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Book now for the 2015 Transition Camp!

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 10:03

The annual Transition Camp in the heart of Sussex. A time to breathe and be together. We invite you to join us for our 7th Autumn camp:
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2015.  A time to gather together and create a family friendly event.  To celebrate, share our skills, visions, our hopes, fears, tell tales, sing songs, discuss plans, ideas, dreams, to relax, share food, have fun, reconnect and just be with and support each other. Marvel at dark starry skies, sit round open fires.  The programme is now online here.

Guest speaker – Lucy Neal.  Lucy’s new book: Playing for time, making art as if the world mattered has been a huge success. Inspired and supported by the Transition network with over 50 collaborators there is so much richness to share.

On Saturday Howard Johns from Southern Solar, who will be launching his new book at the Transition network next weekend – The Energy Revolution.

Also from the Transition collaborators we’ll be welcoming Steph Bradley back with her Storyweaving magic.

Other workshops include bushcraft for adults and kids, nature connection,  bike maintenance, foraging, herbal medicine,  somatic movement, permaculture, open space, seed bombs, storytelling and a great deal more plus whatever skills you bring to share.  There is a full program for kids as well, under 6yrs will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Music by Dirk CampbellGeoff Robb and Jan Allain.

Delicious vegetarian/vegan food is provided as part of the ticket costs brought to you by the gorgeously fun ladies;  Fran Pickeringand Gina Kawecka.

You will also be asked to sign up to a volunteer role as part of your ticket purchase. Jobs include washing up, candle lighting, food chopping, site maintenance etc.  By everyone contributing in this way we are able to keep the ticket prices very low and it brings a real sense of community to the camp.

Inspired by the Transition towns network and hosted by Mike Grenville from Transition Forest Row and Alice Bettany from Workshops at Wowo.  All taking place on the beautiful Wowo farm campsite in the heart of Sussex.  Book here.  

'Small is Powerful': Transition in action in Hungary.

Mon, 14/09/2015 - 07:52

Tracey Wheatley, Communities in Transition programme coordinator and Transition pioneer in Hungary, reports on two recent Transition events there (original here): 

"After 8 months of ever more hectic organisation, the summer gatherings - the Transition in Action Youth Exchange and the KÖRfeszt - all came together as we hoped. Now its time to collect the memories and anticipate the momentums that the two events will inspire. Pictures help, and here is a selection concentrating on how the Small Communities in Transition programme participants contributed to the 4 days of the summer university and KÖRfeszt shared with the Erasmus builders, and the Hungarian Community Developers Association.

Transition in Action

The 30 Erasmus funded Transition in Action youth exchange participants made a massive contribution to the local infrastructure in the village of Kunbábony,designing and building a wheelchair accessible double compost toilet over 2 weeks, in the grounds of the Civil College. Community development and organising trainings are held here all year round, so the presence of this wood-chip scented outside lavatory provides a permanent example of how to deal with human waste in water-free, low-energy way, converting it to nutrients as part of a  closed ecological cycle. 

Besides the compost toilet, a beautifully crafted, cob-built community rocket stove was created as part of the Rocket Kitchen, with capacity for a cauldron catering for 100 people as well as a side burner for a 60 litre pot: this will allow the social cooperative working in the Civil College to offer low-carbon, almost emission-free food at their regular community events. The building materials were 60% sourced locally, in most cases begged or borrowed, upcycled or harvested. 4 key building materials are available right on the spot - clay, coppiced mullberry, sand and straw - giving the potential for other sustainable building now these traditional materials have been 'remembered'.  

Another key aspect of the camp was the food: this came partly from the direct locality. While locally produced food is widely available in Hungary in rural areas it is largely invisible, but "knocking on doors" around the village soon showed that free-range eggs, veg and dairy products were available, with smallholders happy to sell their surplus. This complemented the fresh organic veg harvested from the Civil College garden every day. This 1 hectare garden is based on Gertrude Frank's 'self-healing gardening" method, using mulches, rotation and companion planting, growing rare heritage varieties.

This garden was 'mentored' by the Small Communities in Transition Programme, and the cooperative is already planning how to take the ideas and experience further next year. Food cooked during the exchange was deliberately meat-free, which provoked both friction and useful debates, personal preferences and perceived nutritional needs coming up against the question of ethical eating and climate-friendly diets. We know that what we eat is political, but we could see during the camp how 'the need for meat' seems almost intimate to some people, the lack of it creating disquiet, sometimes hostility. On the other hand, sometimes confrontation creates change, and the participant who guiltily asked on the first day if it was ok for him to eat the liver paté he had brought just declared himself vegetarian on the groups Facebook. 

What did the participants take home? Without doubt, an amazing experience and a network of contacts from Macedonia to Turkey, Romania, Slovenia, Italy and Hungary. This was a multi-cultural group, with Mexican, French, Polish and Scottish people working as part of the Hungarian coordination team. The hands-on nature of the work was new to many, and the intensity of the two weeks was a challenge for the group. This went beyond saws and chisels, drills and spades. Issues crucial to running a community, such as how we share the monotone or repetitive work, fair input of time and effort, and the tension between the efficiency of expertise and the right of everyone to participate and learn became a test for this temporary community, one which it solved sensitively by using consensus, rethinking working practices and being flexible. 

The participants were well-selected; many had an amazing capacity for observation, constructive reflection and cooperative communication, bringing the best out of the group. Others were keen to take responsibility, helping to solve issues as they developed. Some felt the two weeks was something like an eco-Big Brother, a trial of personal resilience. The 'right to party' and the 'right to sleep' have probably been at loggerheads since we first shared the first cave...and during these two weeks the basic  frictions of living together in a common space often brought mundane 'housekeeping' issues to the front.

The Transition in Action exchange aimed to pass on key transition ideas in a non-verbal way: being aware of your local resources and using them sustainably was one key idea to get across. This went beyond our evident use and access to useful natural materials to relationship with the local community network that made the actual event possible: the local cooperative solves everything through its mutually beneficial relationships in the community. This made access to materials easier, transport, repairs, sharing surplus, as well as dealing with leftover food or waste: this all went back to the cooperative workers homes to feed the goats, hence with the exception of packaging, most waste became a resource, closing the loop. Creating low-carbon infrastructure with which to meet our daily needs was the key aim of the collaborative work creating the kitchen and the loos. This involved relearning skills such as cobbing, weaving, coppicing, carving, growing and harvesting food, communual cooking and stoking a fire. Underlying all this was a determination to make things work, meet the deadlines, as well as have a good time. No-one needed to remind these people to celebrate their achievements!

There will be many more small reflections on what this first experience of practical transition means, can mean. At time of writing there has been not yet time to collect everyones thoughts, but to make this experience complete, we will find time for thoughtful evaluation, and share these insights.

Here you can read Small is Powerful II: KÖRfeszt

Photo album: Hajnal Fekete

September 2015 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:19

This month has the latest buzz about the conference, and also the start of our theme for next month which is Fairness. REConomy encourage us to get out networking, a new project directory and a book review, training news and news of some other events. 


As you will know by now, our International Conference is just weeks away now. We’re in the final stages of planning for this momentous event and looking forward to seeing lots of you again, as well as making new friends. There are only about 60 places left for the Conference and a handful of residential spaces at Seale-Hayne. If you haven’t already, now is the moment to buy your ticket for this special occasion.

Why the 2015 Transition Network Conference is guaranteed to buzz
TN Core Team member, Sophy Banks, on our collective excitement about the huge numbers of Transitioners from across the world that will be joining us in a few weeks for the Conference, and what this will mean for us here in the UK

Reflections On Conferences Past
We do fantastic conferences. But don't just take it from us...

Introducing the Requiem for the Global Industrial Growth System
Sophy Banks will be leading a ceremony at the Conference to mark the death of the Industrial Growth System, remembering its origins and looking ahead to the future. Sophy tells us a little more here

Global Webcast
We’re very excited by how this is shaping up. We are putting a call out now to Transitioners across the globe, including in the UK, to take part remotely in this unique event. Please click the link to find out how to sign-up.

Why Good Energy are sponsoring the Transition Network conference

Detailed info on the conference and to book - It's going to be AMAZING!


Our new theme: 'Fairness'

Sophy Banks kicks off our new theme of Fairness by asking what is Fairness, could we agree on a definition, and is it something that’s learnt or instinctive?



Events… You’ll get what you need

Running a Transition Enterprise can mean you spend a lot of this time alone at your desk. Networking events can be a fantastic resource for people running enterprises. When you think you are too busy for an event – stop, think – “perhaps I am too busy not to go”.

Introducing The Grassroots Directory!

A new format source book that will list some of the most innovative, practical and exciting community-led projects in the UK.

Transition in Australia: an open letter to Transitioners

Clare Power just finished her PhD looking at Transition in Australia, and wanted to share her key findings through the following letter to Transitioners. She has also kindly made her full research available.


Rob Hopkins spent his summer immersed in Luigi Russi's rather good 'Everything Gardens and other stories: growing Transition Culture', and reviews it for us.



There are some great trainings this autumn you won’t want to miss. Launch online is being offered in English and Spanish:

We are offering another Train the Trainers in Zagreb, Croatia:

And a series of trainings in Powys, Wales, UK over the autumn 2015, and winter of 2016:


Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September - Devon

SuperHome Open Days
On days though September around the UK
SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions. This is a chance to see eco renovation at its impressive best as the pioneering owners open their doors. Entry is free. Book now.

Transition Camp
2-4 October - Sussex

No wealth but life: Is sharing resources the key to peace?
Stop consuming, start participating! With Rob Hopkins
November 18 and other dates - St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London
A 5 part series of practical, fun and participatory events exploring alternative economic models that are rooted in environmental and social justice - and their impact on peace building and systemic change. Topics include: participatory economics, social enterprise, re-inventing organisations, alternative finance and co-operative & commons movements.

More events


Follow Transition Network on Twitter!/transitiontowns 

Be a Friend on Facebook 

Film Reviews  

Transition Youtube Channel 

Resources — Editor's Picks 

Find previous editions of the newsletter here 

Subscribe to Transition newsletter: 

This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month. 

Editor: Mike Grenville

August 2015 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:53

In this newsletter we have more on the conference as it takes shape and fills up, projects offering and looking for funding, paid jobs, training opportunities and plans for a UK Transition Hub.



Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September 2015

The Transition Network Conference is now rapidly approaching with only a month and a half to go until it all gets underway. The event is booking out quicker than ever before with well over half the available places now gone, as well as a significant amount of the onsite accommodation. Hurry to get your place so you don’t miss out!

We’re delighted to announce that Good Energy are sponsoring this year’s Conference. This is link-up is a first for Transition Network and we’ll be welcoming Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport to the Conference to talk about some of the work they’re doing with community energy groups here in the UK.

Are you aware that this year’s Conference has a full kids programme? We are really keen that those with children are able to attend our Conference and participate.

If you’re struggling with the cost of the Conference, we still have a number of bursary places available. These are open to young people, those on low incomes and those travelling from abroad.

Another way that we’re aiming to assist those with less available funds is through working in the Gift Economy. We’re doing our best to coordinate offers of beds, lifts and other useful things with those in need.

There’s now a draft Schedule for the weekend live on the website. Most workshops are confirmed with a few more details to come…

The Skills Day is taking shape. We will be making a final call on which of the 8 available workshops will be taking place at the end of August, based on sales. If you are thinking to attend, but not yet had the chance to confirm, please book now.

Lots more info and to book here:

From July to September we will be highlighting content and key themes for this year’s Transition Network International Conference. This first piece looks at the growth of community energy in the UK


One Year in Transition
Many young adults want to make a difference in society but don’t know how to get started. One Year in Transition (1YT) is an apprenticeship in personal and social change that has emerged from Transition Network to meet this need. Over four meet-ups and eleven months the course acts a bridge between learning and working or between full time employment and self employment. We give young adults the tools and experience to create their own unique livelihood in a world where business as usual no longer makes sense. Open to people aged 20-35 years it is as full or part time as you want it to be, is low cost and you can do it right where you are. You will emerge equipped with the personal and professional skills needed to tackle the social and environmental challenges we face, whilst building community around you and creating paid work. Just as importantly, 1YT is a place where you will meet outstanding people and make new friends. The deadline for applications is the end of August.

A National Hub for Transition in England?
Transition Network now has an expanding and evolving group of National Hubs who help connect and co-ordinate transition activity in their countries. We now want to help Transitioners in England to develop their own National Hub, if this is something that interests you, then read more to find out how to get involved.



Conversations on REconomy: Fiona Ward and Rob Hopkins
Four videos ‘in conversation’ we recently produced about the REconomy Project. Fiona Ward, the originator of REconomy, talked to Rob Hopkins about different aspects of REconomy, and how it came to be.



New funding for community-based food and farming projects
Just Growth is a new funding programme designed to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects in England, Scotland or Wales. The Deadline for applications is 30 September 2015.

The Ecological Land Co-operative
Shaun Chamberlin writes about the Coop that is reclaiming land from industrialized agriculture and making it available to local, small-scale agroecology and permaculture projects.



REconomy project manager contract offer

We would like to contract an experienced, flexible project manager to coordinate REconomy Project activity in the UK and ensure delivery of a funded project which is about half way through a well-defined 3 year programme. Offering an 18 month contract for the supply of Project Management services with a focus specifically on delivery of the UK REconomy Project. Application deadline is 28th August.

Inner Transition - future opportunity for paid work
Transition Network is currently designing a similar role to the REconomy Project Manager role, with a focus on Inner Transition. We plan to advertise in October when we will provide full details of this interesting opportunity. You can register your interest now and ensure you are alerted to the vacancy by emailing


Train the Trainers
We have communities of trainers in 28 countries delivering our trainings. If you would like to join them, the next Train the Trainers is in Zagreb, Croatia Thursday 29th October until Monday November 2nd, 2015
See here for details and to download an application form:

Launch Online in English and Spanish
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.
Both begin Tuesday October 6th and meets once a week for eight weeks. For more information:



Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September - Devon

SuperHome Open Days
On days though September around the UK
SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions. This is a chance to see eco renovation at its impressive best as the pioneering owners open their doors. Entry is free. Book now.

Transition Camp
2-4 October - Sussex
Early-bird until the end of August

Bristol New Economy Summit
12-13 October
With experts and practitioners from Bristol, the UK and beyond for two days of learning, participating and connecting. The event is for anyone interested in how we move from where we towards a fair and planetary boundaried economy.

The Psychology of Inspired Collective Climate Change Action
(and what gets in its way)
Saturday 21 November - London


More events

Follow Transition Network on Twitter!/transitiontowns 

Be a Friend on Facebook 

Film Reviews  

Transition Youtube Channel 

Resources — Editor's Picks 

Find previous editions of the newsletter here 

Subscribe to Transition newsletter: 

This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month. 

Editor: Mike Grenville

Good Energy to sponsor Transition Network International Conference!

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:14

We are delighted to announce that Good Energy, one of the UK’s leading renewable energy supply companies are partnering with Transition Network to support this year’s Conference.

Good Energy utilises our abundant wind, rain and sunshine to create clean, green renewable electricity. They are the first, and only, national power company that have actively engaged with community energy groups around the country to secure a more resilient and locally-owned energy supply.

The Transition Movement empowers communities to develop resilience and the building blocks of a sustainable and inclusive culture today. Acting now prepares our communities to be viable economically and socially strong into the future. Our two forward-looking organizations are now teaming up to accelerate the shift to a cleaner, greener, more equitable future.

Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Network said:

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Good Energy - a company with values very much in line with those of Transition Network. As our network continues to grow and new groups form, we would like to build connections with companies offering the best sustainable solutions. We see real opportunities for mutually-beneficial partnerships with organisations that want to help people reduce their ecological impact, something that Good Energy have led the way in.”

Good Energy are keen to find ways to work with the brilliant network of change-makers that is Transition and ensure that the services they are offering within community energy are responsive to the needs of those working at the grassroots level. It is hoped that this partnership will develop a key route to market and business development opportunities for Good Energy, whilst helping local energy groups engaged in Transition strengthen and improve what they can offer. Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy said:

“Transitioners have trail-blazed new ways of living that are local and sustainable. Community energy projects provide a great platform for ordinary people to take action on energy in their local area – developing renewables, promoting energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty – in a way that’s difficult for governments or old fashioned utility companies to replicate. It’s a movement we’re passionately committed to and we can’t wait to inspire more community energy action at the Transition Conference 2015.”

Working together, Good Energy and the Transition Network want to boost the number of British homes powered by renewable energy but also to help take community energy groups to the next level of ensuring everyone has access to clean, safe, and reliable locally-generated energy. Good Energy’s CEO Juliet Davenport will be joining Rob Hopkins with the Keynote Introduction at the Conference on September 18th, and Good Energy will be present during the Community Energy Session with Ovesco on Friday the 17th, as well as on Sunday afternoon.

Make sure you book now to secure your seats at these events. This year’s conference is being held in picturesque Seale-Hayne in Devon, which will become home for three days to 350 Transitioners focused on enhancing their skills, developing their knowledge and their networks and celebrating the journey so far whilst planning for the next stage of their community projects.




New funding for community-based food and farming projects

Fri, 24/07/2015 - 08:29

Just Growth is a new funding programme designed to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects.  The aim of the programme is to support social enterprises that are producing food in a environmentally and socially just way – hence Just Growth.  FEA is working in partnership with Community and Co-operative Finance (CCF)and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to deliver this project.

We are looking for projects that farm in a way that nurtures and protects the environment, helps people take control of their food and enables more people to eat better food.

A key aim of the programme is to encourage community ownership and we will be looking for organisations that are owned and run by their community or that have strong co-operative principles embedded in their structure.

What sorts of projects are we looking for?

  • A start up community based farming project with a strong plan
  • An existing community farming project that is looking to expand
  • An existing community farming project that wants to develop a new aspect to its business
  • Other food/farming projects that can show that their work is strengthening the community farming sector

The programme will be looking for upto 14 projects to fund and support over an 18 month period to December 2016. The projects must be based in England, Scotland or Wales.

What support will be available?

Upto 8 projects will receive a funding package made up of one third loan financing from CCF and one third grant funding from Esmee Fairbairn. The remaining third of the funding has to be raised by the project itself from its local community either through crowdfunding or community shares. The release of the loan and the grant is contingent on the projects raising the necessary community finance.

Key aspects of the funding package

  • The minimum loan amount is £15k.
  • The minimum grant amount is £15k
  • A minimum of £15k will need to be raised from the community.
  • The grant element of the package is capped at £20k, but the loan and community finance element can exceed £20k.

In addition to the funding package, successful projects will receive upto 3 days of specialist advice to support their work.

The remaining projects will receive 1.5 days of expert support to help them develop their plans to bring them closer to being ready for investment.

To apply please download the  Just_Growth_application_form and return it to Clare Horrell at

Please read the  Just_Growth_notes_for_applicants before completing your application.

If you have any questions about the programme or your application or want to discuss whether your project is suitable for the programme please contact Clare Horrell at


July 2015 - Transition Network Newsletter

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 11:42

This month we have the Transitioners' Digest of REconomy theme, a new job offer, Thinking Aloud in Spain and on the Pope, plus update on the September Conference. 

Transition Network Conference
18-20 September

 If you have never experienced a Transition Network conference you are in for a real treat. Be warned that you may never be able to attend another ‘talking heads’ conference ever again!. You will be taken along an experience of Transition embedded in the event, finding your own pathway through an enticing range of workshops, processes, and open conversations. It is all designed to give you opportunities to both learn and contribute, to experience big group processes and small intimate one to one conversations. And the best, most innovative projects and enterprises that have emerged from the worldwide Transition experiment will be showcased over the course of this event. 

The almost full schedule is now available and lots to interest and tempt you to join us. There are an array of optional events like the Friday Transition skills day, youth gathering, and tours that need to be booked separately. 

Saturday is the main day of the programme with a range of workshops over 2 sessions, one in morning, one in afternoon. There's also the live global connections webcast session, an 'Honouring and Mourning' ceremony for the Age of Oil, evening entertainment and some special events not yet announced. There are 25 workshops currently confirmed for Saturday covering everything from the Transition Health Check through to an exploration of How Change Happens. Workshop presenters will be coming from across the world of Transition to present their views, studies and stories. There will also be the usual 'Beginnings' session where we take some time to have fun together, mapping out the wonderful and quirky thing that is Transition and beginning to explore some of the themes of the Conference. The Night will end with dinner, live music, bar selling our special locally-produced Transition Conference Beer and a fabulous Transition Disco.

See the full programme here.



Situation Vacant: Communications Co-ordinator
To grow our impact and ambition, Transition Network are seeking a Communications Co-ordinator. Very flexible home working although you will need to be based within reasonable travelling distance of Totnes where we hold our monthly staff meetings and other events. Your application should arrive by 8 July 2015.


Transitioners' Digest (May-June 2015) REconomy

Review of our REconomy theme over the last two months condensed into a few paragraphs so you can more easily find the bits that interest you.

Reflections on 5 years of REconomy, and a goodbye
Fiona Ward reflects on the growth of REconomy and her new project that will explore further the role of Transition in the health and social care sector.

Launch of Transition Streets in the US

After more than a year in the making (with lots of expert and volunteer support) Carolyne Stayton announcesteh US version of neighborhood carbon/water/waste reduction project, Transition Streets.



Consumer worldview not as entrenched as you think
A worldview is a basic way of interpreting things and events that pervades a culture so thoroughly that it becomes that culture's concept of reality — what is good, what is important, what is sacred, and what is real. It is so invasive that it is invisible.

Peak oiler? Not Catholic? You should still stand with the pope on climate
If you do care about climate change, then what's not to like in the pope's encyclical that came out this week?

Spain in Transition?: Answers from the grassroots facing a collapsing country
This article by Emilio Santiago Muiño, looks at how people are responding to the crisis from the grassroots — the struggle not only for lost rights but also for the construction of self-organized social alternatives.


"What we need is to help open people's hearts and passions and self-belief and then be amazed at what happens next."
Fiona Ward



Follow Transition Network on Twitter!/transitiontowns 

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Film Reviews  

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Resources — Editor's Picks 

Find previous editions of the newsletter here 

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This newsletter is published on the first Friday of each month. 

Editor: Mike Grenville

Situation Vacant: Communications Co-ordinator

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 15:21

Since 2007, Transition Network has built a movement of communities in over 50 countries who are working to build resilience, community and enterprise.  We work to support, inspire, nurture, train and network these groups in a diversity of creative ways. 

To grow our impact and ambition, we are seeking a Communications Co-ordinator, who will help us to fulfil our strategic objectives through the effective planning, development, co-ordination and delivery of a communications function.  If you want to work for an organisation that is generating real, bottom-up, people-led change around the world, we'd like to hear from you!

Please download and read this information pack (download below) completely and carefully and - if you would like to be considered for the post - send us:

  • a copy of your cv, including contact information for 2 referees;
  • a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification on page 8 of the info pack; and,
  • a completed personal details form (download below).

Your application should be emailed to by 8 July 2015.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Bristol on 21 July. 

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