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.
We expect around 250 community resilience builders from across the country to gather, build connections, share skills and knowledge, and generate new ideas for how to collectively move toward our shared vision of a resilient future of connected, localized communities free from dependence on fossil fuels. We’re excited to be collaborating with a team of Transition organizers from across the country to bring you a dynamic event that will be inspiring, informative, participatory, and fun!
The main gathering will begin the evening of Friday, July 28 and end Sunday, July 30. We will be offering pre-gathering workshop intensives and activities Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28. On Monday, July 31, the Transition US Collaborative Design Council will be hosting a movement strategy session for active Transitioners to reflect upon and explore strategies for moving forward as a movement.
Limited lodging will be available on campus in dorms; we are also coordinating a homestay program. Both of these housing options are on a first-come, first-serve basis (we will be posting a housing application when ticket sales go live in March or April). Couchsurfing, Airbnb, and public transportation are vibrant in the Twin Cities so participants should be able to find reasonably-priced accommodations.
We aspire for this gathering to align with Transition values, including:
Sustainability: we are striving to create a zero waste event with local, sustainably sourced food. In addition, we are asking participants to make your travel plans as low-impact as possible (ex: carpool, train, etc.), to account for the environmental impact of your travel to the gathering, and to take action to offset your emissions in the near-term. We will also offer remote and virtual participation options for those who don’t wish or are unable to travel.
Inclusivity: we strive to make this gathering as low-cost as possible, and to offer a limited number of scholarships and work-trade positions to ensure cost is not a barrier to participation. We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to all, including families with children.
Collaboration: this gathering is the result of a collaborative, co-creative process between Transition organizers across the country. Our goal is to create a participatory, empowering event that will strengthen our grassroots network and enhance our abilities to collaborate effectively.
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).
Call for Workshop Proposals for the 2017 Transition US National Conference
Share your skills and knowledge to help us build a stronger and more resilient movement! We are seeking skilled presenters who can offer participatory workshops in the following areas:
Growing Resilient People (Zone 0): Inner Transition/Inner Permaculture, personal resilience, etc.
Growing Resilient Households (Zone 1): reskilling, homesteading, etc.
Growing Strong Groups (Zone 2): group dynamics, conflict resolution, successful projects, intro to Transition & intro to Permaculture, etc.
Growing Effective Partnerships & Networks (Zone 3): effective partnerships, partnering with local & state government, regional organizing, etc.
Growing Inclusive & Resilient Communities (Zone 4): intro to Transition, Transition Streets, community organizing, sharing/new economy, strategies for inclusion, etc.
Growing an Unstoppable Movement (Zone 5): decolonization, rebuilding the commons, community rights, resilience and resistance, engaging the media, reclaiming our economy, etc.
We invite proposals for 1-2 hour workshops during the main gathering (Saturday July 29 & Sunday July 30); as well as half-day, full-day, or 2-day workshop intensives prior to the conference (Thursday July 27 & Friday July 28).
Presenters selected for the main gathering may request discounted conference admission and a travel stipend and/or honorarium to support their participation. Since this is our first event and we’re operating on a limited budget, we regret that we will not be able to provide financial support to all presenters. Presenters selected to lead half-day or full-day intensive workshops may charge a fee for their workshop (which will also need to cover venue costs – approx $10 per participant per day).
We are also seeking proposals for youth programming, including childcare during the event.
Apply here to host a workshop. Deadline to apply is March 15th, 2017. Selected presenters will be notified by April 31st, 2017.