Transition Massachusetts

Boston Area Transition Network


Boston Area Transition Network

An online community for people who are concerned about the interconnected challenges of Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Instability. This group is a spinoff of the Greater Boston Peak Oil/Climate Change Meetup.

Location: Boston Area
Members: 34
Latest Activity: Nov 26, 2013

Join the Boston Area Transition Network

Recognizing the Transition model as the most hopeful approach to confronting the multiple challenges our world faces, leaders of the Greater Boston Peak Oil/Climate Change Meetup chose to ally with Transition Massachusetts. This group intends to foster and nurture Transition initiatives and related efforts in communities around the Boston Area. We believe that encouraging more resilience, connectedness and cooperation in our local communities, and promoting social equity and justice alongside environmental sustainability, can bring about healthier and more fulfilling lives for all.

We will continue to meet regularly, sometimes for general discussion/planning meetings, sometimes in a community in the Boston Area where local activists feel ready to start a Transition initiative. All meetings will be posted in the Events area on this Transition Massachusetts site, and members of this group will receive an email notification. Please use the RSVP feature of the Events area to indicate your intentions.

How do I join?
Sign up (top right) for this Transition Massachusetts site if you are not already a member. When you fill out your profile be sure to let us know about your personal interests, what we can do for you and how you would like to help. Then return to this page and click "Join Boston Area Transition Network" to the right of the Group Name.

To find out more about the Transition movement see the following websites.
Transition Towns WIKI
Transition Culture
Transition United States

Recent News Coverage
Orion Magazine, July/August 2009
NY TImes Sunday Magazine, April 19, 2009
Elle Magazine, April 16, 2009 article, May 31, 2009

Discussion Forum

Meeting up in the new year, plus Meetup/Transition MA 1 Reply

Started by Eli Beckerman. Last reply by Alex Mar 11, 2011.

Networking: Why aren't we all working in real "green" jobs yet? 4 Replies

Started by Alex. Last reply by sally sue Oct 8, 2010.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Rob Riman on February 11, 2012 at 4:42pm
Greetings all!

I'm helping to organize a workshop with Mark Morey of the Institute for Natrual Learning called The Nature of Resilience, to be held in Belmont (Feb 18th) and Weymouth (Feb 19th), so I'm passing this along should you or anyone you know be interested in participating. Please feel free to circulate widely!
Here is a link to the event announcement (or see below):
...and a bit of background, should the description leave you wondering about the origins of the program: Mark Morey is a colleague of author John Young who founded the Wilderness Awareness School (based in Washington state), the Art of Mentoring and more recently the 8 Shields Institute. John draws upon a decades long mentoring relationship with tracker and author Tom Brown, Jr. (of New Jersey) as well as study with many indigenous cultures around the world. My association with Mark stems from my participation in an Art of Mentoring workshop through Vermont Wilderness School last fall. 
p.s. questions? email or call me at 617-576-2628 or follow up through the Institute for Natural Learning website (see link below)
p.p.s. As prep/preamble for this workshop, Mark will also be holding a free call this Sunday at 7pm. Register here: Being Resilient During Times of Uncertainty w/ Mark Morey. Note that the call will be capped at 50 people. Also, if you are curious about it but can't join you might check out a similar recent talk of his which can be downloaded at this link:
Comment by Our Permaculture Trip on January 8, 2012 at 9:07pm

Thank you Elizabeth (was great to meet you on Saturday!) and thank you Alex - I actually just noticed the permaculture potluck too - we hope we can make it. Looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone and meeting more people.

Jess & Mike

Comment by Alex on January 7, 2012 at 11:30pm

Elizabeth, you forgot to mention that the UHL is having a permaculture potluck!

Other than that, you did pretty much cover it. There's a Greater Boston Permaculture meetup too. Oh, and Transition Worcester (et al).

I'm one of the organizers of the Framingham Sierra Club and we're starting to dabble with Transition. We'll see where it goes. 

Stefanie - if you want to convene a get together, we could certainly cross advertise.

Comment by Elizabeth Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 3:34pm

Hi Jess & Mike,

There is currently a planning group organizing the 2012 Northeast Permaculture Convergence which will take place in Northeastern MA sometime this summer. If you are interested in helping to plan, this would be a great opportunity to meet folks in the permaculture community in Eastern MA. 

There are also a number of active transition groups in the Boston Metro area, including Transition Wayland, Somerville Climate Action, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition and Transition Newburyport. I am a member of the Transition Newburyport initiating group.

There are also a number of permaculture meetup groups in the area. The ones I am familiar with include:

North Shore Permaculture Meetup and The Urban Homesteaders League.

Hope this info is helpful.

Elizabeth Marcus

Comment by Our Permaculture Trip on January 6, 2012 at 12:50pm

Hi all -

We are new to permaculture and the transition movement and live in Waltham, MA, 9 miles outside of Boston. We were wondering if any happenings are taking place in the area so we can get more involved and meet more people?


Jess + Mike

Comment by Stefanie on December 30, 2010 at 4:37pm
Any chance a meet up will happen in the new year? It would be very helpful to converse with others who are creating Boston area transition communities. In South Boston, we are supporting local food, trees and other initiatives, but we have a ways to go to call ourselves a "transition town". Does anyone know if there is a transition plan for the City of Boston? Maybe it's not called that, but I'm sure (I hope!) someone is working in it. I'm aware of the City's climate action plan, but that's not really a transition plan. Thanks.
Comment by Steven Landau on September 7, 2010 at 10:59am
Comment by Alex on September 5, 2010 at 3:16pm
Imagine the possibilities if more people were thus engaged. You could be local and resilient in no time!
Comment by Rob Truslow on September 5, 2010 at 10:34am
Woburn is truly a city in transition though it does not have a "Transition Town" movement. The city recently passed a meals tax to pay for the 7.5 acre portion of Spence Farm it has purchased to keep it in agriculture and to pay for 75 acres of mature forest it is purchasing from Northeastern University to keep it undeveloped. Woburn has also decided to beginning the process of becoming a Green Community.

Without much rhetoric about philosophy or movements the city is moving forward in positive ways. Why? Because people who want to DO something are finding things to do and are doing them. Like, for example, going to City Council meetings, talking to their Council members, and learning about and talking about issues that are important to their community in public and private forums.

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