Transition Network Newsletter – August 2012

August 2012 – Transition Network Newsletter

Transition Network Newsletter – August 2012

The 2012 Transition Network Conference
Hosted once more by the wonderful Battersea Arts Centre (where we were in 2009).

Our theme this year will be explored through a wide variety of activities and processes including programmed workshops, an Open Space afternoon, walks and visits, and a great Saturday evening of entertainment, including an open mic slot. It will draw in elements of the REconomy and Young Transition conferences happening the previous day, and introduce a new ingredient for 2012: a « Cook Up ».  Show your community spirit by putting a Transition Network Conference badge on your website or blog:

  • Main Transition Conference: Friday 14th September (6.00pm) to Sunday 16th September (4.30pm)
  • The REconomy Project Day (Friday 14th September) at the Transition Conference will explore the conference theme of « Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times » through an economic and entrepreneurial lens.
  • The Youth event (Friday 14th September) is entitled « Which Future do We Want? » and will be a collaborative exploration into how young people can find or create meaningful livelihoods in a rapidly changing world.
  • 2-day Transition THRIVE course – on the two days directly before the conference Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September
  • An international gathering of National Transition Hubs (Monday 17th to Tuesday 18th Sept) will circle up for two days of problem solving, mutual support, visioning and planning to help ensure that there’s a solid, proactive, motivated and well-skilled group helping support transition wherever it appears around the world.

More details and buy your tickets here

Battersea Arts Centre
As preparations for the 2012 Transition Network conference at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) gather pace, Rob Hopkins spoke to David Micklem, Artistic Director at BAC, and asked him about how the 2009’s Transition Network conference had impacted on BAC, and his hopes for this year.



How Much of a Difference Is Your Initiative Making?
How do you know what impact your Transition Initiative is having? We’d like to know if and how you learn about, or evaluate your transition initiative, what resources or processes might be useful, or what gets in the way. The results will be used to inform the Transition Network, Low Carbon Communities Network and the development of evaluation and monitoring resources.
Please take 10 minutes to complete a short online survey about group evaluation methods here:
More information about the survey background can be found here:

July Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition
As Rob is on holiday there is only the US Edition of the new Round Up this month.



Have Local Currencies Got It Wrong?
Simon Carter working with Transition in Tewkesbury asks ‘where do local currencies go from here’?

Money and Wealth: How to heal the Disconnect
A two part series from fellow of the New Economics Foundation David Boyle. Part one of a two part series from the New Economic Foundation’s David Boyle on money and other ways of monetising our wealth

Part two on alternative and complementary currencies



Can Britain Farm Itself?
An article in The Land explores the extent to which agriculture could create land-based employment in a time in desperate need of employment opportunities.

The Four Slugs of the Apocalypse
Rob offers an opportunity for a group moan about slugs, something it’s good to do on occasion, especially during a summer like this one.


The Social Reporting crew are now officially on their summer break. As the holiday season sets in, we’re kicking back and slipping into a more spontaneous post-when-you like rhythm. We’re sending everyone postcards though! Greetings from our events, our gardens, our gatherings in Transition. Places we are visiting now, places we have visited in the past, abroad and at home. We’re posting from the city and the country, from the backyard and the beach, on the road, on two wheels, as we walk, swim, picnic, camp, celebrate, cook and sing.

We’ll returning to our usual format at the end of the month, writing daily on a set theme, with free weekends for news and one-off posts. We have some ace subjects coming up including Flying, Deep Time, Harvest, Hierarchy, the role of the Network, Livelihoods and Trees in Transition. We’re going Back to School in our first week of our autum series, starting on Monday 26 August, followied by a look at the third section of Transition Ingredients and Tools. Then we have a fortnight around the Transition Conference, including its companion events. Seven of us will be there taking part and also reporting live from the weekend’s full-on activities. We hope to be setting up our own reporting and skill-share « desk », so do come and find us.

Meanwhile we hope you will keep travelling alongside us this August. Bonnes vacances, dear Readers, and see you soon!


P.S. We welcome ideas and guest blogs on the Project. If you’d like to send your own postcard, please get in touch and for all things editorial via



Welcome to our first Regional Week where the Social Reporters and their guest bloggers will be introducing their respective regions. Forming networks of Transition initiatives is one of the key ingredients in the third stage of The Transition Companion and one of the main reasons we began this blog was to hear voices and experiences from inititiatives all around the UK and connect up the dots. We plan to run our regional weeks every two months, beginning in London in October.




There’s loads of Transition Initiatives in London. We’re going to hear from just four of them: Kingston, Leytonstone, Ealing and Tooting – for fairness, two from North of the river and two from the South



Active Hope by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

My Top 10 Transition Books

52 Flowers That Shook My World


The Fire Sermon – postcard from the City of London

From a Medicine Bed – Mr Burdock Is Happy to See You Now

From Transition Ibiza and Can Masdeu, Barcelona

Mudville – Tin Village at the Sunrise Festival

This is what climate change looks like.


Dog Days

Happy Mondays at the Community Kitchen

Sports are so last century


A Rational Look at Brands

Plants for Life Review and What’s Coming Up this Summer



Stir Magazine is a bi-monthly community-building online magazine that features articles and interviews on radical gardening, community-supported agriculture, climate activism, democratic education, permaculture, the occupy movement, the commons, grassroots sports, food justice, cooperatives, practical philosophy and more. They are also currently running a Sponsume crowdfunding campaign to publish a free book of the most inspiring and transformative community-led responses to the financial crisis, climate change and other contemporary challenges. Giving £20 or more will allow them to make the book freely available, and get it into the hands of the campaigners, transitioners, occupiers, and general movers and shakers who want to change their communities for the better.
Find out more and chip in here:

Transition Network has joined the Energy Bill Revolution alliance, calling for warm homes and lower bills. We are facing an energy bill crisis. Families are suffering huge financial hardship, and one in four households can’t afford to heat their homes. This number is predicted to rise to one in three households by 2016. Cold homes are damaging the health of vulnerable members of society.

The Energy Bill Revolution alliance is calling on the Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to make our homes super-energy efficient. This is the only permanent way to drive down energy bills and end fuel poverty.

From next year the Government will be collecting over £2 billion in carbon tax every year, rising to £4 billion by 2020 and £7 billion by 2027. Recycled back into energy efficiency programmes, this would be enough to super-insulate more than 600,000 homes a year, bringing 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty. It could also quadruple carbon emission savings from households compared to the government’s new energy efficiency policies and create up to 200,000 more jobs – exactly what we need to support the UK’s economic recovery.
Please take two minutes to sign the petition, email your MP, and ask all your supporters and networks to do the same. Thank you for your support.


Transition Free Press
We’re delighted with the feedback from the preview edition. Copies still available for order and there will be a copy for everyone at the Network Conference, plus you can read it online. Some copies also will be in the Gaia Dome at Sunrtise Off-Grid. At the Conference we will be evaluating how big the appetite is for future editions. So please fill in our survey and come to meet the editorial team at the conference launch and stall.



September SuperHome Open Days – Join a guided tour for ideas for greening your home.

Sunrise Off-Grid
23rd-27th August 
Switch off and turn on!

More events here



Transition THRIVE course – can be combined with REconomy Day and TN conference!
This 2-day Transition THRIVE course will run on the two days directly before the Transition Network conference. We’ve designed this particular instance of the course to be flexibly integrated with the other conference events so that you can choose the learning experience that works best for you. This advanced training course will help you to sustain momentum both in your Transition Initiative and also at a personal level. It’s packed with ideas and inspiration to help you move your Transition Initiative to the next level. Click here for course details.
When: Thursday 13th (9.30am to 5.30pm) and Friday 14th September (9.30am to 5.00pm)
Where: Battersea Art Centre, London
Trainers: Naresh Giangrande (Transition Totnes and Transition Network training’s co-founder) andMandy Dean (from Transition Bro Ddyfi Trawsnewid).
Booking: At the conference, the THRIVE course intertwines with the REconomy event giving you the option to attend the REconomy day instead of second day of the THRIVE course. A main TN conference bundle pass is also available. To view all available ticket combinations and to book, please click here.
Contact: If you have any questions please contact

Transition LAUNCH in Totnes- the training for people new to Transition
When: weekend of 13-14 October (9:30am-6:00pm on both days)
Where: Birdwood House, in the heart of Totnes
Trainers: Nick Osborne and Inez Aponte
Costs & Booking: £105 for both days (Bursaries are available!). Click here to book.
Contact: If you’d like to book a place, have any questions or bursary enquiries, please

Transition LAUNCH in London- the training for people new to Transition
When: weekend of 01-02 December (9:30am-6:00pm on both days)
Where: Islington Ecology Centre, London
Trainers: Stefan Nicholls and Marina O’Connell
Costs & Booking: £105 for both days (Bursaries are available!). Click here to book.
Contact: If you’d like to book a place, have any questions or bursary enquiries, please

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