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18 Apr 2013

Today. Here. At 5pm BST. The Macy/Johnstone webinar!


Well this is all very exciting isn’t it.  It’s the first Transition Culture/ webinar, today, at 5pm BST.  So here’s how it’s going to work.  You need to watch this box below which will spring into life just before 5pm.

* The video recording of this will be posted soon *

Joanna and Chris will speak for about 15 minutes, I’ll ask them a couple of questions, and then I’ll ask them your questions, which you will be able to send in during the webinar.  The whole thing will be recorded and uploaded onto YouTube at some point in the future.  That’s about it really.  See you back here at 5pm.  If you bring popcorn or crisps do eat them quietly.

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16 Apr 2013

Transition in action in … San Lazzaro, Italy


The Power of Just Doing Stuff is in the final editing stages, and as always in final editing stages, some things that have been there all along end up on whatever the book-writing equivalent of the cutting room floor is.  They’re too good to waste though, so I’ll be posting a few of them here.  We start with a piece about San Lazzaro Citta’ di Transizione in Italy.

In 2009 Massimo and Silvia Giorgini attended a Transition Training in Monteveglio, the first Transition initiative in Italy, and returned home inspired and determined to start Transition: San Lazzaro Citta’ di Transizione was born.  Projects thus far include a Bartering Market, a community solar photovoltaics scheme on a local school, a community garden and a study programme.

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12 Apr 2013

Coming next week: a webinar with Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

chris and joanna

Next Thursday (April 18th) at 5pm BST sees a rather special Transition Network/ team-up, with a webinar featuring Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.  Next week I will post details on how you can follow it, for now I wanted to let you know so you can put it in the diary and also have a think about any questions you’d like to ask them.  If you have questions please put them as a comment below or tweet them to me at @robintransition. Here’s where it will happen, in this window below, so come back here, or here, on Thursday for the webinar.

What’ll we be discussing in our hour-long chat? Here’s how Joanna and Chris frame the conversation:

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11 Apr 2013

How to make your Transition Group even more effective

How does this resonate with your experience of being involved in Transition?  Your group is highly effective, generally harmonious, communicates clearly and effectively, has power dynamics which are understood and enjoyed by everyone, deals creatively with conflict and runs its meetings in such a way that people look forward to them and love being part of them.  If your answer sits anywhere between “absolutely not” and “hmmm”, then you might enjoy this short video:

It’s an introduction to Transition Training’s new ‘Effective Groups’ training and resources, developed by trainer Nick Osborne, who also narrates it.  I spoke to Nick, and what follows is a choice of audio from our conversation broken into different questions, or some notes for those who would rather read the key points.

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Categories: Community Involvement, Education for Sustainability, General, Great Reskilling, Research on Transition, Resilience, The 'Heart' of Energy Descent, Transition Network

12 Feb 2013

How tough is your skin? Monbiot, Mann, McKibben, various Transitioners and others on what to do if your Transition initiative comes under attack


As Transition groups deepen their work and begin to have a tangible impact, it is, perhaps, inevitable that those who disagree may express their opinions with vigour.  Over the last few months it has been my own personal experience to be on the receiving end of this in Totnes, and I have to say it has not been especially pleasant.  It appears, finally, to be calming down, and so what I would like to do in this post, with the help of a few names you might recognise who have had a lot more experience of this kind of thing than I have, is to try and draw out some learnings from it.

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