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Transition Towns and Toronto From oil dependency to urban resilience Andrew Knox  30 September, 2009
Introduction <ul><li>My Background </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Transition Towns Movement? </li></ul><ul><li>How Does it ...
The Transition Towns Movement: Origins <ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Peak Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture </...
Permaculture <ul><li>Approach to Sustainable Design </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture = Permanent Agriculture </li></ul><ul><...
The Transition Towns Movement: Transition Towns <ul><li>Make your town/city/island/forest a Transition Town </li></ul><ul>...
Barbarisation World Atlantis Urban Colonies Last One Standing Conventional Worlds Green Tech Stability Powerdown Enlighten...
The Transition Towns Movement <ul><li>“ By unleashing the collective genius of the community we can design ways of living ...
The Transition Towns Movement: Transition Towns <ul><li>Transition Town Totnes, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Forest of ...
How Transition Works <ul><li>12 Steps (that no one follows) </li></ul><ul><li>Local Scale </li></ul><ul><li>Build Recognit...
How Transition Works: Formative Steps <ul><li>Start a Kamikaze Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>Raise Awareness (show movi...
Core group TT national network Other TTs Other  National Transition Networks Groups: IT Admin + fin Housing Energy Arts Tr...
How Transition Works: Step 6 – Open Space <ul><li>No agenda, but structure </li></ul>
How Transition Works: Step 7 – Visibility <ul><li>Develop Visible Manifestations of the Project </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Im...
How Transition Works: Step 8 – Great Reskilling <ul><li>Our Skills Won’t Cut it </li></ul><ul><li>Run Courses </li></ul><u...
How Transition Works: Step 8 – Great Reskilling Wild Foods, natural building, seed saving, hand made paints, stove buildin...
How Transition Works: Step 9 – Bridge to Local Government <ul><li>Need Government Good Will </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate ED...
How Transition Works: Step 10 – Honour the Elders <ul><li>Advice From the Pre-Globalized Age </li></ul><ul><li>Not “Going ...
How Transition Works: Step 11 – Let it Go Where it Wants <ul><li>Steering Group has Met Demise </li></ul><ul><li>Remaining...
How Transition Works: Step 12 – Energy Descent Pathways Prof. Peter Newman The first thing cities should do is to make the...
How Transition Works: Step 12 – Energy Descent Pathways <ul><li>Plan for Transition to Sustainable Energy  </li></ul><ul><...
How Transition Works: Attitudes <ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Broad Base of Talent </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Work ...
Successes in Transition <ul><li>Totnes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Councilors World Café </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Nut Tree C...
Successes in Transition <ul><li>Peterborough </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Officially Recognized by City Council </li></ul></ul><u...
Transition in Toronto <ul><li>Not a Town, No problem </li></ul><ul><li>Transition NYC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Educa...
Transition in Toronto <ul><li>EDP link with Realistic Energy Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Existing Groups </li></ul><u...
Conclusion <ul><li>Transition Aims to Solve Global Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Established  Suggested  Framework </li></ul>...
Thank you! Let’s work together for a Transition in Toronto
Resources <ul><li>The Transition Handbook:  From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience – Rob Hopkins – Green Books </li></ul>...
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  1. 1. Transition Towns and Toronto From oil dependency to urban resilience Andrew Knox 30 September, 2009
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>My Background </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Transition Towns Movement? </li></ul><ul><li>How Does it Work? </li></ul><ul><li>Successes in Totnes and Elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>How might Transition look in Toronto? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Transition Towns Movement: Origins <ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Peak Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture </li></ul>
  4. 4. Permaculture <ul><li>Approach to Sustainable Design </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture = Permanent Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture = Permanent Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Internal aspect </li></ul><ul><li>“ The problem is the solution.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Transition Towns Movement: Transition Towns <ul><li>Make your town/city/island/forest a Transition Town </li></ul><ul><li>Community based Transition group(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Use group(s) to build resilience, educate, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for a different future </li></ul>
  6. 6. Barbarisation World Atlantis Urban Colonies Last One Standing Conventional Worlds Green Tech Stability Powerdown Enlightened Transition Good Intentions “ War that will never end in our lifetime” Techno Explosion Perpetual Motion Waiting for the Magic Elixir Business as Usual Carbon Trading and Pricing Fair Shares The Great Transition “ visionary solutions to the sustainability challenge, including fundamental changes in the prevailing values as well as novel socio-economic arrangements.” Earth Stewardship Enforced Localization Building Lifeboats Tribal Trading “ use energy which is much cheaper now than it will ever be again to develop [domestic] energy sources and reduce the amount of energy required to maintain and run the…economy” Transition Scenario in Context
  7. 7. The Transition Towns Movement <ul><li>“ By unleashing the collective genius of the community we can design ways of living that are more enriching, satisfying and connected than the present.” </li></ul><ul><li>Aims for local resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Energy lean </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable society </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Transition Towns Movement: Transition Towns <ul><li>Transition Town Totnes, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Forest of Dean, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Exeter, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Sunshine Coast, Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Waiheke Island, NZ </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Boulder County, Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Fujino, Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Berlin, Friedrichshain Kreuzberg, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Transition El Manzano, Chile </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Victoria, BC </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Peterborough, ON </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Transition Works <ul><li>12 Steps (that no one follows) </li></ul><ul><li>Local Scale </li></ul><ul><li>Build Recognition and Political Capital </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Descent Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Being Positive, Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Taking Care of Each Other </li></ul>
  10. 10. How Transition Works: Formative Steps <ul><li>Start a Kamikaze Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>Raise Awareness (show movies, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Lay Foundations – network, design </li></ul><ul><li>Organize a “Great Unleashing” </li></ul><ul><li>Form sub-groups – e.g. Heart and Soul </li></ul>
  11. 11. Core group TT national network Other TTs Other National Transition Networks Groups: IT Admin + fin Housing Energy Arts Transport Publicity Project support for TTT TTT Ltd Heart & Soul Publicity Fundraise Food Proj support home groups events ceremonies TRESOC Solar challenge Retrofit IT Training EDAP Vols Reprs, forum? EDAP/ timeline Training Outreach Local govt Education TTT ltd rep
  12. 12. How Transition Works: Step 6 – Open Space <ul><li>No agenda, but structure </li></ul>
  13. 13. How Transition Works: Step 7 – Visibility <ul><li>Develop Visible Manifestations of the Project </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Image of Transition Talk Shop </li></ul><ul><li>Further Profile Boosting </li></ul><ul><li>Tree planting, community gardening, libraries, alt-construction </li></ul>
  14. 14. How Transition Works: Step 8 – Great Reskilling <ul><li>Our Skills Won’t Cut it </li></ul><ul><li>Run Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Insulation, Tool-making, Bike maintenance, Energy, Herbalism </li></ul><ul><li>Effective meetings, Community co-operation, Permaculture, Local government </li></ul>
  15. 15. How Transition Works: Step 8 – Great Reskilling Wild Foods, natural building, seed saving, hand made paints, stove building, forest gardening, food growing, bread making...
  16. 16. How Transition Works: Step 9 – Bridge to Local Government <ul><li>Need Government Good Will </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate EDP with Existing Gov’t Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Within Relevant Context </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful Friends </li></ul>
  17. 17. How Transition Works: Step 10 – Honour the Elders <ul><li>Advice From the Pre-Globalized Age </li></ul><ul><li>Not “Going Back” or Retrograde </li></ul><ul><li>See More Connection to Life Forces </li></ul><ul><li>Take Forward </li></ul>
  18. 18. How Transition Works: Step 11 – Let it Go Where it Wants <ul><li>Steering Group has Met Demise </li></ul><ul><li>Remaining Groups are Strong </li></ul><ul><li>Do What Makes Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Grow Organically </li></ul>
  19. 19. How Transition Works: Step 12 – Energy Descent Pathways Prof. Peter Newman The first thing cities should do is to make their own climate change and peak oil strategy
  20. 20. How Transition Works: Step 12 – Energy Descent Pathways <ul><li>Plan for Transition to Sustainable Energy </li></ul><ul><li>“ Back-casting” </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term (decades) </li></ul><ul><li>Mirror to Official Plans </li></ul>
  21. 21. How Transition Works: Attitudes <ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Broad Base of Talent </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Work “Change More Than Lightbulbs” </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul>
  22. 22. Successes in Transition <ul><li>Totnes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Councilors World Café </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Nut Tree Capital of Britain” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Totnes Pound </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exeter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Love Local Food” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart meters in Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Corporate Games” </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Successes in Transition <ul><li>Peterborough </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Officially Recognized by City Council </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guelph </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sold out showing of “In Transition” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ottawa </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Development Framework Learning Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition Training </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Transition in Toronto <ul><li>Not a Town, No problem </li></ul><ul><li>Transition NYC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Painting Roofs White </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transition is like Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Cap on Community Engagement? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition Villages Toronto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition Leslieville, Danforth, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Transition in Toronto <ul><li>EDP link with Realistic Energy Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Existing Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Work with you </li></ul><ul><li>Go Where it Wants to Go! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Conclusion <ul><li>Transition Aims to Solve Global Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Established Suggested Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Underpinning Values </li></ul><ul><li>Been Successful, but Still Early Days </li></ul><ul><li>Definitely Would Work for Toronto </li></ul>
  27. 27. Thank you! Let’s work together for a Transition in Toronto
  28. 28. Resources <ul><li>The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience – Rob Hopkins – Green Books </li></ul><ul><li>The Transition Timeline: For a local, resilient future – Shaun Chamberlin – Green Books </li></ul><ul><li>In Transition 1.0 (Transition Movie) </li></ul><ul><li>Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide – Harrison Owen – Berrett-Koehler Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>The Change Handbook, Second Edition: The Definitive Resource on Today's Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems - Peggy Holman , Tom Devane , Steven Cady – Berrett-Koehler Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change – Peter Newman – Island Press </li></ul>

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