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Transition Town Worcester Initiative


Transition Town Worcester Initiative

Clark University community members interested in the Transition Towns Movement.

Location: Worcester, MA
Members: 30
Latest Activity: Mar 15, 2012

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Time Bank/Alternative Economies Working Group? 1 Reply

Hi! I'm a grad student at Clark University currently working on a feasibility study/pilot program for a time bank in the Worcester area.  For more info, see…Continue

Started by Adrienne LaPierre. Last reply by Conrad Willeman Feb 5, 2011.

Let's reactivate the Worcester Transition group! 11 Replies

Hi all,Not too much activity lately in this group - would anyone be interested in hosting a coffee or a potluck dinner in September? I'd love to meet the other members of the group. Perhaps we could…Continue

Started by Judith Haran. Last reply by Kelley OConnor Jan 24, 2011.

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Comment by Richard Kerver on June 4, 2011 at 3:19pm

Thanks for organizing this Joe.  I'm reposting to:


I'll be coming and so will others resonsive on the above listserves.  Let me know if you need any help.

Richard Kerver

phone:  508-753-8874


Comment by Conrad Willeman on June 4, 2011 at 11:55am

Thanks for organizing this, Joe. I would be tempted to attend, but must be in Maryland that week. I hope the meeting is energizing and productive.

Please post a report here, probably best done as a Discussion in this group's Forum, or, even better, in the Forum for the whole site (making it easier for people all over the state to find).

Comment by Joe Scully on June 4, 2011 at 11:45am
The next Worcester Transition meeting will be on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30 pm. Weather permitting, we'll be getting together in Elm Park near the intersection Elm and Russell Streets. Bring a blanket, snacks, whatever makes you feel comfortable on a summer evening. In the event of rain, the meeting will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street. 

Some of the things we'll be talking about include:
- Goals for Transition and envisioning a post-carbon Worcester
- Thoughts / feelings about Peak Oil, Global Warming, the Economy, etc.
- The Green Solidarity Economy Conference taking place July 23rd
- New England Climate Summer riding through Worcester in July
- Potential events, actions, trainings, etc.
Comment by Adrienne LaPierre on April 12, 2011 at 6:45am
Thanks Judith, that's helpful.
Comment by Judith Haran on April 10, 2011 at 10:33am
The historian's name is Albert Southwick. He writes for the Telegram.
Comment by Adrienne LaPierre on April 6, 2011 at 11:28am
At the first transition meeting a few people were talking about seeking out a local historian (unfortunately I don't remember his name) to speak with about the farm that used to be in Worcester, and the light rail system, etc. Is anyone working on this or interested in pursuing it further?  I know someone who will be teaching a graduate-level "videography for social change" class at Clark next fall--I think it would be great if she or some of the students were interested in filming a conversation with this historian and some transition members.  But I'm not sure if anyone else has already been moving forward with a similar project.  Please let me know what you think about the idea, if you or someone you know might like to be a part of it, or if you know the gentleman personally (and can gauge his interest in this sort of thing).  Thanks!
Comment by Joe Scully on March 10, 2011 at 2:41pm
Next meeting: Wednesday March 16th at 6:30 pm following a volunteer action at 5 pm at the ReStore, 11 Distributor Road.
Comment by Judith Haran on August 28, 2010 at 9:15pm
Hi again to all Worcester group members - would any of you who are still in the area and still actively interested in Transition please send a short reply so we know how many people might show up at a meeting? I think perhaps if we have an identified group we might start off with just a small informal meeting at the Bean Counter or a similar spot, nothing that requires planning, just a way for us to meet one another - so, if your interest level would accommodate that, and you're not one of the 2 people who've already responded last week, PLEASE REPLY!
Comment by Tina Clarke on November 25, 2009 at 6:08pm
Hello to all!
Thanks, Nicole, for taking the lead to connect people and expand the Transition conversation!
As some of you may know, there are some terrific Worcester neighbors who care about promoting Transition -- Richard Kerver and Sarah Buie, HIggins Center Director at Clark U. (who organized the event I spoke at), and others.

I am happy to come support you anytime. A half dozen communities in MA have had me come speak as a way to engage the broader community. Or, your idea of a potluck is grand.

In addition, Sarah Buie has offered to provide a workshop for the Transition movement on ways to engage the community in dialogue. She was thinking of holding it at Clark sometime next spring. Perhaps after the semester is over I or one of y'all can follow up to hear her thoughts.

AND - great news: A Masters Degree student at Antioch New England, Katie, is interested in helping organize Transition in the Worcester area. She and I are connecting after the semester is over to explore what she can do to support you all! She is interested in learning more about Transition and doing support for you all in the Worcester region as her M.A. practicum this spring.

Please contact me as you move forward to connect with each other. Katie and I are looking forward to supporting you.

P.S. about "Worcester" vs. "Clark U.": I'm happy to help you explore questions of geography, scale and focus when we get together. In general, smaller is better, with a regional "HUB" to bring people from neighboring communities together. You all may want to schedule a Training for Transition to learn about the Transition process. We just held one in Chinatown (Boston) last weekend, and there's another in western MA in February. If you'd like to get going, give me a ring. Lots of folks start by getting a small group together in their community to read The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins. Fun to read and discuss together.

Call me anytime (except Thursday) at my home office: 413-863-5253.

Comment by Nora Oliver on November 24, 2009 at 1:05pm
Hi everyone,

Les, I do agree that the two are different constituencies, however, I have noticed a desire from both the Clark community and the Worcester local residents to join together in their efforts. It is my understanding from talking with folks that we are really desiring a way to bring together all the local environmental efforts. Many of the Clark students that are involved in various "resiliency" efforts are involved both at the Clark level and Worcester level. To me, I feel that these efforts need to be brought together for communication purposes. But maybe bringing together Clark would be beneficial in different way...

Nicole, I hope you are feeling better! Thanks for bringing together this group and really getting the ball rolling. What do folks think about Tuesday the 16th or Wednesday the 17th? for the gathering night?

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