Read and discuss The Transition Handbook over 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Beginning in January 2013, over the course of eight weeks, Merrymeeting Resilience invites members of our community to join us in reading and discussing The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins. We will meet for discussion on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, in the Fort Andross Conference Center meeting room at Fort Andross, 14 Maine Street in Brunswick.  We hope that many people will do the weekly readings and come to every meeting.  We also hope that people will join us even if they haven't done the readings and for as many meetings as they choose.

The Transition Handbook “has three sections, the Head, the Heart and the Hands. The Head explores the issues of peak oil and climate change, and how, when looked at together, we need to be focusing on the rebuilding of resilience as well as cutting carbon emissions. It argues that the focus of our lives will become increasingly local and small scale as we come to terms with the real implications of the energy crisis we are heading into. The Heart looks at where we find the personal tools for responding to what can feel like overwhelming challenges. It argues that key to our success will be our ability to generate positive visions of future, to harness the power of engaged optimism, and overcome powerlessness. The Hands offers a detailed exploration of the Transition model, setting out its principles, its origins, the 12 Steps of Transition, how they were applied in the first year of Transition Town Totnes (site of the first Transition Initiative), as well as offering a taste of how the model has been applied in a range of other settings. The book also contains lots of ‘Tools for Transition’, exercises and activities that can help to deepen this work in your community.”  (Quoted from The Transition Handbook)


Meeting Dates and Readings

Meeting # 1

Wednesday, January 23

pages 12 – 43

Meeting # 2

Wednesday, January 30

pages 44 - 67

Meeting # 3

Wednesday, February 6

pages 68 - 93

Meeting # 4

Wednesday, February 13

pages 94 - 121

Meeting # 5

Wednesday, February 20

pages 122 - 145

(Wednesday, February 27 Cancelled due to snow)

Meeting # 6

Wednesday, March 6

pages 146 - 175

Meeting # 7

Wednesday, March 13

pages 176 – 201, 215 - 217

Meeting # 8

Wednesday, March 20

pages 202 - 213

Find the Book:

Buy it from Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine Street, Brunswick ([masked]).

Borrow it from the Curtis Memorial Library ([masked]).


Download it here:

Our thanks to Anthony Gatti of Waterfront Maine for his support.

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