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....
we can meet any time- let me know when you are nearby
Am going to the HOHENWALD TN FInancial permaculture Convergence end of Sept & then, staying at the Farm for the Continental BIOREGIONAL Congress Oct-3-10, they do a transition…"
"Hello Coco: we are living in Mexico and thinking about returning to Colorado. Lyons is of interest to us, because of the Transition Movement located there. We would like to link up to the work you have done, and join in. Know there is lots to be…"
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Am on core of Transition Team for Transition Town Lyons, as the member who is a certified in Permaculture (twice, with Bill Mollison and before that with Dawn Shiner). Permaculture, my 25 year old contribution to the Bioregional Congresses, 3 years contributing to NYC's Civic Alliance to bring Permaculture Sustainablity to Ground Zero's rebuild, a 23 year friendship with Thomas Berry and Jim Berry, meeting many of the vanguard: Helena Norberg Hodge, Hazel Henderson, Vandana Shiva, Kirk Sale…working with Bella Abzug in the early 90's with her WEDO and her 'Women for a healthy environmental NYC' group all enabled me to slip right into the Transition movement. Many other factors allow me to understand transition methods and principles: I've written 9 books capsulizing early works of David Abram, Paul Hawken, Chellis Glendinning, Thomas Berry, Stephanie Mills, Sunryu Suzuki, & others, published two assembling books in 1992 and 2003 on Visioning Pemaculture Systems, and published 40 books of my own maverick ecologically based writings, art and poem structures.
Transition has the correct community scale and inclusive nature of cooperation (us + them) that none of the prior initiatives have been able to visualize, taking us beyond the advocacy (I know better than you) mode. Couple this with Transition Town and Transition project reskillings, unleashings events, currency breakouts, community infrastructure building, localized food systems, celebrations, it makes possible a ceremonial village style of living that one usually needed to be found in retreats and Congresses. The localization that Transition will achieve will be used well to power down now into the future. It will open up a home based / community based comfort with shared process. Solutions will be seen coming directly from problems, and I do believe a collective genius will be unleashed.
The Transition Handbook is a true manual in process.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I am a catalyst, Was in NYC for what is now manifesting under Mayor Bloomberg's new Plan direction, hurray I was no longer needed. Came to a small town I love 2 yrs ago, No one was interested much in Permaculture nor my archives. Suddenly Transition filled the need and is blooming well. Naturally am with it, again as a catalyst! I am SuperSkyWoman in the art & poetry world, doing much the same catalyzing, hovering offering seeds.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I am also a master papermaker, ready to create a cottage industry in my Transition Town when it becomes the right time. I have trained many artists to open their own papermaking studios.
I am most interest in Permaculture water systems, and soil improvement to hold water, sorely need in Colorado.
I am interested in starting a first 'Value Added', School with the help of Jerome Osentowski, who started the first CSA school in 1980.
I can fill many ongoing and changing roles, and be advisor in a number of Transition groups of the future.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
will fill in later- too many to do now
will also add websites my work is on, here.
I now have a Cocogo SuperSkyWoman web page: http://ttl-cocogo.ning.com/
Hello Coco: we are living in Mexico and thinking about returning to Colorado. Lyons is of interest to us, because of the Transition Movement located there. We would like to link up to the work you have done, and join in. Know there is lots to be done. Had hoped to attend the event at the river, but got rained out and had to return to Denver area for other things. At the moment I am in British Columbia, talking with people in a few towns here about their Transition efforts. Would like to link with you for info on Lyons, updates on Transition there, and things that need doing in your community. Cristy
Thank you for all of your comment! Found your "how to be a bioregionalist" pages and saved 'em. excellent ideas!! just the kind of thing more folks need to be exposed to.
I'd love to meet when/if you come to VT - Manchester is kinda far from Montpelier, 98 miles according to the map grid. Let's keep in touch as the time approaches. Also, re your partner being a rail advocate - my compadre on the TT Montpelier team, Carl Etnier, has a couple interview format radio programs and wonder if he and your partner might like to connect? I will send you his info by email.
Cheers! George ~
Right on, Coco!
I hope that we in Vermont may be among those who call on your wisdom and experience as things unfold.
Your comment re starting a school, reminds me that I want to get more info on the Transition based school in Cornwall that Jennifer Gray mentioned to us some time ago. Do you know anything more about this? I asked Jennifer, but she had to research the answer and hasn't gotten back to me yet - busy times!
George Lisi, TT Montpelier, Vermont
Hi, CocoGo SuperSkyWoman ... it is so FINE to see you here now at TransitionUS ... things are really moving right along, aren't they!?! Have a good and productive trip to NYC and hurry back ... we need you here in the Front Range! Kindest regards, Sapan R. - TTLyonsCO