Welcome to Transition!

We’re part of a world-wide grassroots movement to build local resilience and connections close to home. Since 2010, we’ve been mounting creative and thoughtful responses to the challenges of resource depletion, climate change, and economic instability. Help us unleash the power and creative genius of people and communities to create a vibrant future for generations to come. Scroll down for our recent activities blog.

Coming up:

NO Fourth Friday in August – Taking a vacation… But we’ll be back in September with “Damnation,”  Scroll down for details.

Share Faire. Save the date! Sept 20. Check this space and your email for upcoming details.

Essential Knowledge for Transition speaker series on money and the economy with Marco Vangelisti, Sept 13, Oct 18, and Oct 25. Scroll down for details. This will be an excellent series, not to be missed!

Films of Vision and Hope Sunnyvale – Monday 9/28 6-9pm, This Organic LifeScroll down for details.

Garden Shares
Second Sunday of each month 11am-12, Palo Alto Community Garden
Fourth Sunday of each month11am-12, Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale

Transition Cafes – Most Fridays, 6-8pm, Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View. Check your email each week (by Thursday) for the topic and details. Sign up for our Google Groups mailing list Meetup Group/Facebook group

Films of Vision and Hope Sunnyvale – This Organic Life Sept 28

This Organic Life is a yearlong chronicle of life on the farm. The film shows who grows your food, and how it is grown. We’ve all seen the end product at farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and restaurants; however, rarely do we think about what actually transpires in the 200-some days it takes your local farmer to produce that heirloom tomato. The film focuses on one young farmer, filmmaker Casey Beck’s boyfriend, Austin Blair, and tells their story, thus allowing the viewer to delve into this issue and experience over the course of one hour the low points and ultimately the joys that surface over a year of farming.

September 28, 6-pm
Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive, Sunnyvale
More on the film: http://www.theorganiclifemovie.com/

organic life

Essential Knowledge for Transition – Series this fall

Coming this fall! Some of you may recall that we hosted Marco Vangelisti a few years ago for a series of talks omarco closeupn the economy, money and banking, and the financial system. His talks inspired everyone and helped kick off the South Bay Slow Money chapter. Marco’s a fabulous speaker with deep understanding and a gift for communication. This will be an excellent series (with updated insights), and we encourage you to attend, even if you did before (always more to learn!).

Why are we working harder but feel less secure? Why are the benefits going to a small percentage of the population? Can we make the economy more compassionate and just?

Enjoy a fascinating and eye-opening look at our current economic and monetary system, how it affects us, and what we can do. The three part series will give you answers, get you thinking, and inspire you.

Sunday Sept 13 noon-2pm: Part 1: Money and banking
What’s behind the money and banking system, and why does it wield so much power? Learn the surprising story about how money is created – and the results.

Sunday Oct 18 noon-2pm: Part 2: Our economic system
Why are most people working harder, but fewer are benefiting? How can we move beyond growth-at-all costs to a more compassionate and just society?

Sunday Oct 25: noon-2pm Part 3: Our financial system
Why is financial capital divorced from productive activity, and how can we fix it? Learn how communities are transforming investment to be local, democratic, and productive.

Each session is separate and can stand alone, but come to all three for the full story.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, 2124 Brewster, Redwood City
12-2pm, Main sanctuary, refreshments served, child care provided

Donation: $10 per session (no one turned away for lack of funds). Go here to register in advance: http://bit.ly/EK4Transition (register for each session separately). If you can’t register in advance, just show up on the day.

Marco Vangelisti was a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at UC Berkeley. He managed investment equity portfolios for large foundations and endowments before leaving the finance industry in 2009 to focus on positive change. He helped form the Slow Money Northern California chapter and now shares his knowledge, experience, and vision with communities around the country. More info at http://ek4t.com/

Sponsored by the Social Action and Adult Education committees of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, Transition Palo Alto, and Human Agenda

Click for the flyer: Marco flyer 2015

September Fourth Friday – DamNation Film and Discussion

Fourth Friday is taking August off for vacation. But we’ll be back September 25 with “DamNation.”

How can we balance the need for healthy rivers and the ecosystems they nourish with our thirst for water and low-carbon energy? With majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries, this powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. 

Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Enjoy this excellent film and bring your ideas to the discussion.

Friday September 25
7:15-9:30 pm (7:15 meet and greet, film starts promptly at 7:30), discussion follows the film
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Fireside Room
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA 


Glorious summer evening for great company, delicious eats, and pleny of bean bags

A perfect evening for the Fourth Friday summer picnic at Mitchell park. Hanging out with excellent food and company. Just a bit hard to keep track of where to throw the bean bags!

July Fourth Friday July 24 – Picnic Time!

Potluck Picnic Time!

Mitchell Park Arbor area, 600 E Meadow, Palo Alto
6:00-8:30 pm July 24 Note the updated time

It’s time for the Transition Palo Alto Summer Picnic! Bring food to share, wallow in the summer evening, and enjoy some fun games.
All ages are welcome.

If you’ve been involved with TPA activities, this is a great time to connect with friends. And if you’re new to TPA, come meet people and learn more about our community.

Want to help out? Click to sign up for a volunteer slot. It’s great fun! Setup starts at 5:30pm.
And click here to say what you’re bringing.
And we want to extend a special invitation to all the volunteers who have made TPA events a great success this past year.

Don’t miss the fun!

2015 summer picnic

How to get to zero (or close)

Have you ever wondered how recycling gets sorted after it leaves your bins? What happens to the clothes you give to Goodwill? How recycled goods become new products? What’s compostable?

June Fourth Friday attendees got to learn how, with Racing to Zero, a fascinating nuts-and-bolts view of how San Francisco is working to achieve zero waste. Viewers got to see the people, machinery, and amazing processes that all go into reducing the waste that goes into Bay Area landfills. And there’s plenty of education involved, too, with inspectors who go around checking people’s waste bins and leaving friendly little notes about how to do a better job sorting.