Transition US Newsletter: Celebrating Resilience (May)

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

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In this Issue:
Celebrating Resilience
Living Room & Foodshed Revolutions
Upcoming Training Courses
Transition Media
Get Involved

Take Action

Transition Training

The Art of Participatory Leadership: Building Resilient Community and Creating Change

June 8-10 Petaluma, CA

The Art of Participatory Leadership: Building Resilient Community and Creating Change 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 our collective genius and build adaptive and leader-full communities.

Transition Launch Training (formerly T4T)

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.

in transition 2.0

The world has changed since Transition US started in January 2009. Transition Initiatives are now in 139 communities in 34 states with Initiatives forming in 200 other towns and cities across the nation. Along this journey we have witnessed ordinary people becoming extraordinary, stepping out, working with others to create positive change.

Rob's Video for International Permaculture Day

Rob's video for International Permaculture Day

Rob addresses the world from his greenhouse on the topic of eating local as part of a series of videos for International Permaculture Day.

Featured Media

 "Hot in My Backyard" from This American Life featuring climate change, energy, and Bill McKibben.

Michael Pollan's interview about his new book "Cooked" on Democracy Now:

Michael Pollan interview

Get Involved!

Volunteer or Intern with us!

We are seeking motivated volunteers and interns to work remotely or in our Sebastopol, CA-based office to develop resources, support and connect the work of Transitioners across the US. Contact to learn more.

This month we have plenty to celebrate: thousands of Transition Challenge actions across the US and the news of a special visitor!

Celebrating Resilience

Transition Challenge6,000 actions and counting!
With just 1 day left of the Transition Challenge, people across the country have registered more than 6,400 actions from distributing fruit trees to hosting repair cafes and community visioning events. If you haven't yet, there's still time to register your action(s)!

Rob Hopkins
Rob Hopkins Visit
We're excited to welcome Transition founder Rob Hopkins to the US for his first ever visit this October. Read more on Rob's difficult decision to fly and his hopes for the trip.

tools for resilienceCommunity Resilience Indicators
With support from the Thriving Resilience Community Funding Circle, Transition US will convene a Co-Lab on Community Resilience Indicators (CRI) to provide a set of tools TIs and others can use to assess their community's resilience and chart the course for focused change. If you have experience designing indicators and would like to contribute to this work, contact

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Initiatives in Action!

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

Culver City Bike Parade

Transition Initiative Spotlight: Culver City, CA
Transition Culver City became the 36th official Transition Initiative in the US in 2009. The group first came together at the 2008 Training for Transition training (now called LAUNCH) in Los Angeles sponsored by Environmental Change-Makers. Following this training, Culver City organizers started hosting monthly meetings and established a core steering committee.

Key projects/activitiesCulver City

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, June 13
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

Living Room RevolutionLiving Room Revolution: Conversation, Community, and the Common Good
Wednesday, June 19
11am Pacific
Join us for a conversation with Cecile Andrews about her new book. Our survival depends on our coming together to talk, reflect, and act as equals, creating a caring, joyful community through the ancient art of conversation — a way that brings dignity and respect to all. The heart of happiness and social change is joining with others in good talk and laughter, and in Living Room Revolution, Cecile explores how we can bring people together to create community for the common good.

Rebuilding the Foodshed Rebuilding the Foodshed

Want ideas, inspiration, and next steps for re-envisioning, revitalizing, and rebuilding your local food system?

Join us for a webinar with Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of "Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems."

Rebuilding the Foodshed is the first in a series of Community Resilience Guides produced by the Post Carbon Institute and Chelsea Green publishing, designed to give Transitioners and other community leaders the tools to localize their food, energy, and economic systems.

See all upcoming events >>

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Climate CoLab

Do you have a local solution to climate change?

It could be worth $10,000 as part of the MIT Climate Co-Lab, which created a new "Local Solutions" category this year in partnership with TUS. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 15.

Film Screenings through Specialty Studios Specialty Studios
Transition US is partnering with Specialty Studios, distributor of "How to Boil a Frog" and other great documentaries, to offer a special price for Transition-organized community film screenings.

10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Economy
by Joanne Poyourow, Transition Los Angeles
It's all here: how you can feed your family, keep a roof over your head, connect with delightful people, and have a fulfilling life.  Even in the midst of a spiralling macro-economic situation.  This is not an economics book for government "solutions" -- it's a survival toolkit for the rest of us. Download the pdf on Scribd.

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Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news
power from the people
Community Resilience Guides: Want to start a community-owned café, solar array, or investment fund but don’t know where to start? The Post-Carbon Institute recently launched a book series to provide community leaders with the tools they need to relocalize and transform our food, financial, and energy systems:

·         Local Dollars, Local Sense
          by Michael Shuman
·         Power from the People
          by Greg Pahl
·         Rebuilding the Foodshed
          by Philip Ackerman-Leist

Read an excerpt from Rebuilding the Foodshed, and join us for the first in a series of virtual book talks in partnership with Transition US!


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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