The October 2015 Transition Network newsletter

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The Transition Network Newsletter

October 2015
Supporting community-led responses to climate change
and shrinking supplies of cheap energy,
building resilience and happiness.

We take stock of the conference in this newsletter, begin our Support theme on Practical Projects and our main theme of Fairness covers money, energy and food. In Thinking Aloud we consider responses to refugees, community energy and opportunities at railway stations plus REconomy offers a killer app.


The 2015 Transition Network International Conference was amazing. Read our full write up, with photos and videos:


Our new Support Offer theme: Practical Projects
Mike Thomas introduces ‘Practical Projects’, and gives some advice, drawn from learnings across the Transition movement, for those planning to start new projects.


How Does the Exeter Pound Build Fairness?
As we explore our theme of fairness, we asked Martyn Goss, one of the Exeter Pound currency’s Directors, to share this thoughts as to how the scheme will make Exeter a fairer city:

Fairness and Equality
Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, Richard Wilkinson is the co-author, (with Kate Pickett,) of the seminal book ‘The Spirit Level’. Much of his work has focused on health inequalities and the effects of income inequality on population health.

Energy and Fairness
Juliet Davenport is the founder and CEO of Good Energy, who are the main sponsors of the 2015 Transition Network International Conference.

Food, Fairness and Permaculture Design
Renowned through his website for his online videos and courses, Geoff Lawton is perhaps best known for his greening the desert work.
At the recent International Permaculture Conference his keynote looked at scaling up, strategies for taking permaculture to the mainstream which he has very kindly allowed us to publish in full.



What Might a Transition Response to the Refugee Crisis Look Like?
It’s a question many people are asking, and it’s one that was discussed at the Transition Network conference a couple of weeks ago. While there is no definitive answer, and the response will look different in each place, here is a story from Brussels of an amazing story of a spontaneous refugee camp that many of Transitioners were central in initiating.

Opinion: Community Energy is Too Good an Opportunity to Miss.
With the UK Government proposing cuts to Feed In Tarriffs that would make many community energy schemes unviable, Rob Hopkins argues that community energy represents an opportunity too good to miss.

Starbucks – or Stations as Pollinators?
A weary traveller reflects



The LEF – REconomy’s ‘Killer App’?
Jay Tompt reflects on the spread of the Local Entrepreneur Forum, and asks if it is REconomy’s « killer app ».



Hannover: City of Possibilities.
Lay out the map of Hannover and the first thing that strikes you is the amount of green space in the city. About 25% of the city is green space, it includes a forest, and it is home to 20,000 ‘Kleingärten’ (small gardens), which are larger than allotments, and managed by associations. …

A Remarkable day in Ungersheim, a Village in Transition
What might it look like if Transition were initiated by a Mayor who really gets it? Rob Hopkins travelled to Ungersheim in eastern France to find out.

‘Small is Powerful’: Transition in Action in Hungary.
Tracey Wheatley, Communities in Transition programme coordinator and Transition pioneer in Hungary, reports on two recent Transition events there.



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