Newsletter - March 2010

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Transition US Newsletter - March 2010

Spring is emerging and with it some very innovative ideas. Check out the Marin Carbon Project. It is sequestering large percentages of carbon in the soil by mimicking natural cycles of grazing (where animals are moving through pasturelands), indigenous plantings and organic fertilization techniques.  To give you an idea of the scale of the solution they are coming up with: 6 tons of carbon added yearly to 1/3 of California’s rangeland soils equals all of California’s yearly emissions.… All of them.  Such a dramatic possibility brought agricultural directors from the People’s Republic of China over for an in-depth visit from which they left very pleased.
If you don’t want to take on rangeland farming, maybe you’ll want to grow a garden. How about 350 of them? Join the 350 Garden Challenge along with Transition Sebastopol, Transition Cotati and friends and help your community plant 350 gardens this spring.
While taking a break from your planting read: Lexicon of Change: The Rise of Transition Culture by Judith Schwartz.

For those hankering for a campaign: March 23 is the launch of the campaign FOUR YEARS. GO.  It is not just another organization. It is a growing coalition of organizations and individuals with deep commitments to producing a transformational shift for humanity within the next four years.
On the academic front: Researchers from Stanford are conducting a survey about the Transition Movement in the US. It is the same survey that was circulating through several of the “Ning” social networking sites.  If you completed it there, no need to do it again!

In this Newsletter:

  1. Transition Initiatives & Stories
  2. Upcoming Trainings & Online Workshops
  3. Transition Resources
  4. Featured Videos on Transition
  5. Transition Network News
  6. Partner Update: Post Carbon Institute
  7. Get Involved

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 two Official Transition Initiatives (61 in the US):

Throughout the month, we post stories from Transition Initiatives about some of the wonderful projects they are working on. Here are some highlights:

photoA March Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition
An at-a-glance look at what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the country and around the world from trainings to cycling tours to seed swaps...(more)

photoTransition Whatcom: The Great Unleashing
Transition Whatcom (17th official US transition initiative) is set for their Great Unleashing. Read about the exciting activities that are being planned including some special guest appearances...(more)

photoTransition Town OKC hosts their first Discover Transition event
Last week Transition Town Oklahoma City hosted a "Discover Transition" event featuring a presentation, delicious food, and a mix of activities from giving tours of Oklahoma City in 2030 and naming three things not to be missed about the decline of cheap oil....(more)

photoJoin the 350 Garden Challenge
While it is focused on Sonoma County, CA, this project provides a useful model for other communities interested in building community and strengthening local food security...not to mention getting out in the fresh air and sun! (more)

Read more stories online.


Trainings & Online Workshops

Upcoming Training for Transition (T4T) courses are scheduled in (find out what it takes to host a Training course):

Online Workshops:

photoMonthly Transition Tele-Salon
Thu. March 18 (5:15-6:30pm PST online)
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)

photoMaking the Transition Presentation: Part I
Tues. March 23 (12:00-1:20pm PST online)
Need to make a presentation about Transition? This webinar will give you the tools (including script and presentations slides) that you need to create your own full-blown Transition talk...(more)

See the online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars and our newly enabled on-line forums to continue discussions.

Transition Resources

photo The Transition Handbook Discussion Course
Sustainable NE Seattle has released an updated version of their six-week discussion course based on The Transition Handbook, and have made the course available to other Transition Initiatives who want to offer it to their own members.

photoFilm: Garbage Dreams
Transitions US and Working Films invite you to host a screening of the award winning documentary Garbage Dreams. The film follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. (more)

photoDirt! The Movie

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.

photoNo Impact Man Project
It's the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and during the week of Earth Day 2010, the No Impact Project, Slow Food USA and 1Sky are bringing people together to watch, discuss and act.

photoEarth Day Toolkit
Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd - what is your community planning? Visit this page for resources and ideas for organizing events for Earth Day including special film screenings.

This month's featured videos

Transition Videos Digest #3 - watch all of the videos below on our website

videoTransition Town Totnes: Seedy Saturday
A video showcasing seed-swapping, workshops and much more...with the Seedy Sisters of Transition Town Totnes - a project that looks at improving food security and local food production and preserving biodiversity.

videoTransition Town Japan
An interview with Hidetake Enomoto of Transition Japan courtesy of the United Nations University. Watch and learn about how the transition model is being used in Japan.

videoTransition Adelaide West Open Air Film Screening
Transition Adelaide West in South Australia organized an outdoor screening of the movie "Fresh!" in cooperation with the local city council - now you can pretend you were there too!

videoHome is Where the Food Is
A beautiful short film made for the 100 Mile Diet Society in Vancouver, BC that follows every ingredient of a delicious and simple meal to its source.

Peak Moment TV: "The World of Ecovillages"
videoA conversation with Diana Leafe Christian, the author of Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Drawing from ecovillages worldwide, she describes many examples of these “human-scaled, full-featured settlements.”... For more episodes, visit Peak Moment TV.

Transition Network News

Transition Network Web Project
photoAfter much dedicated work, the Transition Network is very proud to announce the launch of their new website (  This project was initiated in 2009 in response to the rapidly growing number of Transition Initiatives around the world. This initial release meets the core need for consolidating community information (initiatives, people, and projects) and in our opinion is pretty darn cool.

One aspect of the project we here at Transition US are most excited about is the prospect of replacing the original “mullers maps” that have served us well but couldn’t keep up with the pace of the movement. We will be asking for your assistance in populating this new centralized database with more details about you and your TI in the weeks and months ahead. Many thanks to all who have worked to get this great project off and running! Read more about the new features of the site and the overall project roadmap.

photoRecent posts:

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Partner Update: Post Carbon Institute

Visit for more articles, reports and news

This month PCI Development Director takes a look at how the efforts of Transition and faith-based organizations are converging in "Changing the Conversation by Making it Safe to Have the Conversation" and PCI Fellow Bill McKibben announces The Plan for 2010.  

photoPost Carbon Exchange #1: In this first video exchange, Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg talks with Earth Policy Institute founder Lester Brown about his recent work. PCI urges Transition folks to pick up a copy of Lester Brown's "Plan B 4.0," as perhaps the most important primer on the challenges we all face. Watch the Post Carbon Exchange here.


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