Transition US Newsletter: A Big Year Wraps Up (December)


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In this Issue:
What's new in Transition
Webinars: Building Network Capacity & Power Down Week
Guide to Planting on Public Lands
Upcoming Training Courses
Effective Groups Training
"Local Dollars, Local Sense"
Get Involved
Take Action



Transition Trainings

Transition LAUNCH Training 
Jan 17-19 Salem, VA

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.
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Effective Groups Training

The Art of Hosting      

February 22-23, Sarasota, FL

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


Community Resilience Chat: Local Dollars, Local Sense

Rob Hopkin's teleseminar 3/21

Check out the recording of last week's webinar on local investing and community capital raising, packed with important info on funding vibrant local economies from Jenny Kassan of Cutting Edge Capital and Dan Rosenberg of Real Pickles.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are on the lookout for volunteer interns to work remotely or in our Sebastopol office 10-20 hours per week during the spring semester. Contact for more information.




Dec 2013 e-newsletter

What a year it's been for Transition US! With Rob Hopkins' tour, Effective Groups and Art of Hosting trainings, and new TUS staff members, we've seen ta LOT of energy and capacity flow into the movement across the US. We're grateful for the new relationships and opportunities 2013 brought and excited for what 2014 has in store.

The clock is ticking... please help us meet our $10,000 challenge grant by years' end!

What's Happening in Transition...

Reflections on a
Transition Tour

Don Hall from Transition Sarasota shares his hopes for Transition 3.0 after joining Transitioners in California and Wisconsin for Effective Groups training and Rob Hopkins' tour.

A snowy nation in TransitionA Creative Way to Enjoy Transition this Season
Share what Transition means to you with the Transition US image contest. Design an image for Transition US, your own local group, or just have fun with it! Post your image to our Facebook page and vote on your favorites.

Compost a Reality in the Hudson Valley
Woodstock NY Transition reports on the regional composting initiative started by their Woodstock Organic Waste (WOW) Working Group.

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New Initiatives

Welcome to the 146th Official Transition Initiative:

Transition Tallahassee, Florida!

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


Webinars & Online Events


Building the Capacity of our Network
Wednesday, February 5
11am-12:15pm Pacific
Let's look at creative ways of building our network funding capacity; locally, regionally, and nationally. Imagine linking up with other Transition Initiatives that have a similar area of interest, like creating a robust local food system.  We work together to develop a regional or even national proposals that might interest new funders. Or, we focus geographically and pull together proposals that address the resilience needs of a region, of a state, or of a cluster of states. 

Our collective social capital can be leveraged to boost our impacts. If you're ready to explore taking this kind of leap, please join us.

Sustainable NE SeattleThis teleseminar will be led by Derrick Rhayn, Chief Catalyst at Rhayn Collaborative Consulting, a Tacoma, WA consulting firm specializing in network capacity building and asset mobilization.

How to Organize Power Down Week
Monday, February 24
11am-12:15pm Pacific

Join us to learn about the model of Transition Milwaukee's successful Power Down Week, now in its 4th year, a weeklong event to raise awareness of energy consumption and promote powered-down alternatives.

Sustainable NE Seattle Hear the story of how ideas got put in to motion, the challenges, growth and future vision for powering down Milwaukee.  Join us to learn, get ideas on how to take Power Down week to your own community, and power down together!


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Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy: Guide to Growing Food on Public Lands
MA collection of resources on accessing public land for growing food, including strategies for partnering with public agencies, common types of agreements that govern the relationship between food-growing groups and public entities, special issues related to growing food on school district properties, and more. 

Effective Groups & Collaboration
With Transition taking off in the US, now is the time to skill up on facilitation, conflict resolution, effective communication and collaboration. Check out the Effective Groups short video (below), Resources page, 18-page Online Toolkit and Reading List to get started. You can also view a recording of our October teleseminar with Nick, or contact Transition US about setting up a two-day, in-person Effective Groups workshop with one of our US trainers.


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Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale
PCI's new report on fracking in California's Monterey Formation, written by Drill, Baby, Drill author and PCI fellow David Hughes, is the first publicly available empirical analysis of actual oil production data from the Monterey Formation and challenges industry hype that the Monterey formation could hold up to 2/3 of the US' shale oil deposits.



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.

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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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