Transition US Newsletter - Mobilizing Community Projects

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In this Issue:
Mobilizing Community Projects
Webinars: Building a Local Economy & Locavoring
Share Spray and Slow Democracy
Upcoming Training Courses
PCI Update
Get Involved

The time for bold actions is now.With you by our side, Transition US will work town by town until we have transitioned the entire United States!  Help us raise $200,000. With a contribution of $170 or more—a monthly gift of just $14.17— we will meet this challenge. 

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Transition Training

Transition LAUNCH Training  (formerly the T4T)
December 8 Sarasota, FL

This two-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community or for existing Transition initiatives who are interested in deepening their understanding of Transition.

Transition Free Press

Transition Free Press

Transition Free Press is a newnational tabloid newspaper in the UK. It will be run as a pilot for four issues during 2013. The 24-page edition will contain a mix of news, reviews and features, dedicated pages to energy, the land, people, economy, food, well-being,  the arts, cartoons, sport and a unique Transition agony column.

They now have 40+ initiatives signed up to distribute the four pilot issues next year and have launched a crowd-funding appeal - check it out here >>


Career Opportunity

Transition US is looking for a dynamic, emerging leader who can help move Transition US boldly into the next phase of its development and catalyze the wide-scale spread of the Transition movement in the United States. View the full posting.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Support our Cause


November 2012 e-newsletter
Giving thanks to this amazing network (all of you) weaving a shared vision of resilient communities, where wealth isn't just about the stuff we have but of the relationships that we foster, and the spaces that we create for each other in the places that we live.

Mobilizing Community Projects

RoundupNovember Roundup: Transition across the country
Here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US...Read more.

Transition Town CharlotteA Great Unleashing in Vermont
Transition Town Charlotte held its great uneading, titled "Celebrate Charlotte--a Festival of the Future." Read more.

Transition WhatcomFirst Whatcom SkillShare Event at Huge Success
Nearly 600 people attended the First Annual Whatcom SkillShare Fair in September, presented by Transition Whatcom. Read more.

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New Initiatives

Welcome two new Official Transition Initiatives:

Coinchaug Area Transition
Cocingchaug Area Transition tabling at the local high school on ideas for a green holiday

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

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Share SprayShare Spray: A New Way To Do Everything
Share Spray is a short animation from the Center for a New American Dream and Janelle Orsi, co-author of The Sharing Solution. With creativity, charm, and a bit of fun, Share Spray explores how our lives and communities could transform if sharing became the new way to do EVERYTHING! Start sharing now with these online resources.

Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home
Slow Democracy cover"With a future more and more focused on local food, local energy, and local economies, Slow Democracy offers strategies to improve our skills at local governance and to reinvigorate community democracy." Read a review by Joanne Poyourow on the TUS blog >>

Chelsea Green is offering Transition Groups a 50% discount for case quantity (32 copies) or 40% for bulk purchases of 20-49 copies of this new book -- contact Darrellif interested, and use SD12 discount code.

Find more great resources in our online Knowledge Hub!

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Webinars & Online Events

JoanneBuilding a Vibrant Local Economy
Thursday, December 6 
11am-12:15pm Pacific

Whether you are activist, consumer, businessperson, or homesteader, you will learn what to look for within your local community.  You will learn what elements are essential to a local economic "ecosystem" so that you can spot what is missing in your local area and help cultivate it.  

Hyper-Locavoring - the joys, frustrations and blessings of living very very local
Tuesday, December 11 
5:15pm Pacific

VickiIn this webinar Vicki Robin will share her experiment of eating within 10-miles of her home on Whidbey Island and engage you in a thoughtful, lively discussion of what your own experiments in "extreme sustainability" have been, might be and what we are all learning about the blessings of life in the relocalized lane.

Celebrating Our Interconnectedness
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 
12:00 Noon Pacific - Conference Call

12-12-12 is being celebrated internationally as the "world day of interconnectedness" -- Led by Julia Bystrova, we will talk about some of the ways Transition and other movements fostering connectedness and look at some common issues that occur that make us feel disconnected--and ways we might shift them. 

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, December 13, 2012
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.

Also coming up:

Unstuck Economics: How Cooperatives and Community Enterprise Will Get Us Out of this Gigantic Mess
Wednesday, January 9

A Conversation with Mark Lakeman of City Repair
Wednesday, January 23

See all upcoming events >>

New Recording:
The REconomy Project

REconomy projectHear about how Transition towns in the UK arebuilding new local economies, and the tools, resources, training and face to face gatherings that the Transition Network’s REconomy Project offers.

Reconomy videoFiona Ward, the project initiator, gives an overview of the national project, and what’s happening on the ground in the places that have integrated this work.

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Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news screengrabPost Carbon Fellow Bill McKibben has been on the road this month with his Do the Mathtour, encouraging people to divest from fossil fuels. PCI Executive Director encourages us to go a step further by re-investing in community energy. For those looking for practical advice on how to go about this, pick up the PCI Community Resilience Guide Power From the People, or listen to author Greg Pahl present on the book in this recently recorded webinar at

Let's mobilize of thousands of new residents, create innumerable sustainability actions provide the community networks and cross-sector collaborations needed to Transition our towns and cities across the US.

Banner photo: Transition Whatcom's First Annual Skillshare Fair

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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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