en August 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="320" height="237" title="By Julia Spranger (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons" alt="By Julia Spranger (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">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.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">The Power of NOT Doing Stuff</span></strong></p><p>Our theme for August is about NOT doing stuff. All too often our default as activists is to do do do, and to give ourselves very little time to pause, reflect or celebrate. I remember once going to the leaving party of the head of a large green NGO. He had been in charge there for a long time, and I asked him "what are you most looking forward to about not working here any more?" "Not working 7 days a week" came the reply. All through his kids growing up, he'd been working seven days a week. Here at Transition Network, we say that's not OK.</p><p>We try to model a different approach, one where we balance doing with being. One where it's OK to take a breather and spend time with family, take off with a tent and a sleeping bag, or head to the beach with some sausages and the barbecue. One where your kids remember who you are and get to spend enjoyable time in your company. We feel that having a month of the year where this site takes a breather means that what we produce for the rest of the year is more grounded, better rested, and more focused. No-one reads stuff you post in August anyway.</p><p>So we're off. Laptop off, mobile off. We'll be back in September when our theme will be 'Making Space for Nature' which promises to be fascinating. See you then. Have a good break. We'll leave you with this. Last August I wandered into a tent at a festival and saw Camille O'Sullivan singing the song she sings in this clip. A hairs on the back of the neck moment, awesome. Hoping that you get a few of those this summer. <br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-07/months-theme-power-not-doing-stuff"></a></p><p><br /><strong></strong></p><hr /><p><strong>The Transitioner's Digest (July): Celebration</strong><br />During July we set out to explore 5 questions: Why do you celebrate? Why is celebration important? What are the ingredients of good celebration? What is the wider context for celebration? What is the personal context for celebration? <br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-07/transitioners-digest-july"></a></p><p><strong>Divest? Then what?</strong> <br />Rob Hopkins was shocked to discover that put crudely and at it’s worst, for the damage generated by every £1 million invested by some philanthropic organisations, £10,000 is put up to try and clean up that mess. <br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-07/divest-then-what"></a></p><p><strong>Learning to Celebrate Failure</strong> <br />Fiona Ward reflects on what to do when things don’t work out as expected despite our best attempts.<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-07/fiona-ward-learning-celebrate-10000-failure"></a></p><p><strong>Creating a Culture of Celebration</strong><br />Sophy Banks on how to create a culture of appreciation and celebration.<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-07/sophy-banks-creating-culture-celebration"></a></p><p><strong>All our stories about Celebration:</strong> <br /><a href="/tags/celebration"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>NEWS OF THE NETWORK</strong></p><p><strong>Transition Network Strategy</strong><br />In case you missed it last month, please take a look at what the Transition Network plans to focus on over the next three years and why.<br /><a href="/news/2014-07-02/transition-networks-new-strategy"></a></p><p><strong>Web Service Update</strong><br />This is a brief update on where the web project is at the end of July 2014.<br /><a href="/blogs/ed-mitchell/2014-07/web-service-strategic-update-july-2014"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>REconomy Project</strong><br /><strong>How to transform you local economy in just 1 day. </strong><br />We want community-led economic development, the kind that’s just, ecologically regenerative, inclusive and equitable. Easier said than done. Yet for the past 3 years, we’ve been doing something that seems to be working. It’s relatively cheap and easy to do. Jay Tompt reports on the Local Entrepreneur Forum.<br /><a href=""></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><strong>Social Reporters</strong><br /> <br /><strong>Urgency and the Long Game</strong><br />Jay Tompt wonders what we can do faced with the growing cacophony of urgent calls. <br /><a href="/stories/jay-tompt/2014-08/urgency-and-long-game"></a></p><p><strong>More stories</strong> from the Social Reporters here: <br /><a href="/stories"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>TRANSITION FREE PRESS</strong></p><p>Transition Free Press crew are now in full swing production for the next September issue. Don't miss out and order yours today! <br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Fight to Save Grow Heathrow</strong> <br />News Editor Amy Hall reports on the eviction notice. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>TRAINING</strong></p><p><strong>Empowering Tribal Communities</strong><br />One of our intrepid roving Transition Trainers, May East, turns up in another unexpected location and helps build resilience with Tribal Communities in India.<br /><a href="/blogs/ben-brangwyn/2014-08/transition-tribal-communities-orissa-india"></a></p><p><strong>Training and Events</strong><br />Launch onLine begins again on October 8th, and Inner Transition workshops are happening in Copenhagen and London. <br />Our full programme of trainings are here: <br /><a href="/events/network-training"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>BOOKS</strong></p><p><strong>Tales of Cli-fi</strong><br />A genre of books and movies called "cli-fi", set in the wake of some kind of major climate disaster, has been creeping out of the fantasy and science fiction sections of bookstores and libraries and into the mainstream.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>COMING UP</strong></p><p><strong>OFF-GRID</strong> <br />14-17 August. Wiltshire<br />A 500 participant only event designed for local abundance and global sustainability, where small is beautiful and shared experience is the fabric of community.&nbsp;Use the <strong>discount code</strong> OFFGRID10 when buying tickets here:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>UK Permaculture Convergence</strong><br />12-14 September. London<br />A diverse range of workshops, practical sessions, a visit to a very well established local permaculture LAND centre, project case studies, Diploma presentations, networking, exhibitions, woodland walks, games, adventure activities and lots, lots more!<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Transition Network Roadshow:</strong><br />Our Roadshows kicked off with two delicious days in Lancaster.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">St Andrews, Scotland 10-11 October&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">Penwith, Cornwall Roadshow: 6-7 February 2015</span></li></ul><p>&nbsp;<a href="/roadshow"><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"></span></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>Follow Transition Network on<strong>&nbsp;Twitter</strong><br /><a href="!/transitiontowns">!/transitiontowns</a></p><p>Be a Friend on<strong>&nbsp;Facebook</strong><br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Film Reviews</strong><br /><a href="/films"></a>&nbsp;<br /><br />Transition&nbsp;<strong>Youtube</strong>&nbsp;Channel<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Resources</strong>&nbsp;— Editor's Picks<br /><a href="/resources"></a></p><p>Find&nbsp;<strong>previous editions</strong>&nbsp;of the newsletter here<br /><a href="/tags/transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p>Read&nbsp;<strong>this newsletter</strong>&nbsp;online&nbsp;<br /><a href="/news/2014-08-07/august-2014-transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p><strong>Subscribe</strong>&nbsp;to Transition newsletter:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month.&nbsp;<br />Next newsletter is 5 September 2014</p><p>Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville,<br />from&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Forest Row</a>&nbsp;for the Transition Network<br />Contact:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> network newsletter Transition Network Newsletter Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:47:14 +0000 Mike Grenville 36642 at Funding support for community energy peer mentoring! <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="188" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Co-operatives UK have just announced some really useful-looking funding to enable mentoring and peer-to-peer support for community energy initiatives. &nbsp;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 <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/chris-rowland-ovesco-living-climate-change">such an approach is already having in Sussex</a>. &nbsp;You can read more about it, and how to apply, <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;It's a fast turnaround, the deadline for first round applications is <strong>August 8th</strong>. &nbsp;See Frequently Asked Questions <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;<!--break--></p><p>Below is a taster, its guidance for community groups seeking support:&nbsp;</p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>What types of groups will be eligible for support?</strong></p><p>You will be one of a growing number of community energy groups and enterprises across the UK working to generate energy and to reduce demand through energy efficient products sharing all or most of the following characteristics:</p><ul><li>Generating renewable energy including electricity and heat generation, including technologies such as solar PV, wind, hydro, or biomass</li><li>Interested in sharing the benefits and how surplus generated by projects will accrue to the whole community</li><li>Aiming to build community cohesion, and often have strong social aims, such as working to combat fuel poverty in the local area, providing an income stream for local projects, or engaging residents on energy efficiency issues.</li><li>Interested in democratic control, one member one vote, and aiming to build member participation</li><li>Turning to the use of community shares (equity) to raise finance for your scheme</li></ul><p>You should be at a stage early enough in your journey and just setting up where you will benefit most from mentoring support. The only criteria is that you are not a well-established group already delivering a range of renewable energy projects.</p><p><strong>Why Get Involved?</strong></p><p>We can help you to develop and deliver projects in your community through a programme of mentoring support.</p><ul><li>Peer mentoring – We have a pool of Peer Mentors to deliver the technical support, experience and knowledge to support communities across England to develop their community energy projects. This will come from experienced community practitioners, who can provide support based on first-hand experience</li><li>Inspiration – We will share information and good news stories about what can be achieved by community groups through case studies and through you the communities that sign up to the project</li><li>Network – You will be able to share ideas and connect with other community groups across England through our linked in forum</li><li>Information – We will provide regular information in our Resources and News and Events section to help provide you with up to date information on the variety of support available to you, funding, tools and inspirational ideas</li></ul></div></div></div> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:07:57 +0000 Rob Hopkins 36428 at July 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="500" height="379" title="Photo courtesy of (1151774)" alt="Photo courtesy of (1151774)" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em style="font-size: 0.813em;">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. Plus the monthly world roundup, a new book a video and more to designed to inspire.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>NEWS OF THE NETWORK</strong></p><p><strong>Transition Network Strategy&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">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. We are now making it publicly available so everyone can see what we plan to focus on over the next three years and why. We’ll be reviewing how we’ve done and whether everything is still relevant each year and, as always, your feedback and ideas will be very welcome.<br /><a href="/news/2014-07-02/transition-networks-new-strategy"></a></p><p><strong>TN’s role as UK National Hub</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>What we heard</em>: A number of people questioned whether the Transition Network (TN) is playing this role effectively and, indeed, whether it is an appropriate role for TN to undertake. Some people expressed a desire for a stand-alone UK Hub, designed by and accountable to UK Transition Initiatives. A couple of people also talked about the more direct, practical support that a UK National Hub might be able to offer to UK Transition initiatives.</p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>What we will do</em>:<strong> We would very much like to explore this idea further with UK Transitioners.</strong> We certainly want to share and seek feedback on TN’s plans for UK-focused work and we are keen to support UK Transition Initiatives (TI) to develop stronger connections between each other and with TN. We’re also making an effort to be more explicit about which aspects of TN’s work and resources are internationally-focused and which are UK-specific. We’re not sure at this stage whether there’s a need for the UK National Hub to be a completely separate organisation from TN - there would be advantages and disadvantages to this - but we would love to see much clearer representation from the UK within the National Hubs Group network. We’re also very conscious that Transition Scotland and Transition Ireland already exist and there are strong networks developing in Wales. So we’re not assuming that a UK-wide structure is the right one to go for.</p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">The UK roadshow events that we are planning for the autumn of 2014 and the spring of 2015 will give us an opportunity to take this conversation forward with Transitioners generally, but it would be great to hear before then from any individuals in the UK who are willing and able to put time into discussing the issue (we’ve already had a couple of volunteers). If a small group of people come forward, TN would be delighted to support them to meet and start to develop their own vision of what a National Hub might look like and what it might do. If you’re interested or would like to hear more about this proposal, please contact <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Announcing the 4 Transition Roadshow hosts!</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">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. They offer a great opportunity to try a different approach to our usual annual conference (which looks set to be back for 2015).<br /><a href="/news/2014-07-02/announcing-4-transition-roadshow-hosts"></a></p><p><strong>Last chance to book for the Transition Northwest Conference!</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">12-13 July Lancaster<br />Our first Roadshow is booking up fast- there are no lunches, or b&amp;b’s places left, but entry is still available at time of writing.<br /><a href="/events/2014-07-12/north-west-transition-conference"></a></p><p><strong>Powys Networking Day</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Powys in Transition has gained funding to setup a regional network of local organisations involved in Transition or Low Carbon Communities. Mike Thomas went along to the launch event.<br /><a href="/news/2014-06-26/mike-thomas-visits-powys-networking-day"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>NETWORK NEWS&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>The Transitioners' Digest (June): "Is Transition political?"</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">This month our theme has been Transition and Politics. Our editorial concluded that the answer is yes. Deeply. But it isn't explicitly so. It comes in under the radar, and that really matters. <br />We have interviews from the Mayor of Frome, former MP Alan Simpson, Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Shadow Energy Minister. Plus Sophy Banks thoughts on what politics might look like were it "to orient to what truly makes us happy as humans".<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-06/transitioners-digest-june"></a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The June 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Another bumper edition, busting at the seams with news of how Transition is manifesting itself around the world in a dazzling diversity of ways. Stories around the UK from Belper, Cambridge, Chepstow, Chesterfield, Crystal Palace, Reading, St Albans, and Totnes. News from other countries Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, and USA.<br /><a href="/news/2014-06-09/june-2014-round-what-s-happening-out-world-transition"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>REconomy&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>REconomy goes global!</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Five national hubs have been exploring how they might support REconomy-type activity in each country - let’s begin with hearing about Croatia’s groundbreaking event in Zagreb:<br /><a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Economic enablers, REconomy style&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Transition groups are doing a range of projects that support new and existing local businesses, including creation of infrastructure - here’s some inpsiring examples:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>SOCIAL REPORTERS</strong></p><p><strong>Our Mainstream Stories&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Jay Tompt calls on us to re-appropriate the word 'mainstream'. <br /><a href="/stories/jay-tompt/2014-06/our-mainstream-stories"></a></p><p><strong>The Ukraine, Sharks and Compost Loos&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Chris Bird asks about the dominant stories we come up against when we try to bring about change, in particular what we should do with our shit!<br /><a href="/stories/chris-bird/2014-06/ukraine-sharks-and-compost-loos"></a></p><p><strong>Everything We Dream of Makes the Impossible Possible&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Steph Bradley travels across Wales hearing and sharing tales of community and healing. <br /><a href="/stories/steph-bradley/2014-06/everything-we-dream-makes-impossible-possible"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>BOOKS</strong></p><p><strong>Educating for Hope in Troubled Times &nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">A new book has just been published which is a great handbook for school teachers and educators in Transition. Called “Educating for Hope in Troubled Times: Climate change and the transition to a post-carbon future”, it explores the three issues of climate change, peak oil and the limits to growth that teachers and learners need to know about and be more prepared for. There is a tendency in schools to avoid ‘big’ issues and this book helps teachers to identify positive ways of engaging with them, sharing success stories (including a number from Transition groups) and sources of inspiration and hope. There are many suggestions for classrooms activities plus up to date information and case studies. The author Dave Hicks (formerly Professor in the School of Education, Bath Spa University) says “In fast changing times yesterday is no longer an accurate guide to tomorrow, so how we help young people think about their future is of major importance.This book is about developing new ways of being and seeing and the exploration of new horizons.” <br />£26.99 ~ Available from Institute of Education Press at:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>TRAINING&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">The next Launch onLine begins October 8th. Transition Launch trainings in London UK, Poppau Germany, and Charlottestown, Canada. Thrive- Hallaberg Sweden, and Train the Trainers Alingsas Sweden. Details: <a href="/events/network-training"></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><strong>COMING UP</strong></p><p><strong>One Day in Transition</strong><br /><em>Young Transitioners creating their own jobs.</em> <br />12 July Bristol<br />An event for young adults looking for ways to create Transition livelihoods. It is a workshop in its own right that also introduces One Year in Transition. Past and present students from One Year in Transition are the hosts. They will also be talking about their own community-based projects, the experience of doing the One Year in Transition course, and offering mini brainstorms on the project ideas that participants would like to discuss with them. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Real World Economics</strong><br />19-20 July Dartington<br />Kick starting the new economy on your doorstep.<br /><a href="/events/2014-07-19/real-world-economics"></a></p><p><strong>Wellbeing and the New Economy</strong><br />9 August Rotterdam<br />Create a vision for a New Economy centred on shared values and ecological renewal. <br /><a href="/events/2014-08-09/wellbeing-and-new-economy"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>VIDEO: What is Transition?&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">We asked members of <a href="">Transition Town Lewes</a> how they would describe what Transition is. The event going on in the background is their 'Seven Year Itch' event, celebrating all the great things they have achieved during that time.&nbsp;<br /><a href=""></a></p><hr /><p><strong>NEXT MONTH&nbsp;</strong></p><p>July's theme on the website is 'Transition and Celebration'</p><hr /><p><strong>QUOTE OF THE MONTH</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">"<em>We cannot paper over the cracks anymore; we must delve deeply into the very fabric of all it means to be human and begin decision making from the heart</em>."<br /><a href="/stories/steph-bradley/2014-06/everything-we-dream-makes-impossible-possible">Steph Bradley</a></p><hr /><p>Follow Transition Network on<strong>&nbsp;Twitter</strong><br /><a href="!/transitiontowns">!/transitiontowns</a></p><p>Be a Friend on<strong>&nbsp;Facebook</strong><br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Film Reviews</strong><br /><a href="/films"></a>&nbsp;<br /><br />Transition&nbsp;<strong>Youtube</strong>&nbsp;Channel<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Resources</strong>&nbsp;— Editor's Picks<br /><a href="/resources"></a></p><p>Find&nbsp;<strong>previous editions</strong>&nbsp;of the newsletter here<br /><a href="/tags/transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p>Read&nbsp;<strong>this newsletter</strong>&nbsp;online&nbsp;<br /><a href="/news/2014-07-03/july-2014-transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p><strong>Subscribe</strong>&nbsp;to Transition newsletter:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month.&nbsp;<br />Next newsletter 8 August 2014</p><p>Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville,<br />from&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Forest Row</a>&nbsp;for the Transition Network<br />Contact:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> network newsletter Transition Network Newsletter Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:19:58 +0000 Mike Grenville 36228 at Transition Network's new strategy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="199" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p><p>We are now making it publicly available so everyone can see what we plan to focus on over the next three years and why. We'll be reviewing how we've done and whether everything is still relevant each year and, as always, your feedback and ideas will be very welcome.</p><ul><li><a title="Transition Network Strategy " href="/resources/transition-network-strategy">Download the Transition Network Strategy from the resources section</a></li></ul><div>And here's some feedback about the consultation process - what we heard from people and what we've done in response...</div><ul><li><a href="#introduction">Introduction</a></li><li><a href="#general">Some general comments from National Hubs</a></li><li><a href="#analysis">Our analysis of all the comments received</a>&nbsp;</li><ul><li><a href="#style">Style/language</a></li><li><a href="#supporting">Supporting people 'doing' Transition</a></li><li><a href="#social">Social Justice/diversity</a></li><li><a href="#UK-hub">Transition Network's role as a UK National Hub</a></li><li><a href="#partnering">Partnering with other organisations/networks</a></li><li><a href="#policy">Working to influence policy</a></li><li><a href="#open">Keeping open to new ideas</a></li></ul></ul><h2><a name="introduction"></a>Introduction</h2><p>Thank you to every one of the 736 people in 48 countries who viewed this document in draft and especially to the 71 people who provided comments in writing. We asked a headline question about your satisfaction with the draft survey and got this response...</p><table style="width: 600px; height: 117px;" border="0"><tbody><tr><td>Overall, I think the draft strategy...</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Set's a clear, useful direction for Transition Network</td><td>61%</td></tr><tr><td>Is broadly helpful, but needs some further work</td><td>34%</td></tr><tr><td>Needs to be changed completely</td><td>5%</td></tr></tbody></table><p>It was great to receive written comments on the draft strategy from the National Hubs in Belgium, Brazil, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain. They responded very positively to the document - mostly they endorsed the planned outputs and activities and started to discuss how we all might take this work forward together. There were also a few useful comments about aspects of the document which came over as UK-centric.</p><h2><a name="general"></a>Some general comments from the National Hubs:</h2><blockquote><p>This strategy is fantastic, very inspiring for our hub, great job!! I often wanted to write "this part is very important too"...</p><p>We very much appreciate this document. In our national feedback round, the response was that this work is very inspiring as an example for our national organisation. It gives us motivation to work on a concrete proposal for the formalisation of our national hub.</p><p>I would like to express our satisfaction about the quality of the document and thank you all for the job you are doing.</p><p>It makes a lot of sense, and is built as a macro scale of a TI (with National Hubs and projects as working groups).</p></blockquote><h2><a name="analysis"></a>Here's our analysis of all the written comments received and information about our response...</h2><h3><a name="style"></a>Style/language/length of document</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>Some people found the document too corporate, others said it contained transition jargon and needed to be shorter and sharper. However, many more people responded positively than were critical, saying they found the document clear and helpful.</p><h4>What we will do:</h4><p>We're going to accept that we'll never please everyone and are not going to amend the style of the document at this stage or play around too much with the format or length. We're going to take what we've learned from this process, including all your comments, into the work TN is now doing to review how we tell the Transition story.</p><h3><a name="supporting"></a>Supporting people 'doing' Transition</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>People liked the focus on streamlining, clarifying and improving the support TN offers and on nurturing peer-to-peer support (whether between individuals, Initiatives or National Hubs). Some of the National Hubs reminded us that there is very little support or information offered in languages other than English and that the National Hubs themselves don't currently have the capacity or resources to translate much Transition-related material.</p><h4><strong>What we will do:</strong></h4><p>It's great (and a little bit overwhelming) to hear about the appetite for improved support and resources. We've just consulted on the next stage in the development of the TN support framework and people seem pleased that we're heading in the right direction. Our aim is to make it much easier to identify which are the key pieces of information that would benefit from being translated into other languages, but we're conscious that this is much better done by people who understand the particular context in which Transition is operating within their country. We have secured some funding to help develop the capacity of National Hubs and, if they see it as a priority, to enable them to pay for translation. We're also seeing National Hubs starting to group around some of the main global languages and co-operating to produce materials that can be used in more than one country - we'll be alert to anything TN can do to support this very positive development.</p><h3><a name="social"></a>Social justice/diversity</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>There was strong support for the references to social justice throughout the document (although a couple of people felt this was taking us into difficult territory politically). A number of people commented that the Transition movement is still relatively narrow in its appeal and suggested TN should be doing more to ensure that the ideas and benefits of Transition reach all sections of society.</p><h4><strong>What we will do:</strong></h4><p>We're currently seeking funding to enable us to identify and share the best UK examples of TIs and other similar groups working inclusively and/or addressing social inequality. We think there is a lot of learning to be exchanged across the National Hubs network on this, since the focus of Transition activity varies considerably around the world. And an important objective behind the work we're doing to update the Transition story is to make sure TN speaks consistently and powerfully about the importance of social justice, transmitting messages that reach and make sense to as wide a range of people as possible.</p><h3><a name="UK-hub"></a>TN's role as UK National Hub</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>A number of people questioned whether TN is playing this role effectively and, indeed, whether it is an appropriate role for TN to undertake. Some people expressed a desire for a stand-alone UK Hub, designed by and accountable to UK Transition Initiatives. A couple of people also talked about the more direct, practical support that a UK National Hub might be able to offer to UK Transition initiatives.</p><h4><strong>What we will do:</strong></h4><p>We would very much like to explore this idea further with UK Transitioners. We certainly want to share and seek feedback on TN's plans for UK-focused work and we are keen to support UK Transition Initiatives to develop stronger connections between each other and with TN. We're also making an effort to be more explicit about which aspects of TN's work and resources are internationally-focused and which are UK-specific. We're not sure at this stage whether there's a need for the UK National Hub to be a completely separate organisation from TN - there would be advantages and disadvantages to this - but we would love to see much clearer representation from the UK within the National Hubs Group network. We're also very conscious that Transition Scotland and Transition Ireland already exist and there are strong networks developing in Wales. So we're certainly not assuming that a UK-wide structure is the right one to go for.</p><p>The UK roadshow events that we are planning for the autumn of 2014 and the spring of 2015 will give us an opportunity to take this conversation forward with Transitioners generally, but it would be great to hear before then from any individuals in the UK who are willing and able to put time into exploring the issue (we've already had a couple of volunteers). If a small group of people come forward, TN would be delighted to support them to meet and start to develop their own vision of what a National Hub might look like and what it might do. If you're interested and/or would like to talk more about this proposal, please contact <a href=""></a>.</p><h3><a name="partnering"></a>Partnering with other organisations and networks</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>A number of people commented on the need and potential for TN to work more closely with organisations and networks with similar aims and values - to avoid duplication and together achieve a greater impact. The examples given were many and various, drawn from across the environmental and social justice movements and beyond.</p><h4><strong>What we will do:</strong></h4><p>Developing effective partnerships is a priority for TN over the next three years. We know we have a better chance of delivering each of our desired strategic outcomes if we work with other organisations and networks so, rather than constantly repeating our intention to build partnerships, we stated it as a general intention in the section labelled How we will work (see paragraph F headed Collaborating and looking for synergies). The challenge - and we know it's the same for National Hubs and Transition Initiatives - is to work out which potential partnerships to prioritise from amongst all the great organisations and networks that are out there and to find ways to collaborate which are light-touch, don't require us to set up cumbersome structures and which support rather than burden people in the wider Transition movement. We're experimenting with a couple of interesting alliances at the moment - all at a very early stage, but we will share what we learn from these experiments and you should see evidence of us being increasingly connected to others who are working to support change.</p><h3><a name="policy"></a>Working to influence policy</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>A number of people asked whether there was more TN could do to influence politicians and argue for policy changes that would make it easier for Transition to have an impact at a local level.</p><h4><strong>What we will do:</strong></h4><p>We're not sure! We are still a very small organisation compared to the many bodies that are set up to lobby policy-makers and we think it's important that our primary focus is on inspiring, encouraging, connecting, supporting and training people to take action locally. We are also trying to work internationally wherever possible, so it wouldn't be possible or appropriate for us to devote lots of time and resources to influencing a single national Government. But we know that relatively minor changes in policy can sometimes open up new possibilities for many individual Transition initiatives and we want to respond positively to the increasing interest we're finding in community level action at both an international and a national level. So we're going to explore this further, in discussion with National Hubs Group and have mentioned this in the strategy.</p><h3><a name="open"></a>Keeping open to new ideas</h3><h4><strong>What we heard:</strong></h4><p>Don't get set in your ways and ideas, stay open and flexible with the em-phasis on experimentation and responding to feedback, keep your strategy, and indeed the very existence of TN in its current form, under review.</p><h4><strong>What we will do:</strong></h4><p>This feels very important to us. As we get slightly bigger as an organisation and as the Transition movement grows in scale and impact, we're trying to find ways to be more structured about what we're doing without losing our nimbleness and creativity. We've designed this strategy to cover a three year period - anything longer feels much too difficult to predict - and we've committed to reviewing how we're delivering against it every year. Feedback from the wider Transition movement will help keep us on our toes. We know we won't be able to do everything you'd like us to do and we'll certainly make mistakes, but please keep letting us know what's working well and what you'd like us to change.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:05:36 +0000 Ed Mitchell 36211 at Announcing the 4 Transition Roadshow hosts! <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="306" title="Logos" alt="logos" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>We are delighted to announce the four initiatives selected to host our four 2014-15 Transition Roadshows.&nbsp; We had 9 applications from Transition initiatives across the UK, and after much deliberation can reveal that the hosts chosen are <strong>Transition University St. Andrews</strong>, in Fife, Scotland, <strong>Transition Penwith</strong> in Cornwall, <strong>Transition Bristol</strong> in Somerset and <strong>Transition Town Berkhamsted</strong> in Hertfordshire.&nbsp; The exact dates and details have yet to be arranged but will be announced shortly.&nbsp; Our gratitude to everyone who applied, and for the time and creativity poured into all the applications.&nbsp; It was a very tough call.<!--break--> </span></p><p><span><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Poster"><img src="/sites/" alt="Poster" title="Poster" width="200" height="282" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>In the meantime, we’d like to remind you about the first pilot Roadshow, taking place in less than 2 weeks in Lancaster.&nbsp; It’s going to be fantastic, and there are still places.&nbsp; It’s going to feature all sorts of stuff: workshops on personal resilience, local currencies, community energy, retrofitting homes, REconomy, local food, 'sustainable dying', support for Transition and communicating climate change. &nbsp;You'll also be able to find out about all the wonders being created by Transition City Lancaster, hear talks and have an evening of celebration with music by&nbsp;<span>Howard Haigh and The Men of the Hour. <a href="">You can still book a place</a>, come along!</span></span></p><p><span>We are really excited about these Roadshows.&nbsp; They offer a great opportunity to try a different approach to our usual annual conference (which looks set to be back for 2015 by the way), one with the potential to bring a great burst of energy to both an initiative and its surrounding region.&nbsp; We hope to see you at one, or more, of them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:05:25 +0000 Rob Hopkins 36205 at Mike Thomas visits Powys networking day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="225" title="Powys group" alt="Powys group" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was really happy to go to the county network for <a href="">Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities Network</a> 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.<!--break--></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Powys open space event"><img src="/sites/" alt="Powys open space event" title="Powys open space event" width="300" height="225" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>As well as this the network has funds to offer member groups free places on Transition Training courses, organise annual county gatherings, provide promotional materials, help with resident opinion surveys and provide opportunities for sharing knowledge experience and resources.</p><p>I am really interested in Powys, as they are one of the areas of the UK where they are beginning to develop a regional network of groups. This model could be really beneficial to Transition groups as interconnectedness and peer support could enable groups to support each other. At the event you could see people were already chatting to each other and sharing experiences which is crucial to building strong networks.</p><p>The day itself was fascinating. &nbsp;I got to hear about many great projects. Renew Wales director Rob Procter told us about how they had got over 200 local community projects to begin to think about climate change and act to address it.&nbsp; They have done this&nbsp;through over 50 Peer Mentors and networks of like-minded groups and organisations. The project is based on bottom up action.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Powys Morning session "><img src="/sites/" alt="Powys Morning session " title="Powys Morning session " width="300" height="225" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>What I found really inspiring was the range of groups they had worked with, such as tenants groups, rugby clubs, faith groups and community councils amongst others. Through working with these groups they had setup Hydro power, community energy projects,&nbsp; community building improvements, food projects and much more.&nbsp;</p><p>We heard about a car share project in Llanidloes which was doing very well and helping lots of people to get around as well as reducing car use in general. Then we heard about community based renewable energy form Jeremy Thorp of Sharenergy. Finally before lunch we heard about the some great Permaculture work that Steve Jones had been doing in Wales and Liverpool that has engaged disadvantaged communities in food growing and much more.</p><p>Just before lunch there was a Powys Network AGM and election of officers and it was great to see people coming forward to sit on the Management Committee, this means that the network will have ownership and accountability to its members.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Open Space Powys"><img src="/sites/" alt="Open Space Powys" title="Open Space Powys" width="300" height="225" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>After a great lunch we had a World Cafe where people came up with their own topics and had meetings on them. I was there&nbsp;to host a space on how Transition Network could help a regional network and Transition Initiatives.&nbsp; During this session I heard about some great projects happening in Powys.&nbsp;</p><p>I also heard about the challenges that groups were facing such as energy poverty as lots of people not being able to afford energy now and the floods that have been occurring; concerns about the organisation of regional networks in terms of how a regional network register on the TN website; what type of constitution should a regional or county network have and the unique support needs that a regional network has compared to Transition Initiatives.</p><p>There were also questions about how can Transition groups monitor and evaluate their work so they know whether they are making a difference, how can groups keep up their momentum and issues of funding and developing shared visions.</p><p><img src="/sites/" width="300" height="225" style="float: right;" class="float-right" />Other workshops looked at different questions, such as how to communicate the latest facts on climate change to people in their communities; how food systems can be developed; how can volunteers be supported and how can community owned wind power and electric bikes be promoted. Out of these workshops came loads of great ideas on how to move things forward. This was a great example of the power of coming together to look at issues together, using a collective intelligence to discuss solutions.&nbsp;</p><div><p>At the end of the event was a Question Time style panel activity where all the speakers from the morning where quizzed on a variety of topics, before everyone headed off back to their hometowns having made some new connections, a greater understanding of the Powys Network and what it can do and hearing about some great projects.&nbsp;</p></div> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:26:37 +0000 Rob Hopkins 36133 at Transition shaping energy policy in Ireland? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="188" title="Theresa Carter" alt="Theresa Carter" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We are experiencing a convergence of events that leave us in no doubt that Transition’s time has arrived in Ireland - at long last! &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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.<!--break--></p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="IR1" title="IR1" width="400" height="250" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></p><p>Over the past number of years more and more people have been alerted to energy issues. There was proposed drilling for oil off the coast of Dublin, a massive threat of fracking on both sides of the border and the Shell to Sea battle has been raging for many years. However the issue that has woken the greatest number of people up is the proposed industrial wind farms for the midlands.</p><p>2,500 industrial turbines across 5 counties in the Midlands. This has alerted people to the fact that the planned grid upgrade currently being contested goes way beyond our needs and is probably being constructed to accommodate mass wind generation.</p><p>Last November a regional Transition hub hosted a national conversation about energy. The People’s Energy Charter,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">PEC</a>, evolved out of that meeting and has become an alliance of energy related groups from all over the country. The PEC has one agenda - comprehensive public participation in all energy plans, policies and projects. This means that PEC has been working primarily with policy makers trying to evoke a conversation about comprehensive public participation.</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="IR2" title="IR2" width="400" height="250" style="float: left;" class="float-left" />Meanwhile the advisory body to the government, National Economic and Social Council, have been trying to figure out how to achieve community acceptance of wind energy. During the course of this dilemma they commissioned research to help with the problem. A member of the TINI core group attended a workshop to discuss the recommendations of the research. The pre workshop papers were a gift! The recommendations are for a national energy transition plan! You can read on that workshop&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>On May 24th we held a national transition meeting to discuss these converging circumstances. There was a unanimous decision that TINI support the work of PEC and seize the opportunity to showcase the transition process. We will have a full report and pictures on that meeting soon.</p><p>So what we have now in Ireland is a Transition-led policy group chasing comprehensive public participation in a national energy transition plan as recommended to the National Economic and Social Council. Meanwhile TINI groups are demonstrating what an energy transition plan looks like.</p><p>TINI have requested a meeting with NESC so that we may explain the Transition process and how it has worked in Ireland to date. The email is available to see&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Fingers crossed all goes well and we meet them soon :)</p><p><em>By <strong>Theresa Carter</strong>, Transition Ireland &amp; Northern Ireland Network.</em></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:36:16 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35959 at The June 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="160" title="Totnes Pound" alt="Totnes Pound" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to the June 2014 roundup. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;We start in the UK with the launch of <a href="">the new Totnes Pound.</a> May 20th saw the release of a full suite of beautiful notes, at an event in the packed Civic Hall. &nbsp;The t£10 note features <a href="">Ben Howard, local musician</a> and winner of two Brit Awards in 2012. &nbsp;Ben came to the launch and is pictured below with the Totnes Pound team. &nbsp;<!--break--></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Ben Howard"><img src="/sites/" alt="Ben Howard" title="Ben Howard" width="650" height="650" style="font-size: 0.813em;" /></a></p><p>Here is <a href="">a report of the launch</a> from the&nbsp;Western Morning News. &nbsp;It was also reported at the launch that Totnes would <a href="">soon be getting an e-currency</a>, supported by the Bristol Pound. &nbsp;This was reported <a href="">in a number of local papers</a>. &nbsp;The funding comes from&nbsp;the Technology Strategy Board, whose CEO,&nbsp;Iain Gray, said:</p><blockquote><p>"This is a particularly exciting initiative, which provides companies with an opportunity to test the feasibility and commercial potential of their technology-focussed ideas for attracting shoppers and retailers to UK high streets."</p></blockquote><p>New Lion Brewery, the new social enterprise brewery set up as part of the wider new economy work in the town, brewed a special bottled beer to celebrate, called 'The Totnes Pound: an IPA that's defiantly positive about Totnes'. &nbsp;Here's the label:&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Totnes Pound beer label" title="Totnes Pound beer label" width="650" height="416" /></p><p>Also at the launch were two people from&nbsp;Aubervilliers in France, visiting Totnes to learn more about Transition. &nbsp;They kept an online diary of their visit which you can find <a href="">here</a>. TTT's Arts Network held a one day course in using rammed earth and earthship construction. &nbsp;Here's a short video they made of it:&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe>&nbsp;</p><p>Crystal Palace Transition Town just celebrated their third birthday. &nbsp;They had a big AGM event, which looked a little like this:&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="CPTT" title="CPTT" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>... and they produced this great short film setting showing what they've been up to over the last 12 months (Spoiler Alert: lots)...</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>They've also been&nbsp;busy working on the community garden at St John's. &nbsp;Here they are:&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Garden" title="Garden" width="650" height="388" /></p><p>The poster for their AGM is, in itself, a brilliant celebration of all the great work the group has been up to over the past 12 months:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="AGM"><img src="/sites/" alt="Poster" title="AGM" width="650" height="919" /></a></p><p>Transition Town Tooting are building up to this year's Foodival, by posting photos of the plants that are being grown in preparation of the event. &nbsp;Given that it's in September, the plants are still young, like this pepper...</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Pepper" title="pepper" width="650" height="458" /></p><p>We <a href="/news/2013-11-11/melbourne-area-transition-become-landowners">reported a while ago about</a> how Melbourne Area Transition had set up Whistlewood Community Woodland and used a community share launch to raise the money to buy 10 acres of land. &nbsp;Well Whistlewood was mentioned <a href="">in a piece in the Guardian recently</a> about communities acquiring their own assets. Here's a taste:</p><blockquote><p><span>"We aim to establish a new type of community woodland based on permaculture, which combines food production, forestry and education," says Sarah Spencer from the group, which is a registered co-op and this winter planted its first 1,400 trees.</span></p></blockquote><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="OVESCO"><img src="/sites/" alt="OVESCO" title="OVESCO" width="650" height="366" /></a></p><p>The Transition movement glowed with pride recently as <a href="/news/2014-05-23/ovesco-win-2014-ashden-award-community-energy">OVESCO won the Ashden Award for Community Energy</a>&nbsp;(see photo above). &nbsp;Receiving the award, Chris Rowland of OVESCO said:</p><blockquote><p>"We want to see a POWER generating revolution in the UK. We believe that community owned energy companies are an essential part in making that happen.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p>At OVESCO we hope that our success will inspire others to take action in their communities, so that we can build the world anew and community owned renewable energy becomes the new normal. &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p>We believe this is totally possible. &nbsp;Thank you".</p></blockquote><p>Here is the short video that the Ashden Awards people made about OVESCO to be shown on the night:&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;<iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></div><p>As part of the Chepstow Festival, Transition Chepstow will be running <a href="">'An Evening Town Walk with Transition Chepstow'</a> on&nbsp;June 30, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. &nbsp;Anyone interested is invited to meet outside the library. &nbsp;It's free, and they say "Enjoy an evening stroll around Chepstow and learn more about Transition Chepstow and it’s projects".<span style="font-size: 0.813em; letter-spacing: -0.5px;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="">The Southern Daily Echo reported</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A WILLOW arch above the River Test will be one of the landmarks of this year’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Romsey</a>&nbsp;Festival.</p><p>Transition Town Romsey TTR is inviting the public to get involved in a unique art project, entitled Amplifying the Test, with sculptor Trudi Lloyd Williams.<span style="color: #353535; font-size: 0.813em; font-style: normal; line-height: 21.46320152282715px;">&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>Transition St Albans are trying to get local people signed up for Transition Streets. &nbsp;If you live locally, you can do so <a href="">here</a>. Here's an article from the local paper about it:</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="St Albans" title="St Albans" width="650" height="866" /></p><p>&nbsp;Transition Belper just held their Belper Goes Green Festival for the second time. &nbsp;Here's their advert thingy:</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Belper" title="Belper" width="511" height="189" /></p><p>... and a short film about the 2013 Festival...</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Transition Reading <a href="">just held their latest AGM</a>, and a Repair Cafe too...&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Reading"><img src="/sites/" alt="Reading" title="Reading" width="650" height="193" /></a></p><p>Transition and Draughtbusting got a mention in <a href="">an article in the Guardian about energy efficiency</a>:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span>"Draughtbuster” Sarah Nicholl runs workshops along the south coast and says people are often surprised when their new double-glazed window units are revealed to be leaking around the edges. “They may be double-glazed, handmade and beautiful but if they are poorly fitted you can have cold draughts coming in all the way round,” she says. Sarah gives workshops via the fast-growing&nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Transition Town network</strong></a><span>, a community-based movement encouraging people to be more self-sufficient in areas such as food, energy and transportation.</span></p></blockquote><p>These Repair Cafes are all the rage it seems. &nbsp;Transition Cambridge <a href="">held their first o</a>ne, and published this map so people could find their way about what was on offer:</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Map" title="Map" width="565" height="449" /></p><p>Transition Chesterfield have been at it too, <a href=";id=215880025171591">issuing the following invitation</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span>Bring anything broken along to the repair cafe and the team will try and fix it for you.</span><span style="color: #353535; font-size: 0.813em; font-style: normal; line-height: 21.46320152282715px;">&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><a href="">A 50 minutes long film was presented on Croatian television about the Transition movement and the Reconomy project</a>&nbsp;(mostly in English with Croatian subtitles). &nbsp;Unfortunately it doesn't have the ability to embed the film here, but I really recommend, it's great.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p>This from Josue in Belgium: "The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">annual conference of the French speaking initiatives</a>&nbsp;took place in Brussels the 24th May (see pic below).&nbsp;The&nbsp;sunny&nbsp;day began with&nbsp;some&nbsp;games&nbsp;and mapping.&nbsp;Then&nbsp;some information&nbsp;was given about&nbsp;Transition&nbsp;around&nbsp;the world,&nbsp;the&nbsp;regional network&nbsp;and the&nbsp;resilient economy&nbsp;program... A great&nbsp;shared&nbsp;and colorful&nbsp;meal&nbsp;followed. Then we had an open space,&nbsp;a song&nbsp;and&nbsp;a celebration&nbsp;together and&nbsp;with the Portuguese&nbsp;Transition&nbsp;hub&nbsp;by Skype. We also met&nbsp;with&nbsp;other&nbsp;people and&nbsp;associations&nbsp;that were in&nbsp;the&nbsp;area&nbsp;to celebrate&nbsp;skill sharing. A funny day in Transition!</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="The Belgian Transition gathering. "><img src="/sites/" alt="The Belgian Transition gathering. " title="The Belgian Transition gathering. " width="650" height="311" class="caption" /></a></p><p>Also, Ath en Transition just began&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">their first crowdfunding</a>&nbsp;project for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">their Transition Streets program</a>. The idea is to find money to make the program more funny and inclusive: If some families, low budget or others, need some materials for the action they choose, the Transition group want to be able to lend or give them (Ea :&nbsp;<span>bike trailer,&nbsp;water-saving shower, compost tower...). The idea of the project is</span>&nbsp;to lower their bill and their carbon footprint, and having fun. So if you want to help this Transition Streets project to be more inclusive and funny, you can&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">go to this page</a>.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Transition Streets Ath"><img src="/sites/" alt="Transition Streets Ath" title="Transition Streets Ath" width="650" height="393" /></a><br /><br />In May, we also had our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">first "Transition Thrive" training in Brussels</a>&nbsp;the 17 &amp; 18 May, facilitated by Naresh Giangrande, with two trainers from Belgium, Josué Dusoulier and Bart Vanden Driessche.&nbsp;<span>Pioneers of Transition&nbsp;in Belgium&nbsp;were there&nbsp;to review the progress&nbsp;on their projects.&nbsp;The diagnostic tool&nbsp;was&nbsp;much appreciated, as well as&nbsp;various theoretical&nbsp;and practical&nbsp;contributions&nbsp;and exchanges between&nbsp;participants.&nbsp;They went back&nbsp;in their&nbsp;initiatives&nbsp;with the support of pairs in neighbouring initiatives, and of course packed with ideas&nbsp;to helptheir initiative to&nbsp;move to their next&nbsp;steps.&nbsp;Here in Belgium, we really want to&nbsp;thank&nbsp;Naresh&nbsp;for&nbsp;his coming&nbsp;and for sharing&nbsp;his experience of&nbsp;transition&nbsp;around the world!"</span></p><p><span><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Transition Thrive Training, Brussels."><img src="/sites/" alt="Transition Thrive Training, Brussels." title="Transition Thrive Training, Brussels." width="650" height="488" class="caption" /></a></span></p><p>In Ireland, TINI (Transition Ireland &amp; Northern Ireland Network) have been doing amazing work in helping to shape energy policy in Ireland. &nbsp;You can read the full story <a href="/news/2014-06-12/transition-shaping-energy-policy-ireland">here</a>. &nbsp;In Canada, Transition KW were at EcoFestWR to promote their Climate Action Toolkit. &nbsp;Here they are at their stall:</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="KW" title="KW" width="650" height="366" /></p><p>They also just <a href=";id=baaf4c2ba1">published their latest newsletter</a>. &nbsp;In France, apparently the word 'Transition' <a href="">has been chosen as&nbsp;'Word of the Year'</a> at the&nbsp;10th La Charité-sur-Loire Festival.&nbsp;</p><p>In the US, Transition Houston are building up to rolling out a US version of Transition Streets. <a href=";id=07af5ed2cd">They just held a meeting</a> addressed by Gerald Herd,&nbsp;a member of the&nbsp;NARI Houston Chapter, who discussed building insulation: types, uses, strategies, etc.</p><p>In July Rob Hopkins will visit Germany and is going to participate on the presentation of the German language version of the book ’The Power of Just Doing Stuff’. The events are going to be at&nbsp;<a href="">2th July 19:00h at Böll-Stiftung Berlin and at 3th July 19:00h in Audimax of University Bielefeld</a>. On the event you can met also Gerd Wessling who contributed to the German edition and who translated the book, and other active members of D/A/CH Transition movement.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Gerd gave a talk in Hannover, I think in 2010, but the film only just made it onto YouTube. &nbsp;Here it is:</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p><a href="/%2526lt%3Biframe%20width%3D%2526quot%3B650%2526quot%3B%20height%3D%2526quot%3B366%2526quot%3B%20src%3D%2526quot%3B/">Part Two here</a>. &nbsp;Also from Germany, here is&nbsp;Andreas Bauermeister of Transition initiative&nbsp;Weimar im Wandel discussing Transition:</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>In Spain, a screening of <em>In Transition 2.0</em> was followed by <a href="">a short video message from Rob</a>, and a couple of days later we had the following email:</p><blockquote><p>"<span>I'm glad to share with you our yesterday success. We showed your video and at the end we create a new Transition group in&nbsp;</span><span class="il">Madrid</span><span>, so we're very happy, thanks a lot!!!!"</span></p></blockquote><p>Go Madrid Transition... keep us all posted!</p><p>Rob also presented virtually to the G21 Swisstainability Conference last week. &nbsp;Here's a photo someone tweeted of him in&nbsp;action:</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="G21" title="G21" width="650" height="366" /></p><p>From the 3rd of July 2014 (<a href="" target="_blank">International plastic bag free day</a>), Greyton aims to become South Africa’s first town to phase out single use plastic shopping bags. This is a drive initiated by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greyton Transition Town</a>&nbsp;(GTT) and supported and assisted by Hayley McLellan from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Rethink the Bag</a>. This is just one of the many creative waste reduction programmes run in Greyton. &nbsp;Here is a clip of them on News24 TV talking about it:</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe>&nbsp;</p><p><span>Peter Langlands, co-founder of Transition Town Guildford in Australia, appeared at the Strictly Hypothetical event in the city, whose theme was <em>PERTH 2050 - Post Climate Change in the World's Most Isolated City</em>. &nbsp;Here's a clip of his introduction:</span></p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Here is a story from Brazil thanks to Isabela Maria Gomez de Menezes: "Brazil is living a very unique moment.&nbsp;The World Cup is putting some light about our problems with corruption, &nbsp;lack of infrastructure &nbsp;and how do we exercise our citizenship.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>And Transition Granja Viana region is also living an opportunity moment,the revision of the master plan of the municipality. It is a plan made from a scientific diagnosis of the physical, social, economic, political and administrative situation of the city, the city and its region, presenting a set of proposals for the future socioeconomic development and future uses of spatial organization of urban land, the networks infrastructure and key elements of the urban structure of the city and for the city. These proposals are to set short, medium and long term, and approved by municipal law.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="flyer"><img src="/sites/" alt="flyer" title="flyer" width="300" height="217" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>After three preparatory meetings for review of the master plan of Cotia, something was awakened in our community. &nbsp;On 28, May, we began a cycle of talks about the Master Plan involving technical guests, people of the City Council and the community .</p><p>This was an initiative of Transition Granja Viana in partnership with other movements of our region, as: Site da Granja, MDGV| Movement for the Defense of Granja Viana, Motion Vivo Morro Grande and JDA Magazine. The first meeting drew 25 people, the second drew 43 and we could see that they are really motivated to make a difference in our city.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Group pic" title="Group pic" width="400" height="270" style="font-size: 0.813em; float: left;" class="float-left" />In a climate of respect and peaceful spot, a social collaborative technique has been used to conduct dialogues called "Aquarius”, that is a circle in which the guests talked, listened and debated in contemporary exercise of democracy with a relay chairs. Only participating to understand!</p><p>Divergences, convergences, culture of peace and creative intelligence scored the first meeting of this working group that was born with power, grounding, ethics and good humor. This is the policy that we dream for the 21st century.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>After years of inactivity, we're seeing the community of our region mobilize and exercise their citizenship and collaborate in the planning of our region.&nbsp;The Transition Group also <a href="">created a Facebook group</a> for everyone to put their dreams and desires for the region. &nbsp;We have two more meetings to go and one thing we now, never before our community discussed so profoundly the future of our region".</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="meeting" title="meeting" width="400" height="265" class="float-right" /></p><p>In Hungary, as part of the ’Communities in Transition’ project which started last year, a 2 day long workshop was organised for representatives of 12 Hungarian Transition initiatives and other sustainable community initiatives. Participantes have learnt about the Transition movement and its methodology, discussed what's important for their communities, what are their strengthens, what kind of tools do they need to set up and run succesfull a community project.</p><p>Despite of the almost 40 degree hot temperature attendees had a lot of fun, inspiration and help from each other. Delicious meals were served made from ingredients of the local organic garden which is run by one of the most successful Hungarian social cooperatives.</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Hungary" title="Hungary" width="400" height="265" style="float: left;" class="float-left" />As a next step of the project, members of initiatives are going to visit each other to study and learn new practicies e.g. paper briquettes technology, permaculture gardening, urban community gardening.</p><p><em>More next month: do send us any stories you'd like included.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:40:30 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35927 at Your chance to experience One Day in Transition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="224" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2013-07/one-year-transition-and-power-alternatives-university">written before here</a> about the wonder that is One Year in Transition. &nbsp;It is, in essence,&nbsp;a year-long, part-time and low-cost programme that helps young adults create a livelihood in the community work they dream of doing. <a href="!Registration-is-now-open-for-the-2014-15-course/c1gql/1">Booking is now open for the next year's programme</a> which starts in September. &nbsp;Now here's your opportunity to experience a taster of what it's all about. &nbsp;<a href="/events/2014-07-12/one-day-transition-how-build-your-community-project">One Day in Transition: how to build your community project</a> is a&nbsp;unique one-day course as an&nbsp;initiating spark for young adults. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The event takes place on&nbsp;Saturday 12th July at&nbsp;Hamilton House, Bristol. &nbsp;If you are thinking of doing the IYT programme, come and join the current students as they reach the end of the programme and hear about the course at first hand. Bring your idea for a community project, explore how you can make it real, get a taste of the 1YT experience that gets young adults into the work they dream of doing.</p> <p>Cost is&nbsp;£5 unwaged or £20 waged. &nbsp;To register interest, for more information, or to ask for a phone or Skype chat, contact the course leader Isabel Carlisle on:&nbsp; or 01803 847976.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:54:58 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35870 at June 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="225" title="News" alt="News" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>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.</em></p><hr /><p><strong>NEWS OF THE NETWORK</strong></p><p><strong>Would You Like to Host a Transition Roadshow?&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">We are now inviting applications to host one of four UK Regional Transition Roadshows to be held between October 2014 and March 2015. We'd love to hear an expression of interest from you if you fancy hosting one by Friday 20th June. Full information and a form for applying:<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-05/would-you-host-transition-roadshow"></a></p><p><strong>Roadshows Start in Lancaster July 12-13</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">We have some inspiring workshops lined up for the Lancaster event. And as always with Transition Network events we say no to boring conferences, and will be embracing the diversity, wisdom, and enjoyment of each other’s company throughout the day. In the evening, we have '<a href="">Howard Haigh and Men of The Hour</a>' &nbsp;playing a vibrant mix of salsa, funk, and blues. On the second day of this gathering you can check out the local renewable energy company, eco houses, and community farm, travelling from place to place by electric bike or car! <br /><a href="/events/2014-07-12/north-west-transition-conference"></a></p><p><strong>Your Chance to Experience One Day in Transition</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>How to build your community project is a unique one-day course as an initiating spark for young adults and is a taster of what 'One Year in Transition' is all about.<br /><a href="/news/2014-06-04/your-chance-experience-one-day-transition"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>NETWORK NEWS</strong></p><p><strong>The Transitioners' Digest (May)</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>Our theme this month has been 'Transition and Health'. We've been reflecting on where Transition and public health overlap and the benefits all round that could be gained by forging a more explicit link between the two. A collection of interviews by Rob Hopkins and articles published over the last month:<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-06/transitioners-digest-may"></a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The May 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>World news from Germany, France, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Brazil, USA. Around the UK we hear from Crystal Palace, Southall, Tooting, Bridport, Bristol, Dorchester, Horncastle, New Forest, Peterborough, Salisbury, Stourbridge, Totnes and Wivenhoe.<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-05/may-2014-round-what-s-happening-out-world-transition"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>REconomy</strong></p><p><strong>Does Your Local Economy Need Transforming?</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>The REconomy Project is here to help your Transition group do this. Over the last 2 years we’ve learned a lot about what REconomy is, who’s doing it and what it looks like in the UK and beyond. Find out more about this project on our much simplified website here. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Get Your Oats Here!</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Community support helps new enterprise transform local food supply chain. Holly Tiffen introduces the Oats Project, part of the ‘Grown in Totnes’ campaign. It’s one of the ways that Totnes entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the opportunities identified in the local Economic Blueprint.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Let’s Focus on Local Prosperity, Rather Than UK Growth</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>Karen Leach and Sarah Longlands write that for Localise West Midlands, the question is more about when will we see a return to a local prosperity rather than simply an increase in aggregate UK growth? <br /><a href=""></a></p><hr /><p><strong>TRANSITION FREE PRESS</strong></p><p><strong>Read Our App </strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>You can now sign up for a digital subscription to the newspaper. As well as reading it online, digital subscribers can also download the App and read it on their iPhone, iPad and Android phone.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Would you like to go to WOMAD?</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">One of our TFP5 partners, ecotricity, is offering two free tickets to the world music festival, WOMAD in July.<br /><a href=""></a></p><hr /><p><strong>SOCIAL REPORTERS</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">For the last two and a half years, the Transition Social Reporters have been telling stories of our local initiatives, and of our attempts to shift our communities towards a low energy way of living. This month we’re back from a short break, and examining stories and why we need them.</p><p><strong>Does This Story Have a Happy Ending?</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>Sara Ayech reflects on the plot twists, ups and downs of a real life story. <br /><a href="/stories/sara-ayech/2014-06/does-story-have-happy-ending"></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Tales from Wales</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Setting out on another Transition Tales gathering tour, Steph Bradley visits three Transition initiatives which have all been going since 2008: Monmouth, Swansea and Haverfordwest.<br /><a href="/stories/steph-bradley/2014-06/tales-wales"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 60px;"><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"><br /></span></p><hr /><p><strong>THINKING OUT LOUD</strong></p><p><strong>Inner Transition for Everyone?</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>Sophy Banks recently gave a webinar for Transition US which explored the ideas around Inner Transition. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>The Community Resilience Challenge</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>Organized by Transition USA with other partner organisations over 10,000 actions were registered in May. The Community Resilience Challenge has four themes: Save Water, Grow Food, Conserve Energy, and Build Community. It is an opportunity to show communities what a more resilient future looks like, and start building it! Check out the support materials, map and inspiring video.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Vision 2030</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>To build a better future, we first need to imagine it, and that’s just what Transition Fidalgo &amp; Friends in the USA set out to do one year ago. Over 60 people from kids to elders set their imaginations free to wander in a future of rising climate, energy and economic impacts. <br /><a href=""></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><strong>TRAINING</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href="/training/courses/launch-online">Launch online</a>&nbsp;is beginning again on 8 October for 8 weeks. There is a Thrive in Barcelona, a Launch training in London this weekend with May East, and another in association with the NOW change your world conference <a href="" title=""></a> at the end of November. All details for these trainings and many others can be found here <br /><a href="/events/network-training"></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><strong>COMING UP</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong><strong>London Permaculture Festival</strong> - Sunday 6 July<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Transition Roadshow</strong> - July 12-13, Lancaster <br /><a href="/events/2014-07-12/north-west-transition-conference"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>One Day in Transition</strong> - 12 July, Bristol. <br /><a href="/news/2014-06-04/your-chance-experience-one-day-transition"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>NEXT MONTH&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span>Our theme for June on the website will be '<strong>Transition and Politics</strong></span><span>'.&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><strong>QUOTE OF THE MONTH</strong><br /><em>"It is always our choice which stories to listen to, and which to share, but if we are to grow as a species into mature responsible adults it is the ones that ignite our passion that will serve us best."</em><br /><a href="">Steph Bradley</a><br /><br /></p><hr /><p>Follow Transition Network on<strong>&nbsp;Twitter</strong><br /><a href="!/transitiontowns">!/transitiontowns</a></p><p>Be a Friend on<strong>&nbsp;Facebook</strong><br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Film Reviews</strong><br /><a href="/films"></a>&nbsp;<br /><br />Transition&nbsp;<strong>Youtube</strong>&nbsp;Channel<br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Resources</strong> — Editor's Picks<br /><a href="/resources"></a></p><p>Find&nbsp;<strong>previous editions</strong>&nbsp;of the newsletter here<br /><a href="/tags/transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p>Read&nbsp;<strong>this newsletter</strong>&nbsp;online&nbsp;<br /><a href="/news/2014-06-04/june-2014-transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p><strong>Subscribe</strong>&nbsp;to Transition newsletter:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month.&nbsp;<br />Next newsletter 4 July 2014</p><p>Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville,<br />from&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Forest Row</a>&nbsp;for the Transition Network<br />Contact:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> network newsletter Transition Network Newsletter Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:48:19 +0000 Mike Grenville 35868 at Transition Bro Gwaun win Future Dragons Den at Hay Literary Festival! <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="226" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Transition cafe volunteers pitched to the Future Dragons Den at Hay Festival this year for the prize of £10,000 to further their aims in stopping food waste in communities across the UK. &nbsp;<a href="">Transition Community cafe</a> collects surplus food from local businesses, individuals and growers and turn it into affordable meals and preserves in their community cafe, meeting the environmental, economic, and social imperatives that are embedded in the Future Generations Bill about to be passed in Wales.&nbsp;<!--break--></p><p class="Body">Their most important mission is to reduce carbon emissions by stopping perfectly good food going to landfill and to change attitudes and more and more people are using the café, understanding that waste is bad both for the environment and their pockets.&nbsp;&nbsp;They are strengthening the local economy and improving social capital by providing training, employment and work experience opportunities for local people particularly the young, the disabled and the long-term unemployed.&nbsp;</p><p class="Body">Food in the cafe is deliberately affordable and available for everyone in the community.&nbsp; Volunteers eat there or take food home and the demand for the food parcels administered to those in real poverty has increased threefold in 2014 and extends a reach into a part of the community with which it is often more difficult to engage.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Body">There are strong working relationships with local organizations including the RNLI, Sea Trust, Rotary, the local High School and Pembrokeshire Tourism which are also spreading the message out into the community.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Body"><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="The moment the team found they had won the award!"><img src="/sites/" alt="The moment the team found they had won the award!" title="The moment the team found they had won the award!" width="650" height="488" class="caption" /></a></span></p><p class="Body">They offer an holistic, sustainable business model - &nbsp;an example for others to follow:&nbsp; With an income&nbsp; last year of £10,000,&nbsp; - not yet enough to fully fund &nbsp;staffing needs&nbsp; they place&nbsp; equal importance on making full&nbsp; use of community exchange, gifting, re-using and re-cycling and the all important volunteers, whose time was valued at over £32,000 last year.&nbsp;<em style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</em></p><p class="Body">This prize will help them to future proof the project: surplus food supplies are increasing significantly – from last years average of 100 kg per week to a recent high of 190kg.&nbsp; What do you do when you receive 30 dozen eggs, 300 ice creams and 5 boxes of cauliflowers all on the same day?</p><p>And they need to increase cafe footfall, put on more events, and find more distribution outlets within the community – or disappear under a mountain of surplus food!</p><p>By using the money to part fund more staff it will free up more volunteer time to develop the new schemes and systems and reach a wider audience, publicise the projects and generate more custom: part of this will involve by community mapping, needed to identify demand and increase collaborative working; and we need to update IT interaction and make by use of tourism APPS such as Pembrokeshire in your Pocket.</p><p>Perhaps the most important aspect of this prize win will be the development of a simple template for setting up and running similar projects in other communities that will enable others to replicate what they do.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Al fresco dining at the Community Cafe. "><img src="/sites/" alt="Al fresco dining at the Community Cafe. " title="Al fresco dining at the Community Cafe. " width="650" height="449" style="font-size: 0.813em;" class="caption" /></a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:45:23 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35759 at OVESCO win 2014 Ashden Award for Community Energy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="169" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At last night's prestigious Ashden Awards in London, the Ouse Valley Energy Services Company (OVESCO for short) won the Community Energy Award in recognition of the group's work. &nbsp;OVESCO, which grew out of Transition Town Lewes, has become a real force for community energy, starting a number of projects including raising £310,000 from local people to put 554 solar panels on Harvey's Brewery, and they are now mentoring 10 other local communities in how to do the same. &nbsp;<!--break--></p><p>On winning the award, OVESCO's Chris Rowland said:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>We are very proud to receive this Ashden Award on behalf of solar powered beer at Harveys brewery, our directors, investors and Transition Town Lewes.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>We are now mentoring twelve new groups in Sussex, from Chichester to Rye, to help them replicate what we have achieved, and we are working on scaling up our own projects from kWs to MWs.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"><img src="/sites/" alt="Image credit: Ashden/Andrew Aitchison" title="Image credit: Ashden/Andrew Aitchison" width="650" height="433" class="caption" /><br /></span></p><blockquote><p>In my hand, I have a Lewes Pound and printed on this local currency are the words: ‘We have it in our POWER to build the world anew’, Thomas Paine one time Lewes resident.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>We want to see a POWER generating revolution in the UK. We believe that community owned energy companies are an essential part in making that happen.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>At OVESCO we hope that our success will inspire others to take action in their communities, so that we can build the world anew and community owned renewable energy becomes the new normal. &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>We believe this is totally possible. &nbsp;Thank you.</p></blockquote><p>Here is a short film the Ashden Awards made about OVESCO to show on the night:&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>Our huge congratulations to everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 06:40:08 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35676 at New Transition Free Press hits the streets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="197" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The latest edition of Transition Free Press came out this week, Issue No.5, the Spring/Summer edition, and it is a marvellous creation. &nbsp;For this new edition, TFP has broadened its remit from just news and initiatives from the Transition movement to Transition in the wider sense, and it's a richer, and more inspiring publication as a result. &nbsp;You can read all about it&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>, and find out how to get a copy, buy a bundle for your Transition group, or better still, <a href="">become a subscriber</a>. They write that "Transition Free Press is designed as a&nbsp; paper you can hold in your hands", which is part of its power, but you can also read it online&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;<!--break--></p><p>Here is editor Charlotte Du Cann's opening editorial which beautifully sets the tone for what you will find in TFP's colourful and rich pages:&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="TFP" title="TFP" width="300" height="395" style="float: right;" class="float-right" />"Welcome to our new Spring edition! We’re stepping out into our second year of Transition Free Press, after&nbsp;a successful pilot during 2013, and hope you will keep following our tracks as we cross into uncharted territory.<br /><br />“We’ve gone as far as data and facts can take us, now something else has to kick in,” food consultant Geoff Tansey told a group of artists who had gathered to collaborate on a book about Transition and the&nbsp;arts called<em>&nbsp;Playing for Time.<br /><br /></em>Transition Free Press is a paper reporting on that ‘something else’: the people who are shifting from a growth-at-all-costs culture to one that will get us and the Earth we love back on track.<br /><br />Like all great artists, this new culture works as an intervention into ‘normal’ life, reminding everyone&nbsp;how earthly life is unpredictable, funny, risky, inventive, beautiful; how regeneration can happen on every street corner and that the everyday world is rich.<br /><br />Facts about climate change and peak resources are necessary to know, that’s clear – but what makes for a sea-change is when you sense another kind of world is out there. That’s a world where you find yourself walking across the street in a swimsuit, sowing beans under the Fenland sky, taking part in a play about apples on Tooting Bec Common. Taking a long walk across the nation with strangers who feel like kin.<br /><br /><img src="/sites/" alt="Amy Sharrocks&#039; SWIM" title="Amy Sharrocks&#039; SWIM" width="640" height="426" class="caption" /></p><p>Most of all it’s about noticing what kind of life we wish for, given a chance to work it out: getting a deep sense of time, that is not the time of the clock; a change of mood, that is not anxious or mean; paying attention to the seasons like foragers and poets. So though the data may predict the same outcomes, we realise our feeling about things have radically changed.<br /><br />At the heart of this May-July issue is a story about The Restart Project that inspires people to pick up their broken technology and learn how to mend it themselves – with a little help from others in the neighbourhood. It demonstrates the magic of experiential life. How things can turn around just by our getting engaged. Like all&nbsp;great Transition projects it says: we can take this into our own hands: we can revitalise democracy, sort&nbsp;out the waste crisis, start our own currency, run our own paper! Right here, right now.<br /><br />Because this not an individual shift. The Earth has come about via extraordinary and unlikely collaborations&nbsp;between beings you might not ordinarily see. It’s as much about how we work together&nbsp;in small and often invisible ways as it is about the direction we take. For 2014 our aim is to keep celebrating&nbsp;those collaborations and give you glimpses into that possible world. In these spring and summer&nbsp;pages we’re welcoming initiatives and campaigns that run alongside the Transition movement and a&nbsp;brand new editorial team. Come on in! The water is lovely.<br /><br /><strong>Charlotte, Alexis, Mark, Amy, Chris, Michaela, Gavin, Marion, Mike, Eva and Tess</strong></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 06:21:09 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35580 at Free trees for your Transition initiative to mark the anniversary of World War One <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="260" title="Woodland Trust logo" alt="Woodland Trust logo" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div lang="EN-GB"><p>This August marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The Woodland Trust is honouring all those who took part in the war effort by planting millions of trees that will stand as a tribute for centuries to come. Will you stand with us by planting a free tree pack in your community?<!--break--></p></div><div lang="EN-GB"><p>We have over 4000 packs to give away in autumn and they come in three sizes – 30 saplings, 105 saplings and 420 saplings in various themes (hedge, copse, wildlife, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood and wetland). You can apply for more than one pack and theme with 420 saplings being the maximum quantity. You can find out more about them and apply online <a href="">here</a>,&nbsp;but I’d advise groups to apply sooner rather than later.<br /><br />Watch our short&nbsp;<strong><a href=";list=UUJONGed182uY9_TVRp1qiMg&amp;feature=share&amp;index=2" target="_blank">video clip</a></strong>&nbsp;to find out why thousands of community groups and schools across the UK have been digging in to plant free tree packs in their neighbourhood.</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>Please feel free to forward to share this information with any group or school that might be interested, add it to your website or include it in your newsletter – many thanks to those who have already helped to spread the word!</p><p>Deadline for applications is&nbsp;4 September&nbsp;but we may need to close early if oversubscribed.</p><p>If you have any questions at all please do get in touch.</p><p>Kind regards</p><p>Beverley Gormley</p></div><div lang="EN-GB"><p><strong>Community Tree Packs, Woodland Trust.&nbsp;</strong></p></div> Mon, 12 May 2014 06:12:07 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35467 at May 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter <p><em>Our website theme "what is the impact of Transition, and how do we know?" is explored and digested, plus the Roundup offers more illustrations of how it looks. A new draft support system and the first UK Roadshow event. Transition Free Press is out in print and online. Plus some thinking out loud on another possible way of the world.</em></p><p><br /><strong>The Transitioners April Digest&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Feels like we only just started to scratch the surface of our theme of "<strong>what is the impact of Transition, and how do we know?</strong>" Various Transitioners told us about the impact their work is having. Some of the interviews and reports included Nic Marks, who specialises in <strong>wellbeing and happiness</strong>, and how they might best be measured; Eamon O'Hara, author of a report called<strong> Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Society</strong>, about his sense of the "important catalytic effect" that Transition, permaculture and ecovillage networks are having; Sophy Banks reflected on her and fellow Transition Trainer Naresh Giangrande's<strong> trip to Israel</strong> and the West Bank to do Transition Trainings there. Describing Transition as "radicals without rebellion", Andrea Felicetti wrote an article about his research which had looked at the disintinctive <strong>approach Transition takes to engaging with politics</strong>. A fascinating <strong>discussion about resilience</strong> ensued folowing interview with researcher Katrina Brown about her work on how a community might set about measuring its own resilience. One of the leading local economists Michael Shuman was asked for his thoughts about <strong>localisation and the impact it is having</strong> as an idea. Find out more about these and more here:<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-05/transitioners-digest-april"></a></p><p><br /><strong>The April 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">News comes this month in the UK from Worthing, Whitehead in Northern Ireland, Reading, a meet up in Berkhamsted, Bristol, St Albans, Marlow, Horncastle, Langport, Whitstable, London, Exmouth, Dorking, Tooting, Totnes. Plus Germany, Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Serbia, Japan, and the USA.<br /><a href="/news/2014-04-09/april-2014-round-what-s-happening-out-world-transition"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>NEWS OF THE NETWORK</strong></p><p><strong>New Support System for Transition Groups - what do you think?&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>We want to hear your thoughts on new support framework being developed. The new framework includes a new 12 steps, a health check that helps groups to assess their own needs and a new officialising process. It is currently at a draft stage and Transition Network want to hear what you think about it. The Survey close on the 25th May. As a token of our appreciation, everyone who fills in the survey and leave their contact email, will be <strong>entered into a draw to win</strong> one of 3 signed copies of Rob Hopkins latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff.<br /><a href="/news/2014-05-01/new-support-framework-transition-groups-being-developed-let-us-know-what-you-think"></a></p><p><strong>Announcing the Pilot Transition Roadshow event!&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>In a couple of weeks we will be inviting Transition initiatives across the UK to apply to host one of several Roadshow events we plan to run during late 2014 and early 2015. The first, the pilot for the rest, will take place on<strong> July 12th in Lancaster</strong>. For more details and to book: <br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-05/announcing-pilot-transition-roadshow-event"></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>REconomy&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>LEPs and REconomy – an Opportunity or a Waste of Your Time?</strong><br />Changing the local economy requires collaboration at all levels. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have a major influence over English regional economic development, and some REconomy/Transition groups are trying to make connections – are these likely to bear fruit? Read more about their experiences so far:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"><br /></span></p><hr /><p><strong><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">TRANSITION FREE PRESS</span></strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">The first edition of the year is here at last with a new twist for 2014. Thanks to over 80 distributors the colourful grassroots paper is now making its ways into shops, cafes, and community events across the UK from the Scilly Isles to the Shetlands. We bring you the latest news and reviews from the culture that’s shifting the way it looks at and engages in the world. All the elemental and essential stories that other papers don’t quite reach: on Earth, on the airwaves and in the swim. This issue focuses on <strong>three big W’s: Waste, Walking, and most of all Water</strong>. Find out more here:<br /><a href=""></a><br />Although TFP is designed to be printed and be held in your hands you can also <strong>read it online her</strong>e:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>THINKING OUT LOUD</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>What Would a Transition Co-operative Store Look Like?</strong><br />With the need for new visions of the future for the Coop much in the news, Rob Hopkins wrote this article for the Coop news asking 'how might Co-operative stores re-imagine themselves?'<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-04/what-would-transition-co-operative-store-look"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>It’s Money that is Killing the Local Economy</strong><br />A recent report on local currency and local economy from Sweden, complied by Transition member Steve Hinton, sheds light on some of the pitfalls and opportunities for local community action. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>On Earth Day, an Economics for People and Planet</strong><br />Helena Norberg-Hodge writes that since the first Earth Day in 1970, not only have our ecological crises come into sharper focus, it has also become obvious that we need to rescue not just the Earth, but also its people from the clutches of an economy gone mad.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future</strong><br />The most critical task facing humanity today is creating a shared vision of a sustainable and desirable future say Ida Kubiszewski and Robert Costanza in their new book.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here's Why I'm Still In the Fight</strong><br />Jim Shultz asks what action do we take when we have no guarantee at all that what we do will make any difference?<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>RESOURCES</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">New Economics Foundation have just published ‘No Small Change’ – a how-to <strong>guide for community currency organisers</strong> looking to effectively evaluate the impact of their project.<br /><a href=""></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><strong>TRAINING</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">We are starting to offer Thrive in Europe, with Spain, Belgium, and Sweden leading the way, and have a full programme of Launch trainings, and a few Effective group trainings too. More details:<br /><a href="/events/network-training"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Transition LAUNCH - London</strong><br />7 - 8 June 2014 <br />Packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you 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 Transition initiative become a success. More details: <br /><a href="/events/2014-06-07/transition-launch"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>COMING UP</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Community Resilience Challenge</strong><br />Throughout May, join Transition US in taking action to grow food, save water, conserve energy, and build community as part of the Community Resilience Challenge! Visit the website for project ideas, an organizer toolkit, and to register!<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>The Seven Year Itch Transition Party!</strong><br />Lewes Transition Initiative is seven years old. To celebrate they're holding a big party on 12 June &amp; everybody is welcome! Special guest is Rob Hopkins. The evening includes lots of local music &amp; iconic prog-rocker Arthur Brown is scheduled to make an appearance. Delicious food will be available as well as a bar &amp; dancing until midnight. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>QUOTE OF THE MONTH</strong></p><p><em>"Because the level of misallocation of capital is so profound and frankly complete right now, I think that once people begin to figure out how to shift money into local business, that could proceed very, very quickly".&nbsp;</em><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-04/michael-shuman-i-would-say-we-are-winning">Michael Shuman</a><br /><br /></p><hr /><p><strong>NEXT MONTH&nbsp;<br /></strong><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">Our theme for May on the website will be '</span><strong style="font-size: 0.813em;">Transition and Health</strong><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">'. We'd love to share your stories of any ways in which Transition has made your community healthier. Please get in touch.</span></p><p>Follow Transition Network on<strong>&nbsp;Twitter</strong><br /><a href="!/transitiontowns">!/transitiontowns</a></p><p>Be a Friend on<strong>&nbsp;Facebook</strong><br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Film Reviews</strong><br /><a href="/films"></a>&nbsp;<br /><br />Transition&nbsp;<strong>Youtube</strong>&nbsp;Channel<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>Find&nbsp;<strong>previous editions</strong>&nbsp;of the newsletter here<br /><a href="/tags/transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p>Read&nbsp;<strong>this newsletter</strong>&nbsp;online&nbsp;<br /><a href="/news/2014-05-02/may-2014-transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p><strong>Subscribe</strong>&nbsp;to Transition newsletter:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month.&nbsp;<br />Next newsletter 6th June 2014</p><p>Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville,<br />from&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Forest Row</a>&nbsp;for the Transition Network<br />Contact:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p><p><br /><br /></p> network newsletter Transition Network Newsletter Fri, 02 May 2014 10:32:32 +0000 Mike Grenville 35481 at New support framework for Transition Groups being developed, let us know what you think! <p><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><br /></span></p><p>Hi everyone, it’s great that you are taking your time to give us your feedback on the new support framework we are developing for Transition initiatives. &nbsp;Right now, we're asking for your feedback on:</p><p>a) the very hi-level framework for providing support to Initiatives which splits initiatives into 3 phases</p><ul><li><strong>Phase 1:</strong>&nbsp;setting up and developing a strong core group</li><li><strong>Phase 2:</strong>&nbsp;setting up and delivering projects</li><li><strong>Phase 3:</strong>&nbsp;developing and thriving into a broader initiativ</li></ul><p>b) the detailed framework for Phase 1. This detailed framework, when agreed, will tell us precisely what&nbsp;new material we need to produce and also how we need to reorganise existing support resources, tools and content. Later, we'll be repeating this process for the frameworks for Phases 2 and 3".</p><p>We have spent the last 6 months developing the framework based on research into what makes a successful Transition Initiative as well as taking into account feedback from groups and individuals.&nbsp;</p><p>We reckon the easiest way for you to provide us with feedback (and certainly for us to analyse it and turn it into an action plan) is via a survey. We've prepared one with plenty of space to tell us what you think. Feedback provided via email will not be included in our analyses - it's too unstructured, complex and time-consuming. If you have trouble with the survey, please contact Mike with a detailed description of the problem. You're probably the last group in the world that we need to encourage to be honest, so just tell us straight what your views and concerns are via the survey.</p><h3><strong>===========================<br />------&gt; Please take the survey -&nbsp;<a title="Transition Survey on new support offer" href="" target="_blank">here.&nbsp;<br />===========================&nbsp;</a></strong></h3><p>FYI, the survey closes on 25-May, so if you want to help us determine how we support Transition groups around the world, we need your comments by then.</p><p>As part of the ongoing process of the development of the new support offer, we are hoping to setup a small reference group who would comment on the finer details of the new support offer. If you are interested in being part of this group, then email me at <a href=""></a>&nbsp; with "Reference group" as the subject line as well as your name and role in the Transition movement.</p><p>As a token of our appreciation, all people who fill in the survey and leave their contact email, are automatically entered into a competition to win one of 3 signed copies of Rob Hopkins latest book <em>The Power of Just Doing Stuff</em>.</p><p>Thanks again for your time, we really value your comments and we'll act upon them.</p><p>Mike Thomas,</p><p>Transition Initiative Support Coordinator.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:59:59 +0000 Michael Thomas 35442 at How Transition Newent inspired Boy Scouts in New Jersey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="236" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div id="mainentrycontent" class="content"><p><em>Here's a lovely story <a href="">from the Huffington Post</a>. We are grateful to Dana Glazer for permission to repost it.&nbsp;</em></p><p>One day this past December it was nearly 70 degrees where we live in northern New Jersey and my 10-year-old son, Charlie, was really bummed out about it.</p><p>"It shouldn't be this warm, Dad. Not in December. I guess this is global warming," he said glumly.</p><p>I know how Charlie feels. It's easy to feel helpless against the big problems that we face as a country and as a world. The underlying message from the mainstream media is that we are powerless to do anything about these larger forces at work. We can be so demoralized by the belief that there's nothing to be done.<!--break--></p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="memorial"><img src="/sites/" alt="mem" title="memorial" width="240" height="284" style="float: right;" /></a><p>Is that the message we want our kids to have?</p><p>Personally, I want my children to believe that they can do something about these big issues, especially when they work together with others. Someday our kids will inherit the role of caretaker of this planet and I think it's important for them to start thinking about what that role might entail. Without frightening them, I believe we need to educate our children about the larger global problems we face, as well as to empower them to do something about it. I want them to understand that even the smallest action can have profound repercussions.</p><p>Shortly after Charlie shared his feelings about global warming, I happened upon&nbsp;<a href="" target="_hplink">a video about an "Oil Memorial" that was built in England.</a>&nbsp;This gave me an idea as to how to empower my son, along with the other Cub Scouts in our Webelos den. I figured this was a good way to educate my son, the other scouts and our extended community about how dependent we are on oil for nearly everything and how our overuse of this resource is destroying our planet. The idea of creating a sculpture was also an opportunity to demonstrate how artwork can be a profound communication tool.</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><br /><br />Like any good plan, this notion of an oil sculpture drew the best from the people I reached out to. The Principal of my son's elementary school welcomed the notion of having the sculpture placed near the school's entrance. The other den leaders were excited and ready to bring their power tools and other supplies. To decorate the sculpture, each of the scouts collected items that were oil-based or arrived here as a result of petroleum -- which is just about everything we own. The local merchants I contacted were happy to donate supplies to the sculpture's construction. It was really touching how many helping hands appeared to make this project happen.</p><p>The night before we were to construct the sculpture, I shared with my son how I was going to discuss with the scouts about our relationship with oil. Charlie was not only deeply affected but also constructive. He suggested that we needed to have something on the front of the sculpture that would explain what it was about. I asked him to write what he thought should be included and below are his words:</p><p>"We are calling this sculpture "R.I.P OIL" because oil is a limited resource, which means that it will go away someday if we use it all. We have made this oil memorial for three reasons. &nbsp;</p><ul><li>Reason #1: most people don't think of oil as a limited resource, so they waste too much of it.</li><li>Reason #2: most people don't know how many things have oil in them or got here because of oil.</li><li>Reason #3: we want people to start thinking about preparing for when oil runs out."</li></ul><p>I had Charlie read this statement aloud to the other scouts as a part of the presentation. After having a discussion about oil, we then broke up into groups to decorate the different components of the sculpture. The scouts and many of their parents worked together, drilling and gluing the different objects onto the sculpture.</p><p>When everyone was done, I had each child sign his name on the back of the "R.I.P OIL" sign. I explained that this is what artists do when they finish a piece of work. More importantly, it gave all of the scouts a sense of ownership about not only the sculpture but also its meaning.</p><p>The next morning, as students approached the front of the school, many stopped to view this seven-foot-tall sculpture and all the amusing items that were attached. I overheard several of the scouts proudly sharing with their classmates what items they had put onto the sculpture. As for my son, the smile on his face was broader than I remember in quite a while.</p><p>"Maybe more people will be inspired to build oil memorials, dad. Wouldn't that be great? Maybe we really started something here that can help change things," he later told me, reveling in the possibilities.</p><p>I don't know if that will happen, but what I do know is that my son is now a believer when it comes to the power of concerned citizens coming together and making things happen.</p><p>As Margaret Mead once wrote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."</p><center><p>_________</p></center><p><em>Dana H. Glazer is the father of three small children and the director of the feature documentaries&nbsp;<a href="" target="_hplink">The Evolution of Dad</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_hplink">Parents of the Revolution</a>.</em></p></div><p><strong>Follow Dana H. Glazer on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></strong></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:47:33 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35465 at John Bell on Bedfordshire Transition groups' recent get together <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="225" title="Meeting" alt="Meeting" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’m very proud to say that on 23 March we held the first Transition Beds, Bucks, Herts conference.&nbsp; Wow, sounds good.&nbsp; A dozen local Transition Towns came together to celebrate our successes, inspire the next project and see how the sum of the parts can be greater than the whole.&nbsp; It was surprisingly easy to organise, and has certainly inspired me to get going with a Transition Streets initiative in Berkhamsted.</p><p>We had a <a href="">previous gathering in October last year</a>, and the idea for the conference emerged.&nbsp; Organising was simple - the door was open, it just needed a gentle shove.&nbsp; For the initial gathering last year, all that was needed was to choose a date, book the venue and then send an email to a few addresses found on the web or in my address book, and word spread.&nbsp; I asked for a small contribution to cover costs and for people to bring food to share, and the job was done.</p><p>The conference itself took slightly more organising, as it was open for anyone to attend, so we put together a booking system as well, and organised an agenda.&nbsp; We used a survey to find out the level of interest and what people wanted to talk about.&nbsp; I have to thank John Ingleby of Transition in Kings for his efforts in finalising the day, and to Andrew Davies for his excellent facilitation.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Meeting"><img src="/sites/" alt="meeting" title="Meeting" width="650" height="488" /></a></p><p><a href="">Abbots in Transition</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Change4Chalfont</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Haddenham in Transition</a>,&nbsp;<a href="/initiatives/hemel-hempstead">Hemel in Transition</a>,<a href="">Low Carbon Chilterns</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Transition in Kings</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Transition St Albans</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Town Letchworth</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Tring in Transition</a>, <a href="/initiatives/winslow">Winslow Transition</a>, <a href="/tags/milton-keynes">Milton Keynes</a> and <a href="">Transition Town Berkhamsted</a> attended, although Abbots and Winslow were unable to come along this March.</p><p>We organised it a bit like Open Space, with pre-defined topics.&nbsp; We all split up in the morning to talk about community energy, food security and Transition Streets.&nbsp; I went to the latter, and listened to the great work from Catherine Ross of St Albans and how that could be combined with Street Play – being run in Tring by the eloquent Rob Schafer - &nbsp;to get people out of their boxes and build that sense of community.&nbsp; There are now Transition Streets starting up in Tring, Abbots Langley and by me in Berkhamsted.</p><p>There was a similar success story with community energy, with Grand Union Community Energy (GUCE, pronounced Juice) of Kings Langley inspiring Letchworth, Berkhamsted (GUCE-B) and Tring (TRICE).&nbsp; John Ingleby led the workshop, based on the experience of GUCE in raising £72,000 to install solar panels at a local school during 2013.</p><p>The project involved a steep learning curve. &nbsp;GUCE were awarded some additional funds by the Herts and Dacorum councils, which they used to document all the steps they took in the form of an online “<a href="">Toolkit</a>” rather like an Advent Calendar, where you should only “open” a box after all the preceding steps have been tackled.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>The food security chat was run by David Lyons of Haddenham.&nbsp; A very interesting debate was had about the future of food and how we can engage more effectively with the majority of food shoppers. Should we try and engage more with supermarkets in order to increase the levels of locally grown food sold in-store or would it be more hassle and carbon intensive, due to their current distribution model, than it's worth?&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Meeting"><img src="/sites/" alt="Meeting" title="Meeting" width="650" height="488" /></a></span></p><p>Whilst growing one's own or setting up a Community Supported Agriculture project on a small scale will help, it will only reach a very small proportion of the population.&nbsp; It would take a long while to make a significant impact.</p><p>We then enjoyed our food and each other’s company, before moving into the afternoon.&nbsp; The plan had been to split up to talk about personal resilience (aka avoiding burn-out); scaling up the movement; and energy measuring gadgets.&nbsp; As it turned out, almost everyone wanted to scale up the movement, but felt too time-pressured and exhausted by the prospect, so there was a general decision to hold a plenary on personal resilience followed by the same on scaling up.</p><p>I have to say that I think this was a mistake in hindsight, as there were a small number of people who hadn’t the slightest interest in either topic and wanted to see the thermal imaging camera.&nbsp; I don’t think we had enough time to devote to what really needed to be a more intimate discussion on the stresses and strains of this work.</p><p>I think the afternoon was actually a microcosm of the whole movement as I experience it.&nbsp; We all feel that there is so much to so, and we feel as though we need to do it all, rather than taking our time and doing one thing right.&nbsp; So my learning from the afternoon was just that – don’t try to take on more than you can cope with, and do a loving, beautiful job on what you do commit to.</p><p>Then we moved on to Scaling Up, and a few peeled off with Brian Kazar of Tring to have a look at the camera.&nbsp; John Ingleby spoke about his experience of campaigning with The Hunger Project (HP) in the 1980s, when people were invited to “sign a card to end world hunger”. In 1984, HP volunteers achieved 58,000 cards signed in three months. Participation in HP increased substantially through these campaigns. While not suggesting Transition should turn to signing cards, there are several valuable lessons for scaling up:</p><ol><li>A clear message</li><li>A defined end date</li><li>Frequent publicised progress reports</li></ol><p>Campaigns with these features are almost always successful (for example, community energy share offers). As when a large group of people light candles from each other in a darkened room, the time to light the last 100 can be less than it takes the first two.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Meeting"><img src="/sites/" alt="Meeting" title="Meeting" width="650" height="488" /></a></p><p>John proposed we should promote the goal of “Zero Carbon by 2030”, and the following discussion explored how this may (or may not) be appropriate for Transition.</p><p>Over the two conferences we have made between us a host of very important connections, between each other, ideas and learning insights.&nbsp; Christine Hopkins said of this conference “Great to be in a roomful of people determined to make a difference, and not just in a small way! Getting together with people from around our region, exchanging ideas and spreading the network, is inspiring and motivating.”</p><p>Here’s to the next one, when it is the right time.</p><p>John Bell,&nbsp;Ordinary Bloke</p> news Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:12:57 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35463 at Mundaring in Transition launch a success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="199" title="MiT" alt="mit" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Over one hundred people attended the launch of Mundaring in Transition at the Hub on Saturday 12th April. &nbsp;</span><span>Transition is an exciting new international movement that is rapidly growing in Australia. There are already well over a thousand groups in forty five different countries with several springing up in the Perth metropolitan area. Transition is the process by which a community shifts to a lower energy future, shops locally and generally becomes more resilient and sustainable.<!--break--></span></p><p><span></span><span>One of the features of transition is the formation of interest or action groups on topics of interest to the community such as waste reduction, cycling or renewable energy. This enables many members of the community, from young to old, to be involved in areas of particular interest to them.</span></p><p><span><img src="/sites/" alt="Mundaring" title="Mundaring" width="600" height="195" /></span></p><p><span></span><span>The event&nbsp; showcased some of the many groups in the Shire that are already doing the work of Transition such as the Glen Forrest Community Garden, Hills Sustainability Group, Hills Local Permaculture Group,&nbsp; Mundaring Organic Growers Group, Men of the Trees and Swan Hills LETS. Peter Holland hosted the event and there were presentations from the Shire President Helen Dullard, Alan Pilgrim chair of the EMRC, Professor Ray Wills, Curtin University and Simone van Hattem from Conservation Council of WA. &nbsp;These presenters provided an overview of the work the Shire is already involved with in relation to conservation and climate change and confirmed that an ongoing commitment will be needed over future years.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="mit"><img src="/sites/" alt="mit" title="mit" width="300" height="200" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>Prof Wills provided an optimistic note. History shows that new inventions rapidly replace older, less efficient ones. Prof Wills used the example of the horse and buggy being replaced by the motor car. Australia is a leader in the uptake of new technologies and it is likely that new electric vehicles and renewable energy systems will rapidly swamp our markets making the combustion engine and coal fired electricity generation obsolete.</span></p><p><span></span><span>The excellent turnout and enthusiastic participation of those who attended suggests that the time is ripe for Transition. Many of us who are concerned about climate change and dwindling resources are unsure what action to take and anything we do as individuals can seem insignificant.&nbsp;&nbsp; However a community coming together to do these things provides mutual support and engenders a sense of optimism which in turn can fuel further energy for change.</span></p><p><span></span><span><img src="/sites/" width="300" height="199" style="float: right;" class="float-right" />Additional evidence that community spirit is already strong in Mundaring was provided by the fact that the event was funded entirely by local sponsorship. Thanks go to the Bendigo Bank and the Shire of Mundaring as our major sponsors. Thanks also to The Mundaring Wellness Centre, the Soul Tree Cafe in Glen Forrest, the Parkerville Tavern, the Breadwinners Bakehouse Bakery, Bolt Coffee and the Mundaring branch of Rotary.</span></p><p><span></span><span>This is the beginning of Mundaring in Transition. This is start of a project that will last for several decades.&nbsp; The next community event being planned is a visioning session to produce an Energy Descent Action Plan – a Transition concept whereby the community considers how best to adapt to a lower energy future.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is hoped this will be sometime in August.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:45:20 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35413 at The April 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="213" title="Worthing" alt="Worthing" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div><div><div><p>Let's start on the UK's south coast, where Transition Town Worthing's annual beach clean-up was given a boost through some funding from Southern Water, which covered their insurance and 100 high visibility jackets. &nbsp;Barbara Shaw&nbsp;from TTW&nbsp;(right, with David Bone from Southern Water)&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">told The Worthing Herald</a>:&nbsp;</p><div><blockquote><p>“It’s reassuring to have the backing of an important environmental organisation like Southern Water. &nbsp;The beach clean attracts around a hundred volunteers participating in a well organised scientific survey of coastal litter. With the help of Southern Water we now have the certainty of covering some essential overheads for the next three years, which as a voluntary group is a huge relief.”<!--break--></p></blockquote></div><p>Transition Town Whitehead in Northern Ireland have been planting a community orchard, funded by the recently introduced Plastic Bag levy. &nbsp;Here's a rather lovely film they made about it:<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span></span>Transition Town Reading have been out planting trees in two community orchard sites, with another two sites planned for next year. &nbsp;Rich Waring, of TTR, said:</p><blockquote><div>“In these tough economic times we can’t rely on a constant stream of grant money, so we’re using what we’ve been given to teach ourselves how to thrive without it. &nbsp;The funding secured for the project covers six orchard sites over three years, and the plan is to build the skills in the community to allow us to plant further community orchards around the town without the need for further grant money.”</div></blockquote><div><img src="/sites/" alt="Woodley volunteers gather at Woodford Park to plant an orchard as part of Transition Town Reading." title="Woodley volunteers gather at Woodford Park to plant an orchard as part of Transition Town Reading." width="615" height="409" class="caption" /><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></div><p>Transition Letchworth were recently celebrating becoming an official Charitable Incorporated Organisation. &nbsp;Southend in Transition have been building <a href="">some fine new beds on their community allotment</a>. &nbsp;Transition Loughborough have also been busy. &nbsp;They tweeted "The fruit cage frame is up! Workshop about to start with Andy showing how to grow soft fruit &amp; make Hugelkuktur beds", and posted the following photo.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><div><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Loughborough"><img src="/sites/" alt="Loughborough" title="Loughborough" width="650" height="389" /></a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></div><p>Transition Town Walthamstow have been <a href="">running a series of gardening courses</a>. &nbsp;You can learn all about how to nurture veg, fruit bushes and vines. &nbsp;As part of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cultivate Urban Food Growing Festival</a>, Transition Walthamstow &amp; the&nbsp;<a href="">Walthamstow Family Bike Club</a>&nbsp;ralso an <a href="">a special bike ride on Sunday 30th March 2014 to explore food growing sites</a> between Walthamstow &amp; Chingford.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Bristol Pound <a href="">appeared on Dutch TV</a>:<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;<iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></div><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="The Mayor of Bridport Councillor Maggie Ray was on hand to present certificates to trainees who passed Transition Town Bridport’s skills and training scheme"><img src="/sites/" alt="The Mayor of Bridport Councillor Maggie Ray was on hand to present certificates to trainees who passed Transition Town Bridport’s skills and training scheme" title="The Mayor of Bridport Councillor Maggie Ray was on hand to present certificates to trainees who passed Transition Town Bridport’s skills and training scheme" width="300" height="198" class="float-right" /></a>An ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">skills and practical training project</a>&nbsp;from TT-Bridport in Dorset continues to go from strength to strength with the support of over 6 local organisations (see right). &nbsp;Known as the Home Counties here in the UK, Transition groups from Beds, Bucks and Herts were invited along by TT- Berkhamsted to a regional conference/<a href="" target="_blank">big push for local resilience</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Transition Streets is going well in St Albans</a>, the group asking "if you would like to join a Streets group in your area, then give us your details and, when we spot a few people who live near each other, we’ll put you in touch. &nbsp;Just give us your name, the name of your street, and your postcode". &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Marlow"><img src="/sites/" alt="Marlow" title="Marlow" width="180" height="240" class="float-left" /></a></p><p>In addition to the now thriving community market (see left), TT Marlow in Bucks will be&nbsp;turning the market into a hub for sharing practical expertise with regular&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Skills Workshops</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>According to&nbsp;<a href="">Horncastle News</a>, "Transition Town Horncastle are hosting a festival in May and want local residents to find out the benefits of renewable energy". &nbsp;The event takes place on May 17th and will feature information, talks, workshops, and even electric and hydrogen-powered cars. &nbsp;There will be a range of experts to answer peoples' questions on both renewable energy generation and energy-saving. Jean Peacock from the group said&nbsp;“we do research into what is available for ordinary people to use and this is why we are having the Energy Festival.”</p><p>On Sunday May 25th, Transition Bristol will be hosting its&nbsp;<a href="">'Small Green Sunday'</a>, which it describes as "a gathering and lunchtime garden party, celebrating the amazing grassroots transition and sustainability work going on in and around Bristol". &nbsp;It will be held at the Trinity Centre and starts at 10am (see flyer below). &nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Brizzle" title="Brizzle" width="468" height="240" /></p><p>In the last Round up there were lots of Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays, but <a href="">here's news of the first Transition Tuesday</a>. &nbsp;Transition Redhill held theirs on March 18th. &nbsp;Transition Langport have been busy... They tweeted:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><div><span>Faithful </span><a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" dir="ltr" href=";src=hash" data-query-source="hashtag_click"><span>#</span>Transition</a><span> </span><a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" dir="ltr" href=";src=hash" data-query-source="hashtag_click"><span>#</span>Langport</a><span> </span><a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" dir="ltr" href=";src=hash" data-query-source="hashtag_click"><span>#</span>litter</a><span> pickers collected 6 sacks of rubbish picked from community &amp; wildlife areas </span></div></blockquote><p>... and the following photo:</p><div>&nbsp;</div><img src="/sites/" alt="Langport" title="Langport" width="650" height="485" /><p>The end of March saw Whitstable Transition hosting an <a href=";utm_medium=twitter">East Kent Transition gathering</a>, inviting Transition initiatives from their wider region. &nbsp;Here's their invitation:</p><blockquote><p><span>Do come to this special gathering of transitional activists and hear about other positive community, environmental, sustainability, 'transition town' initiatives that are going on all across East Kent and beyond. Meet like minded and like hearted folk.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>No word yet on how it went. &nbsp;<a href=";id=f882f5d2a6">Here's</a> Transition Belper's latest newsletter. Gill Jacobs who writes about food and health issues, and who is a member Transition Kentish Town, gathered together some fellow members of the group recently to teach them about fermented foods, and <a href="">wrote it up for The Guardian</a>.&nbsp;She began:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span>I'm part of the Transition Network where I live in north London, and naturally a lot of our conversations focus on food. I got chatting to the people who run a local veg box scheme, and we decided to collaborate on an event that would teach people how to make ferments such as sauerkraut, as well as explaining the science behind it.</span><span style="color: #353535; font-size: 0.813em; font-style: normal; line-height: 21.46320152282715px;">&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Exmouth"><img src="/sites/" alt="Exmouth" title="Exmouth" width="300" height="213" style="float: right;" class="float-left" /></a>For the third year in a row, members of TT-Exmouth (Devon)&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">planted a number of new trees courtesy of Exmouth Town Council</a>&nbsp;which included&nbsp;hazel, willow, field maple, rowan, oak and silver birch (see right).</p><p><a href=";id=54806ec9fb">Transition Dorking's community orchard</a> continues to go from strength to strength. &nbsp;You can join them on May 18th for a "Blossom Picnic". &nbsp;Good name for a band that. &nbsp;They write:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span>We did have the biggest crowd in the orchard so far, when over 140 people came to the very successful “Wassailing” event in January, and are delighted that this resulted in quite a few new “Friends” signing up to support the orchard. So we are gradually getting better known. We will definitely be wassailing again next year!</span></p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;Transition Town Tooting <a href="">held their Spring Growing Celebration and Seed Swap</a>&nbsp;which sounded great. &nbsp;Here is the poster:</p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="poster"><img src="/sites/" alt="poster" title="poster" width="650" height="893" /></a><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;Here's a collage they made of images from the day:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="collage"><img src="/sites/" alt="collage" title="collage" width="650" height="836" /></a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></div><p>May 13th sees the third Local Entrepreneurs' Forum in Totnes. It's an amazing event, and here's the rather fine poster. &nbsp;If you want to come you can register <a href=";utm_medium=twitter">here</a>.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><div><img src="/sites/" alt="poster" title="poster" width="422" height="593" /><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></div><p>The Garden Earth blog also ran <a href="">an article by Gunnar Rundgren which looked at Transition in Totnes</a>, in particular it's work around local food. &nbsp;Ealing Transition Town tweeted:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><div>Great way to spend a lovely Spring day: 10 trees planted, forest garden off the mark! Thanks 2 everyone who helped, dig, plant, weed &amp; trim!</div></blockquote><p>Transition Chichester have also been gardening. &nbsp;Here they are at work in the Bishops Palace Gardens:<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Ealing"><img src="/sites/" alt="ealing " title="Ealing" width="650" height="367" /></a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span><p>To Germany now. &nbsp;According to national hub co-ordinator Gerd Wessling, after 4 years in "legal limbo", Transition Germany finally managed to give itself a legal structure! The NGO "Transition Netzwerk e.V." was created in Göttingen/Germany on March 15 &amp; 16 2014. &nbsp;It will be located in the small town of Witzenhausen in the center of Germany and was created in an intense &amp; joyful 2 day workshop by 17 representatives and long-term Transition activits, who represented many different German Transition intitiatives.</p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Trainers"><img src="/sites/" alt="Trainers" title="Trainers" width="280" height="384" class="float-right" /></a><p>It is open to all to become a member; be they individual Transitioners or Transition initiatives (who can join the network as such). &nbsp;It will serve our German network in handling legal and financial issues, but will not BE the network itself. &nbsp;More on our general structure will be discussed in the large Transition D/A/CH (German-speaking countries) network meeting, which currently is planned for probably (3)/4/<span data-term="goog_890935936">5 Oct</span><span data-term="goog_890935936">&nbsp;2014. &nbsp;</span><span data-term="goog_890935936">M</span>ore about the new NGO in German <a href="">here</a>.</p></div><p>On March 17 &amp; 18th all currently 7 active German Transition Trainers met for the first time together in person in the city of Essen, to intensively work &amp; talk about how to best evolve our very succesful German Transition courses (called "Werkzeuge des Wandels") in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. &nbsp;More about the results will soon be posted <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;</p></div><p>Charles Eisenstein will be at the University of Bielefeld / Germany&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_890935937">Apri</span><span data-term="goog_890935937">l 26th</span>&nbsp;(15:30h) &amp; 27th (9h to 15h) for a talk &amp; a workshop. &nbsp;The talk (no bookings required), will be entitled "<a href="">Money, Gift, and Society in an Age of Transition</a>". &nbsp; The workshop (booking required), is called "(Transition) Activism and Leadership intensive" and you can book <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></div><p>Here is a video about the work of Transition Town Haren in the Netherlands:</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>Here also is a film about Transition Town Zutphen ...&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>From Italy here is a film of a presentation featuring&nbsp;<span>Martina Francesca, one of the founders of Transition Italia and Oreste Magni, Vice President of the SCEC (an alternative currency scheme) in Lombardia:</span></p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>New Zealand's Nelson Mail ran a piece by Gord Stewart called <a href="">Transition Towns are on the Rise</a>, which follows his experience of starting a Transition initiative in his community:</p><blockquote><p>Then I received an email from Ben, a young dairy farmer living nearby. Ben wrote, "Is there a Transition group in our town? I'd like to get involved." &nbsp;I thought: "No, there isn't, but there should be." &nbsp;Now, I'm not the community organiser type, so my intention was to write about Transition Towns - spread word as best I thought I could - then get on with life.</p><p>But it wasn't to be. Ben and I decided to give it a go - show our environmental "stripes" and see if we could get something started in our community. &nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Transition KW (Kitchiner/Waterloo) published their <a href="">Climate Adaptation Toolkit</a>. They held an event to launch it too... &nbsp;Sylvie Spraakman from Transition KW <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/living-climate-change-sylvie-spraakman-transition-kitchener-waterloo">wrote for this website and told me about the story of how the Toolkit came about</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="KW"><img src="/sites/" alt="KW" title="KW" width="650" height="709" /></a></p><p>Here is a report from Juan del Rio in Spain. &nbsp;</p><p>"Transitioners of all over the world, we would like to share a quick new about what is going on in Spain in this beginning of spring 2014. The Spanish Transition hub has just launched its <a href="">new Transition website in Spanish</a>. A collaborative work from people of different initiatives that after long months is finally there. A website that wants to catalyse the movement in Spain and help the Spanish spoken countries in general. It will try to connect the initiatives, inform about what initiatives are doing, about Transition trainings and events, and give a big array of resources to help initiatives with their challenging work. Here we share the new logo of “Red de Transición España”. We hope you like it, use the web, and help us to disseminate it.</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="logo" title="logo" width="650" height="298" /></p><p>The website was launched in a very interesting meeting co-organised by the Spanish Transition Hub, called “<a href="">Barriers and Oportunities for Social initiatives towards Sustainability</a>” that brought together, different social and ecological initiatives, academia, and people from institutions from Barcelona and other places. The main objectives of the meeting were to show the results of the Project “<a href="">Barriers and Opportunities for Building Resilience: A Critical Assessment of Transition Initiatives in Spain</a>” done with the <a href="">Transition Research Network</a>, present the new website, present the new European network <a href="">ECOLISE</a>, and finally to make a participatory world cafe to discuss among everyone about the main barriers, opportunities for social initiatives towards sustainability, as well as create synergies among them. The results were very rich and hopefully they will help to the different initiatives. <a href="">Here you can download them</a> (in Spanish).</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Transition workshop" title="Transition workshop" width="650" height="411" /></p><p>To Serbia now. Nikola Burić from Novi Sad in Serbia got in touch with us. Nikola is part of&nbsp;ZELENA TAČKA, an environmental/educational hub. After having learnt via a quick internet search that Serbian and Croatian are similar languages (different dialects) we put Nikola in contact with Nenad Maljkovic from Transition Croatia/<a href="" target="_blank">ZMAG</a>.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Nikola has already organised a screening of In Transition 2.0 (using the Croatian subtitles) and is reading and using material from the Transition Network website to weave in to&nbsp;ZELENA TAČKA. Watch this space for an emerging Transition Serbia National Hub!<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>From Japan, here is an article by Jun Omuru in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Japan Times about Transition Town Hamamatsu</a>&nbsp;which is a 3 year old Transition initiative in Western Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Japan"><img src="/sites/" alt="Japan" title="Japan" width="650" height="488" /></a></p><p><img src="/sites/" width="160" height="160" style="float: right;" class="float-right" />In Queensland, Australia, a Fraser Coast Chronicle reader decided to go along to a Transition Town Hervey Bay (TTHB) meeting expecting a gentle chit chat about gardening over a cup of coffee. Instead, she got sleepless nights after a rude awakening to the vulnerability of the banking system! Read her story&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>There are a number of fantastic posts&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">on the FB page of TTHB</a>. The Bank of England story she refers to is dated 25 March and is courtesy of Positive Money.</p><div dir="ltr"><p>Lastly to the US.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sustainable Berea, Kentucky</a>&nbsp;hosted its&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">fifth annual Local Foods Expo</a>, bringing together 38 exhibitors and hundreds of hungry guests (despite rainy weather) to celebrate the vibrant local food system. Sustainable Berea is also&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">planning a 1.4 acre urban farm and orchard</a>. Fifty-four community members attended the first open meeting to provide input on the farm!</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="media" title="Media" width="630" height="210" /></p></div><div dir="ltr"><p>Later this month, Transition Town Media, Pennsylvania will be hosting “<a href="" target="_blank">Happiness Week</a>” with daily events like a Spring Bird Walk, screening of the documentary "Happy," a Flash Mob, Children's Improv Workshop, Happiness Yoga, and more.</p><p>The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) hosted a Resilient Response to Extreme Weather potluck &amp; discussion, an innovative approach to broadening Transition's reach by engaging faith communities around the launch of the new movie “Noah.” Read more in this blog post about&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Unlikely Suspects – Deep Outreach</a>&nbsp;by Pamela Boyce Simms.</p><p>In Northern California, Transition US partnered with Art of Hosting to organize a 3-day Art of Participatory Leadership training which brought together more than fifty Transition and community resilience leaders to hone their facilitation skills. Another training is happening this weekend, April 11-13 in Saco, Maine. Read more about&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Hosting the Toughest Conversations of Our Time</a>.</p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="Challenge" title="Challenge" width="300" height="117" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></p></div><div dir="ltr"><p>During the month of May, Transition US will be hosting the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Community Resilience Challenge</a>&nbsp;(formerly known as the Transition Challenge), now in its 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;year. Join Transitioners across the US in taking action to save water, conserve energy, grow food and build community!</p><p>On March 15, 65 people from across New England gathered at Antioch University in Keene, NH, to discuss the resilience of New England as a whole. Grounded in the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><span>region's deep history</span></a>, participants provided feedback on a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><span>regional resilience concept paper</span></a>&nbsp;and came up with nine initiatives to start building regional resilience, including a "Whole New England Catalog" and a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><span>Transition Research Network</span></a>&nbsp;of students and academics.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><span>Read more</span></a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">view the short video</a>&nbsp;organizers used to invite people to think about organizing at a regional level.</p><p>That's it for this month! &nbsp;See you in 4 weeks time...</p></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:14:14 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35306 at April 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter <p><em>This month sees a new Digest which brings together all the articles on the theme of the month. REconomy relaunches its website and has a job offer, Transition Free Press gets ready to relaunch, ideas of reusing stuff, saying goodbye to supermarkets and a school dips in its river. Plus new training, the World Roundup and of course much more.</em></p><hr /><p><br /><strong>The Transitioners Digest</strong> <br />Our theme for March was 'Living with Climate Change', which we explored from a variety of angles. The month was framed by an opening editorial which reflected on how different the storms of 2014 felt from previous extreme weather episodes and reflected on the response to the storms from various quarters. It is fitting that our theme drew to a close on the day the latest IPCC report was published.</p><ul><ul><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">"<strong>The biggest diplomatic challenge of all time</strong>" is what</span><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-04/sir-david-king-climate-change-biggest-diplomatic-challenge-all-time"> Sir David King told Sarah McAdam</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">. He calls this "the big moment to achieve a global agreement" on climate change.</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">Our </span><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/george-marshall-communicating-climate-change-following-extreme-weather-eve">conversation with George Marshall of COIN</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"> discussed why it is that being exposed to <strong>extreme weather doesn't necessarily increase awareness of climate change</strong>, and how Transition initiatives should discuss climate change in their communities following the storms.</span></li><li><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/sophy-banks-climate-change-if-we-were-rational-wed-have-it-sorted-now">Sophy Banks argued</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"> that "<strong>if we were rational,</strong> we'd have climate change sorted by now".&nbsp;</span></li><li><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/guy-watson-how-riverford-farm-living-climate-change">Guy Watson of Riverford Organic Farm</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"> talked about the realities of <strong>trying to run a farm in the face of extreme weather</strong>.</span></li><li><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/chris-rowland-ovesco-living-climate-change">Chris Rowland talked about how OVESCO</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"> are now running a <strong>peer mentoring scheme for local communities</strong>.</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">Our interview with </span><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/paul-kingsnorth-living-climate-change">Paul Kingsnorth, a founder of the Dark Mountain Project</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"> encouraged concluded that the useful thing you can do is <strong>keep telling the truth</strong> and get on with doing what useful work you can do at your local level.&nbsp;</span></li><li><a style="font-size: 0.813em;" href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/katherine-knox-what-climate-injustice-means-poorer-communities">Katherine Knox of Joseph Rowntree Foundation</a><span style="font-size: 0.813em;"> introduced us to '<strong>climate injustice</strong>', and the social impacts of the recent floods and who stands to lose the most from climate-related impacts.</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">We also heard from Transitioners around the world reflecting on <strong>what climate change looks like where they live</strong>. Reports include from Los Angeles and the drought that has been affecting California; what climate mitigation looks like in a Netherlands community; two reports from the Somerset Levels; the sheer power of the storms on the Isles of Scilly.</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 0.813em;">By far the most popular article of last month was <strong>our Open Letter to the BBC</strong> in response to Nigel Lawson's appearance on Radio 4's Today Programme. We followed up this month with a response to the BBC's reply to the huge numbers of people who objected. The flood of complaints resulted, finally, in the closest thing to an apology from the programme's producer.</span></li></ul></ul><p>For all these stories above and an overview of what we've covered, the highlights and some key insights:<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/transitioners-digest-march"></a></p><hr /><p><br /><strong>Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition</strong><br />We have reports of removing mountains of rubbish on South Norwood High Street, Brockley going a-wassailing, the Kingston Pound to be piloted, a Skillshare event in Cambridge, Loughborough creating a community allotment, Sandmount in Dublin held Ireland's first ever Repair Cafe. Plus news from Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, USA, and Uruguay.&nbsp;<br /><a href="/news/2014-03-12/march-2014-round-what-s-happening-out-world-transition"></a></p><hr /><p><strong>REconomy</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>New REconomy Project Website Helps You Transform Your Local Economy</strong><br />Transition groups everywhere are already running brilliant, inspiring projects and enterprises that create new livelihoods. We’ve re-done our resources and website to make it easier for you to do the same.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Introducing Paid Work to Your Transition Group</strong><br />Funding is always a good thing, right? Well it can also cause big problems if you introduce paid work to a mainly volunteer group without careful consideration of the issues. This simple PDF guide will help you anticpate and deal with them. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Get Paid to Help REconomy Ideas Spread in the UK</strong><br />Are you excited by the idea of helping Transition groups transform their local economy and create new livelihoods? Here's a paid opportunity to work with the REconomy Project team.<br /><a href=""></a></p><hr style="padding-left: 30px;" /><p><strong>TRANSITION FREE PRESS</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong></strong>May 1st sees the relaunch of Transition Free Press (TFP) following its successful pilot which produced four very popular and high quality papers. The relaunch also represents a shift in emphasis for the paper. Alexis Rowell, TFP’s Managing Editor, says that <strong>“the focus is shifting slightly</strong> to include anything that is “Transition-like” without necessarily being Transition. <br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/marvel-transition-free-press-steps-next-level"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>What will really make a difference to make sure that TFP thrives</strong> is the number of people who sign up to become subscribers, paying £15 a year in advance for four copies. Do you know a friend or relative who might enjoy a subscription to TFP? <br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Get Transition Free Press <strong>circulating in your area</strong>! Order deadline for distributors is 11th April.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;<strong style="font-size: 0.813em;">NEWS OF THE NETWORK</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Transition Network is seeking new Trustees</strong><br />Outgoing Trustee William Lana has been on the Board since Transition Network began, and after 7 years' service is standing down. He was asked about his experience of being a Trustee and what advice would he give to anyone who is contemplating applying to be on the Board.<br /><a href="/news/2014-03-19/william-lanas-thoughts-incoming-transition-network-trustees"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Are you a Drupal developer?</strong><br />We're looking for a lead developer/technical architect to work with the ‘Transition Technologist’ group on our web project.<br /><a href="/blogs/ed-mitchell/2014-04/transition-network-seeking-lead-developer"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>One Year in Transition</strong><br />Applications are open now for this September as One Year in Transition (1YT) gets into its third year. It is proving very successful, with all our first year graduates now doing the work they designed for themselves while on the programme and happily fulfilling their potential as change-agents for resilient communities. 1YT is a low-cost collaborative learning programme that empowers young adults to create the Transition livelihoods they want by growing people, community and projects together. Put One Day in Transition, in Bristol on 12 July, in your diary. It’s the place to meet the current students as they complete their year, connect with Transition Bristol and bring community project ideas along for tips on how to grow them. To find out more visit our great new website: <br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Doing Stuff in German</strong><br />Rob Hopkins book The Power of Doing Stuff is now available in German called "Einfach.Jetzt.Machen! It is a huge success &amp; the publisher is very pleased with the first results. There have been many positive articles about the book that has an extra chapter on the current transition activities in German-speaking countries. To order and for more info:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Transition Germany Becomes Legal</strong><br />After 4 years in "legal limbo" Transition Germany at last has a legal structure! The NGO "Transition Netzwerk e.V." will be located in the small Town of Witzenhausen in the center of Germany and was created in an intense &amp; joyful 2-day-workshop by 17 representatives and long-term Transition activists, representing many different German Transition intitiatives. More about our new NGO in German here:<br /><a href=""></a></p><hr /><p><strong>TRAINING</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">Launch online starts again on April 23rd. It has sold out every time so far, so if you are thinking of attending this or know anyone who is, then now is the time to get in early while there are still places.<br /><a href="/events/network-training"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">We are starting to offer Thrive in Europe, with Spain, Belgium, and Sweden leading the way, and have a full programme of Launch trainings, and a few Effective group trainings too. More details:<br /><a href="/events/network-training"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">There is a special and highly recommended workshop in Germany in April with Charles Eisenstein entitled, 'Transition Activists and Leadership Intensive' with Charles Eisenstein.<br /><a href="/events/2014-04-27/transition-activists-and-leadership-intensive-charles-eisenstein-and-gerd-wessling"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Transition LAUNCH</strong> <br />7-8 June <br />Packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you 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 Transition initiative become a success. More details: <br /><a href="/events/2014-06-07/transition-launch"></a></p><hr style="padding-left: 30px;" /><p><strong>MORE MULLINGS</strong></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Keep Your Stuff Alive</strong><br />Every object has a dark side – and that’s especially true in fashion. Two-wash-two wear tea shirts have a devastating impact on watercourses, air quality, soil toxicity, and human and ecosystem health, in many parts of the world. It is one thing to draw attention to the hidden costs of fashion, says John Thackara, quite another to figure out what to do about them. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Goodbye to Supermarkets?</strong><br />When we shop at the supermarket, it’s important to remember that the food we purchase supports particular agricultural practices, and provides demand for the food policies that dominate our food system. Rebecca Roberts sees cracks in the supermarket model that are beginning to show. <br /><a href=""></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Food in Community: keeping community groups fed in Totnes</strong><br />An article Rob Hopkins wrote for the Live Better section on the Guardian's website about a small group of volunteers that are redistributing produce that would have otherwise gone to waste, with inspiring results. <br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/food-community-keeping-community-groups-fed-totnes"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Primary Schools in the Watershed</strong><br />Story-teller and artist Helen Sands talks about how she experienced the "Mythic Dart" days with young children that we hope will inspire you to do similar work around your own river.<br /><a href="/blogs/isabel-carlisle/2014-03/primary-schools-watershed"></a></p><p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><strong>QUOTE OF THE MONTH</strong></p><p>"<em>The reason that the vast majority of people do not believe in climate change is because it’s a direct challenge to their sense of the world and how the world is....The solutions always lie in ways of talking, ways to behave that would involve pulling people together.</em>"<br /><a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/george-marshall-communicating-climate-change-following-extreme-weather-eve">George Marshall,</a> COIN, the Climate Outreach and Information Network<br /><br /></p><hr /><p><strong>NEXT MONTH</strong><br />The theme on the website for April is "What is the impact of Transition, and how do we know?" If you'd like to suggest or submit anything, do get in touch.&nbsp;</p><p><span>The Social Reporters are taking a well deserved break.</span></p><hr /><p>Follow Transition Network on<strong>&nbsp;Twitter</strong><br /><a href="!/transitiontowns">!/transitiontowns</a></p><p>Be a Friend on<strong>&nbsp;Facebook</strong><br /><a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Film Reviews</strong><br /><a href="/films"></a>&nbsp;<br /><br />Transition&nbsp;<strong>Youtube</strong>&nbsp;Channel<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>Find&nbsp;<strong>previous editions</strong>&nbsp;of the newsletter here<br /><a href="/tags/transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p>Read&nbsp;<strong>this newsletter</strong>&nbsp;online&nbsp;<br /><a href="/news/2014-04-03/april-2014-transition-network-newsletter"></a></p><p><strong>Subscribe</strong>&nbsp;to Transition newsletter:<br /><a href=""></a></p><p>This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month.&nbsp;<br />Next newsletter 2nd May 2014</p><p>Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville,<br />from&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Forest Row</a>&nbsp;for the Transition Network<br />Contact:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> network newsletter Transition Network Newsletter Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:55:58 +0000 Mike Grenville 35247 at Transition Network launches new fragrance range <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="380" height="244" title="Estee Lauder/Transition Network" alt="Estee Lauder/Transition Network" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>April sees an exciting new initiative from Transition Network, the launch of our own fragrance collection.&nbsp; All the celebrities are at it, so in our push to help make Transition Network more financially independent as well as to broaden its mainstream appeal, we have teamed up with the people at Estée Lauder to launch a new range for the Spring.&nbsp; Chanelle La Touche from Estée Lauder says:</p><blockquote><p>“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Transition Network in this way.&nbsp; To us, Transition says chic, it says, resilience, it says inspiration and independence, and that’s what we have captured in this new range. &nbsp;We like to think of this as "the perfume of just doing stuff"”.&nbsp;<!--break--></p></blockquote><p>Today sees the launch of 3 landmark new perfumes:</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox"><img src="/sites/" width="200" height="162" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>“<strong>Resilience</strong>”: styled to capture the spirit of Transition, a perfume that bounces back and which captures a dynamism associated with this beautiful international movement.&nbsp; The composition is announced as Mediterranean, fresh and sensual. It opens with accords of mint, lemon and spicy ginger. The heart of geranium and lavender is laid on the base of woody notes.</p><p><strong>"Wedded to Wellbeing"</strong>: captures the delicate insights of inner Transition, a deeply grounding blend of autumnal musks which float like an autumn afternoon, rich with lavender and cinnamon, a rich aroma which pays due attention to process and dedicates as much of its dynamism to being as to doing. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="You might want to check the date..."><img src="/sites/" alt="check the date..." title="You might want to check the date..." width="190" height="253" style="float: left;" class="float-left" /></a>"Optimism":</strong>&nbsp;A powerful parfum which captures the quintessential sense that anything is possible. &nbsp;<span>Top notes of this new fragrance incorporate juicy scents of apple, quince flower and freesia. The fragrant story continues with central notes of iris, gardenia and peony. The composition closes with musk, cedar and sandalwood, framed with a rich tone of fresh truffles.</span></p><p>Sarah McAdam, Delivery Director for Transition Network told "Glamour" magazine:</p><blockquote><p>"If Transition is about anything, it's about not doing what's expected of you. &nbsp;I can't imagine anyone would have seen this coming, and we love the playfulness of it. It's also going to make us loads of money, which is great".</p></blockquote><p>Transition initiatives from across Europe are playing their part too. &nbsp;The ginger that features in 'Resilience' is being grown by Transition Town Worthing in a series of greenhouses heated using waste heat from a local swimming pool. &nbsp;The lavender that underpins "Wedded to Wellbeing" is being grown by Transition Finsbury Park on land recently offered by the local council, as well as on the local underground station platform. &nbsp;However, the plans of Transition Salford in Manchester to cultivate the truffles needed for "Optimism" ran into trouble when the tunnel they had lovingly dug to create the ideal underground growing conditions was <a href="">used by local criminals to rob their local branch of Tescos</a>. &nbsp;At least, that's their story. &nbsp;10 members of the core group are still in custody. &nbsp;</p><p>The range was initially launched in Milan two weeks ago when Rob Hopkins visited the city to give some talks about Transition and also to launch his own men's skincare products range at the Milan Fashion Week. &nbsp;"Transition could be viewed", he told Vogue, "as tools for moisturising your community, bringing out its best side, bringing out the best in what you already have". &nbsp;It is understood that in some Italian department stores it is now the best selling range.</p><p><em>The Transition Network/Estee Lauder range go on sale this week in Debenhams and John Lewis. &nbsp;</em></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:38:25 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35228 at William Lana's thoughts for incoming Transition Network Trustees. <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="225" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Transition Network is seeking new Trustees, four in fact. &nbsp;You can find out everything you need to know about it <a href="/news/2014-03-05/your-opportunity-become-trustee-transition-network">here</a>, and <a href="/sites/">download the information pack here</a>. &nbsp;Last week we heard from <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/transition-network-seeks-new-trustees-sarah-mcadam-what-makes-good-trustee">Sarah McAdam on what makes a good Trustee</a>, today from outgoing Trustee William Lana. &nbsp;William has been on the Board since Transition Network began, and after 7 years' service is standing down. &nbsp;We started by asking him how it's been, what has been his experience of being a Trustee?&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;<!--break--></span></p><p><iframe src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" width="100%" height="166"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;And secondly, we wondered, what advice would he give to anyone who is contemplating applying to be on the Board?&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" width="100%" height="166"></iframe></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:46:20 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35146 at A selection of funding opportunities for Transition initiatives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="300" title="funding" alt="funding" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We are very grateful to Christine Jones for sending us this, which is something we hope to do on a more regular basis. &nbsp;Here is a selection of current funding possibilities for Transition initiatives in the UK. &nbsp;If you know of any others that might be of interest, do post them in the comments below. For more general advice for Transition groups on funding, check out our <a href="/resources/transition-network-funding-primer">Funding Primer</a>. &nbsp;<!--break--></p><p><strong>Trees for Communities (UK)</strong></p><p>The Tree Council, the lead tree campaigning charity working to promote the&nbsp;importance of trees within the changing environment, has announced that its&nbsp;Trees for Communities grant making programme is now open for applications.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox"><img src="/sites/" width="110" height="175" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>Funds are available for community groups within the UK who are able to show&nbsp;that children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in tree planting&nbsp;projects during National Tree Week 2014 (<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_470277832"><span class="aQJ">29th November to 1st December 2014</span></span>). &nbsp;The Tree Council can fund projects between £100 and £700 and successful&nbsp;applicants will receive up to 75% towards their planting costs. For example,<br />if your project totals £700, The Tree Council would offer up to £525. The&nbsp;remaining 25% will need to be secured by your school or organisation.</p><p>The closing date for applications is the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_470277833"><span class="aQJ">31st March 2014</span></span>. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Trees for Schools (UK)</strong></p><p>The Tree Council, the lead tree campaigning charity working to promote the&nbsp;importance of trees within the changing environment, has announced that its&nbsp;Trees for Schools grant making programme is now open for applications. &nbsp;Funds are available for schools within the UK who are able to show that&nbsp;children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in tree planting&nbsp;projects during National Tree Week 2013 (<span data-term="goog_470277834">29th November to 1st December 2014</span>).</p><p>Schools must be local authority run or registered as a 'not for profit’&nbsp;organisation (including a community interest company, a charity organisation&nbsp;or a social enterprise). The Tree Council can fund projects between £100&nbsp;and £700 and successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their&nbsp;planting costs. For example, if your project totals £700, The Tree Council&nbsp;would offer up to £525. The remaining 25% will need to be secured by your&nbsp;school or organisation.</p><p>The closing date for applications is the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_470277835"><span class="aQJ">31st March 2014</span></span>. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orchard Windfalls Fund 2014 (UK)</strong></p><p>The Tree Council has announced that its Orchard Windfalls Fund 2014 is open&nbsp;for applications.</p><p>Through the Fund grants of between £100 and £700 are available to schools&nbsp;and community groups for the planting of apple and pear trees with the&nbsp;condition that children aged sixteen or under are involved in the planting&nbsp;or, where the trees are too large to be directly handled by them, related&nbsp;educational activities. This educational aspect might be during the design,&nbsp;planning and planting of the orchard or, in schools, it might be part of&nbsp;curriculum related projects that will be enhanced by the preliminary<br />activities or the subsequent availability of fruit trees on or near to the&nbsp;school site. To be eligible planting must take place on publicly accessible&nbsp;land, usually in public or charity ownership. In addition the School or&nbsp;Community Group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs.</p><p>The closing date for applications is the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_470277836"><span class="aQJ">31st March 2014</span></span>. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Big Announces New £30 Million Environment Fund (UK)</strong></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="logo"><img src="/sites/" alt="logo" title="logo" width="150" height="101" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>The Big Lottery Fund announced a new funding programme, Our Environment Our&nbsp;Future. This UK-wide £30 million investment is set to support projects&nbsp;enabling young people (aged 11-24) to improve their local environment and&nbsp;increase their employability through learning new skills.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The Big Lottery Fund is now seeking a UK-wide strategic partner to coordinate&nbsp;this new funding programme which opens to applications next year. Our&nbsp;Environment Our Future will see the Big Lottery Fund bring together, for the&nbsp;first time, two core areas of its investment - environment and young people. &nbsp;One of the key objectives of the programme will be to support projects that<br />enable young people across the UK to participate and take the lead in the&nbsp;growing green economy. The £30 million available will fund a number of&nbsp;individual projects (25-35) across the UK to scale-up or replicate.</p><p>The deadline is the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_470277837"><span class="aQJ">16 May 2014</span></span>&nbsp;for organisations to apply for the role of&nbsp;UK-wide strategic partner. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust (UK)</strong></p><p>Through the Trust grants are available to projects of significance to&nbsp;horticulture (or botany with a strong horticultural content) and education&nbsp;for horticulture. The types of activities that can be funded include:</p><ul><li>Training schemes for gardeners run by appropriate organizations</li><li>The provision of educational programmes in gardens open to the public</li><li>Preparation of exhibits or exhibitions of horticultural interest</li><li>The restoration of historically interesting gardens which are or will be open&nbsp;to the public</li><li>The development of new gardens which will be open to the public; etc. (please&nbsp;note the list is not exhaustive).</li></ul><p>The Trust also provides support for several traineeships in horticulture each&nbsp;year (August to July); these are awarded to applying gardens (who each find a&nbsp;suitable trainee).</p><p>The next deadline for applications is the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_470277838"><span class="aQJ">15th August 2014</span></span>. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Big Announces New “Power to Change” Programme (England)</strong></p><p>The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new initiative which will invest up to&nbsp;£150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led&nbsp;enterprises across England. It will be delivered by an independent Trust from&nbsp;autumn 2014. The new initiative is a response to challenges that many&nbsp;communities are experiencing at the local level. The aim is to use the power&nbsp;of social enterprise to help more people respond to local need and&nbsp;opportunity, and change the places in which they live for the better.</p><p>Eligible projects must be ‘community-led’, and the lead partner must be a&nbsp;charity, social enterprise, not-for-profit or member (co-operative)&nbsp;organisation. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Food Funding Strand (UK)</strong></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="logo"><img src="/sites/" alt="logo" title="logo" width="150" height="78" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent&nbsp;charitable foundations, has announced the launch of its new food strand. &nbsp;Esmée will offer total funding of £5m over a period of three years and is&nbsp;inviting applications from organisations focused on understanding and&nbsp;investigating the critical role that food plays in wellbeing and the&nbsp;interplay between food, sustainability and poverty. The food strand is open&nbsp;to both large-scale strategic or policy-led interventions and organisations&nbsp;working on innovative local projects. The foundation will support work that&nbsp;delivers high quality, innovative local food projects, particularly those&nbsp;that can become financially sustainable and are :</p><ul><li>Replicable. Establishes closer links between NGOs, community groups,&nbsp;producers, retailers and industry in order to create more coherent food&nbsp;sector.</li><li>Improves people’s understanding of the place that food plays in our&nbsp;lives and shows the role that access to good quality food can have on&nbsp;wellbeing.</li><li>Leads to the prioritisation of sustainable food production and&nbsp;consumption in local and national policy, practice and decision-making.</li><li>Increases demand for better quality food from sustainable sources, for&nbsp;example, through changes to public procurement.</li></ul><p>The strand is now open for applications and will operate until at least the&nbsp;end of 2015. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>New Funding for Rural Communities (UK)</strong></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="logo"><img src="/sites/" alt="logo" title="logo" width="150" height="90" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>The Plunkett Foundation has been awarded over £450,000 from the Esmée&nbsp;Fairbairn Foundation to create a new comprehensive support service for rural&nbsp;communities considering setting up or diversifying community-owned services&nbsp;like shops and pubs. The support service will provide a combination of&nbsp;adviser support, training, feasibility grants, and opportunities for&nbsp;networking with other community enterprises. The support is specifically&nbsp;focused at the early stage of a community’s ideas, and will help them&nbsp;progress to the next stage. Eligibility for support will depend on&nbsp;communities aiming to raise at least £10,000 themselves through community&nbsp;shares and support will be given to ensure communities are creating viable&nbsp;and sustainable businesses that engage the whole community.</p><p>This new service is now open for applications and Plunkett encourages rural&nbsp;communities who need support for their enterprises to contact them directly&nbsp;for more information via 01993 810730 or by emailing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>. &nbsp;<a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>£9.5 Million Fund to Support Neighbourhood Planning (England)</strong></p><p>The Localism Act 2011 introduces statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England. &nbsp;It enables communities to draw up a &nbsp;Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is&nbsp;intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local<br />area. &nbsp;The Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme will support&nbsp;groups developing neighbourhood plans in two ways. These are:</p><ul><li>Direct support – advice and support, tailored to meet the needs of&nbsp;supported neighbourhoods. Grant payments of up to £7,000 per neighbourhood&nbsp;area, to contribute to costs incurred by the group preparing a neighbourhood&nbsp;plan or order.</li><li>Support is available to town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and&nbsp;emerging neighbourhood forums preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.</li></ul><p>The first stage of the application process is to complete the eligibility&nbsp;checker to find out if your group is eligible for direct and/or grant&nbsp;support. If you are eligible, you will be emailed a link to your&nbsp;application form within 24 hours. &nbsp;More <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35145 at The March 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-featured-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_featured_image" width="300" height="177" title="cpttsensible" alt="cpttsensible" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone reading this who was a fan of punk legends The Damned, or indeed of Captain Sensible's solo work, will be impressed to read of his interaction with Crystal Palace Transition Town (CPTT). &nbsp;<a href="">According to 'Inside Croydon'</a>, CPTT and other groups got together to clear up a "<span>long neglected piece of greenery on South Norwood High Street, removing mountains of rubbish from the site" (see right).<!--break--> </span></p><p>Plans include a bench to be dedicated by Captain Sensible, the only person to have composed <a href="">a song in praise of Croydon</a>. &nbsp;We especially liked the following sentence:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span>"Apparently, it was not the fact that Captain Sensible was left off the council’s short list altogether, but that he was passed over when Ronnie Corbett was selected that irked the most".</span></p></blockquote><p>CPTT also, like several other Transition groups, recently celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight. &nbsp;Below,&nbsp;<span>Steve O'Connell, Croydon Conservative Cabinet and GLA Member, dropped by to power up a Fairtrade smoothie:</span></p><p><span><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="smoothie"><img src="/sites/" alt="smoothie" title="smoothie" width="650" height="488" /></a></span></p><p>There's lots happening with trees at the moment out there. &nbsp;Transition Reading posted on their Facebook page "Fancy helping us to plant Woodley's first community orchard in Woodford park next week?" &nbsp;You can read more about that project <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;Transition Harborough <a href="">held a free apple grafting workshop</a>. &nbsp;Transition West Kirby have also been runnning apple grafting workshop:</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="apples"><img src="/sites/" alt="apples" title="apples" width="650" height="459" /></a></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="logo"><img src="/sites/" alt="logo" title="logo" width="180" style="float: right;" class="float-right" height="212" /></a>Regional gatherings are one of the finest things that emerges in Transition. &nbsp;A regional gathering of Transition initiatives in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, entitled "Big Push for Local Resilience", takes place on Sunday 23 March. It&nbsp;will consist of Open Space Workshops facilitated by people who are using community-based approaches to develop local solutions to global problems. &nbsp;Its organisers say:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>"The day will empower you to be part of the local Transition movement to a sustainable future, resilient to global problems such as: talk to others about climate change and reducing carbon emissions, develop a plan for engaging your community, including your local authorities, be aware of the wealth of experience available, and how to access it, recognise and celebrate all the good efforts being made. &nbsp;More information about the programe on the website of <a href="">Transition Berkhamsted</a>".&nbsp;<span style="color: #353535; font-size: 0.813em; font-style: normal; line-height: 21.46320152282715px;">&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;Transition Town Berkhamsted's John Bell and Emma Sherrington appeared Radio Dacorum's 'Sarah on Sunday show'. &nbsp;Here it is:&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe src="//;embed_type=widget_standard&amp;embed_uuid=1d35d1dd-1edb-41d5-b3c9-3445509a9633&amp;hide_tracklist=1&amp;replace=0&amp;hide_cover=1" frameborder="0" width="660" height="180"></iframe></p><div style="clear: both; height: 3px; width: 652px;">&nbsp;</div><p>Here's a small selection of newsletters produced by Transition initiatives over the past month:&nbsp;<a href=";id=169e5e9c50%20">Transition Kentish Town</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Transition Buxton</a>, <a href=";id=a378400a07">Transition Keynsham</a>, the&nbsp;<a href=";id=1e1553ddbb">Brixton Pound</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Transition Town Totnes</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;Transition Stroud held a screening of 'In Transition 2.0'. &nbsp;Here's the poster:&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="stroud"><img src="/sites/" alt="stroud" title="stroud" width="280" height="396" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>Ealing Transition and Transition Dorking appear to have been hanging out a bit ... Ealing Transition tweeted "Nice to meet and swap ideas with members of&nbsp;<a class="twitter-atreply pretty-link" dir="ltr" href="">@TTDorking</a>&nbsp;today, at their pop-up ideas shop!&nbsp;<a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" dir="ltr" href=";src=hash" data-query-source="hashtag_click">#randomtransitionencounters</a>".</p><p>Transition Town Berkhamsted&nbsp;<a href="">have been opposing a new multistorey carpark in the town</a>, arguing the money would be better spent on promoting public transport and cycling. &nbsp;Transition Town Totnes's Transition Homes project are seeking a Project Co-ordinator and Intern. &nbsp;See more&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;TTT also recently&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=twitter">got together to plant fruit and nut trees</a>. &nbsp;TTT have restarted their Friday Transition Tours. &nbsp;If you are planning to visit and learn more about TTT, everything you need to know about the tours that take you around the town and introduce you to what's happening there as well as to the history of the town, is&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=twitter">here</a>. They also have an <a href="">incredibly full programme of Skillshares</a> for the Spring. &nbsp;</p><p>They have also been preparing for the 3rd annual Local Entrepreneurs' Forum which takes place on May 13th. &nbsp;They write:</p><blockquote><p>What can we do to support entrepreneurs and create new models of investing? That was the main question of the 'pre-Local Entrepreneur Forum' event in Februrary in Totnes, where attendees could learn more about what it is and how you can make a difference. For the past two years, Totnes has hosted the&nbsp;<a href="">Local Entrepreneur Forum</a>, a jam-packed productive day bringing entrepreneurs, investors, and business experts together to learn, connect, and collaborate.&nbsp; The best projects pitch their business plans to the audience - the Community of Friendly Dragons - who pledge support of investment, in-kind capital, and 'wellbeing' services, such as massages and child care.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Transition Brockley went a-wassailing ... here's the photo:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="wassailing"><img src="/sites/" alt="wassailing" title="wassailing" width="650" height="488" /></a></p><p>The Kingston Pound is moving forward. &nbsp;It is set to be piloted at the Surbiton Food Festival on the 3-18th May. &nbsp;Those who commit to converting £20 or more into Kingston Pounds before the end of March will have their names incorporated into the note’s design. &nbsp;The group are also working to get Kingston Council's support. &nbsp;Liz Green, council leader, <a href="">told the local paper</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span><span>“The Kingston Pound can be a great catalyst for our local economy bringing local people together with local businesses like never before.”</span></span></p></blockquote><p>Platform ("The everyday portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester") published a great piece about Transition Town Bolton, entitled&nbsp;<em><a href="">The Alternative? Transition Town Bolton and the circular economy</a>, </em>which is really worth a read.&nbsp;</p><p>It being Spring and everything, there have been rather a lot of Seed Swaps around recently. &nbsp;Transition Worcester<span>'s event took place on Saturday 8th March, 11am-3pm, outside the Guildhall. &nbsp;Here's the poster:</span></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="seedy"><img src="/sites/" alt="seedy" title="seedy" width="650" height="919" /></a></p><p>&nbsp;Transition Horsham held theirs on February 22nd...</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="poster"><img src="/sites/" alt="poster" title="poster" width="568" height="796" /></a></p><p>Transition Stratford's Plant Swap is coming up, May 17th, and they've been urging people to sow a few extras in advance. &nbsp;OVESCO in Lewes recently <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/chris-rowland-ovesco-living-climate-change">were awarded funding to run a peer mentoring scheme</a> with 10 community energy projects in Sussex to support them in bringing their projects to fruition. &nbsp;Here's a quick video of each of the groups involved sharing their anticipation and excitement:&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>Transition Cambridge recently ran their Skillshare event, and here is the rather fine poster for it...</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="poster"><img src="/sites/" alt="poster" title="poster" width="650" height="919" /></a></p><p><span>Transition Leamington's Incredible Edible group have been planting up fruit in Leamington's Old Town. &nbsp;</span>Group member&nbsp;Derrick Knight <a href="">told his local paper</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"With the help of some neighbours, we have planted cherry trees, redcurrants, blackcurrants, pear trees, strawberries, blackberries and loganberries. &nbsp;They are growing all around the perimeter of the site so people can pick the fruit as they are walking to the bus stop or into town. The whole idea is to demonstrate that fruit and vegetables do not have to be hemmed in and fenced off. You can just take it when you want.”</p></blockquote><p><span><br /></span></p><p>&nbsp;<a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Derrick Knight (kneeling) with community volunteers planting cherry trees at Christine Ledger Square in Leamington. Photo: Leamington Spa Courier. "><img src="/sites/" alt="Derrick Knight (kneeling) with community volunteers planting cherry trees at Christine Ledger Square in Leamington. Photo: Leamington Spa Courier. " title="Derrick Knight (kneeling) with community volunteers planting cherry trees at Christine Ledger Square in Leamington. Photo: Leamington Spa Courier. " width="629" height="470" class="caption" /></a></p><p>Transition Town Letchworth <a href="">wrote a statement to their local paper</a> in relation to the recent floods and climate change, which stated, among other things, that:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span>"We’ve heard a lot of talk about dredging and flood defences, but the solution to reducing the damage caused by future events like this needs to be much more holistic.”</span></p></blockquote><p>They also recently <a href="">were awarded £2,000 by the local Heritage Foundation</a> to buy a thermal imaging camera. &nbsp;TTL energy group representative Julia Sonander said:</p><blockquote><p><span><em>"We are really pleased that the Heritage Foundation has given us a grant to purchase a thermal imaging camera. &nbsp;This camera can be used by Letchworth householders to take a good look at their properties and decide where improvements can be made.&nbsp; A&nbsp;FLIR E6 thermal imaging camera is now on order from Stanburys in Baldock, the company will be providing TTL with free training."</em></span></p></blockquote><p>Transition Loughborough are creating a community allotment and recently shared the draft design for the site. &nbsp;You can see it <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;Transition Kensal to Kilburn in London held a tree pruning workshop on&nbsp;Charteris Road in NW6.&nbsp;Here's a photo:</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="pruning"><img src="/sites/" alt="pruning" title="pruning" width="650" height="866" /></a></p><p>Transition Kentish Town <a href="/This%20Transition%20Belsize%20and%20Transition%20Kentish%20Town%20project%20is%20about%20growing%20hops%20to%20make%20a%20batch%20of%20local%20beer%20which%20we%20will%20all%20drink%20together%20this%20autumn.">have come together with Transition Belsize to grow hops</a> across the area to flavour a brew which the two groups will drink together this Autumn. &nbsp;An interesting piece of research has just been published looking at Transition in Edinburgh. Entitled&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=twitter">The Production, Practice, and Potential of ‘Community’ in Edinburgh’s Transition Town Network</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Gerald Aiken it is a very useful resource. &nbsp;</p><p>Transition Sandmount in Dublin recently held Ireland's first ever Repair Cafe. &nbsp;Sounded like a great occasion...</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Sandymount"><img src="/sites/" alt="Sandymount" title="Sandymount" width="650" height="428" /></a></p><p>To Hungary next. &nbsp;The last month was very busy for Hungarian Transitioners. Transition Wekerle in Budapest’s Draughtbusting programme has now been running for 5 years, organising workshops for interested local people to help know how to insulate their windows. But this winter they set up a new project: working with group of volunteers to insulate windows and doors in ten flats, all belong to poor, elderly people living in Wekerle.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox"><img src="/sites/" width="300" style="float: right;" class="float-right" height="201" /></a></p><p>Seed Swaps are not a phenomenon exclusive to UK Transition initiatives. &nbsp;Transition Kecskemét held one recently, offering an opportunity for people to get their hands on heirloom seed varieities, as well as to pick up some composting and gardening advice and learn about urban beekeeping. &nbsp;</p><p>Transition Wekerle and Transition Kecskemét met 13 Hungarian sustainable community initiatives in February in Budapest, all working in issue local economy, local food and innovative technology. The dynamic workshop was part of a 3 year project, which aims to connect active initiatives and with a mentoring program help them to learn practical projects from each other and apply them in their own communities.</p><p>Among these initiatives are villages and cities with permaculture gardening, seed banks, Community Supported Agriculture schemes, social cooperatives or community garden initiatives, but also socialy marginalised groups with very succesful paper briquettes projects, helping local people to produce their own fuel, work together and discover the power of the community. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe></p><p>Now comes news from Telheiras in Portugal. &nbsp;"In 2013, the Transition Initiative of Telheiras (Iniciativa de Transição em Telheiras, ITT), a neighbourhood of Lisbon, Portugal, transformed itself in a convergence center named after its website: Associação “Viver Telheiras” (“Live Telheiras” Association) with some important aims:</p><ul><li>Connect with other local entities and social networks to work more connected and closer to the people living in the neighbourhood.</li><li>Become more sustainable in terms of human resources and money.</li></ul><p>As more institutions and initiatives felt isolated, they found a fertile ground for their proposal to jointly look for sinergies and cooperation in service of the neighbourhood. The “Parceria Local Telheiras” (Telheiras Local Partnership) that resulted, has now received a grant from the programme “Active Citizenship” (EAA Grants), managed by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in which funding from Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein is gathered. This programme aims at strengthening Portuguese civil society, the advance of social justice, the protection of democratic values and sustainable development.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>With this grant, a full time job is created for a year, while it also guarantees funding for the realisation of meetings between partners, jointly organised events (like the Telheiras Festival). It also provides resources to buy shared equipment and materials.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>After a “near death” of the initiative in 2012, this is fantastic news. By carefully looking what inhibited the initiative to flourish, and connect to other initiatives aiming at supporting the development of the neighbourhood, conditions were created for a new life. The permanent attention that is available now, makes it possible to continue building on the heritage of what was started in ITT and to implement more transition type dynamics. A very significant step!<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>You can find more about what is happening in Telheiras on the communication - and information platform of the neighbourhood:<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Our thanks to Paul Hendriksen in the Netherlands for the following: "<a href="">Transition Netherlands</a> had a very successful National Meet-up in the first weekend of February. Throughout the 2-day event about 100 Dutch Transitioners attended various workshops and other sessions on a wide range of topics. The first was about the role of money and the economy from a Transition point of view on Saturday, and the second was about Inner Transition work, on Sunday. Nevertheless, the money-theme obviously touched hearts and souls of many participants, judging from the fervor and enthousiasm with which they discussed several economy-related issues.</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="nl"><img src="/sites/" alt="nl" title="nl" width="650" height="434" /></a></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="nl"><img src="/sites/" alt="nl" title="nl" width="300" class="float-right" height="201" /></a></p><p>Saturday also saw the first presentation of the Dutch variant on the REconomy project. People from over 50 Dutch Transition groups attended a workshop about why and how to address a systemic change of the economy towards one which is more properly (locally) scaled, respects ecological boundaries and is community-driven. &nbsp;For Dutch speakers -- and those wanting to learn the language the hard way -- a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">full report can be found here</a>&nbsp;(but the pictures there speak for themselves).</p><p>To South America now. The first Transition&nbsp;Launch&nbsp;Training&nbsp;in Uruguay takes place March 29 and 30th. In Argentina, a&nbsp;Transition talk <a href="">went down very well in a school that embraces Transition</a> in San Luis, Argentina.&nbsp; Here is a photo of both students and Transitioners:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="students"><img src="/sites/" alt="Students" title="students" width="650" height="488" /></a></p><p>And now to the first Transition Launch training in Mexico, with thanks for Raúl Vélez for the info. Transition Playa del Carmen celebrated The Week of Transition last September in Yucatan´s peninsula at Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. We had the opportunity of delivering the first of seven trainings planned for 2014 in our country (Southeast, Southwest, Oaxaca and the Valleys, Central Mexico, Bajio Region, Northeast and Nortwest regions).</p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="mex"><img src="/sites/" alt="mex" title="mex" width="300" height="169" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a></p><p>During the two-day Launch Training we shared with 27 participants a lot of great experiences. It was incredible seeing groups of Cancún, Puerto Morelos, Valladolid, Tulum and Playa del Carmen sharing their next steps as initiatives planing further together in an atmosphere of trust and empathy.</p><p>Translating the Transition concept to Mexicos cultural diversity and complexity is a great challenge. I am pleased to participate in Transition Mexico's efforts to co-desing a process by which more initiatives may establish, nurturing the transition proces with Ancient Mexico's knowledge.</p><p>From Brazil, here is a&nbsp;short video on what Transition is (in Portugese):</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="488"></iframe></p><p>In the US, in a few days, Transitioners and resilience-builders from across New Hampshire will be coming together for the New England Regional Transition Gathering in Keene. &nbsp;You can read more about it <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;Transition initiatives in the US have been experiencing the impacts of climate change. &nbsp;As part of our monthly theme of 'living with climate change', <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/living-climate-change-joanne-poyourow-los-angeles">Joanne Poyourow from LA</a> and <a href="/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/living-climate-change-karen-tracy-joshua-tree">Karen Tracy from Joshua Tree</a> shared their experiences. &nbsp;</p><p>Greyton Transition in South Africa tweeted the following photo asking, quite justifiably, "<span>Are we building South Africa's first bottle brick building?"</span></p><p><img src="/sites/" alt="bottle wall" title="bottle wall" width="640" height="480" /></p><p>April 3rd-4th sees the <a href="/events/2014-04-03/transition-launch">first Transition Launch training in Israel</a>. &nbsp;Also, here is a video of a talk about Transition, in Hebrew, from Tivon in Israel. &nbsp;First Hebrew Transition talk we've come across thus far:<span></span></p><p><span><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="650" height="366"></iframe><br /></span></p><p><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox" title="Germany"><img src="/sites/" alt="Germany" title="Germany" width="300" height="259" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>In Germany, two Spring Transition Launch trainings are coming up, one on 5-6th April in Horn Bad-Meinberg and the other on 10-11th May in Dresden. More information and registering to the training <a href="">here</a>.</p><p><a href="">Transition Regensburg</a> has got a special visit in February. A group of some very enthusiastic people from Würzburg are going to set up Transition Würzburg, and visited the Bavarian town to gather information and practical advice on how to start a Transition initiative. &nbsp;According to their plan in summer they are going to open to the public with film events in Würzburg, starting with the film <em>Voices of Transition</em>.<span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>In Australia,&nbsp;Transition Town Ranwick recently held an event with the great title <a href=";id=ff377d8344&amp;e=%5BUNIQID">"Assisting Each Other In Our Journey To Be Resilient, Self Sufficient and Compassionate Beings"</a>. &nbsp;Transition Newcastle recently held their AGM, and convenor Graeme Stuart wrote <a href="">a great Convenor's Report</a> which offers a great overview of what the group has been up to over the past year. <span style="font-size: 0.813em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><a href="/sites/" class="colorbox"><img src="/sites/" width="209" height="221" style="float: right;" class="float-right" /></a>From Canada, Hassan Arif tweeted "<span>Great mtg of Transition </span><a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" dir="ltr" href=";src=hash" data-query-source="hashtag_click"><span>#</span>Fredericton</a><span>, environmental sustainability, amazing innovation in this city</span>". &nbsp;Also, Transition Town P</span>owell River (nice logo guys - right) were selling&nbsp;seed potatoes at their Seedy Saturday this year as a fundraiser, and have a few left. <a href="">They write</a>: "If you missed us at Seedy Saturday and would like to get some, here's what we have:</p><p><span><span>Yukon Gold</span><br /><span>Warba</span><br /><span>Red Pontiac</span></span></p><p><span>If you're interested, contact them <a>via their website</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Finally, <a href="">a new report from Forum for the Future</a>&nbsp;described Transition as "a significant global social movement with a hard political edge". &nbsp;We can live with that.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:15:59 +0000 Rob Hopkins 35096 at