We start with news of great workshops at the Conference and how you can be part of the COP21 story. Looking in depth at REconomy including launch of ‘how to guides’. Insights from a range of Initiatives, plus Thinking Aloud, some new videos about Inner Transition and book reviews.
Workshop confirmations for Conference 2015
We’ve begun stirring the creative cauldron of content for this year’s Transition Network International Conference. As well as a jam-packed programme of day-length workshops on Friday 18th September, the ‘Transition Skills Day’, we’ve now begun piecing together the highlights of the main conference, over the weekend of 19th-20th September at Seale-Hayne, Devon, UK.
Friday’s workshop programme is all about skilling-up for the Transition. The workshops are in depth explorations of some of the key areas of the Transition Movement incorporating subjects such as Community Energy; Arts and Community Engagement; Local Food Initiatives; Personal Resilience and even how to be your own developer!
The weekend programme offers over 24 workshops, large plenary sessions, Open Space opportunities and much more. We’re working hard on making this the best conference yet and ensuring the content represents the breadth of skills, knowledge and learning that we’ve picked up over the last years of becoming a global movement for positive change.
For full details of the workshop programme to date, please visit our new micro-website at:
Please share your Transition stories with the world!
Transition Network is launching a search for 21 Stories for COP21. We plan to create a booklet, in many languages, telling the story of 21 diverse and amazing stories, as well as celebrating many more on our website over the next few months. We need your help. Let us tell your story. We have created a simple form which can be read and completed in any language. Deadline is 20 June 2015. Thanks so much!
New Website Survey
Our website transitionnetwork.org is being redeveloped and we would value your input and help in the process! The current site is now just under 6 years old, and we are aware that it needs a little tweak or two to bring it up todate. We would really appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes and take part in a survey that will aid us to understand a little of what you, the user, thinks we should consider for the next iteration. How can the next version of transitonnetwork.org help you? We really want to know. Please click here to take part!
The 8 Paradigm Shifts at the Heart of REconomy
For the next two months we will be talking REconomy; looking in depth at this aspect of Transition which is about creating new enterprises, new economies, new livelihoods. Something remarkable and vital is happening, and we want you to be blown away by it.
Unleashing the potential for REconomy events everywhere
What do you think makes a REconomy event unique? Are there particular challenges that Transition groups face in putting on a REconomy event? An introduction to the Events Toolkit for Transition Initiatives.
On making a living and resourcing your Transition Initiative
What can the experience of others tell us about setting up a Transition Enterprise or finding the resources to support your Transition Initiative whilst it changes and develops? An introduction to the new ‘experience packed’ Transition Enterprise Handbook and the Transition Core Resourcing guides.
Practical guides for community economic change
A set of free ‘how to guides’ has been launched focusing on running events, starting enterprise and resourcing core activities, these booklets have been designed for use by Transition Initiatives and other groups working on local economy projects and other related activities.
NEWS FROM INITIATIVES
Million Miles project
Transition Black Isle celebrate success of their three year Million Miles project that saved 1.35 million car miles a year.
Community Engagement & the Transition Principles
Tina Clarke, a community organiser and consultant in the US. A good set of principles help you communicate the meaning and purpose of the work. Ultimately, generosity attracts more interest than self-interest. Respect, collaboration and meaningful values are more likely to be successful in building community. Here’s a few tips on how to use the Principles of Transition as a tidy, handy guide as you plan projects and outreach:
What does REconomy look like … in Portugal?
What does it take for a community to support its inhabitants to find their place and co-create a healthy, resilient local ecology that attracts others to do the same?
What does REconomy look like in … Linlithgow?
Alan Brown shares his experience of the group as a start-up, and incubator and a new phase looking at longer term REconomy activities and how this feeds into other activities on the ground and regional and global issues.
Exeter Pound update
With their launch set for September 1st Rob Hopkins wanted to find out how’s it going.
The day Transition Wilmslow won Rob in a competition
An interview with Julian Dobson: “It’s time to raise a glass to the New Economy”
Transitioners’ Digest (March-April 2015) Social Change & the Arts
To celebrate the launch of Lucy Neal’s awesome book Playing for Time, we dedicated the last 2 months to our theme of Social Change and the Arts.
We recently published a new series of short films about Inner Transition.
- What is Inner Transition?
- The Benefits of Mentoring
- How Inner Transition can help you avoid burnout
- How Inner Transition facilitates public events — especially the controversial ones
Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.
“Afterburn by Richard Heinberg offers two things that Transitioners or anyone else who forecasts a more local future needs today: inspiration and advice for the future that’s better than most of what you’ll read elsewhere.
The Art of Natural Building
An expanded second edition from a movement that’s not afraid to try stuff out.
Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September – Devon
2-4 October – Sussex
Early-early bird until the end of June
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Often people don’t come together unless there’s a crisis, so I think the first bit of advice is “come together when there’s not a crisis”.
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