Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

Inaugural Transition Network conference with Richard Heinberg and Rob Hopkins – May 31st. by nadiacatkinhillman
May 18, 2007, 2:25 pm
Filed under: peak oil

Transition Town Totnes are setting up a Transition Network conference for 31st May 2007 in Nailsworth, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, at Ruskin Mill. The purpose of the event is to add momentum to existing Transition Towns and Cities like Bristol and increase the connections between them. We’re also hoping to be able to encourage others to embark on their own voyage of self-determined energy descent.

hsBecause Richard Heinberg will be attending, Peak Oil will feature more heavily than Climate Change. (FYI, Heinberg is also presenting to Transition Stroud the day before at the Subscription Rooms, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, tickets at £5/£3, available from the box office or 01453 760900)

Here’s what we’re planning for the 31-May conference:

  • get Richard Heinberg’s latest thinking on global resource depletion and the most effective mitigation strategies/actions
  • hear Richard’s “Peak Oil briefing” to equip yourself for those difficult Peak Oil conversations
  • get an update from Rob Hopkins on how he sees the TT movement developing
  • learn from the successes (and less-than-successes) of other TTs
  • hear about other relocalisation initiatives around the globe
  • and for those groups considering adopting the TT model, get an in depth explanation of the “twelve steps and seven buts” of preparing Energy Descent Action Plans
  • hear what the Transition Network is planning in order to support transition initiatives, and tell us what we’ve missed
  • network informally with people in other transitioning communities

The detailed agenda for the day is being drafted right now and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready. It’ll be limited places only, but there should be plenty of space to get up to two people from all existing Transition Towns. For any remaining spaces, we’d like to see people from communities that are currently discussing with us the possibility of adopting the TT model.

Please put the date in your diary and forward to the relevant people in your groups. You may want to start a discussion about who are the most appropriate people to attend. There will be a film crew at the event, putting together a short documentary on community responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change.

For more information, contact Ben Brangwyn, email:, mobile: 07904 122636


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