Transition US Newsletter: Deserts, Barns & Urban Jungles (June)

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In this Issue:
State of a Nation in Transition
Business Designed by Nature
Upcoming Training Courses
Heinberg New Economy talk
Get Involved

Take Action


Transition Launch Training: Greenfield, MA
August 17-18

Coming Soon!  "Effective Collaboration" with Transition Network's Nick Osborne

Learn about hosting a training >>

       Rob's New Book!

in transition 2.0

Watch the promotional video here

Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you. They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives. Read more...

Did you hear? Rob is coming to the US from September 30 - October 13, his first (and likely only) visit. Read why and stay tuned for more details on his itinerary!

Read this article in The Guardian on the Transition Movement and "The Power of Just Doing Stuff: "Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: Are Transition Towns the Way Forward?"

Richard Heinberg on Navigating our New Economic Reality

Richard Heinberg New Economic Reality

Last month Richard spoke to an audience of Transitioners and other community leaders in Sonoma County, CA on opportunities in the new economy.
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of his talk.

Bright Ideas:

front yard bbq

Here's the bright idea: to build community, move your 4th of July BBQ from the back yard to the front yard. Makes sense, right?

Let us know if you try a front yard BBQ, and feel free to send us pics to share!

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 heartily thank three generous donors who have made possible a summer challenge grant campaign by offering $25,000 in matching funds! That, along with your survey results, give us both a flight path and wind under our wings. Thanks for helping us soar!

State of a Nation in Transition

Obama's Climate Change Plan
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a national climate plan with measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change, but no fracking restrictions or final decision on KXL.

The Results Are In!
Last month TUS surveyed Transition groups across the country on successes, challenges, and how TUS can best support your work. Here are some highlights on the state of Transition in the US:

-80% of TIs have action projects
-72% have active working groups
-36% have influenced local policy

We look forward to using the information collected in the survey to to inform TUS' activities and programming. Stay tuned for our final report!

Transition SoCalField Report
Transition is alive and well in the deserts and urban/suburban jungles of SoCal. Read more in Maggie's blog post about her recent visits to a handful of TIs in Southern California, "Transitioning Under Palm Trees and Joshua Trees."

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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...

Hay River Transition Initiative

Transition Initiative Spotlight:
Hay River, Wisconsin

In 2009, Hay River Transition Initiative became the 1st official Transition Initiative in Wisconsin and 52nd in the US. Formed by a group of friends and neighbors in West Central WI, HRTI has mastered the art of bringing together their rural community for a Traditional/Green Skills event each March (despite harsh weather!)

"Our Traditional and Green Skills day was attended by 200 people. That is over 5% of the population of our area of 3500 people, made up of three very small towns and the surrounding farms. If any of the groups in a big city could get 5% of the population to attend they wouldn't have any space big enough!" - HRTI member George Adams

(Sounds like a Transition Challenge to us!)

HRTI Key projects/activities

Want to put a spotlight on your TI? Let us know!

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, July 11
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, July 9
10am Pacific
Nature has already shown us the way to solve many human problems, from deciphering simple engineering puzzles to unlocking the mysteries of flight. Join us for a conversation with Giles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business. Giles makes a compelling case for applying the same principles of biomimicry to the development of a new business paradigm. He presents the challenges to the prevailing "business as usual" model, explains the pressing need for transformational change, and reveals the concepts and mind-sets necessary to inspire the businesses of tomorrow.


A 6-session online course hosted by Starhawk, with guest speakers Joanna Macy, Pandora Thomas, and Diana Leafe Christian. July 2 - August 6.

Film Screenings through 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.

Report: Student Action for University Community Investment
Want to engage young folks in Transition AND catalyze local investment? There's a huge opportunity to encourage  universities to invest locally, especially as student pressure to divest endowments from fossil fuels continues to gain momentum. Check out this report from our friends at Democracy Collaborative on student and administration-led initiatives bringing university dollars into local economies.

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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:

Read an excerpt from Rebuilding the Foodshed, and stay tuned for our upcoming webinar on "Power from the People," the second in a series of "Community Resilience Chats" in partnership with Transition US and Chelsea Green! Participants receive a 35% book discount.


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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