Author Archives: Ainslie Beattie

Pacific Climate Warriors

Kevin Buckland, our final Guest Editor, brings us his 3rd instalment, this time in the Pacific. In October of 2015, two months before the COP21 climate talks in Paris. A group of “Pacific Climate Warriors” from small, low-lying Pacific islands – some of the most climate-impacted places in the world- journeyed halfway around the world […]

Transition Town Hamamatsu

In the final blog from Japan, Shunro talks with Jun Omura, from Transition Town Hamamatsu, about his Transition journey. Jun was born in Hamamatsu in 1981 and raised there. He is a Permaculture designer & yoga instructor in the community. Transition Town Hamamatsu began after my partner Tomo and I took a Permaculture design course […]

Cooperation Jackson Interview

In our second installment from Kevin Buckland, our Guest Editor based in Barcelona,  we learn about Cooperation Jackson. Cooperation Jackson is a project that is building a circular and sustainable local economy in the “Deep South” of the United States. Its holistic organizing practice that brings together open “People’s Assemblies”, participatory city budgeting, a community […]

10 Stories of Transition in the US: Local 20/20’s Local Investing Opportunities Network

The following story is the 6th installment in a new series from Transition US,  called “10 Stories of Transition in the US.” Throughout 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the United States, they have been exploring 10 diverse and resilient Transition projects from all over the country, in the hope that […]

Japan in Transition – Osaka

In the fifth instalment from Transition Japan, Kira, from Transition Twon Osaka, talks about how to start a Transition Town in the city centre. Hello, everyone! I’m Kira, active in a Transition Town in Japan. The Transition Town I belong to is located in the city of Osaka. In Japan, Osaka is the second biggest city […]

10 Stories of Transition in the US: Woodstock NY Transition’s Working Group Support

The following story is the fifth installment in a new series from Transition US,  called “10 Stories of Transition in the US.” Throughout 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the United States, they have been exploring 10 diverse and resilient Transition projects from all over the country, in the hope that […]

10 Stories of Transition in the US: The Evolution of Transition Town Media

The following story is the fourth installment in a new series from Transition US,  called “10 Stories of Transition in the US.” Throughout 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the United States, they have been exploring 10 diverse and resilient Transition projects from all over the country, in the hope that […]

10 Stories of Transition in the US: Transition Twin Cities’ Grove of Life

The following story is the third installment in a new series from Transition US,  called “10 Stories of Transition in the US.” Throughout 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the United States, they have been exploring 10 diverse and resilient Transition projects from all over the country, in the hope that […]

Japan in Transition – Amagasaki Potluck

Third in the series of Guest Blogs from Japan sees us visit Transition Town Amagasaki and hear how Transition Town Kobe started. Since March 11 th , 2011, I feel as if the world is faced with a decision about which way to go. It’s probably not about our decision. It’s more like earth’s judgement… […]

10 Stories of Transition in the US: The Spread of Repair Cafes

The following story is the 2nd installment in a new series from Transition US,  called “10 Stories of Transition in the US.” Throughout 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the United States, they have been exploring 10 diverse and resilient Transition projects from all over the country, in the hope that […]

Japan in Transition – Fujino

Our journey around Transition Japan continues in our Guest Blog series from Shunro Yoshida. As soon as you get off the train at Fujino station, you’ll see mountains around you and a lake at the foot of the mountains. Fujino is located in the northernmost part of Kanagawa prefecture. In the old days, many people […]

10 Stories of Transition in the US: Transition Sarasota’s Suncoast Gleaning Project

The following story is the first installment in a new series from Transition US,  called “10 Stories of Transition in the US.” Throughout 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the United States, they have been exploring 10 diverse and resilient Transition projects from all over the country, in the hope […]

Falcon in the Storm #05: The lost promise of Stalin City

In Gergő Benedek’s final Guest Editor post, he discusses energy efficiency in the small town of Dunaújváros. There is a unique landmark you will most definitely see in almost every post-socialist city: the brutalist condo buildings, made from blocks of concrete. Energy efficiency is a key weakness of these, but there is one building in […]

Falcon in the storm #3: The Fission Process

In the third instalment from Gergő Benedek, he explores the politics of nuclear power in Hungary. Hungary is not really looking like a place that needs more nuclear power, although it’s still on the course to build one. We talked with Hungarian MEP, Benedek Jávor, who is following and commenting the Paks II project closely, […]

News from the world of Transitionese

Transitionese is Transition Network’s linguistic project, aiming to support the international development of the Transition movement as a diverse learning network. Deborah Rim Moiso, a member of the Italian Transition hub and a professional translator, is at the end of an 8-month period coordinating Transitionese, and passing the baton over to Ben Brangwyn at Transition […]

Sustainable St Albans Week – a model for engaging the local community towards change

We couldn’t have done more to announce Sustainable St Albans Week to the lovely residents of St Albans District this year – and it worked! Over 3,000 adults – and many more under 16’s – got involved with over 120 events, run by community groups, businesses, faith groups, schools and colleges, each one with a […]

Falcon in the Storm #2: The Creep of Solar

In our second guest post from Gergő Benedek, he explores a city community trying to invest in renewables. Wekerle is a unique neighbourhood, situated where the outskirts meet the edge of the Budapest , Hungary. The square-shaped residential area is a protected heritage site, an unlikely ‘garden city’ experiment, built at the end of the […]

The right structures have power – Simon Mitambo on reviving cultural and biological diversity

In her final journey as Guest Editor for TN, Wangüi Kamonji talks with Simon Mitambo. Simon Mitambo is a multi-faceted person working from the personal level to the continental and global level. He has undertaken a personal journey of reconnection to nature and culture and from it initiated projects in his home village, while he […]

Going farther together – the Lake Victoria Peace and Sustainability Centre, Rusinga Island

In her fifth Guest Editor post, Wangūi Kamonji takes us to the Lake Victoria Peace and Sustainability Centre. Hapi nie lwet wadu – your luck is in someone else’s hands. Members of the Lake Victoria Peace and Sustainability Centre (LVPSC), a network of organisations based on Rusinga Island, Western Kenya, shared this Dholuo proverb with […]

Putting things back where they should be – managing waste in Naivasha Town

In the fourth Guest Editor post from Wangūi Kamonji, she takes us to Naivasha Town in Kenya for an inspiring look at a local waste initiative. James Kagwe, who runs a waste management collective called ‘Waste to Best’ in Naivasha Town in Kenya’s Rift Valley. His path has taken him from flower growing to street […]

Falcon in the Storm

Our Guest Editor from Hungary, Gergő Benedek has spent time exploring the expansion of Nuclear Power in Hungary and its implications. Hungary is on the path to building its second nuclear power plant, at a time when even the extension of the currently operational facilities is not supported by many. Local renewable energy projects are barely […]

A Female Power

An interview with Boe Huntress on the re-membering of an embodied power In my last blog Game Over? I wrote about how recent movements like the #MeToo campaign are highlighting systemic abuses of power while also demonstrating alternative and collaborative forms of leadership. The combined voice and presence of women has been prominent in the […]

The Roots of White Supremacy Are In Our Bodies – Part Two

This is the second blog from guest editor Madelanne Rust-D’Eye. Read her first, The Roots of White Supremacy are in Our Bodies. The Unthought Known This is the second in a series of articles that explore why practicing embodiment – that is, slowing down and looking at the moment-by-moment ways we experience and relate to our bodies […]

Creativity, Art and Migration

In the second instalment from Raquel and Daniel, our Portuguese based guest editors interview fellow Transitioner Lynn van Leerzem from the Netherlands, exploring how creativity, art and theatre improvisation can integrate people in a multicultural environment. They also discuss how Portugal is a choice for Dutch expats for a more sustainable lifestyle, closer to nature and to themselves. Really […]

Grief: The Great Changemaker

It is wonderful to announce our second monthly Guest Editor – Kate Duva of Prosocial Power Kate joins us over this northern hemisphere summer from Chicago, where her busy schedule is starting to slow down to give her some time to breathe and share her work, thoughts and ideas.  This week she brings a discussion […]

Exploring Sustainable Worlds through Migration

It is wonderful to welcome our second Guest Editors – this time from Portugal, Raquel Ribeiro and Daniel Pinheiro, a couple who document stories of migration, particularly to their local area in Portugal, as well as examine the implications of migration and sustainable living. You can find their blog here. Here are two short videos […]

Weaving our inner selves together

Our first Guest Editor Steph Blom, weaves her stories together here in her last post with us.  It has been a lovely and gentle beginning to our series and I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Steph.  Do take the time to follow her work on her blog here and share your thoughts […]

The power of connection with self

Our July Guest Editor Steph Blom brings us her second interview, this time with Janneke, a women’s coach in the Netherlands who works along the themes of what it means to be a woman, embodiment, sensuality, self-confidence, energy, desires, love and spirituality. She gives trainings to groups of women about celebrating your women-ness. I contacted her […]

Municipalities Project invite you to harvest

Ana Huertas, Project Coordinator of the Municipalities Project, invites Transition Initiatives to harvest their experience and examples of successful collaborations with their local Municipality. Dear Transitioners, I am writing on behalf of the Municipalities in Transition Core Circle to invite you to participate in the first stage of our mapping process. We need your support! Please […]

Inspirational Wise Woman Interviews

In this second post in our Guest Editor series, Steph Blom interviews Odete, an inspiration to Steph at an important moment in the journey of this project. I interviewed Odete, the grandmother of my friend Catarina. Odete was born in Angola, and later on moved to Lisbon, where she still lives. She has an expressive face […]

Connecting with our Inner Wise Woman

Introducing Stephanie Blom, our first Guest Editor, who joins us from Spain.  She has been exploring the relationship between our own inner elder and what we can learn from our own wisdom.  Please join me in welcoming Steph to the Transition Network blog, by watching, sharing and commenting below. This project started in Argentina, where […]