About bart

My wife and I live in a small condominium in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2004-2009, I was the main editor for the Energy Bulletin website (http://energybulletin.net). In previous lives I was a technical writer for Hewlett-Packard, a high school teacher and a newspaper reporter and editor.

Ute’s Stilts-Walk for Democracy (Jan 20 and 21)

By Ute Engelke (Transition Palo Alto)

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In an effort to restore democracy in this country I am excited to walk on stilts on Friday in San Jose and on Saturday in Palo Alto at the “Move to Amend” event (for details see below).

I would love to see you at the event, but if this is not in your locality I hope you will participate in a “Move to Amend” event in your town. Please go to http://movetoamend.org/ and join this fast growing movement for a constitutional amendment to firmly establish that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not
speech.

Friday Jan 20
“Occupy the Courts,” sponsored by Santa Clara County Move to Amend in coordination with many other events around the country
St. James Park, San Jose
Noon – 2pm (includes a march to the Federal court and City Hall)

Saturday Jan 21
Help commemorate the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to unlimited political spending by corporations
El Camino and Embarcadero, Palo Alto
11:30am – 1pm

Here’s a link to more information about Occupy the Courts:
http://scc-mta.org/jan20

and here’s a link to learn much more about Move to Amend:
http://scc-mta.org/start/

Getting to San Jose:

You can get to St. James Park easily by taking the 522 VTA bus down El
Camino to the Santa Clara and 1st stop. Here’s the schedule: http://www.vta.org/schedules/SC_522EA_WK.html. Caltrain and light rail also have service to downtown San Jose.

You may also want to watch http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-citizens-united-v-fec/ and see why I am so excited to be part of this movement.

Image of stiltwalker is from Image from Rdikeman via Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stiltwalker_parade_2004.jpg

Transition PA events in early January

Time to come out of winter hibernation!
Events at Transition Palo Alto are starting up again.

Below are the events for the coming week(s) that I know about.

If you have questions, look at the TPA website http://transitionpaloalto.org and calendar https://transitionpaloalto.org/events-2/
or contact transitionpaloalto@gmail.com



Jan 3 – Tuesday – Conversation, community & calling group – open

7 – 9:00 pm Cecile’s place in midtown Palo Alto
(please note 7 pm starting time!)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_conversation/



Jan 4 – Wednesday – Transition book group beginning in Redwood City

7-9 pm
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 2124 Brewster Ave., RWC

A Resilience Circle will start reading Transition Handbook / Companion
If interested contact: thomas@THoMASATWOOD.NET



Jan 4 – Wednesday – How to Design an EcoCity (talk/dinner)

6-9 pm
Bay Cafe, Palo Alto Golf Course, 1875 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto

An Interactive Dinner Presentation with Dr. James Caldwell
Dr. James Caldwell has spent the past year consulting to city of Nansha, China on exactly this topic. At this dinner he’ll share the story of working with the policy makers and urban planners of Nansha to develop a Green Specification System for the city.

He will compare Nansha with several other eco-city developments in China where he consults and reveal the insights gained from co-organizing and co-hosting a Chinese Mayoral Delegation that came to the Bay Area to compare Eco-City development efforts here with their own in China.
http://www.meetup.com/SVIISociety/events/44403832/

– Mari Pearman (Transition Mountain View, Transition Palo Alto)

(Not a TPA event. Sponsered by Sustainovation and Silicon Valley Innovation Institute (SVII)



Jan 4 – Wednesday – Book groups 2 & 6

6:30 – 9:00 pm
Barbara and Eitan’s house, Los Altos

Now reading Transition Companion (to page 88)
There was a desire for more discussion on Relocalization.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book2/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book6/



Jan 5 – Thursday – Book group 7

11 am -1 pm
Bart’s place near California Ave., Palo Alto

Now reading Transition Companion (pages 196-233)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book7/



Jan 5 – Thursday – Occupy book group

7 – 8:30 pm Cecile’s place in midtown Palo Alto

Now reading This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (YES! Magazine)
Read the first chapter. More copies available from Bart.

If you are new, please rsvp? – Cecile ( cecile@cecileandrews.com )

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_occupy/



Jan 5 – Thursday – Time Bank start-up meeting

7 pm start
Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

Debbie Mytels will be facilitating a start-up meeting to establish a local time-bank to enable the sharing of services. They are investigating softtware from the Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) .



Jan 9 – Monday – Slow Money group – open

7:15 – 9:?? pm
Acterra

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_slow_money/



Jan 12 – Thursday – Book group 7

11 am -1 pm
Anna’s place?

Now reading Transition Companion
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book7/



Jan 19 – Thursday – Project Happiness movie

6 am – 8 pm
Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford University

Project Happiness, a feature length documentary film, follows a senior high school class from Mount Madonna School near Watsonville, California, on a journey to discover the true nature of human happiness. Joining them on this quest are students from the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India, and students from the Dominion Heritage Academy in Jos, Nigeria.
http://events.stanford.edu/byCategory/4/
-Sarah Ramirez, TPA

(Not a TPA event)



Jan 20 – Friday – Occupy the Courts!

noon
St. James Park, San Jose

On Friday, January 20th at noon, Santa Clara County Move To Amend (MTA) will join with MTA chapters across the US in a national day of resistance to corporate personhood and the negative impact corporate power has on our democracy
http://occupysj.org/?p=482
– Mary Klein of TPA

(Not a TPA event)



Jan 28 – Saturday – Non-hierarchical leadership workshop

8:30 – 5
San Jose Peace & Justice Center

http://www.facebook.com/events/187421914686308/?ref=nf

As we move away from the domination and exploitation worldview that is so dysfunctional, we will manifest new ways of relating to people and to Nature, and new leadership roles. Come explore how we can more effectively and enjoyably use listening and leadership to craft the world our hearts know is possible.
led by Derek Tennant of TPA
derek@derekjoetennant.net

(Not a TPA event)



Feb 1- 4 EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove (Asilomar)

If you are interested in food and farming, this conference of the Ecological Farming Association is the one to attend.
http://www.ecofarmconference.org/
– Bart of TPA

(Not a TPA event)

Charles Eisenstein to speak on Sacred Economics – Dec 18

Films of Vision and Hope
Sacred Economics Today

Announcing a special non-film opportunity: Films of Vison and Hope is sponsoring a special evening with Charles Eisenstein, author of The Ascent of Humanity, and Sacred Economics, and narrator of the widely-viewed video “Occupy Wall Street — The Revolution is Love” (http://tiny.cc/ws07b).

Sacred Economics Today

Learn about the changes happening today in the money system, how we can all active change agents, and how to change our own relationship with money.

  • How the financial system is falling apart, and what might come afterwards
  • How what’s happening now is part of a larger process
  • How the transition will affect our connection to ourselves, other beings and the planet
  • How can we better fulfill our life’s purpose
  • What constitutes true wealth and what love has to do with it

We’ll talk about how to apply the principles of Sacred Economics to our own lives, goals, and activism. We can indeed live in Sacred Economy today, seeding cultural rebirth through our words and actions.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
5:30 pm Community potluck
7:00-9:30 pm Talk

At WorldCentric, 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto, CA 94306
FREE, suggested donation $15 to cover speaker-related costs

Register at http://sacredeconomics.eventbrite.com

About the speaker: Charles is a teacher, speaker, and the author of numerous works, including The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics. His writing focuses on themes of holistic health, consciousness, economics, and civilization. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. His short online YouTube video “Occupy Wall Street — the Revolution is Love” received over 100,000 views in November. See the video at: http://tiny.cc/ws07b . A Yale graduate in philosophy and mathematics, Mr. Eisenstein has served on faculty at Penn State’s Department of Science, Technology, and Society, and is currently on the faculty of Goddard College’s Health Arts and Sciences Program.

For other Bay Area Tour dates see: http://www.connectionaction.org/event

Tour Co-Sponsors Acterra, Bay Area Community Exchange, Bay Localize, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Connection Action Project, Evolver Bay Area, Films of Vision and Hope, International Society for Ecology and Culture, Silicon Valley Action Network, Silicon Valley NVC, Transition Albany, Transition East Bay, Transition Palo Alto, Transition San Francisco, Transition Silicon Valley, Transition US

Occupy SF Bay Area – in photos

During last Friday’s Transition film night, we showed videos about the Occupy movement, which was followed by animated discussions. A contingent from Occupy San Jose came, and gave us reports of their on-the-ground experience.

The discussion about Occupy will continue this Friday, December 9, at a potluck starting at 7 pm at World Centric.

Among the people from Occupy San Jose was a modest young man, John Patrick Absalon, who revealed that he was an artist-photographer. He does restaurant work to earn a living, but his passion is photography.

Recently when John Patrick was walking past Occupy San Jose on his way to work, he stopped to talk and got hooked. Since then, he’s been taking photos of Occupy events, traveling by bus and mass transit to other sites in the San Francisco Bay Area.

On this page, you can see some of the gorgeous photographs he has taken. There are more at his Flickr page, though he has many more that he has not posted.

John Patrick says that he sells prints of his work and takes fine portraits. His business email is johnpatrickabsalon@gmail.com [NOTE: the Yahoo address given previously was incorrect].

I asked John Patrick to give some of his background, and the text below is what he wrote.

-BA

I’m John Patrick Absalon, I’ve spent more than half of my life living in the Philippines. The first time I became curious about photography was when I was still a small child. I often would watch my father cleaning his camera and lenses, but he never actually taught me or mentioned anything regarding photography, I just saw some photos.

It was when I was about 6 or 7 when one of my uncles showed me the mechanics on how to use the camera. If I can remember it correctly it was an old Nikon camera. We would often drive around the provinces and make several stops just to take a couple of photos along the way and then move on. During those times, my uncle would often tell me to hold a “light meter” at some place, then he would try to explain to me how it indicated what the correct settings of the camera should be, e.g. shutter speeds, aperture, focal lengths, etc.

I was always excited to see what the photos might look like once the film rolls were processed and developed. Often he would buy ice cream. After dinner we would gather around his family’s living room and have a little slide show with the photos we took during the last week, or two. I was astounded by the images that I saw during those times — birds that seemed to stop flying in midair, cars that seem to halt during rush hour, people with emotions on their faces that were frozen in time. I was really fascinated by the way the camera enabled you to take a slice out of a particular moment, and preserve it as it was.

When I got older (elementary days), I had a box-type point-and-shoot film camera. I often took it out with me during events at school, family gatherings and so forth. I was frustrated because I couldn’t get the background blur that I want because the camera had a fixed lens. Eventually I put the camera aside because film was expensive, and developing/processing of the film rolls was costly. At that time, I only was given 30php (less than $1) for my allowance, so I figured, why not be a kid for now?

In 2001, a year after the infamous Y2K, began invading Philippine households due to western influences: laptops, video game consoles, fancy mobile phones (well, not really fancy by today’s standards) and flat screen TVs.

This was the time when digital cameras were in their early stages. In high school I got a crude digital camera, a Kodak . It had 1megapixel resolution, no zoom, no fancy features. Back then, it was a big deal for me because I didn’t have to buy film. I was still frustrated because I wasn’t getting the crisp image that you could get from a film SLR, like the one that my uncle and I used before.

I would use my Kodak digital camera so much that it would have low power by the end of the day. The camera had no zoom so I had to walk towards the thing that I wanted to photograph. It didn’t have auto-focus, so I couldn’t be too close to my subject, or I would end up with a blurred image

I was still frustrated because no matter how I took a photo, it still ended up being pale. It didn’t have that “umff” kick to it. Then I heard from one of my friends that there was a computer program that you could use to make digital pictures. I surfed the internet and stumbled upon Photoshop CS. I didn’t know how to use it at first, but then I started to ask people who were into digital arts, and the rest was history. I was starting to get the effects that I wanted on my photos.

The program was still in its very early stages though — really early stages. After a couple of years, I started to get bored looking at my pixelated images when I compared it with my cousin’s photos. I often asked my cousin if I could use his equipment because during that time, he had more high-end photographic equipment than I had.

In 2008 I was able to get my own mid-low level photographic equipment, which enabled me to get images that were closer to what I wanted.

I joined PaPhoC, a local camera club back in my hometown in the Philippines, and
met a lot of people who seemed to be masters of photography right. Members of the group vastly broadened my knowledge about the world of photography. They shared tips and tricks which I incorporated into my style.

It was early 2010 when I started to treat photography as a fine art rather than just a hobby. I focused on street photography because I felt it be more challenging than the other branches of photography. I often try to combine street photography and fine portraiture with a touch of an eerie documentary feel to it. I believe I’m NOT quite there yet. I believe that I still have a very long way to go. The photographers who have influenced me the most are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Robert Capa, and of course, Manuel Libres Librodo.

Transition newsletter – November 29, 2011

TRANSITION PALO ALTO
Newsletter
November 29, 2011

News for Transition Palo Alto

  • New Transition book groups forming – Wed Nov 30
  • Transition Companion copies available
  • Films of Vision and Hope- “Occupy Wall Street — What’s Happened? What’s Next?” – Fri Dec 2 and 9
  • Sharing Circle organizing with Cecile Andrews – Mon Dec 5
  • Slow Money group organizing – Mon Dec 5
  • Occupy book group organizing – Thurs Dec 8
  • Garden and Craft Share – Sun Dec 11
  • Occupy on the Peninsula
  • Follow-up to Resilience Circle
  • Get involved in a Transition group

Events

  • Richard Heinberg at Kepler’s – Thurs Dec 8
  • Peak oil vs Climate debate with Heinberg – Berkeley Thurs Dec 15

NEWS


New book groups forming – Wed Nov 30

Probably the best way to get started with Transition is through a book group reading the Transition Companion. The Transition Companion (published last month) replaces the Transition Handbook, which we had been using.

Book Group 7 is now underway. It meets Thursdays in the middle of the day.

Book Groups 2 and 6 will be meeting together to read the Transition Companion on Wednesdays, starting November 30. The group is open to anyone interested. Contact transitionpaloalto@gmail.com. Or join tpa_book2 or tpa_book7 . William Mutch writes:

Book Group 6 has shifted over to reading the Transition Companion, and will commence on that this week. It is the upgrade/replacement to the Transition Handbook.

The plan is to meet at my house this Wednesday night, 6:30 for schmoozing and 7 for the group. Our plan is to read through page 44, or so. We’ll be meeting this week (11/30) and next week (12/7), then will shift to an every-other-week rhythm. Contact transitionpaloalto@gmail.com, and I’ll send you the address!


Transition Companion copies available

We just made a second bulk order for 29 copies of “The Transition Companion”. List price is $29.95. We can offer it for $20. Contact Bart Anderson ( transitionpaloalto@gmail.com ) to get a copy. He will be bringing copies to the book groups.

There is an online outline of the Transition Companion with links to about 60% of the material in the book.

More about the book (see links under “Additional Information” at right of this page)
PDF of excerpts


Films of Vision and Hope – Fridays – December 2 and 9
Occupy Wall Street — What’s Happened? What’s Next?

Occupy Wall Street has captured the imagination of millions and brought a level social activism not seen in the U.S. for decades. How did it start? What’s happened so far? What are the implications, and what can we do locally to get involved?

We’ll explore all of this at this Films of Vision and Hope mini-series.

Friday, December 2 – The Best of Occupy Videos
There’s a rich video record of the Occupy movement, with fascinating footage and interviews. We’ll see a selection of Occupy videos and discuss the movement — what we think about it and what the implications are for meaningful economic and social change.

Friday, December 9 – 100 Mile Potluck
Bring a dish to share (with local ingredients, if possible). We’ll continue the conversation, sharing what people are doing locally and what others can do to get involved.

World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto
(behind JJ&F Market)

Meet and greet (and Dec. 9 potluck) 7 PM
Films and discussion 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, Silicon Valley Action Network and World Centric


Sharing Circle organizing with Cecile Andrews – Monday December 5

A new movement has developed recently: the “sharing economy,” where people share, barter, exchange, rent, etc — everything from cars to clothes. It helps people save money, helps the planet by reducing the use of resources, and builds community — one of the primary predictors of well being. The purpose of this circle is to become acquainted with the different opportunities in this new “sharing economy” by exploring the many web sites, trying some of the ideas out, and generating new ideas. (Many people create small businesses in this new movement.) If they desire, members of the circle can then act as resource people to others. The facilitator is Cecile Andrews, the author of books, such as Circle of Simplicity, which reflect the underlying philosophy of Sharing.

For more background on the “sharing economy,” go to www.shareable.net or www.collaborativeconsumption.com .
– Cecile Andrews

Begins Monday, December 5th, 7 pm.
This will be held on Monday nights at mid town in Palo Alto, (In the beginning it would be every week and less often later.)
If you are interested, please contact Cecile Andrews at cecile@cecileandrews.com .

[Cecile Andrews is the author of Slow is Beautiful, Less is More, and Circle of Simplicity. She has her doctorate in education from Stanford.]


Slow Money group organizing – Monday December 5

We have reserved a room at Acterra for the first ever Slow Money organizational meeting. It will happen on Monday, December 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Peninsula Conservation Center
3921 East Bayshore Road
Palo Alto

I’ve talked with members of the Slow Money Norcal chapter and they know that we’re forming a group, which will have some kind of relation to them. As was mentioned to me, this is new ground, so we can define just about whatever we want to: investment club, business incubator, vetter of entrepreneurs for loans, whatever we can think of and safely do. I’ll mention this at the chapter meeting in Berkeley on 11/21.

We should, however, do this cautiously and carefully. I rather expect the first meeting to be one of getting to know each other and what the expectations of each person are. We’ll probably want to meet monthly for a couple of months, to iron out wrinkles; and understand and draw up any legal documents we might need (required for an investment club as I understand).

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested, who has not signed up for this Yahoo Group. See you all on the 5th.

– Peter Ruddock


Occupy book group organizing – Thurs December 8

Cecile Andrews will be leading a group to examine and discuss the Occupy Movement, and its relation to Transition.

The first meeting will be Thursday December 8.
World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto
Schmoozing 6:30 pm. Program start 7 pm.

We will be reading the book on Occupy that was just published by YES! Magazine:
http://store.yesmagazine.org/this-changes-everything?ica=TCEbk_port_2ways&icl=Home_550
http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/this-changes-everything-how-the-99-woke-up

You can contact Cecile at cecile@cecileandrews.com, or join tpa_occupy, the Yahoo Group set up to support the group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_occupy/


Garden and Craft Share – Sun December 11

Local Garden Share and Craft Share are planning to merge again, with a holiday theme, tentatively scheduled for 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 11. More information to follow.

Garden share events have been cancelled for the rest of November and December, since the dates conflicted with holidays.


Occupy on the Peninsula

Several Transition people have made contact with local Occupy groups. The Transition Conversation group went to the last General Assembly of Occupy Palo Alto to introduce ourselves and to learn more about local Occupy activities.

Contact information for those interested:

Occupy Palo Alto
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/occupypaloalto
Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/occupypaloalto
General assemblies: Thursdays noon-2 pm University Lutheran Church, 1611 Stanford Ave. (at Bowdoin), Palo Alto (new time)
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Occupy Stanford
http://www.facebook.com/OccupyStanford

Occupy Redwood City
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Redwood-City/114201505357515


Occupy Mountain View

According to David Herron, meetings are Sunday afternoons at 3pm in the plaza between City Hall and the Arts Center. There’s a “stand on the street corner holding signs” on Thursday afternoons at the intersection of Castro and El Camino).

Transition typically does not take political positions, but it does provide forums for relevant political discussions.


Follow-up to Resilience Circle

The Resilience Circle held its final formal session November. A number of follow-up activities were suggested. Some of these are already underway, and others need a “point person” to make them happen.

Time Bank
Slow Money/Social Responsible/Local Investing ( tpa_slow_money )
Home Project Cooperative (for house weatherization, garden work, painting?, etc)
Disaster Preparedness
Planting Fruit Trees
Local Food/Health/Exercise
Monthly Community Dinners
Networking/Chat Group (online) ( tpa_chat )
On-Going Resilience Circle (This one)
Transition Companion Book Discussion Group (tpa_book2 and tpa_book6)
Support Alliance (yahoo group?) for People in Wider Community (rides, home help, etc.) (tpa_support)
Peer Coaching Circle
Move to Amend (the Constitution re: Corporate Personhood)
Reading the Occupy book from Yes! Magazine (tpa_occupy)


Get involved in a Transition group

Interested in connecting with one of the groups active in Transition Palo Alto? Just sign up for the Yahoo group to get news of meetings, events, and discussions.

New in October and November:

Occupy (tpa_occupy): Discusses the #Occupy movement, and investigates what sort of co-operation may be possible with it.

Support (tpa_support): Several people in the recent Resilience Circle want to explore ways to provide mutual support to each other. Bette K. writes: “If you need a ride, plant watering, pet or child care, prescription pick up, or connection during a transition-please do join our group. ”

Chat (tpa_chat): To cope with all the ideas and events, we’ve set up a new Yahoo group for announcements, news items and discussion … whatever is on your mind.

Food (tpa_food): Interested in where your food comes from? Finding out how to get local, organic, **delicious** food? Getting connected with local food activists? Peter Ruddock, who has been a leading activist in Slow Food, is facilitating this group.

Gardening (tpa_garden): Learn about local resources and opportunities for gardening. Facilitator is long-time Master Gardener Romola Georgia. You can write her to join: rgeorgia AT gmail DOT com

Slow Money (tpa_slow_money): Started up after we heard two exciting speakers from Slow Money at the Oct 28 potluck. Will deal with business, investing, money management — all with a Slow Money, Transition focus.

Current groups:
transitionpaloalto for the newsletter and occasional Transition-related posts of general interest. Open.
tpa_book2 Transition Book Group 2. Meets every two weeks on a variety of subjects. Will begin reading the “Transition Companion” Nov 30 and early December. Open.
tpa_book4 Transition Book Group 4. Now sponsoring the Resilience Circle (tpa_resilience)
tpa_book6 Transition Book Group 6. Will begin reading the “Transition Companion” Nov 30 and early December. Open.
tpa_book7 Transition Book Group 7. Began reading the Transition Handbook in November. Meets Thursday in the daytime.
tpa_chat for ideas, events, discussion. Open.
tpa_conversation Conversation and community discussion group. Deals with group process. Open.
tpa_food Food-related topics. Open
tpa_garden Gardening-related topics. Open.
tpa_occupy Discusses the Occupy Movement. Open.
tpa_resilience Resilience Circle. Started recently. Meets every week. Still open.
tpa_reskilling Reskllling classes (learning hands-on skills). Open
tpa_sharing Sharing-related topics.
tpa_slow_money Money topics, with emphasis on the local economy. Investing, money-management, business.
tpa_support Exploring ways to provide mutual support.

To join a Yahoo! Group:

  • Send an e-mail request (to: transitionpaloalto at gmail dotcom) We can add you directly to the group. OR
  • If you already have a Yahoo account, you can sign up by sending an email message to
    tpa_XXX-subscribe@yahoogroups.com (where tpa_XXX is the name of the group).

UPCOMING EVENTS


Richard Heinberg at Kepler’s – Thurs Dec 8

“The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality”
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits. Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes.

The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

Richard Heinberg is the author of nine previous books including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and Blackout. He is a Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, a think tank helping chart humanity’s transition from the brief, waning reign of fossil-fueled megatechnology to the dawning era of re-adaptation to nature’s limits. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators, Richard lectures widely and appears on radio, television, and in films.

Members get in FREE! General Admission requires purchase of event book OR a $10 gift card (admits 2).

http://www.keplers.com/event/richard-heinberg


Peak oil vs Climate debate with Heinberg in Berkeley- December 15

Peak Oil or Climate Emergency? We know we’re in Big Trouble. But What Kind Exactly?

What: Dave Room, of Bay Localize, will moderate a debate between Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence, Post Carbon Institute, peak oil theorist & author of the new book The End of Growth and Earth Island’s Tom Athanasiou, director of Eco-Equity, global climate justice researcher, & author of Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor. For tickets, http://eii.org/events/1215tix .

When: Thursday December 15, 2011 – 6:30 pm

Where: in the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Theater, The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley (½ Block from Downtown Berkeley BART)

More: http://eii.org/events/1215/


Ongoing Events

alternate Tuesdays – Conversation, Community and Calling
alternate Wednesdays – Book group 2 continuing discussion, Reskilling group
Thursdays – Resilience Circle

2nd Sunday – Garden share at Common Ground (cancelled in Nov and Dec)
4th Sunday – Garden share at Full Circle Farm (cancelled in Nov and Dec)

Visit the website at http://www.transitionpaloalto.org for details

You can access the Calendar via:

https://transitionpaloalto.org/events-2

Contact the Transition team transitionpaloalto@gmail.com
to get on or off the newsletter mailing list (the transitionpaloalto Yahoo Group) or to suggest events!

editor for this issue: Bart Anderson
normal editor: Rani

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Films of Vision and Hope (December): Occupy Wall Street — What’s Happened? What’s Next?

Films of Vision and Hope – December 2 and 9
Occupy Wall Street — What’s Happened? What’s Next?

Occupy Wall Street has captured the imagination of millions and brought a level social activism not seen in the U.S. for decades. How did it start? What’s happened so far? What are the implications, and what can we do locally to get involved?

We’ll explore all of this at this Films of Vision and Hope mini-series.

Friday, December 2 – The Best of Occupy Videos
There’s a rich video record of the Occupy movement, with fascinating footage and interviews. We’ll see a selection of Occupy videos and discuss the movement — what we think about it and what the implications are for meaningful economic and social change.

Friday, December 9 – 100 Mile Potluck\
Bring a dish to share (with local ingredients, if possible). We’ll continue the conversation, sharing what people are doing locally and what others can do to get involved.

World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto
(behind JJ&F Market)

Meet and greet (and Dec. 9 potluck) 7 PM
Films and discussion 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, Silicon Valley Action Network and World Centric

Concerned about the environment, sustainability and social justice? Looking for ways to make a positive, sustainable change for people and the planet? Films of Vision and Hope focuses on hopeful and positive solutions to environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.

PDF version of this brochure – with graphics!

Transition newsletter – October 30, 2011

TRANSITION PALO ALTO
Newsletter
October 30, 2011

News

  • New book groups forming
  • New groups this month: Slow Money, Food, Chat, Gardening
  • New book – “Transition Companion” – discount copies available first week of November

Events

  • Cecile Andrews on Sharing – Wed Nov 2
  • Community Food Conference in Oakland – Thurs Nov 5-8
  • Richard Heinberg at Kepler’s – Dec 8

 



NEWS


New book groups forming

The Transition Handbook Probably the best way to get started with Transition is through a book group reading the Transition Handbook.

Two groups are forming now. Book Group 7 will be meeting Thursdays in the middle of the day, probably at a coffee shop. For details, contact transitionpaloalto@gmail.com . Or join tpa_book7.

A group will be forming soon to read “The Transition Companion,” the successor to the Handbook. (See description later in the newsletter). Book group 2 will probably be hosting the discssion. Cecile Andrews will be one of the co-facilitators. Contact transitionpaloalto@gmail.com. Or join tpa_book2.


New groups this month: Slow Money, Food, Chat, Gardening

Interested in connecting with one of the groups active in Transition Palo Alto? Just sign up for the Yahoo group to get news of meetings, events, and discussions.

New in October:

Chat (tpa_chat): To cope with all the ideas and events, we’ve set up a new Yahoo group for announcements, news items and discussion … whatever is on your mind.

Food (tpa_food): Interested in where your food comes from? Finding out how to get local, organic, **delicious** food? Getting connected with local food activists? Peter Ruddock, who has been a leading activist in Slow Food, is facilitating this group.

Gardening (tpa_garden): Learn about local resources and opportunities for gardening. Facilitator is long-time Master Gardener Romola Georgia. You can write her to join: rgeorgia AT gmail DOT com

Slow Money (tpa_slow_money): Started up after we heard two exciting speakers from Slow Money at the Oct 28 potluck. Will deal with business, investing, money management — all with a Slow Money, Transition focus.

Current groups:
transitionpaloalto for the newsletter and occasional Transition-related posts of general interest. Open.
tpa_book2 Transition Book Group 2. Meets every two weeks on a variety of subjects. Open.
tpa_book4 Transition Book Group 4. Now sponsoring the Resilience Circle (tpa_resilience)
tpa_book6 Transition Book Group 6. Now reading the Transition Handbook.
tpa_book7 Transition Book Group 7. Will begin reading the Transition Handbook in November. Will probably meet Thursday in the daytime.
tpa_chat for ideas, events, discussion. Open.
tpa_conversation Conversation and community discussion group. Deals with group process. Open.
tpa_food Food-related topics.Open
tpa_garden Gardening-related topics.Open.
tpa_resilience Resilience Circle. Started recently. Meets every week. Still open.
tpa_reskilling Reskllling classes (learning hands-on skills). Open
tpa_slow_money Money topics, with emphasis on the local economy. Investing, money-management, business.

To join a Yahoo! Group:

  • Send an e-mail request (to: transitionpaloalto at gmail dotcom) We can add you directly to the group. OR
  • If you already have a Yahoo account, you can sign up by sending an email message to
    tpa_XXX-subscribe@yahoogroups.com (where tpa_XXX is the name of the group).

New book – “Transition Companion” – discount copies available first week in November

Our bulk order for “The Transition Companion” by Rob Hopkins is scheduled to be delivered to us in the first week of November.

The book is a sequel to “The Transition Handbook,” and gives strategies and ideas It should be an important book.

If you are interested in reserving a copy, email Annette at annetteisaacson AT comcast DOT net.

List price is $29.95. We can offer it for $20.

A book group will probably form to read the book together. It’s more fun to read it that way. Book group 2 is talking about hosting the discussion. We usually meet alternate Wednesdays from 6:30 to about 9 p.m.

Rob Hopkins just wrote announcement for the book. He gives link to a free online version.

More (see links under “Additional Information” at right of this page)
PDF of excerpts:



UPCOMING EVENTS

Cecile Andrews on Sharing – Wednesday November 2

The New Simplicity: Community, Sharing, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Wednesday, November 2
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Peninsula Conservation Center
3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
Cost: Free

In the past, simplicity was associated with deprivation and thrift. Its true meaning has always been about clarifying true happiness, and the biggest predictor of happiness is connection with people and the planet. We’re building a new culture that links happiness to community and sharing and we need to come together to learn new skills. (For those interested, we will start an ongoing sharing group.)

The presenter is Cecile Andrews. She is the author of Slow is Beautiful, Less is More, and Circle of Simplicity. She has her doctorate in education from Stanford. For more information about this event and to register, please contact Michael Closson at michaelc@acterra.org.


Community Food Conference in Oakland – Nov 5 – 8

The topic of Food Justice has been in the air recently, so I suspect that a number of you will be interested in learning about the Community Food Conference 15 – happening in Oakland from November 5 to 8. It isn’t cheap, but if you’ve attended conferences lately, you’ll know that it’s reasonable compared to some. You get quite a lot for your money. Check it out at: http://communityfoodconference.org/15/

If you don’t want to attend the entire conference, you have the option of attending ONLY a field day on Saturday, November 5. These trips give people the opportunity to visit food programs and farms around the Bay Area, from West Marin to Salinas. They typically come not only with great information and opportunities to learn, but a lunch made from local, sustainable food. http://www.foodsovereigntytours.org/u-s-tours/cfsc2011/

One field trip in particular that I’d like to mention to you is near by. Collective Roots is hosting a field day, right here in East Palo Alto. Many of you know Collective Roots well, and probably don’t need an all day tour of their excellent projects and sites. But others of you who have heard about them might want to check this out. You’ll get to visit quite a number of places, including the amazing and beautiful EPACS garden, and get a lunch of local, sustainable food cooked by the graduates of their Cooking Matters program. http://www.foodsovereigntytours.org/u-s-tours/cfsc2011/east-palo-alto/

– Peter Ruddock


Richard Heinberg at Kepler’s – Thurs Dec 8

“The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality”
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits. Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes.

The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

Richard Heinberg is the author of nine previous books including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and Blackout. He is a Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, a think tank helping chart humanity’s transition from the brief, waning reign of fossil-fueled megatechnology to the dawning era of re-adaptation to nature’s limits. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators, Richard lectures widely and appears on radio, television, and in films.

Members get in FREE! General Admission requires purchase of event book OR a $10 gift card (admits 2).

http://www.keplers.com/event/richard-heinberg


Ongoing Events

alternate Tuesdays – Conversation, Community and Calling
alternate Wednesdays – Book group 2 continuing discussion, Reskilling group
Thursdays – Resilience Circle

2nd Sunday – Garden share at Common Ground
4th Sunday – Garden share at Full Circle Farm

Visit the website at http://www.transitionpaloalto.org for details

You can access the Calendar via:

https://transitionpaloalto.org/events-2

Contact the Transition team transitionpaloalto@gmail.com
to get on or off the newsletter mailing list (the transitionpaloalto Yahoo Group) or to suggest events!

editor for this issue: Bart Anderson
normal editor: Rani

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Showing of “In Transition” Sunday October 23

In Transition 1.0 – movie and discussion

From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience

‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.

Following the 50 minute film, Debbie Mytels of Acterra will describe the local Transition/Resilience movement and will lead a discussion about how to get involved locally.

Sunday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church
505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto

Free and open to all. Contributions will be requested. Wheelchair accessible.

Co-Sponsored By
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

and

Action Council, Unitarian Universalist Church

Occupy comes to Palo Alto

On Wednesday evening more than 150 sympathizers with the Occupy Wall Street movement had a good natured demonstration in Palo Alto. About a dozen members of Transitioners.

The demonstrators stood on the sidewalk in front of a Bank of America branch at 2600 El Camino near Page Mill road. Demonstrators held signs, chatted and occasionally sang. Passing motorists regularly honked to show support.

The event was covered by Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Post and Palo Alto News (re-printed by the Mercury News).

The Palo Alto Weekly article had a quotes from some regular attendees at TPA events:

Gerry Gras, a laid-off Palo Alto software engineer, said he lost his job two years ago because of the economy. But “if I had a job I’d want to be here,” he said, noting he would probably be working long hours that would prevent him from protesting.

… Gras waved an American flag. It’s stars were replaced with corporate logos: General Electric, Coca Cola and major news networks.

“I think things are not going to be the same afterwards,” he said of the growing movement. “I don’t know where they are going, but they’re not going to be the same.”

Barbara Weinstein and Vikki Velkoff said the protest was a way to connect with other people and to give voice to the difficulties people are facing.

“It’s really important for people who felt isolated in the face of all the miserable stuff going on to come together,” Weinstein said.

Velkoff, an early-phase drug-development researcher, was laid off in December along with hundreds of others when Roche in Palo Alto closed its facility. She will start a new job next week, she said.

“It’s good to know there are others thinking along the same lines,” she said.

Transition typically does not take political positions as an organization, Many members, however, are politically active. The Transition Movement, especially in the UK, has been having a long discussion on its relationship to political actions.

Occupy events are occurring in Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland. For local Meet-ups, see Occupy Together