The November 2010 Transition Network Newsletter

The November 2010 Transition Network Newsletter

Read this November newsletter online here

~ October round up of what's happening in Transition
~ The China Syndrome
~ An Update on France
~ Hawaiian Food Film
~ International Commons Conference report

~ Ingredients of Transition
~ Transition Network Diversity October Newsletter

~ Transition in the House of Commons, your input sought
~ Nicole Foss aka Stoneleigh is coming to the UK
~ ODAC Speaker Offer
~ Transition Radio interviews Alexis Rowell - 11th November

~ International Conference: Diverse Routes To Belonging
~ German Conference
~ TRAINING for Transition
~ Transition Trainers’ Dreaming Circle for “Groups”

~ Quote of the month


October round up of what's happening in Transition
This month there is news from Brazil, Hong Kong, USA (which now has its 50th official TT initiative), Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Scotland, plus around the UK including Fareham, Kingston, Shrewsbury and more.

The China Syndrome
Naresh Giangrande recently visited Taiwan to talk about Transition - a society that lives and breaths money, financial success, and business opportunity. His fascinating report is in two parts. Part One in which Naresh finds himself surprised to be in a very business oriented setting and hear about love and compassion. In Part Two he experiences a typhoon first hand and realises that the job of Transition in Taiwan will be to translate that awareness of climate change (and Peak Oil) into action. Links: [1] [2]

An Update on France
Transition-wise things seem to be moving along very swiftly in France. The “In Transition 1.0” film is now available on Vimeo with embedded subtitles and the Transition Handbook has now been translated into French. There is also a shiny new website for Transition France.

Hawaiian Food Film
A delightful short film about growing food in your backyard from Hawaii.

International Commons Conference report
At the begining of November Gerd Wessling from Transition Germany re-presented the Transition Network to 150 very active participants from 34 countries at a conference in Berlin of the emerging "Commons" movements. Figures such Canadian activist Maude Barlow, as well as many others like Thomas Grecco, a government minister from Ecuador, expressed their support for Transition. It was clear that there is a growing interest in the Transition approach globally.
More details:

Ingredients of Transition

The ideas around Transition are constantly being updated and refined as we go along. One of the new ways of seeing and sharing our approach is being described as though it is a Pattern Language. A “pattern” can be described as as just another word for “we’ve seen this problem before” and this is what we did about it. Another word is 'ingredients' and also “A Collection of Ideas and Solutions for Setting Up and Running a Successful Transition Initiative”.
Read more about the ideas behind the 'pattern' approach here

These are some of the topics below that have recently been updated by Rob Hopkins and that are looking for your input:


Ever wondered what everyone else is up to? If share your Transition projects here, as well as earning lots of karmic brownie points you'll inspire others and can get feedback. There are nearly 100 projects there already. Projects can be viewed on a map or searched by topic:


Here are some of the recent topics in the forum.

  • Do the little changes really make a difference?
  • Call for respondents to a Dissertation Questionnaire
  • Community Composting Network’s Local Food Project survey

Dive in and join or start a debate here

Transition Network Diversity October Newsletter

has a collection of news and events about inclusion and diversity.


Transition in the House of Commons
Peter Lipman, Chair of Transition Network, and Fiona Ward of Transition Consulting will be speaking to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil on Tuesday 9th November at an event called ‘The Transition Movement & Government’, which will consider how the government can best assist the Transition movement in its work. They would love to hear from initiatives with their suggestions for what MP’s and/or government could do to support transition. Any thoughts?

Nicole Foss aka Stoneleigh is coming to the UK
Following her astounding talk at the Transition Network conference, she has said she will go wherever people want her. Since her conference talk she has been expanding on the practical aspect of her talk too, along with the rationale for preparing.

ODAC Speaker Offer
Expert speakers on Peak Oil are available through the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) to Councils.

Transition Radio interviews Alexis Rowell
11th November
Author Alexis Rowell whose inspiring book 'Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future: what we can do if governments won’t' is the first up in a series of winter warming conversations with Transition voices. Join by Internet Radio and phone-in with your comments or get involved in the chat-room.


International Conference: Diverse Routes To Belonging
20-21st November Edinburgh

This conference will offer a feast of fantastic opportunities to see how the range of movements currently driving social change to reclaim our creative, collaborative, place-based way of living can make alliances and work together.
It is hosted by Transition Scotland Support with the support of Transition Network and Transition Edinburgh University.

19th-21st November Hannover
There is a growing number of German, Austrian & Swiss Transition initiatives emerging, with many attending the conference.
The Program (in German) and booking info is here:

There are a number of events organised by Network partners here:

Transition Initiative events
and upcoming events from the just launched Community Microsites are here:

TRAINING for Transition

Transition Trainers’ Dreaming Circle for “Groups”
1-3rd December

2-day "fundamentals" courses for those wishing to know how to set up, run, and maintain a successful transition initiative packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to delve into both the theory and practice of Transition.

Quote of the Month

"It's better to be two years too early than five minutes too late."
Nicole Foss

Newsletter Editor: Mike Grenville (from Transition Forest Row)


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