Saturday, September 29, 2012

NorCal Regional Transition Conference

You are invited to attend the first ever
What: Northern California
Regional Transition Conference
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Where: At the NEXUS event venue
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 1010
in the Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA
–– Meet and network with other Transition initiatives from the region, including Sonoma, Sebastopol, Berkeley, Albany, Santa Cruz and more!
–– Be inspired by successful community resilience projects
–– Help take your Transition efforts to the next level; learn innovative organizing tools and methods
If you have helped to organize or have been participating
in your community's Transition initiative, or are
simply interested in learning more about this
thriving international movement, this is a must-attend conference.
To attend, please register online here
Cost is $25 (nobody turned away for lack of funds)
On-site catered lunch will be available for $10
Conference Content
Presentations, panel discussions, and hosted group discussions with expert guest speakers and experienced Transition leaders on the following topics (plus much more):
Engaging more diverse communities in Transition -- Engaging community diversity of all types, including communities of color, youth, income levels, etc.
Creating practical projects -- Successful community resilience projects and what has been learned
Transition messaging that appeals to the masses -- Messaging strategies and use of media to reach a wider audience and build a more cohesiveTransition movement
Creating effective Transition working groups -- Some practical, proven methods for how to create working groups in your Transition Initiative
Building partnerships and networking -- Strategies for networking and building partnerships with other sustainability/localization organizations and projects
Creating regional Transition projects -- Creating larger projects such as Time Banks, community renewable power collectives, etc. that are regionally-focused and shared across Transition groups
Sustaining the group while avoiding burnout and having more fun -- Personal and group strategies for sustaining the work of Transition over the long haul
Building Transition organizational capacity and acquiring funding -- Tools, ingredients and skills for evolving TI organizational structures and processes for building more capacity and effectiveness
REconomy and Transition Enterprises -- What are the next steps for re-designing our community economies for resilience?
Plus: Open Space session, Inner Transition exercises, regional networking time, and guest speakers including Pam Hartwell-Herrero Mayor of Fairfax, Kirsten Schwind from Bay Localize, Marco Vangelesti from Slow Money and many more
(If you have some special experience or expertise to share on any of the above topics, please contact Scott McKeown at scott [at] transitionus [dot] org)
About the Transition Movement: The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. We believe that we can make the transition to a more sustainable world. We hope that you will join us.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Films of Vision and Hope - Digging for Solutions - Friday's at World Centric in Palo Alto - 9/14 - 10/5/2012

Films of Vision and Hope presents new films series "Digging for Solutions"
Films of Vision and Hope is back with a great new series on solutions, with a special focus on soil and how essential it is for life and health.
Friday September 14, 2012 -Transition 2.0
A story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times. You’ll be inspired and moved by these stories of people around the world who are responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and engaged optimism, inspired by Transition principles of building local resilience to address the great challenges of our day.
Friday, September 21, 2012 - Dirt!, the Movie
This fascinating film tells the story of tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
Friday, September 28, 2012 - First Millimeter: Healing the Earth
Learn about the possibilities of about Holistic Management, a system of land management that can improve our farming and ranching processes, reduce carbon emissions, and heal the earth. The first millimeter of the earth is the top soil that is often lost to erosion, and which livestock, properly grazed, can help restore to health. Special guest: Sallie Calhoun from Paicines Ranch, chair of Holistic Management Inter- national (
Friday October 5, 2012 - 100 Mile Potluck Plus some short films from Sonatas of the Soil - starts 7pm - Bring a dish to share, with local ingredients, if possible!
World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto Meet and greet (and Oct. 5 potluck) 7 P.M. Films and discussion 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Films of Vision and Hope promotes positive solutions to environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.
Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, Slow Food South Bay and World Centric.

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