Mark your calendars for the first-ever Transition US National Gathering, “Growing a Movement for Resilient Communities: Broadening, Deepening, and Scaling Up,” to be held July 27-31 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Transition members and community resilience builders from across the country are invited to gather in St. Paul, Minnesota, this July to make connections, share knowledge, and generate strategies to bring the Transition vision of resilient, local, connected and fossil-fuel-free communities to life across this nation.
With a team of Transition organizers from across the country, and 75 knowledgeable, dynamic and diverse presenters, this event promises to be inspiring, informative and fun!
The event kicks off on Thursday, July 27, with two days of intensive workshops digging deep into some of the critical areas of Transition: permaculture intensives, effectively launching new groups, the work of Inner Transition. On Thursday evening participants will join with community members to view the award-winning French film Demain (Tomorrow).
The main gathering begins Friday evening, July 28, with keynote speaker and Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow, Richard Heinberg. A journalist and educator who has written extensively on energy, economics, and ecological issues, Heinberg has played a key role in communicating the need for transitioning to a new way of living and doing business.
Saturday and Sunday feature a powerful line-up of more than 40 concurrent workshops, with ample networking opportunities designed to broaden, deepen, and scale up our movement. Saturday evening features a keynote speaker and spoken word and music performance that will touch your heart and bring you to your feet. (A full list of workshops and speakers will be posted to the National Gathering website, coming soon!)
VENUE & LOGISTICS
Affordable 1- and 2-person dorm rooms are available on campus at Macalester, nearby St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Ranging from $21 to $64 a night, these rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Days Inn on University, Best Western Capital Ridge and Best Western Como Park are offering a Macalester University discount for hotel rooms. Be sure to ask for the discount when calling or booking online. The Minneapolis International Hostel offers dorm sleeping as well as 20 private queen bedrooms for $39.95 per person. The Twin Cities has an active Couchsurfing community, as well as many Airbnb locations.
There is good public transit in much of the Twin Cities and the Macalester campus is equidistant from both city centers (Minneapolis and St. Paul), easily accessible by bus.
Participants can purchase a meal plan for the Macalester cafeteria, which offers many organic, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free buffet options. Or you can dine at one of several local restaurants. (Although there are no cooking facilities in the dorms, there is a Whole Foods iocated approximately 6 blocks north of campus, accessible by bus.)
Macalester is a zero-waste campus. You will find regular and organic recycling containers across the campus.
To learn more about lodging, dining, and transportation options, visit http://www.transitionus.org/stories/tus-national-gathering-venue-logistics
COST & INCLUSIVITY
The organizers have worked hard to make this historic first gathering accessible, low-carbon, vegetarian friendly, low-waste and affordable. The cost of hosting this event with speakers from across the nation - is roughly $250 per person.
In order to make the gathering more affordable to community organizers, activists, and students, we are able to offer a limited number of discounted tickets as well as scholarships and work-trade positions.
We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to all, including families with children. We are working on organizing low-cost(please complete this form to request childcare: http://bit.ly/tng_childcare).
the fine print
Macalester is a tobacco-free, drug-free and alcohol-free campus.
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How Can I Help?
It takes a village to make this sort of grassroots movement gathering a success! We could still use help in the following areas:
Spreading the word about the gathering to folks in your local/regional network;
Sharing your skills and knowledge via a workshop (see call for proposals below);
Coordinating the scholarship and work-trade program (contact Don Hall at email@example.com);
Identifying potential event sponsors and funding opportunities that are aligned with Transition values (contact Don Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org);
Helping coordinate our remote/virtual participation program (contact Michael Russelle at email@example.com);
Graphic design to create marketing materials (contact Don Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org);
Coordinating low-impact travel and carbon offsets for participants from your region (register your interest here);
Volunteering on-site during the gathering (register your interest here);
And providing financial support to help make this gathering possible (you can donate here).