Transition Whatcom

We hope you'll join us Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Pickford Limelight Theater, when "In Transition 2.0" will show at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $6 for members, $9 for adult non-members and $6.50 for children non-members. The Limelight Theater is located at 1416 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham.


Transition Whatcom Operating Group (TWOG) members Emily Farrell and Tom Anderson will lead a discussion after the movie and will provide examples of what the Transition movement is doing locally to create a more resilient and self reliant Whatcom County.


I haven't yet seen the movie myself, but I'm looking forward to it.  It's billed as "a story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times," and there's a whole website devoted to the film here.


TWOG member Warren Miller, describes the film like this: "To me In Transition 2.0 is inspirational, showing how individuals can make a big difference locally. Sometimes we are so depressed by the global issues we forget how powerful local efforts can be. And when many local efforts work, we end up making a difference globally."


Here are a couple of excerpts from other reviews:

Opening with personal reflections on what transition means, director Emma Goude's Transition 2.0 shapes a more personal exploration with a stronger narrative backbone than its earlier incarnation. In one instance Rob Hopkins describes Transition as 'originally designed as a detox for the west' but which now has a global reach and appeal. The film collects stories from around the world in the form of a series of cine-postcards ('zero flights taken' the filmmakers proudly proclaim) charting the many Transitions taking root.

And this is where the strength of the film lies – in gathering stories of what is perhaps the fastest growing social experiment. Inspiring stories from economically ruined cities in the US to small villages in India, Transition 2.0 is a snapshot in time of what's happening on the ground now as groups envision different – and hopeful – futures.

The extended interview with Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, and perhaps the very quintessence of the Transition movement, anchors the stories with wonderful descriptions of what Transition is, can, and might one day be alongside elucidating the stages that usually take place for a Transition network/town/movement to happen.

This serves to reinforce the intimate interviews and compelling stories of how Transition manifests in very unique ways but with a shared DNA that speaks to movement.

- Permaculture Magazine

Unlike the first film which focused on the start up exhilarating phase of Transition, this had a darker, deeper tone. Here are initiatives who are undergoing the shocks of climate change and the collapse of top-down infrastructure. Here is Japan after the nuclear disaster, New Zealand after two earthquakes. Transition groups that had already been working together were able to respond collectively to the crisis. Thanks to the connections already made though the Lyttelton time-bank, the initiative was able to pull in help to deliver water and food all over the devastated town.
-Charlotte Du Cann

You can watch the film's trailer here.



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Thanks to all who showed up: I was quite pleased by the attendance, and I found the movie to be quite well done and inspiring. I liked that they included the need for Inner Transition.  The key word for me to describe the movie and the Transition movement is "connection."  We need to connect with other people to get support for making changes, both at the personal and community level.  So the movie talked about connecting with other individuals, connecting with other local organizations, connecting with local government, and connecting with other initiatives around the world.

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