Transitioning to A Better Way: A Panel on the Transition Movement Dec 10th

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Transitioning to A Better Way

A Panel on the Transition Movement

Hosted by Humanity Rising

Thursday Dec 10th 8-9:30am PST

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Around the world there has been a quiet revolution taking place--a grassroots, movement of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to rebuild and reimagine the way we live together on the Earth and in our communities. This movement is building resilience through a great diversity of activities, sharing skills and collaborating on projects from growing food to alternative governing, economies and organizational practices. This is all part of this great time of Transition away from the unsustainable practices of the fossil fuel economy and towards regenerative and life sustaining cultures. Join us for this informative and inspiring panel of leaders in the International Transition movement.


Panel Speakers:

Filipa Pimentel     Transition UK

Don Hall               Transition US   

Monica Picavêa   Transition Brazil 

With Panel host:  Jul Bystrova     Transition US Collaborative Design Council


Filipa Pimentel works for Transition Network to connect, support and train communities world-wide as they self-organise around the Transition model.  She is the International Coordinator of the Transition National Hubs and is exploring with people all over the world how to develop the social infrastructure, collaborative culture and new forms of leadership capable of supporting a distributed movement for social change.  Filipa is a Portuguese forest scientist by training. In 2000, she went to Brussels to join an internship at the European Commission and, for a period of 10 years, worked in several EU Institutions and organisations related to sustainable development as a political adviser. After 10 years of work related to EU policy, she quit her job to dedicate herself fully to the Transition Movement.   Filipa is the co-founder of a Transition Initiative in Portalegre, Portugal and initiator of AJUDADA, an experimental community empowerment international event, under the theme of gift economy. She is a compulsive knitter and skilled baker, currently living in Brussels but with a big piece of her heart in Portugal.


Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota from 2010 to 2016. During that time, Don delivered more than 60 Transition Talks, screened over 40 Films for a Future, hosted dozens of "reskilling" workshops, led an effort that harvested nearly 250,000 pounds of organic produce from local farms for those in need, organized six annual community-wide Eat Local Week celebrations, and compiled an Eat Local Guide with detailed listings for more than 250 related businesses and organizations. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don was named Co-Director of Transition US in 2017 and now serves as Interim director. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently lives in community in Sarasota, Florida.


Monica Picavêa, is Brazilian educator, with a Masters in Sustainability by Getulio Vargas Foundation. She is an official trainer of Gaia Education and Transition Towns and fellow of Rockefeller Foundation on their social innovation project with Stockholm Resilience Center and Bertha Center. She facilitates Transition Brasilandia, which is the first Transition Town project in a favela in the world. She has worked since 1989 with low income and traditional communities looking for their development as volunteers in social and humanitarian projects. This work was the inspiration to her company the Oficina da Sustentabilidade, that today helps companies to have a better relationship with their stakeholders working in co-creating their development on a shared territory. Monica won 19 prizes of sustainability in Brazil, wrote two children books with themes of inclusion, and is mother of two twin girls.

Jul Bystrova has been involved in Transition work since the founding of her local initiative in Sebastopol, CA in 2008 and on to many other related community building projects since. She now is a member of the Transition US Collaborative Design Council, has produced and hosted numerous events and founded the Inner Resilience Network, which works toward culture change through personal and interpersonal healing and wellness. She is an active member of the Transition Social Justice Working Group and is now serving in the Inner Transition initiatives for the International Transition Network.  She writes, facilitates and supports frontline activism wherever she can, especially Indigneous rights and decolonizing work.

Our Host:

Humanity Rising represents a movement of people and organizations coming together to take counsel on how to leverage the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity for human renewal and increased resilience to future challenges. 

The goal of the Summit is to create an international coalition strong enough to transform conversations that matter into actions that make a difference.

Humanity Rising is a project of Ubiquity University

Deep gratitude for their monumental work in bringing together the voices for a better world




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