– November 5th, 2012 by Shannon Hutchins –

Community-based research project takes aim at town infrastructure

Students in the Third Year environmental science/studies major at Colby-Sawyer College are helping to build the infrastructure for a transition town initiative in the Kearsarge Valley Region as a part of their Community-Based Research Project. They are hosting a training event for the Kearsarge Valley area on the weekend of Nov.9-11.

Any and all interested community members are welcome to attend the training which will be held in the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center. “Transition Initiatives” or “Transition Towns” bring together local networks of individuals, businesses and organizations that are committed to improving the well-being and resilience of their communities. Drawing upon the ideas, skills and experiences of residents they develop positive localized solutions to address the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.

Tina Clarke and Simon Dennis, both Certified Transition Trainers, will facilitate this weekend event. Clarke has been an educator, advocate, director and consultant for nonprofit programs since 1985. She has consulted with over 400 NGO’s and she has trained and advised over three dozen other Transition Initiatives. Dennis is one of the founders of Transition Town White River Junction, as well as the Center for Sustainable Practice, and has played key roles in organizing two successful community gardens. He was also the co-founder and co-director of COVER Home Repair and the ReCover Store, a non-profit that works with volunteers to complete the community’s most urgently needed home repairs and sell donated building materials and household goods to support this mission.

This three-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to the Transition Movement. Packed with imaginative and successful ways to engage your community, the course describes how to catalyze, build and facilitate a successful Transition Initiative. It delves into the theory and practice of Transition that has worked well in hundreds of communities around the world. .

If you love expanding your knowledge while connecting with other enthusiastic community members, then please join us for a weekend full of discovery, excitement, and strategizing.

Number of participants is limited so please RSVP to our email. Training Schedule: Nov. 9 5:30-9p.m. (Potluck Dinner & Discussion-Free and open to the public); . Nov.10 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Dec.11 noon-5:30 p.m. Cost for the weekend: $90—a few working scholarships are available.


To learn more about this event or to register, please visit www.kearsargetransition.wordpress.com, or call Jillian Dervishian, (617) 791-7910.



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