A group of us got together during the Newport Folk Festival to create our vision of what our transition town can look like. Hosted (and coordinated) by Jason.
Have you seen this board in Newport*? What's your answer?
Transition is so about daring to dream of a better future- one where everyone can enjoy "clean air, sunshine, beauty rediscovering each other, community and celebration." (Transition Companion p39)
"If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going" is a classic quote. So imagining something better is the first step on the journey there.
Its an absolute gift that this board is here. Its so easy to strike up a conversation with "here's a piece of chalk - what do you think?" I've had quite a few lovely conversations with other members of the community of all ages.
It also works in very nicely with the 'ReVisioning Newport' session at the Folk Festival on Saturday July 7th at 12pm.
How lucky are we?
* In the thick of the Mason St, shops next to the Community Hall. Its on the eastern wall of Senator Stephen Conroy's office.
Written by Kate Leslie
And don't forget we love storytelling about a lower energy future that is preferable to the present – energy lean, but time rich, less stressful, a place for everyone in society...
We'll work out a way to share with you the account details. For now get thinking and filming and get in touch when you are ready to upload something.
Over to you!
Any questions? Ask one of your initiating group – Wendy, Colin, Rowena, Wayne, Marion, Doug or me.
Written by Kate Leslie
As I mentioned in my previous post here, I'm interested in spreading the message further than just to the converted. But I'm also interested in digging a bit deeper than just the obvious: saving energy, growing our own vegetables, etc. I think that in order to transition to a new way of living, we need to create a whole new culture. For the time being I like to call it the "Transition Culture". In order to transition into this culture, we need to evolve our way of thinking, our way of relating to each other, our histories and how we think we fit into the really big picture.
This is a challenge. Yet, there are many examples out there, of people who don't just apply sustainable technology, but who approach life in a new way, that is more compatible with nature.
I've started looking for signs, ideas and projects out there, and started compiling (or, as they prefer to call it: "curating") a new website at http://www.scoop.it/t/transition-culture.
Scoop.it is a new free web-service out there, enabling people to collect resources on a specific theme. If you like this website, I'd like to invite you contribute links to interesting resources, if you come across such, and if they provide some deeper insights into the 'transition' thing, than just organic gardening or permaculture design (this is still important, but lots of information on that is accessible out there already.) Also, I'm not so much interested in fear-mongering about peak-oil and climate change, but rather show the really innovative developments and changes that arise from a change in paradigm.
Written by Christoph Hensch
Lots of ideas were exchanged at the Transition Convergence last Saturday. There were 40 or so people there, with Wendy, Jason and me representing Transition Hobsons Bay.
It was invigorating to come together and spend time with people who are on the same journey, devoting their free time and energy. Plus they were diverse, interesting and friendly.
One common theme was about the appropriate scale of the Transition Initiative. We chose Hobsons Bay originally because (mostly) the people who volunteered to be part of the Initiating Group came from across the area. And we thought that as 'Transition Hobsons Bay', it would be easier to converse with Council.
But we learned that we weren't the only Transition group who hoped that sooner or later there'd be enough community support to be able to split off into suburbs/neighbourhoods. Transition Darebin are piloting a focus on one suburb (Preston). I'll write more about this issue of scale in my next blog post about a forum I went to yesterday.
If you want to hear some of the ideas that came out of the Convergence, please call me on 9077 2563.
Written by Kate Leslie
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