Transition in Practice
January 3 – 13, 2012
Naresh Giangrande, Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks and Jonathan Dawson
Note: Because of the New Year’s public holiday, this course starts on a Tuesday, January 3, and the first week’s instruction will end at lunchtime on Saturday, January 7.
“Transition is the most vital social experiment of our times. The Transition movement has already motivated thousands to begin to adapt their lives to the twin challenge of peak oil and climate change.” Tim Jackson author of Prosperity Without Growth
Increasing numbers of people are waking up to the urgent need for major changes to our way of life and the systems that support it. At the same time many remain committed to believing that the old way will solve everything. With few resources the Transition movement has inspired effective action in hundreds of communities across the world — from major cities to rural hamlets, from wealthy towns to the slums of Sao Paolo — to work towards inclusive, relocalised and sustainable ways of living.
This two week course looks at the Transition experiment through stories and models of change. What is the transition that is needed at this time? What supports engagement and shift in behaviour, for individuals, organisations and communities? What stories do we know of other cultures that have made the transition to a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable way of living? And what is it about Transition that has created such a widespread engagement around changing how we live?
Participants are invited to bring and reflect on their own stories and models of change, and to explore the archetypal nature of the journey. The course will give a deep conceptual and embodied understanding of the shifts we are living through now, and provide maps of the territory that support grounded and wise choices through these turbulent times.
The course is taught by pioneers and leaders of the Transition movement both in the Transition Town Totnes project and the Transition Network which works at a national and international scale to support Transition initiatives.
Week one – Living the Transition
The first week explores the change process in depth, integrating understandings from psychological, scientific and social fields to give an in depth understanding of how our inner and outer worlds interact to shape the world we live in now, and affect how we engage with change.
We start with a shared enquiry into the global context for this particular time of change that we are negotiating. From this we explore stories of the future, and look at how the stories we tell reflect stages of a collective change process. Weaving together insights from the fields of addictions, integral studies, bereavement, behaviour change research and environmental and social movements, we explore models of reactive and proactive change, and how inner processes affect the individual and collective ability to respond effectively to the need for external change.
Transition Towns is a specific change model and proposes a specific process by which we can move to a sustainable culture. In the second part of the week we look in detail at the concepts and practice of the Transition model, and see how different communities have used it to create community scale solutions from local currencies to community gardens to large scale energy generation. Rob Hopkins will present a session and game involving the Ingredients of Transition.
We will end the week with a shared enquiry into different journeys of change, asking ‘what are the core characteristics of a healthy change process?’ and how are these findings relevant to change in my life?
Week two – Transition in Action
Week two is framed by the question – what is the Transition we need, and how do we know whether we are achieving it? Together we will develop tools for evaluating steps towards effective Transition which we will then apply and reflect on throughout the week, inviting an integral approach which includes looking at both inner and outer impacts of projects or activities.
The distinguishing characteristics of the Transition town model and process is that it is a real time social experiment and it not only proposes solutions, it also tests them on the ground. This week will include field trips to local projects, and teaching from leaders in the Transition movement who are addressing some core issues of our time, such as:
- What does a successful relocalised economy look like and how can we start to build it now?
- How can a community start to control key local assets – such as renewable energy generation?
- What projects have been successful at engaging people in personal behaviour change?
- We will also be looking further afield at other social change experiments and comparing their models of change.
Both weeks will be highly interactive and experiential. We will be engaging in processes that will work with participants’ own experience and awareness as a way to find answers to some of the vital questions of our time. We will use story telling, personal reflection, shared group enquiries, embodied activities and field trips. Both weeks provide a chance to dialogue with some of the pioneers of the Transition movement, and the Transition Town Totnes project in particular.
Tutors are Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks, who have been immersed in the Transition experiment in Totnes since its birth in Totnes in 2006. They are the creators of the highly successful Training for Transition, now renamed Transition; Launch, (see www.transitionnetwork.org/training) a course that has been delivered in over 30 countries, to thousands of people from the towns of rural England to the favelas of San Paolo, Brazil. Both have worked extensively for Transition Network, which was set up to to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they adopt and adapt the Transition model.
Sophy Banks co-founded the “Heart and Soul” group in 2006 as Transition Town Totnes came into being. Its purpose was to address the psychological, spiritual and consciousness aspects of Transition. As the Totnes project grew she was involved in many areas of developing and running the organisation. In 2007 she and Naresh set up Transition Training and started to offer the two day “Introduction to Transition”. A year later they took this workshop around the world travelling in 6 countries across 3 continents and visiting many Transition and other community projects along the way. Sophy’s current interest is in supporting, networking and resourcing Inner Transition groups around the movement.
Originally trained in science and engineering, Sophy worked in London for over 20 years as a computer trainer and systems consultant mainly in the voluntary sector and then retrained in inner work – psychotherapy, healing and family constellations.
Naresh Giangrande is a co- founder of Transition Town Totnes (TTT) and Transition Training, and has been involved in designing, running and evolving many of the events, groups, and trainings that have been at the heart of the enormously successful Transition Towns project. He has delivered the Training for Transition, Transition Talk Training, Train the Trainers, and Transition training for Local Authorities and organisations to hundreds of participants in 11 countries. As one of the Transition Town founders he has given dozens of lectures and interviews, and spoken at many conferences and other public events. He set up and coordinated the energy group of TTT, and is currently a director of TTT ltd.
Prior to Transition Towns he has lived and worked in an eco community, was Managing Director of a small to medium sized enterprise, and a gaffer in the film industry.
Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. This grew out of many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and setting up the first 2 year full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission.
He is author of The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience, which has been published in a number of other languages, and which was voted the 5th most popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008, and of ‘The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times’, published in October 2011. He publishes the blog www.transitionculture.org, recently voted ‘the 4th best green blog in the UK’(!). He was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served 3 years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists.
He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust/Guardian’s ‘Green Community Hero’. He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, holds an MSc in Social Research and recently completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth entitled ‘Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes’. He lives in Devon and grows food for his family.
Transition Towns, An Introduction – Part 1
Transition Towns, An Introduction – Part 2
Any One week £750
Any Two weeks £1,300 (Save £200 over weekly course price)
PLEASE NOTE: Participants wishing to attend only Week Two of this course should ideally have attended the two-day introductory Transition training called Transition: Launch, which is run at different venues around the country – see http://www.transitionnetwork.org/training for further details. However, if you think you have relevant experience and/or training, but have not been to any Transition trainings, please write to us outlining your experience and why you wish to join the second week of the course.
All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.
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