TEDxManhattan Streaming Party

Slow Food South Bay presents:

TEDxManhattan Streaming Party

Changing the Way We Eat

Saturday, February 12, 2011,  7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

World Centric Community Space,
2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto, CA

On February 12, The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming will host TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, a one-day TEDx event on sustainable food and farming. It will explore our food system — from what happened, to where we are, to what we are doing to shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming. In an effort to have as many people as possible participate, the event will be webcast live.

For those of you unfamiliar with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), it is a small non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, using talks and performances. Thought leaders from around the world are invited to give presentations up to 18-minutes long that explore important topics to society. All of the talks are recorded and available in an archive at TED’s web-site. Some memorable talks include, Dan Barber’s How I Fell in Love With a Fish and Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize Wish: Teach Every Child About Food. Check them out and get hooked.

Then plan to join us at World Centric on the 12th. The line-up is impressive, including Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, makers of King Corn, Brian Halweil of the Worldwatch Institute, Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA and many more. You can get the full list at the TEDxManhattan web-site. There is no schedule for individual speakers, but the event will be broken into sessions:

    7:30 AM – 9:15 AM : Session 1 – What Happened?
    9:15 AM – 10:30 AM : Break
    10:30 AM – 12:15 PM : Session 2 – Where are we?
    12:15 PM – 1:00 PM : Potluck Lunch Break
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM : Session 3 – Where are we going?

Come for one session or stay all day. Those of us staying over lunch time will plan to share a potluck lunch together. Bring something simple, seasonal, local – something sustainable – to share with your neighbors.

(This event is brought to you by a number of partners: Collective Roots, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric.)

New calendar for Transition events

JUST ADDED – Events Calendar courtesy of Yahoo groups

See what Transition-related activities are coming to our area for 2011


After you’ve clicked one of the links, you are prompted to log on to Yahoo to access the calendar.

Anyone can see the calendar. Members of Transition Palo Alto Yahoo group can add events.

You can access these links by clicking on the Events tab on these pages.

We’re got plans in the works for a Newsletter too.

Free Film Series: Livable Cities

Films of Vision and Hope

We’ll look at what went wrong with our cities, how sprawl replaced neighborhoods, and what can be done to bring back community and sustainability to our cities and towns.

January 21 – End of Suburbia We’ll set the stage with this influential film, which shows how the American dream of suburbia has become unsustainable and gives an inkling of what might replace it.  

January 28 – Save our Land, Save our Towns  Small town newsman Tom Hylton explores  why America’s towns have declined and what we can do to revive them.
“Development and zoning issues normally make the eyes glaze…Tom Hylton makes them downright fascinating.” Philadelphia Daily News

February 4 – Community by Design   Learn about the key role that design plays in community from some leading progressive thinkers on the subject.

February 11 – Portland: Quest for the Livable City   Portlanders enjoy a thriving downtown, plus national recognition for alternative transportation, emissions reductions, and overall sustainability, thanks to a regional land use process established thirty years ago. Learn about the challenges of maintaining this land use vision and its implications for equity and fairness.

February 25 –  A Convenient Truth  In this inspirational film, you’ll learn why cities around the world look to Curitiba, Brazil as the model for creative and enlightened urban planning. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.

March 4 – Join us for our third 100 mile potluck. Connect with others and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Films of Vision and Hope focuses on hopeful and positive solutions to environmental
problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.

Where:  World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto  (behind JJ&F Market)
When:  Fridays 7:00 – 9:30 PM (7 PM cookies, 7:30 PM film) 

 Sponsored by Acterra, Common Ground, Mountain View Cohousing Community, Silicon Valley Action Network, Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, World Centric, and more

Newsletter – December 30, 2010

NEWSLETTER – December 30, 2010

New Years Eve party
Upcoming Events
No Impact Experiment
Ideas for Community Building in the New Year


World Centric has invited us to a New Years Eve event, starting at 7 pm
Transition members should have received an invite (see emailed newsletter)

* Jan 4 – Free workshop 7-9 pm at World Centric with Cecile Andrews
“Conversation, Community, and Calling” https://transitionpaloalto.org/2010/12/10/group_workshops/
* Low impact experiment (January) – see note from David Coale below
* New film series “Making Cities Livable” (tentatively scheduled to start in January)
* New low carbon diet class (scheduled for January) – contact Annette Isaacson
* New Transition book group starting in late January – contact Emily Rosen, Paul Heft or William Mutch


Here is reminder about the No Impact Experiment I and other folks will be involved in starting Jan 2. Please join me in exploring ways to lessen our impact. This is a project by Transition Palo Alto. See: https://transitionpaloalto.org/2010/12/07/the-no-impact-experiment/ for more information or follow the links below.
– David Coale (Transition Palo Alto)

Join me, Transition Palo Alto, and many others in The No Impact Experiment! It’s a one-week exploration of how to reduce our negative impacts on our environment, beginning January 2nd (in partnership with YES! Magazine (http://www.yesmagazine.org/) and the No Impact Project (http://noimpactproject.org/experiment/).

We’ll learn a few things about living a happier life, and maybe change a few habits in the process.

This is not a test. There is no scoring, there are no judgments. It’s a chance to experiment with small changes in our lives, as part of the big cultural shift we are undertaking to live in balance on our planet. They supply information and support for each day of the week during your exploration experiment. We might learn whether less environmental degradation brings with it more happiness! If you already do a lot to lessen your impact, great! Consider this a tune-up.

Try it! Register on the No Impact Project website. http://noimpactproject.org/experiment/

(Visit How It Works to preview step-by-step instructions, http://noimpactproject.org/experiment/how-it-works/
or Reflections on a one-week carbon cleanse to read someone else’s experience.) http://eartheasy.com/blog/2010/01/reflections-on-a-one-week-carbon-cleanse/

Also think about sending this around to your friends and neighbors as it is fun to do as a group.

David Coale / Transition Palo Alto.

Ideas for Community Building in the New Year
(courtesy of Barbara Weinstein)

* More swaps – such as gardens, seedlings. Note that Acterra is planning a conference on sharing…
* Continuation of Cecile Andrews’ workshops on conversation – perhaps continue after she completes the initial sessions Jan 4.
* New book and study groups (science of climate change, any other topics..)
* Reskilling work group (possible workshop/conference this spring)
* Connecting with Stanford staff and students – for this, it would be best to have activities on campus, or in the case of staff, close to transit lines
* Workshops on bike repair
* Knitting groups
* Book exchange
* More social get-togethers

Things to work out…

* Arranging for space for meetings, films (since we won’t be able to meet at World Centric after March).
o Talking to KEEP in Palo Alto about partnering with them to get some city space (such as Lucy Stern) for free
o Local libraries (Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View
o Peninsula Conservation Center (where we held the first film series)
o Stanford rooms (need a faculty or staff sponsor to get for free?)
* How best to help people brainstorm ideas for activities and get together to make them happen.
o Use Facebook?
o Try to use the Transition web site to help connect people who want to work with others on ideas for activities
* Consolidating email lists

– Bart Anderson (temporary editor)

Free group workshops: “Conversation, Community, and Calling” Dec 14, 21 and Jan 4

We’ll be following up our Conversation and Community group with three sessions, led by Cecile Andrews of Transition Palo Alto

Admission is open and free.

Conversation, Community, and Calling
Tuesdays, Dec 14th, 21st, and Jan 4th
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Based on the practice of good, effective conversation, in this three session series we’ll examine how you can use conversation and community to advance your vision of cultural change. Among other things, we’ll explore Jeremy Rifkin’s idea of the empathic civilization, the new gross national happiness movement, and ongoing efforts for wealth equality.

The presenter is Cecile Andrews, author of Circle of Simplicity, Slow is Beautiful, and Less is More

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

This is a follow-up to last month’s workshop Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills

Holiday garden, cookie and craft exchange – Dec 11

Saturday December 11th 2:00 – 3:30pm FREE !
World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Join us for the holiday community free exchange of garden bounty & Holiday creations. Bring Holiday cookies and decorations to swap & your homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, and holiday greenery to trade!
Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together for swapping and sharing locally grown, fresh produce. Our first Garden Swap was held August 21, with people coming together to share produce, chat and get to know one another. Four other events followed where home gardeners met for a free exchange of garden bounty. Here is one guest’s rave review: 

“What a great event, like a free farmers’ market – grapes and raspberries and oranges and two types of apples, sage and oregano and rosemary and thyme, sorrel and a plethora of tomatoes, seeds to save and plant, and some beautiful flowers. Thank you!” – Rani

Saturday, December 11, we will expand the concept to exchange homemade holiday creations, as well as all great late fall produce, such as persimmons, lemons, and oranges.  Bring cookies and other sweets, crafts, decorations, & greenery to exchange for the handmade goodies of your neighbors.  Expecting that some of the cookies will be eaten on site, we will provide apple cider to quench your thirst.

Come for the food, come for the community.  Hope to see you there.

Our Palo Alto exchange 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, Palo Alto Community Gardens, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto & World Centric.

You can print out this PDF of the event announcement to hand out to friends and co-workers.

(Information courtesy of Jan Butts)

Craft swap a success

Our first attempt at a craft swap can likely be called a success!

We met at A Work of Heart, a beautiful, inspiring studio with drawings of fashion models and handmade paper dolls on the walls, pretty little supplies and trinkets for sale, and a room full of empty tables. They weren’t empty for long. Tamara brought hand-drawn signs made by her school typography students, labeling everything from paint to scrapbooking. The tables were soon filled with bits and baubles, fabric and yarn and stickers, and about ten of us loitered, shopping for free.

More than just the shopping, we traded craft ideas and tips, learned about upcoming events, and found local resources. We also found out about everyone’s hidden talents and unique skills.

Everyone had delightful supplies to donate: cards, scrapbook items and papers, stickers (a hit with the kids), beads, craft kits, magazines and books, tons of fabric (lovely brocade that walked away fast) and yarn, oil paints, gift wrap and bags, ribbon, markers, stamps, miscellaneous stuff (including pasta makers, trays and cork boards!) and so much more. We distributed about half the items, the rest awaiting the next swap (keep your eyes open for an announcement in February or March next year!).

Thanks to all for their support and helping make this exchange happen.


Got some extra crayons lying around? Are you a closet knitter with a room full of yarn? Scrapbooking, paper-making, jewelry-making, drawing, painting, sculpting, and more – whatever your craft is, you need supplies. Why not trade for them?

Come meet other crafters, share your extras and take home some goodies at our first CRAFT SWAP!

When: Sunday, November 14, 2010. 8:30-11am

Where: A Work of Heart, 2196 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA

What to bring: Arts and crafts supplies (no one empty-handed will be turned away), and an extra bag or basket to carry what you want.

You’ll bring in what you have, put it on the appropriate table, and go shopping for free.

Come join the fun! Questions? Email rani at bacraftswap at gmail dot com

Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills – Workshop November 16

Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills
Workshop November 16

Cecile Andrews, Simplicity author/lecturer will lead a workshop showing ways to build community and examining the essential ingredients of good conversation.

Tuesday November 16 7:00 – 9:00 pm
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
(behind JJ&F, just off El Camino Real, in College Terrace)


Saving the planet means creating a caring culture. Social ties are central to health, happiness, and civic life. Yet our frantic, distracted culture makes it difficult to maintain and deepen social connections. Trust and civil discourse are in decline.

  • Have better conversations
  • Improve your satisfaction with the communities you’re in
  • Be more effective in engaging people
  • Ideal for business, non-profits, activism
  • Follow-up group for those interested

Led by Cecile Andrews, author of Less is More, Slow is Beautiful, and Circle of Simplicity. Cecile will also be speaking at the Green Festival at 11am on Sat, Nov 6th.

Cecile Andrews has her doctorate in education from Stanford where she teaches in the Stanford Health Improvement Program. She is on the board for Take Back Your Time, and is active in Transition Palo Alto and Seattle’s Gross National Happiness Project.
Information: cecile@cecileandrews.com

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, World Centric and Silicon Valley Action Network (SVAN).

Event PDF for posting and printing