Transition North Twin Cities

This is a group for people who live in the Northern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, primarily Coon Rapids, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Shoreview, Andover, Anoka, Ramsey, East Bethel, Fridley, New Brighton, Stillwater, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. Most of our gatherings are held in Coon Rapids or Blaine and typically from 5 to 15 people will attend a gathering. Everyone is welcome!

Our group is in the “mulling” stage, trying to figure out if we want to become a formal Transition initiative. We try to follow the Transition model and find the concepts of peak oil and climate change big motivators in driving us to change the way we live.

We have been meeting since the fall of 2013 and have grown to about 40 people. We typically meet every other Monday evening in homes, local coffee shops, parks and various community meeting places.

Group members come together to share ideas and support each other in transitioning to simpler. more conscious ways of living in community with our neighbors and our ecosystem. Activities include:

  • Watching movies
  • Sharing gardening knowledge and the bounty of our gardens
  • Learning to forage 
  • Helping each other implement permaculture practices in our yards and gardens
  • Sharing resources
  • Sharing ideas and talking about climate change and peak oil

Because of the large area our members come from, we tend to focus more on connecting with the people that come to our gatherings than we do on connecting with institutions in our communities.

The best way to find out when and where we will meet next is to join our email list. Send a request to Tom Jablonski. We also have a Facebook page (see sidebar) and a blog at: (see the most recent three posts below). And for those without regular access to the internet, feel free to give Tom a call at 763-807-3698 and he will be glad to give you telephone updates.

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  • Wednesday February 8th 2017 Transition TC Gathering February 6, 2017
    We will be meeting Wednesday evening February 8th, from around 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the new Blaine Cub Foods located at 10881 University Avenue NE, which is at the South-east corner of the intersection  of University Avenue and 109th Avenue in Blaine and Northdale Blvd in Coon Rapids.  I believe they have a conference […]
    Tom Jablonski
  • Tuesday January 10th Meeting January 6, 2017
    I reserved the meeting room at the Blaine Leeann Chin for this coming Tuesday January 10th. The address is 1450 109th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN adjacent to the Target at 109th Avenue and Highway 65. The meeting should last from around 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..I have some “business” type agenda topics I would like to […]
    Tom Jablonski
  • Wendell Berry – On The Failure of Industrialism. December 23, 2016
    An Excerpt From a the October 22nd, 2016 Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures in Great Barrington, MA of a conversation between, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Mary Berry.    Transcribed from the You Tube video available here:  From the 27:26 to 29:34 minute mark.I think what we’ve got to learn to say, and we’ve got to […]
    Tom Jablonski

Transition North Twin Cities

The group is not yet using a Google calendar. Please see their blog posts for updates on activities.

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Leslie MacKenzie shared Transition Twin Cities's event to the group: Transition North Twin Cities. ...

Mac Groveland/Union Park Day of Skillshares

September 30, 2017, 9:00am - September 30, 2017, 3:00pm

Join Transition Mac Groveland-Union Park (TMUP) for a day of fun and informative activities to assist you and your household in growing more of your own food, becoming more energy efficient, saving money, learning new skills, and building a more socially connected community.

Come for the whole day or just one workshop. See for full workshop descriptions and to pre-register. Drop-ins welcome.

Personal Power Down
Get Ready to Go Zero Waste
Eureka Recycling: Building the Zero Waste Movement

Join the Sharing Economy
Grow an Edible Landscape
Learn About Master Gardeners

Backyard Chickens
Learn to Grow Microgreens ($5 at the door)
Learn About Tree Care Advisors

Learn about Transition Macalester/Union Park (TMUP) and share what you’d like to see happen in our neighborhood (bring a lunch)

Worry-free Jellies and Jams
Make Kombucha and Kefir
Learn About Hour Dollars (time banking)

Reuse: Rags to Rugs
Reuse: Sweaters to Mittens
Simple Solar Solutions

Get Ready to Drop a Car
What You Need to Know about Electric Cars
Learn About Saint Paul Tool Library

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Joel Magnuson, in his book The Approaching Great Transformation, suggests 8 core values to build a foundation for a new world (and makes the point we can't immediately overhaul all that presently exists, but we can incorporate these values in our own minds and actions and start creating a new world within groups of friends and like minded people):

1. Meet needs of people in ways that are wholesome and genuine.

2. Meet needs of people in ways that are fair, stable, equitable, and genuinely democratic, yet allow for emphasis for those voices that are squelched under the clamor or the democratic majority.

3. Meet needs in ways that do not systemically damage our natural environment, which is interpreted to mean not systemically damage the carrying capacity of our planet for all variations of life.

4. Work to meet needs while transforming households from acquisitive and obsessive consumption to integral institutions of an ecologically and economically stable community.

5. Restore financial institutions to their original core functions of providing services for local development and evolving away from expectations that financial markets are going to pay out exponential returns.

6. Ensure markets are not swallowed up a vortex of greed and speculation, but rather are centered on vibrant community cultures.

7. Transform local governments into truly democratically accountable institutions and then push upward to do the same as state and federal levels.

8. Make businesses institutions that meet needs of people instead of maximizing profits for owners/shareholders.

He adds that an eventual goal will be a society that is: Health giving, Beautiful, Just, and Ecologically Permanent.

No, it's not going to be easy getting from there from here. But we can all start with making a few adjustments in our own lives and grow from there. ...

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