January 2013 – Transition Network Newsletter
By Mike Grenville 3rd January 2013
The Transition Network newsletter – January 2013
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TRANSITION FREE PRESS
Calling All Transition initiatives, Groups and Individuals!
Happy new year everyone! The first ‘proper’ edition of the Transition Free Press is fast approaching publication and we need YOU to support us. That’s all those Transition Initiatives, related groups and individuals out there! The editorial team, contributors, business and distribution departments have been working full-on over the past few months (did we just go through Solstice 2012 and Christmas?), commissioning, writing, collating, interviewing, proofing, editing, picture researching and making connections with the Transition network (small ‘n’) preparing this unique paper for its release on February 1st.
Why do we need another printed paper in the world? Because the issue you will hold in your hands and read from cover to cover on the train, the bus, the sofa or the toilet, contains reports and stories you just won’t find anywhere else in print media. Stories, from the dedicated transition groups and individuals working towards the energy-leaner future that for some is already making its presence felt.
This is the paper where you see you’re not alone in making those vital steps towards a more collaborative, less destructive way of life. Read the latest on the gift economy, food and austerity, how communities are standing their ground against fracking and facing land rights issues. Discover what climate change scientists are really saying about carbon levels in the atmosphere and find out how to get local with food growing and production. We’ll even be introducing an agony column for those times when we all feel lost in transition.
If you are a transition initiative or community group who would like to distribute a bundle of Transition Free Press papers, see details here:
Or support us on the Buzzbnk crowdfunding platform, here
Introducing . . . Alexis Rowell, News Editor
Roll up for some ace advertising opportunities
The REconomy Project team are celebrating this Xmas and New Year with a sexy new web domain www.reconomy.org. A huge thank you to ww.recitizen.org for transferring the domain to us in the spirit of new economic non monetary collaboration…..
and here’s a belated Xmas present for any Transition-er wanting speed up social change.
Check out the REconomy article “Top 40 platforms for crowdfunding social change”
TRANSITION AND ASSOCIATED MOVEMENTS WEEK
Coming Down the Dark Mountain
Welcome to our week on Transition and associated movements. In the next five days we will looking at some of the other groups Transitioners are part of because Transition is not a stand-alone movement.
Timebanking in Haringey
Hello – my name is Sam and I am currently employed as the Timebroker for Haringey Timebank, based at the Winkfield Resource Centre in Tottenham.
Fighting for a Frack Free Future
There’s a growing trend in the production of hydrocarbons. Having taken a lot of the ‘easy’ stuff out of the ground, we’re now moving on to ‘unconventional’ sources but their extraction comes at a high risk to the environment.
Quakers are a (very) liberal Christian-based religious movement with about 20,000 members and regular attenders in Britain.
HIGH STREET WEEK
Derby, beneath us, around us and yet to be ?
Standing on the dark slate tomb of some long-forgotten eighteenth-century family, (children dead in infancy, parents living no more than 30 or 40 years), our bright red and stainless steel community apple press looked, even to us, a little…well….”incongruous”.
I Only Came in For Bread
One thing which soon becomes apparent while working on the checkouts, is the number of people who say that they bought more than they came in for. Not just a few, but I’d guess at least three-quarters of those who actually talk to you.
Not a Transition High Street?
It is no wonder really that Transition is quite attached to high streets. Not only are they centres of community they are also most closely associated with small market towns, such as Totnes and Kinsale, which is where the Transition model originated.
Totnes High Street
The High Street, as source of livelihoods and jobs, basic provisions and luxuries, business and investment deal making, plays an incredibly important role in the local economy.
TRANSITION COMPANION WEEK 4 – BUILDING
Real Life, Real Incomes – Creating Social Enterprises
Over the last few years, Transition Initiatives have been looking at how to get economically real. Formulating a response not only to climate change and the need to stop using oil, but equally to financial crisis and the need to show what an economic alternative would look like.
Jam, Jargon and Journalism
SPARE a thought for the reporters of today. Rather than roving their patch, getting the craic and gathering a rich array of tales, they find themselves stuck in an office, chained to a screen.
Plugging the Leaks
The coin you see below was the Lancaster Half Penny issued in 1794 at the behest of a Mr Ecclestone, a local trader and eccentric, a copper coin which was not currency but a token tradeable in the local area.
Energy Descent is Cool! Even When It’s Bloody Cold
Creating an “Energy Descent Action Plan” (EDAP) is one of the key 12 steps in the original Transition Handbook and the first ingredient in the Building section of the Transition Companion.
MORE TRANSITION STORIES
Holding This Book in My Hands
The Dark Mountain annual collection of essays, reviews, encounters, poems, stories and pictures core question is: how do we begin to find our way home?
Reaching out around the World
Some reflections on the DOHA summit
Travel in the Fifth Dimension
Strategic Thinking or the Library at the End of the World
It’s the people who will make the blueprints work, who translate them into physical reality.
Transition THRIVE course – the training for people in established Transition groups
When: weekend of 9-10 February 2013 (9:30am-6:00pm on both days)
Trainers: Naresh Giangrande (Transition Totnes and Transition Network training’s co-founder) and Jenny MacKewn (Senior lecturer at Bath University and member of Transition Bath)
Costs: £105 for both days (Bursaries are available!).
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Contact: If you’d like to book a place, have any questions or bursary enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to know more about “Transition THRIVE” and if it is you? Click here for more info:
Transition LAUNCH in Totnes
This is our original training with lots of practical ideas on how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative. It is also useful for people who have recently become involved in Transition and want to develop the essential skills and insights to help their initiative become a success.
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When: weekend of 16-17 March 2013 (9:30am-6:00pm on both days)
Where: Transition Network
Trainers: Hal Gillmore and Inez Aponte
Costs & Booking: £105 for both days (Bursaries are available!).
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Contact: If you have any questions or bursary enquiries, please contact: email@example.com
Inner Transition workshop- only a few places left!
A practical exploration of the Heart & Soul dimension of Transition
26-27 January 2013 – Islington Ecology Centre, London
This two day workshop is for anyone interested in the inner aspect of the Transition process who wants to deepen their understanding of this area, connect and share experience with others, and be inspired to take the next steps for themselves or their group. The territory of “Inner Transition” is broad, powerful, fascinating and sometimes challenging to define, to explain or to organise.
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Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville,
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