Transition US Newsletter - September 2011

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In this Issue:
Special event: Rob Hopkins
Transition Projects
Host a Training for Transition (T4T)
Upcoming Webinars & Events
New Official Initiatives
Moving Planet: Sept 24th
Transition Network News
Coming soon: The Transition Companion
Transition In the News
Volunteers Needed
PCI Update
Get Involved

Take Action

Training for Transition

Sept 30-Oct 2  Troy, NY
Oct 14-16 Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 15-16 Tampa Bay, FL
Oct 22-23 Miami, FL
Nov 5-6 Sautee, GA
Nov 12-13 Wooster, OH

Learn about hosting a T4T >>


Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (3-Part Series)
Wednesday, October 11
(5:00-6:00pm Pacific)

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus is now glad to offer a series of seminars and trainings in building Resilient Community. Transition US is proud to be hosting these three virtual conversations prior to in-person courses to be held in Corte Madera, CA.
details + registration >>

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday October 13
(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 >>

An Inspiring Evening with Vicki Robin
Thursday October 13
(6:30-9:30pm Pacific)
Join us for a heartfelt evening of connection and hope, as we come together to celebrate the growing Transition Movement. This is a fundraiser to benefit Transition US and our work training emerging leaders, supporting new Transition Towns, and helping communities kick the carbon habit and build a thriving, resilient future.
details + rsvp info >>

A Conversation with Chris Martenson
Tuesday October 25
(11am-12:15pm Pacific)
A special conversation with Chris Martenson, author of The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment.
details + registration >> 

Transition Network 
News from across the pond...

Video of Rob Hopkins' talk at Sunrise Off Grid Festival in Summerset available now on Rob's blog.

Transition Brixton launches the UK’s first local electronic currency in it's 2nd year - read more.

First Transition Training held inTurkeyread more

Transition Town Totnes celebrates its 5th Anniversary of their Great Unleashing. read more

In Transition crowdsourcing

Click to support the film's 
progress and find out more >> 


In the News

In Greensboro, NC: "Local currency to be printed to stimulate the economy"
>  Carolina Peacemaker

"In Portland, Transition Movement preparing for a world after peak oil"
The Oregonian

Transition Sarasota founder and Executive Director Don Hall was also on WSRQ Radio to talk about Transition Sarasota's Local Food Campaign
> Listen to the recording

Related events
Got Slow Money?

Slow Money
3rd National Gathering

October 12-14, 2011
San Francisco, CA

Listen to speakers such as David Suzuki and Vandana Shiva, hear presentations from small food enterprises and attend breakout sessions relating to the soil, our food system and the economy.
Details + registration >>


2011 Bioneers Conference
October 14-16, 2011
San Rafael, CA

Explore the forefront of positive change in deeply inspiring keynote talks, panels, workshops and intensives. Connect with leading-edge people and ideas. 
Details + registration >>

Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for coaches, photographers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>


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Transition US :: September 2011 e-newsletter

This month Transtion Initiatives have been organizing everything from birthday celebrations to harvest swaps to solar energy home tours, and of course mobilizing for Moving Planet. Check out the September roundup of what's happening in the world of Transition and browse resources shared by others in the network. To top it off, we're asking you: Who will be the100th official Transition Initiative in the US?

Transition Projects

Tar Sands ActionSeptember 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)

Transition AshevilleAsheville Celebrates   - Transition Asheville celebrated its status as the 88th Official Transition Town in the US on a sunny day in August... (read more

Transition Berkeley Crop SwapPopularity of Crop Swaps is Growing - 
Transition Berkeley, like many other Transition Initiatives has been organizing crops swaps where neighbours get together to share food - this month they were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle...(read more)

New Initiatives

In just three short years the number of official Transition Initiatives have grown to nearly 100 (99 to be exact as of today).

This month we welcome 3 new official Transition Initiatives:

100th Official Transition Initiative
Who is going the be the 100th? 
We know there are literally hundreds of Transition groups following the model and building community resilience. Becoming "official" couldn't be easier (learn how).

We encourage you to add "going official" to your next meeting agenda and submit the paperwork soon for a chance to claim the spot of 100!

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


Moving Planet:
A day to move beyond fossil fuels

Transition Initiatives across the country mobilized for this global day of action.

Check out what they had planned >>

Transition WaylandMoving Planet

Transition US is proud to have been a parter with Moving Planet on this important day of action. Please share your photos! Email


Listen to Q&A with Rob Hopkins
Rob HopkinsThanks to everyone who tuned in to our live call with Rob on September 12th, hosted by Vicki Robin, on "Exploring the Ingredients of Transition." Rob answered questions about how the movement is evolving, right down to the nitty-gritty of intiatives developing social enterprises to support the local economy.

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Listen to the recording online >> 

Also, many thanks to Rani of Transition Palo Alto who transcribed our first live conversation with Rob, hosted by Richard Heinberg (about 16 single-spaced pages!).
Check out the transcript on Energy Bulletin >>


(that Transition folk are reading and screening)

Peak Oil GraphicPeak Oil Explained Graphically
Thanks to our friends at Transition Voice for highlighting this resource. "It’s simple and engaging enough for you to send to your friends who don’t yet know or care about peak oil, with basics on where oil comes from, what countries use it most and even what peak oil is. Check it out >>

The GreenhornsThe Greenhorns Film
The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America's young farming community - its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker's hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture. Special screening discount available to Transition groupsLearn more + watch the trailer >> 


Take the Transition US Annual Survey
...and enter to win a prize!

How is Transition evolving across the US?

Once a year Transition US puts out a survey to capture a snapshot of how Transition is evolving across the country.

Whether you are currently involved with one of the 99 Official Transition Initiatives in the US, or have not taken the step of becoming official yet, your answers will help us to prioritize and shape future work to support Transition Initiatives. 

Click to start the survey >>

The Prize: Complete the survey and you'll be entered into a draw for one of three copies of Rob Hopkins' new book, courtesy of Chelsea Green!


The Transition Companion: Bulk Orders

Transition CompanionRob’s eagerly awaited new book, The Transition Companion, draws from the experience of Transition communities throughout the world.

Interested in placing a bulk order?
1 case of 14 books: 30% off
2 cases (28 books): 45% off

Click here for details about the book + placing orders >>

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

In our recent interactive web chat on September 22nd, we looked at two different models for community resilience building: Resilience Circles & Transition Initiatives. Resilience building is far from a one size fits all effort. By exploring two of the most developed models, we hope to inspire action across political and social divides. Follow the conversation of PCI's Asher MIller, Transition Board Member Vicki Robin and Resilience Circles Founder Chuck Collins online here.


Post Carbon Reader

IN related work, we're helping create models for resilient philanthropy. PCI's Ken White takes an interesting look at the future of giving in a world of reduced economies in "Resilient Philanthropy: Giving Beyond Growth"
Lastly, if you're serious about Transition work, this book needs to be top of your shelf:


Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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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