Friday, May 23, 2014

Planning Meeting - Thursday 29 May 2014 at Bellingen Youth Hub

We need Transition now more than ever...what part will you take?

Come join us at our next PLANNING MEETING - NEXT THURSDAY, 29 MAY from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellingen Youth Hub (William St, Bellingen). We will be learning more about Transition Culture (see below) and also doing some hands-on Project Planning. This meeting is a follow on from last week's meeting, at which 12 enthusiastic people (some new, some old) shared and learned and planned together. 

How is Transition like a cake? 
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L et's be clear; there is no right way to do Transition.

Every initiative does it differently, and that’s part of the fun of the whole thing. Think of it like cooking. There are all kinds of amazing ingredients we can assemble in order to make, say, a cake, and the creation of every cook will be unique, reflecting his or her abilities and culture, and the local resources available.

At the same time, there are certain time-proven stages to successful cake baking. You can’t just put the flour in a bowl, throw in some butter, put it in the oven and expect a cake to emerge. That wouldn’t work at all.

Similarly, with Transition there are distinct stages the process goes through, from meeting equally enthused people and deciding to give Transition a go (‘Starting out’), to finding that you are now becoming a viable, vibrant project (‘Deepening’), then trying to broaden your engagement with the local community (‘Connecting’) and scaling up what you are doing in order to make localisation a reality on the ground (‘Building’).  Lastly, there is a visionary, speculative stage of looking forward to how things might be if this happened everywhere (‘Daring to Dream’).  That’s where things get really interesting.

Things are already interesting in Transition Bellingen....we are definitely in the "Building" phase. Come build with us! See you Thursday.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Looking for people who want to help to make things happen Thursday 15 May 2014

WHAT:  You are invited to an important Transition Bellingen gathering this coming Thursday, 15 May - from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellingen Youth Hub (William St, Bellingen).

From 7:00-8:00 the focus will be on "Transition Culture" - who is Transition and how and why does it work? From 8:00-9:00 we will move into active planning mode.

WHY: Transition Bellingen has been going strong since 2009. And that is because there have been a lot of people putting the hard yards in. Right now, inspired by our latest workshops and all the ideas and projects that have come up because of them, Transition Bellingen is in need of people who are keen to take on some useful tasks - publicity, meeting facilitation, project planning, all that good stuff! If you are looking to do some good work with some great people for a meaningful purpose....COME ALONG to the gathering. If you can't make it but would still like to put your hand up for a task/job/project - contact us


And furthermore..

At the recent Economics of Happiness workshops, a small group of writers/editors was formed to create regular 'Strengthening Local Communities' articles for our local newspaper. The aim is to profile successful localisation initiatives and ideas from around globe and explore how they might be relevant to the Bellingen Shire. The next steps for this group are to work up some sample articles and approach the newspaper with the idea. Anyone interested in writing and/or editing for this group can contact Melissa via