Permaculture Series – Transition Training Week 1

Emerging at the other end, we will not be the same as we were;
we will have become more humble, more connected to the natural world,
fitter, leaner, more skilled and, ultimately, wiser.” ~ Rob Hopkins,
Originator of the Transition Town movement

Today was my first webinar on the “Transition Training” presented by Naresh N.

There were 23 participants from all over the world: I spoke with people from Denmark, Ireland, Barcelona, Quebec, France, US, Guam…and many other places I don’t recall right now. Many have already started transition initiatives, some have many years of experience and some are eager to start one but are still trying to figure out how.

Being myself an eLearning specialist I have to congratulate both Naresh and Jennifer for their great facilitation and organization skills to manage such a big and disperse group online for their first time! The experience was good, and I know it will become even better with the next seven webinars coming up in the next weeks.

Today, we were split in sub-groups and had the opportunity to talk with two more people and select who would share the outcomes with the big group. We used two techniques: go around and talk & listen, the first to introduce ourselves and the second to discuss two questions:

  • What do we expect from this training?
  • What attracts us to Transition Initiatives?

We reviewed the concept for “transition initiatives” and how it has evolved from “transition towns” and what the more important components are: awareness, inclusion, resilience, makes sense, uses both inner and outer transition, etc.

We reviewed the initial stages of transition and the four assumptions of TI:

“Transition Initiatives are based on four key assumptions:
1. That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
2. That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany peak oil.
3. That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now.
4. That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.”
~Rob Hopkins, The Transition Handbook: From
oil dependency to local resilience

And then we met the “transition animal” (a gecko) and its components: awareness, vision, practical projects, etc. (I’ll talk about each one of them in detail in a later post)

We reviewed other basic concepts and were given a homework to develop in the coming weeks: to meet with our transition groups and reflect along with them about each of the eight components of this “transition animal”…kind of a “mapping” experience of who we are, where we are, what we have to offer, what our vision is, what we have accomplished, etc.

Two quotes stay with me today from this experience:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” ~
African proverb (as quoted by Naresh) and…

Martin Luther King Jr had a dream, not a plan or a solution” ~ Naresh Giangrande (Transition Totnes and Transition trainer)

If you want to know more about transition initiatives, these are great resources to start with:

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Transition Guides) by Hopkins, Rob

The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times by Rob Hopkins and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World by Rob Hopkins

Website: The transition Network:

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