15 Oct 2012
Your help needed! New book about Transition needs your projects … in a sentence
I have started work on a new book about Transition, with the working title of ‘The Thrill of Just Doing Stuff: The Little Book of Transition’ which will be out next Spring. The idea is to create a smallish book that gives an introduction to Transition, but hopefully written in a way that will appeal beyond just those already involved. To do this I need your help. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be asking for help in various ways, but today’s request is for you to tell me, in one sentence, about any projects your Transition initiative has done, or is doing. Your help will be really important in making this a success.
The idea is that down the side of every page will be a list of projects, so as to give people loads of ideas of things they can do. Hopefully the book will positively drip with inspiring ideas and possibilities. In order to do that though, I need your help. I have gone through the most recent ‘Round-ups of What’s Happening in the World of Transition‘ and pulled out loads of stories to give you a sense of the format (see below). As few words as possible (some will be gone into in a lot more depth in the actual book) just to capture the essence of what’s happening.
Have a look through the list below first though. Your project may well be in the list, if so, please check I have got it right, and that you are happy for it to be in the list. Thanks for your input! It’s a pretty impressive list event as it is at the moment. If you want to suggest changes, or add new projects/stories, please use the comments box below. It doesn’t have to be something huge, well-funded and high profile. The idea is to give a sense of the diversity and creativity of what Transition groups get up to. Thanks for your help:
Transition Deventer created ‘edible facade gardens’ • TT Orillia ran workshops on canning and food preserving • T Los Angeles and T Maitland ran ‘permablitzes’ • TT Taunton harvested local apples to distribute to local charities • TT Portobello’s ‘Fruitful Porty’ plants fruit trees around the town, like TT Mount Eden and many others • TT High Wycombe, like many others, created a local food guide • TT Sturminster Newton are creating a community garden • T Southport created a local food guide • T Kensal to Kilburn pressed apples on Kilburn High Road • T Haverford West held a ‘supper club’ with local food • T Donabate Portrane’s ‘Chicken Link’ helped people start keeping chickens • TT Kinsale ran the ’50 Mile Meal Award’ •Marsden & Slaithwaite TT issued a ‘Declaration of Independence from the Global Food System’ • TTs Horncastle, Stroud, Totnes and others ran ‘Edible Garden Open Days’ • T Leytonstone produced ‘Transition Ale’ to celebrate their birthday • T Hebden Bridge set up ‘HebVeg’ a vegetable box scheme • T Kensal to Kilburn create a community garden on Kilburn Underground station • T Finsbury Park created Edible Landscapes London, a demonstration perennial plant food garden • TT Topsham created ‘Topsham Ales’, a local community-supported brewery • T Belsize created a food garden in the car park of their local Premier Inn • T Louth created a community garden • Transição em Telheiras ran a window ledge food growing workshop • T Pittsburgh’s ‘Sustainability Jam’ taught a new generation to make jam • TT Durham’s ‘Fruitful Durham’ maps local fruit trees, plants new ones, and harvest and distributes locally harvested fruit • TT Breda gave away free food plants in the centre of town • T Bath turned the city’s ‘Hedgemead Park’ into ‘Vegmead Park’ • T West Kirby set up ‘Fruitshare’ and campaigned for new allotments • TT Bridport worked with their local school helping them to set up food gardens • TT Tooting’s annual ‘Foodival’ explores what ‘local food’ means in a very diverse community •T Maidenhead have set up ‘Food Nation’, a local food hub • TT Horncastle are creating an urban orchard • TT Payson have made a community garden • TT Manitou Springs have set up a seed bank • TTs Worthing, Totnes, Cambridge, Stratford and many others have created Gardenshare schemes • TT Blandford created a ‘Local Food Evening’ and mapped local producers • TT Honiton held a ‘Seedy Saturday’ • T Kensal to Kilburn ran a ‘Big Dig’ • Saltash in Transition created an ‘Incredible Edible’ plot in the middle of town • T Keene create a Neighbourhood Food Security Programme • TT Wivenhoe’s Station Community Garden grows food at the local train station • TT Berkeley held a ‘Crop Swap’ • T Lancaster’s ‘Fruity Corners’ has seen fruit trees planted across the city • TT Luxembourg have created a city community garden •TT Chesterfield, Stroud and others have run ‘Potato Days’ •TT’s Hackney and Stoke Newington have mapped all their local fruit trees • Transition Oakville run a ‘Backyard Bounty & garden sharing’ project • Sustainable Bungay run ‘Happy Mondays’, a monthly, seasonal, 2 course meal for 50 people • T Cadillac ran the ‘100 Yarden Kickoff’ (Google it…) • TT Durham set up a Local Food Network •
T Garopaba set up a big composting scheme • TT Shrewsbury set up a cardboard recycling scheme • TT Brixton set up ‘ReMakery Brixton’, teaching fixing and mending skills •
T Hebden Bridge offered free energy audits • T Horncastle did a heating make-over of a community centre • TTs Stroud, Totnes, Lewes and others run annual ‘Open Eco Homes’ events • Bath & West Community Energy raised over £750,000 in community shares • TT Whitehead ran an ‘Energy Saving Challenge’ • T Portobello have been working towards a community wind turbine • TT Totnes’ ‘Transition Streets’ programme won the 2011 Ashden Award for Behaviour Change • TT Witzenhausen has run demonstrations on solar cooking • Brixton Energy is turning community investment into community renewables • Melbourne Area Transition installed 48 PV panels on the roof of a local 12th century church • T Belsize began ‘Community Draughtbusters’, now being replicated by many other London initiatives • TT Shrewsbury are installing a hydropower scheme on the local weir • T Eynsham Area are insulating local homes • TT Taunton have been researching the best ways to reduce energy use in the area • T West Bridgford ran the ‘Eco Houses’ project • T High Wycombe’s ‘Warm Homes Team’ thermally images local homes • TT Lewes set up the Ouse Valley Energy Services Company which has done several installations, including the Community Solar Power station which raised £310,000 from local people • TT Hexham are installing a hydro on River Hexham • Marsden & Slaithwaite have been insulating and improving energy efficiency in hard-to-treat homes • TT Exmouth ran a ‘Green Energy Evening’ •TT Wilmslow ran ‘Green Door’ events • Sustaining Dunbar created a community energy company • T Marlow are setting up a hydro scheme on their local weir •T Maidenhead have created a Solar Co-op, and done energy modelling for local community buildings •
Local economic regeneration
TT Whangarei ran a ‘Community Job Summit’ • TT Portobello set up a new Farmers’ Market • Sustaining Dunbar created a new bakery funded by a local share option which raised £50,000 • TT Chesham set up a new market which won the ‘Greenest Market in Britain’ award • TT Totnes ran a Local Entrepreneurs’ Forum • TT Marlborough set up a new market in the town • Totnes, Stroud, Lewes, Brixton and then Bristol have created their own currencies • T Sydney ran a ‘Living Economies Forum’ • T Ashland ran a ‘Speed Skilling’ workshop • TT Lewes set up a ‘Decision Lab’, offering support to Transition groups and enterprises • TT Lewes set up a new weekly food market • Sustaining Dunbar created a Car Club •
Transition groups across the US hold ‘pot luck dinners • TT Comox Valley held a ‘Picnic in the Park’ • TT Whitehead are planting 60,000 trees • TT Cheltenham held a ‘Transition Festival’ • TT Tooting ran ‘Treasuring Tooting’ and opened a ‘Tooting Transition Shop’ for 9 days • T Cardiff have been mapping green activity across the city •T Brasilandia ran a ‘Sustainable Health Fair’ •TT Peterborough ran the ‘Purple Onion Festival’
In Sweden, local Transition groups write columns for their local newspapers • T Finsbury Park ran the ‘Well Oiled Festival’ • TT Romsey held a ‘Green Fair’ • T Ottawa held ‘Urban Wild Tours’ • The High School in Santa Coloma de Queralt declared itself a Transition School • T Oamaru and Waitiki District held a Sustainable Skills School • T Guelph held a Resilience Festival • TT Leamington held a ‘Wool Day’ teaching a range of skills •T Prince Rupert developed a crash course in Transition • Transition Brasil have set up their own magazine •