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In this Issue:
Monthly Tele-salon and
Webinars: Starhawk, REconomy & Local Food Shift

How we can eat our landscapes
Regional Transition Gatherings
Upcoming Training Courses
PCI Update: Power From the People
Get Involved

Take Action

Related Events

Bioneers Pre-Conference

Catalyzing a Resilient Communities Network
Pre-Conference Intensive: A Call to Action and Collaboratory
October 18, 2012
San Rafael, CA
Our very own Carolyne Stayton will be presenting on social resilience along with others from Post Carbon Institute, WiserEarth and more. This landmark gathering will feature leading models, strategies and tools for building resilience at the community, local and regional levels, highlighting the opportunity for a Resilient Communities
Network nationally and globally.
Limited scholarships available.
learn more here >>


Bioneers Conference
October 19-21, 2012
San Rafael, CA
At the 23rd Annual Bioneers Conference, you'll join global thought-leaders, experts and advocates in exploring breakthrough solutions for a sustainable world. Visionary speakers are part of a culture creating the healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world in which we all want to live. Full access, day, half-day, and individual workshop passes are available. Conference attendance is in demand, so we suggest early registration. Use ourspecial promo code: BC12AO4 for 20% discount rate
learn more here >>

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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September 2012 e-newsletter
Autumn greetings!

Filled with the memories from Transition Network conference in London, England, I am constantly finding myself reflecting on the way our communities are coming together.

Something remarkable happened on the way through the national hubs gathering. A family was formed. The event followed the international Transition Network conference and with upwards of 20 different languages representing Transition groups from Hong Kong and the Philippines, Brazil and Israel and numerous countries in between sometimes the best way to communicate was non verbally. Demonstrations of care and kindness, humorous gestures, sincere listening and the universal equalizers of music and laughter peppered and spiced up the event. Together we created, collaborated and celebrated - coming away with mutual respect, working groups, memories of hearty laughs, and even some rhythmic slaps, claps, finger-snaps and foot-stomping group warm-up routines.

The national hubs gathering exemplified the extraordinary world of Transition that is emerging. It speaks many languages and sings many songs. It is aware, intelligent and playful and with a little patience, kindness and laughter connects to form an even richer and more expressive global possibility.

- Carolyne Stayton, Transition US
More on the national hubs day here >> 

Photo: National Hubs Gathering, 2012, TN Conference


Regional Gatherings in October

Northern California Regional Transition Conference
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:00am-7:00pm
Richmond, CA

New England Transition and Resilience Gathering
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA


New Initiatives in Montana & Colorado

Welcome our two new Official Transition Initiatives:

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


Pam Warhurst TED TalkPam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community. Pam Warhurst cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community. 

Canning & Food Preservation Guides
The National Center for Home Food Preservation at the University of Georgia is a source for recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The site features recipes, tips and links to other websites on food preservation. Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision (8 downloadable sections) via the US Dept of Agriculture and National institute of Food and Agriculture, 2009.

Find more great resources in our online Knowledge Hub!



Webinars & Online Events

Heart & Mind of the Circle
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
5:00pm - 6:15pm Pacific
In this teleconference, we’ll explore the personal sustainability that is the ground of effectiveness with guest presenter,Starhawk.  We'll consider social permaculture—the principles and agreements that lead to healthy and functional groups—as well as the agreements we make with each other, the way we make decisions, and how we handle the conflicts that inevitably arise.

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, October 11, 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.

The Local Food Shift: Transition and the Local Food Movement
Join two seasoned Transition leaders in an exploration of innovative food localization efforts in Colorado and Florida: Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Transition Colorado, and Don Hall, founder of Transition Sarasota. Learn about the evolution of the EAT LOCAL! and Local Food Shiftcampaigns, and how you can catalyze the local food movement in your community!

Session 1 (Oct. 16): Peak Food and our global food predicament—the opportunities of food localization; ingredients of food localization (tools, processes, systems, pathways)
Session 2 (Oct. 23): On the ground—Transition Colorado and Transition Sarasota case studies
Session 3 (Nov. 13): Getting there—utilizing the Transition process to achieve food localization in your community (it all starts with an initiating group!)

The REconomy Project
Tuesday, November 6, 9am-10am Pacific
Hear about how Transition towns in the UK are building new local economies, and what the Transition Network’s REconomy Project’s offering in the way of support - tools, resources, training and face to face gatherings. See Fiona Ward, the project initiator, will be giving an overview of the national project, as well as some detail of what’s happening on the ground in the places that are more ‘advanced’ with this work, and answering your questions.

See all upcoming events >>


Transition Training

Transition LAUNCH Training  (formerly the T4T)
October 5-7 Woodstock, NY
October 13-14 Longmeadow, MA
October 13-14 Everett, WA

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.

Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Power from the People coverIt's been an exciting month here at PCI with the release of our second Community Resilience Guide—POWER FROM THE PEOPLE: How to Organize, Finance and Launch Local Energy Projects. In the book author Greg Pahl asks the question, 'is it even possible to "relocalize" energy?' and answers with a decisive 'Yes'. The book also profiles numerous communitywide initiatives that can be replicated in your community. Get your copy here from publisher Chelsea Green and take advantage of the friends of PCI discount: PFTP.


September Round Up of What's Happening Out in the World of Transition...

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 the full round up >>

Greywater Challenge


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.

Getting started

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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