Transition US Newsletter: Building Communities, Not Seawalls (August)


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In this Issue:
What's new in Transition?
People Power & Time Banking
Upcoming Training Courses
Featured Media
Get Involved

Take Action


Effective Groups: Amherst, MA
September 21-22

Effective Groups: San Francisco Area
September 28-29

Effective Groups: Los Angeles Area
October 5-6

Transition LAUNCH Training: Milwaukee, WI
October 14-15

Learn about hosting a training >>


New Orleans: Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat & Tulane University (10/1-2)

Boston: Tufts University (10/3)

Portland, Maine: New England Transition & Resilience Hub Gathering (10/4)

New York: Events TBC (10/5-6)

Houston: Sustainable Houston Town Hall @ Rice University (10/8)

Austin: SXSW Eco Conference (10/9)

San Francisco Bay Area: Events TBC (10/10-11)

Northern CA: Building Resilient Communities Convergence (10/12)

Los Angeles Area: (10/13-14)

Milwaukee: Brew City Abundance Tour (10/15-16)

Featured Documentary: Ground Operations
Vicki Robin TedEx Relational Eating

Ground Operations follows U.S. veterans returning from overseas and joining the frontlines of the sustainable local agriculture movement.

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 will be available for purchase in the US around the time of Rob's tour! Stay tuned for more details.

Volunteer with TUS

Help us prepare for Rob's visit!

Our most urgent needs are:
  • Graphic design
  • Media/PR for Rob's visit
  • Compiling and organizing training materials

Contact to learn more.

This month we want to share our appreciation for the Transition leaders across the country working tirelessly to prepare for Rob's tour by building capacity in their local groups, organizing public events and regional Transition gatherings, and building partnerships with aligned organizations and local governments.

We know your efforts are going to pay off in a big way, and we're inspired to be part of a movement that is leader-full!

What's new in Transition?

Unleashing Transition
Across the US!

We're building off Rob Hopkin's visit and taking Transition US to the next level - with meetings, tours, and speaking events lined up in cities across the country. Visit our website for the latest details on Rob's tour.

So what exactly is a leader-full movement?
An organic movement with many empowered leaders, all contributing to a shared vision and evolving direction, constantly cultivating new leadership and encouraging others to step up. Read more in Bill McKibben's piece "Movements without Leaders."

Building Communities,
Not Sea Walls

Rob Hopkins  and Post Carbon Institute's Asher Miller are writing a paper on the meaning of "resilience" to encourage US philanthropists to invest in local action. They want your input!
Send us your stories and statistics on how local action is transforming your community and local economy.

Matching Challenge Campaign
Transition US has raised $33,000 towards our $50,000 Matching Challenge Campaign goal, which will help us network and support Transition Initiatives across the country and contribute to our upcoming national awareness campaign around Rob Hopkinā€™s visit this October. Invest in Transition US!

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Initiatives in Action!

Check out the July edition of our Transition Stories Roundup for some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US and around the world...

This month we welcome the 141st Official Transition Initiative - Transition Pasadena, California!

Transition Houston

Transition Initiative Spotlight:
Sarasota, Florida

Transition Sarasota was founded in 2010 by its Executive Director Don Hall. Since then, Transition Sarasota was recognized as the 105th official Transition Initiative in the US, received a Local Hero Award for Best Nonprofit, and was profiled in The Power of Just Doing Stuff.

Key Projects and Activities: 

"I would like to commend your initiative in urging our community towards sustainable agriculture... it is essential that we not be dependent on a food supply located over 1,500 miles away. Thank you for contributing to the local economy."Representative W. Gregory Steube


Photos of Transition Sarasota: (top): Gleaners, dirty and happy, after a morning spent picking tomatoes for The Food Bank of Manatee, courtesy of Claudie Babineaux; and (bottom) World Cafe discussion following a screening of "The Economics of Happiness," Labor Day 2012, courtesy of Don Hall.

Interested in starting an Initiative?

Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative! And ask your questions about how Transition hits the ground:

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, September 12
11am-noon Pacific
An open dialogue space where folks involved in Transition meet voice-to-voice, celebrate, network, swap ideas, get help, give help, and learn together.


Webinars & Online Events

Tuesday, September 10
10am Pacific
Join us for a webinar discussion community-clean power visionaries Lynn Benander of Co-op Power and Lyle Estill of Piedmont Biofuels. Lynn and Lyle will share their own experiences establishing cooperative clean power businesses and organizing networks, share insight on identifying which model is right for your community and navigating the challenges and opportunities of launching a community-scale renewable energy project.

This webinar is the second in our series of Community Resilience Chats brought to you in partnership with Post Carbon Institute and Chelsea Green Publishing. Participants will receive a 35% discount on the book "Power from the People" from Chelsea Green. Read more on our website...

Thursday, September 19
11am Pacific

Join founders of hOurworld, Linga Hogan and Terry Daniels, for a conversation on the role of time banking as we rebuild and transform our communities and local economies. hOurworld is a network of 116 time banks across the U.S., with more than 10,000 members who have provided and received more than 665,000 hours of service!

See all upcoming events >>

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Effective Groups and Collaboration

With Transition taking off in the US, now is the time to skill up on facilitation, conflict resolution, effective communication and collaboration so your Transition group can gracefully absorb the new energy, faces, and resources Rob Hopkins' visit is stirring up.

Transition US is working with Transition UK's Nick Osborne to equip Transitioners with tools to work together effectively and get things done! Check out the Effective Groups short video (above), Resources page, 18-page Online Toolkit and Reading List to get started.

You can also view a recording of our recent teleseminar with Nick.

Nick will also be leading three 2-day Effective Groups workshops and 3 Effective Groups Train the Trainer workshops in Amherst, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. If you can't make it to one of the in-person trainings, stay tuned for our next round of Effective Groups trainings taught by skilled local facilitators.

Transition US can also help connect your group with a skilled mediator or facilitator to work with you on developing effective and democratic group systems.

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Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news
power from the people
Snake Oil is here!

Our first attempt at a community model of publishing was a success! We are pleased to announce the launch of PCI Fellow Richard Heinberg's newest book, "Snake Oil: How Fracking's False Promise Imperils Our Future."

In its first month, Snake Oil is already helping fractivists in the US, UK, Netherlands, Argentina, Spain, Norway, and beyond make the case against investing in shale gas.


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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