Transition US Newsletter - March 2011

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In this Issue:
Transition Initiative Projects
Trainings & Webinars
Books & Films
Transition Network News
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action


Training for Transition T4T
April 17-21 Big Sur/Esalen, CA 
April 30-May 1 Norway, ME
>> learn about hosting a T4T course

Corporate Gifts: A Step-by-Step Approach to Raising Money from Businesses
Tuesday April 5, Noon-1pm PST
>> click to register 
Grassroots/volunteer-driven organizations often shy away from asking for money to support their work. Do you have experience raising money from businesses? This can also be a great way to increase the exposure of your initiative and develop relationships with like-minded businesses. Join us for our upcoming webinar grow your fundraising skills!  This is part III of our Fundraising Support for Transition Initiatives Webinar Series

Intro to Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
Tuesday, April 12, 11am PST
>> click to register
NVC is tool used widely throughout the world for creating connection and transcending differences, and is based in cultivating the capacity to sustain an understanding of our own and others’ feelings and needs – even in times of intense conflict. In this hour-long, interactive session, NVC trainer Lynda Smith will share the core principles and practices of NVC so that you can begin the journey of becoming a resource for peace in your own community.

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. April 14
(11:00am-12:15pm 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 Trainer Don Hall is offering 3 upcoming webinars
Sign up for all three here

Theory U: The Pattern of Emergence
(*Today* March 31st at 4:00 PM PT)
From Initiating to Core Group: Holacracy for Transition Initiatives
(April 28t at 4:00 PM PT)
Integral Activism: Designing for Diversity
(May 26th at 4:00 PM PT)
Click here for more info

Coming up in May:

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List of Films to Screen & Books
Join our online discussion list-serve
See online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars

National Hanging Out Day

Every year, on April 19th, Project Laundry List joins together with hundreds of organizations from around the country to educate communities about energy consumption. National Hanging Out Day was created to demonstrate how it is possible to save money and energy by using a clothesline.

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350 Home & Garden Challenge

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Transition US :: March 2011 e-newsletter

Calling all Transitioners, homesteaders, teachers, cooks, gardeners, home-renovators....spread the inspiration and join us for the 350 Home & Garden ChallengeSign up as a community organizer, and/or register your action — join us for our next organizer open call on April 5th at 11:00am PT to share your ideas, ask questions and get support.

We’re thrilled at how this challenge is spreading across the country and internationally.  With just over six weeks to go, the response to this 350 Home & Garden Challenge has been wonderful with well over 30 organizers (that would be you) stepping up.

350 Home & GardenThe actions people are taking range fromplanting a fruit tree, torepairing a leaky faucet, to organizing 20 volunteers to create a school gardenor installing an array of solar panels at city hall. The important thing is that we all stand up and be counted.

Visit our website to learn more -- We are also looking to expand our growing list of media sponsors, with, 4YearsGo!, Bioneers, Post Carbon Institute, and more already on board.

Transition Initiative Projects

This month we welcome the first official Transition Initiative in South Dakota and the 85th Transition Initiative in the US! Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.

Transition Training in Houston, TXTransition in Texas - A recent Training for Transition (T4T) in Houston revealed a community of citizens who were well connected, well organized and who meet each other monthly at Hub meetings and pot-luck dinners...(read more)

Transition SebastopolEvolving Leadership - The time had arrived for Transition Sebastopol to go through its metamorphosis - the stage at which a new governance form emerges. Not such an easy process but one through it's inherent labor emerges as a much stronger expression of the whole. (read more)

Sustainable NE SeattleCommunity Skillsharing + Dance - Sustainable NE Seattle organized a day-long 'Hands ON: community skills fair' featuring an array of workshops - all with the goals of reducing waste, building resilience and growing community (read more)

FloetrySnapshot: Transition across the Country - Building the "February Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together by Helen and Rob over at Transition Culture, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US...(read more)

Books & Films
(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

New Normal bookThe New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living
Synopsis: This is the most recent book in the trilogy with Affluenza and Simple Prosperity.  The New Normal predicts that in the emerging era, production and consumption will no longer be the defining characteristics of civilization – cultural richness, efficiency, cooperation...(Read an interview with David Wann by Carolyn Baker on EnergyBulletin)

Fixing  the FutureFixing the Future | PBS Series
Synopsis: In a one-hour PBS special, Host David Brancaccio visits communities across America using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity in our new economy. (watch trailer)

Transition Network News


NaomiNaomi Klein & Avi Lewis visit Totnes - community members convened over a weekend to listen to a presentation by Naomi Klein. Watch the video recaphere + Rob interviewing Naomi here

Transition Network 2011 UK conference: Dates have been set for 8 to 11-July in Liverpool - details here.

RichardRichard Heinberg presents on 'The End of Growth' - though we couldn't all be there in Totnes for Richard's presentation, it is online here thanks to the nuproject folk. Hooray for saavy documentation!


Post Carbon Institute Update

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

videoIn March PCI picked up the Best Video in the Small Nonprofit category in the YouTube DoGooder nonprofit video awards for our 300 Years of Fossil Fuels animation. Thousands of organizations participated and four were awarded the top prize. For this we are grateful and proud. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

March also saw the release of new chapters from Richard Heinberg's upcoming book The End of Growth and the Post Carbon Reader.

Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

Learn more: Transition US  | Transition Network  | Transition Culture Blog

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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