Transition Natl Gathering – July 2017

Mark your calendars for the first ever Transition National Gathering. We expect some 250 community resilience builders from across the country to come together to generate new ideas about how we can collectively move forward our vision of a resilient future of connected, local communities free from dependence on fossil fuels.

What You'll See at the National Gathering

There will be approximately 40 concurrent workshops in the following areas of interest.

Zone 0: Growing Resilient People Zone 1: Growing Resilient Households
"Ongoing Self-Care Grows Roots for Ongoing Transitioning" by Kaia Svien

"Inner Resiliency for Health, Happiness and Inspired Action" by Trathen Heckman

"Deep Growth with an Eye on Zone 0" by Lea Hall

"Varied Paths to Support Movement Through Climate Grief" by Ranae Hanson

"Understanding Human Needs - A Key To Successful Transition" by Tom Jablonski

“Sacred Activism and Self-Care as Catalysts for Positive Change ” by Jul Bystrova

"Meet the Sustain-A-Raiser Starter Kit" by Josh Arnold

"Making Sense of Place" by Dr. Charlie Brennan

"Growing a Food Forest at Home" by Russ Henry

"Community Resilience IS Emergency Preparedness" by Lesley Moore and Nils Palsson

"Transform Your Neighborhood with Transition Streets" with Transition Streets practitioners, and hosted by Carolyne Stayton

Zone 2: Growing Strong Groups Zone 3: Growing Effective Partnerships & Networks
"Best Practices for Group Council" by Theo Talcott

"Skills for Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution" by Clayton Horsey

"How to Get Media Attention for Your Community Project" by Tom Llewellyn

"Effective Models for Increased Inspiration, Impact and FUNding" by Trathen Heckman

"Transition Town Media and Transition Sarasota: Lessons Learned in Being Effective" by Martin Pepper and Don Hall

"The Psychology of Sustainability: Motivating Voluntary Behavior Change" by Christie Manning

"Collaborating with People of Faith" by Ruah Swennerfelt

"Developing Transformational Leadership in Transactual Systems" by Fred Brown

"Building Vital Zero Carbon Cities: Local Success Stories of Youth and Adult Teams Partnering with their City Councils" by Sean Gosiewski

"Food Access and Resiliency: Building a Vision with Local Governments" by Nadja Berneche

"Building Local and Statewide Partnerships for Climate Resilience and Sustainability" by Dan Fatton, Paul Moss, Laura Millberg, and Philipp Muessig

"Using Local Elections to Transition" by David Cobb

Zone 4: Growing Successful Projects and Campaigns Zone 5: Growing an Unstoppable Movement
"Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons" by Tom Llewellyn

"Democratizing Capital and Investing in Things that Matter" by Joe Riemann and Jan Joannides

"Igniting the Local Food Revolution" by Michael Brownlee

"How (and Why) to Start a FreeStore in Your Town" by Julie DiRemigio and Dawn Wesley

“Community-Powered Energy: Local, Renewable, Carbon-Neutral” by Lawrence Jaffe, Sari Steuber & Timothy DenHerder-Thomas

"Building a Master Plan (EDAP) for Community Resilience" by Bill Sharpe

"Global Transition Movement" by Transition Leaders from Five Countries,” Confirmed: Tanja Aertebjerg (Denmark), Isabela Maria Gomez de Menezes (Brazil), Nenad Maljkovic (Croatia).

“A Permaculture Primer,” by William Faith

"Plans A, B, and C: Three Visions for the Future," by Erik Lindberg

"Transition's Wider Vision - David Fleming and 'Surviving the Future'" by Shaun Chamberlin

Transition Intensive Workshops

Subject Presenter Description Date/Time
Skilling Up for Local Economic Change Jay Tompt is a co-founding member of the Totnes REconomy Project and independent consultant. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has developed an innovative approach to economic regeneration and resilience, which includes the Local Economic Blueprint, Local Entrepreneur Forum, and the REconomy Centre. Jay has also worked with groups across Europe and Japan. Jay is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and San Jose State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is an associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University. This two day course is designed for community organisers, activists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders – anyone who is interested in making real economic change where they live. Based on our experience in Totnes and elsewhere, this course will include useful ideas and theories, and lots of practical tools. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of local economics, how to organise change making projects, and a real feeling of confidence. Topics include:

economics – assumptions and aspirations

key ideas in local economics

mapping and assessments

networks beyond the usual suspects

Note to participants - this won't be a course on how to start a 'transition enterprise', but rather how to create the conditions for many 'transition enterprises' to emerge. Some practical, actionable work people can take home, but no business plans.

2 Day
Effective Collaboration Training Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota (Florida) from 2010 to 2016. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don currently works part-time for Transition US. He holds a Master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University. While working together in groups can be fun, it's not always easy. How can we collaborate with others without replicating hierarchical structures or getting too bogged-down in group process? Specifically designed for Transition Initiative leaders and those working towards social change, this dynamic, participatory training will provide you with everything you need to build organizational capacity and skillfully navigate the inevitable ups and downs of group life. See more information about the Effective Collaboration (aka Effective Groups) course here. 2 Day
From Meetings to Movements: Social Permaculture Strategies for Transition Adam Brock is a social permaculturalist based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. As co-founder of The GrowHaus, Adam led the transformation of an abandoned half-acre greenhouse in Colorado’s most polluted zip code into an award-winning permaculture demonstration site that engages thousands of residents per year. Adam is active in the local and national permaculture communities, serving as co-founder of the Denver Permaculture Guild, co-organizer of the inaugural North American Permaculture Convergence, and a contributor and guest editor at Permaculture Design magazine. Adam’s most recent project, "Change Here Now," is a social permaculture pattern language published by North Atlantic Books in 2017. How can Transition form unlikely alliances and spread its message "beyond the choir"? Can relocalization advocates start to shape local public policy? Join permaculturalist, author, and social entrepreneur Adam Brock in this interactive workshop designed to take our local initiatives to the next level. Thursday
When the Transition Movement & the Community Rights Movement Start Collaborating Paul Cienfuegos is a nationally prominent workshop leader and community organizer in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people's inherent right to govern themselves and protect the community’s health and welfare. Paul has some very provocative ideas about how Transition could rapidly expand its impact across the US by teaming up with the Community Rights movement and its ongoing success in helping more than 200 communities to successfully pass locally enforceable laws that transition us away from unsustainable energy and resource depletion and towards our RIGHT as We the People to a sustainable future. Paul recently co-founded Community Rights US to further this work nationally. More info at www.CommunityRights.US. Imagine Transition activists beginning to redefine ourselves as We the People, with the inherent right to govern ourselves where we live. Imagine us turning our Energy Descent Action Plans (EDAP's) into rights-based local ordinances with ten-year locally enforceable timelines for full implementation. The Community Rights movement has already helped more than 200 communities, in eight states, to realize that they DO have the RIGHT to a sustainable energy future, the RIGHT to a healthy climate, the RIGHT to clean water and a local food system, the RIGHT to a sustainable infrastructure, as locally enforceable laws! We need a scale of local organizing and educating that few of us have ever witnessed. We need to start seeing ourselves as The Deciders. We need to start thinking and acting as a self-governing people. Expect to be provoked and stretched in your thinking! Thursday
Deep Resilience: From Me to We - An Intimate Communal Exploration Rebecca Blanco has served as a psychotherapist, presented an array of personal growth workshops, and completed a Masters and a Doctorate. Feeling concerned about the severe challenges we are facing, Rebecca delved into eco-psychology and deep ecology, perspectives that enable us to understand the interconnections between ecological-social-psychological forces and the manner in which these reveal the complexity of our planetary crisis. Rebecca participated in numerous programs/trainings, including the Transition Trainer Course, Permaculture Design Course, consultations with eco-psychology instructor Andy Fisher, Ph.D., Animas Valley Institute's wilderness-based programs, The Work That Reconnects, and an Awakening the Dreamer Facilitator Training. This interactive and experiential workshop focuses on the inner transition, “the changes we need to make within ourselves to transition to the more caring, equitable, beautiful, sustainable and resilient world....” We will attend to our internal humanity, the fertile inner territory where we discover the ingenuity and power to cultivate resilience. We’ll be tapping into sources within that give rise to and invigorate a healthier response to the challenges facing us - to ultimately blossom as trailblazers and game-changers in ways that can be sustained over time. We will then explore how our own resilience can foster wellbeing in our communities. Throughout the day, we’ll weave in practices that involve self-reflection, helpful unlearning, contemplation, conversation, and more. Friday
Taking Your Transition Initiative to the Next Level Tina has been a professional community organizer, trainer, facilitator and speaker since 1985, and a Transition Trainer since 2008. She directed national citizen training programs and founded campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins. As a consultant she helped 422 organizations with strategic planning, program expansion, fundraising, and public engagement. Working with Transition Network Tina has served over 240 communities worldwide, given 61 official Transition courses, and provided hundreds of Transition presentations. Her Transition articles have been published in two scholarly books. She is currently consulting for Transition Initiatives and model local eco-economy projects in Denmark. Join colleagues in a highly interactive, sharing and problem-solving workshop addressing key challenges of growing a Transition/resilience/eco-collaborative community. Give and receive in-depth support. Explore pros and cons of different approaches to communications, outreach, growth, group structure, community development, choosing goals and projects, facilitating outer and inner Transition, with other groups and local government. Share and discover “best practices”, fantastic resources, and how to choose among Transition ingredients to best support collective genius and action in your unique community. A leading global Transition Trainer, Tina will share insights from local eco-economy-community projects from her Transition consulting work in Denmark and Europe. Format: participatory exercises, small groups, large group discussion, presentation. Friday

Living Transition Values

The gathering aspires to align with Transition values, such as:

  • Sustainability, including zero waste and local, sustainably sourced food. Organizers invite participants to make their travel plans as low-impact as possible (ex: carpool, train, etc.) and to take action to offset your emissions in the near-term. We will also offer virtual participation options for those who don’t wish to or are unable to travel.
  • Inclusivity: We strive to make this gathering as low-cost as possible, and to offer scholarships and work-trade positions to ensure cost is not a barrier to participation. We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to all, including families with children.
  • Collaboration: This gathering is the result of a collaborative, co-creative process between Transition organizers across the country. Our goal is to create a participatory, empowering event that will strengthen our grassroots network and enhance our abilities to collaborate effectively.

How Local People Can Help

Lodging: Lodging for 100 people will be available at Macalester College but we will need additional housing options, especially for families. If you can offer a room or a couch to an out-of-town guest, please contact local homestay coordinator Rebecca Cramer.

Local Organizing Team: There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to help bring this gathering to life. Contact Michael Russelle if you can assist with the planning team, which is working on childcare, transportation coordination, arranging a tour of local sustainability sites, technology for off-site presenters, registration, and other local preparations.

Outreach Team: If you have marketing experience or connections with organizations that would be interested in attending this gathering, please contact TransitionUS to offer assistance with the outreach team.

Scholarship Assistance: Help with the scholarship or work-trade program or provide scholarship support to enable more people to attend. Contact Don Hall.

Event Sponsorship: To provide financial sponsorship for the event or to share potential sponsors with the conference organizers, contact Don Hall.