August 2011 Transition Network Newsletter

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CONTENTS
~ In Transition 2 film crowd funding call
COMMUNITY REPORTS
~ July Round Up of What’s Happening in the World of Transition
~ July Round-up – US Edition
~ Update from Germany
~ Fete de la Transition apres petrole–France
~ A story about the Totnes Renewable Energy Society
THINKING ALOUD
~ The Greenhorns: No fear of farming
~ Who Wants to be a Billionaire?
~ On an ordinary summer’s evening in a Transition town
~ Resilient to what?: a fascinating new look at risk
~ Stupermarket Break Out!
~ The peak oil crisis: reality on hold
TALKING ALOUD
~ Transition as Cookery
~ New Thinking in the Transition Movement
~ The End of Growth
EVENTS
~ Come Together Right Now
~ Sunrise Off-Grid 18-21st August
~ Uncivilisation 2011 – Looking for Hope in the Dark 19-21 August
~ Transition Camp South East 7-9th October
DIVERSITY
~ The Road to Resilience in Low Income Communities
~ Call for Stories for Diversity and Social Justice Recourse
~ Transition Network Diversity Newsletter July 2011
~ Beyond conflict workshop write up
RESOURCES
~ Resources from the Transition conference 2011
~ Energy Quiz
FORUM
~ Bob and Doris Are Not Afraid
~ Any designs for Transition Displays we can use?
PROJECTS
~ Wokingham Community Apple Press
Quote Of The Month


In Transition 2 film crowd funding call
It takes a community to make a community film. The ‘In Transition 2.0’ film production team announces its first ever crowd funding campaign! Help us raise funds to pay film makers around the world to tell stories showing what Transition looks like in Brazil, Portugal, US, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Hear about the film’s progress and how you can get involved.

COMMUNITY REPORTS
July Round Up
Bikes and skateboards celebrate a Zero Carbon day in Kingston, Hebden Bridge HebVeg box scheme grows, and CSAs in sprout Norwich and form thought bubbles in Worthing. Kensal Green grow free food by the Tube, Dunbar’s community bakery is nearly ready, while window ledges in Portugal are just the bag.  In India, Heal the Soil CSA in Auroville is helping start-up small vegetable gardens in village homes with the motto ‘One seed at a time, One house at a time!’ These and many more here
July Round-up of What’s Happening in the World of Transition – US Edition
There are now 93 official Transition initiatives in the USA and many more mulling. From Hollywood to Vermon and even in the oil capital Houston there is lots going on.

Update from Germany
The Transition Primer is now available in German and there are more than 800 members registered on German-speaking Transition Platform from Germany, Austria & Switzerland; all busy collaborating. As well as Transition Training in Austria and Germany in September this year’s Transition “Un-Conference” is on 14-16th October in Bielefeld, Germany. More details here

Fete de la Transition apres petrole–France
First hand report from the  French Transition Conference

A story about the Totnes Renewable Energy Society
Hard work + Vision= Kilowatts

THINKING ALOUD
The Greenhorns: No fear of farming
A film about young farmers in the US, part of a larger campaign for agricultural reform.

Who Wants to be a Billionaire?
A fantasy that has us in its thrall.

On an ordinary summer’s evening in a Transition town 
This working-together in the visioning looked like an energy field, the kind of energy field you sense when you stand by a hive humming with bees.

Resilient to what?: a fascinating new look at risk
Rob nearly fell off his perch when he read that the World Economic Forum stating categorically that the three key risks over the next 10 years are actually energy price volatility, climate change and economic crises.

Stupermarket Break Out!
Rachel Lalchan reports on her recent withdrawal from buying stuff at supermarkets.

The peak oil crisis: reality on hold
As much of America bakes in some of the highest temperatures ever recorded and while Washington argues interminably over taxes, budget cuts and debt caps, one is struck by the unreality of it all.
A stream of blog posts from our on-site bloggers, and, a growing list of blogs we re-publish from Transition Voice, This Low Carbon Life, Energy Bulletin’s economics feed and Transition US.

TALKING ALOUD
Transition as Cookery
Rob Hopkins talk at the RESOLVE conference with slides.

New Thinking in the Transition Movement
Rob Hopkins was recently in conversation with Richard Heinberg organised by Transition USA
There is a summary of the talk and you can listen again to it here

The End of Growth
Richard Heinberg chats about his new book The End of Growth and the causes of the economic crisis and meaningful responses to it.
Here is a short animated video on the same theme by Richard Heinberg

EVENTS 
Come Together Right Now
All over England tents are appearing in their thousands across green fields and meadows. Festivals are fast becoming a great way to get a taste of a whole variety of practical skills at the many workshops on offer. This report from Sunrise in June.

Sunrise Off-Grid 18-21st August
“Turn Off & Switch On” is the theme for this year’s Sunrise Off-Grid. There is a jam packed programme of workshops and talks in the Tin Village, a 12 module course in the Off-Grid College, a Resilient Farms Conference examining the future of farming in the UK with contributions from Michael Eavis. Plus a host of top speakers including Rob Hopkins and Patrick Whitefield. Oh and there is music as well as lots and lots more!

Uncivilisation 2011 – Looking for Hope in the Dark 19-21 August 
While the Dark Mountain Festival looks at the challenges we face from a slightly different angle from Transition, it has much in sympathy with our view on how we should respond.

Transition Camp South East 7-9th October
In it’s fourth year, this late autumn camp has more on site facilities this year and a fuller programme. So don’t put that tent away for the winter untill you’ve been to this camp in the heart of Sussex.

DIVERSITY
The Road to Resilience in Low Income Communities
23-25th September – Chester
This two day workshop is for people involved in Transition who want to develop projects in low income areas.

Call for Stories for Diversity and Social Justice Recourse
The Transition Network is currently putting together a resource on diversity and social justice and we want to include your stories of projects from Transition and beyond.  Whether it be a story about a food growing project on a housing estate or a project that alleviates fuel poverty in a local community, please send your stories to catrinapickering@transitionnetwork.org

Transition Network Diversity Newsletter July 2011

Beyond conflict workshop write up
A workshop at the Conference was framed as “Our experiences of tension and conflict: what happened? Why did it happen? What can we learn?”.

RESOURCES
Resources from the Transition conference 2011
A collecton of the various videos, photos, workshop write ups and blog posts from the Transition Network conference 2011. We hope that it gives you an idea of what happened and a chance to catch some of the conversations.

Energy Quiz
This little quiz tests your knowledge of how much energy you use around the house – which things use a lot and which only a little. It was created for Transition Cambridge Energy group to engage people in discussion about energy at a stall in a shopping centre – and we think it could be used in lots more places

FORUM
Bob and Doris Are Not Afraid
Havant Transition Network joined forces recently with Soop Theatre Company and the Havant Literary Festival to create Bob and Doris Are Not Afraid – a light-hearted but serious play about how climate change might affect our community, and how not to deal with it.

Any designs for Transition Displays we can use?
More Forum discussions here

PROJECTS
Wokingham Community Apple Press

More Projects here

Quote Of The Month
“When I looked at this working-together in the visioning it looked like an energy field, the kind of energy field you sense when you stand by a hive humming with bees. A hum of warmth and intelligence that allows people to naturally collaborate and make that low-energy downshift happen.  You don’t need data or climate science to persuade your tricky mind. You just need to tune in and act.”

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Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville, from Transition Forest Row
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