June Roundup of What's Happening in Transition across the United States...
Above photo: "The Harvest," a collective graphic design representation of lessons shared during the Art of Participatory Leadership training in Petaluma, CA.
Building on the monthly "Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together over at Transition Culture, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US..
With 6,942 Transition Challenge actions registered across the country and regional gatherings in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and Northern CA...we can only conclude Transition US is on fire!
In the Pacific Northwest, Transition Lopez Island (WA) hosted an Electric and Alternative Vehicle Show and Tell to give people the chance to talk with their neighbors who have built or own an electric vehicles or cargo bikes.
In California, 30 Transition leaders participated in a three-day training on the Art of Participatory Leadership: Building Resilient Communities and Creating Change, and representatives from 8 Transition Initiatives in Northern California participated in a regional meeting and work party to discuss plans for an emerging NorCal Transition Network and fall convergence. Transition Santa Cruz encouraged their City Council to support the Homeless Garden Project and in SoCal, Transition Mar Vista/Venice hosted an Eco-Safe Home and Body Care Products workshop, where attendees made their own natural body lotions.
In Colorado, Transition OurWay collaborated with the Uncompahgre Watershed Project to host a stakeholder event on Water Uses, Demands, and Conservation; and in Indiana, Transition Goshen organized an event on “Connecting Our Local Foodshed” in partnership with their local farmer's market and 15 other community food organizations and producers.
To the East, the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub Regional Summit brought together representatives from New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Jersey to share lessons and best practices and to assemble a group of Hub Councilpersons representing Transition Towns in each Mid-Atlantic state to continue a deepening discussion of regional interconnectedness.
Further South, Transition Initiative Loudon, Virgina, celebrated its launch, and in Florida, Transition Venice is collaborating with the Church of Latter Day Saints on their “Growing Together” community garden project to revive and transform unused garden beds into a free community garden.
In New England, Transition and Resilience Circles came together for a Regional Hub gathering as part of the Slow Living Summit. Transition Town Charlotte (VT) built edible gardens on town land, involving kids in building a bean teepee and fairy houses. Transition Town Putney's (VT) Communications Working Group the second event in its series on “Practicing The Art of Conversation,” and in New York, Hamptons in Transition held a successful screening of In Transition 2.0.
Photos (from top): NorCal Regional Gathering Open Space sessions; Transition Goshen "Connecting Our Local Foodshed" Flier; Transition Venice "Growing Together" Community Garden; NorCal Regional Gathering pot luck.
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