> Monthly digest of tools, trainings and resources for Transition.
In this Issue:
Rediscovery & Redefining Wealth
Webinars: Fracking 101
& Legal Structures
Law in a Sharing Economy
Upcoming Training Courses
2012 Year in Review
Rob Hopkins 10-year Vision
Transition LAUNCH Training (formerly the T4T)
February 1 Dolby Ferry, NY
February 24 Big Sur, CA
This two-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community or for existing Transition initiatives who are interested in deepening their understanding of Transition.
Learn about hosting a training >>
2012: A Year in Review
The world has changed since Transition US started in January 2009. Transition Initiatives are now in 130 communities in 34 states with Initiatives forming in 200 other towns and cities across the nation. Along this journey we have witnessed ordinary people becoming extraordinary, stepping out, working with others to create positive change.
Read the full 2012 Year in Review >>
We are on the lookout for youth mentors, regional reporters, videographers, transcribers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>
We did it! Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our year-end fundraising goal to continue supporting communities to build resilience and launch new programs for 2013. We look forward to working with you in the coming year!
Rediscovering and Redefining Wealth
Bring Transition Town-style Sharing to your Community
Swapping things, sharing skills, building local economies, building community. Sven Eberlein writes about about Transition for Shareable.net // Read more.
Sustainable NE Seattle's Tool Library Grand Opening
Tools + Library + Public Space + Skillsharing....The NE Seattle Tool Library officially opened its doors to the public after much hard work and anticipation //Read more.
Here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US and around the world, including the REconomy project at TEDxLausanne in Switzerland... // Read more.
Welcome three new Official Transition Initiatives:
Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!
DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies
Thursday, February 21
In recent months we’ve seen a spate of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called “new technologies” that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of “unconventional” oil. “Don’t worry, drive on,” we’re told. Richard Heinberg explains that we can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that’s depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.
Legal Structures for the Transition
Tuesday, February 26
Sprouting from the transition movement are many new organizations - transition groups, time banks, food cooperatives, urban farms, and many more projects that don't fit too neatly into traditional business entity models. Should you form a legal entity? If so, should your project be a cooperative or a nonprofit or something else? In this tele-seminar, attorney Janelle Orsi will provide a basic overview of the options and considerations. See info on her latest book below.
Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy
Transition US Partner | visit www.postcarbon.org for more articles, reports and news
Looking for inspiration for the new year? Check outResilience.org for daily articles and resources includingReclaiming Our Imaginations,Welcome to the Rightsizing Streets Guide, and Enough is Enough
Our new book ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth continues to get great reviews as a really compelling way to understand our energy predicament. SeeEnergy literacy through an astonishing coffee table book for more. (Image: Flickr / jimkang)