Transition US Newsletter: Abundant Resources for Resilience


> Monthly digest of tools, trainings and resources for Transition.

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In this Issue:
What's Happening in Transition
Webinars: Ecology of Leadership, Economics 4 Transition, Inner Transition, Transition Lab
Upcoming Trainings: Art of Hosting
Featured Media
Get Involved
Take Action




Art of Participatory Leadership Training

April 11-13 Saco, ME

The Art of Participatory Leadership, now practiced and offered worldwide, is an intensive 3-day event where you will experience and practice a set of simple, yet powerful, processes for building community, facilitating powerful conversations, building strong partnerships, and leading change. Come explore how to unleash collective genius and build adaptive and leader-full communities.

Effective Groups Training

The Art of Hosting     
Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging 2-day skills-building training for individuals and teams which covers key skills for collaboration. Read more...

Learn about hosting a training >>


Featured Media:

Four Short Films on the Gift Economy

Designing for Generosity, TEDx Berkeley talk by Nipun Mehta, 18 minutes.

Sacred Economics, the Gift Economy, and the New Story, by Charles Eisenstein, 15 minutes.

You Don’t Ask, You Just Give: An Indigenous Approach to the Gift Economy, 6 minutes.

Three Stages of Generosity, TEDx Golden Gate talk by Nipun Mehta, 9 minutes.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are on the lookout for volunteer organizers to help with outreach for this year's Community Resilience Challenge. For more information contact




It's going to be an abundant spring for Transition in the US!
Read on for a plentitude of great resources to support your Transition work, and join Transitioners across the country in the upcoming Community Resilience Challenge.

What's Happening in Transition...

The Community Resilience Challenge is coming! During the month of May, join us in taking collective action to save water, conserve energy, grow food, and build community as part of the Community Resilience Challenge! Start planning your actions now, and click here for project ideas and to register!

Transition US is partnering with Spring of Sustainability (SOS), a 9-week series of online conversations with sustainability leaders. SOS launches Earth Day with a 12-hour telesummit with Rob Hopkins, Bill McKibben, & more. Registration coming soon!

Hosting the Toughest Conversations of Our Time: We’re bringing the Art of Hosting into Transition with a series of Art of Participatory Leadership trainings on how to develop practices that build strong core teams and create an environment from which collective genius can emerge. Read highlights from the training in Petaluma, CA earlier this month, or join next month's training in Saco, Maine!

Photo: Art of Participatory Leadership, Petaluma, CA, March 7-9 2014.

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  Transition in Action

Welcome to the 149th Official Transition Initiative: Transition Mankato, Minnesota!

When record cold temperatures and high natural gas prices caused a State of Emergency in Minnesota, Transition Mankato responded by hosting a solar thermal air heater workshop.

Read more of Transition Mankato's story in Transition Culture's March series on "Living with Climate Change," which also includes stories from Transition Joshua Tree and Environmental Changemakers-Transition LA on how they are preparing their communities for life with climate change.

Photos: MN polar vortex & Transition Mankato solar air heater workshop

New England Transition & Resilience Initiatives Convene Regional Resilience Conversation
On March 15, 65 people from across New England gathered at Antioch University in Keene, NH, to discuss the resilience of New England as a whole. Grounded in the region's deep history, participants provided feedback on a regional resilience concept paper and came up with nine initiatives to start building regional resilience, including a "Whole New England Catalog" and a Transition Research Network of students and academics. Read more...

Screenshot from the NE Resilience Conversation video invitation. Click to watch the video.

Interested in starting an Initiative?
Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!


Webinars & Online Events


Cultivating a Thriving Ecology of Leadership
Thursday, April 10
11am-12:15am Pacific
The outer shifts we are working so hard to achieve in the world are rooted - and must be supported - by inner shifts. As we expand our capacity as change-agents in these deep times of transition, this teleseminar with Ecology of Leadership team James Stark, Christopher Kuntzch, and Katia Sol will provide an opportunity to explore the relationship between our inner landscapes and how we show up as leaders in our work for the world, and in our lives.

Essential Knowledge for Transition:
Economic System
Wednesday, April 23
11am-12:15pm Pacific

The current economic crisis is a recurring phenomenon of a structurally unstable economic system. Join us to explore the historical context that has led to our current crisis, as well as the systemic features of a new economic system that would be compatible with long term health of ecosystems and communities, and the path from the current system to one that democratizes and localizes economic activity and anchors wealth and capital formation in the community.

Inner Transition for Everyone?
Tuesday, April 29
11am-12:15pm Pacific

This TeleSeminar with Transition Network's Sophy Banks will include a look at why it’s important to create spaces for connection, reflection and feelings during times of change and stress; ways of bringing Inner Transition to people who don’t usually make time for inner work; and sharing challenges and solutions for those wanting to bridge the divide and bring inner work to all who want or need it.

Reconomy: Where Cash Takes a Back Seat
Thursday, May 8
11am-12:15pm Pacific

As we work to transition our world, a huge challenge lies in our ability to power the godo work necessary to build a better future in a world where dollars are becoming more and more scarce. In this teleseminar we will learn from Transition Lab's experience in pioneering alternative economic models that can create affordable housing, feed our community, and even run a school with a minimum amount of money. Participants will not only learn how to create these alternative economies, but launch models that could support their local Transition projects indefinitely. 

See all upcoming events >>

Check out our Online Training Archives for a rich collection of past teleseminars on topics like Holacracy, local investing, timebanking, and much more!

Your support will enable us to host more TeleSeminars, turn those into recordings, and share them out to people like you!

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Documentary: Passive House Revolution
"Passive House Revolution" provides hope for the future of the planet and our children as it chronicles a revolutionary development in the way we construct and renovate our buildings, a development that reduces heating and cooling energy use by 80-90%.

For more information visit

There is a special discount price of $15 (regularly $26) available to Transitioners through May 31, 2014 through

Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum
The semester-long Farm to School Youth Leadership curriculum is designed to empower high school students and engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them directly with farmers in their community. The first of its type, the curriculum was developed for 11th and 12th grade students by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Essential Knowledge 4 Transition: Money and Banking System
If you missed last week's teleseminar with Marco Vangelisti on transforming our money and banking system, be sure to listen to the recording and a list of resources unpacking how our monetary system really works and what we can do to change it. You can also listen to Marco's first teleseminar on the financial system and local investing.

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Post Carbon Institute Update

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

We're launching the Public Energy Art Kit (P.E.A.K.)!

Post Carbon Institute has partnered with 12 artists from across the country to produce the Public Energy Art Kit, a collection of original artwork illustrating our energy reality and calling for an energy transition.

We're looking for partners to distribute the artwork in communities across the country - email to participate!



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