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August 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

Although we are mostly kicking our shoes off this month, we still have some inspiration for you, such as why is it so important to celebrate what you do, plus news of Transition Training in India, and more.


The Power of NOT Doing Stuff

Funding support for community energy peer mentoring!

Co-operatives UK have just announced some really useful-looking funding to enable mentoring and peer-to-peer support for community energy initiatives.  It can be used either by Transition groups seeking mentoring support for their emergent community energy companies, or for established initiatives who would like to be able to offer that support. We heard recently the impact such an approach is already having in Sussex.  You can read more about it, and how to apply, here.  It's a fast turnaround, the deadline for first round applications is August 8th.  See Frequently Asked Questions here

July 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

This month we can read about our new three year strategy and the possibility of creating a UK hub; the website theme on the relationship between politics and Transition is explored; REconomy has some inspiring reports and our Social Reporters explore the stories we tell ourselves.

Transition Network's new strategy

We're delighted to be able to publish the final version of Transition Network's new three year strategy. It's been a fascinating process working together as a team, TN staff and trustees, to develop this document in consultation with people in the wider Transition movement.

Announcing the 4 Transition Roadshow hosts!

We are delighted to announce the four initiatives selected to host our four 2014-15 Transition Roadshows.  We had 9 applications from Transition initiatives across the UK, and after much deliberation can reveal that the hosts chosen are Transition University St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, Transition Penwith in Cornwall, Transition Bristol in Somerset and Transition Town Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.  The exact dates and details have yet to be arranged but will be announced shortly.  Our gratitude to everyone who applied, and for the time and creativity poured into all the applications.  It was a very tough call.

Mike Thomas visits Powys networking day

I was really happy to go to the county network for Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities Network launch event on 29 March and hear about some great projects and meet some keen Transitioners in Powys. Powys in Transition was successful in gaining funding from the National Lottery through the PAVO's Community Voice programme "One Powys Connecting Voices" to setup a regional network of local organisations involved in Transition or Low Carbon Communities within the Powys region. They have employed an administrator to help manage this process, who works one day a week and will be employed for five years.

Transition shaping energy policy in Ireland?

We are experiencing a convergence of events that leave us in no doubt that Transition’s time has arrived in Ireland - at long last!  There seems to be greater acceptance that climate change needs to be addressed. Long overdue you may think, but it was a hard fight. There are still strong pockets of resistance which are feeding on the discontent of home owners fighting the proposed industrial wind farms for energy export.  A few governance changes are also happening. There is local government reform which has been designed for greater public participation, the Aarhus convention came into effect last year and a new national policy on energy is being drafted.

The June 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Welcome to the June 2014 roundup.  It's another bumper edition, busting at the seams with news of how Transition is manifesting itself around the world in a dazzling diversity of ways.  We start in the UK with the launch of the new Totnes Pound. May 20th saw the release of a full suite of beautiful notes, at an event in the packed Civic Hall.  The t£10 note features Ben Howard, local musician and winner of two Brit Awards in 2012.  Ben came to the launch and is pictured below with the Totnes Pound team.  

Your chance to experience One Day in Transition

We've written before here about the wonder that is One Year in Transition.  It is, in essence, a year-long, part-time and low-cost programme that helps young adults create a livelihood in the community work they dream of doing.

June 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

This month news that that the Transition roadshow could be coming to a region near you, starting with Lancaster in July. We have the monthly World Roundup, the Digest introduces the 'Transition and Health' articles posted in May, REconomy offers tips to transform your local economy, our Social Reporters are back and Transition Free Press has a new App.

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