New Initiatives

This month we welcome three new official Transition Initiatives and the first official Transition Initiative in Rhode Island!

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

Transition US and present 
'Evolver Spores: The Great Reskilling'

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (All day)
Location: 38+ Cities Across the US

For the last 50 years, throw-away consumer culture has led citizens of industrialized societies to forget many of the basic skills that have sustained humans for generations. Facing the prospect of a world with drastically reduced access to energy and material goods, a rising network of Transition Town advocates, urban homesteaders, permaculture activists, and DIY proponents are retraining communities to manage their own food, shelter, waste, transportation, health, clothing, and models of exchange.

The Great ReskillingThis month, Transition US and The Evolver Social Movement will explore the pioneering organizations and individuals who are empowering us to build vibrant, resilient, and sustainable communities as part of “The Great Reskilling.” The 40+ regional Spore chapters will feature workshops teaching anything from sock darning to bee keeping, cycle maintenance to rooftop gardening, aquaponic systems to natural building, solar panel installation to bread making, herbal walks to alternative currency.

Find out more + find your local spore >> 

On the Blog: highlights

Interested in joining TUS as a guest bloggerContact us

More blogs >> 

(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Community Resilience ManualCommunity Resilience Manual
A Resource for Rural Recovery & Renewal  - This great resource by Michelle Colussi, Transition Trainer, features worksheets and tools on how to assess community resilience, characteristics and indicators of reslience, holding focus groups and workshops around planning into the future (Read more)
Urban Garden ShareUrban Garden Share
Website for connecting eager gardeners with eager gardens. "When neighbors come together and co-operatively grow food, dirt flies and good things happen." (Learn more)

YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip): 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage - to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others. (Watch the trailer) -- screened and recommended by Transition OKC.

Peak Oil GuideA Snarky Guide to Peak Oil
This great guide (think of it as Peak Oil 101 with a sense of humour) put together by Erik Curren over at Transition Voice, tackles some of the nagging questions around Peak Oil, like: What is Peak Oil? Why should I care? Why's everyone so worked up about 'net' energy? Isn't activisim just a waste of time?? >> take me to it!

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

End of Growth coverOur early release of 500 autographed copies of Richard Heinberg's new book The End of Growth created a huge stir this month with all 500 copies selling out in under 24 hours. North American based readers can pre-order copies from our publishers New Society, or for those paperless readers amongst you, the book is available for Kindle. Catch up with the latest releases of content from the book on our website.





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