Leadership Retreat

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On Sunday night (July 30) through Tuesday morning (August 1), Transition US will host a retreat and movement strategy session for experienced social change leaders at Walker Community United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. If you are a member of a local Transition initiative or other related effort, and want to deepen your involvement at the national level, please join us to reflect on our successes and challenges, grapple with some of the biggest issues facing our movement today, and collaborate to broaden, deepen, and scale-up Transition throughout the US.


TENTATIVE Retreat Schedule

Sunday Night - Coming Together

  • Dinner at Gandhi Mahal: Relaxing, celebrating, and beginning to connect with each other.

Monday Morning - Reading the Field

  • Overview and Housekeeping: Taking care of basic logistics and providing an overview of the retreat.

  • Participant Introductions: Getting to know each other better as individuals and Transition Movement leaders.

  • Successes and Challenges: Sharing our own experiences doing Transition on the ground in our local communities.

  • Future Scenarios: Examining the assumptions we hold about the future that underlie every decision we make.

Monday Afternoon - Bridging Awareness and Action

  • SWOT Analysis: Charting the most important strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing the US Transition Movement.
  • World Cafe: Exploring how we can significantly broaden, deepen, and scale-up local, regional, and national Transition efforts.
  • “The Double Circle”: Envisioning what a successful Transition might look like and listening to what each of us feels called to do to make this a reality.

Tuesday Morning - Shaping the Movement

  • Day One Recap: Reviewing key insights from the previous day.

  • Transition US Presentation: Summarizing the current and future programs of Transition US, as well as the organization’s vision for its Collaborative Design Council.

  • Future of the Design Council: Defining the aim and role of the Design Council, electing new members, and brainstorming potential Council activities.

  • Closing: Reflecting on our experience together, and expressing any final thoughts and well-wishes.