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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 with our own Naresh Giangrande and Chris Rowland of OVESCO who will be presenting at the Conference.
There’s a Quiet Energy Revolution going on
The DECC (UK Department of Energy and Climate Change) Community Energy Strategy in 2014 did a systematic assessment and found at least 5,000 community energy groups active in the UK since 2008. That’s a lot of energy groups. We regularly heard the DECC minister (now sadly out of government) Ed Davey speak of how instead of the big six energy companies in the UK he wanted to see the small 50,000. Community owned energy is already big business and getting bigger.
We now have several community energy investment web sites where investors can get very attractive rates of return by investing in something they believe in. These sites include Ethex, Trillion Fund and Abundance. This adds up to a quiet revolution in energy enabled by good government policy, web based peer to peer investing, and people who wish to get a return on their money but are shying away from investing in more traditional places like the stock market. This shift is being driven by investor appetite, a failure in traditional investing strategies both because of a failure to generate the sort of returns, high risk, and well-documented market rigging, and also something called impact investing.
Impact investing is investing to achieve a return in something you also believe in and wish to support. It is also being driven by government support, mostly through the Feed In Tariff or FIT, but also through sensible planning regulations (except notably for land based wind projects) and other measures. There is also the wish by many communities to own their energy resources, which unlike fossil fuel are local, generate jobs and investment, and are location specific.
Chris Rowland, a founder and director of OVESCO said, “Ed Davey’s aspiration of lots of distributed local energy companies is achievable with the right government policies.” He went onto say that “The future of local energy development will probably come from the right partnerships - with local government, technology partners, and local people.”
Chris will be presenting a day-long workshop at the 2015 Transition Network International Conference on the 18th of September, 2015, at Seale-Hayne near Newton Abbot, Devon. If you want to find out how to get in on the big opportunity that community-based energy is presenting then this workshop is designed to do just that. This event is one of a number of in-depth how-to, day-length workshops designed to provide learning from some of the pioneers in community-based businesses.
Chris will also be presenting at the main conference September 18-20th, 2015. This 3-day gathering of people at the cutting edge of community development and peer-to-peer social enterprise will be a unique chance to learn and contribute to one of the most exciting social experiments of the 21st century. To book your place head to the Transition Network Conference website:
An interview with Chris Rowland of OVESCO (Ouse Valley Energy Services Company)
How long have you been involved in community energy?
What changes have you seen?
In 2007, OVESCO started with PV solar installations. At that point, no one thought PV would work, so we looked at a hydro project instead. Further investigation revealed that developing hydro was very difficult and there were all sorts of planning problems involved. In the end, the Feed-In Tariff came in that made PV installations work for the first time.
We began with Harveys Brewery in 2011 after a year of talking to them. Planning wasn’t much of an issue as it was a rooftop installation on an industrial unit in Lewes.
Ed Davey had a vision of a ‘small 50,000’ energy companies, rather than a big six. Was this hype or is it achievable?
There has already been a large increase in the number of energy cooperatives and also the number of share offers they are managing to make. Cooperatives UK say that the greatest single type of co-operative amongst their members is the energy co-op. So in some ways, the vision is already on its way to being achieved.
Saying this, we have to have the right government policy that continues to support the growth. The 28% cut in feed-in tariff is going to hurt and it will be interesting to see what effect this has on the sector.
As of 11 April 2012, the energy regulator Ofgem had identified 403 community energy projects receiving FIT support, that number will have grown significantly since then. The existing energy generation coops at that time were already generating 20.8MW of renewable energy and had part ownership in a further 1.2GW of larger commercial schemes! The Feed-In Tariff made all that possible.
We know from our own share offers that there’s a huge interest in community energy from the public and from investors. Since our 2011 issue, we’ve spent a lot of time mentoring other groups setting up – or already set up – as energy cooperatives to get them off the ground. Some of these have been successful in their own launches. This kind of peer-to-peer support is invaluable to new enterprises, as much as the financial support is in many ways.
What is the potential for community energy?
It comes down to government policy. For example, there are changes in what Co-ops can receive in terms of investment tax relief. That tax relief gives co-ops an advantage currently, but the range of eligible co-ops has been squeezed and the relief is now only available if you are a community benefit society. This is an example of the stopping and starting that causes uncertainty in this industry.
The drop in FITs will give community projects an advantage because these groups can still access a social tax relief if set up right, whilst commercial companies will not be able to. Other government policy is more difficult, especially around wind farms of course.
What does the future hold for OVESCO and others?
We work closely with our Local Authority, Lewes District Council, who are providing some good support, including investment and loan capital for certain projects. The Council are even planning to provide sites to us for further energy development, which is something that it would be great to see happening up and down the country.
OVESCO aim to be able to sell the power we generate direct to consumers. Currently we work with Good Energy to achieve this, but there’s the potential for local energy companies to both generate renewable energy and sell it direct to local consumers. This is what I call ‘plugging the leaky bucket!’
OVESCO are continuing to work with Good Energy at present and they are a company who are looking to work seriously with community energy groups up and down the country. We’re also in conversation with OVO. We are currently looking to Germany as the leading edge location for community energy development, there’s so much going on there in this area!
The other big area of breakthrough is energy storage, we are seeing battery technology moving on. Some homes are trialing battery technologies for Good Energy and others, even using their electric cars as a battery to store energy.
Do you think community ownership is the way to go?
I certainly don’t see large companies as the way to go for the future of energy, though they will always be in the mix. I want the energy sector to be predominantly community owned. If you as a community own your own company you will look after it and you will also ensure that energy developments are not intrusive and are well sited.
There’s plenty to be done in terms of working directly with communities. For large scale development you need to have the community on your side and educate the community as to the benefits of these technologies and this model of ownership in particular.
The real benefits will appear once it becomes easier to buy the energy direct from the site, then, I think, people will really begin to understand the potential of what we’re doing here. Saying that, there are already multiple economic, ecological and social benefits to the local community in terms of what we can currently do. A solar farm could bring £1 million to a community over its life-time, for example. Those developers who were quick to take up the opportunity have done very well out of it all!
For more information: http://www.ovesco.co.uk
Biography - Chris Rowland
Graduated from the Royal College of Art as an MA furniture/product designer in 1988, and worked in the design and build construction industry for over 16 years on projects for McLaren, HSBC, Shell and GSK. Architectural Glass Design Manager for Komfort Workspace PLC for four years before joining Ovesco Limited as a Director and project co-ordinator, managing the Ri/REG grant scheme and Energy Efficiency Advice Service. Excellent project management and construction skills and knowledge of design and build.
Food is an issue that galvanizes so many Transition communities, but many of the classic Transition activities around food, like Landshare and Abundance projects, are to some extent ways of making the best of the ever-shrinking space available for ecological growing. Nothing wrong with that, but it meant I was rather excited when – via a post on the Transition Network site in 2011 – I discovered the fledgling Ecological Land Co-operative working on a model for actually reclaiming land from industrialized agriculture and making it available to local, small-scale agroecology and permaculture projects. I quickly got involved, and was elected as a director in the summer of 2012.
Since then we’ve delivered three new ecological smallholdings into the hands of eager growers, and plan to reach twenty-five(!) new holdings in the next five years, and then spread from there, influencing planning policy as we go.
And right now, we’re seeking people with £500 or more to invest in community shares with us, to raise the funds to take on our next site. But more on that at the end of the post. For now, let’s take a peek at the unfairness of the situation we’re working to change.
Land in the UK
As Simon Fairlie bluntly describes in The Land magazine, “nearly half the country is owned by 40,000 land millionaires, or 0.06% of the population, while most of the rest of us spend half our working lives paying off the debt on a patch of land barely large enough to accommodate a dwelling and a washing line.”
I think that pretty much sums it up. And such land ownership by the few engenders the kind of uniform, large-scale, mechanised agriculture that is gradually becoming our mental image of “a farm” (despite the best efforts of bucolic adverts for eggs and dairy products).
All this despite the fact that it is long- and well-established that such agriculture produces far less food per acre than traditional smallholdings – quite apart from its oil dependence and impacts on the environment, animal welfare, soil depletion and the rest. And the fact that the average age of a UK farm holder is now 58, since private farms are now generally far too large for would-be new farmers to afford, especially with rocketing land prices…
The ELC is based on the idea that smallholdings provide an ideal context for diverse, desirable low-carbon, localised lifestyles that provide satisfying employment, a reliable, home-grown food supply, and a desperately needed model for true sustainability that is in harmony with the local ecology.
Since the two key barriers to the simple aim of living and working on a piece of land are extortionate land prices and the intricate absurdities of the planning permission system, we have been pioneering a way to get around both.
The Ecological Land Co-operative
The basic idea of the Co-operative is that it buys land that has been, or is at risk of being, intensively managed. It then uses its expertise and experience to oversee the process of securing planning permission for building low-impact homes on site and putting in basic off-grid infrastructure.
Once this is achieved, the land is made available at an affordable price to people who have the skills to manage it ecologically, but who could not otherwise afford to do so. The money received from the purchases (or rental, if they prefer) by new residents then goes towards the co-op’s purchase of another intensively managed site, where the same process is put into action, allowing more land to be “rescued” from industrialised agriculture.
Planning permission for homes is secured before prospective residents of a site are asked to make any financial commitment, but they do have to agree to a strict management plan which requires that the land is always managed so as to maintain and enhance habitats, species diversity, and landscape quality, and to facilitate the provision of low-impact livelihoods. There are also conditions stipulating that if they ever want to sell the land and move on, then it must be sold at an affordable price, so that it is never priced out of reach. Beyond these requirements, the land is theirs to steward as they see fit.
If you are interested to hear more about our story to date, see my recent piece for STIR magazine, but in short we sold community shares to raise the money to buy the Devon land for our first three smallholdings in 2009. We christened it Greenham Reach and, after an arduous battle, finally won planning permission in 2013, with great support from the local Transition group, Sustainable Villages.
The pictures in this blog are all taken from the new holdings that our residents have developed there since (more photos available here).
In the words of one of them, Ruth O’Brien:
“We have been trying to do this for years, but there are a lot of hurdles. Thanks to the ELC’s help in removing and negotiating some of these, we are now here doing it”.
The co-op is unusual (unique?) in that the people doing most of the work of securing land and permission aren’t the people who are planning to live on the land. We believe that there are loads of people who are well-suited to small-scale growing but not well-suited to arduous planning battles (interest in our plots bears this out!), and hope that we are providing a model that can bring lots of those people together with land in a way that benefits us all.
With much hard-earned experience from our first five years and ultimate success, we want to really ramp up our impact now, daring to dream that this could be part of a real solution to the thorny problem of land access in the UK. We want to unleash the collective genius of local communities and growers to create the diverse, locally appropriate solutions which we believe are demanded by some of our biggest collective challenges.
So please do consider supporting us by investing in our withdrawable community shares (min. £500). This is a critical moment for the success of the co-op. Think of it like a crowdfunder – supporting a project you believe in – except you should get your money back, with interest!
All detailed information available at: www.ecologicalland.coop
Help us to support people like the American farmer quoted in Colin Tudge’s book So Shall We Reap:
“I just want to farm well. I don’t want to compete with anybody.”
You can’t say fairer than that.
Shaun Chamberlin was a co-founder of Transition Town Kingston and authored the movement's second book, The Transition Timeline (Green Books, 2009). He became a director of the Ecological Land Co-operative in 2012, and stepped down as Chair at last week’s AGM, though he remains a member. He writes at www.darkoptimism.org
We've had a fascinating couple of months going into our REconomy theme. Welcome to our traditional theme Digest, where we condense those 8 weeks into a few paragraphs so you can more easily find the bits that interest you. We started with our editorial, 8 Paradigm Shifts at the Heart of REconomy, which put REconomy in its wider context of change we can already see happening in the world. We heard from the people making the Exeter Pound, set to launch on September 1st, a reality, about the steps they are taking and how it's going.
We asked 'What is a Transition-oriented enterprise?', and Rob Hopkins wrote about his experience of visiting Wilmslow in Cheshire having been won by Transition Wilmslow in a competition. We heard from different parts of the world about what REconomy looks like in that context, hearing from Linlithgow, Portugal, United States and Mexico.
We rather excitingly unveiled three new free REconomy guides for Transition groups, one of which was the Transition Events Toolkit, which author Jo Taylor introduced. We also published extracts from one of those guides, 'Transition Core Resourcing', capturing the diversity of approaches groups use to fund the core of their work. We published 4 specially-commissioned short videos, 'REconomy Reflections', in which Fiona Ward and Rob Hopkins reflected on where REconomy came from, what it is, and where it's going.
Following our recent glowing review of Julian Dobson's book 'How to Save Town Centres', we interviewed him. "It's time to raise a glass to the New Economy" he told us, among other things. One amazing manifestation of REconomy is the Local Entrepreneur Forum. Transition Town Brixton just held the first LEF outside Totnes, and it was amazing. We blogged about the experience here, and here is a short, and rather wonderful, video about it:
On May 20th in Brussels, the Second Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development took place. The opening session brought together Rob Hopkins of Transition Network and Gunter Pauli of the Blue Economy, who calls himself a "serial entrepreneur".
According to Wikipedia, "Le Point, The Huffington Post and The Tasmanian Times have called him "The Steve Jobs of Sustainability"". In the video below you can see both presentations, and also the discussion that took place afterwards.
Stéphanie Jacometti of Transition Cobham tells the story of their recent successful crowdfunding appeal:
Transition Cobham started in January 2013 after Stéphanie went to the Transition conference in 2012 and wondered why no one had set up an initiative in Cobham. After spending time with Transition Town Kingston, she convened the very first meeting on a snowy evening in January. During our second meeting as a Transition Initiative we held a World Café to share ideas under different themes. One of those themed tables collected ideas relating to growing food.
Fast forward two years and we’ve raised £2711 in 28 days from 41 backers for the Cobham Community Garden fence through crowdfunding! One of the amazing things about Transition is unlocking people’s willingness to help. The community garden group has been working on this project for two years and has visited three local community gardens in that time. We visited Grace + Flavour in Horsley, a community garden within a walled garden. Then Leatherhead Community Garden, who used many raised beds and had chickens. Finally we visited the Pixham Potager in Dorking with its many sheds and greenhouses.
We wrote a short article about the Cobham Community Garden for the Crowdfunder website which was featured in Transition Network January 2014 Round-up. Finally in June we filmed our video for the campaign on the site of the garden (see below). One of our members is married to a talented musician and he very kindly composed music for the video.
The next step was launching the campaign and that involved Twitter, Facebook, local newspapers and local radio stations. We even spoke to one of the judges of The Allotment Challenge and he gave us advice on how to transform the site from a grassy field into a community garden. The support we received was overwhelming and heart-warming. We managed to hit our target of £2500 five days before the end of the campaign and ended up raising £2711.
As part of crowdfunding, backers pledge for a reward and receive that reward after the target has been met. So far we have knitted two hats, given three hand and three foot massages, worked for an hour in a backer’s garden and will soon name a shed after a tortoise called Brutus.
You can find out more about Transition Cobham at our website www.transitioncobham.org.uk and you can follow us on Twitter @TTCobham.
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?
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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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!
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Your application should be emailed to email@example.com by 8 July 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Bristol on 21 July.
Fields of oats growing in and around the South Hams might not seem like a particularly unusual sight, but up until now the only ones to enjoy the end product were four-legged! Despite grains such as oats and barley growing very well in the wet and mild South West, they are all destined for animal fodder, as the nearest plant to process them for human consumption is hundreds of miles away.
A crowdfunding campaign that ran throughout May aimed to address this, raising money to buy equipment so grains can be grown, stored and processed within the area, under the label Grown in Totnes. A Transition Town Totnes project, Grown in Totnes is working with farmers to produce grains and pulses that are truly local, starting with oats. The vision is to expand the range of local food available for human consumption to include staple store-cupboard foods, not just meat, dairy and vegetables.
Holly Tiffen from Transition Town Totnes said “In Totnes we have many shops selling pulses and grains that come from all over the world, but they rarely originate from the UK let alone Devon. Grown in Totnes is all about increasing the range of local food available to the Totnes area. Our local farmers mainly produce meat and dairy. We need more variety for a healthy, balanced and climate sensitive diet.”
Grown in Totnes has teamed up with a local farmer who is growing four acres of oats this year, with the expectation of growing more next year, and bringing in other farms and crops as the project develops into an independent community interest company. Small-scale equipment is needed for processing, such as a de-huller, polisher and grain store. To this end the project team ran a range of oaty events in May, including stalls at Totnes markets on Fridays and Saturdays, an Oat Cuisine four course dinner for 30 people, a tour of the New Lion Brewery and tasters of their crafted mild made with oats, a Magic porridge pot competition and porridge jousting at Dartington Hall’s Community Day (see video below), and a finale at the Bay Horse pub, who hosted an oat themed BBQ with NLB’s oaty mild.
The project’s target was £25,000. A minimum of £6,000 needed to be raised in order to receive a further £6,000 match funding from the A Team Challenge Fund. The final day of the campaign saw a flurry of pledges, including an anonymous one of £10,000; together these just tipped the total over £26,000! “This fantastic response is a very real endorsement for the project by the community and it gives me a huge sense of faith in our ambitious, innovative vision,” Holly enthused. “Thank you, to everyone who contributed, for demonstrating your support for this vision either financially or with your time and enthusiasm.”
“Our long-term aim is to expand the project to include other grains, legumes and eventually nuts and edible oils; all crops with a high carbon footprint that are not associated with the local food movement.” says Holly. “Look out for our oats, which will be for sale in local shops this winter.”
The next stages are to discuss with interested local groups, organisations and individuals their grain and pulse processing needs, as Grown in Totnes would like the equipment they buy to be used widely beyond the project. The team is also looking for experts to guide and support the development of this exciting enterprise, including engineers, farmers, business advisors and mentors.
Please get in touch if you would like to involved in any way.
For more information on the crowdfunding campaign and oaty events click here.
For other information please contact Holly Tiffen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07857 811994
We start with news of great workshops at the Conference and how you can be part of the COP21 story. Looking in depth at REconomy including launch of ‘how to guides’. Insights from a range of Initiatives, plus Thinking Aloud, some new videos about Inner Transition and book reviews.
Workshop confirmations for Conference 2015
We’ve begun stirring the creative cauldron of content for this year’s Transition Network International Conference. As well as a jam-packed programme of day-length workshops on Friday 18th September, the ‘Transition Skills Day’, we’ve now begun piecing together the highlights of the main conference, over the weekend of 19th-20th September at Seale-Hayne, Devon, UK.
Friday’s workshop programme is all about skilling-up for the Transition. The workshops are in depth explorations of some of the key areas of the Transition Movement incorporating subjects such as Community Energy; Arts and Community Engagement; Local Food Initiatives; Personal Resilience and even how to be your own developer!
The weekend programme offers over 24 workshops, large plenary sessions, Open Space opportunities and much more. We’re working hard on making this the best conference yet and ensuring the content represents the breadth of skills, knowledge and learning that we’ve picked up over the last years of becoming a global movement for positive change.
For full details of the workshop programme to date, please visit our new micro-website at:
Please share your Transition stories with the world!
Transition Network is launching a search for 21 Stories for COP21. We plan to create a booklet, in many languages, telling the story of 21 diverse and amazing stories, as well as celebrating many more on our website over the next few months. We need your help. Let us tell your story. We have created a simple form which can be read and completed in any language. Deadline is 20 June 2015. Thanks so much!
New Website Survey
Our website transitionnetwork.org is being redeveloped and we would value your input and help in the process! The current site is now just under 6 years old, and we are aware that it needs a little tweak or two to bring it up todate. We would really appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes and take part in a survey that will aid us to understand a little of what you, the user, thinks we should consider for the next iteration. How can the next version of transitonnetwork.org help you? We really want to know. Please click here to take part!
The 8 Paradigm Shifts at the Heart of REconomy
For the next two months we will be talking REconomy; looking in depth at this aspect of Transition which is about creating new enterprises, new economies, new livelihoods. Something remarkable and vital is happening, and we want you to be blown away by it.
Unleashing the potential for REconomy events everywhere
What do you think makes a REconomy event unique? Are there particular challenges that Transition groups face in putting on a REconomy event? An introduction to the Events Toolkit for Transition Initiatives.
On making a living and resourcing your Transition Initiative
What can the experience of others tell us about setting up a Transition Enterprise or finding the resources to support your Transition Initiative whilst it changes and develops? An introduction to the new ‘experience packed’ Transition Enterprise Handbook and the Transition Core Resourcing guides.
Practical guides for community economic change
A set of free ‘how to guides’ has been launched focusing on running events, starting enterprise and resourcing core activities, these booklets have been designed for use by Transition Initiatives and other groups working on local economy projects and other related activities.
NEWS FROM INITIATIVES
Million Miles project
Transition Black Isle celebrate success of their three year Million Miles project that saved 1.35 million car miles a year.
Community Engagement & the Transition Principles
Tina Clarke, a community organiser and consultant in the US. A good set of principles help you communicate the meaning and purpose of the work. Ultimately, generosity attracts more interest than self-interest. Respect, collaboration and meaningful values are more likely to be successful in building community. Here’s a few tips on how to use the Principles of Transition as a tidy, handy guide as you plan projects and outreach:
What does REconomy look like ... in Portugal?
What does it take for a community to support its inhabitants to find their place and co-create a healthy, resilient local ecology that attracts others to do the same?
What does REconomy look like in ... Linlithgow?
Alan Brown shares his experience of the group as a start-up, and incubator and a new phase looking at longer term REconomy activities and how this feeds into other activities on the ground and regional and global issues.
Exeter Pound update
With their launch set for September 1st Rob Hopkins wanted to find out how's it going.
The day Transition Wilmslow won Rob in a competition
An interview with Julian Dobson: "It's time to raise a glass to the New Economy"
Transitioners' Digest (March-April 2015) Social Change & the Arts
To celebrate the launch of Lucy Neal's awesome book Playing for Time, we dedicated the last 2 months to our theme of Social Change and the Arts.
We recently published a new series of short films about Inner Transition.
Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.
"Afterburn by Richard Heinberg offers two things that Transitioners or anyone else who forecasts a more local future needs today: inspiration and advice for the future that’s better than most of what you’ll read elsewhere.
The Art of Natural Building
An expanded second edition from a movement that's not afraid to try stuff out.
Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September - Devon
2-4 October - Sussex
Early-early bird until the end of June
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Often people don’t come together unless there’s a crisis, so I think the first bit of advice is "come together when there’s not a crisis".
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