Living beneath your means – for fun and profit

Living beneath your means – for fun and profit

By Barbara Weinstein and Eitan Fenson, Transition Palo Alto

How are you making ends meet during these tough economic times?

Local Transitioners shared their ideas at the March 9 Transition Palo Alto 100 Mile Potluck. Cecile Andrews kicked off the discussion by asking folks to consider what they’re doing in three different areas:

  1. Transportation, travel,  food, and leisure
  2. Housing, furniture, clothing, cleaning, maintenance
  3. Kids, education, health and work

We then split into smaller groups to discuss each area in term, mixing up the groups each time before returning to the full group to share ideas that came up in the small group discussions.

So many creative ideas! Here are some of them. Continue reading

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Jan 26 – Films of Vision and Hope presents “The Last Crop”

Films of Vision and Hope Presents

The Last Crop

Join Transition Silicon Valley and World Centric for a special showing of a new film about agriculture in the Bay Area.

Filmmaker Chuck Schultz will be present for a showing of his film, The Last Crop. This is his story of farmers Jeff and Annie Main, their Good Humus Farm and how they are planning to preserve it as a working, organic farm for future generations. After the film, Chuck will lead a discussion about issues farmers encounter in staying on the land and what we can help them do about them.

THURSDAY, January 26, 2012
6:30 Meet and Greet
7:00 – 9:00 Film and Discussion
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto CA 94306

“Sustainability is the big new catch phrase but what does that mean? Does it mean that we take care of our soil? Does it mean we take care of our water sources and our air? The true issue to me is sustaining farmers” – Annie Main, Good Humus Farm

Suggested Donation to help defray travel and film costs: $5.00 – $10.00

Trailer for film
Film website

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

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

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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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

Newsletter – October 5, 2011

TRANSITION PALO ALTO
Newsletter
October 5, 2011

News

  • New book – “Transition Companion” – discount copies available
  • Let it all hang out at new Chat group
  • Opportunities with Transition groups
  • Burt Liebert writing “Take Back the Power”
  • Transition Garden Group forming

Events

  • Acterra’s Green@Home energy specialist volunteer training – Wed Oct 5 and 12
  • Free screening of “I AM, the documentary” – Thurs Oct 6
  • Sharing Event – garden produce, crafts, Halloween costumes – Sun Oct 9
  • Bike Palo Alto – Learn how easy it is to bike in Palo Alto – Sun Oct 9
  • Frances Moore Lappé at Stanford: “Cultivating the EcoMind to Transform Our Food System” – Tues Oct 11
  • Community Food Conference in Oakland – Nov 5-8


NEWS


New book – “Transition Companion” – discount copies available

We just placed a bulk order for “The Transition Companion” by Rob Hopkins which will be released in late October.

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.

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


Let it all hang out at new Chat group

To cope with all the ideas and events, we’ve set up a new Yahoo group for announcements, news items and discussion. It’s called tpa_chat

If you already have a Yahoo account, you can sign up by sending an email message to
tpa_chat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Complete instructions – see next item below.


Opportunities with Transition groups

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.

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.

The home page for each is:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transitionpaloalto/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book2/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book4/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_book6/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_chat/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_conversation/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_garden/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_resilience/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_food/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_reskilling/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_slow_money/

[Thanks to David H. for pointing out that 2 of the URLs were wrong in the emailed version of the newsletter]

To join the tpa_chat group (or any of TPA’s groups
– just plug in the appropriate name, e.g. “tpa_resilling” instead of “tpa_chat”):

1. Go to:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_chat/

2. Click on “Join Group” (in blue) on the middle right of the page.

3. If you have a Yahoo ID account, sign in with it.

If you DON’T have a Yahoo ID account, it is recommended that you fill out the forms to get one. It’s free and takes 5-15 minutes. Once you have one, it makes your interactions with Yahoo groups much easier. At the bottom right of the page, click on the button “Create New Account”

If you DON’T have a Yahoo ID account and you cannot / do not want to go through the process of signing up for one, send me your name and email address and I can sign you up for the group. ( bart AT cwo DOT com ).

4. Fill out the options. You can probably stick with all the default values.

If you don’t want mail filling up your inbox, you can choose the “Web Only” option in Step 2. With this option, you can go to the Yahoo Group website to read messages, rather than having them sent to you. (Thanks to Rani for this tip.)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_chat/messages

5. After you’re signed up, you can send messages to the group by using the mail address
tpa_chat@yahoogroups.com

6. To un-subscribe, send a message to
tpa_chat-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Burt Liebert writing “Take Back the Power”

Transition Palo Alto has been honored to have Burt and Marge Liebert at many events.

They have been involved in Transition-like activities for many decades. Recently they published an eco-topian novel called “Out of the Cage”

Burt has been an actor, drama teacher (UC Davis), Humanist, Peace Corps volunteer, lecturer, activist and horseback rider. Marge has been an innovative special-ed teacher, a prolific artist, and an undaunted activist.

More:
https://transitionpaloalto.org/learn/about-burt-and-marjorie-liebert/

A few weeks ago, Burt distilled his feeling about current events in a piece of writing called “Take the Back Power”

http://outofthecagenow.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-back-power-by-burt-liebert-it-isnt.html

It may be a statement that many can agree with. At first reading, it seems like the “Move to Amend” moveement against corporate personhood that some TPA people are involved with (cf Gerry G.).

http://www.peaceandjustice.org/programs/Move_To_Amend/MoveToAmend.pdf

-BA


Transition Garden Group forming

Romola Georgia is starting a garden group for discussion and activities around gardening. Romola is a Master Gardener and a founding member of Transition Palo Alto.

You can join by going to
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpa_garden/

Or by writing Romola at rgeorgia AT gmail DOT com


UPCOMING EVENTS


Acterra’s Green@Home energy specialist volunteer training – Wed Oct 5 and 12

Come learn more about how to save energy in your home — and help others in the community do so, too! Please join us at Acterra for this volunteer training program on the next two Wednesday evenings:

Wednesday OCTOBER 5 & 12: Next Acterra’s Green@Home Energy Specialist Volunteer Training.

Green@Home Energy Specialist Volunteers meet with residents in their homes to install basic energy and water saving devices and create home energy conservation plans. Each HouseCall is performed by 2 volunteers & takes 2.5 hours. The next training will be: October 5 AND 12, 5:30 – 9:30 pm. The class will meet in Palo Alto. For more details about the location and to register for this training, see http://greenathomeprogram.eventbrite.com/

Please pass the word to others that may be interested.

Hope you can join us –it’s a fun, hands-on learning program with tools and a comprehensive learning manual.

– Debbie Mytels / Associate Director, Acterra


Free screening of “I AM, the documentary” – Thurs Oct 6

Topic:
The shift is about to hit the fan
Event date:
Thursday, October 06th, 2011 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:
Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University

Trailer:

Reviews:
http://blog.seattlepi.com/peoplescritic/2011/02/24/review-i-am-the-documentary/
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2014320323_mr25iam.html

– Sarah R.


Sharing Event – garden produce, crafts, Halloween costumes – Sun Oct 9

Neighbors Sharing Food/Flowers/Herbs from their Gardens
Neighbors Sharing Arts & Craft Supplies

Sunday, October 9 11am – noon
FREE !
Common Ground Organic Garden Supply & Education Center
www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
559 College Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Join us to share garden bounty. Bring what you have to share; take home something you don’t. Think of it as a “free” backyard farmers’ market.

Bring your homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, and flowers! Bring your outgrown Halloween costumes and paraphernalia.

Come meet other artistic people, share stories, clear out your closets, and help save stuff from the landfill at the Craft Share! Bring your old arts and crafts supplies, Halloween and other paraphernalia, and take home what you really need.

Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together to share. Our Palo Alto sharing event is supported by a coalition of community ecological organizations and neighborhood groups including: Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Assn, Common Ground, City of Palo Alto Community Gardens, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo
Alto and Transition Silicon Valley.

The Common Ground store is open during the event, so plan to stop in to get any supplies you need to continue your garden bounty. Also, the event is located only 3 blocks from the California Ave Farmers’ Market, which is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You will have time to shop or have lunch at the market after the event.

Join us to share garden bounty as well as halloween costumes. Bring what you have to share; take home something you don’t. Think of it as a “free” backyard farmers’ market.

– Rani


Bike Palo Alto – Learn how easy it is to bike in Palo Alto – Sun Oct 9

Join in for an afternoon of fun and learn how easy it is to bike in Palo Alto! Bike Palo Alto! 2011 will be on Sunday October 9, 1-4 pm.

Start at El Carmelo School (Bryant & Loma Verde) for bike safety info, helmet fitting, bike registration and bike safety checks and maintenance. Then choose one of our highlighted routes and take a fun ride with free treats along the way including ice cream at Baskin Robbins and fruit at Mollie Stone’s & Whole Foods.

Bike Palo Alto! is a free, family friendly event, no pre-registration necessary. Just bring your bike & helmet and be ready to lower your carbon footprint and have some fun! Event highlights:

  • Learn tips on how to bike safely on public streets and make sure your helmet is ready to protect you!
  • Get a great local bike map highlighting bike routes in and around Palo Alto!
  • Check out Palo Alto’s great bike routes and stop along the way for free ice cream and other treats!
  • Learn about bike safety accessories to make your ride safer and register your bike!
  • Want to know the best bike route from your home to your favorite destination? Ask the Route Wizard!
  • Bring your bike by for a free safety check and basic maintenance!
  • Sign up for our free raffle for a chance to win a great prize!

For more info go to: www.pagreenteams.org

Or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=208437172508446

Bike Palo Alto! Sponsors: Palo Alto CEAP, City of Palo Alto Way2Go & Sustainability Programs, Mike’s Bikes, Whole Foods, The Sweet Shop, Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Mollie Stone’s Markets, Traders Joes, Kepler’s Books, REI, Palo Alto Bikes, College Terrace Association & the Barron Park Association.

– Annette I.


Frances Moore Lappé at Stanford: “Cultivating the EcoMind to Transform Our Food System” – Tues Oct 11

Stanford Food Summit 2 proudly and enthusiastically invites you to an evening with: Frances Moore Lappé

Cultivating the EcoMind to Transform Our Food System
Lessons learned from 40 years of the Food Movement

Please feel free to forward and circulate this with wild abandon. We would love to FILL Memorial Auditorium (capacity 1,700).

Stanford Public Forum featuring Frances Moore Lappé, Tuesday October 11, 7-9 pm
Target Audience: General Public

On-line registration is free, but required to help us keep track of numbers: http://foodsummit.stanford.edu

(please note: the website has a registration for the evening event)

The Keynote by Ms. Lappe will be followed by a panel discussion:
Moderator: Debra Dunn, Stanford d.school
Farmer: Dru Rivers, Full Belly Farm
Cook/Restaurateur: Jesse Cool
Nutrition Scientist: Christopher Gardner

– submitted by Lori W.


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

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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