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Transition movement returns to its Devon roots

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 08:44

It has been announced that delegates from across the world will be travelling to Devon, the birthplace of the Transition movement, in September 2015.  The inaugural Transition Network International Conference will be held from 18th-20th September with 350 Transition representatives from across the globe expected to be in attendance at the event. The Conference is being held at Seale-Hayne – the ex-agricultural college now operated by the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust - just outside Newton Abbot. 

From its origins in Totnes, this ground-breaking Transition movement has spread virally to more than 1,200 communities in at least 43 countries.  From Brazil to Japan, from Canada to Croatia, people have been inspired to get together with their neighbours and make the place where they live, happier, healthier and more resilient.  Now Transition Network, the UK charity which works to inspire, connect, train and support these groups is organising an innovative, international conference in the county where the movement originated.

Hundreds of Transitioners are expected to attend in person and many more will be able to participate online through a live webcast event. They will share ideas and information, learn new skills and showcase the huge range of projects and activities through which people are reducing energy consumption and waste, taking care of each other and the environment, growing food more sustainably, supporting local enterprises and much, much more. 

Rob Hopkins, one of the co-founders of the Transition movement, says:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Transition in all its forms in the place where it was born. Transition Network has had its base in Devon for over seven years and we’re incredibly excited to be welcoming hundreds of guests from across the UK and beyond to a region which is home to a wealth of great Transition groups and projects plus many related social enterprises ranging from permaculture to conservation; renewable energy co-operatives to community housing initiatives.  This is our chance to mark how far the Transition movement has travelled and discuss where we go next!”

The main Transition conference will take place on 19 and 20 September with fringe events happening in the two days leading into the weekend.  The event has been timed to follow the International Permaculture Convergence taking place in Essex earlier in September and it is expected that up to 150 delegates from that event will descend on Devon as part of a tour organised by Transition Town Totnes.  Hundreds of further arrivals are then expected over the weekend as the Transition conference swings into action.

The majority of the visitors will be housed at Seale Hayne, but some will be based in the surrounding area, including being hosted in the homes of local Transition activists.

Transition Network Conference 2015: March update

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 14:50

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 between 18-20 September 2015. 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 to info@transitionnetwork.org. 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!

March 2015 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 05/03/2015 - 13:09

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 to info@transitionnetwork.org. 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

THEMES


Transitioners' Digest of 'The Power to Convene' (Jan-Feb 2015)
The theme for January February was ‘The Power to Convene’. You can read the editorial that set out why we felt it to be an important theme here,  and our ‘Transitioners’ Digest’ of the month’s content here.  

 

March & April Theme: Social Change and the Arts

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

Lucy Neal on 'Playing for Time'
Lucy's new book "Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Mattered" is just about to be published in April gathers up stories with over 60 people giving voice to a narrative of change through the artwork they’re making.
In this interview she talks about the inspiration behind the book and the alchemy that arises from an imaginary world.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-03/lucy-neal-playing-time


Help us tell the Transition Story...
Transition Network is collecting examples of when Transition is framed in ways that work, or in ways that don't. And we need your help. If you could spare just a few minutes to share your thoughts we'd be deeply grateful.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/which-great-moments-tell-transition-story


REconomy

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/

THINKING ALOUD

Who gets left with the unburnable carbon?
A report whose stark call to leave the substantial majority of fossil fuels in the ground by research associate in energy materials modelling at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources Christophe McGlade generated a lot of media coverage in recent weeks. In this interview he talks about the disconnect and the inconsistencies between current policy makers’ positions.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/christophe-mcglade-who-gets-left-unburnable-carbon

Zero Carbon Powys Conference
Mike Thomas was at the Zero Carbon Powys conference and heard about the latest Zero Carbon Britain report, how framing climate change is really important and what a Zero Carbon Powys could look like.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/michael-thomas/2015-02/zero-carbon-powys-conference

The Transition Agony Aunt
Initiating Groups that can't agree on anything.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/transition-agony-aunt-initiating-groups-cant-agree-anything

 

Obituary: Transition Free Press (2012-2015)

On this sad occasion, we pause to celebrate a shining beacon of our collective emergent culture. 
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/obituary-transition-free-press-2012-2015

 

One Book Minute Review
'Tiny Homes' by Lloyd Kahn.
How different would the world be if instead of expecting young families to try to survive in the private rented sector, they were instead offered the skills and training needed to house themselves?
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/one-minute-review-tiny-homes-lloyd-kahn

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: info@transitionnetwork.org 

TRAINING 

The first Launch onLine in Spanish begins May 5th:
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/events/2015-05-05/curso-oficial-de-transici-n-online-en-castellano

Launch online (English) begins again in May. Details to follow.
See the link below for trainings and events on the UK and abroad. 
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/training

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-college  



COMING UP

Join the Transition Bloc at the Time to Act March for Climate Change
Saturday March 7th
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2015-02-25/join-transition-bloc-time-act-march-climate-change

Permaculture and Transition in Totnes
16-19 September
Applied permaculture in South Devon, featuring Transition Town Totnes, Agroforestry Research Trust, Landmatters Permaculture Community and lots more!
https://www.ipcuk.events/edge/permaculture-transition-totnes 

Transition UK Roadshows
Bristol 14 March
Berkhamsted 19 April
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/roadshow

Transition Health Check

How's your Transition initiative doing? The Transition Health Check is a great tool, a simple activity that offers a powerful tool to reflect on what's working and what's missing. Over the next few weeks on the website we'll hear from groups who've done it, but for now, here's the Health Check itself.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/have-you-done-transition-health-check-yet

 

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Resources — Editor's Picks
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/resources 

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Join the Transition Bloc at the Time to Act March for Climate Change

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 00:16

The Time To Act March For Climate Change is nearly upon us, taking place on March 7th. Crystal Palace Transition Town have been asked to head up The "Transition Bloc" at the rally. This will serve as a rallying point for any other Transition initiatives and to welcome other Transitioners that turn up. As they put it, "the more people the merrier".

You can find out more about the march itself here, and make contact with the Transition bloc here and find out how to find them on the day.  For non-Facebook users, here's the website link for the march.  Let us know how it went!

Premier League rugby's 'Exeter Chiefs' commit to handling the Exeter Pound

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 17:26

Fascinating story from the Exeter Pound website:  

The Exeter Chiefs have given their backing to a new local currency due to launch in the city this September.  One of the largest independent businesses in Exeter, the Premiership rugby club has committed to become part of Exeter Pound.

Not only will an image from Sandy Park feature on a special £E15 note issued to mark the Rugby World Cup arriving in the city, but the Chiefs have also pledged accept the Exeter Pounds and will look to spend them with their suppliers.

The currency will be launched in September before the tournament comes to the city in a bid to encourage people to support local independent businesses.  Chief executive Tony Rowe said: “I am very happy for Exeter Chiefs to work in partnership with Exeter Pound.

“We are an independent local business and, although one of the largest in Exeter, share their commitment to Exeter and keeping as much business as local as possible.

“I look forward to seeing an image from Sandy Park on one side of the £E15 RWC2015 note.”

Those behind the project have welcomed the support of the Chiefs at this early stage of development. Early commitments from people offering services from their own homes with a turnover of only a few hundred pounds a year are now joined by a business that last year turned over £12 million.

Daniel Hillier, local business owner and director of Exeter Pound, said: “The whole of the Exeter business community will take note of Exeter Chiefs’ support for the local currency.

“We welcome interest from all local independent businesses in the city, from large to very small and everything in between.”

Exeter Pound has invited local independent businesses to join them and other partners in a stakeholder meeting at Exeter City Council’s offices from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday, February 23.

Gill Westcott, chair of the board of directors, said: “We want to hear from our stakeholders about how the scheme can be designed to best meet their needs, so as much money as possible circulates in the independent Exeter business community.”

The design competition for £E1, £E5, £E10 and £E20 notes closes in three weeks. People who live, work or study in Exeter are still invited to send in designs to be incorporated into the notes.

Pieces of art are welcomed from young and old, amateur and professional artists, designers, photographers and in any other art form that can submitted as a two dimensional image. Eight images are needed.

The competition judges, who all live or work in Exeter, are city council leader Councillor Pete Edwards, Dame Suzi Leather, most recently chair of Plymouth Fairness Commission, Dr Sarah Bennett, associate professor in fine art at Plymouth University, Si Paull, from local design company Sound in Theory, and Jon-Paul Hedge, editor of the Express & Echo.

For further comment please contact Ian Martin 07980 301058

February 2015 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 05/02/2015 - 18:45

We hear how Belgians 'Changent le Monde' and the forthcoming musical gets funded. We have a number of fascinating articles on our two themes so far this year of The Power to Convene and How We Got Started. Some final articles from Transition Free Press. The Transition Agony Aunt solves your Peak Oil dilemma, online social media tips from REconomy and setting up a Reuse and Repair Centre plus Transition Roadshow in Bristol and a book review.

NETWORK NEWS

Transition Network 2015 International Conference
18-20 September
Venue: South Devon
Plus trainings and events in the 2 days leading up to and following the main event.
Details to follow shortly.

The Fierce Urgency of Now: 3 days in Belgium
"Something very powerful feels to me like it is starting to move" says Rob Hopkins. "I see it in the victory of Syriza in Greece on a platform of localisation, resilience building and sustainability as an antidote to austerity. I see it in the explosion of craft breweries, farmers markets, community energy companies and so on, in Scotland's moratorium on gas fracking. I also saw it in the two days I just spent in Belgium supporting the great work of the regional Transition hub “Wallonia-Brussels” there. The trip was also to support the Belgian release of the French language version of The Power of Just Doing Stuff (“Ils Changent le Monde”)."
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/fierce-urgency-now-3-days-belgium

Transition Free Press goes out of print
Sadly the innovative grassroots newspaper Transition Free Press will not be published this year. Announcing the news, Charlotte Du Cann writes that "We were hoping to relaunch this Spring with a bright new expanded edition but have been unable to raise sufficient funds to pay for our core costs."
http://transitionfreepress.org/2015/02/04/breaking-transition-free-press-goes-out-of-print/

Transition Town : The Musical
"We've met our target of 10k with your help" writes project manager Chloe Uden. "Over the remaining few days to 14 February when the Kickstarter closes we'll be working hard to encourage further backers to support the project to allow us to produce better quality products, and pay for materials to put on the production." There are lots of tempting Rewards on offer. For example there must surely be more groups willing to take the plunge and back the project by taking a license to use the script!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/862794604/transition-town-the-musical/

 

THEME: The Power to Convene

Atmos Totnes and the Power to Convene
One of the most ambitious examples of The Power to Convene to come through a Transition initiative is Atmos Totnes in Devon. It has brought together the site's owner Dairy Crest, a mainstream developer and a community, to plan the future of the former manufacturing site. Atmos Totnes have just put out this video, which tells the story so far, and offers a powerful taste of how The Power to Convene can feel when it goes well.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/atmos-totnes-and-power-convene

How Transition Town Tooting Convene Through Celebration and Imagination
From the Carnival down Tooting High Road in 2010 that looked to involve not just the community of Tooting, but the communities of Tooting, to current projects that are mid-process, and have begun with the idea of holding a space open to conversation, without articulating a specific outcome.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/how-transition-town-tooting-convene-through-celebration-and-imagination

Pamela Boyce Simms on convening faith groups
Convener of the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub, which brings together and supports Transition groups from southern Connecticut to Virginia in the US, Pamela Boyce Simms is also a very active Transition trainer and is also involved in interfaith work. She wrote recently that “we often hesitate to override inertia and consistently and compassionately reach out to those who don't look like us, sound like us, think like us, and who rarely attend Transition events”.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/pamela-boyce-simms-convening-faith-groups

What does the Power to Convene look like in Stroud?
One of the first Transition groups to form and have an impressive portfolio of projects they've achieved.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/what-does-power-convene-look-stroud

What Makes a Good Mediator?
Part of the Power to Convene is the ability to bring groups and people together to work in new ways. The story of the South Devon Cycle Link campaign and in particular the role of James Furse has many useful insights for this. "You have to share enough of yourself to bring people into their trust - it’s a combination of tact, diplomacy and determination" he tells Rob Hopkins.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/what-makes-good-mediator

Transition Buxton Take on Former Council Plant Nursery
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2015-01-14/transition-buxton-take-former-council-plant-nursery

How 'The Power to Convene' can transform Transition
Rob Hopkins suggests that the Power to Convene should be the key role of what Transition groups do and how they function
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/how-power-convene-can-transform-transition

 

THEME: How We Got Started

Transition Black Isle
"The general feeling was that Cromarty was too small to sustain the energy needed, and all the active people were feeling burnt out (yes, I know, before we even started!)."
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/how-we-got-started-transition-black-isle

Transition Stratford
Stratford-upon-Avon is not just about Shakespeare and tourists - among the local residents are those concerned for the future of the town as much as for its past.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/how-we-got-started-transition-stratford

Mapping the Transition Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/mapping-transition-movement-aotearoa-new-zealand

 

Some final articles from Transition Free Press:

Real Media conference celebrates independent journalism
On 28 February the Real Media Gathering will take place in Manchester, with speakers, discussions, workshops and networking on independent journalism and the alternative to a mainstream media which many feel is selling us short.
http://transitionfreepress.org/2015/02/04/real-media-independent-journalism/

Accelerating transition, city by city
Amy Hall reports on a European research project hopes to find out what makes Transition Initiatives thrive and, in turn, support the change towards sustainable low-carbon societies
http://transitionfreepress.org/2015/02/02/accelerating-transition-arts-research/

ENERGY: exploring biogas for communities
Suffolk-based group Transition Lavenham is considering launching its own energy project: making biogas from food waste, reports Transition Free Press energy editor Gareth Simkins
http://transitionfreepress.org/2015/01/25/lavenham-biogas-anaerobic-digester/

POLITICS: Citizens lobby for the climate
Hugh Chapman explains why he is behind another campaign calling for carbon pricing as a way to mobilize the transition to clean energy.
http://transitionfreepress.org/2015/01/11/citizens-climate-lobby-carbon-pricing/

 

REconomy

The Journey of Setting up a Reuse and Repair Centre
Sophie Unwin, Director of Remade in Edinburgh, shares her experience of setting up a Reuse and Repair Centre. From what inspired her in the beginning to what is working to this day. A story we can all learn from, and celebrate.
http://www.reconomy.org/the-journey-of-setting-up-a-reuse-and-repair-centre-a-solution-for-a-circular-economy/

Making Events #Social
Events and social media sit hand in hand as means of enabling communities to revision their economic future and to share what they learn. This blogs offers some of the tips discussions from recent online skill shares on this topic.
http://www.reconomy.org/making-events-social/

 

The Transition Agony Aunt

On How to Talk About Peak Oil
Given that we are now seeing oil at below $50 a barrel, how is my Transition group meant to talk about 'peak oil'?
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/transition-agony-aunt-how-talk-about-peak-oil

On Reviving Failed Initiatives
What's the best way to start a Transition group after a previous one has folded? And should you even think of doing so if you haven't been able to track down at least eight people who were involved in the folded group?http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/transition-agony-aunt-reviving-failed-initiatives

SUPPORT

Transition Roadshow comes to Bristol
14 March
The Transition@Trinity event is about creating connections for sustainability; between places, groups, projects, and themes. It is about finding the help you need, and making the whole greater than the sum of the parts. This will be a packed day of workshops and talks find out more here:
http://transitionbristol.net/save-the-date-for-the-transition-bristol-roadshow-14th-march-2015/

Our Support Framework - give it a go and let us know what you think
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/our-new-support-framework-here-give-it-go-and-let-us-know-what-you-think

 

BOOKS

"The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels". Really?
Just as there was no “moral case for slavery” in 1860 there is no “moral case for fossil fuels”. But given the alarming rise, in the US and elsewhere, of the climate sceptic/pro fossil fuel lobby it feels important to look a bit closer at the arguments presented here.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-02/book-review-moral-case-fossil-fuels-really

COMING UP
The theme on the Transition Network website for March and April will be 'Transition & Arts'

 

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Next newsletter is 6 March 2015

Fancy some funding to run a Green Open Homes event?

Thu, 05/02/2015 - 13:23

Many Transition initiatives have run successful Green Open Homes events over the last few years, and for many it is a key point of their annual calendar.  The Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol has just announced a new round of funding for Green Open Homes events.  You can apply now for grants up to £2,500. Find out more here, or read on. 

The Green Open Homes network had a hugely successful first year, facilitating hundreds of homes to open to the public and inspiring some 10,000+ visitors that crossed the energy efficient thresholds. Run in conjunction with Bristol Green Doors, the network supports low carbon open homes events across the country by providing free advice and resources to organising groups. 

For those hoping to run new or repeat events, we’ve got some great news – grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available for events happening before the end of May 2015. Applications will be assessed and winners selected on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding pot has run out. The total grant pot is £48,000.

CSE Project Manager, James Watt said:

“It was great to be able to support so many events across the Green Open Homes network in 2014 and we hope that this round of funding will build on the success of 2014, inspiring visitors to make improvements in their own homes.”

Grant application forms are available to download from the Green Open Homes website. The site also allows any group running an event to create their own page on the site where they can list all the details visitors will need and use the mapping facility to record the homes taking part. This is handy for groups who don’t want the hassle and expense of creating their own website.

To understand more about the open homes set-up and for information on how to go about running an event in your community, this short video is well worth a watch.

Transition Buxton take on former council plant nursery

Wed, 14/01/2015 - 16:19

Here is some inspiring news from Transition Buxton about their recent signing of a lease to take over a former Council plant nursery:

Background & History 

The Serpentine Community Farm (aka ‘The Serpentine Project’) is a partnership initiative being run by the Food Group arm of Transition Buxton C.I.C., in association with a number of local organisations including Buxton & Leek College, the University of Derby and High Peak Borough Council. We are also enthusiastically supported by Buxton Civic Association and Buxton Town Team. It is expected that, in the next few months, a new 'Serpentine Community Farm C.I.C.' will be established to include members of the project group of Transition Buxton C.I.C. and of these associated organisations. 

Our proposal focuses on an area of land running alongside the Serpentine watercourse to the west of the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton (subsequently referred to as ‘The Serpentine Project’). Previously the area had been used for the cultivation and supply of plants for the Pavilion Gardens. In recent years the area has fallen into disrepair and the owners (High Peak Borough Council) have been looking at ways to utilise the existing space.

HPBC are interested in having partnerships with community organisations to transform run-down buildings into assets for the good of the community. Transition Buxton presented the Regeneration Committee with plans for transforming the area into a community education location and was given the opportunity to develop a business plan for the project. 

The HPBC have now issued Transition Buxton with a licence for volunteers to work on the site, covered by Transition Buxton insurance. A proposal has been prepared by HPBC officers to issue a 25-year lease on the whole site to Transition Buxton. We are hopeful that this will be considered, alongside our detailed business plan, by the appropriate Borough Council department and the cabinet in the first quarter of 2015. 

Work to date 

We were given a licence to start work within the ground-based area of the site, the buildings being still allocated as out-of-bounds, in July 2014. Since that point, we have had 10 Volunteer Days, primarily on monthly Sundays, but with Wednesdays  also included during the winter to try and include the local Public Service Students. We have had a total of 146 volunteers, contributing 462 volunteer-hours to the project. 

From the start we cleared the overgrown scrub that had taken over the site, and the debris left behind by the former occupants. We have cleared many thousands of plant pots (estimated 2000kg), with many more still in the buildings. These were uplifted by a shortwalk to be recycled into other products. We had received some funding for the purchase of tools for Volunteer Days, but mostly we have relied upon time and using whatever we can find on the site. In addition to this, we have been given a special Judges’ Award by the visiting judges of East Midlands in Bloom for the potential the site holds for the community and horticulture. 

We have reached the position where we will be able to construct a working Polytunnel by February of this year, and the start the process of growing. We hope to move all the produce out to raised beds by late spring / early summer. Other current projects include inoculation of the tree trunks we have felled in order to grow mushrooms and building a composting toilet (no facilities currently on site). 

Key aspects of project

  • To restore the area to a functioning market garden, producing fruit, herbs and vegetables;
  • To develop as a horticultural training/teaching centre for all ages and backgrounds, through the collaboration of a number of local organisations;
  • To involve the community in local food production with the aim of reducing dependency on imported food;
  • To employ conventional horticultural techniques and investigate potential new crops informed by permaculture principles in the development of the site, in order to become self-sustaining by 2019. 

We envisage the project developing in three key phases: 

Phase I (early 2014 – late 2015)

- Clear site of debris and make safe

- Renovate the greenhouse and construct polytunnels and raised beds

- Begin planting of produce

 

Phase I continues with preparation of the site for the spring 2015 growing season:

- Building of raised beds

- Rebuilding Polytunnel 1 using the framework already on site

- Building of a composting toilet facility

- Creation of a small pond to encourage pest predation

- Restoration of the greenhouse, by replacing broken glass and applying a safety film of plastic to the glass

- Building 'dead hedges' for site security & wildlife value, using on-site brash

- Laying paths

- Production of salads and other seasonal annual crops from early in 2015 to supply local restaurants and college kitchens

- Finalising the business plan

 

Phase II (2015 – 2016)

- Planting the larger trees and shrubs and perennial plants that will make up the forest garden

- Erect Polytunnel 2

- Establishing a teaching programme in association with local schools and the University of Derby / Buxton & Leek College 

- Start of courses / educational aspect

 

Phase III (2017 – 2019)

- Renovating buildings

- Continued development of the site infrastructure (i.e. green roof canopy), and teaching range & content 

Personnel

The majority of the main restoration and planting of the site in the early stages will rely heavily on volunteer help, as well as students gaining valuable outdoor experience. We are currently in the process of forming a separate C.I.C. from the main Transition Buxton organisation in order to run the Serpentine Project. This will operate with 6 to 10 directors, all of whom would be volunteers selected for their relevant experience. Most of the individuals required are already involved and possess a broad range of valuable experience between them, and there will be space reserved on the Board for representatives from the University of Derby, Buxton & Leek College, HPBC as well as Transition Buxton members. Some of the roles outlined for the directors include Chair/Spokesperson, Public Relations Coordinator, Treasurer, Administrator, Fundraiser, with other roles to be developed in time. In the long term, we look to employ one grower / Centre Manager in charge of operations and day-to-day running of the centre. 

Plants / Crops

We need to take into account the somewhat unique climate of Buxton and its altitude to determine what will be productive but we can draw on the experience of local allotment holders to tell us what works. However, with a renovated greenhouse, 2 polytunnels, raised beds and a forest garden, we expect to produce a selection of salad leaves and annual vegetables through the growing season, alongside a range of other high-value and unusual crops from perennials, such as bamboo tips, wasabi, hosta greens, barberry and Sichuan pepper, as well as shiitake mushrooms grown on wood from the forest garden. 

Local supplier sources 

We have currently made use of local surveyors and glaziers to estimate the costs of potential refurbishment of the greenhouse and buildings. We have progressed so far by relying on volunteer labour and sourcing whatever materials are required from the site itself. This includes felling trees for use of timber and mushroom production, plastic pots for plant growth, old window frames for cold frames etc. We have operated so far with virtually no budget or funds.

Sustainability

It is envisaged that in time and with the increased use of the facilities by outside agencies, such as the University, that we will be required to employ a part-time manager alongside University staff/volunteers. In time, we hope to plant a larger amount and variety of food to supply local businesses and restaurants as well as the University catering courses. There is scope for a wide variety of courses at the site, primarily horticultural, but with the potential for food-related courses, such as introductions to preserving / drying / bottling of the crops. 

Photographs and video of the site can be found here.

'Transition Town: The Musical' launches Kickstarter appeal

Thu, 08/01/2015 - 08:28

'Transition Town: The Musical': Plans revealed for a new community crowdfunded musical

An opportunity for people to crowdfund a new community musical, which will explore questions and issues presented by oil dependency, sustainable energy and climate change, has been launched and is already attracting a lot of support. 'Transition Town: The Musical' is being produced by Regen SW, a not for profit organisation working to revolutionise the way we generate, supply and use energy.

The project is the brainchild of Matt Harvey, writer and host of Channel 4’s Wondermentalist, the award-winning composer Tomas Hewitt Jones and Chloe Uden, arts and energy programme manager at Regen SW.

The team, creators of this year’s hit Christmas show Rumpelstiltskin, are aiming to crowdfund £10,000 by early February 2015 to commence the estimated 18 month project.

Chloe explained “We want to bring as many people into this project as possible, so crowdfunding was an obvious choice. Over the past 10 years of working in the sustainable energy sector, I’ve seen how the arts can provide a space to deal with the emotional and human side of the story.”

Rob Hopkins, founder and figurehead of the Transition Towns movement and supporter of the new venture, explained “when Matt first mentioned the idea of Transition Town: The Musical, I couldn't help laughing. There was something silly about it, but at the same time something rather wonderful.”

Rob continued “doing Transition has many of the elements of great musicals: drama, moments of high tension, highs of great choral unity, moments when it all locks in beautifully and it feels more exhilarating than anything else, and the fact that it needs a whole cast, not just one or two heroes. This is something designed to be performed by communities, and I really hope it becomes the 'Billy Elliot' for community activists, the 'We Will Rock You' for community energy, and the 'West Side Story' of rooftop gardeners. The world needs this musical. Please support it!". 

You can find out more and support the Kickstarter appeal here

January 2015 - Transition Network Newsletter

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:00

To start the new year we offer lots of inspiring news and new features. Our themes will now span two months and starts with getting started. We introduce our very own Agony Aunt, offer you a new year rubbish diet, find out what life is like without Amazon and announce plans for Transition Town -The Musical! Plus news of Transition Roadshow coming up in Cornwall, training on offer, events and book reviews.

NETWORK NEWS

Transitioners' Digest (December 2014)
The theme for December was 'Less is More',
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/transitioners-digest-december-2014

How We Got Started
During January and February we'll be exploring the first element of our Support Offer, 'How to Start Transition'. We start with Richard Barnett of New Forest Transition who tells the story of their beginnings in 2007
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/how-we-got-started-new-forest-transition-0


The Transition Agony Aunt
A new regular feature, The Transition Agony Aunt, will answers a reader's question. The first one is about struggling to form working groups:
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/transition-agony-aunt-when-theme-groups-fail-form
Have you got a question for her? Email agonyaunt@transitionnetwork.org 


How 'The Power to Convene' can transform Transition
Should the Power to Convene be the key role of what Transition groups do and how they function?
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/how-power-convene-can-transform-transition


Transition Town: The Musical!
This is the working title for a sparkling new musical to be written by poet Matt Harvey and composer Thomas Hewitt Jones. The plan is to weave a witty, warm-hearted tale of dreamers and do-ers addressing the practical, emotional and philosophical questions thrown up by climate change and oil dependency. The premiere of the final show is planned for July 2016 and then a license will be available for other groups to perform the show. “We want to bring as many people into this project as possible, so crowdfunding was an obvious choice" said Chloe Uden who conceived the project. "Over the past 10 years of working in the sustainable energy sector, I’ve seen how the arts can provide a space to deal with the emotional and human side of the story.” Find out more and support their appeal on Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/862794604/transition-town-the-musical


Results from the Transition Culture survey
The responses from the short survey as well as some reflections on what we might do about them.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/results-transition-culture-survey

 

THINKING OUT LOUD

How the BBC might hold the election to account, carbon-wise
How about putting short term economic responsibility, alongside longer term climate responsibility?
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/how-bbc-might-hold-election-account-carbon-wise

Responding to the Prison Industrial Complex with permaculture and resilience
Teacher, writer, speaker and designer, Pandora Thomas is a board member of Transition US, a founder of the Black Permaculture Network, a co-founder of Earthseed Consulting, and co-creator of the Pathways to Resilience programme. Read or listen to her inspiring interview:
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/pandora-thomas-responding-prison-industrial-complex-permaculture-and-resil

The Rubbish Diet
Sometimes we make New Year’s resolutions that we don’t keep. The key, psychologists tell us, is to make the resolution simple, with stepped rewards along the way until the goal is reached. Bin Doctor Katy Anderson writes about the Diet and how you can Learn to Love Your Bin as a New Year’s Resolution.
http://transitionfreepress.org/2015/01/02/waste-rubbish-resolutions-or-how-to-learn-to-love-your-bin-in-2015/

If I Ruled The World
Asked by a local newspaper to muse on what he would do if he ruled the world, Rob Hopkins began by saying “that’s impossible” would be outlawed around the cabinet table.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/if-i-ruled-world

My year without Amazon
Having decided a year ago that Amazon was so at odds with Rob Hopkins' values that he withdrew his support for good, he shares his reflections on how a year free of Amazon has been. (Spoiler Alert: it's been great).
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/my-year-without-amazon

REconomy

Starting a Transition Enterprise
The first post in a series about the process of starting a Transition Enterprise. This blog by Mark Simmonds attempts to define a Transition Enterprise and look at the very early stages in the start-up “journey”.
http://www.reconomy.org/starting-a-transition-enterprise/

Talking Social Economy in a World of Extremes
Frances Northrop of Transition Town Totnes on her visit to Sweden for the Annual National Transition Conference.
http://www.reconomy.org/talking-social-economy-in-a-world-of-extremes/

The Community Enterprise Checker and funding opportunities through Power to Change
With £150m as potentially available, and some go-early investment opportunities, we are encouraging Transition Enterprises to get involved with Power to Change.
http://www.reconomy.org/the-community-enterprise-checker-and-funding-opportunities-through-power-to-change/

 

TRAINING

• 24-25 January. London. The world's first Permaculture for Transition course
• Launch online begins again January 13th at the new time of 09.00- 10.30 UK time. This will enable people in Asia and Australia and New Zealand to take part more easily.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/events/network-training

 

COMING UP

The Transition Roadshow comes to Penwith
6-7 Feb. Penzance, West Cornwall
There are lots of positive things going on in Penwith and this event will take things further with a focus on RE-thinking the economic future of the area.
http://www.transitionpenwith.org.uk/roadshow

Devon Convergence - Forum for New Local Economies
February 7. Exeter
Gathering the changemakers in Devon to meet, become acquainted, perhaps start collaborative relationships, and definitely learn about what's happening around the region to create thriving local economies.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/devon-convergence-forum-for-new-local-economies-tickets-14543107827

Using Social Media for Events
21 January 8pm - online
Bringing together Transition Initiatives in the UK interested in exploring how social media can help their activities expand and flourish.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-social-media-for-events-jan-2015-tickets-15165418174

More events
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/events

BOOKS

One Minute Review: Behind the Green Door by Rotor
An eclectic book, rich in objects that will challenge (or reaffirm!) what sustainability means for you in relation to how the world around us is built.
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-01/one-minute-review-behind-green-door-rotor

Don't Even Think About It by George Marshall
Unlike most books about climate change, which try to convince people using science, Don't Even Think About It examines why the science doesn't convince people. Drawing on research across many disciplines and presenting it entertainingly, he argues that these insights are critical to mobilizing public opinion on climate change. While Marshall’s book may or may not fix widespread ignorance about climate change, it does an invaluable service by showing us why we ignore this greatest of all threats facing our species.
http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-01-05/review-don-t-even-think-about-it-by-george-marshall

AND FINALLY....

Desert Island Discs, Totnes-style
The subject of a rather unusual version of Desert Island Discs in Totnes was Rob Hopkins. The Winter Concert, organised by two local choirs and others, invites a local person to choose eight tracks which are then performed interspersed with stories from that person's life. Well worth a listen:
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-12/appearing-desert-island-discs-totnes-style

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"For me, the most sustainable thing a person can do is continue to live! To stay alive and thrive and create and support systems that help affirm their own life. "
Pandora Thomas

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Transition Network's Annual Report 2014

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 18:43

We are delighted to share Transition Network's Trustees Report and Financial Statement for 2014.  It captures beautifully the bredth and depth of what we have been up to.  Some key achievements covered by this report, and our work in the rest of 2014, include: 

All this work is helping meet the urgent need to encourage and support people and communities to take effective action to build the transition to a low-carbon, socially-just, healthier and happier future, which is more enriching and more gentle on the earth than the way most of us live today.  We hope you find it a useful and inspiring insight into what we do all day, and look forward to sharing 2015's even more inspirational Report with you. 

 

 

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