Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival Seeks Submissions

Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival
Call for Films

Transition Film Festival

Local area cable access centers in the upper Pioneer Valley are co-sponsoring and can help with equipment and training.

Western Massachusetts is home to many towns in which there is an incredibly strong sense of community – it has helped to shape the culture of the area for generations!  The Pioneer Valley Institute and Pioneer Valley Transition Towns are sponsoring a film festival this fall – made up entirely of local films created by community members that address the idea of community resilience despite the unknown future that we face.

The festival will take place on October 16th, 2012, and community members are encouraged to create their own short films to submit.  Families, teens, and adults can all participate!  All that’s required is a locally made film about building community resilience in an uncertain future.  Younger kiddos can work with older family members to piece together their ideas about community resiliency, then get help executing their work.  Teens can use the festival as an opportunity to learn about and have a hands-on experience with filmmaking – perhaps a new software or type of camera can be learned in the process! Submissions to the festival must be submitted by September 28th.  For more information and an application, visit

Transition Towns Movement in the Hilltowns

Transition Towns Informational Meeting
In Williamsburg on Sunday, March 21st

The Transition Towns Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. We believe that we can make the transition to a more sustainable world. We hope that you will join us!

An informational meeting will take place at the Williamsburg Grange (Route 9) in Williamsburg, MA on Sunday, 03/21/10 from 3-5pm. Childcare is available. A community potluck will follow from 5-7pm. Please bring a labeled dish to share.

This is a FREE event and all are welcomed! Donations to cover expense of childcare and renting the Grange are welcomed. Learn about Transition Towns and bring it to your community!

For more information, contact Marie Westburg at or call (413) 268-7899.  Please RSVP if you need childcare.

Angie Gregory of Northampton, MA, owner of Mother Herb Diaper Service writes
The Transition Movement is something to take notice of. I highly recommend folks take the time out to hear what it’s all about and how amazing it would be to have in Williamsburg! There’s transition towns movements happening also in Amherst and Northampton, and folks are getting together to work on ways to materialize this amazing effort. Please join in if you’re a part of the community, you’ll be glad you did!

Transition Towns & Time Banking: Building Community Strength and Resilience

Building Community Strength and Resilience

Transition Towns

The Hitchcock Center is hosting a discussion for folks interested in increasing community resilience on Sunday, January 31st in Amherst, MA.

  • Transition Towns: Increasing Community Resilience in a Time of Change
  • Tina Clarke, Transition Towns Trainer
  • Sunday, January 31, 7-9pm
  • Donation requested, sliding scale, $5-$20
  • Pre-registration required; please call 413-256-6006.

Transition Towns are communities that are proactively addressing the “Triple Challenge” of long-term rising energy costs, economic instability and climate change. Launched in the U.K., where 1,000 communities are involved and The Transition Handbook was among the top ten books read by Members of Parliament in 2008, the Transition Towns model and process helps local citizens and groups work together to build resilience for economic and environmental changes unfolding locally and globally. Tina has become one of the Transition Town trainers in the U.S. She will present the process for engaging large numbers of people in creative transition from dependence upon non-renewable energy sources to greater community resilience and quality of life. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006. Check out Hitchcock’s other community programs here.

Time Banking

The West County Resilience Conversation is hosting a free gathering to discuss “Time Banking” on Tuesday, February 2nd in Shelburne Falls, MA.

  • Time Banking
  • Facilitated by Liz Sheehan.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd, 7-9pm
  • Free
  • Call for more information: (413) 625-9744
  • Location: Shelburne Senior Center, 7 Main Street, in Shelburne Falls

Time Banks Weave Community One Hour at a Time – earn a time dollar, spend a time dollar while profoundly strengthening your community.

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