Transition US :: December 2010 e-newsletter
Into the heart...
Cultural narratives often describe a way of being with the environment, which may include a spiritual context. Many people observe environmental brokenness and feel a need to reconnect with and honor the natural world. Some just like being outside and don’t really care to analyze why it makes them feel good. People journey down a different road, but each contributes wisdom to the community’s work on inner transition. While Transition US doesn’t endorse a particular world view, we welcome and honor all journeys of inner transition. And if you hang around long enough, chances are good you might find another Transitioner who agrees with you! -- Pat Benson, TUS Board Member (read her full blog post here)
Listen to an interview with Trathen Heckman, TUS Board President and Founder of Daily Acts, on Coach Betty Live | Transformation Talk Radio, on sharing conscious choices for a sustainable world.
Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.
Transition Initiative Projects
Great Unleashing - Many Transition Initiatives have organized a 'Great Unleashing,' an opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate each other and the potential for creating the change that we want to see in the world. Here's a recap by Pat Benson on Transition Northfield's recent Unleashing in Minnesota. Congrats to Transition Northfield! (read more)
Garden Gleaning - Garden gleaning is a great way to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, not to mention get out in the fresh air and sunshine. Transition Sarasota has a great Garden Gleaning Pilot Project going that is having huge success with more than 767 million pounds of food now rescued, transported and shared! (read more)
Looking back - Transition Initiatives have had a busy year organizing all kinds of events and linking up with some amazing organizations to bring to live an array of collaborative projects. Nearing the end of this calendar year, it's nice to sit back and reflect on the year's accomplishments and learnings. We wanted to share with you this great example of a year-end recap: Transition Culver City: Full of Gratitude and Excited for the Future (part of the Transition Los Angeles Hub). (read more)
Co-creating transformative narratives - Last month, Transitoin US's Diversity Working Group along with Bay Localize, smartMeme, Movement Generation groups convened a conversation about co-creating transformative narratives in the Bay Area. The event had a great turnout and created new momentum around sharing stories and successes. Here's a piece by Dave Room, TUS Board member on creating transformative narratives, including a video from the event. Enjoy! (read more)
Books & Films
(that Transition folk are reading and screening)
The Economics of Happiness
A film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page -- 'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world - our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future...Featuring Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms...
(Being screened by Transition Albany)
Trailer + interview
Award-winning Director of The End of Suburbia and Escape From Suburbia, Gregory Greene, has begun work on his third and defining film, ResilienCity. The film features an interview with Rob Hopkins - check out the trailer and interview on Rob's blog here.
Permaculture: The Growing Edge
An antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, including a visit David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. (Screened by Transition Albany)
Food Production Systems: For a Backyard or Small Farm
This is a how-to-do-it DVD set with lots of resources. A good addition to a library. One DVD is the case study of a small family farm which includes what they did right and what they didn't. The second has loads of practical resources and lots of links. Click here to visit Backyard Food Production.
Ingredients of Transition
These are some of the topics below that have recently been updated by Rob Hopkins and that are looking for your input:
Post Carbon Institute Update
Transition US Partner | visit www.postcarbon.org for more articles, reports and news
PCI rounded up the year with the release of a first video Museletter from Richard Heinberg. In it Richard talks about progress on his new book (working title 'The End of Growth'). Catch the video here.
For a more tongue in cheek message watch PCI's gentle play on "Oprah's Favourite things". Hopefully something to make you smile, but a serious message nonetheless.
...and don't forget to check or the latest downloads from the Post Carbon Reader.