MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
"Just for fun:
Transition Towns are those whose people choose to renew and devise ways that are more or less local, their own. The ways will enable them to say, with understanding, certainty and joy, "We've not destroyed our old basket,…"
Here's my shot at it as folks in Ohio asked for something on the home page clarifying what the Transition Initiatives movement was about. It is probably more than a minute long if read out-loud but perhaps there's something in it…"
"Transition Towns to me is our collective response to daunting economic/environmental problems sweeping this nation that are pushing people forward to question collectively what they can do to form resilience instead of our globalized efficiency.
"Hi Les, Happy to meet your acquaintance. Yes, I'm a member of the newly formed initiating group in Newburyport, MA. I've been many places, but Newburyport is my home off the sea.
Boston Computer Society, eh? I was in the not so lofty…"
"Welcome Ben! Great to see you here on Transition U.S. and Transition Massachusetts. You highlighted in your profile "... Member of a newly formed Initiation group...." -- Which group? In MA or in Newburyport? I have fond memories of…"
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Member of Transition Newburyport Initiation group.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
It isn't dependent on government, but each other. It encourages involvement of everyone and not just a committee of active members or board. It focuses on change from within the individual and growth of the local community together.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I have always had a desire to be involved with change that occurs in our environment, government, economy and social misconseptions. I have long held a desire to be involved in activly changing how the world views itself. The last few years my desire has been growing. When a friend shared the Transition Town project with me I realized it was time to take action. It's a movement that I believe in and structured in a way that gives hope. It moves only through the involvement of every individual getting involved and seeing the need for change. And acting with his neighbors to do something about it.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
Transition Handbook, The Long Descent, Ning, midwestpermaculture
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Welcome Ben! Great to see you here on Transition U.S. and Transition Massachusetts. You highlighted in your profile "... Member of a newly formed Initiation group...." -- Which group? In MA or in Newburyport? I have fond memories of Newburyport, one of my favorite Boston cities, where I lived for 22 year and was super active in the Boston Computer Society. Good to meet you. Some Links Members Have Found Helpful
Declare yourself -- What do you personally bring to the potluck? Give it a title and say much more than you included in your Profile. Lay out your offer in detail. Or, tell us what you’d really like to learn!
Profile your group -- Make your constituents visible. Offer their values to mentor all Transitioners.
Reinforce, reinforce, reinforce -- Connect the dots -- friends to friends, newcomers to oldcomers, groups to groups, groups to members, skills to skills, special interests to special interests. This is your garden. Cultivate for the harvest.