Transition US Newsletter: Crowdfunding the Paradigm Shift (January)


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In this Issue:
What's happening in Transition
Webinars: Building Network Capacity, Local Investing, Power Down Week & Transition Talks
Slow Democracy Online Book Club
Upcoming Trainings: Effective Groups & Art of Hosting
Featured Media
Get Involved
Take Action



Transition Trainings
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...

Learn about hosting a training >>

Art of Participatory Leadership Trainings

March 7-9 Petaluma, CA
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.


Rob Hopkins Keynote at the Building Resilient Communities Convergence

Watch the video of Rob Hopkins' keynote at the Northern Building Resilient Communities Convergence.

Radio Alexandria interview with Rob Hopkins
"This is an historic opportunity to rethink the way we do things."

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.




This month's newsletter is packed with tools and opportunities to scale up and build capacity in Transition. Read on for project ideas, funding and outreach strategies, and more!

What's Happening in Transition...

Scaling Up Transition
This month at Transition Culture, Rob Hopkins has been profiling strategies for scaling up Transition, including discussing Transition with new audiences, organizing at the regional level, working with local government, and more.

To get started, check out Rob's piece on 5 factors that will enable Transition to scale up (hint - avoiding the "doughnut effect" is key), and read below on how Transition Laguna Beach is engaging surprising new audiences.

Crowdfunding the Paradigm Shift
Transition US is part of a unique crowdfunding campaign organized by Transition Trainer Beverly Markiewicz and Tree Ring Productions. 

Read more about the campaign's paradigm-shifting approach, and please consider supporting the campaign or helping spread the word!

Transition US 2013:
A Year in Review

From adding new team members to rolling out advanced leadership trainings and hosting Rob Hopkins' whirlwind US tour, 2013 was a big year for Transition US. Read more in our 2013 Year in Review, and learn more about the directions Transition US will take in 2014.

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  Initiatives in Action

Welcome to the 147th Official Transition Initiative: Transition Aromas, California!

Transition Healdsburg Launches Seed Library.
Housed in an old card catalog, a curated seed collection is available free to the public at the Healdsburg, CA public library. Read more here.

Want to start your own seed library? Check out this webinar from Center for a New American Dream on how to get started!

Transition Laguna Beach, CA on How to Discuss Transition with Conservative/Republicans.

From finding common ground to entering a red, white, & blue organic float in the holiday parade, Transition Laguna Beach is successfully reaching out to conservative allies.

Read more in this great interview with Chris Prelitz of Transition Laguna Beach, part of Rob Hopkins' series on Scaling Up Transition

Introducing Transition Howard County, MD.

In the two years since getting started, Transition Howard County has been busy - building rain gardens, timebanking, fighting to stop a LNG processing plant in their community, and much more.
Read more about Maryland's first Transition Town.

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 Sustainable NE Seattleregion, 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.


Essential Knowledge for Transition:
Financial System and Local Investing

Wednesday, February 19
11am-12:15pm Pacific

How can the stock market reach new record highs when the economy is still sputtering and the middle class is fading away? What role do our investments play in shaping our world? In this teleseminar, led by Marco Vangelisti, we will:

  • Look at how financial capital has been transformed from a tool fostering economic growth to a self-perpetuating pool growing through trading activities progressively divorced from productive economic activities.
  • Talk about the importance of divesting form the old economy and the emergence of four powerful trends that will transform the world of investing.
  • Look at ways communities at the forefront of this transformation are democratizing and relocalizing investments and building a world that is more equitable and sustainable.

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!

Inform, Engage, Inspire - How to Give a Transition Talk
Tuesday, March 11
11am-12:15am Pacific

Want to deliver powerful presentations about Transition to groups in your community or region? Wish you had a template that you could personalize and customize? Feel like you could use some good pointers for getting started?

If so, join us for this overview of the standard Transition Talk, and learn how to adapt it to any audience and time-frame, from 20 minutes to two hours. All participants will receive, and be free to use, the instructor's very own PowerPoint presentation, complete with talking points for each slide. Facilitated by Don Hall of Transition Sarasota.


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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Slow Democracy Online Book Club
Wednesday, March 5

Reinvigorate your community by reconnecting with democracy.

Join author and community leader Susan Clark in discussion of her new book, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home, for a free online book club event. Organized by our friends at Chelsea Green Publishing. To learn more click here.

A list of discussion questions and a discount code for 35% off Slow Democracy will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

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Post Carbon Institute Update

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

Building Thriving, Resilient Communities -
A Resource Guide

Want to start a solar co-op? Looking for a short video on the new economy?  Whether you're just starting to learn about community resilience, are ready to start your own project, or are changing local policy to promote resilience, our new guide compiles all the best resources from partner organizations and experts in the field. 

The "Building Thriving, Resilient Communities Resource Guide" is a project of the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory.


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