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The August 2015 Transition Network newsletter
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The Transition Network Newsletter

Supporting community-led responses to climate change
and shrinking supplies of cheap energy,
building resilience and happiness.

The Transition Network newsletter
August 2015

In this newsletter we have more on the conference as it takes shape and fills up, projects offering and looking for funding, paid jobs, training opportunities and plans for a UK Transition Hub.


Transition Network International Conference

18-20 September 2015

The Transition Network Conference is now rapidly approaching with only a month and a half to go until it all gets underway. The event is booking out quicker than ever before with well over half the available places now gone, as well as a significant amount of the onsite accommodation. Hurry to get your place so you don’t miss out!

We’re delighted to announce that Good Energy are sponsoring this year’s Conference. This is link-up is a first for Transition Network and we’ll be welcoming Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport to the Conference to talk about some of the work they’re doing with community energy groups here in the UK.

Are you aware that this year’s Conference has a full kids programme? We are really keen that those with children are able to attend our Conference and participate.

If you’re struggling with the cost of the Conference, we still have a number of bursary places available. These are open to young people, those on low incomes and those travelling from abroad.

Another way that we’re aiming to assist those with less available funds is through working in the Gift Economy. We’re doing our best to coordinate offers of beds, lifts and other useful things with those in need.

There’s now a draft Schedule for the weekend live on the website. Most workshops are confirmed with a few more details to come…

The Skills Day is taking shape. We will be making a final call on which of the 8 available workshops will be taking place at the end of August, based on sales. If you are thinking to attend, but not yet had the chance to confirm, please book now.

Lots more info and to book here:

From July to September we will be highlighting content and key themes for this year’s Transition Network International Conference. This first piece looks at the growth of community energy in the UK


One Year in Transition
Many young adults want to make a difference in society but don’t know how to get started. One Year in Transition (1YT) is an apprenticeship in personal and social change that has emerged from Transition Network to meet this need. Over four meet-ups and eleven months the course acts a bridge between learning and working or between full time employment and self employment. We give young adults the tools and experience to create their own unique livelihood in a world where business as usual no longer makes sense.
Open to people aged 20-35 years it is as full or part time as you want it to be, is low cost and you can do it right where you are. You will emerge equipped with the personal and professional skills needed to tackle the social and environmental challenges we face, whilst building community around you and creating paid work. Just as importantly, 1YT is a place where you will meet outstanding people and make new friends. The deadline for applications is the end of August.

A National Hub for Transition in England?
Transition Network now has an expanding and evolving group of National Hubs who help connect and co-ordinate transition activity in their countries. We now want to help Transitioners in England to develop their own National Hub. 
If this is something that interests you, then read more to find out how to get involved.



Conversations on REconomy:
Fiona Ward and Rob Hopkins
Four videos ‘in conversation’ we recently produced about the REconomy Project. Fiona Ward, the originator of REconomy, talked to Rob Hopkins about different aspects of REconomy, and how it came to be.



New funding for community-based
food and farming projects
Just Growth is a new funding programme designed to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects in England, Scotland or Wales. The Deadline for applications is 30 September 2015.

The Ecological Land Co-operative
Shaun Chamberlin writes about the Coop that is reclaiming land from industrialized agriculture and making it available to local, small-scale agroecology and permaculture projects.



REconomy project manager contract offer

We would like to contract an experienced, flexible project manager to coordinate REconomy Project activity in the UK and ensure delivery of a funded project which is about half way through a well-defined 3 year programme. Offering an 18 month contract for the supply of Project Management services with a focus specifically on delivery of the UK REconomy Project. Application deadline is 28th August.

Inner Transition
- future opportunity for paid work
Transition Network is currently designing a similar role to the REconomy Project Manager role, with a focus on Inner Transition. We plan to advertise in October when we will provide full details of this interesting opportunity. You can register your interest now and ensure you are alerted to the vacancy by emailing


Train the Trainers
We have communities of trainers in 28 countries delivering our trainings. If you would like to join them, the next Train the Trainers is in Zagreb, Croatia Thursday 29th October until Monday November 2nd, 2015. See here for details and to download an application form:

Launch Online in English and Spanish
Transition Launch Online is packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative. Both begin Tuesday October 6th and meets once a week for eight weeks.
For more information:



Transition Network International Conference
18-20 September - Devon

SuperHome Open Days
On days though September around the UK
SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions. This is a chance to see eco renovation at its impressive best as the pioneering owners open their doors. Entry is free. Book now.

Transition Camp
2-4 October - Sussex
Early-bird until the end of August

Bristol New Economy Summit
12-13 October
With experts and practitioners from Bristol, the UK and beyond for two days of learning, participating and connecting. The event is for anyone interested in how we move from where we towards a fair and planetary boundaried economy.

The Psychology of Inspired Collective Climate Change Action (and what gets in its way)
Saturday 21 November - London


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Editor: Mike Grenville



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