|The Transition Network newsletter – November 2014
The website theme ‘Rethinking Real Estate’ asks « is it beyond our creativity to provide our fellow human beings with shelter and sustenance without covering more of the world in concrete?”. In ‘Thinking Aloud’ we reflect on how much gender is an issue in Transition and some thoughts on the impact of words that we use. In ‘On the road’ there are reports from Transition events in Scotland, France, Germany and Italy. REconomy considers the resourcing needed to initiate change and Transition Free Press looks at how cultural values are shaped. Plus there are several articles on ‘Inner Transition’ from Japan, Denmark and Naoimi Klein as well as new training and films.
Transitioners’ October Digest: ‘Rethinking Real Estate’
Our approach to an economic crisis caused by an unsustainable housing bubble is increasingly to create another housing bubble. What could possibly go wrong? This month we explore what a different approach could look like. It began with an editorial piece that introduced a new term, SWIMBY – as in « Something Wonderful In My Back Yard ». Topics covered include housing bubbles, an urban mushroom farm and agriculture, engaging with the the planning/development process, plus what good consultation looks like.
Is Gender an Issue in Transition?
The women of the Transition Network staff and board have been meeting every 2-3 months in Totnes. Fiona Ward & Sarah McAdam share some of the useful things that have emerged so far.
Why « at the end of the day » Just Isn’t OK
On reading a lamentable piece of climate activist-bashing in the ‘Mail on Sunday’ it was not the “someone will have to be held accountable for us committing economic suicide” bit, awesomely stupid and sodden with irony though it is, that had Rob Hopkins reaching for the Rant Button.
ON THE ROAD
The St Andrews Transition Roadshow: full report
The first Transition Roadshow proper is a bit unique as it was hosted by a Transition Initiative based in a University.
German National (Un)Konferenz
Surviving an umpa-umpa sing-along session on the train, Ben Brangwyn reports on his trip to the German speaking Transition conference.
‘Ils Changent Le Monde’: Two Days in Paris
The French edition of The Power of Just Doing Stuff has recently been published and Rob Hopkins went over to help launch the book and give the initiatives there a boost.
Shaking Hands with the Mayor of Bologna
Italy, as everyone reminded Rob Hopkins everywhere he went on a trip to Bologna, « is very complicated ».
Transition: Live and Unleashed in the New Forest!
The New Forest, the Live and Unleashed! exhibition runs until Sunday 23rd November in Lyndhurst. Rob Hopkins reports on his visit.
Putting Jam in the Doughnut: Resourcing the core of a Transition Initiative
We are keen to learn more about how Transition Initiatives are finding funding to pay people to co-ordinate their core work. Can you help and share your experience?
The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce & Democracy
Jules Peck on a common « desire to create a new world order….beyond the market, beyond ownership, growth and capitalism. »
What we mean by REconomy
What’s REconomy about? How are we talking about it today? Here’s a pithy summary presented at the recent St. Andrews REconomy workshop, by Sarah McAdam.
Naomi Klein on the role of Inner Transition
Currently promoting her excellent new book This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein recently did a ‘Guardian Live’ event, chaired by Owen Jones and streamed on the web. You can now watch the event in full below, it’s fantastic and well worth watching. In one question, « could you talk a bit more about popular education? », she discusses the Transition movement and the role that Inner Transition plays:
Inner Transition Goes International
When you talk about Inner Transition with people from other places than your own, you hear very different stories and ideas. Sophy Banks shares some of what she heard when a group of Transitioners met in Copenhagen.
Inner Transition workshop
London 6 – 7 December
Deepening into Despair and Hope in Japan
Despite the distances involved to get there Debbie Warrener felt a call particularly strongly after the ‘3.11’ triple disasters of the tsunami, earthquake and ongoing nuclear disaster to offer Joanna Macy inspired workshops throughout Japan – in Japanese.
Inner Transition: Commit to Staying Awake
Getting comfortable with our own inherent goodness is a tremendous challenge for many writes Pamela Boyce Simms. And as we’ve witnessed time and time again, in movement after movement, legislation is utterly impotent at the level of embedded human beliefs and identity formation. There is no legal shortcut. There can be no enduring outer transition without a corresponding inner-transition.
TRANSITION FREE PRESS
How key is one activist in a Transition Initiative?
Situating Transition in a broader movement for change
Author of Common Cause Tom Crompton’s Talkback on the power of intrinsic values, ‘No cause is an island’:
London hosts two trainings in December- Inner Transition and Transition Launch, and the all new Permaculture For Transition Course in January. Our next, new format, Launch OnLine begins Tuesday January 13th at the new time of 09:00 GMT.
All details at:
Transition in Action: new economy projects in the southwest of England
This film looks at the market town of Totnes and some of the food and finance projects taking place there. It also compares this to Bristol and some of the projects there that are reaching scale. School Farm, Grocycle, Totnes Pound, REconomy, Bristol Pound, Bristol Energy Co-operative are amongst the projects outlined.
Totnes to hold Transition Film Festival
Some 20 screenings on the weekend of November 14-16 and feature a wide range of ground-breaking initiatives. The programme includes hands-on Workshops with local film-makers, children’s matinees and discussions with directors.
Recommended films recently added to the website directory:
~ Joanna Macy and the Great Turning
~ Who Cares?
~ A Dangerous Game
~ Voices of Transition
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Based near Bristol or Totnes, UK
Closing date for applications: Sun 9th November
Dark Mountain Book Launch
3 December London
Invitation to the launch of Dark Mountain Issue 6 and republished manifesto with contributors, editors and music by Evi Vine
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
« The structures in place aren’t going to provide the necessary change. The people who tell us that change is impossible are the people who benefit from it staying the same.”
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