Ideas & Insights from the Transition Network 2010 Conference

(June 12-14, Seale-Hayne, UK) - This year’s conference featured a dazzling smorgasbord of open space and inspiring workshops, including some longer in-depth sessions, skill shares, project shares, networking, entertainment, and much more.

Patricia Benson, TUS board member recounts her experience at the conference:

Close your eyes and envision a very large extended family, all ages, all excited, all talking.  Observe the enthusiastic hugs and introductions of those new to the clan since the last gathering.  Picture multiple branches  who have migrated to different countries, speak different languages, live embedded in different cultures, but who all share a foundational family culture and history of common experiences.  That is what the Transition Network conference was like.  Not the usual keynotes and powerpoints, but rather a gathering of the Transition family to share stories and experiences of the last few years.  A catching up on each other’s Transition lives, and personal lives.  The conversations in the bar were just as insightful, informative, and inspirational as the workshops.  

I came away from the conference realizing it is all about relationship, a common thread running through workshops on regional hubs, diversity, heart & soul, and even connected to Stoneleigh’s presentation on the economy. Healthy relationships form a foundational base upon which everything else is constructed.

Here's a rundown of key recordings and other goodies from the conference:

Day 1

 

Day 2

 

Day 3

 

Check out a recording of Rob Hopkins workshop on Transition as Pattern Language, definitely a central piece to this event, offering both premise and praxis.

Stoneleigh’s presentation (about 90 minutes long, economy as driver - listen here) had a significant impact on the gathering, but viewing should be coupled with the short video response by Rob and Peter Lipman (below), who provide a Transition context.

 

Closing circle:

 

Here are Rob Hopkins's Reflections on the 2010 Transition Network conference and an overview of conference-related posts: http://transitionculture.org/category/transition-network-conference-2010

 

More info:

Transition Network Conference 2010 Open Space Introduction
 http://sheffield.indymedia.org.uk/2010/06/453339.html

Audio from the conference:
 http://transitionradio.posterous.com/

The conference blog:
 http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/conference-2010

And the conference information:
 http://www.transitionnetwork.org/conference-2010-uk

 

Front page photo photo by Ed Mitchell at the 2010 Transition Network Conference (see original).

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