The Transition Network newsletter – January 2013

The Transition Network newsletter – January 2013

The Transition Network newsletter

Rob Hopkins’ inspiring vision for the next ten years

More on the European Economic and Social Committee Civil

Society award for Transition Network


Calling All Transition initiatives, Groups and Individuals! Happy new

year everyone! The first ‘proper’ edition of the Transition Free Press is

fast approaching publication and we need YOU to support us. That’s all

those Transition Initiatives, related groups and individuals out there!

The editorial team, contributors, business and distribution

departments have been working full-on over the past few months (did

we just go through Solstice 2012 and Christmas?), commissioning,

writing, collating, interviewing, proofing, editing, picture researching

and making connections with the Transition network (small ‘n’)

preparing this unique paper for its release on February 1st.

Why do we need another printed paper in the world? Because the

issue you will hold in your hands and read from cover to cover on the

train, the bus, the sofa or the toilet, contains reports and stories you

just won’t find anywhere else in print media. Stories, from the

dedicated transition groups and individuals working towards the

energy-leaner future that for some is already making its presence felt.

This is the paper where you see you’re not alone in making those vital

steps towards a more collaborative, less destructive way of life. Read

the latest on the gift economy, food and austerity, how communities

are standing their ground against fracking and facing land rights

issues. Discover what climate change scientists are really saying about

carbon levels in the atmosphere and find out how to get local with food

growing and production. We’ll even be introducing an agony column

for those times when we all feel lost in transition.

If you are a transition initiative or community group who would like to

distribute a bundle of Transition Free Press papers, see details


Or support us on the Buzzbnk crowdfunding platform,


Introducing . . . Alexis Rowell, News



Roll up for some ace advertising



REconomy Project The REconomy Project team are celebrating this

Xmas and New Year with a sexy new web domain

A huge thank you to for transferring the domain to us

in the spirit of new economic non monetary collaboration….. and here’s

a belated Xmas present for any Transition-er wanting speed up social

change. Check out the REconomy article « Top 40 platforms for

crowdfunding social change »



Coming Down the Dark Mountain Welcome to our week on Transition

and associated movements. In the next five days we will looking at

some of the other groups Transitioners are part of because Transition

is not a stand-alone



Timebanking in Haringey Hello – my name is Sam and I am currently

employed as the Timebroker for Haringey Timebank, based at the

Winkfield Resource Centre in



Fighting for a Frack Free Future There’s a growing trend in the

production of hydrocarbons. Having taken a lot of the ‘easy’ stuff out

of the ground, we’re now moving on to ‘unconventional’ sources but

their extraction comes at a high risk to the



Transition Quakers Quakers are a (very) liberal Christian-based

religious movement with about 20,000 members and regular attenders

in Britain.


HIGH STREET WEEK Derby, beneath us, around us and yet to be

? Standing on the dark slate tomb of some long-forgotten eighteenthcentury

family, (children dead in infancy, parents living no more than

30 or 40 years), our bright red and stainless steel community apple

press looked, even to us, a

little…well…. »incongruous”.


I Only Came in For Bread One thing which soon becomes apparent

while working on the checkouts, is the number of people who say that

they bought more than they came in for. Not just a few, but I’d guess at

least three-quarters of those who actually talk to



Not a Transition High Street? It is no wonder really that Transition is

quite attached to high streets. Not only are they centres of community

they are also most closely associated with small market towns, such as

Totnes and Kinsale, which is where the Transition model



Totnes High Street The High Street, as source of livelihoods and jobs,

basic provisions and luxuries, business and investment deal making,

plays an incredibly important role in the local




Real Life, Real Incomes – Creating Social Enterprises Over the last

few years, Transition Initiatives have been looking at how to get

economically real. Formulating a response not only to climate change

and the need to stop using oil, but equally to financial crisis and the

need to show what an economic alternative would look



Jam, Jargon and Journalism SPARE a thought for the reporters of

today. Rather than roving their patch, getting the craic and gathering a

rich array of tales, they find themselves stuck in an office, chained to a



Plugging the Leaks The coin you see below was the Lancaster Half

Penny issued in 1794 at the behest of a Mr Ecclestone, a local trader

and eccentric, a copper coin which was not currency but a token

tradeable in the local



Energy Descent is Cool! Even When It’s Bloody Cold Creating an

“Energy Descent Action Plan” (EDAP) is one of the key 12 steps in the

original Transition Handbook and the first ingredient in the Building

section of the Transition




Holding This Book in My Hands The Dark Mountain annual collection

of essays, reviews, encounters, poems, stories and pictures core

question is: how do we begin to find our way



Reaching out around the World Some reflections on the DOHA



Travel in the Fifth



Strategic Thinking or the Library at the End of the World It’s the

people who will make the blueprints work, who translate them into





Transition THRIVE course – the training for people in established

Transition groups When: weekend of 9-10 February 2013 (9:30am-

6:00pm on both days) Where: Totnes Trainers: Naresh Giangrande

(Transition Totnes and Transition Network training’s co-founder) and

Jenny MacKewn (Senior lecturer at Bath University and member of

Transition Bath) Costs: £105 for both days (Bursaries are

available!). Click here to

book: Contact: If you’d

like to book a place, have any questions or bursary enquiries contact Want to know more about “Transition

THRIVE” and if it is you? Click here for more


Transition LAUNCH in Totnes This is our original training with lots of

practical ideas on how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative. It

is also useful for people who have recently become involved in

Transition and want to develop the essential skills and insights to help

their initiative become a success. Click here for more


16/transition-launch-training When: weekend of 16-17 March 2013

(9:30am-6:00pm on both days) Where: Transition Network Trainers: Hal

Gillmore and Inez Aponte Costs & Booking: £105 for both days

(Bursaries are available!). Click here to

book: Contact: If you

have any questions or bursary enquiries, please contact:

Inner Transition workshop- only a few places left! A practical

exploration of the Heart & Soul dimension of Transition 26-27 January

2013 – Islington Ecology Centre, London This two day workshop is for

anyone interested in the inner aspect of the Transition process who

wants to deepen their understanding of this area, connect and share

experience with others, and be inspired to take the next steps for

themselves or their group. The territory of “Inner Transition” is broad,

powerful, fascinating and sometimes challenging to define, to explain

or to organise. Full details on the



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