Fall 2014: The New England Resilience Round-Up

It's Harvest Time!

It’s Harvest Time!

Ready, set, it’s almost fall! And with the falling of the leaves comes a lot of Resilience & Transition activity in New England. Here’s a sample of what’s afoot.

The ROCkers are live! The Regional Organizing Committee for New England Resilience & Transition has formed and will meet in-person this fall. The ROCkers will discuss ways to support horizontal communication among initiatives through a spring in-person gathering and enhanced online communications, and consider potential collaborations. Want to get involved or weigh in? We’d love to have your input. Email Sarah Byrnes to jump in (sarah@localcircles.org).

Concerned about local food? If you’re in the Boston area, join us on Wednesday, October 8 for “Can New England Feed Itself?: A “New England Food Vision.” If you’re not in Boston but want to learn more about the Food Solutions New England vision, check out the wealth of information on their website, and stay tuned for a recording of the event and other follow-up.

Also, stay tuned for announcements about our Fall 2014 Webinar Series on Community & Regional Resilience. We’ve got webinars in the works about energy, small group organizing, and more. (Want to tell your story on a webinar? Reply to this email and let us know.)

Onward for resilience,
Sarah Byrnes & Orion Kriegman

More News from New England and Beyond…

People’s Climate March! In case you missed it, there’s going to be a huge climate march in NYC on September 21. Read more here.

2015 Boston Permaculture Design Course. Be part of creating a better future. A six-weekend format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), running January through May 2015 at the beautiful Boston Nature Center! Read more and register at www.bos-pdc.com.

Maine Common Ground Fair, Sep 19 – 21. Hey Mainers – if you’re not going to the Climate March in NYC, come to the Maine Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Take part in the Transition discussion at 10am, Sunday, Sept 21st in the Social and Political Action Tent’s workshop area. We’d love to hear about your Transition projects there. We also invite Transition groups to display their information at the Maine Transition booth in Social and Political Action tent #1. And if you’d like to serve a shift hosting at the booth in exchange for a Fair ticket (while they last), contact Susan Cutting of Belfast Transition, susancutting@gmail.com.

New Economy Week is October 13 – 19. Sponsored by the New Economy Coalition, New Economy Week will feature online and in-person events that highlight successes, ask tough questions, and give life to the claim that another world is possible. Submit your event or story here.

Report: Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement. This fascinating report from the Post Carbon Institute finds that the future belongs to community-oriented, re-localized economies based on mutual support and cooperation. But, we could have told you that. Read the report here.