Transition US Newsletter: From the Big Apple to the Redwood Curtain


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In this Issue:
Voices from a Nation in Transition
Teleseminars: Elders Community & Local Dollars, Local Sense
Featured Media

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Recording: Intro to Holacracy Webinar

If you're excited about agile & effective governance but missed last week's Intro to Holacracy®
teleseminar, listen to the recording and explore other Holacracy® resources on our website.

Featured Documentary: Symphony of the Soil
Vicki Robin TedEx Relational Eating


The Power of Just Doing Stuff

The Good Life Lab

Rob's new book, "The Power of Just Doing Stuff," is getting rave reviews from treehugger, The Guardian, and more.

We're happy to announce that TPOJDS is now available for purchase in the US. Ask your local bookstore to order it through Independent Publishers Group.

We're grateful to have a pulse on how the Transition movement is growing and deepening in the US and a sense of the incredible vision, resilience, and commitment of Transition organizers across the country.

This month we received stories from Transitioners around the US, and we want to share them with you. Read on to meet fellow Transitioners hard at work in the Big Apple, behind the Redwood Curtain, and everywhere in between.

Voices from a Nation in Transition

Erik Lindberg of Transition Milwaukee provides a sacred response to the climate and economic crisis in Notes from a Born-Again Soil Worshipper

Transition Mar Vista/Venice was featured in a short documentary by Stephon Litwinczuk of Oneness Media that won the Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award at the New Urbanism Film Festival.

Larry Goldberg of Transition Humboldt shares highlights of catalyzing fall events in Transition Happenings in Northern California.

Vicki Robin of Whidbey Island is the author of a new book on relational eating, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us, inspired by her experiences in Transition.

Joanne Poyourow of Environmental Change-makers/Transition LA reminds us that a successful revolution requires much more than revolt in Revolt and Change our Lives.

Pamela Boyce Simms shares a beautiful vision for the Mid-Atlantic region in Transitioning Back to a Carbon Neutral Future: Waterways Reskilling Anchors the Vision for a New Story.

Jim O Neal, from Portland, Oregon is the author of a new novel, Farewell to Hot Water, inspired by his experiences in Transition.

Dan Miner of New York City recaps Rob Hopkins' visit to the Big Apple in Rob Hopkins Introduces New Yorkers to the Transition Movement.

And finally, Kaat Vander Straeten of Transition Wayland, Massachusetts gets to the heart of Transition with Precious Things in Transition.

Photos (from top): Forest Floor in Humboldt; Northern California Building Resilient Communities Convergence; Ceres Heading Out (courtesy Pamela Boyce Simms); Dan Miner, Rob Hopkins, & John Bell in NYC (courtesy Dan Miner).

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Initiatives in Action!

This month we welcome the 144th & 145th Official Transition Initiatives, each the first initiative in their state! Congratulations Transition Howard County, Maryland, and Sustainable Potomoc Highlands, West Virginia!

Interested in starting an Initiative?

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

Webinars & Online Events

Creating an Elder's Community: How and Why

Thursday, December 5
11am Pacific

Why a Transition Elders' working group?  Baby Boomers on up are quickly becoming one of the largest demographics, are increasingly retired with leisure time, and possess a desire to "give back" to their communities. Elders' experience, wisdom, needs and capacities are different from younger folks' and are best identified, in this rapidly changing world, by themselves.
In this TeleSeminar Alexandra Hart and Sandy Scotchler from Transition Sebastopol will share how the Elders have become one of their strongest working groups.

Community Resilience Chat: Local Dollars, Local Sense

Tuesday, December 10
11am Pacific

Do you have a vision for building a vibrant local economy? Do you want to invest in Main Street instead of Wall Street? Do you have a small business idea and are wondering how to raise capital?  

In this webinar, we will learn about options available for local investing, community capital raising, and creatively financing small businesses and social enterprises from Jenny Kassan, co-founder of Cutting-Edge Capital, and Dan Rosenberg, founder of Real Pickles.

See all upcoming events >>

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Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics and Community Resilience

In this provocative paper, Rob Hopkins and PCI Executive Director Asher Miller make a convincing case for why the environmental community must embrace post-growth economics and community resilience in their efforts to address the climate crisis.


The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide

This awesome online organizing toolkit from Green Memes compiles strategic advice, tactical tips, and case studies on social media, messaging and storytelling, graphics, and email communication from more than 30 talented online organizers. Check it out and whip your online organizing into shape!

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Post Carbon Institute Update

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

PCI is celebrating its tenth anniversary!
For highlights of our work over the last ten years, check out our Resilience & Energy Bulletin Top 10 Reader's Favorites and Top 10 Hits Lists.




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