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"Adding Resilience to Joseph Campbell's Four Functions of Mythology" - Vision by Willi Paul, openmythsource.com

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Scottish Transition groups join call for fracking moratorium

Three Scottish Transition groups, Black Isle, Stirling and Linlithgow joined with 23 other organisations to call for a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in Scotland.  The letter,…

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“Resilience Circles” – Interview with Sarah Byrnes, Co-Director of New Economy Transition (NET) New England by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media

Resilience Circles” – Interview with Sarah Byrnes, Co-Director of New Economy Transition (NET) New England by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com MediaExcerpt :You see the process as ‘part of a larger effort to create a fair and healthy economy that works for everyone in harmony with the planet.’ Give us some examples from a…See More
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The October/November 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Bath & West Community Energy just closed their third public share offer.  It raised a remarkable amount of money, £1.6 million, to build the Wilmington Farm Solar Array.  Coming on the heels of the recent…

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Nov 14
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Jeeptrack to dolmens: Russia off-road!

Russia off-road! Sacred Russia retreat, explore the dolmens, Shetinin's school (Kin's school) and ecovillage of Kin's domains Sinegorie (Vedrussia) - for singles, couples and groups of three or more people. For details and to submit a request for a…
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November 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

 The website theme 'Rethinking Real Estate' asks "is it beyond our creativity to provide our fellow human beings with shelter and sustenance without covering more of the world in concrete?”. In 'Thinking Aloud' we…

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Creative Christmas Tree Videos

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Transition Town Totnes to hold Transition Film Festival

On the weekend of November 14-16, Transition Town Totnes will be holding the first Transition Film Festival.  Some 20 screenings will be held, at the town's Civic Hall and across the square at Bogan House. The films,…

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“Nature is not a Ritual” – Online Roundtable Topic by Willi Paul, CommunityAlchemty.com

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Oct 29
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“CASCADIA: Community Mythology in Global Transition” - Download the ”Online Roundtable Reader”. By Willi Paul, NewMythologist.com

“CASCADIA: Community Mythology in Global Transition” -Download the ”Online Roundtable Reader”. By Willi Paul, NewMythologist.comhttp://www.planetshifter.com/node/2224See More
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Journey to Sacred Russia...

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“Blackwater Rising” – Interview with Regina Hirsch: Organizer: "Localizing California Waters Conference.” 11/3 – 06/2014, Yosemite. By Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Mediahttp://www.planetshifter.com/…

“Blackwater Rising” – Interview with Regina Hirsch: Organizer: "Localizing California Waters Conference.” 11/3 – 06/2014, Yosemite. By Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Mediahttp://www.planetshifter.com/node/2223See More
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Model A’s ( Poem ) Vintage cars that are so old Classic beauties with stories told Some with Rumble seats in tow Owners of these want to show Antiques from l...
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"Texting Joseph Campbell" - “Five Methods to Design New Stories & Myths” - eBook #18. Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media

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“Parking Lot Love” - Interview #2 with Peter Ruddock, Transition Palo Alto by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Magazine

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Daily Transition News -- Scoop.it by Christoph Hensch

Sustainability Surprise Party - Transition Leader Network

We invite your creative participation in a bold new initiative: the global Sustainability Surprise Party. Its purpose is to bring the need for large-scale transformative change to the forefront of the public agenda in a way that vested interests cannot stop. During May 2014 individuals and organisations around the world will put on thousands of blogs, conversations and events telling the truth about the need and hopeful possibilities of transitioning to a life-sustaining society.

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system

Accepting Applications: Fuller Challenge Cycle Open Now! | The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute formally announces the Call for Proposals to the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Recognized as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award”, the Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, students and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy. Entries will be accepted until April 11, 2014.

The Enterprising Ecovillager. Achieving Community Development through Innovative Green Entrepreneurship | Ecovillages Project

A handbook "THE ENTERPRISING ECOVILLAGER. ACHIEVING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATIVE GREEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP" focus on green business and entrepreneurship, offering a practical guide on how ecovillages can create business opportunities that adhere to the principles of truly green thinking. It gives an overview of the different aspects that should be considered by the aspiring ecovillage entrepreneur, and presents examples of successful business stories from various ecovillages around Europe. The book also strives to remedy the reluctance that many ecovillagers feel toward business. Furthermore, it demonstrates the ways in which ecovillages are ideally suited to run businesses that are compatible with the well-being of both people and planet, the businesses of the future. 

Building the World's Most Sustainable Modern Town

Kalu Yala, a sustainable settlement for innovators, may be the alternative real estate model the world needs.

Transition Culture -- Rob Hopkins

Top Stories from Transition Network (UK)

Scottish Transition groups join call for fracking moratorium

Three Scottish Transition groups, Black Isle, Stirling and Linlithgow joined with 23 other organisations to call for a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in Scotland.  The letter, published in the The Herald Scotland, runs as follows: 

"We, an alliance of groups from Scottish communities directly or indirectly at risk from the unconventional gas extraction industry, call on the Scottish Government to follow the example of other countries by implementing a moratorium on all forms of unconventional gas development in Scotland. 


We are supported by ­increasing numbers of groups concerned about unconventional gas developments, by trades unions representing workers at risk of the health and safety impacts, and by organisations, scientists and public-health researchers opposed to the negative environmental, health and economic impacts. The Scottish Government can demonstrate its commitment by taking the responsible decision on the Falkirk public inquiry, to refuse permission to Dart Energy for commercial coalbed methane extraction.

A responsible decision is one truly in line with the ­precautionary, community-led approach to unconventional gas assessment set out in the new Scottish Planning Policy, and which sends a clear message to Westminster that their ­gung-ho, undemocratic approach on this issue is unacceptable in Scotland. We therefore call on the Scottish Government to refuse the Dart application, and to implement a moratorium on all further unconventional gas development, at least until such time as a full and open public-health impact and life cycle environmental impact assessment has been conducted, with effective community consultation.

Concerned Communities of Falkirk; Canonbie and District Residents' Association; Halt Unconventional Gas Extraction, Cumbernauld; Friends of the Earth Stirling; Clacks Against Unconventional Gas; Friends of the Earth Falkirk; No Fracking North Berwick; Highlands and Islands Against Fracking; Portobello Group Against Fracking; Dunbar Anti-Fracking Team; Unison Scotland; Friends Of The Earth Scotland; Don't Frack the Briggs (Bishopriggs); East Lothian Against Fracking, Pencaitland; Transition Stirling; Women's Environmental Network Scotland; Scottish Hazards Campaign; Prof Andrew Watterson and Professor Rory O'Neill, Stirling University; Markinch Environmental Action Group; Transition Town Linlithgow; Transition Black Isle; Eco Drama, Iona Community; Mull and Iona Family Group; Hands Off Our Scotland; A Greener Melrose

The October/November 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Bath & West Community Energy just closed their third public share offer.  It raised a remarkable amount of money, £1.6 million, to build the Wilmington Farm Solar Array.  Coming on the heels of the recent West Solent Solar Co-operative (which included many members of Transition New Forest) share issue raising £2 million, it's very impressive to see the scale of these Transition community energy initiatives.  On November 10th they tweeted:

We are thrilled to announce that is now fully subscribed having reached £1.6M target. Welcome to our new investors!

They also recently installed a solar array on the roof of the local Council offices. Here's a photo:


So why did people invest in BWCE's share issue? Let's ask a few of them.  Here's Jane:

... and Angus ...

... and Shay ...


Totnes, which according to the Plymouth Herald is now "twinned with Area 51 after end of agreement with Narnia", is set to host its Transition Film Festival this weekend, with an incredible line-up of great films and workshops.  Totnes also celebrated a national first with its announcement of the signing of an agreement which enables the town's Atmos Totnes project to finally proceed.  


The announcement was made at a public event in September, and now a very innovative public consultation process is underway (see promotional card above).  Here is a podcast of three people discussing their experience of visiting the Hub:

As you will see, it's that time of year when many Transition initiatives' thoughts turn to apples.  Transition Stratford tweeted:

Over three quarters of a tonne fruit picked, join us tomorrow at Anne Hathaway's 10-12 for our next picking session.

Transition Town Tooting held their Foodival event, another great success.  You can read their full report here


Also held a Restart party, and here is a great selection of photos from the event.  Transition Marlow are in the running for local radio station Marlow FM's 'Hidden Gems' awards.  Here is a great introductory video to the work of Transition Cardiff:

Let's talk local currencies for a bit.  The Bristol Pound just held its second birthday.  They tweeted: 

We did it! Bristol's local currency is TWO yrs old & is growing every day! £619,000 Bristol £s issued,705 £B traders & most buses accept it

They celebrated with a party - here's the poster:


You'll see it mentions a £B Cash Point.  If your idea of that is the kind of cash point we are all used to, think again.  Indeed, here is a photo of the £B Cash Point.  That's him in the middle, with the blue pointy hat.  

Cash Point

The Bristol Pound have also produced a great new video about why the Bristol Pound matters:

You can use local currencies for all kinds of things.  The Brixton Pound recently tweeted: 

Whoop whoop, now accepting Drop in pole dance classes for B£ users 2-4-1 £9!! O.E 31.12.14 

The Totnes Pound has now gone electronic.  Also, the new signs in the town's car parks tells visitors about the Totnes Pound and where they can get them!


guild It's not just these places where local currencies are underway.  There is so much interest in them, that November saw the launch of the Guild of Independent Currencies in Bristol.  Attended by 70 people representing schemes across the UK and beyond, it was an inspirational event.  You can read about it, and hear the podcasts of all the talks, here.  

Jay Tompt, one of those behind the REconomy work in Totnes, recently gave this talk outlining what REconomy is and how it works in the town:


Transition Town Brixton are planning a Local Entrepreneurs' Forum for next year, and have already started promoting the idea.  Transition is underway in Northhampton - someone recently tweeted:

First Northampton Transition Town meeting will be held Wednesday 8th October @ The Barn, Taylor Avenue Northampton at 7pm 

Transition Loughborough held their Autumn Fayre, which was reported in their local paper.  It quoted Steve King from the group as saying:

"We want to make the most of what Loughborough’s got.  It’s not just about paying for things, it’s about swapping with other local producers. Hopefully, it will catch on". 

Transition Reading are cracking on with their Draughtbusting, and have produced a great Q&A for other groups thinking about it.  New Forest Transition are holding an exhibition called 'Live and Unleashed' to celebrate their work over the last few years (see right).  

Transition Stirling held an upcycling event on how to make new things from old bike chains. Transition Haverfordwest appeared in their local paper under the headline Town heads towards sustainable future. It celebrated the group becoming an 'official' Transition initiative.  It said:  

“In the early days we concentrated on raising awareness through screenings of films and hosting talks,” said Guy Norman, a founder member of the group. “These days we are much more focused on the power of ‘just doing stuff’.”

The ‘stuff’ the group has done includes working with talented local chefs to run a monthly local food supper club, organising a successful series of Green Fayres, and – under the Orchard Mawr project - planting hundreds of fruit and nut trees on public land in and around Haverfordwest.

Here's a picture of the Palace Pint crew:

Image: Maria Evrenos/Guardian.

CPTT's food market continues to go from strength to strength.  Here's a great blog about it.  The town of Belper just won the GB High Street competition. Transition Belper have been very active in the process, as they tweeted when announcing the news, "Spot the Transition projects".

According to the Hertfordshire Mercury, Buntingford recently held an event, organised by the charity Peace Child, to explore the idea of Buntingford becoming a Transition initiative.  People were asked for their thoughts as to how the town could look in 2050.  Asked why Peace Child had organised the event, David Woollcombe, founder of Peace Child, said: 

“When Madela Baddock – who hosted this meeting with us – said let’s do this, we agreed that sustainability comes home to roost in our own time.  There is an opportunity for a small town like Buntingford to model green, sustainable development and work for effective planning laws much more easily than a big town like Stevenage or Hertford.  That’s why we feel we could become a wonderful Transition town.”

The meeting at the White House in High Street, Buntingford. Pic: Hertfordshire Mercury.

Transition Chesterfield have been bringing a theatrical angle to their work.  They tweeted:

If anybody saw 'Insulation: the Play', we'd love to hear from you.  Southend in Transition held their annual Apple Day.  Transition Wivenhoe appeared on a programme on BBC called Glorious Gardens from Above.  It introduces viewers to various of their projects, in particular their various community gardens including one at the town's station. The programme description said: 

"Horticulturist Christine Walkden explores gardens and countryside from a hot-air balloon. Christine continues her exploration of Britain's gardens in Essex".

Readers in the UK can watch the programme for another 3 weeks (starts 31:00). The amazing work of OVESCO in Lewes and their excellent peer-to-peer work with 10 local Transition groups was celebrated in this article from their local paper:


"exciting things going on in #worthing! Funding for #communityenergy scheme, a #snug #retrofitting initiative,  and soon also #community #growingspaces all set up by @TTWorthing members; weekend @mcsuk beach clean time!"

Transition Stroud produced a Stroud in Transition Action Menu which has been delivered to every house in the town.  You can download the pdf of the Menu at the bottom of this Round Up.  Here is a selection:


Transition Stroud also held their AGM.  Click here to see the invitation. Here is a film about the evening:

One of their projects, the Woodfuel Project, was recently captured in this video by Philip Booth:

Sustainable Harborough held their annual Apple Day in the town square. Transition Peterborough held their annual fundraising ceilidh.  Tickets went very fast. Transition Galway screened 'A Farm of the Future'.  Transition Honiton held their Winter Warmer Fair.  

Transition Cambridge held a Restart Party, which made it onto local TV.  Below is a photo from it.  They also launched a home energy survey


The annual gathering of representatives of national Transition Hubs took place in Copenhagen.  You can read a write up of it here, and here is a video about the second half of the event, which took place in a car park in Copenhagen!

Sweden held their first annual Transition conference.  We are still waiting for a write-up of it, but here is a photo of people arriving on the start of the first morning:


Also in Sweden, Transition Trainers Naresh and Sophy were there recently teaching various Transition Trainings.  Here is Naresh leading a session about Max Neef's work on human needs:


Now here's a fascinating video.  Transition Bielefeld recently held a community sauerkraut-making workshop, which appeared on television!  Over to our on-the-spot reporter, who will tell us all about it:



Transition Witzenhausen have launched a Food cooperative initiative in November after long time planning and testing phase. The aim is to offer local and organic food to local people. They are further looking for consumers, organisers and farmer as well.  Here is their poster:


To Hungary now, with thanks to Noemi.  Transition Wekerle in Budapest organised a 'Green Saturday' in November. There was an exhibition about recycled games and clothes made by children, a presentation about Wekerle's Garden Share project, but participants could also make themselves eco-washing liquid (see photo below).


Transition Wekerle and Transition Kecskemét organised an event where several local food projects were presented, and participants could discuss different local food strategies such as local markets, food-coops, community supported agriculture, gardening, Garden Share and so on. In Autumn people in Wekerle were very active. 8 garage/fleamarkets and clothing swaps were organised, where a lot of used things found new owners and a new life. More than 150 people took part in these events.


The washable nappy club is still running, they recently organised their 4th meeting since they have launched this summer.  He are some of their nappies ... (clean ones...):


In Belgium, some members of Réseau Transition recently sent a video fifth birthday greeting to Grez Doiceau en Transition (GeT):

rote up here, but here is a short video by Italia Che Cambia which captures the trip:

To the US now, and a member of Transition Wilmington, Delaware was vox popped at the recent huge Peoples' Climate March in New York.  Transition Streets is starting to take off in the US, supported by Transition US.  They have adapted Transition Streets from the UK to the US context.  They recently held a great online webinar to introduce people to it:

a short video in which Christine, a mother of two shares why she's enjoyed being part of the pilot Transition Streets project in Clemson, South Carolina.


tival!  Transition Pioneer Valley just held their third - more about it here.  Transition Keene have been reflecting on the sharing economy.  Transition Town Media are hosting a Map Jam.  A what?  This video explains: 

Imagine everyone being secure, even if oil becomes too expensive to use excessively or if economic uncertainty affects us on a larger scale. Imagine everyone being healthy, even if the cost of food continues to increase or changes in our climate become more pronounced. Imagine everyone being happy, even in light of current downsizing trends or some forms of employment becoming more scarce. Potentially we could create local sources for energy, food security, transportation, and meaningful employment. We could choose to respond constructively to many of these changes and challenges, and celebrate together how our community adapted!  Each of us hold parts of the knowledge, skills, vision, and enthusiasm to secure the future of our community. Together, Let's Talk Resilience on September 26th at the Perth Legion!

Montreal's Transition members seek positive change.  Transition Trainer May East wrote a great piece for the Guardian about Transition in Brasilandia in Sao Paolo, Brazil.  

Jay Tompt, mentioned earlier, has been on a tour around Europe running workshops and giving talks about REconomy.  With Inez Aponte they also presented the first Real World Economics workshop in Germany based on the work of Manfred Max-Neef.  One of the props Jay took with him was a bottle of 'Atmos Ale' brewed by the Transition-inspired New Lion Brewery in Totnes. Like those tales of stolen garden gnomes then being photographed in different parts of the world, he has so far sent photos of it in Bonn ...


and in Maastricht ...


Where next? 

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November 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

 The website theme 'Rethinking Real Estate' asks "is it beyond our creativity to provide our fellow human beings with shelter and sustenance without covering more of the world in concrete?”. In 'Thinking Aloud' we reflect on how much gender is an issue in Transition and some thoughts on the impact of words that we use. In 'On the road' there are reports from Transition events in Scotland, France, Germany and Italy. REconomy considers the resourcing needed to initiate change and Transition Free Press looks at how cultural values are shaped. Plus there are several articles on 'Inner Transition' from Japan, Denmark and Naoimi Klein as well as new training and films.

Transitioners' October Digest: 'Rethinking Real Estate'
Our approach to an economic crisis caused by an unsustainable housing bubble is increasingly to create another housing bubble. What could possibly go wrong? This month we explore what a different approach could look like. It began with an editorial piece that introduced a new term, SWIMBY - as in "Something Wonderful In My Back Yard". Topics covered include housing bubbles, an urban mushroom farm and agriculture, engaging with the the planning/development process, plus what good consultation looks like.




Is Gender an Issue in Transition?
The women of the Transition Network staff and board have been meeting every 2-3 months in Totnes. Fiona Ward & Sarah McAdam share some of the useful things that have emerged so far.

Why "at the end of the day" Just Isn't OK
On reading a lamentable piece of climate activist-bashing in the ‘Mail on Sunday’ it was not the “someone will have to be held accountable for us committing economic suicide” bit, awesomely stupid and sodden with irony though it is, that had Rob Hopkins reaching for the Rant Button.



The St Andrews Transition Roadshow: full report
The first Transition Roadshow proper is a bit unique as it was hosted by a Transition Initiative based in a University.

German National (Un)Konferenz
Surviving an umpa-umpa sing-along session on the train, Ben Brangwyn reports on his trip to the German speaking Transition conference.

'Ils Changent Le Monde': Two Days in Paris
The French edition of The Power of Just Doing Stuff has recently been published and Rob Hopkins went over to help launch the book and give the initiatives there a boost.

Shaking Hands with the Mayor of Bologna
Italy, as everyone reminded Rob Hopkins everywhere he went on a trip to Bologna, "is very complicated".

Transition: Live and Unleashed in the New Forest!
The New Forest, the Live and Unleashed! exhibition runs until Sunday 23rd November in Lyndhurst. Rob Hopkins reports on his visit.


REconomy Project

Putting Jam in the Doughnut: Resourcing the core of a Transition Initiative
We are keen to learn more about how Transition Initiatives are finding funding to pay people to co-ordinate their core work. Can you help and share your experience?

The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce & Democracy
Jules Peck on a common "desire to create a new world order….beyond the market, beyond ownership, growth and capitalism."

What we mean by REconomy
What's REconomy about? How are we talking about it today? Here's a pithy summary presented at the recent St. Andrews REconomy workshop, by Sarah McAdam.



Naomi Klein on the role of Inner Transition
Currently promoting her excellent new book This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein recently did a 'Guardian Live' event, chaired by Owen Jones and streamed on the web. You can now watch the event in full below, it's fantastic and well worth watching. In one question, "could you talk a bit more about popular education?", she discusses the Transition movement and the role that Inner Transition plays:

Inner Transition Goes International

When you talk about Inner Transition with people from other places than your own, you hear very different stories and ideas. Sophy Banks shares some of what she heard when a group of Transitioners met in Copenhagen.

Inner Transition workshop
London 6 - 7 December

Deepening into Despair and Hope in Japan
Despite the distances involved to get there Debbie Warrener felt a call particularly strongly after the ‘3.11’ triple disasters of the tsunami, earthquake and ongoing nuclear disaster to offer Joanna Macy inspired workshops throughout Japan - in Japanese.

Inner Transition: Commit to Staying Awake
Getting comfortable with our own inherent goodness is a tremendous challenge for many writes Pamela Boyce Simms. And as we’ve witnessed time and time again, in movement after movement, legislation is utterly impotent at the level of embedded human beliefs and identity formation. There is no legal shortcut. There can be no enduring outer transition without a corresponding inner-transition.



Sustainable Bungay
How key is one activist in a Transition Initiative?

Situating Transition in a broader movement for change
Author of Common Cause Tom Crompton's Talkback on the power of intrinsic values, 'No cause is an island':


London hosts two trainings in December- Inner Transition and Transition Launch, and the all new Permaculture For Transition Course in January. Our next, new format, Launch OnLine begins Tuesday January 13th at the new time of 09:00 GMT.
All details at:



Transition in Action: new economy projects in the southwest of England
This film looks at the market town of Totnes and some of the food and finance projects taking place there. It also compares this to Bristol and some of the projects there that are reaching scale. School Farm, Grocycle, Totnes Pound, REconomy, Bristol Pound, Bristol Energy Co-operative are amongst the projects outlined.

Totnes to hold Transition Film Festival
Some 20 screenings on the weekend of November 14-16 and feature a wide range of ground-breaking initiatives. The programme includes hands-on Workshops with local film-makers, children’s matinees and discussions with directors.

Recommended films recently added to the website directory:
~ Joanna Macy and the Great Turning
~ Who Cares?
~ A Dangerous Game
~ Voices of Transition

Web Manager, Transition Network
Based near Bristol or Totnes, UK
Closing date for applications: Sun 9th November



Dark Mountain Book Launch
3 December London
Invitation to the launch of Dark Mountain Issue 6 and republished manifesto with contributors, editors and music by Evi Vine


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Transition Town Totnes to hold Transition Film Festival

On the weekend of November 14-16, Transition Town Totnes will be holding the first Transition Film Festival.  Some 20 screenings will be held, at the town's Civic Hall and across the square at Bogan House. The films, drawn from around the world, feature a wide range of ground-breaking initiatives – around seeds ("Seeds of Justice"), resilience ("Easy Like Water"), urban farming ("Growing Cities"), the global leadership of women ("Arise"), eco-villages ("Grasp the Nettle"), art ("Sick-Amour"), transport ("Bicycle")  and much more. The programme includes hands-on Workshops with local film-makers, children’s matinees and discussions with directors. Tickets from Harlequin Bookshop in High St, Transition Town Totnes office in Fore St, online at www.transitionfilmfestival.org.uk, or on the door.



Here is the timetable for the Festival:  

FRIDAY 14th Nov 

6pm Launch: reception, Civic Hall

8pm Forever Flowing 15'   Words from the Edge 50'   Easy Like Water 58'  - with Rob Hopkins, Emilio Mula & Jacqi Hodgson


SATURDAY 15th Nov 

10am workshop – community film-making 

10.30am TED animations for Young People

10.30am The Story of Stuff 10'   Eigg Electric 10'   The Story of Solutions 20'   One Plastic Beach 8'

12pm All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Parts 1 & 2 120'

12.30pm BRUNCH Civic Hall

2pm Growing Cities 93’

2pm Idle Threat 30'   Coastal Conversations 17'   The Estuary 4'

3.30pm Encounters  Films 20’  An Autumn Diary 30' – with director Philip Davidson

4pm  Prophets & Loss 49’ – with director  Nick Hart-Williams 

5.15pm Aluna 86’

5.30pm All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace - Part 3  60’ - with director Adam Curtis

7pm Civic Hall Cafe Supper

7pm  The Man Who Stopped the Desert 64'

8pm Premiere of Arise 78'

8pm  The Real Dirt on Farmer John 82'

10.15pm  Film Jam with Emilio Mula


SUNDAY 16th Nov 

10am Film-maker workshop - animation

10am  tbc Project Wild Thing 70’   Mathieson Music School 45'

10am Endless Summers 33'   Broke 8'   Give & Take 9'   Juliette of the Herbs 75'

12.30 Film-maker workshop - interviewing

12.30pm BRUNCH Civic Hall

2pm Seeds of Freedom 30’ & Preview of Seeds of Justice 32’ – with director Jess Phillimore

4pm Urban Mosaic Interventions 13'   Grasp the Nettle 89'

6pm Sick-Amour 33'  Pumping 4'– with director Joel Tauber

7pm Civic Hall: Feedback 

7.30 Civic Hall Café Supper

8.15pm  Bicycle 87' 


PROGRAMME and EARLY BIRD tickets now available!

Check out the programme and get your discounted early-bird tickets via thewebsite, available now.  There are over 40 short and feature-length films, workshops with local filmmakers, children's matinees, and discussions with film directors.  Tickets are also available at the TTT office at 43 Fore Street, and the Harlequin bookshop on the High Street, from November 1st. 

Don't miss the free Festival Launch, with a beer and wine reception onFriday 14th November between 6 and 7pm at Totnes Civic Hall. The box office opens at 5pm.  For full details of the weekend's events, and to book tickets, please visit the Transition Film Festival site. 

A keen team of volunteers is needed to help with the Film Festival. Whether you're a filmbuff looking to get close to the action, a keen baker, or simply wish to lend a hand, there are a variety of supporting roles for volunteers, who will benefit from free tickets, in these areas: - Box Office, Ushers & hosts, Cafe and cakes, Technical support, and Publicity.

Please email Vaughn to get involved or contact the TTT office.

Job - Web Manager

Job – Web Manager, Transition Network

  • 4 days per week
  • Circa £30,127 p.a. pro rata
  • Based near Bristol or Totnes, UK

All over the world people are coming together with shared concerns about shrinking supplies of cheap energy, climate change, inequality and economic instability. They are taking action to build a future with much less reliance on fossil fuels and greatly reduced carbon emissions, creating just, caring and connected communities living within environmental limits.

Transition Network exists to inspire, encourage, connect and support communities as they self-organise around the transition model.

This is a brilliant opportunity for an enterprising web manager to join an inspiring organisation at an interesting point in its development.

Taking up a pivotal role within a small, motivated and creative staff team, and connecting with people around the world, you will help develop and deliver a web service capable of supporting a grassroots movement as it spreads and evolves. 

Having previously stretched this role between web and comms, we have now decided to focus it solely on web management to pick up the pace of developments and make sure that our planned ‘Transition Network Version 3’ service is user-centred, beautiful, effective and ambitious. 

We have some strong pieces in place - a popular existing website, a great technical group, various stakeholder groups, project requirements and UX tracks underway.  However there are a number of key decisions still to be made - framework, hosting, migration plans etc. - making this a great moment to come in and play a leading role in shaping and delivering a very significant project.

We are looking for someone who can elegantly lead multi-disciplined teams through a variety of decisions, bridging the ‘client’ and ‘technical’ divide to help us develop a streamlined, flexible service with the users at its heart.  You will have strong project management skills and an interest in being part of a team which is exploring and modelling new ways of working.

To apply

Please download the attached documents from this page and follow the instructions in the application pack:

  • Job application pack: background, instructions, details, job spec, person spec (PDF)
  • Personal details form (Word doc)

Timescales and deadlines

  • Closing date for applications: Sun 9th November 2014
  • Shortlisting: week commencing 10 November 2014
  • Interviews: Tuesday 18th November in Bristol, UK

And if you don't think this is for you, but know someone who might relish it - this is a great job and you will be doing them a favour - please send them this page!


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Who We Are

Welcome to the Transition in Action Social Network -- a spontaneous, grassroots, and continually evolving movement dedicated to:
  • Hosting GLOBAL TRANSITION IN ACTION to globalize superior local ideas and inspirations
  • Promoting Transition US.Org, the non-profit organization providing inspiration, support, training, and networking for Transition Initiatives across the United States, found at www.transitionus.org
  • Facilitating the international work of the Transition Network, based in the UK, found at www.TransitionTowns.org and www.TransitionNetwork.org
  • Connecting serious "transitioners", encouraging the development of local Transition Initiatives.
Peak oil, zero waste, financial security, localization, post carbon, local resilience -- announce your group, join in, make your voice heard.
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The best measure of success is the number of people you take along with you. -- Dan Bricklin, inventor of the spreadsheet, in a meeting of the Boston Computer Society at MIT, c.1983.

Each time a person stands up for an idea, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistence.
-- Robert F. Kennedy

"Money is like blood," says NEF researcher David Boyle. "Local purchases recirculate it, but patronize mega-chains or online retailers," he says, and "it flows out like a wound."

"Holding each other in the highest future intention" ~ Theory U

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!" ~ Charles Shulz

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