Video: Building Local Resilience

Thank you to trainers Jonathan Bucki, Louis Alemayehu, Ethel Cote and to Joanna Kohler at Kohler Productions for this stirring video from the training in Minneapolis/St. Paul in March. Watch the video for a peak at Transition Training from the Midwest.

The poetry opens with a quote read by Louis from Haki Madhubuti's The Book of Life, a poet out of Chicago who was one of the pillars of the Black Arts Movement. The longer piece is a small section of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, paraphrased by Louis.



T4T Minneapolis-St Paul

A Happy New Year Sunflower Song
(Based upon a small portion of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself)

I have heard what the talkers were talking,
The talk of the beginning
and the end.
But I do not talk of the beginning
or the end.
There was never anymore beginning
than there are now,
Nor any more youth or age
than there is now,
And never be any more perfection
than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell
than there is now.
Clear and sweet is my soul,
And clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.
I welcome every organ and attribute of me
Not an inch,
Not a particle of an inch is vile to me.
I am satisfied –
I see, I dance, I laugh, I sing!
I will go to the bank of the river in the woods
And become undisguised and naked,
I am mad for it all to embrace me.
I am obsessed with the agony and ecstasy of this life!
It all amazes me!
- Walt Whitman, 1855


We are what we are,
We are what we are not,
We are what we are going to be!
 - Haki Madhubuti, 1971



The T4T course is designed to give a detailed introduction to the most important skills necessary to successfully set up, develop, and run a Transition project in your locality. It is designed for people who are already in a group working to achieve this, or are thinking of creating such a group. The full curriculum for the T4T can be found here.

This training will follow the Transition model in paying attention to both the outer work and the inner work necessary for a successful transition process. The course is participatory, action-learning-based and fun, with participants invited to share their own experience and learn from the many different transition projects represented in the group.

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