May 2011 Transition Network Newsletter

 
CONTENTS:
THE 2011 NETWORK UK CONFERENCE
LOCAL STUFF
~ April Round Up of What’s Happening in Transition
~ People of Tottenham Street
~ Free Trees for Communities
VIDEOS
~ Movie 2.0
~ How Can We Grow More Food Locally?
THINKING ALOUD
~ Inconvenient Truths About the Coming Transition
~ Activism and Transition
PEAK OIL
~ Oil Crunch Video
~ ASPO 9 Conference Presentations
~ On Peak Oil, You Are Not Alone
~ How Many Days Work in A Litre of Oil?
ELECTRICITY
~ Community-owned Solar Powers Brewery 
~ Linlithgow’s Solar Bulk Buying Scheme
EVENTS
~ Green Gathering is back 
~ Sunrise Festival 
~ London and Thames Valley Transition Gathering, 11-June
~ Plus lots more 
TRAINING
~ Grow your Group
TECH BYTES
~ Syndication and Social Media
~ What is the best way for Transition Initiatives to use Facebook and Twitter? 
~ Facebook page. 
QUOTE OF The MONTH
~ And Finally….

THE 2011 NETWORK UK CONFERENCE
Liverpool Hope University  8th – 11th July.
The programme schedule is underway. The programme design team consists of Rob Hopkins, Jo Hardy, Steph Bradley and Pete Lipman. We will publish the programme as it emerges with an update in June’s newsletter. You can be sure it will be a veritable smorgasbord of knowledge, activities, experience and discussion on topics close to our practical experiences on the ground. If you want to suggest a workshop, please email workshops@transitionnetwork.org with the following:
~ Title
~ Description: maximum one short paragraph
~ Benefits for Transitioners
~ Time needed for workshop
Please note that we welcome all workshop proposals. However, we can’t guarantee you a slot as time is tight! So if you don’t get a slot, please don’t feel bad, and remember that there’s always next year. 
Read more about it and book your ticket here

LOCAL STUFF
April Round Up of What’s Happening in Transition
Our tour this month starts in Australia, across to South Africa, then around the UK from Worthing, to Maidenhead, Amersham, Lewes and London plus more but we must also mention Germany, Ireland before we hop across to North America. 
People of Tottenham Street
How well do you know your neighbours? Having lived in Fitzrovia for over 48 years Fiona Green decided it was time to pay a tribute to all her lovely neighbours.
Free Trees for Communities
The Woodland Trust is offering free trees for communities to plant in their neighbourhoods in order to double the number of native trees in the UK.

VIDEOS
Movie 2.0
Shown thousands of times around the world, ‘In Transition1.0′ has done a huge amount to support initiatives and give them a good “so this is what Transition is” resource. Things have moved on a lot since then, so we are going to make a second one, provisionally titled (imaginatively) “In Transition 2.0.“
How Can We Grow More Food Locally?
Transition Bath made a film from an excellent talk they hosted 

THINKING ALOUD
Inconvenient Truths About the Coming Transition
Skill-swapping, gardening, knowing your neighbours – these are brilliant and vital parts of a hopeful future. But all the warm and fuzzy feelings we get from sharing bran muffins in the local town hall can sometimes obscure rather than highlight the reality of the situation we’re in.
Activism and Transition
There are some very interesting stories of Transition Initiatives finding themselves coming closer than expected to activist groups and activism in general. Do you have any thoughts or experiences about it? We’re looking into this as it’s clearly quite controversial, and going to be increasingly important for Transition Initiatives in times to come. Join the discussion here:

PEAK OIL
Oil Crunch Video
An excellent new 12 min video available online (and to download) about Peak Oil. Jeremey Leggett decribes it as “the best short TV account I have yet seen on the peak-oil problem”. He notes that “In it the IEA’s chief economist is teased into going as far as I have ever seen or heard him go in saying that a crisis of global oil supply is near.” Leggett adds that “a poll of oil-and-gas industry leaders shows that the majority  now think that the biggest share of world energy in 2025 will be held not by oil or gas, or coal, but renewables.”
ASPO 9 Conference Presentations
The ninth international conference of the Association For the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) took place at the end of April in Brussels. The presentation slides & videos are online. 
On Peak Oil, You Are Not Alone
While the signs are all around us nobody knows, and nobody cares. At least that’s how it seems. But people know something’s up.
How Many Days Work in A Litre of Oil?
Having often quoted “1 litre of oil equals 35 days of human work”, Rob Hopkins found his number challenged which sparked a lively discussion about what the real number is.

ELECTRICITY
Community-owned Solar Powers Brewery 
A project to put solar panels on the roof of Harvey’s brewery in Lewes is tantalisingly close with only about £20,000 still to be raised this weekend.
Rob Hopkins has written a ‘Transition Ingredient’ about “Investing in Transition”  which covers the many ways Transition Initiatives can invest in their local communities
http://transitionculture.org/2011/05/03/ingredients-of-transition-investing-in-transition/
Linlithgow’s Solar Bulk Buying Scheme
In 2010 Transition Linlithgow began ambitious bulk buying project for solar thermal heating systems for over 160 homes.

EVENTS
Green Gathering is back – smaller but perfectly formed with a Transition area 28 July – 1 Aug 
Sunrise Festival will again be featuring the Transition Tin Village with
a full programme of workshops and films. 2 – 5th June
London and Thames Valley Transition Gathering, 11-June
Grow Heathrow is hosting a gathering for Transition Towns based in
London & the Thames Valley area.
Plus there are lots more in the directory including:
~ ‘Imagine There’s a Future’ short story competition for writers resident in SW England.
~ A weekend for Quakers in local Transition initiatives
~ Dragon Dreaming Training
~ London Permaculture Festival 2011 – Sat 16th July

TRAINING
There are a couple of places left in the training in London on May 14/15, and we can do those for a discounted price and also places left on Wivenhoe, Essex training 4/5th June.
Grow your Group
How thriving is your group? Is it in the first flush of action and enthusiasm? How will you
keep it so? Is it shrinking into a small core of overwhelmed people? GROW YOUR GROUP consultancy and training believe that successful groups need the same sort of care and attention as a garden.

TECH BYTES
Syndication and Social Media
We now have a page to explain where else we live on the web; to provide the more ‘social network-y’ types with our social network locations, and the initiative webmasters among you with tools to connect your sites with ours, and the most popular feeds to embed on your sites and aggregators.
What is the best way for Transition Initiatives to use Facebook and Twitter? 
Join the discussion here
And of course, we must mention that we now have an
Official Transition Network Facebook page. 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Happiness and good conversation are carbon-negative technologies that deserve re-discovery.
Energy Bulletin Editor
And Finally….
Gort and Klaatu’s blog
Our poor specimen earthling continues his adventures into possible futures.

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This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month.
Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville, from Transition Forest Row
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