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Efan Hsieh
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  • Montague, MA
  • United States
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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I am active in permaculture experimentation, and a teacher of Earth-based skills (wilderness survival, nature awareness, sustainable living, and cultural mentoring). Actively engaged with strong regional communities in both these areas.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
Interested in cultural mentoring initiatives, nature awareness education, and permaculture. I would like to bridge the nature awareness movement and the permaculture movement, and to bring awareness of sustainable economics and social justice to the nature awareness movement.

My particular interest is in building community through remembering how to be indigenous to the land and to each other. How can we as a culture create an educational model that encourages the expression of each individual's gifts, a language that reflects connection and responsibility, a communication toolkit in which all voices are heard and conflict is dealt with peacefully, a social web that values each life stage, a code of ethics that values caretaking of the land and each other? As the physical landscape changes, how can our communities become resilient? These tools are part of a teaching bundle called "cultural mentoring."
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
with my many strong local and regional connections, organizational ability, my enthusiasm and energy, and sensitive eye towards people whose voices don't get heard.
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At 8:38pm on November 22, 2008, Les Squires -- Webmaster said…
Welcome Efan and soon to be Transition Massachusetts! Great to see you here. "... with my many strong local and regional connections, organizational ability, my enthusiasm and energy, and sensitive eye towards people whose voices don't get heard...." -- Just the kind of person we're looking for. Let us know what you need to lend these skills to the universe!

We invite you to go to Starting Local Groups on Transition US and then to MA. Tell us a little more about what's happening in Montague. This makes your group visible to other groups in MA and elsewhere around the world. We are currently vetting the most active states to set up Transition networks with them. Your participation on these pages will help make the decisions.
At 5:51am on November 6, 2008, George Lisi said…
Hey Efan!
Yes! Incredible beings of all stripes and numbers of legs here! I have never known a place where the magics of the land and the magics of the two-legged community blend and intertwine so harmoniously.
Nick N. is an incredlible being who is both a past student and present guest teacher. We attended/taught at the recent ROOTS Gathering - great feel, and lots of people.
Check this out as a possible occasion for some synchronicities to arise - Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of the first Transition Town, Totnes, in Devon, will be giving a talk here in Montpelier, Monday, Nov. 24. Full info here.
George ~
At 4:05pm on November 5, 2008, George Lisi said…
Hi Efan,
Sounds great. You're speakin' my language! I live in central Vermont, near my buddies at ROOTS and Earthwalk Vermont. Check out my teaching gig at Wisdom of the Herbs School. You might want to join Transition Vermont, our newly created site at to get tied in to the Transition web developing here.
George Lisi, Transition Town Montpelier
At 1:08pm on November 5, 2008, Patrick Gibbs said…
I certainly remember meeting at Ethan's house. I'm glad we've encountered each other again. Also, I'm smiling and laughing happily as I look at your profile picture... what a great photo, and a great expression/action!

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