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....
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Signed up for Training in January in San Luis Obispo County, CA. Reading the Handbook. Facilitator for the Environmental Justice team in Central Coast Clergy and Laity for Justice (CCCLJ). Unity with Nature sub-committee for Central Coast Friends Meeting. All these groups are working on climate change and peak oil issues. I have helped bring the seminar, "Awakening the Dreamer" to CCCLJ, and participated in a planning group for the forum "Faith, the Environment, and You," hosted by our Federal Representative, Lois Capps, and panelists from different faiths and different environmental organizations. I think we have a good start on the Central Coast as we have so many people and organizations already engaged in the changes required for transition.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I am interested in working with neighbors and various groups in my county toward educating all of us for a transition to a new way of life that is happier, healthier, resilient, and not dependent on fossil fuels. I have been working toward ways to promote and use local and organic foods in a number of groups in the county, one of which, the Community Food System Project, I initiated in 2001. I served on the board of the Central Coast Ag Network, which works toward promoting the direct marketing of local food and fiber products through Central Coast Grown. I helped start the Farm-to-School movement in our county. I am grateful to Bob Banner for all his efforts in educating us all in sustainability and solutions for our time in his magazine, HopeDance, and the program of relevant films he has hosted.
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 already beginning to do many of the initiatives suggested in the Transition Handbook. As soon as I heard of the movement, I investigated further, ordered the book, and signed up for the training. I would like to be involved in the unfolding of the plan for this county, and my area in particular. I have skills in facilitating activities, exercises and meetings which will contribute to change in people's attitudes and behavior toward the issues of climate change and the shift to renewable energy sources. I have been a consultant and researcher of change processes in societies and institutions for my entire career. I am engaged in personal change toward the Transition, and I have recently conducted a 10-session course in "Planting Possibilities for Creative Change." One of my specialties is in crafting creative and nature-centered community, and I have written a book for teachers on the subject. I am familiar and have implemented many of the processes described in the Transitions Handbook, including Open Space Process and World Cafe, as well as others I believe may be helpful. I am starting a Greenletter and Green8s groups in my spiritual community, and have developed a questionnaire to discover at what level of engagement members are currently so as to offer the most relevant assistance. I am also offering this method to member of the Environmental Justice team at the Central Coast Clergy and Laity for Justice. I have a monthly program of showing DVD films in my home, the most recent being "The Real Dirt About Farmer John," a film which for which I joined a CSA in advance to produce. I have grown my own food, have a worm bin, and also belong to a CSA from a local organic farm. In 1999 I attended Joanna Macy's Intensive for the Great Turning, and took Shambhala Warrior vows to work for the earth. I am open to learning more, and passing along what I learn.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
Bob Banner's CCTTransitionTowns list serve.
Center for Ecoliteracy website and list serve.
The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How to Create a Positive Future for the Climate, the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life. by Bob Doppelt, Earthscan in the U.K. and U.S.A., 2008 (Source of my concepts and quotations for the questionnaire.)
Leading Change Toward Sustainability: A Change-Management Guide for Business, Government and Civil Society. by Bob Doppelt, Greenleaf Pub., 2003
Bioneers conferences, website, and publications: e.g. Nature's Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies, Ed. Kenny Ausubel, Sierra Club Books, 2004.
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming, By Paul Hawken, Viking, 2007.
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. By David Korten, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006
(Our Cultural Creatives group held 11-sessions of dialogue on this one, using the guide on Korten's website.)
Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures, quarterly.
The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future. By Thomas Berry, Bell Tower, 1999.
The Dream of the Earth. By Thomas Berry, Sierra Club, 1988.
The Universe Story: Ïrom the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era. By Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry, Harper SF, 1992
DVD Series by Brian Swimme: The Powers of the Universe. (Held a seminar of 11 sessions to see and discuss this series of lectures.)
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods. By Gay Paul Nabhan, Norton, 2002.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. By Michael Pollan, Penguin, 2006
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of The World. By Michael Pollan, Random House, 2001.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. By Barbara Kingsolver, Harper-Collins, 2007.
HopeDance magazine, and Sustainability:Radical Solutions Inspiring Hope, Ed. Bob Banner, 2007
And of course, The Transition Handbook: From oil depency to local resilience. By Rob Hopkins, Green Books, 2008.
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I've been following your posts to our HD-sponsored Transitions list serve. I'll check out your blog soon. Thanks for the welcome. I could use some permaculture advice. Took a course from Larry Santoyo when I first came to SLO in 2000, but am not sure I really knew how to apply all the information I took notes on.
Liana! I am impressed! I look forward to meeting you soon! I am in SLO and working on permaculture and edible landscaping/food forests and part of the transition movement as well! Glad to have you on board!
My mistake. I gave you the wrong page. Go here instead and follow the directions. Let me know when you have questions, or get your grandchildren to help out -- let's get them involved as Transitioners!
Hi Liana! I agree with Bob -- WOW -- double WOW. You're just the kind of person who will make Transition happen. May I convince you to go visit the emerging Transition California page and paste in large sections of your Transition Resume. Good stuff. Other Californians need to see your perspective on what's happening. Thx!