2017 Conference Program
Please click on any of the titles and images below to find more information about the various intensives, keynote presentations, workshops, and group activities that took place as part of this extraordinary event! Sessions are listed here chronologically, in reverse-order.
As this National Gathering comes to a close, we invite you to participate in a series of Open Space discussions responding to our conference theme: How can we broaden, deepen, scale up Transition to create more resilient communities?
A FreeStore can be a great way to create a sharing economy and bring community together.
Transition Streets is a neighborhood carbon reduction program that brings neighbors together to learn and support each other in taking practical action to lower their carbon footprints in the areas of food, energy, water, waste, and transportation, all while deepening relationships and having fun!
In this presentation, we will discuss the nature of spirituality, self-care, and how we maintain our inner health that feeds our action in the world and make us more effective agents for change.
In this interactive session, you will hear inspiring stories from Daily Acts and learn practices and tools to help inspire volunteers, create effective partnerships, and mobilize the resources to transform lives, neighborhoods, and communities.
We will examine concrete campaigns to explore using local government as an agent for Transition, as opposed to something to “work around.”
As we run up against the limits of growth and the end of the fossil fuel age, we need to refocus from chasing unlimited wants to understanding and finding ways to satisfy our real needs within the ecosystems in which we live.
Tired of mowing the grass? Learn how to replace your lawn with a Food Forest!
By following these 10 steps, you can join the buzz and capture media attention for your community project or event.
In this session, we’ll learn how to build relationships with local governments to prioritize sustainable food systems in community planning.
In this presentation, we'll look at how permaculture might help or hinder citizen-led approaches to economic development.
Do you want a repair cafe in your hometown? Come to this workshop to learn how.
How can we strengthen our partnerships with local faith communities? And why would we want to?
Citizens' Climate Lobby has over 360 chapters in the US (in every state), working with Congress for one thing. Find out how we work and how you and your community can build political will for a livable world.
This round table discussion will explore the assumptions, perceptions and attitudes that we carry individually and collectively which perpetuate the mindset underlying the fossil fuel system, the oppression of races and cultures, and so much more.
Shaun hosts a conversation on Transition's engagement with the greatest challenges of our times.
This workshop will discuss two efforts underway for people to invest in things that matter.
Strengthen your inner capacity to create a renewable energy future with qigong exercises for moving with the energy in our bodies and the elements.
Learn what happened at Standing Rock, the water protector movement that is going strong, and the great efforts currently underway that will continue to inspire the world.
The Community Rights movement has helped more than 200 communities and counties across eight states exercise their rights to a sustainable energy future, a healthy climate, clean water, a local food system, sustainable infrastructure, etc., as locally enforceable laws.
A Sustain-A-Raiser looks a lot like a permablitz, but designed for audiences still new to permaculture.
This workshop will provide participants with tools and techniques to resolve conflict and the opportunity to practice one fundamental conflict resolution technique.
Using a Permaculture lens, learn how to integrate emergency preparedness in each zone, from personal and family, to neighbors, block, business, and government.
Meet intergenerational volunteer teams from four communities successfully partnering with their city governments to adopt and implement energy and climate resilience action plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% or more.
How can we be financially responsible and viable while building local resilience together?
This primer is an ideal introduction for those who are new to the topic and for people who are considering committing to a full Permaculture Design Course.
Facing our grief over climate losses - of species, habitats, and ways of living - can allow us to transition to sustainable lives.
As Permaculture designers, we have discovered three methods to address our complex and growing challenges: replication, "wholistic" systems, and Radical Redesign.
Come learn valuable tricks of the trade from leaders of two of the longest-running and most-successful Transition Initiatives in the US!
We’ll build psychological and spiritual frames for viewing climate reality and explore ways to process the heavy emotions that accompany the shift we are making as we live into our visions of Transition.
Learn about several statewide efforts in Minnesota and New Jersey that are working to advance community sustainability and climate resilience through partnerships and assistance, including Minnesota GreenStep Cities, Jersey Renews, and Sustainable Jersey.
This workshop will serve as an introduction to a new systemic framework for localizing the nation’s food supply and catalyzing highly-localized regional foodsheds as a natural process of healing and regeneration.
This workshop invites participants to reflect on, share, and possibly revise their designs for current projects to include explicit care of self.
Native American methods of council teach us to listen and speak from the heart, be lean of expression, and invite elders and women to speak up.
This workshop will explore a community-based approach and illustrate its applicability across social and economic strata.
This is a presentation with time for discussion. It will review three competing world-views about how to push on in the face of climate change and resource depletion.
This workshop will introduce a set of psychological guidelines, drawn from research studies, that facilitate individual-level voluntary action and create bridges to larger-scale systemic change in the service of sustainability.
This workshop will utilize a short presentation and participatory World Cafe to illustrate a commons-based vision for this movement using case studies and model policies from Shareable’s new book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons."
This virtual workshop will bring in the international/global Transition movement lens. We will host this live with Transition leaders from Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Croatia, and Brazil.
Come learn some fun and powerful tools and practices for building personal and organizational routines that support inspired, effective, and sustained action.
Learn how to connect with a wide range of personalities in your community, and even find ways to work together.
Learn how to move your community towards a renewable energy future from three Transitioners who have run successful programs.
This workshop will introduce you to a substantial body of literature on this subject, an essential design tool, and a powerful, intimate way to create social inclusivity.
Illustrated with stories from around the world, this talk will be a celebration of what we have achieved and a herald of what may come next.
Start the day with conscious movement in this engaging, alignment-focused yoga class for all experience levels.
We face a species survival-level problem - the need to transition society away from our reliance on climate-changing fossil fuels.
This interactive and experiential workshop focuses on the inner transition, “the changes we need to make within ourselves to transition to the more caring, equitable, beautiful, sustainable and resilient world...” (Transition Network).
Join colleagues in a highly-interactive, sharing, and problem-solving workshop addressing key challenges of growing a Transition, resilience, or eco-collaborative community.
On Thursday evening, conference participants and the general public are invited to attend a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Tomorrow.”
Because a group's outer success depends on the quality of its internal relationships, learning how to work more effectively together is perhaps the most important investment you can make in your organization's future.
Join permaculturalist, author, and social entrepreneur Adam Brock in this interactive workshop designed to take local initiatives to the next level.
This two-day course is designed for community organizers, activists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders - anyone who is interested in making real economic change right where they live.
This intensive is designed for community organizers, environment and climate activists, and community members concerned about health, safety, pollution and the political process.