MAY 2014 Supporting community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, building resilience and happiness.
Our website theme « what is the impact of Transition, and how do we know? » is explored and digested, plus the Roundup offers more illustrations of how it looks. A new draft support system and the first UK Roadshow event. Transition Free Press is out in print and online. Plus some thinking out loud on another possible way of the world. The Transitioners April Digest
Feels like we only just started to scratch the surface of our theme of « what is the impact of Transition, and how do we know? » Various Transitioners told us about the impact their work is having. Some of the interviews and reports included Nic Marks, who specialises in wellbeing and happiness, and how they might best be measured; Eamon O’Hara, author of a report called Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Society, about his sense of the « important catalytic effect » that Transition, permaculture and ecovillage networks are having; Sophy Banks reflected on her and fellow Transition Trainer Naresh Giangrande’s trip to Israel and the West Bank to do Transition Trainings there. Describing Transition as « radicals without rebellion », Andrea Felicetti wrote an article about his research which had looked at the disintinctive approach Transition takes to engaging with politics. A fascinatingdiscussion about resilience ensued folowing interview with researcher Katrina Brown about her work on how a community might set about measuring its own resilience. One of the leading local economists Michael Shuman was asked for his thoughts about localisation and the impact it is having as an idea. Find out more about these and more here: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-05/transitioners-digest-april The April 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition
New Support System for Transition Groups – what do you think?
We want to hear your thoughts on new support framework being developed. The new framework includes a new 12 steps, a health check that helps groups to assess their own needs and a new officialising process. It is currently at a draft stage and Transition Network want to hear what you think about. The Survey close on the 25th May. As a token of our appreciation, everyone who fills in the survey and leave their contact email, will be entered into a draw to win one of 3 signed copies of Rob Hopkins latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff. http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2014-05-01/new-support-framework-transition-groups-being-developed-let-us-know-what-you-think
LEPs and REconomy – an Opportunity or a Waste of Your Time? Changing the local economy requires collaboration at all levels. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have a major influence over English regional economic development, and some REconomy/Transition groups are trying to make connections – are these likely to bear fruit? Read more about their experiences so far: http://www.reconomy.org/leps-and-reconomy-an-opportunity-or-a-waste-of-your-time/
Transition LAUNCH – London 7 – 8 June 2014 Packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you 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 Transition initiative become a success. More details: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/events/2014-06-07/transition-launch
Community Resilience Challenge Throughout May, join Transition US in taking action to grow food, save water, conserve energy, and build community as part of the Community Resilience Challenge! Visit the website for project ideas, an organizer toolkit, and to register! http://www.transitionus.org/crc
The Seven Year Itch Transition Party! Lewes Transition Initiative is seven years old. To celebrate they’re holding a big party on 12 June & everybody is welcome! Special guest is Rob Hopkins. The evening includes lots of local music & iconic prog-rocker Arthur Brown is scheduled to make an appearance. Delicious food will be available as well as a bar & dancing until midnight. http://www.transitiontownlewes.org/
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
« Because the level of misallocation of capital is so profound and frankly complete right now, I think that once people begin to figure out how to shift money into local business, that could proceed very, very quickly ». Michael Shuman
NEXT MONTH Our theme for May on the website will be ‘Transition and Health‘. We’d love to share your stories of any ways in which Transition has made your community healthier. Please get in touch.