Transition Track at the Slow Living Summit

Convened by the New England Resilience & Transition Network

Thursday, June 6

10:30 – 12:00 Workshop: Introduction to Transition, with Tina Clarke & Paul LeVasseur
How do we increase our own resilience and strengthen our communities as energy costs rise, and economic and environmental problems deepen?

3:45 – 5:15 Workshop: Transition Across Race & Class, with Carlos Espinoza-Toro & Orion Kriegman
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.

7:00 – 9:00 Transition Gathering, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street. Snacks will be served.
A chance to connect as a Transition community, share what is most alive for us right now in our work as organizers for transition, and reflect on what we hope to gain by being together at the summit.

Friday, June 7

8:30 – 10:00 Transition Plenary, featuring Tina Clarke, Gus Speth & Chuck Collins

10:30 – 12:00 Workshop: Transition Visioning Game, with Steve Chase, Sarah Harpster, & Katy Locke
Join this engaging activity to plan in small groups around six key content areas.

1:45 – 3:00 Workshop: Emergency Preparedness and Regional Planning, with Sarah Byrnes, Chuck Collins, & Conrad Willeman
Can emergency preparedness and regional planning be a way to engage people in organizing for community resilience and transition?

3:25 – Summing Up Plenary, including a “Transition Caucus”

Saturday, June 8

12:00 – 4:00 Meeting of the Resilience & Transition Hub, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street. Light lunch will be served. RSVP to

Join us to share stories, lessons, and strategies with other Transitioners from around New England! We will consider the state of the New England network, create a better understanding of existing regional connections, and envision our next steps as a regional community.

Transition Gathering at the Slow Living Summit

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

Camp Commons: Activist Family Camp, July 7 – 14, 2013


Facing the Future, Building Hope: Concrete Tools for Community Resilience

Sunday July 7 through Sunday July 14, 2013
World Fellowship Conference Center
White Mountains near Conway, New Hampshire

Come for the week! Or come for a couple of days!

Join a group of fun and engaged activists for the joy of exploration, singing, rethinking, dancing, laughter, eating, sharing skills and organizing strategies, and more singing, storytelling and game playing.

A multi-generational week-long summer camp for community resilience activists working on economic, ecological and social justice, strengthening the commons, community resilience and the transition to the new economy.

Register now!
Click here to book your accommodations directly with World Fellowship, then email the dates of your stay to

  • To build community among activists and cultural workers from different areas, bringing our whole families together
  • To learn from one another in a relaxed and natural setting
  • To celebrate our work and tap into our creativity and humor to strengthen our morale for the struggles ahead

ORGANIZED by the New England Community Resilience Building Network, with help from the Institute for Policy Studies and World Fellowship


World Fellowship Center, Near Conway New Hampshire and the White Mountain National Forest. Founded in 1941, during the war, with motto: “In a time of war, prepare for peace.” World Fellowship has a rich history of political and cultural resistance, the “Highlander Center” of the Northeast.


  • Sunday through Sunday, including full weekend for those who can’t come for whole week. Come when you can, leave when you must.
  • Activities for children and young people during the day
  • Morning Workshops (political discussions, presentations)
  • Afternoon Recreation, Creativity and Open Space (Hiking, Games, Craft projects, Napping, Excursions, Swimming)
  • Evening Programs – Speakers/Presentations/Discussion, Fun night, Story telling slam)
  • Mealtimes – self organized topic tables
  • Late Night: Dancing, games, celebration, sleep.

Questions? For questions about logistics and lodging, contact World Fellowship directly at (603) 447-2280 or For questions about the workshops and program, contact


  • Participants book lodging & logistics directly with WFC – book here
  • There is a craft/arts programming for young people
  • All meals healthy and on site, BYOB
  • Outdoor activities, including bicycle trips, hikes, swimming
  • 2 and half hours from Boston
  • 90 min from Portland, ME (Jet Blue)
  • 2 hours from Manchester, NH (Southwest)
  • WFC can help provide airport transportation


Diverse accommodation options: from camping to nice private guest rooms ($46 – $80 a day, per adult, including 3 meals, meeting rooms, facilities, etc.).

See rate information here.

Book your accommodations directly through WFC here. After you have booked, please email the dates of your stay to


Evening Programs and Workshops

  • Leaders from the Campaign for Climate change; Campaign to Divest from Fossil Fuels (Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies, a Representative from
  • Stories from Community Resilience  & Transition efforts (Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Boston, and representatives of local community resilience building efforts)
  • Introduction to Transition movement (Steve Chase and Dakota Butterfield)
  •  “Walk Out, Walk On: Daring to Live the New Future Now” (Deborah Frieze, co-author with Margaret Wheatley of Walk Out, Walk On:  A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now)
  • The Art of Storytelling & Activism (Norah Dooley)
  • Wealth Inequality & the New Economy (Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies, author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It)

Daytime and Fun Programing Workshops – Follow-up Discussions, Creativity, Fun and Entertainment

  • “Personal Resilience: Hope in the face of despair” (Dakota Butterfield)
  • Organizing Resilience Circles (Sarah Byrnes, Saturday workshop 10 am-4 pm)
  • Introduction to Transition Towns
  • Games and Upcycled Arts & Crafts
  • Evening Storytelling Slam (Mary Hannon, MC)
  • Fun Night Talent Show (Stories, Music, Skits)


Camp Commons Schedule

Sunday 7/7 Evening
Movement for Climate Justice
Janet Redman & Friends

What is the current science of climate change? What is the state of the movements responding to the climate crisis and what can we expect in the coming year?

Janet Redman is co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, where she provides analysis of international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities.

Monday 7/8 Evening
Walk Out Walk On: Daring to Live the Future Now
Deborah Frieze

In this era of increasingly complex problems and shrinking resources, can we find meaningful and enduring solutions to the challenges we face today as individuals, communities and nations? Walk Outs are people who bravely choose to leave behind a world of unsolvable problems, scarce resources and destructive individualism. They walk on to the ideas, beliefs and practices that enable them to discover new potential, new gifts, new possibilities. Through sharing stories, we’ll explore what becomes possible when we walk out of limiting beliefs and walk on to build healthy and resilient communities.

Deborah Frieze is a leading thinker and activist in the movement to build a new economy. She is co-author, with Meg Wheatley, of Walk Out, Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now.

Tuesday 7/9 Evening
Introduction to Transition Movement
Steve Chase & Dakota Butterfield

Across the U.S. and the U.K., communities are coming together to face climate change and peak oil. Learn about this dynamic movement of local activists building new food systems, transportation, businesses and futures.

Steve Chase is the Director of the Environmental Advocacy And Organizing Program at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. He is author of Letters To A Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction To The Quaker Way. Dakota Butterfield is a long-time activist and nonviolence trainer from Boston. They are both certified trainers connected to Transition U.S.

Wednesday 7/10 Evening
Art of Storytelling for Activists
Norah Dooley

How can we integrate the art of storytelling and our personal stories into movements for social change? Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’ s author and educator, and co-founder of, an organization devoted to promoting the art of storytelling.

Thursday 7/11 Evening
Stories of Community Resilience
Carlos Espinoza & Friends

How do we prepare our communities for the dramatic changes in climate and economy that lay ahead? New England activists talk about their local community resilience building activities.

Carlos Espinoza is coordinator of the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition program in Boston (

Friday 7/12 workshop 10 am – 4 pm
Organizing A Resilience Circle
Sarah Byrnes & Thomas Atwood

Resilience Circles are small groups where people come together to increase their personal security through learning, mutual aid, social action, and community support. This is a workshop for people interested in starting a circle in their community.

Sarah Byrnes is the coordinator of the Resilience Circle network. Thomas Atwood is a longtime activist and organizer from Redwood City, CA. See

Friday 7/12 Morning
Wealth Inequality & the Transition to a New Economy
Chuck Collins

The extreme inequalities of wealth and income are thwarting our transition to a new, green and durable economy. How do we make a transition to a new economy that is ecologically sustainable and economically just?

Chuck Collins is senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-editor of His most recent book is 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.

Friday 7/12 Evening
Fun Night Variety Show

Saturday 7/13 Evening Story Slam

An evening of stories from participants, MC’d by Boston storytellers and activists Mary Hannon & Chuck Collins.

Photo Source: World Fellowship Center