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....
"Hi, Tim - and Mike -
My apologies for being so slow to get back to you. Wonderful to hear of your interest in Transition Towns. I would be glad to support you. My schedule has cleared now, so that I have more time to assist communities in launching…"
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Supporting efforts to re-localize daily life. We have been members of a local CSA for two years along with several of our neighbors and we share weekly basket pickup duty. Currently developing a project to create an IRC 501(c)(12) not-for-profit Internet Service Provider cooperative in our town.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
We can't expect anyone from outside our town to "save the town" from failure and abandonment due to the collapse of the financial system and declining fossil energy availability. If we don't work to save ourselves and our town, then it will all be lost as "the long emergency" takes hold of our lives.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I just hope we have a couple more years of "breathing room" to learn how to cooperate on a daily basis. In emergencies we do cooperate. The trick will be to make that cooperation a part of our daily lives.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
"Environment, Power and Society" Howard T. Odum
"The Entropy Law and the Economic Process" Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
"Requiem for Modern Politics" William Ophuls
"Capital as Power" Nitzan and Bichler
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My apologies for being so slow to get back to you. Wonderful to hear of your interest in Transition Towns. I would be glad to support you. My schedule has cleared now, so that I have more time to assist communities in launching Transition.
Some groups have invited me to come speak as a way of getting an "Initiating Group" launched. I have arranged my life to be able to do this for the cost of transportation and whatever honoraria a local group can afford.
Another way to launch Transition is for a few people from your town attending a "Training for Transition" workshop. I am in the process of scheduling one in Western MA. Send me your email address and I'll be sure you're notified of the training.
Some people like to read the book, read materials on the www.transitiontowns.org web site, and just get going on their own. The experience of the Transition movement so far is that everything all of us do can be good for our communities, and that the 2-day training simply helps people avoid common pitfalls and leap ahead much faster. We find some colleagues in our community, and take the leap and jump in. ;- )
Please feel free to contact me at: email@example.com, 413-863-5253 (home/office).