Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Please join us for this 2-day LAUNCH: Training for Transition! Stay tuned for information on a Friday evening workshop on building diversity, building bridges, building alliances.
As we face the challenges of economic instability, energy choices, equity and fairness, and weather instability and environmental health, the global Transition movement is a positive approach that focuses on local solutions and building community resilience. The Transition Launch Workshop is the popular, in-depth experiential workshop created by the global Transition Network. The course shares how to launch, run, and grow a successful Transition Initiative. It is packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community, and delves into both the theory and practice of Transition that has worked so well in hundreds of communities around the world. It meets the training criteria recommended for local Initiating Groups to become an internationally recognized Transition initiative.
Join others seeking grassroots methods that build community resilience.
Through this course participants will:
- Discuss the context for Transition Initiatives — our current global situation that includes four major challenges;
- Understand and be able to use the Transition model – including the ingredients of Transition, the seven principles, and the larger Transition process that engages many community members and builds local resilience by addressing the critical issues affecting our communities;
- Learn how to inspire positive action, facilitate collaboration, reach diverse sectors of your community, and unleash an exciting and inspired expansion of transformational work in your community;
- Facilitate a visioning process;
- Know how to organize effective Transition meetings and gatherings;
- Learn tools for supporting both the outer work of transforming your community’s dependence on oil, coal and other fossil fuels, and the inner and interpersonal work that is essential to resilience and collaboration;
- Understand the purpose and components of an Energy Descent Action Plan;
- Be able to give an effective and inspiring description of the Transition movement;
- Network with other people interested in Transition in your area;
- Develop initial action steps for yourself and your locality; and
- Connect to others in this rapidly growing, positive, global movement!
This training will be a mix of presentation and visual media, participatory discussions, small group work, and practical planning that you can take home and use. Participants are invited to share their experience and learn from others in the course.
Your workshop hosts:
Transition Town Media is sponsoring this Launch training. All are welcome—from Media, the Mid-Atlantic region, and beyond—to join us for this inspiring weekend.
Have questions? Contact Aleisa Myles and Sari Steuber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is offered by Transition Network, the global facilitator of the Transition Towns movement. The workshop has been offered in hundreds of communities and dozens of countries worldwide. Certified Transition Trainers Tina Clarke and Fred Brown will share experiences from the U.S. and around the world. For more information, see www.TransitionNetwork.org and www.TransitionUS.org.
Registration: Cost: $125 before May 6; $140 afterwards. Lunch, refreshments and materials included. If the cost is prohibitive, ask us about a sliding scale (email Aleisa & Sari at email@example.com or leave a message at 484.589.0581). If you can donate extra money, your generosity will help those with low incomes to attend! Pay online at transitiontownmedia.org/donate (write ‘Launch training’ in Notes) or send checks made out to Transition Town Media to: 45 Paper Mill Rd, Springfield, PA 19064.
Since becoming a Certified Transition Trainer in 2008, Tina has worked with over 240 Transition communities, given 42 of the official Transition weekend courses in the U.S. and Canada, and provided hundreds of Transition presentations.
Prior to doing Transition work full-time, Tina had been a trainer, program director and consultant for 25 years, supporting and guiding leaders in over 400 local, national, regional and local organizations. In Washington, D.C., she directed citizen training programs for 17 national faith communities, and she directed Greenpeace USA’s national citizen Activist Network. After moving to Massachusetts, she directed the Veterans Education Project, the Western Mass Funding Resource Center, and a training program on personal financial management. She founded and led campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins for New England Clean Water Action. Most recently she was a consultant with 350.org, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Sustainability Institute. Tina has an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, a B.A. in Urban Studies from Macalester College, and is certified for mediation and consensus decision-making facilitation. Her passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic, largely locally-built “Power House” won the Massachusetts utility company-sponsored competition, the Zero Energy Challenge, and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2010 Zero Net Energy Award, www.ZeroEnergyPowerHouse.com. Tina provides free phone support to Transition Initiatives. Reach her at: 413-658-8165, TinaClarkeUs@gmail.com.
Fred Brown has been a climate justice trainer, environmental justice leader, policy analyst, adjunct professor, dean of students, teacher, coach, mentor, certified Juvenile Justice Judge’s trainer (TOT), certified conflict mediation and resolution trainer (TOT), master consultant, supervisor, director, and executive director of non-profit organizations since 1987. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Homewood Children’s Village in Pittsburgh, PA. He recently worked with the Kingsley Association, focusing on developing green/sustainable communities through holistic visioning, resident capacity building, community empowerment, micro/macro planning and sustainable redevelopment implementation.
Mr. Brown has helped to rewrite public policy through the Transportation Equity Network that revised federal guidelines regarding public participation and transportation equity. He recently helped designed a web-based environmental/energy reduction tool that teaches community residents how to strategically and pragmatically reduce their energy use through weatherization efforts, retrofits, alternative energy practices and monitoring energy use; creating models for green sustainable communities-via the Imagine Larimer Software and the use of SMART Board technology. A frequent speaker, trainer, coach, mentor, and consultant; Mr. Brown has a BS in Education from Indiana University of PA, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a doctoral candidate working on a PhD in SW and a MPH from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr Brown has co-facilitated several Trainings for Transition workshops in Jamaica Plain, MA, Pittsburgh, PA, Holyoke, MA, and Troy, NY. Recently his Urban Leadership Institute (ULI) was awarded the 2011 “Save it” award for best practices for a resident to resident model for energy reduction by PennFutures; ULI challenged 51 families in a “block by block” Neighborhood Energy Challenge to reduce neighborhood energy use.