Monthly Archives: January 2012


The full title of this 2011 documentary, showing in Albany on Sunday afternoon, February 12th, 2012, is Growthbusters – Hooked on Growth?  The synopsis begins, “Everything we thought we knew is wrong!”

When you challenge such a firmly held paradigm as the one that says economic growth is essential for our heath and happiness, you can bet you’ll meet with opposition. The creator of this film, Dave Gardner (“will direct to save planet”), ran for office in his home town in Colorado on the platform of zero growth after meeting with progressively more open ridicule every time he addressed the city council. After a nail-biting campaign against the incumbent, he won over 40% of the votes. In today’s political climate, that’s quite an achievement! His passion and sense of humor come through in the film and make very palatable the hard task he presents to us of contemplating a completely new way of thinking about progress.

The final piece of the movie consists of local Transition leaders, including Bay Localize’s Dave Broom, demonstrating what can be done.

The screening will be followed by discussion led by instructor in Human Evolution, Mark Mason PhD, who also volunteers with Occupy Oakland.

That’s Sunday, February 12, 1:30 pm at the Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue at Masonic, Albany, CA. The documentary is 100 minutes long and the whole event should be over by 4:30 pm.

There is no charge for this event, but we will be collecting donations to help cover the cost of the screening. If you want to guarantee seats for yourself or your party, please email or call 510-528-2261, then arrive before 1:15 pm. Thank you!

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Posted in Economy, Social Justice on January 20, 2012

Saving Energy & Money

Did you know that the average home loses 40% of its energy though leaks??? You can save a lot of money by ensuring your home is energy efficient while you conserve precious resources for our low energy future.


Another factoid: indoor air quality is two to five times worse than outdoor air quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and can often be the cause of asthma.


Now you can learn how to  save up to $4,000 on energy upgrades by coming to a free informational evening for Albany and Alameda County homeowners.



Wednesday January 25th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue at Solano. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Participating contractors, trained and ready to work on your home, will be there to answer your questions.

***If you decide on an energy upgrade for your house, $100 will go to the local school of your choice. Now that’s nice!***

For more information, please contact Lou Riordan at 510-891-6553 or info(at)

This event is co-sponsored by City of Albany, Carbon Neutral Albany and Transition Albany



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Posted in Economy, Energy on January 6, 2012

Resilience Circle? What’s that?

Please come to our Introduction to Resilience Circles on Friday March 8th at 7:30 pm (for 90 minutes) at 943 Madison Street, Albany. RSVP requested. 510-528-2261 or Thank you.


Resilience Circles, from a previous article by Gary Horvitz

We are in the midst of multiple unfolding crises: the ongoing effects of the financial meltdown that started three years ago, climate change, the sunset of the fossil fuel era, pollution, and a political process corrupted by money that can’t seem to address any of it properly.  I don’t truly believe any of it can be addressed without looking at the system of exchange that got us here: the debt-based money economy that has to keep growing to survive.


Regardless of our individual circumstances, this economy is challenging all of us in different ways; some surely more than others. Can we begin to break the taboos against sharing our personal issues? Can we grow a living community in which gifts move freely? Can we design a world that includes our authentic participation as conscious caring human beings? We can and we must. This is what Resilience Circles are  about. They are a step toward sharing, (re) building and addressing our deeply held habits and views about money and wealth and at the same time realizing our yearnings for a different way of living.


The Resilience Circle Network (also called the Common Security Club Network) is a pilot project of the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good.

Circles of 15-20 people are appearing all over the country now. The program includes seven meetings with a wide-ranging curriculum that provides a starting point for learning and exploring creative mutual aid in these challenging times.


Everyone I talk to lately is saying and wanting the same thing. They want community, a sense of connection with their neighbors and they want to a lifestyle of mutual sharing and reliance. The opportunity we have at this moment is to create that world.

Gary Horvitz

Please contact transitionalbanyca at gmail dot com if you would like to organize or attend an Introductory Session near you. Thank you!

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Posted in Economy, Local Activities on January 6, 2012