July 2015 – Transition Network Newsletter
By Mike Grenville 2nd July 2015
This month we have the Transitioners’ Digest of REconomy theme, a new job offer, Thinking Aloud in Spain and on the Pope, plus update on the September Conference.
Transition Network Conference
If you have never experienced a Transition Network conference you are in for a real treat. Be warned that you may never be able to attend another ‘talking heads’ conference ever again!. You will be taken along an experience of Transition embedded in the event, finding your own pathway through an enticing range of workshops, processes, and open conversations. It is all designed to give you opportunities to both learn and contribute, to experience big group processes and small intimate one to one conversations. And the best, most innovative projects and enterprises that have emerged from the worldwide Transition experiment will be showcased over the course of this event.
The almost full schedule is now available and lots to interest and tempt you to join us. There are an array of optional events like the Friday Transition skills day, youth gathering, and tours that need to be booked separately.
Saturday is the main day of the programme with a range of workshops over 2 sessions, one in morning, one in afternoon. There’s also the live global connections webcast session, an ‘Honouring and Mourning’ ceremony for the Age of Oil, evening entertainment and some special events not yet announced. There are 25 workshops currently confirmed for Saturday covering everything from the Transition Health Check through to an exploration of How Change Happens. Workshop presenters will be coming from across the world of Transition to present their views, studies and stories. There will also be the usual ‘Beginnings’ session where we take some time to have fun together, mapping out the wonderful and quirky thing that is Transition and beginning to explore some of the themes of the Conference. The Night will end with dinner, live music, bar selling our special locally-produced Transition Conference Beer and a fabulous Transition Disco.
See the full programme here.
Situation Vacant: Communications Co-ordinator
To grow our impact and ambition, Transition Network are seeking a Communications Co-ordinator. Very flexible home working although you will need to be based within reasonable travelling distance of Totnes where we hold our monthly staff meetings and other events. Your application should arrive by 8 July 2015.
Transitioners’ Digest (May-June 2015) REconomy
Review of our REconomy theme over the last two months condensed into a few paragraphs so you can more easily find the bits that interest you.
Reflections on 5 years of REconomy, and a goodbye
Fiona Ward reflects on the growth of REconomy and her new project that will explore further the role of Transition in the health and social care sector.
Launch of Transition Streets in the US
After more than a year in the making (with lots of expert and volunteer support) Carolyne Stayton announcesteh US version of neighborhood carbon/water/waste reduction project, Transition Streets.
Consumer worldview not as entrenched as you think
A worldview is a basic way of interpreting things and events that pervades a culture so thoroughly that it becomes that culture’s concept of reality — what is good, what is important, what is sacred, and what is real. It is so invasive that it is invisible.
Peak oiler? Not Catholic? You should still stand with the pope on climate
If you do care about climate change, then what’s not to like in the pope’s encyclical that came out this week?
Spain in Transition?: Answers from the grassroots facing a collapsing country
This article by Emilio Santiago Muiño, looks at how people are responding to the crisis from the grassroots — the struggle not only for lost rights but also for the construction of self-organized social alternatives.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“What we need is to help open people’s hearts and passions and self-belief and then be amazed at what happens next.”
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Editor: Mike Grenville