Postponed: Transition LAUNCH Training


Take the Transition Launch Training in September (precise date TBA – but if you’re interested, let us know and you can help decide the date), in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Transition LAUNCH is the popular fundamentals course packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of resilience and community-building, showing you how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative. It has been delivered hundreds of times in over 35 countries world-wide, gathering and spreading the collective wisdom of us all.

All day, June 21-22, 2014 in Western Massachusetts

The Transition movement is a global grassroots network of communities in 44 countries — people taking positive, creative action to build local resilience, create a stronger community, improve economic well-being, reduce oil dependency, and increase local food production, local energy, local jobs, mutual support, and security. In the face of multiple, complex challenges and change, Transition is a positive, thoughtful, engaging and effective set of “ingredients” and tools that help people work together to improve their quality of life.

Every community is unique and creates its own transition. The Transition Network is a way we share projects, ideas, experiences, strategies and solutions across the world.

Transition U.S. ( is offering the Launch Training course developed by the Transition Network ( and taught globally. This participatory, 15-hour course is an in-depth experiential introduction to the ideas, process and practices that have inspired tens of thousands of people and catalyzed a global network that has changed thinking, priorities, language and ways of working together.

Curriculum: Learn ways to initiate, support and facilitate community transition to greater resilience. The course is full of imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community. Experienced trainers delve into the principles and practices of Transition that are helping thousands of communities globally. Together we will:

• Explore the many ways to increase community resilience and increase local well-being
• Enhance our skills in describing the challenges of our time in ways that inspire action
• Understand a combined set of tools to support community outreach, education and collaboration
• Share ways of overcoming obstacles that prevent communities from responding to the challenges
• Learn ways of supporting community leaders and existing resilience, sustainability and local economy work
Come Join the Conversation if You Want To:
• Meet others who share your concerns, and also want to transition their community or neighborhood
• Learn how to encourage collaboration among people already building resilience in your community
• Seek to deepen your work, and find new ways to give your energy and skills
• Want to learn “best practices” for facilitating and supporting change, and reaching beyond those who understand the severity of crisis to catalyzing action by more people
• Be a part of a positive, inspirational, global movement!
Instructors: Certified Transition Trainers Tina Clarke (Transition Amherst, MA) & Susal Stebbins (Transition Dummerston, VT)

Cost: $160 by June 11; $190 afterwards (Western MA residents may deduct $30) A $90 deposit holds your place.

Lunch, refreshments and materials included.

If you can donate for scholarships, your generosity will help those with low incomes to attend! Bring a friend and both of you receive 10% off!

Registration: Send a note and your registration fee or deposit ($90), plus scholarship donation (if you can) to: Catherine Ratte, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA, 01104-3419. Make your check out to: Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center. [Catherine Ratte at: Phone: 413-781-6045, x311]

For more information: Go to, or contact Susal Stebbins ( or Tina Clarke (

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