There are three big themes in the newsletter this month. Firstly there is a series of articles exploring Inner Transition and its impact on the movement; our second month of Social change and the arts has interviews with artists from the new book Playing for Time; and we explore some…See More
Are you interested in and engaged with activities that aim at reductions in oil consumption and dependency within your life and your community? Then join the 1st supraregional / national gathering of Transition initiatives, CSOs and NGOs and many more to meet up and network…See More
Justi Carey and Roy Clark report on the First Meeting of the Regional Transition Group of south-east Europe – Zagreb 14-15 March 2015
As representatives of the newest Transition group in Slovenia, Dovje-Mojstrana: Zelena prihodnost (Dovje- Mojstrana: A Green Future)…See More
The Youth Exchange “Transition in Action” under the Erasmus+ Programme will take place from 20st July (arrival day) till 2nd August (departure day) 2015 in Hungary, Kunbábony a village situated 80 km to the South of Budapest in a beautiful rural setting. It looks amazing, and…See More
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
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.
Kalu Yala, a sustainable settlement for innovators, may be the alternative real estate model the world needs.
“We were thrilled to be nominated and that in itself has been a wonderful experience for us, providing a platform to talk about the importance of local markets and sustainable food in Britain today. We are so proud to be part of the final three,” said organisers Karen Jones and Laura Marchant-Short. “This represents a culmination of years of hard work by not only ourselves and our community of volunteers, food growers, producers and market traders, but also a recognition of both local markets and local communities supporting each other. Our market was self-funded and set up on volunteer energy, and represents the power of Transition Towns to bring people together and just get things done. So many long-term friendships have formed during our Saturday market, between the market team, all our many volunteers, our farmers, food producers and artists, in fact everyone in our community. Most of our visitors are regulars, and they are now really getting to understand the provenance and seasonality of the food they are buying and eating,” said Karen.
“It’s a great honour to be part of the BBC Food Awards and to be in the company of Doncaster andLevenshulme Markets as well as all the other finalists. It’s given us a platform to talk about the principles that we set up and run the market by – supporting sustainable farmers and local food producers, helping to protect traditional farming knowledge and varieties and building community resilience. One of the best things about the market for me is that it contributes to a deeper connection to nature and community”, said Laura.
The market, located on Haynes Lane, off Westow Street, SE19, happens every Saturday from 10am to 3pm and “We try to ensure that everything is covered without duplicating any stalls so you’ll find a wide range of organic meat , British charcuterie and sustainably caught fish (along with oyster bar), lots of organic fresh fruit and veg, raw dairy, our Grain Grocer, bread baked in Brixton and Thornton Heath and locally produced cakes, gluten free goodies, deli items, preserves, pickles, artisan beers,small vineyard & natural wines as well as a different street food for lunch each week,” explains Karen.
We usually have a free children’s activity, gardening advice or cooking demonstration as well,” adds Laura, “and our friends Antenna Studios run a lovely licensed cafe and recording studios next door which lend the market a great vibe. Special mention to our other neighbours Haynes Lane market – it’s a treasure trove of collectables in there.”
The market also provides a free platform for the many other Crystal Palace Transition Town projects, including hosting our artist and makers collective stall Handmade Palace, and the Patchwork Farmstall, which sells or swaps gluts grown anywhere in Crystal Palace including on patches of soil or in window boxes as well as from our own Transition Town’s community gardens, everyone else’s back gardens and the many nearby allotments. Stalls are also provided at no charge to community groups such as schools, scouts, churches and charity fund-raisers. We host a vibrant busking spot called Buskers’ Paradise along with the studios. This market was set up as an alternative to the current food system and to change our locals’ weekly shopping habits. We want to thank the whole of Palace for supporting us week in, week out, even when it’s pouring with rain or blowing a gale.
There are three big themes in the newsletter this month. Firstly there is a series of articles exploring Inner Transition and its impact on the movement; our second month of Social change and the arts has interviews with artists from the new book Playing for Time; and we explore some different ways Community Engagement happens. Plus REconomy, Agony Aunt and some reports from around Europe.
Tickets for the conference have got off to a good start. What is really encouraging is that a good percentage of these have been the 'Gifting Tickets' where one person pays for another to be able to come on a Bursary. What a lovely bunch you all are! The workshop content is coming together - more on that in next month's newsletter.
Stalls at the Conference
Interested in having a stall at the Transition Network Conference this year? We're looking for exhibitors who fit with the Transition ideal and whom Transitioners far and wide may be interested in learning more about. All Transition Groups are entitled to display information at the event in the Common Space and we encourage you to do so. There's limited space but there will be room for some display boards as well as leaflets, posters and so forth. If you are not a Transition Group and wish to either display products, information or promotional materials, stalls are available ranging from £50 - £150.
Contact us: email@example.com
Hopefully everything you need to know about the conference so that you don't need to ask is already here - Book now!
INNER TRANSITION WEEK
Stories, a collection of specially-commissioned new films, and tools to support the inner and outer in Transition outlined by Sophy Banks in this introduction.
Inner Transition Sans Frontières!
Sophy Banks reflects on the paradox of how different things are in different countries, cultures and languages, and, yet, how similar.
Transforming Ourselves and Our Local Economies From The Inside Out
Fiona Ward, creator of Reconomy, shares how Inner Transition has impacted her personally, and been an important thread in the development of Reconomy.
Inner Transition in Japan
Hide Enomoto, co-founder of Transition Japan, speaks to Michelle Denton about Inner Transition in the Japanese context and how important the inclusion of inner has been for him.
Six Inner Transition Innovations That Changed My Life
Rob Hopkins reflects on his favourite Inner Transition inventions and the effect they’ve had on him and the movement.
SOCIAL CHANGE AND THE ARTS
Interviews with some of the 60 artists in the new book Playing for Time:
Art is About Magic, and It's About Change
Artist Anne-Marie Culhane uses drawing, writing and poetry among other mediums as part of a practice that is creating her own interpretations of place to create something which is very responsive to what she finds there.
What Does a Successful Artist Look Like at a Time of Global Change?
Artistic director Fern Smith and playwright Sarah Woods ask "if I really did want to create change in the world, or at least create the conditions for change, how should I best do that?"
Transition is a Participatory Arts Practice
"Working creatively is about trusting your imagination, trusting what’s possible" says Ruth Ben Tovim
Radical Roots: On Community Food Growing
In this extract from 'Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered' by Lucy Neal, Josiah Meldrum, discusses the impact community growing (and eating) can have on our collective imaginations.
Of Yeast, Seeds, Fire and Dancing
It's been a month since Lucy Neal's Playing for Time was published. Here she shares what it feels like to get a book you've published into your hand for the first time, how it's being received, and what 'Flip the Kipper' is.
Making Art as if the World Mattered
There is a discount code for the book until 30 June 2015 giving you £5 off the RRP: ONPFT2015
Setting the Scene
To open our in depth exploration of Community Engagement, one of the elements of our Support Offer, Transition Network's Transition Initiative Support Coordinator Mike Thomas sets the scene.
Celebrate Nature festival
Lynn van Leerzem shares some experiences from reaching out to new people in the 'Celebrate Nature festival'
Sebastopol Village Building Convergence
Transition Sebastopol member Shepherd Bliss shares the excitement around the Village Building Convergence that underscores the incredible potential of working with local government to build community resilience.
Laughing Allowed! The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism
The idea was to playfully explore what we do and don’t like about getting involved in our local communities, and to use physical comedy as a different way of beginning discussions about some of those issues.
How Knitting Can Help Us Connect
Filipa Pimentel is Portuguese and works with Transition Network as the International Hubs co-ordinator. And she knits. Lots.
Now you see it, now you do
The Devon Convergence event in large part was about networking, supporting and connecting people already working within the fields of local economies in a real variety of ways. The theme of ‘bringing together’ was brought to life visually. Imagine spreading your arms out and literally gathering together the creative energy of the day in one place…
TRANSITION AGONY AUNT
INITIATIVES AROUND EUROPE
1st AUSTRIAN TRANSITION FORUM
15-17 May, Graz, Austria
Join the first supraregional/national gathering of Transition Initiatives, CSOs and NGOs and many more in Austria.
South-east European Transitioners meet in Zagreb
Berkhamsted: the last Transition Roadshow (for now)
Report from Rob Hopkins on an inspiring day.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Everybody is inherently creative and everybody is an artist, and actually life is practice and culture and how we live is creative."
Ruth Ben Tovim
International Permaculture Day 2015: In Support of Soil
Sunday 3 May
A special free online issue of Permaculture Works with leading change makers share their visions on Designing the World We Want.
International Permaculture Convergence
8-9 September London
Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September - Devon
2-4 October - Sussex
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Are you interested in and engaged with activities that aim at reductions in oil consumption and dependency within your life and your community? Then join the 1st supraregional / national gathering of Transition initiatives, CSOs and NGOs and many more to meet up and network with other like-minded people.
You can present your ideas, projects and initiatives at the fair of possibilities. In workshops you can learn about facilitation of community building process, how to launch a food coop and many more. We provide the possibility to share knowledge and experience in open space sessions.
Justi Carey and Roy Clark report on the First Meeting of the Regional Transition Group of south-east Europe – Zagreb 14-15 March 2015
As representatives of the newest Transition group in Slovenia, Dovje-Mojstrana: Zelena prihodnost (Dovje- Mojstrana: A Green Future) it felt very exciting to be setting off by train to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and the home of the Croatian Transition Hub, who organised this event. DMZP has only been in existence since the autumn, so this was our first introduction to what else is going on in the region.
As this was the first meeting of the group, which was funded by the Transition Network, Saturday was almost entirely given over to presentations so that we could learn about what each group was doing. From Hungary two Transition groups (Transition Kecskemét and Transition Wekerle) and the National Hub were represented, each already well established and doing great work.
Representatives from several Slovenian groups presented their community gardens, the National Permaculture Association, the Sustainability Park in Istra, and the Centre for Alternative and Autonomous Production in Maribor. From Croatia more Transition groups (Pula and Velika Gorica) and community gardens were presented – in Croatia Transition has developed from the permaculture movement, and this was emphasised when, at lunchtime, we were treated to a walk around the local city area and shown how to find a wealth of edible plants, even in March!
As well as the presentations from groups that were present, several people were able to link up with us via Skype, from Italy, Brussels and Scotland among others. This gave us the opportunity to see ourselves in an even wider context than the three countries that were represented in person. The presentations left us with the happy feeling of how much fantastic work is being done, from a ‘garden city’ area of central Budapest to the beautiful Croatian island of Krk, from large cities like Ljubljana and Zagreb to villages such as our own Dovje-Mojstrana.
We spent Sunday discussing and cataloguing our assets, both at a personal and a group level, and discovered that between us we have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that can now be shared for the benefit of everyone. We also discussed the possibility of applying for joint funding - acknowledging the tension between wanting as much as possible to be done on a money-free basis, and the fact that some projects, including the ability to meet face-to-face on any kind of regular basis, are beyond our means without a source of funds.
It will be interesting to see how the group evolves – so much good work is being done at a local level, but it is also important to see how we are part of a much greater whole. After this meeting, it is much easier to see how we all fit together.
The Youth Exchange “Transition in Action” under the Erasmus+ Programme will take place from 20st July (arrival day) till 2nd August (departure day) 2015 in Hungary, Kunbábony a village situated 80 km to the South of Budapest in a beautiful rural setting. It looks amazing, and applications need to be in by April 20th, so to find out more information read below, or click here for more information and to book.
Local communities around the world are searching for new ways of being in the 21st Century; experimenting with new ways of cooperation, sharing wealth more fairly, creating meaningful livelihoods, appreciating the natural world and respecting the limits it imposes on us. These communities are looking for ways to thrive rather than simply survive; climate chaos, economic crisis, resource depletion, precarious employment and unending conflict is not our inevitable inheritance. The Transition Network is a global network bringing together over 1000 such local communities that are actively re-creating themselves in the belief that the future depends on us.
These inspiring community based initiatives are growing around Hungary as well, since the difficult circumstances (high unemployment, social misery, dependence on costly public services) open people's mind to find alternative solutions for a more healthy, peaceful and secure way of life. Community gardens, farmers' markets, urban bee-keeping, repair and up-cycle workshops are all offering new forms of collaboration for all kinds of people and their wider communities.
What is Transition in Action?
The Transition in Action Youth Exchange is a "reality camp", bringing together 30 young people in a 'rural lab' setting to support them in creating together their own transition community from the resources around them. From Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia, Turkey, Romania and Italy, they will gather for 13 days to get to know each other and to explore the ideas of 'transition': how nature, communities and sustainable lifestyle are connected and how, by using resources wisely, we can lead sustainable lifestyles.
Through games, debates, excursions, creative workshops, and practical hands-on work, the participants will experience what it means to share ideas and cooperate, and to collaborate to bring alive their own "settlement" with the resources around them. They will be aided by 4 support workers experienced in community organising, facilitating, food growing and natural building crafts. The project is divided into three main parts.
In the first few days we will build our team: core to our work is our ability to being able to bring out the best in ourselves and each other; this will be partly practical, partly games-based exploration of our skills, needs and abilities.
The next phase is the practical work; creating part of the living space for the participants with DIY solar showers, compost-toilets, upgrading materials to make a green house, outdoor community spaces from adobe, Mad-Max like rocket stoves, etc. This creative work will allow us to use and develop organisational and cooperation skills, refine consensus decision-making and facilitation, and explore "heart and soul work" too.
The final 5 days are the most demanding part of the project; the Transition in Action Youth Exchange will merge into the "KÖRFESZT" (Community Organizing Festival). This event will bring another 150 people to Kunbábony, in a celebration of their communities' experience of self-organizing for food and energy localization, local economic renewal and creative self-organising. The Transition in Action participants will share their experience of creating this essential infrastructure with the KÖRFESZT communities, finding ways to bridge the language gap with pictures, theatre, non-verbal communication and sharing space and meals. Some formal presentation methods will also be used to present the Youth Exchange experience to the wider audience.
There will also be time to visit Budapest Communities in Transition: the Grundkert - a vibrant community garden in the heart of Budapest and Cyclonomia, a down-town cycle cooperative, using bike-based technology to develop low-carbon machinery, influenced by the ideas of "de-growth".
PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE:
→ in the age between 18 and 25 (few exception for up to 30 possible)
→ be interested in the topics related to the youth exchange and ready to prepare activities and workshop materials before coming to Hungary
→ be willing to live simply, sustainably and in a community for 13 days (and hopefully longer)
Accommodation, food and costs of the activities are fully covered by the organizers.
Travel costs are reimbursed up to the following amounts:
Italy,Turkey and Macedonia: 170 eur
Slovenia, Romania: 80 eur
Hungary: 20 eur
Don"t buy your tickets without being selected and officially informed about your possibility of participation! Once you are selected, make sure you choose the cheapest and most sustainable means of transport - this is a key issue of the project! You may buy your tickets arriving up to 3 days before the beginning or 3 days after the end as long as it makes economic sense. Once selected you will receive a document (info pack) with further details. The Transition in Action Youth Exchange is organised by the Védegylet (Protect the Future) and is financed by the European Union Erazmus+ program. The Youth Exchange is organised in conjunction with the Small Communities in Transition" program, which is financed by the Norwegian Civil Fund.
Book your place here.