Transition in the US is emerging in all kinds of places. The upbeat optimism and positive spirit are proving to be a good catalyst and groups of all sizes are igniting newsworthy activities. These have attracted attention from some pretty big media sources (Elle magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times Magazine, Time magazine, USA Today, plus a score of local papers). As Transition in your area hits the news, please share your news articles with us.
We are also happy to announce that Rob Hopkins, originator of the Transition Town concept, co-founder of the Transition Network and author of The Transition Handbook, is now a Post Carbon Fellow!
This month we've been busy getting ready for the launch of the new transitionus.org website which will be live in mid-April. Since our last newsletter, a month ago, we have had six Transition trainings across the country and the list of Official Transition Initiatives continues to grow.
Training for Transition courses have been successful with many trainings full to capacity and waitlists brimming with eager participants. Working in pairs, our pool of twenty-one US Trainers are busy making arrangements and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and expertise with communities across the country. If you're interested in learning more about what it takes to host a Training course, contact us.
(Photo: Training for Transition in Boulder, CO in February 21-22, 2009, see original)
Sustainble NE Seattle is 19th officially recognized Transition Initiative in the U.S. They have actively formed several 'guilds', including the Urban Farmers guild, a working group of Sustainable NE Seattle interested in sharing knowledge and resources, and providing opportunities to share the bounty of what is grown in their neighborhood. Since the Fall, they've hosted work parties to transform front lawns into food producing gardens. Watch the video of how it all began.
Visit Sustainable NE Seattle online at http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com.
Visit Transition Santa Cruz online at http://transitionsc.org
(Photo: Transition Santa Cruz - The Future of Local Food Open Space Day, January 31st, 2009, see original)
Are you a muller? As part of the new site, we're gathering contact info for all those folks who have read the primer and are "mulling over" how and whether they will form an initiative their locale. If you are a muller, we want to hear from you and help connect mullers in communities across the US and support their efforts.
A new book on its way...
Transition Timeline by Shaun Chamberlain
Rob Hopkins describes the book on his blog:
Chelsea Green has an offer for Transition groups: 45% discount on 20 books, and 50% on 50 unless you're set up as a reseller, in which case you get wholesale terms (Place an order for Transition Timeline Paperback online).