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Transition Training - Raising Awareness

First Notes from BedZED Transition Training weekend (thanks to the pioneering Totnes team).
This page is here, first for fellow participants, second as a possible start of a future "training" page

Here are three mind maps from our Open Space sessions:
How do we engage people? ¦ How can we support Transition in a city? ¦ Sustainability Research: how to engage universities?

 

Awareness Raising - CC + PO = TT

Your audience

Schools
Parents
Businesses
Leaders to be
Local government
Central government
Artists
Sport clubs etc
Connectors
Word of mouth
KNI – key neighbourhood influencers
Green/eco groups
Allotment groups
Food groups
Faith groups
Church groups
Therapists
Community groups
Local History groups

Volunteer groups
Police
University
College
Students and staff
Food groups

and none of the above!

 

How is Permaculture relevant to TT?

Permaculture is a design for sustainable living!

Earth care   )
People care ) ethical principles of permaculture
Fair share   )

Zoning principle
Zone 1 – inner self – things ‘closest’ to you/most important/most relevent/used most often
(crops/people/places/resources)

Zone 5 – furthest away in terms of distance, importance, relevance, frequency etc

Ergonomics

Sufficiency/efficiency dialectic – Thomas Princen

Permaculture promotes self reliance/resilience – echoes of TT

A driver for relocalization of resources

Input – output connection - circular system

The importance of edges – dynamic meeting point. Diversity of habitat found at the edges

Value diversity – linked to resilience. Anti mono-culture

An observatory approach:

SURVEY ASSESS DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION MAINTAIN

What we will eat when the oil runs out - Richard Heinberg

 

 

 

Our Societal Beliefs

Core Beliefs

FEAR   ISOLATION Separation
From self and from feelings
From spirit
From each other
Create stress
Spiritually impoverished - God? RelIgion?
WORTHLESSNESS Anthropocentrism
Racism
Monocultural outlook
Individualism vs collectivism
Advanced vs primitive
Advanced society – puts individualism first
What has value? £
Value only recognised in material terms
Status is important
Bigger better stuff – give more value/status
Consuming for consuming sake
POWERLESSNESS Lack of integrity
Dog eat dog world
Competition
Dualistic thinking
Defer to authority
Few control the many
They are to blame
Cynicism in politics
Market will solve
Absence of accountability
Lack of personal responsibility
Fear of difference
Pressure to conform, fashion etc
Identity = what you consume
HUNGER

/ scarcity/ lack
Addictive consuming – to try and fill the lack
Bigger is better
Immediate gratification – compulsive
Short term gain
Selfishness    ) belief both are
Greed is good ) inevitable - innately human

Material better than dreams

AVOIDANCE Don’t look for answers inside
Science will find answer
Science will improve things
Impossible to deal with everything

Belief/illusion that we can transcend natural limits
Unlimited resources
Death wish
Denial of mortality – ours and the earth

COLLECTIVE PTSD  (POST-TRAUMA-STRESS DISORDER)

 

Events Ideas

EVENTS - to participate in or promote TT

Farmers markets
Local food feast
Slow food
Music
Nature events
Eco events
Local festivals
Celebrations
Schools
PTA
Green fair
Environment Sunday – Church of England
Interfaith evening
Speakers/debates
Vision sharing

Networking opportunities
Make a film
Open space technology
Car boot sale
Freecycle
Give/take days

 

 

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