Welcoming Nils & Beth to the TUS Team!

We’re excited to welcome two new passionate and committed change-makers to the Transition US Team: Nils Palsson as our Communications & Special Projects Coordinator, and Beth Gurney as a member of our Board of Directors!


Nils Palsson has worked since 2010 on building local resilience as a community organizer with Transition Lake County. He attends the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he is working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing & Consciousness and completing his Medicine Song, an intimate memoir. Nils serves as the host and producer of the weekly community and internet radio program Wake Up & Thrive!, and he is founder and facilitator of the annual Hands Around Clear Lake healing ceremony and tribal gathering. His passions include peace, justice, integrity and transformation, and his pursuits include holistic health and yoga, mythology and shamanism, and co-creating systemic change that benefits the whole. Nils is also working on a 2016 run for US Congress! He lives on Cobb Mountain with his daughter, Satya Rose.

Beth Gurney is passionate about preserving our planet, and fascinated with the interaction of human and environmental systems.  She helped create and supervised the Groundwater Protection Program for the State of Rhode Island, created and managed the Environmental Site Assessment Group for a California Bay Area environmental consulting firm, and was director of nature education programs for Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a non-profit organization that preserves more than 5000 acres of habitat in Northern California. She has been a volunteer naturalist at ACR for more than 15 years, an ACR board member, and chair of the board’s Education Committee. A recent fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Environment, she currently works part-time as a consultant specializing in helping human systems evolve and thrive. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Community Soil Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating resilient communities and habitats.

Beth received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts; a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Brown University, where she developed and taught a course on limits to growth; and a M.A. in Organization Development from Sonoma State University.  In 2013, she received her certificate in Permaculture Design from the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, which she is currently applying to transform her own patch of 3+ acres into a sustainable food forest and wildlife habitat. She’s an avid hiker and observer of nature, and dedicated mom to three amazing “millennials” (one of them, Elana, is the talented volunteer behind the Transition Streets website!).


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