shabs100 Posted February 20, 2008 Report Share Posted February 20, 2008 Transition Towns Thread / (was called "Transition Towns Primer") An initiative to relocalise our communities (combined with, Steve Netwriter's): Transition Towns, An NZ initiative to relocalise our communities =========================================== Hi, I am a university student studying about Transition Towns. I have been set an assignment to obtain feedback from those people who have read the Transition Towns Primer, would you please comment on whether you think that it is an easy read? Do you need to read it all to understand the message? Does it get boring? Does it help? Could it be improved? I thank you all in advanced for your help and reply. (Added later): What is a Transition Town (or village, city, forest, island)? A Transition Initiative is a community that seeks to face up to the dual challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change and to discover ways to address this BIG question: For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive (e.g. food, education, business, environment, community, etc.) how do we significantly increase resilience (to reduce the effects of rising oil prices) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to reduce the effects of climate change)? + + + + + : : : : 12 stepsRob Hoskins, Founder of the Transition Network NOTES - from his Nov. 2007 presentation at Oxford: The Principles of a Transition Town / City ============================== 1) Building Local Resilience (referenced the film "The End of Suburbia" as a call to arms) 2) Visioning: creating an enticing vision to enthuse people about a post oil future. In Totnes they interviewed local children about their visions (see "Transition Tales" on You Tube / LINK: ) 3) Inclusion: drawing parallels with a "wartime effort" philosophy; that we need the collective strength and skills of all sectors of a community 4) Awareness Raising: to develop support / context for a locally specific transition. 5) Psychological Insights: that sometimes facing climate change and peak oil can be depressing and scary, that one of the best antidotes to this is to do take actions as a community 6) Credible & appropriate solutions: as opposed to apocalyptic doom mongering and then suggesting that people replace their light bulbs! The 12 Steps Towards a Transition Town ============================== 1) Form a steering group and plan its demise! 2) Raise awareness of Peak Oil, Climate Change and the alternatives, through films, etc. In Totnes the "Totnes Pound" generated a lot of publicity and awareness, as well as encouraging people to support their local economy! 3) Lay Foundations: work with businesses and local landowners, in particular help them to analyse their "Oil Vulnerability". 4) Official Unleashing: an event that commemorates the historic nature of turning away from fossil fuel dependence. 5) Form working groups: such as Arts, Food, Energy, Economics, Local Government, Psychology (of change), Health, Housing, etc. 6) Use Open Space Technology: where participants involved in the working groups can create their own agenda for sessions, allowing diverse and/or large groups to participate effectively in planning the transition. 7) Develop a visible manifestation: nut trees were planted in Totnes as a symbol of the future appearance / function of their towns spaces. 8) Great Re-skilling: disseminating and expanding the towns skills in both old and new technologies. 9) Bridge to Local Government: LG seen as a supporter of the TT movement rather than a driver of it. 10) Honour the Elders: tap into pre-fossil fuel dependence experiences. 11) Let it go where it wants to go: there are an almost infinite number potential projects such as renewable societies, youth festivals, garden swaps, lending libraries, business waste swap shops, etc. 12) Develop an energy descent plan: use the learning experiences from steps 1-11 and make it an attractive and achievable vision. R. Hoskin's : Slide presentation-Nov2007 /source :: http://climatex.org/articles/lo-carb-commu...s-oxford-event/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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