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:

  • Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope  –  April 25 – Garbage Warrior – scroll down for details
  • Garden and product shares:
    Second Sunday of each month. 11am-12, Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto (map)
    Fourth Sunday of each month, 11am-12, Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA (map)
  • Transition Cafes are also happening almost every week. For info, sign up for the Transition Palo Alto mailing list, and you’ll get the weekly notices. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transitionpaloalto/ to sign up.

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April Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Garbage Warrior

You’ve never seen architecture like this!

garbage warrior

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Garbage Warrior portrays the inspiring work of radical eco-architect Mike Reynolds. Inventor of what he calls “biotecture”, Reynolds designs passive solar homes made of natural and recycled materials: Earthships. Compelling and inspiring, this film will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about home-building – and inspire you to join the revolution.

With discussion to follow. Maybe even popcorn!
Recommended donation: $5-10.
Everyone welcome!

April 25, come at 7:15 for social time, film starts at 7:30
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCPA)
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto

Climate on the mind – and more

With the recent IPCC report, and the upcoming TV series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” climate has been in the news as well as on people’s mind. At the 4/11 Transition Cafe, folks talked about the importance keeping a sense of spirit and focus, and making whatever difference we can in our daily lives. And it being a Transition Cafe, the conversation touched on lots of other things as well.

If you’re interested in thoughtful conversation about things that matter, stop by the cafe. And if you’re on the transitionpaloalto@yahoogroups.com list, you’ll get William Mutch’s weekly cafe notices.

Trans cafe 4-11-2014


Spring sharing

Great stuff at the Spring Sharing Expo March 16! Homemade butter and creme fraiche, cookie decorating, chalk making, spinning and knitting with dog hair – and more!

March Fourth Friday – Clean Bin Project

Film and discussion

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning film, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage, Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, the Clean Bin Project  is an entertaining and inspiring call to individual action.

clean bin movie

Mar 28, come at 7:15 for social time, film starts at 7:30
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCPA)
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto
Recommended donation: $5-$10 (to cover film and venue costs)

Re-Imagining the Future

How can we “step things up” locally, finding more creative ways to work together for a sustainable and resilient future? To explore how,  the Transition Palo Alto steering committee invited community leaders from around the South Bay to Re-Imagining the Future, a day-long conference on March 15 at the Adobe House in Mountain View.

More that 45 local community leaders came to meet each other, share their interests and passions and explore how we can do more together.  Following introductions, groups took turns looking ahead to what a resilient and sustainable community might look like 20 years from now and “backcasting” to think about how we might get there.  In a Mission Impossible exercise, small groups of leaders brainstormed about how to tackle “impossible” tasks, including:

  • How could we convert 5000 South Bay lawns to drought-tolerant landscapes in one month?
  • How could we provide low-cost housing to 50 urban farming workers in the South Bay with no government or foundation funding?
  • How could we get solar panels on 50% of South Bay buildings owned by businesses in one year?
  • How could we set up a disaster communication system that doesn’t rely on phone or Internet?
  • How could we set up a transit system that allows commuters to go from Redwood City to Santa Clara without their own cars in the same commute time it would take if they used their own cars?

Finally, people with common interests (including transportation, water, banking and the economy, housing, local community action, health and well-being, youth leadership, and more) made connections for possible follow-on activity.

Click here to see the wonderful photos that Rick Row took.

And here are the flip charts from the Mission Impossible exercise:

Fabulous February Fourth Friday

It was a standing ovation for filmmaker Casey Beck, subject Austin Blair, and their beautiful film, The Organic life. A personal look at Austin’s life as an organic farmer, the film shone with humor, music, and the ups and downs of life as a farmer. Following the film, Casey and Austin answered questions about the making of the film, and the rewards and challenges of surviving and thriving as a local farmer.

If you missed the film on Friday – there’s good news! Starting in April, the film will be available through iTunes or DVD purchase. For more info about the film and (in April) how to order, go to The Organic Life. The site also has a link to donate to support the film.

Transition and chickens at the UU Church preach-in and eco fair

The Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist church held a preach-in and eco fair Feb 9, part of a national activity by Interfaith Light and Power to educate people about climate change.  In her sermon, minister Amy Zucker Morgenstern  emphasized the importance of maintaining hope and doing whatever each of us can to be engaged. A very “Transition” message!diana with chicken

Transition shared a table at the fair with Sven Thesen and his chickens. Link to photos from the event