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16 May 2013

Why I’m marking passing 400 ppm by getting back on an aeroplane

Wingsuit flying, Norway
In November 2006, I sat at the back of the Barn Cinema, Dartington, and watched ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘.  It had such an impact on me that by the time it ended, I had decided that I couldn’t just leave the cinema without marking the event by making some kind of change in my life.  I decided that evening not to fly again, and I haven’t flown since.  I have played an active part in supporting the growth of an international movement in 40 countries since then, participating in countless workshops,  and discussing Transition internationally through Skype and pre-recorded talks, most of which I begin with how much carbon I have saved by not travelling in person.  However, I recently watched the film ‘Chasing Ice’, and it had, if anything, a more visceral impact than ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.  My resolution at the end of watching it, re-enforced by the recent passing, for the first time, of 400 ppm of C02 in the atmosphere, was that it was time to get back on a plane, and I want to use this post to tell you why.

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19 Apr 2013

Active Hope – How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy: webinar video

Here is the video of yesterday’s webinar which I hosted and which featured Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.  I hope you enjoy it, and thanks to everyone who participated, logged in and who helped make it happen.  The feedback on the technology was great, and we’ll certainly be doing more of them in the near future.

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15 Apr 2013

David Seymour on the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint

In the last of this series of short videos about the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint, David Seymour of Bridgetown Stores in Totnes discusses its implications for the local economy.

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Categories: Community Involvement, Economics, Food, Localisation, REconomy Project, Research on Transition, Resilience, Social enterprise, Transition Network


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:

https://youtu.be/NmEC3BCOBq8

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


10 Apr 2013

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

Pic courtesy of NewsShopper.co.uk.

Pic courtesy of NewsShopper.co.uk.

We’ll start this month’s Round up in Crystal Palace in London, and news of the ‘Palace Pint’.  Crystal Palace Transition Town started the initiative inspire by the nearby ‘Brixton Beer’, and more than 80 people have now planted hops in their gardens as part of the scheme.  CPTT have teamed up with local brewers Late Knights in Penge, who will brew a special brew using the hops and who will also run sessions throughout the year where people can learn to brew.  Hops were also planted in the Crystal Palace Museum Garden and in the Grape and Grain pub’s Tipsy Garden (see pic above).  

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