Great Unleashings across the US

As part of the Transition Model, the Great Unleashing is the coming together of the people in a community to envision a positive, resilient future in response to climate change and the end of cheap oil.

For many groups, the Great Unleashing marks the kick-off of working groups to start in earnest to build the community that they want to see. Here are recaps of the Unleashing events held in Carrboro-Chapel Hill, NC, Bloomington, IN and Laguna Beach, CA

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The GREAT UNLEASHING was an Open Space event (see videos below & sidebar) that engaged Bloomington in a collective and committed response, and kicked-off the process of creating a 10-20 year energy descent action plan. We aim to offer a Great Unleashing: part 2 in 2011. This event took place April 24th, 2010, 9:30AM-5:30PM, at Bloomington's City Hall Council Chambers, a day of focused co-creation and visioning.

THE GREAT UNLEASHING was a one-day town meeting, celebration and extravaganza that motivated, excited, educated and engaged our community in coming together to envision a vibrant, resilient, and dramatically less energy-dependent Bloomington, and unleashed our collective genius as we started working towards a tangible and compelling plan to get us there.


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The Great Unleashing of Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Carrboro Century Center was a great success!

Over 150 people turned out to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill Unleashing, and we ended the day with 21 action groups. Jane Norton and Brian Russell led us in a day of Open Space networking. This process began with participants raising issues and suggesting ideas for discussion. From these suggestions, 24 discussion sessions were scheduled in four periods — two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Rapporteurs in each group made notes of the discussions, and those reports will be posted here soon.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions, there was a delicious lunch provided with the help of our supporters, a greeting from Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, and an inspiring speech by Norm Christensen, founder of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

At the end of the day, participants proposed action groups. Twenty-one action groups were formed:

  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Shop Mob (skill-sharing) & Bartering
  • Communal Gardening
  • Health & Healing
  • The Two-Way Street (diversity & connecting with our neighbors)
  • Story Telling
  • Resilient Neighborhood Economies/Bartering/Time-swapping
  • Sustainable Vocations
  • Children’s Sustainable Experiential Education
  • Political Accountability and Shaping Public Policy
  • Community Beautification
  • Affordable Homes with energy-efficient/green features
  • Garbage Reduction & Composting
  • How to organize spirit’s guidance in our community
  • Personal Integrity, Personal Power, Authenticity
  • Humanure Approval as a Resource
  • Mapping & Sharing Resources
  • Networking & Communication
  • Models (learning what projects have been implemented successfully elsewhere)
  • Measures (to gauge where we are and what we’ve accomplished)

As we move forward, the action groups will set up projects they deem important. They will collaborate with each other and with existing organizations and individuals already doing work in the spirit of Transition. They will join with these existing entities to envision an Energy Descent Action Plan that will lay out the actual work that will transition us to a strong, interdependent, resilient Carrboro/Chapel Hill in a post-fossil fuel economy 50 years from now.


Friday night, May 14th at the Sawdust Festival grounds over 600 Laguna residents were treated to exceptional food, drink, music, art and conversation at Transition Laguna's Great Unleashing Party.

With educational exhibits, art installations, a silent auction, and stimulating conversation everyone learned more about the Transition Town movement in Laguna Beach and throughout the world.  After a year-and-a-half of consciousness raising by the Core Team, it was clear that we'd reached 'critical mass" Friday night. It was time to unleash our work and vision to the larger community... to provide the opportunity for hands on involvement.

Saturday morning's Community Action Breakfast at Tivoli Terrace was exactly that... ACTION - PACKED. With over 100 attendees ranging in age from seven to 70. With over 100 attendees ranging in age from seven to 70, many were focused, some curious, and more courageous community members arrived early and stayed late.

The breakfast began with Max Isles reviewing our journey and... a kick-off by City Council Member, Jane Egly. A wonderful breakfast was followed by the Open Space break-out sessions facilitated by corporate leadership coach, Kevin Buck, M.A. and psychologist, Michele McCormick, Ph.D. City council members and community leaders attended in support: Toni Iseman, Verna Rollinger, Jane Egly, and Ann Kristoff.All present began with an Open Space circle and stated their desires for Laguna's future sustainability. Out of this initial stage, fourteen action groups formed, from transportation, a childrens' food co-op, community gardens, energy awareness, ocean and water, education and eco-psychology. Stay tuned for more fun, education, and action from Transition Laguna Beach in the coming months.

the Great Unleashing Party. from Transition Laguna on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more fun, education, and action in the coming months.TLB has now expanded beyond a small core team to include the wider community of Laguna. All of us wish to extend our gratitude to the mayor pro-tem & city council, the Sawdust Festival, Tivoli Terrace, Hurley, Organic Wine Cellars, Laguna Coffee, Common Sense, and many other amazing sponsors and supporters.


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