Transition US Newsletter - November 2009


This month we celebrate 48 Transition Initiatives across 20 states in the US and 245 worldwide.  We know there are at least as many “Mulling” groups and related efforts and organizations.  The question we have been asking ourselves is: How best can we connect these and support the efficacy of this vital work?

This question has led us to these initial efforts:

  1. Webinars: Development of our webinar topics to include more skill-building tools while continuing to offer them at no charge.  We have had three successful ones so far and are now offering the recordings on-line.
  2. Forums: Enabling forums for more in-depth discussions following the webinars and as a place to share resources and advice.
  3. Resources: Our partner Post Carbon Institute has come forward with the offer to harness the ideas, knowledge and work of its fellows (of which Rob Hopkins is one) to provide, in the words of Executive Director, Asher Miller “a series of articles, videos, books, and reports aimed at furthering the transition towards more resilient, equitable, and sustainable communities”.

What resources, topics or skills would help your Transition Initiative succeed?  Let us know at

Until next month, we give deep thanks for all you are doing to build resilience within your communities.  

Transition Initiatives

Transition Initiatives are continuing to emerge in communities around the world. This month, we welcome three new Official Transition Initiatives:

If you've been mulling it over and feel you're ready for the next step, check out the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.

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

photoThanksgiving in Transition
Each year Americans set aside a date in November to “give thanks” for all that we have. Yet as we learn more about the reality of our future, we realize that what we are living now is “peak moment.” As we plan our Thanksgiving holiday '09, we can intentionally design... (more)


photo Transition Ann Arbor Fall ReSkilling Festival
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Transition Ann Arbor and Rudolf Steiner School sponsored a full-day "ReSkilling Festival.” About 160 people attended over 30 amazing sessions on topics ranging from building hoop houses to composting, making herbal remedies, canning...(more)


photo Transition Greater New Haven uses Open Space
"Open Space events are far easier to plan that conventional conference, principally because the participants create the agenda at the beginning of the meeting, and then run the workshops themselves. Therein lies its power..."(more)


photoSustainable Berea's 2nd annual “Re-skilling Berea” calendar
Central to most Transition Initiatives is the process of regaining the skills...The “Re-Skilling Berea 2010 Calendar: Practical skills for growing food” provides information of use to the beginning gardener on topics including soil improvement, tools...(more)


photoTransition Newburyport at 2009 Massachusetts Relocalization Conference
October 18th brought the first snow of the season but it didn't deter 250 people from attending the Massachusetts Relocalization Conference in Boston, MA, which focused on developing vibrant local economies...(more)

Read more stories online.


Transition US welcomes new Board Members

We are happy to announce four new Board Members who bring a wealth of knowledge and skills: Vicki Robin, Trathen Heckman, Dave Room and Patricia Benson. Read about their previous experience and interest in Transition on the Transition US Team page.

Board members photos
   (Photo: left to right - Vicki, Trathen, Dave, Patricia)


Transition Training

There are a number of trainings coming up, so if you're interested in taking the Training for Trainsition (T4T) workshop, do check the listing and see if there's something in your area. If not, why not explore hosting a training? Download our guidelines and find out what it takes to host a Training course.

Monterey photoUpcoming Training for Transition (T4T) courses are scheduled in:

Photo: Training for Transition in Monterey, CA on October 23-25, 2009

Working Groups Webinar
Wed. December 2 (12:30-2:00pm PST online)

In this webinar we will discuss the function of Working Groups (to support the local transition mission), the formation of the groups (that will reflect the commitment of participants to address local issues) and the expansion of the groups (to encompass like-minded groups already working in the community). Presented by Karen Lanphear (Transition Trainer and member of Transition Sandpoint, ID), Tina Clark (Transition Trainer from Massachusetts.) and Shaktari Belew (Transition Trainer and member of Transition Ashland) will share their experiences in Transition and coalition building.

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

News from the Transition Network

  • Royal Transition Town Visitor
    Llandeilo in Wales is the first Transition Initiative to receive a royal visit from HRH The Prince of Wales and hear about the projects it is doing.
  • Forest Row EDAP Download
    The Transition Forest Row pre-EDAP published in the Spring has now been made available for free download as a PDF. Printed copies are still available.
  • Transition in Sweden
    Naresh Giangrande recently returned from a Transition Training tour of Sweden - read a short report about his trip here.
  • Help make the sequel!  'In Transition 2.0'
    Now that 'In Transiton 1.0' is circulating through public screenings, ‘In Transition 2.0′ is just starting to get in the works - and it will made up of the film you send in. ‘In Transition 2.0′ will depend on your involvement and engagement - this is your opportunity to make it yours.

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Transition Resources

Food Pilot Web Project
This 'Food Project Database' public beta website is part of the Transition Network's Web Project. It is a work in progress and is a prototype template for future 'projects database' work. It is designed to enable people engaged in transition food projects to share and discuss essential information about their projects, and so enable others to learn from their experience and get in touch. Browse case studies, post projects, participate in discussions. (learn more)

Good Food the Movie
"Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. Small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing much healthier food, and lots  more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms...Good Food visits producers, farmers’ markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all." (learn more) Thanks to members of Sustainable NE Seattle for recommending this!


Post Carbon Institute Update

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

PCI reportThis new report, "Searching for a Miracle: ‘Net Energy’ Limits & the Fate of Industrial Society," by Post Carbon Institute and the International Forum on Globalization addresses the question: Can any combination of known energy sources successfully supply society’s energy needs at least up to the year 2100?  The report analyzes 18 of the most viable power production alternatives, from traditional fossil fuels and nuclear, through wind, solar, wave, geothermal, biomass, et. al. to identify their “net energy” ratios—the amount of energy that must be invested in them vs. the amount of energy they will be able to produce---as well as their environmental, social and geopolitical impacts. (read more)


Related Events, Workshops, Things to Do

cop15COP15 Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark (Dec 7-18, 2009)
The COP15 conference is the fifteenth Conference of the Parties under the United Nations’ Climate Change Convention. "The ambition of the Danish government is that the COP15 conference in Copenhagen will result in an ambitious global agreement including all the countries of the world" (read more). Take action leading up to this event; add your name to the tcktcktck campaign and make sure your local government representatives know that you support strong action on climate change.


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