Transition Launch workshop in Riga


British Council Latvia, homo ecos:, Embassy of Sweden and Transition Network invite you to attend the 1st Transition Launch workshop in the Baltic States. The event will take place in Riga, 25th-26th January, 2014.

Transition Initiative is a self-organising group of citizens, who take the leadership and courage to make their village, city or county a more self-sufficient and sustainable place in terms of economics, social life and ecology. Transition Initiatives are aware of the most pressing global challanges like climate change, resource depletion, environmental degradation and the on-going economic crisis, and they respond locally with very practical projects – providing an inspiring alternative for the current way of living. The process of transition includes caring about our inner resources, too, bringing elements of joy, community and inspiration in our lives.
There are hundreds of Transition Initiatives worldwide, but it all started in Great Britain in 2005, therefore it is known as one of the fastest-growing movements today. We hope that this workshop will inspire the Baltic State residents to apply the experience of transition movement to improve the well-being of their local communities with people and resources available locally.
The course will be led by Jan Forsmark – representative of Transition Sweden, which contain more than 100 transition communities today. Jan will share the experience how to create a successful cooperation with organizations, banks and even churches to engage a wide society into the transitioning to a more sustainable future.

Transition Launch is packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative. It is also useful for people who have recently become involved in Transition and want to develop the essential skills and insights to help their Transition initiative become a success. Transition Launch is a fundamentals course in the skills and practices of Transition. It has been delivered hundreds of times in over 35 countries world wide, gathering and spreading the collective wisdom of us all.


25th January
9.00 Start in circle – Presentation and expectations
9.30 Introduction – Presentation of the program and structure of the days
10.00 Mapping – Different exercises to know each other
10.30 Peak oil mingle – Group exercise about peak oil
11.30 Transition Towns – Challenges for Transition and results from the Swedish work
12.30 Lunch
13.00 Transition principles – Principles of transition towns movement
13.25 Transition Early stages – Which are the stages and experiences of them
14.00 Zap – Happening
14.10 Visions – Why is a vision important
15.00 Outdoor activities – Connecting to the nature
15.30 Fish Bowl – A topic to talk about in a fish bowl method
16.15 Cafétalk – Another talk as a coffee break
17.00- 17.30 Gathering in circle – Summing up the day

26th January
8.15 The circle Practical questions – Doing a check in
8.30 Brainstorm – About transition possibilities
9.00 System game – Exercise with cards
9.10 Iner transition – Why is inner transition so important
10.20 Pause
10.40 Milling + meet the descendants – Meeting the story of the descendants
11.30 Outdoor activity – Gaia meditation
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Open space – Trying out to build groups and talks around questions that we find important for us
15.00 Pause
15.30 Transition stages – Talking about stages in transition and experiences from Sweden
16.00 Own reflection – Time for your own reflection
16.30 What do we do back home? – The talk about tomorrow
16.40 Evaluation
17.00 Goodbye

*times can be changed slightly

How to apply?
TL_timeline1) fill the application form here!
Application deadline 20th January!
2) Receive confirmation that there is a free place for you.* This e-mail will also contain instruction of how to make the payment
3) Make the payment to book the place
* Priority will be given to participants who come in groups of 2 or 3 from the same region / city.

Participation fee is:
only 10 EUR for the Baltic State residents (regular price for similar courses is 100 – 150 EUR)
Tea breaks and lunch for both days are included.

Facebook Event page is here!

Questions / comments? Call +371 29656778 (Arturs)


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