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Blogs from Transition Network staff, Transition Social Reporters from around the UK, Transition US and Transition Voice.

Visiting Israel and the West Bank– the Vision and Reality

Opening of the Launch training - conversationsOn 3rd April

Eamon O'Hara on the "important catalytic effect" of community-led action

One of the most fascinating recent studies into the impact of Transition was Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Societya report published by AEIDL (Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Développement Local.  It looks at Transition, permaculture and ecovillage networks, what it calls the "Silent Revolution", "a potentially powerful driver of pro-environmental behaviour change".  We caught up with Eamon O'Hara, who created the report, to find out more about it, and about his conclusions. 

The Impact We're Having: Zsanett and Zoltán of Transition Hosszúhetény

Hosszúhetény is the most populous village in Baranya county, in the south of Hungary, with 3400 inhabitants. It's situated in beautiful natural surroundings at the foot of the Zengő peak of the Mecsek hills.

Heartbleed security issue

Earlier this week, a flaw in software that is used to secure Web communications across approximately 66% of the internet was disclosed. That's a lot of the internet.

Why I despise self checkouts with a rare and unbridled passion

It's time for a rant about SACAT.  "About what?" you might most reasonably cry.  'Semi Attended Customer Activated Terminals', that's what.  In plain English, it's those self checkout things that are taking over shops up and down the land.  In 2008 there were 92,600 such units in use worldwide, by the end of this year it is expected to top 430,000.  In the UK, 32 million shoppers now use them every week, over one third of Tesco's store transactions every week are self checkout. I recently went to WHSmith at St Panchras station in London, the first shop I've been into that is 100% self checkout.  No staff.  I turned around and walked back out again.

Jo Hamilton on why monitoring and evaluation matters for Transition

What role does measuring and evaluating your impacts have to play for Transition initiatives?  How important is it, and how straightforward is it in a group that is already busy "doing stuff"?  Jo Hamilton is a researcher at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute whose research focuses on those very questions. Together with colleagues Ruth Mayne and Kersty Hobson, she is currently developing a project called Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Communities (MESC) to develop and trial a range of tools to enable groups to self monitor and evaluate their work.  She's still recruiting groups and is running 3 workshops in April and May for groups who'd like more skills and insights on how to do this (more below). 

The impact we've having: Marie Goodwin of Transition Town Media

“What's the catch?” she asked as she idled up to the table. The yard was filled with blankets and tables, boxes and miscellany scattered over almost every square inch except for the well-marked paths. Our information table was welcoming people at the entrance, and this question was asked over and over again to our organizing team. “What's the catch?” 

Planting seeds of resilience

This spring, Transition US is looking for individuals to contribute and sustain their support as we plant seeds of resilience for the Transition movement.

Please join us in collectively planting our garden for this year. With a monthly donation to Transition US, you will become a Seed of Resilience Sustainer.

The impact we're having: Nicola Vernon of Transition Town Greyton

Greyton Transition Town has been in existence for just over two years and is beginning to have a significant impact on our community.  The one way which stands out for all of our community is what a great vehicle it is to bring about social integration.

Nic Marks on measuring wellbeing and happiness

Nic Marks founded the Centre for Wellbeing at the London-based think tank New Economics Foundation and also more recently founded Happiness Works. Much of his work has focused on measuring wellbeing and happiness, as captured in his excellent talk from 2010.  When thinking about how a Transition initiative might measure the extent to which it is successfully helping to building wellbeing and happiness, he felt like the best place to start. 

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