Transition US Newsletter: Transition All Over the Map (July)


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In this Issue:
What's new in Transition?
Effective Groups & Time Banking
Upcoming Training Courses
Vicki Robin TEDx on Relational Eating
Get Involved

Take Action


Transition Launch Training: Greenfield, MA
August 17-18

Effective Groups: Amherst, MA
September 21-22

Effective Groups: San Francisco Area
September 28-29

Effective Groups: Los Angeles Area
October 5-6

Learn about hosting a training >>

       Rob's New Book!

in transition 2.0

Watch the promotional video here and
Check out this rave review from Treehugger!

Vicki Robin TEDx Seattle Talk on Relational Eating
Vicki Robin TedEx Relational Eating

A powerful articulation of the vulnerabilities of our current food system and Vicki's own experience with a "10-mile Diet."

The Good Life Lab

The Good Life Lab is the true story of a couple who left NYC to discover how to live self-sufficiently in the desert of New Mexico. Author Wendy Tremayne will be on in the Northeast, Southwest, and West Coast this fall. Contact if your TI would like to host a book talk with Wendy.

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.

What do New Orleans, Boston, NYC, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Milwaukee have in common? All are stops on Rob Hopkin's tour this October! Read more...

Transition Infographic
What's new in Transition?

Shiny New Infographic
Introducing this great infographic on the what, where, when and why of Transition, brought to you by Transition Network and designer Trucie Mitchell of Transition Free Press.

Is Transition the Trojan Horse for Permaculture?
Permaculture Magazine explores how Transition is bringing Permaculture to a wider audience.

Rob Hopkins @ SXSW Eco
Rob will be spreading the word about Transition at this year's SXSW Eco conference in Austin, TX.

Matching Challenge Campaign
Transition US has raised $31,250 towards our $50,000 Matching Challenge Campaign goal, which will fund our upcoming national awareness campaign, building off of the buzz of Rob Hopkin’s visit this October. Please help Transition take flight!

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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 140th Official Transition Initiative - Transition Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia!

Transition Houston

Transition Initiative Spotlight:
Houston, Texas

Transition Houston serves as a Hub for 8 neighborhood initiatives and 8 action groups aimed at building local resilience in the greater Houston area. The seed for Transition Houston was planted with the US release of The Transition Handbook in 2008 and germinated in a Permaculture class soon thereafter, emerging in 2009 as the 40th official US Transition Initiative.

Transition Houston“Transition is such a huge concept. We're trying to change so many things that we've taken for granted, some of us for our whole lives. But that's why Transition Initiatives are so important, and why I really appreciate Transition Houston. We work together, celebrating our accomplishments and lifting each other up after failures. We all have a lot to do, but we don't need to do it alone.” ~Joyce Almaguer-Reisdorf, Transition Houston Core Member

Key Activities & Projects

  • Transition 4-H Club focused on sustainability and reskilling.
  • 14 Permablitzes and counting!
  • Outreach and education on safe bike transportation, including classes, workshops, and speakers, a Bike Rodeo, and an upcoming transportation and cargo bike festival.
  • The Foodshed Collective, a social enterprise by the Clear Lake Transition Community to grow and sell good local food.
  • Home energy & sustainability tours
  • Local Business conference and upcoming Co-op Symposium.

AND preparing for Rob Hopkins' visit to Houston and Austin (where he'll be speaking at SXSW Eco)!

Photos of Transition Houston Bike Rodeo (top) and Permablitz cob oven building (right) by Kathy Juedeman, Transition Houston

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
*AUGUST RECESS - will resume 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, August 27
10am Pacific
Join Nick Osborne for a preview of his Effective Groups weekend workshop which will be hosted in 3 U.S. locations in September and October. The Effective Groups workshop is Nick's labor of love for Transition Initiatives - helping Transition Initiatives develop facilitation skills and tools to navigate the ups/downs of the phases of group development - forming, storming, norming & performing.
Effective Groups Short Video

Effective Groups comes from integrating 20 years experience of working in social change projects, intentional communities and ecovillages and conventional and cutting edge organizational and leadership models.  It is open to anyone involved in any kind of social change work, with preference given to groups using the Transition model to inform their work.

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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Guide to Going LocalGuide to Going Local
This multimedia guide from Center for a New American Dream is a great starting place for all things local. Produced in collaboration with
BALLE, the guide explores four Action Ideas to help communities go local:
  • Build Pride in Your Local Place – with a focus on local pride videos
  • Foster Local Entrepreneurship – with a focus on pop-up retail
  • Buy Local (and Sustainable) – with a focus on cash mobs
  • Invest Locally – with a focus on pitchfests

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
Snake Oil is here!

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."

Our first attempt at a community-engagement publishing model brought together more than 400 supporters to crowd-fund and edit the book. Now we need your help to spread the word! 

The Happy Alternative
Richard Heinberg reflects on the brief, tragic reign of consumerism and the role of GDP alternatives in rebuilding our economy and society.


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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