ABOUT US

What Is Transition Longfellow

Transition Longfellow is primarily composed of neighbors in South Minneapolis's Greater Longfellow neighborhoods with participants from throughout the metro area. Everyone is welcome, regardless of location!

We are one of more than 165 "official" Transition Town initiatives in the US, joining more than 350 Transition Towns worldwide in a global movement to build more resilient individuals and families and more sustainable communities.

 

Transition Longfellow creates opportunities for people to learn about and to take action on the key areas of transition: reduced dependence on fossil fuels, increasing energy efficiency and conservation, relocalizing our economy, building a more resilient and healthy food supply, reducing unnecessary consumption and reducing waste.

We facilitate activities and knowledge sharing so that as a community we can support one another in making personal and community-level change. We do this through:

 

 

We believe that our community CAN make the transition to a more sustainable future. In fact, we must. We invite you to join us on the journey.

 

How to Get Involved

If you are new to Transition, attend a few movie nights and one of our active groups. Then, if you're ready to get more involved, sit in on the steering committee. Not only will you become more connected with what's happening in Longfellow and the Twin Cities, you'll be one of the people who MAKES IT HAPPEN! Click on the calendar on the home page for dates and location of the steering committee meetings.

 

Our Organizational Status
We are a group of neighbors, not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In 2013-2014, we operated as a subcommittee of the Longfellow Community Council. In 2015, The Alliance for Sustainability became our fiscal agent. The Alliance for Sustainability facilitated the creation of Transition groups in the Twin Cities. They understand the Transition structures and processes outlined in the Transition Handbook and our goals are the same. It was a good fit.

 

Our Community Network

 We have several community partners with whom we work or who share our vision:

  • The Longfellow Community Council Environment and Transportation Committee

  • The Alliance for Sustainability

  • Food and garden-related groups, including:

    • Hennepin County Master Gardeners

    • Longfellow Garden Club

  • Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church provides space

  • The Riverview Wine Bar and Peace Coffee host some meetings

  • Fireroast Coffee and many other neighborhood businesses have donated to our fundraisers

  • Gandhi Mahal has allowed us to use their community room

  • We have co-sponsored speakers with MN350 and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design Sustainable Design program

Our History

Our group formed in January 2011, shortly after the Alliance for Sustainability brought Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute to speak at South High School. His talk connected the dots between climate change, fossil fuels, and economic instability. Rather than presenting the challenges ahead as insurmountable, Heinberg talked about Transition Towns, a growing global movement that engages people from all walks of life in working together to build more resilient individuals and families and more sustainable communities.

 

Beginning with 4 people meeting over coffee, we came up with a plan. At our next meeting we had 25 attenders. Today our Facebook group has 750 people and our mailing list more than 300. 

 

The Transition Longfellow Core Team
Our activities are organized by a core team of community volunteers. The group is non-heirarchical but some people have volunteered to take on key roles.

 

The core team is responsible for:

  • Organizing activities

  • Securing volunteers

  • Locating meeting space

  • Advertising events

  • Maintaining the website and email list, administering the Facebook page

  • Developing partnerships with other community groups

  • Raising funds and handling money

 

We meet twice a month. See the home page for listing of the next meeting date, time and location.

 

How We Decide on Programs

In December, we send out a survey to everyone on our mailing list asking what they are interested in doing in the coming year. At our January pancake breakfast and silent auction attendees can sign up for things they'd actually like to do. We also have an online sign-up sheet. We seek volunteers to facilitate and/or deliver these activities. (The Day of Food Skill Shares was a result of several people volunteering to do food-related programs.)

 

Some core team members are involved in Transition at the national level, so some activities are initiated because they have gained traction in other communities around the US. The sustainable finance group was one such example. 

 

How We Use Money

We have one fundraiser a year - the pancake breakfast and silent auction in January. Of course, we are happy to take donations at any time if you'd like to support our work. Contact Audrey.

 

The funds we raise are used for the following:

  • Movie rental for our monthly movie nights (if there is a fee)

  • Space rental for meetings and events

  • Food at some events

  • Equipment (a projector to show movies)

  • Supplies (paper, labels, stickers, a projector to show movies, etc)

 

Our Mailing List

We do not share our mailing list. We send out an email at the beginning of the month announcing the entire month's activities, and then send a reminder the week of movie night. We occasionally send a special announcement. 

Transition Longfellow – Email Us

c/o Alliance for Sustainability, 2801 21st Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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