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Transition Network: October news

  • by JW



The latest from the Transition Town network:


We hope you are all doing okay in these times of crisis, the following are some of the things we are putting on or have been made aware of that could help.

The following resources / opportunities are not necessarily endorsed by Transition Network, but we think you might find them useful or interesting.

Take care and keep safe.

Mike Thomas

What is videos now all online:

In case you missed them, you can now catch up with all the What is webinars on the Transition Bounce Forward website.

Great little What if Video

Great little What if Video from Gardens and Open Spaces Hull, watch it here:

Gardens and Open Spaces Hulls is a group which has emerged during lockdown through the Mutual Aid Hub in Hull, staged a parking space occupation in September calling on the council to work with them and see them as collaborators on a shared goal of unlocking land. @GOSHNetwork are calling for a community-council partnership that enables growers and wilders to manage open spaces, grow food for the city and increase biodiversity. The parking space occupation which took place around the Guildhall was received well by local councillors and the public. The group are using this platform to encourage a more systemic perspective on solutions to issues we face post Brexit, pandemic and climate!

“We have a vision: A city that can feed its children healthy, homegrown produce, teach them to forage, farm and feast, help them to nurture and respect the nature around them. After all, their future depends on it.  Growers and wilders are coming together across Hull to forge a new partnership with our Council for our city. Hull needs an open-spaces framework that encourages, facilitates and enables people to cultivate, whether that is food, wildlife or friends. We must do this and together we can. We will build the Hull We Want: a healthy, happy, resilient city. A city that weathers all storms.”

Transition US – Community Resilience & COVID 19: A Community Discussion

Learn about inspiring and impactful ways that Transition Initiatives are responding to the pandemic in their local communities. In this virtual gathering, we explored:

– Cooperation Humboldt’s COVID-19 Community Response
– Local 20/20’s COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program
– The NorCal Resilience Network scaling up local food growing and distribution efforts to serve those in need
– Ready Together: A Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Handbook, which is currently being piloted through Transition US

Following these brief presentations, we broke into small group discussions to dive more deeply into these topics and discussed how to implement them in our own communities.

Creating a caring economy

The final report of the Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy lands at a unique moment in global history. Reeling from the first wave of a deadly pandemic, perched on the precipice of a second wave, and a deep and brutal recession, there was never a better time to ask: do we really want to go back to business as usual?

Social Change Agency report on Mutual Aid

Social Change Agency have just released a report on our experience with the Mutual Aid movement over the last six months – it’s called Mutual Money: How innovation enabled community-led COVID-19 responses.

Nesta reports

Series of reports on people powered movements in the UK and much more:

People Power

The value of People Power

The People-Powered Shift

People power in action

Upstream Collaborative

Introducing New Operating Models for local government

Asset based community development for local authorities

From the margins to the mainstream

Reframing risk

A catalyst for change

Meaningful measurement

National permaculture conference

Speakers include:

Morag Gamble, Jennifer Lauroul, Sarah Spencer, Matt Powers, Derek Gow, Chris Warburton Brown, Aimee Fenech, Alice McCabe and Jo Barker.

Music from Lyndon Forster.

Joined by filmmakers of Down to Earth.

Some sessions will be live captioned, details to be confirmed.

Design For Resilience : Foundation of Permaculture

Online course available Friday

You can now get first access to our Designing For Resilience: Foundations of Permaculture online course here.

This course has been in the making for over two years. Over the past nine months we’ve created all the modules working closely with real learners to fine-tune and improve the course to make it what it is now – and its received some excellent reviews along the way.

We’ve built on the many years experience of the Permaculture Association to bring you something truly exciting- quality permaculture education delivered online.

£99 non-members / £59 members

  • Learn at your own pace, in your own time
  • 40% Discount for Permaculture Association members (discount code available in members area).
  • Including membership for 1 year for non Permaculture Association members
  • Prices subject to possible increase after launch

Ethical consumer week

Exploring the role of ethical production and consumption in building more resilient communities

Saturday 24th – Friday 30th October

This event will take place online

Ethical Consumer Week 2020 will explore the role of consumers, businesses, and NGOs in building more resilient communities in the face of Covid-19 and the ecological crisis. The week will explore the underlying issues, a radically reimagined future and the actions that we can all take to support just transitions. We will gain inspiration from those exploring the answers and already creating ripples of change.

Join us from wherever you are for a week of online panels, workshops, and virtual tours.

Stir to Action Workshops

Over the next month or so Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme continues with…

Everyday Participation, 21 October, 2pm – 4.30pm

This practical workshop will introduce the “Seven Modes of Everyday Participation”: a simple tool to help you find ways for people to get closer and contribute to your work and mission in small but meaningful ways, on an everyday basis. You can expect to take away a workable prototype for a new participation opportunity for your organisation or project.

Our Space: Exploring Authentic Community Engagement, 24 October, 10.30am – 1pm

What are practical ways to shift our working patterns and build more authentic relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders? What are some of the challenges that we encounter when building community relationships, and how could they be overcome?

How to Write about the Economy & Get Published, 7 November, 10.30am – 1pm

More than ever we need a diverse range of people who can write clearly and critically about our economic system from a range of non-traditional viewpoints. How though, do you get your content published and who will publish it? In this workshop author and journalist Brett Scott will tell you his story of building up his journalism portfolio and getting two book publishing deals with Penguin & Pluto Press, and lay out a range of tips and approaches for getting yourself noticed in the world of economic writing.

40 fully funded spaces available!

Stir to action are very excited to partner with Open Society Foundations to offer 40 fully funded places on our BeyondHere programme. BeyondHere is a six week webinar series starting 26 October, connecting UK communities with international community leaders and pioneers in their field. The programme offers the opportunity for a deep dive into key issues with community experts guiding the way and giving practical insights on how to use the learning in your life and work.

The fully funded spaces are available on the three webinars below. Apply for your space.

Study Groups & Local Co-op Development
26 October
3pm to 5.30pm

From Philadelphia’s deep roots of co-operative practice and enterprise, particularly for BIPOC communities, this webinar explores the uses and forms of study for building strong co-operative ecosystems.

Apply for a space

Impact Capital & the Growth of Employee Ownership
2 November
3pm to 5.30pm

Join this webinar for a comprehensive look at Cleveland, Ohio’s Evergreen Cooperative Initiative, which focuses on economic inclusion and building a local economy from the ground up by catalysing new businesses, owned by their employees.

Apply for a space

Barefoot Lawyers & the Environment
23 November
7pm to 9.30pm

Explore a range of ways in which legal knowledge, tools, and techniques can be creatively deployed to support – even if via small steps – the kind of systemic and transformative change that can reposition law within environmental movements.

Apply for a space

The Great Unraveling? Confronting Accelerating Environmental and Social Stresses

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the interconnectedness and fragility of global systems into stark relief. In this way the pandemic is a warning from the future – a future in which the growing consequences of the climate and broader ecological emergency are expected to increasingly destabilize societies around the world.

This far-ranging, thoughtful, and challenging conversation explores the key drivers of destabilization, how they may interact with one another, and what we as individuals and collectively can do to prepare, prevent, and respond to a possible Great Unraveling.

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing – Free PDF

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing is a celebration of the diversity of ways in which humans can relate to the world around them, and an invitation to its readers to partake in planetary coexistence. Innovative, informative, and highly accessible, this interdisciplinary anthology of essays brings together scholars, writers and educators across the sciences and humanities, in a collaborative effort to illuminate the different ways of being in the world and the different kinds of knowledge they entail – from the ecological knowledge of Indigenous communities, to the scientific knowledge of a biologist and the embodied knowledge communicated through storytelling.

This anthology examines the interplay between Nature and Culture in the setting of our current age of ecological crisis, stressing the importance of addressing these ecological crises occurring around the planet through multiple perspectives. These perspectives are exemplified through diverse case studies – from the political and ethical implications of thinking with forests, to the capacity of storytelling to motivate action, to the worldview of the Indigenous Okanagan community in British Columbia.

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing synthesizes insights from across a range of academic fields, and highlights the potential for synergy between disciplinary approaches and inquiries. This anthology is essential reading not only for researchers and students, but for anyone interested in the ways in which humans interact with the community of life on Earth, especially during this current period of environmental emergency.

Collective resilience reports:

Exploring psychology and the the covid crisis.

Redesign, resilience, regeneration

r3.0 promotes Redesign for Resilience and Regeneration. As a global common good not-for-profit platform, r3.0 crowdsources open recommendations for necessary transformations across diverse fields and sectors, in response to the ecological and social collapses humanity is experiencing, in order to achieve a thriving, regenerative and distributive economy and society.

Livable future

The human way of living is experiencing a crisis, and by conserving our current way of living we will re-create and expand further crises. It is our decision to choose in this present moment what we want to conserve and act on it to build a Liveable Future.

We are building an ONLINE EVENT OF INSIGHTFUL CONVERSATIONS among great speakers, to cross pollinate reflections, insights and actions through the power of conversations, at a global scale.The human way of living is experiencing a crisis, and by conserving our current way of living we will re-create and expand further crises. It is our decision to choose in this present moment what we want to conserve and act on it to build a Liveable Future.

COVID-19: Ten Priority Options for a Just, Green & Transformative Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has painfully exposed the deep inequalities and fragilities of the social, financial, political and economic systems under which we live. It has amplified already existing inequalities and exclusion, both within and between countries and communities. As such, it offers a moment for global society to ask: How did we get here? Why are we vulnerable on this scale? And how can we recover?

Participatory City

“Participatory City provides a refreshing narrative and a tangible manifestation of what transition can look like, at the scale of the neighbourhood. It represents a model that can connect with similar movements of change, scale across neighbourhoods, and be adapted to cities anywhere. Simply put, it provides an inspiration for us to re-imagine how we live and work together in the future.” Jayne Engle, Cities for People, McConnell Foundation

Slowdown papers:

Observing, listening and writing, as a way of remembering the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, from within the midst of the slowdown.

Creativity, Culture and Connection Responses from arts and culture organisations in the COVID-19 crisis

How arts networks are responding to Covid-19 crisis

Hearts, minds, votes

A summary of UK voting demographics, social attitudes and approaches to mapping values

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Climate outreach events

Climate Outreach have a series of good looking webinars coming up:

  • ‘Engaging the public on climate risk and adaptation – public perceptions in the context of COVID’ by Climate Outreach & Cardiff University

  • Do people still care about climate change? Why careful public engagement on climate change is critical during and after the COVID-19 crisis

  • Climate Change, Migration and DR Congo

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