Join in Planning of Transition Longfellow

Many Ways to Lead

If you have an idea or are interested in hosting an event, please come to one of our planning meetings so we can make your event happen! At the June 5th meeting we will start planning our July event of a Longfellow / South Minneapolis tour of sustainable stores such as Tare Market, Cycles for Change, and Gandhi Mahal. Please come to the meeting if interested in helping with this event.  


When: 1st Wednesday of month, 6:30pm

Where: Peace Coffee, 3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Cost: None! Other than coffee or snacks


See event on Facebook.

​See past meeting minutes from Transition Longfellow's PLANNING MEETINGS.

May 15, 2019 

​See notes from SMALL GROUP CONVERSATIONS about Transition Longfellow's leadership transition.

November 26          December 6           January 4          January 12

With the change in leadership, some activities will need to be taken up by others. See a list of activities available for redistribution.

Personal stories for the direction of Transition Longfellow

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 16 people met to participate in a World Cafe process to vision the future of Transition Longfellow as founding members Leslie MacKenzie and Peter Foster depart. (They've moved out of the city.) Some of the participants were brand new to Transition and had not participated in past activities; most were long-time participants. Here are the results of that event.


Question 1 – What brings you passion for the Transition work



  1. Deep emotions (Anger, fear, grief, love)

  2. Personal connections and community building

  3. Concern for next generation

  4. Magnify our impacts

  5. Being part of the solution


Answers from Table Sheets

  • Getting to know neighbors

    • Community building - – Belonging, respect, affection, friendship, inspiration/motivation

    • Personal connections

    • Individuals are powerless, group = hopeful for meaningful change

    • What can we do in collective way to support the environment?

    • Belief in power of group action

    • Community resilience

    • Be with like-minded do-gooders

    • Shared values for change

    • Fitting in rather than being “odd”

  • Transition Head-Hands-Heart – a positive response to overwhelming problems, grapple with hopelessness and focus on values and love

    • Head

      • Learning – articles on website, book groups, learning in company

      • Personal growth and learning

    • Hands: Action oriented

      • Active, participatory, accomplish stuff

      • Do things with like-minded people in a supportive environment

      • Creative problem solving

      • We can’t wait for the cavalry to come and save us. We are the cavalry; luckily, we are already here

      • Seeing results motivates involvement

      • It feels virtuous to be doing good

      • Sharing

      • Gardening, Healthy food – good food!

      • Do something, don’t just stand there

      • Thinking globally and acting locally

      • Simplify, connect, ethics, remove distractions

      • Magnify impacts

      • Seeing/measuring progress encourages further action

    • Heart

      • Inspiring

      • Because it’s fun, laugh despite grim topics

      • Anger-fear-grief = in Transition, the full person can be present with all their emotions, these negative emotions can be an energy source motivating change

      • Psychological resilience =- inviting, helping unthinkable thoughts be more bearable

      • Transition counters fear

      • Well being

  • If not me, who?
    • Willing to be accountable for my impacts by taking action

    • Individual accountability – many actions can manifest

  • Protect what we love

    • Love the earth

    • Our kids’ futures, my kids are pushing me

    • Love – love of life

    • Listening, appreciating, loving, observing life around me

    • Appreciation for natural beauty


Question 2 – What would you like to see Transition Longfellow BE in the future?


  1. Action teams

  2. Build personal connections, increase friendships

  3. Grow, become more geographically inclusive

  4. Provide psychological tools

  5. Generate joy/hope/fun

  6. Core is strong

  7. Consciousness raising

  8. Outreach and connect

  9. Liaison with other organizations

  10. Financially self-sustaining


Answers from Table Sheets

  • A group providing support and celebration of positive actions

  • Focus Areas/Activities: Practical action and support

    • Waste/Recycling

      • Dumpster diving

      • Zero waste

      • Recycling in all areas of life – reduce/reuse

      • Clothing exchanges – back to school

    • Food/Garden

      • More gardening, food prep and preservation

    • Movie nights

    • Psychological resources for dealing with grief, fear, anger

      • Programs interlaced with grief management tools

      • Less catastrophizing

    • Skillshares

    • How to Talk the Walk – talking points for having conversations

    • Energy efficiency

    • Outreach

      • Enlisting people who aren’t already involved

      • Young, diverse people

      • More neighbors connecting block by block

      • Expand geographically and virally

      • Grow involvement beyond Longfellow to greater Minneapolis

      • Create more super connectors (people who connect people and resources)

    • Partnerships

      • More interconnections with other groups including other neighborhoods and LCC

      • Networking and bridging

  • Tech is key - Use technology to ease workload and to capture knowledge for connectors
    • More music, singing, dance, woven into actions

    • Measurable impact

    • Role modeling and encouragement

    • A network of small groups – action teams

    • Strong core leadership team


  • More testimonials and photos
    • Better reporting on progress

    • Meaty communications

    • Rename group to remove “Longfellow”

    • Build network, gather info, disperse info


  • Other
    • Shift transactional relationships to relational relationships
    • Justice and equity

    • Self sustaining


Question 3 – What do YOU need to be successful in Transition work?



  1. Personal connections

  2. Practical support

    • Carpooling

    • Technology for virtual meetings

  3. Good communication

  4. Appreciation for involvement (outreach and liaison efforts)

  5. Partnerships (project buddies)

  6. Clear goals and measurable outcomes that are reportable

  7. Effective facilitation

  8. Use a successful organization model (Transition Longfellow uses the Transition town model)

Answers from Table Sheets

  • Personal Connections

    • Affirmation of efforts

    • Other people to commit with me

    • Regular connection with each other

    • Ways to volunteer that are short-term

    • Friendship

    • Feel welcome

    • Finding support within the group to be satisfying

    • Enthusiastic, encouraging connections

  • Personal feelings

    • Respect contributions

    • Value participation

    • Supportive

    • Feel personal benefit

    • Fun

    • Rewarding

    • Affirmations

    • Should build you up, not deplete or sap your strength

    • Seeing the web of connection

    • Seeing multiple benefits of taking action

  • People

    • More people of color

    • Recruiter – people who inspire

    • Diverse group with skills, backgrounds, interests

    • More people involved

    • Liaisons

    • Partnerships

  • Projects

    • Projects that build relationships

    • Projects with clear goals, plan of action and measurable outcomes

    • Utilizing a successful model

    • Project Criteria:

      • Doable

      • Supportive

      • Practical

      • For the greater good

  • Practical

    • Mentoring

    • Conflict resolution skills and processes in place

    • Help with transportation

    • More time

    • Sharing resources

  • Other

    • Based on principle not personality

FAQ Info Shared at Meeting


How have activities been chosen in the past?

  • Gather ideas throughout the year from what other groups are doing around the country and in the city, and from what people are talking about and asking for.

  • Ask for input in October and November in the newsletter and on facebook page

  • Gather ideas and fit them into a proposed calendar with identified prospective partners/speakers/volunteers

  • Present them at the January pancake breakfast and allow people to sign up to help

  • As the year progresses, if there are enough volunteers the projects get done. If no one steps forward, it doesn’t happen

  • Transition organizing principles:

    • People who show up get to decide

    • Go with the energy - Each project must have at least 2 people with passion to work on it (otherwise there is not enough support to do the organizing)


How do we ask for help?

  • When projects are announced, invite help through newsletter, website, Facebook and sign-up sheets at yearly pancake breakfast


How do we promote our activities?

  • Facebook group (780)

  • Newsletter (420)

  • Website

  • Neighborhood newspaper

  • Table at community events

  • NextDoor

  • Meetup

  • Flyers in local coffee shops (sometimes)

  • Announcement on partner Facebook pages and newsletter (Alliance for Sustainability, MN350, other Transition groups, Transition Twin Cities)


Planning Committee membership

  • Anyone can join and that is advertised in every newsletter.

  • Regularly extend personal invitations to join.

  • Currently there are 6 members, but Peter and Leslie are leaving, which means there are 4. Six is a minimum to be effective; 8 to 10 is a better number.

  • Core team membership changes over time. Over the years we have had at least 20 different core team members.

  • Currently meets twice a month frequency, day and time can change to suit the needs of the current team.