New England Transition & Resilience HUB Gathering at the Slow Living Summit, Brattleboro VT, June 5 – 8

Posted March 7, 2013 in Blog, Events

New England Transition & Resilience Hub Meeting
Saturday, June 8

12pm – 4pm
Brattleboro, Vermont

Come share stories, lessons, and strategies with other Transitioners from around New England! We’ll meet following the annual Slow Living Conference in Brattleboro taking place June 5 – 7. If you’re coming to the Summit, please stay for the meeting; or simply join us on Saturday (it’s free!). Saturday morning is also the annual “Strolling of the Heifers” parade, so it promises to be a great day in Brattleboro. Camping, inexpensive hotels, and some in-home hospitality are available. Email Sarah ( for details.

The emerging New England Hub had a successful gathering back in October in Boston, when we shared stories, assessed needs, and considered how our region can become more resilient. There was great enthusiasm for another gathering, and we hope as many transition communities as possible can join us in Brattleboro to continue the dialogue. (Read this blog post about the October gathering.)

We’ll consider the state of the New England network and envision what our next steps should be as a hub. Other topics include Inner Transition, a regional online communications platform, future gatherings, and training needs. The agenda will be formed based on your input, so please email me with ideas.

Read more below about other exciting Transition events taking place in conjunction with the Slow Living Summit. See more info on Facebook.

Transition at the Slow Living Summit

The Slow Living Summit is a fantastic annual event covering many topics near and dear to Transition. This year, there is also a “Transition Track” of workshops and a Transition plenary. To register for the Summit, click here. There are several discounted rates, and you can register with our special code to get 20% off (Transitioner2013). To attend the Transition Plenary on the morning of Friday June 7, featuring Tina Clarke, Gus Speth, and Chuck Collins, you can show up at the door and pay a small donation without registering for the Summit. Camping, inexpensive hotels, and some in-home hospitality are available. Email for details.

SUMMIT SPEAKERS: Frances Moore Lappe, Judy Wicks, Steve Chase, Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Claire Wheeler and many more.

PLENARY: “Transition to a New Economy” Plenary Session (Friday morning 6/7 at 8:30 am): “Transitioning to a New Economy,” with Gus Speth, Tina Clarke and Chuck Collins

WORKSHOPS: There are many fabulous workshops planned for the Slow Living Summit on local food systems, permaculture, local business, and other topics relevant to what you care about. In addition, we will have our own track of “transition/community resilience building” workshops including:

  • Introduction to Transition Movement
  • Community Transition Initiatives Across the Race and Economic Divides
  • Transition Visioning Game
  • Emergency Preparedness and Regional Thinking for Transition Organizing

Click here to see times & locations for the entire “Transition Track” at the Slow Living Summit.


Schedule at a glance
Detailed schedule
Speaker bios

REGISTER HERE – Then email to let us know you plan to attend

REGISTER HERE – Then email to let us know you plan to attend.


In October 2012, representatives of over 24 New England “community resilience building” efforts came together in Boston to share stories, learn skills and talk about ways to strengthen our regional work. These included transition towns, local environmental justice projects, and alternative business networks.

Participants were excited to gather again – and a steering committee was formed to take next steps. We formed an ad hoc “Transition & Community Resilience HUB” (aka, “Transition HUB”).  We agreed to piggy-back on several existing events including the Slow Living Summit and a week-long family summer camp – “Camp Commons” – at World Fellowship.

The 3rd annual Slow Living Summit is a regional gathering taking place in Brattleboro VT from Wednesday, June 5 through Friday June 7, 2013. The organizers invited us to mesh our events and create a number of concurrent Transition events as part of the Summit. The Strolling of the Heifers is a community festival happening Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th in Brattleboro.

Our Goals:

1) Relationships: to reunite Transition Communities from across New England, to share stories, catch-up, celebrate, and learn together in the context of music, food, and workshops.

2) Regionalism: to discuss NE Transition & Resilience – ongoing projects and plans for future gatherings.

3) Outreach: to share Transition topics and strategies for launching Transition Initiatives.


Introduction to Transition Movement

How do we increase our own resilience and strengthen our communities as energy costs rise, and economic and environmental problems deepen? Transition is a global movement in 34 countries, inspiring community projects on local food, buildings, energy, economy and culture that bring people together for positive, creative action and fun. How does the process work? How does it support existing local groups and leaders and help everyone collaborate? We’ll share experiences and successful models, and explore how communities can come together to thrive in changing times. Learn about the origins and key principles of this model for cultivating resilient communities through grass-roots, neighbor-to-neighbor initiatives. Information will be offered on regional and national resources to support starting up a new Transition Town.

Tina Clarke, trainer, Transition Massachusetts, Montague MA
Paul LeVasseur, Transition Putney, Putney VT

Community Transition Initiatives Across the Race and Economic Divides

Many transition initiatives are formed by people with a deep environmental concern about peak oil and climate change. But to build broadly participatory initiatives, we need to speak to local concerns about inequality, jobs, the cost of energy, youth opportunity, violence, food security and more. Come hear stories about community resilience building efforts that bridge class and race divides in our communities.

Carlos Espinoza, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition
OTHER Speakers TBA

Transition Visioning Game

Join this engaging activity to plan in small groups around six key content areas. Participants will then creatively report back to the whole break-out session.

Steve Chase, Antioch New England and the Transition Keene Task Force
Katy Locke, Transition Keene Task Force
Sarah Harpster, Transition Keene Task Force

Emergency Preparedness and Regional Thinking for Transition Organizing

Food, energy and transit are part of regional systems. Similarly, when disaster strikes, we depend on regional response systems. Can emergency preparedness and regional planning be a way to engage people in organizing for community resilience and transition?

Conrad Willeman, Transition Newburyport
Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies

REGISTER HERE – Then email to let us know you plan to attend