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Archive for “Self Congratulation” category

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9 May 2011

On becoming an honorary Gasketeer

Receiving my certificate from Brian Harper, one of three Gasketeers who travelled to the Tagore Festival...

On Saturday I did a talk at the Tagore Festival which I hope to get a film of up soon.  Instead of using powerpoint, I told the story of Transition using different objects which different initiatives had sent me.  It went really well, and was a really enjoyable way of doing it.  One of the most substantial ‘props’ was a fully functioning Victorian gas lamp which the Malvern Gasketeers had brought all the way from Malvern that morning.  My thinking had been that the crescendo of my talk would be to invite them onstage and that they would light the lamp for all to see.  However, while setting up we were told that in order to light it we would have needed a licence from the local Council, so it remained unlit, albeit rather beautiful nonetheless. 

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Categories: Energy, Self Congratulation, Storytelling, Technology, Transition Initiatives

31 Mar 2011

A March Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

A recent Transition Training in Chile....

It’s the end of the month again, which means it’s time to bring you a taste of the wonderful Transitioney things that have been going on around the world. We’ll start in South America with some very exciting news from Colombia where they recently held their first three Transition Trainings, and here’s a report with a few pictures. And then there’s news of Chile’s first Transition Town at El Manzano in the BíoBío Region, started by three brothers who also established the Ecoescuela where they teach sustainable lifestyles.

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Categories: Climate Change, Community Involvement, Diversity, Education for Sustainability, Energy, Energy Descent Planning, Food, General, Localisation, Resilience, Self Congratulation, Storytelling, Transition Initiatives, Transition Network

7 Jan 2011

A December Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

This month we’re starting off with Brazil and some very exciting news for the New Year, because, as reported here at Transition Culture yesterday, the first ever Transition favela initiative has just held it’s Unleashing!… Wonderful news indeed! Here are some great pics of the event. The community has been very busy indeed. 85 community members have participated in Transition Training and they’ve implemented all sorts of wonderful activities. Community gardens are being created in seven abandoned spaces, and a ‘Become our own Media’ team has been created which has registered all their events and has just completed a film aimed at reviving the region’s oral tradition, which was screened at the Unleashing.

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3 Dec 2010

Ingredients for Transition: Celebrating

Following the feedback on the ‘Transition Cakes’ pattern, I am attempting here to weave some of that material instead into this one about ‘Celebrating’…


Celebration is a great way of overcoming POST PETROLEUM STRESS DISORDER, for building PERSONAL RESILIENCE and providing EMOTIONAL SUPPORT/AVOIDING BURNOUT. It really should be considered a key feature of BECOMING A FORMAL ORGANISATION, key to maintaining the health and MOMENTUM of your work.

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Categories: Community Involvement, Culture, Diversity, Localisation, Resilience, Self Congratulation, Transition as a Pattern Language, Transition Initiatives

2 Dec 2010

A November Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Members of Transition Town Barcelona head off on their 'Caminata'

In Europe, exciting news from Ferney-Voltaire, which has decided to become a Transition Town and they’ve just started their awareness raising activities, so welcome to them. SQYenTransition in France have this great project with the lovely name of verger dans ma ville…an orchard in my city. And for an idea worth sharing, have a look at Transition Town Barcelona’s La Caminata, or Transition Walkabout…a nice idea that helps you get to know your town and community more, and helps them to get to know about you too.

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