An online community for people to meet and network with those who share an interest in the Transition Town Initiative in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Whether you want to be an active participant or just stay informed we welcome you to join.See More
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I am currently educating myself while working with others in creating an initiating group for 'Transition Newburyport'. I have been attending online webinars offered through www.midwestpermacultue.com. I attended the two day training session in Montpelier Vermont in March of 2009.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I have been interested and worked with other groups over the past 30 years in formulating renewable energy initiatives and energy plans. My immediate plans for the short term future involves being trained in the transition town initiative while obtaining a permaculture design certification. I am ultimately interested in the transition movement because I feel it is a cohesive action oriented plan and opportunity for individuals and communities to directly effect their immediate future in transitioning from an oil based economy to alternative renewables based on the philosophies of permaculture, creating a sustainable permanent culture for future generations.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement?
I am dedicated to teaching myself and others about peak oil, permaculture, and transition initiatives. I offer leadership qualities, experience in group dynamics and fluid management, creative and visionary inspiration.
Your Favorite Groups/Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
Hi, John - I will be doing a training with Naresh Giangrande of the UK in late April in western MA. Alastair, our TT trainer colleague from Seattle, Bill Aal and I will also do at least one and probably two trainings in western New England and Albany/NYC on May 9-10 and May 16-17.
The training with Naresh will likely be on April 25-26 in Northampton, MA.
People can contact me for more information. My phone is: 413-863-5253.
Welcome to the burgeoning Transition community! It appears you already have the nucleus of an Initiating Group for Newburyport.
I can confirm that Alastair reports working toward a couple of trainings in MA, but there are no more details now. Just this morning I agreed to help him explore options for one of those sessions to be held north of Boston. His rule of thumb is to allow 8 weeks of advance notice, so I don't think we can expect anything here until late April/early May. On the other hand, if enough interest develops without extensive advertising, and we can arrange the logistics, something might happen a bit sooner.
My schedule won't allow time for any of the currently scheduled training sessions. I am hoping now that a proposed workshop in DC for April 18-19 goes forward. If so, I will be there.
I will let you know as soon as anything more concrete develops for a more local training session.
I look forward to crossing paths with you also. Indeed there is a ton of information to process, but at least it is better than having to invent all of this stuff on your own! I have been engaged with Transition since I started reading the Transition Handbook in August and I am still learning stuff everyday. Heck, that's probably that way it is going to be for a long time. I guess we should all settle in for a long and interesting journey. Transition Hamilton-Wenham is just getting off the ground. We had about twenty people sign-up for a a reading group and managed to get more than a dozen people in a room together on Feb 4, all of whom had read the entire book. It was an inspiring evening and became the launching pad for getting our Transition Initiative going. We have formed our Initiating Group and will be having our first meeting next week (by the way, the Transition folks changed the name for "steering committee" to "initiating group" after the book was published, so that's where the name comes from.)
Regarding organizing a North Shore training, Conrad Willeman and I have been in touch with Alastair Lough who (with his wife Pat) is the trainer for the East Coast right now. We just today were communicating with Alastair and Conrad has stepped forward to be the point person for organizing a training north of Boston somewhere. Alastair mentioned in the course of our discussions that there may be couple of other Massachusetts training sessions happening, but I do not think any dates have been set as of yet. If you have the time and funds to do the training in Montpelier on March 7-8, I would do that since it is a sure thing. In due course I expect there will be a "Training for Transition" course somewhere near us, but I do not expect it will be happening for a couple of months. I will have Conrad get in touch with you.
I saw your post about training sessions but since I'm not a member of TTN I couldn't respond there. I'm in Beverly and organizing the reading group that starts next week, but I attended the HW meeting a few weeks ago and there was some discussion of trying to get a training on the North Shore. I'm interested in attending a training but can't make the March dates. Stan Ward was going to look into that and you may want to contact him as I think he was compiling a list of interested folks.
Hello John. That's awesome that there are otheres already interested in Newburyport. I don't know if you know Elizabeth Marcus (lives in NBPT) but She is interested too. Her and a gentleman named Conrad Willieman (transition steering group for Wenham-Hamilton) are attending training in April I believe. I'm currently working my way through the hand book, what a great read, in preperation for the training. We met a couple of weekends ago with a member from GNEC and the Newburyport Leadership institute just to touch base, introduce ourselves and understand where transition might fit into the existing non profits in NBPT. Anyway all early days of course. I look forward to meeting you and looking to see what we can do.
I will join the Transition Town Newburyport group page.