Transition US Newsletter - November 2011

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In this Issue:
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition (T4T)
Upcoming Webinars & Events
New Transition Initiatives
Transition US Primer
Growthbusters Film
Transition Network News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

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Training for Transition


Training for Transition
 - twenty eager folks from the Sautee area in Georgia, along with a baby and a dog, dug in to what it means to Transition a community. (read more)

Dec 2-4 Cambridge, MA
Dec 9-11 Brattleboro, VT
Jan 7-8 Mansfield, CT

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Monthly Transition Salon

Thursday, December 8
(11am-noon Pacific)

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 + registration >>

Tough Talks in Transition
Wednesday, February 14
(4pm-5:15pm Pacific)
Some of the conversations we have in Transition initiatives are challenging. Different hoped-for outcomes, tactics, and communication styles can make meetings and activities hard. But Transition can be a great deal of fun. Co-creating the new world that we know in our hearts is possible is joyful and exciting work. Join this call to get strategies for engaging in challenging conversations with grace and a sense of play.
details + registration >> 

Related Events

The Economics of Happiness Conference
March 22-24, 2011
Berkeley, California

Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference will cover a range of interconnected topics, including public policy choices; local initiatives in food,energy, education, business and banking; the need to bridge the North-South divide; and the influence of the economy on our psychological well-being. Presenters include Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Annie Leonard, Sulak Sivaraksa, Michael Shuman, Joanna Macy, Gustavo Esteva, Richard Heinberg and many more.
details + registration >>

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Transition in Practice
January 3 – 13, 2012
Shumacher College, Totnes, UK

The course is taught by pioneers and leaders of the Transition movement including Rob Hopkins, Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks. 
This two week course looks at the Transition experiment through stories and models of change. What is the transition that is needed at this time? What supports engagement and shift in behaviour, for individuals, organisations and communities? What stories do we know of other cultures that have made the transition to a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable way of living?...
details + registration >> 

Read the Worldwide Roundup of What's Happening out in the World of Transition - including Prince Charles using the Brixton Pound!

Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for youth mentors,  regional reporters, videographers, transcribers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>


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Transition US :: November 2011 e-newsletter

Take a moment to breathe in the possibilities of this time. We are in the midst of a profound shift, a tipping point. Now, more than ever let's give it our all, step it up, galvanize our efforts. That's what's called for. High leverage ways of helping are: Working with Transition US to build a challenge grant of $25,000 so we can charge into 2012 with full strength and doubled dollars; contributing your expertise to fulfill strategic volunteer needs; and more than ever, working on your local resilience-building projects at home, with your neighbors and in your community. This is the time when ordinary people are becoming extraordinary.

Transition Projects

Sustainable Berea potluckNovember 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)

Quakers in TransitionQuakers in Transition- Gathering strength from their faith tradition, they seek to work with their neighbors and address the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and a dysfunctional global economy with courage, creativity, and a positive vision for our communities. (read more)

NorthfieldLaunch of Transition Northfield, MA - A year and a half ago, eleven adventurous and committed Northfielders embarked on a project designed to re-localize Northfield...(read more)

ASPOPeak Oil Conference Says Go Local - Erik Curren recaps the discussion on Transition as a response to peak oil, from the recent ASPO-USA Conference this month. (read more)


New Initiatives

This month we welcome two new official Transition Initiatives:

Will your community bring us to #111 before the end of the year?  Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!

Thank you

DavidPlease join us in delivering a big thank you this month to David Johnson. David was involved in a think tank set up by Rob Hopkins in the early days of Transition Town Totnes and resides in Portland, Oregon where he has been involved with Transition PDX. Having served several years on the Transition US Board, he has been a very valuable member of the team and is now stepping away to focus on other projects. You can read some of his past writings on Transition here. We wish him all the best.


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)
The Oil GameThe Empowerment Manual: 
A Guide for Collaborative Groups
by Starhawk

In her twelfth book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, Starhawk draws on four decades of experience in circles and collectives to show us how to foster connection, clear communication, and positive power in ourselves and our groups.
Learn more >

HolmgrenThe upcoming transition away from a fossil-fuel based society: David Holmgren talks strategy
Synopsis: How do we move away from a fossil-fuel based society? David Holmgren, ecological design engineer and co-originator of the term “Permaculture” discusses this very question.  Learn more > 

Story of BrokeThe Story of Broke
Synopsis: The United States isn't broke; we're the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country.The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. Read the transcript and watch the video here >


Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth

Growthbusters is out!  We're pleased to share this film with you, which recently premiered with Transition folks in Colorado, San Francisco Bay Area. The film features members of the Transition US team: Trathen Heckman, Dave Room & Carolyne Stayton - all in it talking about Transition.


Synopsis: From Las Vegas to Atlanta, Mexico City to Mumbai, the White House to the Vatican, GrowthBusters takes us on a whirlwind tour of growth mania. It’s Wild Kingdom with a twist: the cameras are turned on humanity as our own survival skills are examined. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with urban and economic growth, and our reluctance to address overpopulation issues head-on. Watch the trailer >>

Transition Primer 2.0

The new version of the 'Transition Primer' (US version) is now available.  It has a fresh new look as well as new sections on peak oil, exponential growth, and resilence indicators.  A future version will include sections on topics such as working with local government. 

We would love to hear what you think and any additions you feel would be helpful for those embarking on this journey called Transition.
Download the Primer 2.0 >


Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Protest bannerDITCHING WALL STREET: What if instead of trying to fix Wall Street, we ditch it? Post Carbon Fellow Michael Shuman argues that the answer is to invest in local economies. Michael is the author of PCI's forthcoming book Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity to be be published by Chelsea Green in early 2012. Check out the article and sign our petition calling on Congress to legalise local investment!

Want to know more about PCI? Read Richard Heinberg's latest article What We Are For!


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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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