MARCH 2015 Supporting community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, building resilience and happiness.
This month we have more on our conference and roadshows. A round up of the last theme ‘The Power to Convene’ and our new theme Social Change and the Arts. A call out to help us tell the Transition Story, The Transition Health Check to help uyou reflect on how your Transition initiative is doing. In Thinking Aloud we face the puzzle of who gets left with the unburnable carbon. Plus our Agony Aunt, book reviews and events coming up.Transition Network conference
18-20 September 2015 We are delighted to announce that after a couple of years with no Transition Network conference, it’s back, and it’s going to be a remarkable couple of days. It will take place at the wonderful Seale Hayne, close to Totnes in Devon, where we held the 2010 conference. This year’s conference will be a celebration of the truly international thing that Transition has become. Either side of it we are currently designing fringe events, trainings, tours and other things so you can make the most of your time. Tickets will go on sale in April.
The Conference is very much coming off the back of the International Permaculture Convergence that is occurring in Essex and which finishes just days before our own event. Around 150 delegates are expected to descend on Devon direct from the IPC as part of a tour organised by Transition Town Totnes which in turn leads into our conference. With so many International guests in the country anyway, and the National Hubs Gathering also planned to occur around this time in the UK, it seems appropriate that this year’s conference will really focus in on the unfolding Global Story of Transition.
For now though, we would love to hear from you a sense of the workshops you’d like to see on offer there and how you may contribute, particularly as part of the Friday Fringe events. We are looking to offer day-longs Transition Skills workshops over this day and welcome offers for this. Please send your ideas email@example.com. There will be great food, there will be music and dancing, there will be a deep, rich, rejuvenating, reconnecting occasion where you’ll meet Transition folks from all over and have a chance to learn from one another. Keep an eye on the website for details, but for now, pop that date in your diary. We can’t wait! Transition UK Roadshows
Bristol 14 March
Berkhamsted 19 April
Don’t want to wait until autumn to connect with other Transitioners, share ideas and experiences and go away inspired? Then come along to one of the final two in our series of UK Transition Roadshows. For more about the fabulous things on offer see here: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/roadshow
Our new theme celebrates the publication at the end of March of Lucy Neal’s new book ‘Playing for Time’. The theme opens with an interview with Lucy, and with Rob Hopkins’ framing of the theme, and will feature interviews with many different artists, most of whom appear in Lucy’s book. If you have thoughts on articles or things you’d like to see, do get in touch.
When Transition forgets what it’s called Our month on Social Change and the Arts could be subtitled « Why the Arts need Transition, and why Transition needs the Arts ». Over the next 2 months we will be exploring the relationship between Transition (and other approaches to social change) and the arts, speaking to some of the contributors to Lucy Neal’s brilliant and remarkable new book ‘Playing for Time: making art as if the world mattered’ (published early April) and hearing about some inspirational projects and artists. http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-03/when-transition-forgets-what-its-called-arts-and-social-change
Working up and testing an idea for a Transition Enterprise The second in a series of how-to blogs about the process of starting a Transition Enterprise. Mark Simmonds takes us through developing an idea, testing a business model and producing useful initial materials such as a feasibility study and marketing plan. http://www.reconomy.org/working-up-and-testing-the-idea/ Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movements in the US Marissa Mommaerts of Transition USA and co-author of “Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement: Voices and Reflections from the Field” brings together background, insight and extracts from this fascinating report which gathers ideas and learning from across the USA. http://www.reconomy.org/weaving-the-community-resilience-and-new-economy-movements-in-the-us/
Introducing the first book about Transition in Spanish The first new book about Transition not written in English is a landmark moment worth celebrating. Guía del movimiento de transición is the work of Spanish Transition activist and trainer Juan del Rio. We will be speaking to him soon about the book, what it covers and what his hopes are for it, but for now Rob Hopkins shares the Foreword he wrote which looks at why Transition matters, and why this book matters. http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/introducing-first-book-about-transition-spanish
Community Engagement: our Support Offer theme for April/May
Alongside our themes, we also take a look in depth at an element of the Support Offer every couple of months. For ‘Develop an Initiating Group’, we heard stories from initiatives such as Transition Stratford,Transition Black Isle and New Forest Transition how they got started. Our next one is ‘Community Engagement’, and we’d love to hear from you. Do you have any stories to share with us about innovative and creative ways your initiative sought to engage the local community? Please get in touch:firstname.lastname@example.org
MA in Economics for Transition – Schumacher College Economics for Transition is about creating an economic system fit for the ecological, social, economic and spiritual challenges of the 21st century as we make the great transition to low carbon, high well-being and resilient economies. May 1st 2015 is the closing date for applicants wishing to commence the programme in September 2015. http://www.transitionnetwork.org/ma-economics-transition-schumacher-collegeCOMING UP