Author Archives: Sam Allen

Post Present Future

Our guest editor, Ruth Cross, shares with us her longstanding letter project POST PRESENT FUTURE and why there remains something deeply intimate about the act of writing a hand-written letter, particularly when it is a letter to your future self, a self we might not often dare to imagine.

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 currently coordinating Transitionese, and will be blogging about it here (in English) in the coming months. Over to Deborah!  

Hidden In Plain Sight

This is the first blog from guest editor Helene Oakley. Helene will be writing on the theme of “Transition from the edge and in-between”. The closets we live in and the personal work of transition. As guest editor over the coming weeks I’ll be curating my blogs on the themes of gender, sexuality and power. These […]

Seeing and using our own resources

This is the third blog from guest editor, Wangũi Kamonji – researcher, storyteller, dancer, community builder, teacher and learner. Joseph Lentunyoi and the Laikipia Permaculture Centre Interested to find out what the buzz in environmental circles regarding permaculture was about, I took a permaculture design course in May this year. I found myself at Laikipia […]

The body as a sensing, political tool to practice Democracy in Civic spaces

This is the fourth blog from guest editors, The Eroles Project. The Eroles Project, erolesproject.org, works to create conditions for personal and political change towards a sustainable and equitable world, through building an active community of changemakers, designing complex-responsive projects and hosting international residencies. During the summer of 2017, two-week residencies were run in Eroles, in […]

Transitioning Abroad: Eco Villages and Migration

Our guest editors Raquel Ribeiro and Daniel Pinheiro 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. In this, their fifth blog, they interviewed Robert Hall, President of Ecolise.  He gives his perspective about the different types of […]

Transition Network’s Purpose – tell us what you think!

Transition Network is developing a new Strategy.  In fact, it will be a Strategic Framework, with a number of different aspects, rather than a fixed strategy.  One part of this will be an organisational purpose – to help us check, prioritise and decide what actions to take and which projects to develop. (Other parts of […]

The Value of Values in Talking Climate #2 – Finding Common Ground

This is the fourth in a series of blogs from our guest editor Kate Heath, an ex-humanitarian worker now based in Paris – exploring how to have constructive conversations about climate change. In last week’s blog, I looked at how the most constructive starting point from which to discuss climate change and energy issues is with […]

Transitioning Abroad: Migration in Latin America

Our guest editors Raquel Ribeiro and Daniel Pinheiro 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. In this, their fourth blog, they met Isabela and Anhai earlier this year, on the International Transition Network Hubs Gathering.  

The Value of Values in Talking Climate (and not mathematical ones)

This is the third in a series of blogs from our Guest Editor Kate Heath, an ex-humanitarian worker now based in Paris – exploring how to have constructive conversations about climate change. The lessons I’ve learned along this journey seem to have come from stumbling into every possible pitfall.   Want to talk climate change? Best scrub […]

A New Year, A New Quest?

This is the first in a series of blogs from our guest editor Kate Heath, an ex-humanitarian worker now based in Paris – exploring how to have constructive conversations about climate change. Welcome to 2018! The year turns – and a moment of Re-Beginning opens… This year, will you be having fresh and inviting conversations about […]

Transitioning Abroad: Migration in Luxembourg and Romania

Our guest editors Raquel Ribeiro and Daniel Pinheiro 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. In this, their third blog, they interviewed Adina and Katy in Italy earlier this year during the International Transition Network […]

Start small – the story of Bec Hellouin Permaculture Farm

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer decided to become low impact farmers in 2006. It was a long and difficult initiation. He had been a sailor, she an international lawyer; their efforts to grow food without mechanisation or chemicals were often ridiculed in the early years. But their farm in Normandy, Bec Hellouin, is now established as […]

Commencer petit – l’histoire du Bec Hellouin

Perrine et Charles Hervé-Gruyer ont décidé de passer à l’agriculture à faible impact en 2006. L’initiation a été longue et délicate, lui était marin, elle avocate en droit international, leurs efforts pour faire pousser fruits et légumes sans tracteur ni engrais ont plus souvent qu’à leur tour été tournés en ridicule. Aujourd’hui, leur ferme du […]

COP23: Everybody needs to sit at the table – it’s only one planet

Nonty Ntokozo Charity Sabic talks to Gesa Maschkowski – co-founder of Transition Initiative Bonn im Wandel – about the rising voice of indigenous people at COP23. Nonty is bringing traditional Shamanic practices to the 21th century, she is advocating for immigrants in Europe and trying to build a bridge of healing and reconciliation between the […]

Come for the fun, stay for the revolution

This is the fifth and final blog from guest editor Kate Duva of of Prosocial Power. In a world that’s been increasingly paved over and privatized, it can be hard to find open places and spaces to gather. As Lucy Gomez-Feliciano of Logan Square Neighborhood Association says, many grassroots collectives have to operate as a “road show” […]

Natural Voice – Putting it all together…

This is the fourth blog from our guest editors, Jenny Goodman and Bid Cousins. We are gearing up this week for our weekend ‘Songs of Change’. We’re expecting about 20 people to come to Scarborough to join us for two days of intensive singing and songwriting, and we are looking forward to sharing the outcomes […]

Can singing change the world?

This is the second blog from Jenny Goodman, read her first ‘Can singing change your life?’. After our initial blog, I’ve been thinking about how singing changes things at a community and global level. Can it initiate and support change and how and why? Communal singing has been one of the tools used by protest movements […]

COP23: Views from the Global Ecovillage Network booth

Stella Veciana is attending COP23 as part of the delegation of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). She lives in the ecovillage Sieben Linden and teaches at the Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Christiane Kliemann, from Transition Initiative Bonn im Wandel, took the opportunity to ask her impressions. Stella, what attracted […]

COP23: Where is the place for community-led initiatives?

Robert Hall, president of Ecolise and Board member of the International Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) lives in the ecovillage of Suderbyn, Sweden. In January 2013 he quit his well-paid position with the Swedish government to become full-time ecovillage activist. Here, he talks to Christiane Kliemann about COP23, his hopes and frustrations. With thanks to Christiane Kliemann, member […]

Singing for Peace – Dahab, Egypt

This is the second blog from Bid Cousins, read her first ‘Can singing change your life?’. I’ve just returned from 10 days in Dahab on the Red Sea. My son lives there with his wife and child. You could say Dahab is a place in transition – my impression of it is a frontier town. […]

Where do you feel Transition should go next?

Please note : a more recent update online here Transition Network (the organisation) is reviewing and renewing our organisational strategy. We are looking at what our organisational purpose is, in a rapidly changing global context. A crucial part of this process is understanding better what’s happening in the wider picture of Transition. There are now […]

COP23 Demo in Bonn – Imagine all the people

The beauty of a world citizen movement. Gesa Maschkowski – co-founder of Transition Initiative Bonn im Wandel, researcher and Transition Trainer – reports from COP23. The November sun was shining when more than 10,000 people – some say 25,000 – from all over the world demonstrated for climate justice in Bonn, two days before this […]