May Round-up of What's Happening in the World of Transition - US Edition

Here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the country and around the world...

On the West Coast, Dan Wong of Transtion South Bay LA participated in a Q & A session at a social gathering of TEDx Manhattan Beach, where he answered questions about the Transition Network and the work that is being done in Los Angeles.

Sustainable Northeast Seattle, WA held an event, "Rethinking Jobs - Transitioning to a Green Economy" on April 15th and participated in Transitioning to a Resilient Seattle - Open Space event on May 1st. The also held a Edible Garden Tour and Show 'n Tell night to showcase innovative and creative community projects.

Sarah & Paul Edwards of Let's Live Local Transition Initiative in Pine Mountain, CA were featured in an episode of Peak Moment TV,  Careers for the Elm Street Economy.

Read a great recap of the People's Summit on Climate Change by members of Transition West Marin, CA.

In Idaho: Sandpoint Transition Initiative was the focus of an artilce in their local news: "For the second year, volunteers from the Sandpoint Transition Initiative are coordinating activities at the Sandpoint Community Garden. This year's garden, members of the STI Food Group explained, promises to be bigger and more bountiful than Year One, which delivered a harvest that overflowed from family dinner tables until it eventually filled the shelves and refrigerators of local assistance groups," wrote David Gunter (read full article). Karen Lanphear, the co-founder of the Sandpoint Transition Initiative was also a guest on Idaho Public Television discussing practical ideas around "Living Simply" (May 20, 2010).

In Kentucky: Members of Sustainable Berea in Kentucky mobilizing to convince City Hall to allow the raising of chickens in Berea.

In New York: Catherine Sutton of Transition Albany (NY) presented at the Albany Arts & Green Festival on May 2nd on "Building Community Resilience, the Best Preparation for an Uncertain Future: An introduction to Transition Towns and Transition Albany," with updates from her recent visit to some original Transition Towns in England.

In Oklahoma: Transiton Oklahoma City put together a great page on how a Transition Initiative may be different from other sustainability and environmental groups as part of their FAQs, which thought was useful so we also added to our site, here.

Transition Northfield, Minnesota Earth Day Celebration photos up! Watch the slideshow. Photos by Griff Wigley.

In Texas: Transition Houston Permablitz Event photos: built two gardens and a composting system in 5 hours with 20 volunteers! See photos.

In Colorado: Transition Louisville, Colorado, was featured in an article, "Growing trend: Local initiative promotes sustainability measures," describing how, "members of Transition Louisville hope their one vegetable garden grows into many, part of their goal of promoting sustainable living and local food production." Transition Denver’s Transition Tuesdays Continue! “Restorative Activism: Lessons in Compassion + Social Change” May 11th.

Michael Brownlee of Transition Colorado gave a presentation to Willits Economic Localization (WELL) in Willits, California, one of the pioneering groups to explore relocalization in the US.

In Connecticut: Transition New Haven held a fourth and fifth Open Space session on Building, Housing & Community on April 27th and one on Health & Wellbeing on May 15, 2010 (see photos courtesy of Maria Tupper).

A few updates from groups at the "mulling" stage of Transition: 

Browse a great newsletter by Transition Sarasota, "mulling" group in Sarasota, Florida:

Members of Transition Orlando in Florida are launching a course on Transition titled, "Transition Orlando 1.0," and here is the course description: 

“Never doubt the power of a small group of committed individuals to change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Meade
Peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis are the bad news. This course, this transition movement is the good news. In this course, we will learn to cultivate resilient, life-sustaining communities in the face of dwindling oil, climate instability and economic uncertainty.We will explore the causes and impact on our planet of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. We will discover and implement ways to bring come together to enrich and enliven our lives and to create local, life-sustaining communities—this is Transition. This course is a structured journey into the land of creative engagement. Discover the genius, power and magic of boldly following our dreams, talents and intuition. We will have fun and make a difference. For more information, please contact: jim belcher, 407-376-5428 (txt or voice).


Our very own Carl Shuller moderated a panel discussion at the Sustainable Enterprises Conference in California on "Re-localization: A Call To Action In Our Backyard."  And to top things off, a here's a lovely photo of Training for Transition (T4T) course held in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

For more news from Transition Initatives worldwide, mosey over to the Transition Culture blog: A May Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

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