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November 2016 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 19:08

We open this month with review of an irony free film about Climate Change by the owner of a $200m yacht, an award for a film, a new inspiring French film and two pieces on Brexit, it really isn't time for everybody to get stoned (as might now Dylan agree). Insights into community Funders and communities having fun doing stuff. Plus reports from Italy, Mallorca, Barcelona and a course in Slovenia.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Before the Flood’
A film about Climate Change that within the first 2 days of its release was viewed 3.5 million times, is surely one to welcome. Sadly the film would have us believe that we can have our cake and eat it. We can’t. Missing is the kind of inner journey the lifestyles of the rich and famous need to go on for a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. DiCaprio’s reluctance to share his own honest, painful, rich journey with us is such a pity.



10 Essential Ingredients of a ‘Good Brexit’
After a fascinating week in the evolving absurdity of Brexit, a new report called ‘Creating Good City Economies in the UK’ contains many useful insights into what a good Brexit could look like. At a time when we desperately need new thinking, Rob Hopkins explores what it looks like when top down and bottom up are working together.

The meaning of Brexit? It’s the movement

"We can't continue working as we have done over the last decade and expect a different result, can we?" asks Jay Tompt. He says we need more practical action, preferably together and in more joined up ways. This means busting out of professional silos and cultural bubbles to explore adjacent possibilities. 


Are smoking cannabis and saving the planet mutually exclusive?
Rob Hopkins suggests that we’re caught in a Catch 22, where the dire state of the world’s challenges needs everyone’s rallying and focus, but the scale of those challenges, and the deeply dysfunctional culture that created them, are driving people to need to block them out.

Can Funders do Systems change? Learning From Supporting the New Economy
How well is the power that funders have on the work to bring about deep-rooted systemic change? On behalf of a small international foundation Fiona Ward recently spoke to 25 organisations in the UK, the USA and some countries in Western Europe. The report uncovered some common themes around the best leverage points for funding attention, as well as some food for thought for the foundations and other funders.

Celebrating the life of Dr. David Fleming
Already a key influence on the Transition movement, Green Party, New Economics Foundation and Soil Association, Fleming’s legacy is only set to grow with the posthumous publication of his astonishing masterpiece, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It). Building on the tradition of E.F. Schumacher, his entertaining vision of a post-growth economy built on the play, humour, rootedness and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture has long inspired optimism and action. Rob Hopkins and Shaun will share insights and anecdotes on his life, influence and enduring importance.



Amatrice Regeneration - rebuilding resilience after the Central Italy earthquake
Deborah Rim Moiso updates the story of how Italian permaculture and Transition groups are contributing to the aftermath of the recent earthquake that hit Amatrice in Italy.



Breathing new life into old computers
Bart Anderson of Transition Palo Alto is saving laptops from landfill.

Transition in Action 2 - Living the Life, Walking the Walk in the Transition Age
Young people from five EU countries came to an eco farm in Kunszállás, Southern Hungary, where they made their mark on the homestead, the surrounding town, and maybe most importantly: on themselves. We asked an organiser, Tracey Wheatley from Transition Hungary, how it all came together, and what can we take away from it. 

Fancy hosting a Transition Film Festival? 

Transition Town Totnes is currently preparing the third iteration of the Transition Totnes Film Festival - & this year, for the first time, it is being offered to other UK Transition groups after the Totnes event in March. The Festival is devoted to showing films which truly have something to offer to our communities. They may be about the environment, education, community, gender, food and health, art and music. Some will be ‘new’ films - but others will be important films that simply have not been widely distributed.
If you are interested in bringing the Festival to your town, please contact us: <>
and for more about the Festival see

Marie-Monique Robin on her new film 'Qu'est-ce qu'on attend' ('What are we waiting for?')
Another new French film about Transition (one of our 21 Stories) tells the story of Ungersheim in north-eastern France.



Our website is having a major refit and will RElaunch on Tuesday 22 November. In the run up to the launch we will be sending some email bulletins about it and hope that you will like the new look. As with any such project there may be some glitches so please bear with us as it settles in.

Transition Slovenia's first event: Inner Transition Training
18-20 November
The weekend course will be in English with translation and support in Slovene, and in other languages by peer-to-peer translation.

Throughout the city, the variable that best explained the pattern of mortality during the Chicago heat wave was what people in my discipline call social infrastructure. Places with active commercial corridors, a variety of public spaces, local institutions, decent sidewalks, and community organizations fared well in the disaster. More socially barren places did not. Turns out neighborhood conditions that isolate people from each other on a good day can, on a really bad day, become lethal.
Eric Klinenberg

October 2016 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 15:41

Greetings all.  Our usual editor, Mike Grenville, is currently off cycling along the border of the former Iron Curtain.  So the rest of the Transition Network team have stepped in to crowd-source this month’s autumnal newsletter as a dazzling display of collaborative working in action.

 We are all flat out creating a wonderful new Transition Network website which we’ll tell you more about soon.  There may also be a new President of America by the time we send out the next one of these.  Something to look forward to there then.  

Anyway, here’s our newsletter.  Expect mushrooms, culture change, new REconomy publications and much more.  

Rob Hopkins pays tribute to Bill Mollison,cofounder of the Permaculture movement: 1928-2016.

Bill rewired my brain in 1992, as I sat on a rather uncomfortable chair in a hall in Stroud. Permaculture was a new term to me, but I was intrigued, so the opportunity to hear from its founder was too good an opportunity to miss, so a few of us made the journey from Bristol. He had the rare ability to change the life of half of his audience forever, and to enrage the other half to the extent that it was sometimes surprising he made it out of some venues. Fortunately I fell into the life-changing half.
His message was that all this needs to change, and that that change needs to start now, and it starts with you. And you don't need to spend years in a University to know what to do. You don't need to study soil science for 3 years in order to make good soil. You don't need to study architecture in order to create good shelter. He challenged me, and all of us, to stop talking, philosophising, dreaming, finger pointing, and to roll up our sleeves and start rebuilding the earth and her ecosystems in all their dazzling diversity. He gave me a kick up the arse which still propels me forward. He changed my life that man, changed my life. Thanks Bill. Go well.
We also republished a blog about Bill from 2013, entitled ‘Bill Mollison and one of my key ‘Doing Stuff’ moments’:


Two new REconomy publications

The UK REconomy Project just published Mark Simmond’s new‘'The Do-Ocracy Handbook: organisational types and legal structures'’, a really rather wonderful guide to the organisational forms and legal structures you’ll need in order to scale up what you’re group is doing.  

Transition US just published ‘25 Enterprises that Build Resilience’, an inspiring snapshot of the new economy emerging across the US.


New Funding Opportunity

Would £25,000 come in useful for any projects you have planned?  If so, the Aviva Community Fund might be what you’re looking for...


Falling into Place: action points from the Transitionese Project

In which Deborah, Sara and Pedro celebrate International Translations Day, the 30th September, by announcing some of the practical outcomes of their work with languages and translations in the Transition Network.


News from Transition Network

Title Transition Launch trainings now for the first time in English, French, and Spanish; see here for details:

  • Transition Launch Online is the online version of our very popular face to face fundamentals course in the skills and practices of Transition. Transition Launch Online is packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative Our next Train the Trainers is happening in El Manzano, Chile, November 25-30th, 2016.
  • Sophy Banks' last ever Inner Transition training in Bristol, England: Inner Transition Co-Founder Sophy Banks will be facilitating her last ever Inner Transition training alongside Claire Milne, who has now taken over the Inner Transition Coordinator role. 
  • From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-care, 28 - 30th October, Ragmans Lane Farm, Forest of Dean, England: Feeling like you have overdone it this summer? From Burnout to Balance is an opportunity to pause, rest, reflect and explore ways of coming into a more balanced relationship with our Transition work.
  • Slovenia hosts international Inner Transition training, 18 - 20 November, Koper: Watch this space for more information about the Inner Transition training being offered by Claire Milne and Anaim Graff for Transitioners in Slovenia, southern Germany Croatia and Italy - and beyond.
  • Cultural Emergence: Claire Milne, has just returned from co-facilitating the first ever Cultural Emergence Foundation training on Dartmoor in Devon, England - watch this space for a report back on this.
  • Transition is now one of the most vibrant social experiments, visioning and creating a new cultural story, that is alive today. This training will be building on the emergent body of knowledge, practices, and principles that define the Transition movement
Last month’s review: Rob

September 2016 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 01/09/2016 - 10:57

As autumn takes over from summer, we offer a number of Inner Transition coures and reflections, we're looking for new Trustees and earthquake news from Italy.

Could you help Transition Network with its strategic direction? Transition Network is looking for three new Trustees/Directors, including a Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. You will help Transition Network with strategic development and good governance of the charity. We are keen to include more non-UK Trustees, practicalities permitting. This is a voluntary, unpaid position, and you’d need the capacity to contribute 1-2 days per month to Transition Network business. Closing Date: 29th September 2016 More details here:

Resilience in Action
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the recent earthquake in central Italy. A team of Transitioners have leapt to respond - you can support them.


In alignment with the seasons and our natural cycles, Transition Network's Inner Transition strand is entering its height of activity for the year with a series of trainings.

From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-care
Inner Transition Coordinator, Claire Milne, shares about Transition Network's new workshop offering support for those feeling the edge of burnout.

Emerging a new Culture: exploring new ingredients.
The promise the Cultural Emergence Leadership Training that Inner Transition Coordinator, Claire Milne recently participated in holds for those of us longing to support our groups, communities, family or organisations to unleash their genius and gifts.

Cultural Emergence Foundation Workshop
30 Sept-2 October, Dartmoor
This course is for anyone who longs to support their group, family, household, community or organisation to unleash its collective genius and gifts.

Inner Transition training
22–23 October, Bristol
This two day workshop explores this inner dimension vital for our transition to the future we really want.

From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-care
28-30 October, Forest of Dean
Application deadline: 4 September
If you have felt or feel on the edge of burnout and want to develop insights and skills to avoid it, join us for a nourishing weekend reflecting on and exploring effective and regenerative activism and personal sustainability through the co-creation of cultures of collective- and self-care.

November / December, southern Germany and Slovenia
Claire is organising a trip to Slovenia and southern Germany in November to deliver Inner Transition trainings and project support sessions with Anaim Imke from southern Germany. Watch this space for more information.

This year we have launched a REconomy UK Newsletter for groups and individuals who are interested in transforming the economic destiny of their local community. The next edition is out in September and will include information on new resources, upcoming events and other great stuff. To start receiving the newsletter please click here.

As is the tradition here at, we took it easy over August, recharging our batteries, and trying to model being an organisation that takes its being as importantly as its doing. In October and November our theme is Migration and opportunity. For myself, over September and October I will be off cycling 3,000km along the Iron Curtain trail, from Stettin on the Baltic to Trieste on the Adriatic. You can follow my progress here:

Editor: Mike Grenville

August 2016 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 14:08
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Summer time and it's time to take it easy. But before you go we consider our relationship to problems, whether we can trust Shell to bring a low-carbon economy, and adding records to the Museum of Fossil Fuels. Exeter celebrates with a £4.50 note, and selling more local food in supermarkets plus we want to hear your stories about migration. What impact does having some paid positions have on your group and a novel way to explain Open Space events.

Tony Blair, Godzilla, and the Banquet of Consequences.
The challenges and threats that we face don't just appear spontaneously, like the aliens pitching up in 'Independence Day'. Rob Hopkins reflects on the Chilcot Inquiry, our relationship to problems and why, for solutions, we should look closer to home.

What I submitted to the Museum of Fossil Fuels
Is Rob Hopkins's eclectic music record collection a form of Carbon Capture and Storage that actually works?

Exeter Pound launch a £4.50 note. But why?
A new £4.50 Exeter Pound note has been issued to mark an important 450th anniversary in Exeter.

The EU wants to block Romania's 51% local food shift. Who cares?
The Romanian parliament unanimously passed a bill which states that every large supermarket in the country must ensure that 51% of the fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, dairy products and baked goods they stock are "locally sourced". It's an eye-catching and paradigm-shifting piece of legislation. But is it legal, and, actually, does that matter anyway?

Shell's 'Powering Progress Together' event.
Trust was a theme at Shell’s ‘Powering Progress Together, collaborating for a Low Carbon UK’ conference Naresh Giangrande reports. Notably the lack of trust: in politicians, the political process, and business experts so nakedly exposed by Brexit. Trust, not law, formed the basis of the Paris Agreement so recently concluded. So have we moved into a new trust-based post Paris Agreement world?

Call for Contributions on Migration
Transition network is looking for stories about ‘migration’ and the movement of people around our planet. We’re interested to explore the language used, and how this shapes the narrative, the experience of refugees, and how migration looks and feels outside of the European context. If you have direct experience of any of these issues, and would be interested in contributing a blog, being interviewed or sharing your experiences of migration please get in touch:

Light posting during August...
As is the tradition here at, we're taking it easy over August, reacharging our batteries, and trying to model being an organisation that takes its being as importantly as its doing. So there may be things posted on the website during the month, but not much. We hope you get to do some good things, take some time in nature, spend time with friends and family.


Dynamics of Introducing Paid Staff to Transition Initiatives
Transition US recently hosted a network call to hear from Transition leaders from three different communities about their experiences, both positive and negative, bringing in paid staff to their initiatives.

A new way of introducing Open Space
Rather than the standard way of explaining Open Space, a great exercise was created for the 2015 Transition Network Conference a group of Transition Trainers developed a different way of explaining it, based on how a flight crew gives passengers safety instructions and information about the flight. Maggie Seeley from Transition Alberquerque in New Mexico has kindly allowed us to post the script they used to do it.

Have you been wanting to do Launch online but you English is not up to it? Launch online is now in English, Spanish, and for the first time in French. The English version starts September 13, 09.00, Spanish version October 4th 19.00, and in French October 20th 19.00. All links for more information and to register in the link below