Frequently Asked Questions

1. What's happening to the Relocalization Network and relocalize.net?
2. What's going to happen to all the content on relocalize.net and what will these changes mean for groups who use relocalize.net for their group organizing?
3. Relocalize.net was how we connected with other Groups. What's going to happen to all those relationships, and the CoordinatorsHUB mailing list?
4. Why is this change happening now, and why so quickly?
5. What does this change mean for Post Carbon Institute's activities?
6. Is Post Carbon Institute merging with Transition Network?
7. Why wasn't I or my Relocalization Network Group consulted about this change?
8. My Group's name is "[YourTown] Post Carbon" or "[YourTown] Relocalize." Will we need to change our name?
9. Where can we find out more about the Transition Model and Transition Network?

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1. What's happening to the Relocalization Network and relocalize.net?

As of March 1st, 2009 we are discontinuing our Relocalization Network program, and archiving the relocalize.net website. This means that we will no longer be providing online services like Group website spaces and mailing lists, nor will we have staff available to support Groups in their activities.

Many Groups have expressed interest in the Transition Towns model, so we are helping connect these Groups to the global Transition movement -- particularly the newly-established Transition United States organization. Transition initiatives are growing by leaps and bounds in New Zealand and Australia and are just beginning in earnest in Canada (browse the list of official Transition Initiatives worldwide).

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2. What's going to happen to all the content on relocalize.net and what will these changes mean for groups who use relocalize.net for their group organizing?

Once the website is archived as of March 1st, 2009, all content will still be available online and existing users will be able to log-in, but the ability to create new postings will be disabled. There are plenty of other options for groups who want an online presence, mailing list capabilities, or even social networking with larger groups. We are helping Groups choose from and migrate to these different options. We can arrange to move/export the content on group pages into a format that could then be uploaded to another website. A list of networks we recommend can be downloaded here (97k): Relocalize Site Transfer Options

If you would like us to help you directly with moving content, please contact us with this form.

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3. Relocalize.net was how we connected with other Groups. What's going to happen to all those relationships, and the CoordinatorsHUB mailing list?

We have moved the CoordinatorHUB to a Relocalize GoogleGroup to host discussions and mailing list.

There are also a number of other community networking web sites to link into, including:
Transition US Ning Network
Amazee
Celsias
Edenbee
Global MindShift
WiserEarth
The Nag (UK-based)
Zaadz (now Gaia Community)
Make Me Sustainable
Change.org
2People
Carbon Rally

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4. Why is this change happening now, and why so quickly?

When Post Carbon Institute started its work in 2003 there were few resources available on relocalization and peak oil, and few like-minded efforts anywhere in the world. As such, we developed and pushed our message through a wide variety of initiatives: we broadcast interviews and programs on the internet (Global Public Media), we convened and hosted an international grassroots network (Relocalization Network), we demonstrated local energy crop cultivation (Energy Farms) and we developed resources for and advised local governments (Post Carbon Cities).

Since then, awareness of climate change, peak oil and relocalization issues has skyrocketed throughout the industrialized world. Major governments and companies talk openly (and sometimes sincerely) about drastically cutting carbon emissions, and grassroots efforts like the Transition Towns movement have experienced exponential growth. Technological developments in the energy field have quickly mainstreamed sources like solar, wind and local biofuels. And of particular importance to the Relocalization Network, recent software developments accompanying the rapid rise of online social networking mean that just about any person or group of people can quickly establish an easy-to-use, highly functional, highly networked free online presence.

These trends went into high gear last summer. In just the last eight months, global economic and energy trends have changed faster and more worryingly than few expected even a year ago. Led by Richard Heinberg's thinking on these matters, we feel that the world has likely passed peak oil and is very near to a number of other resource peaks. We have entered the proverbial transition, and the question before all of us is: How can we best help the world, our communities and ourselves manage this transition?

In late 2008, we saw some opportunities at Post Carbon Institute to reorient our work to better suit the challenges of this new world. We made a strategic decision to use our limited resources to do what we do best: being a think tank for the transition to a post carbon world.

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5. What does this change mean for Post Carbon Institute's activities?

With our ears to the ground of both grassroots action and the global crisis, and our voice recognized in both community halls and the halls of government, we feel we can best serve the public interest by being a hub of thinking and collaboration on the myriad challenges of the post carbon world.

This means:

* We're going to be addressing a broad variety of resource and consumption challenges, and no longer focused largely on peak oil and climate change.

* We're going to concentrate on supporting the work of Richard Heinberg and other thinkers to develop the world's understanding of the myriad challenges of (and solutions for) the post-peak world.

* We're going to invest much more of our resources in communication, feeding knowledge and ideas to individuals, communities, governments and business while at the same time pulling ideas and best practices from those same groups. This means that we're also discontinuing or consolidating those activities which have served their purpose and whose objectives are being adequately addressed elsewhere:

* The Relocalization Network program will come to an end on March 1st, 2009. We are helping the work of Network members continue through Transition US. We are also helping member Groups migrate to other online networks that provide similar or better services compared to what we were able to provide at relocalize.net.

* The Global Public Media website will be integrated into EnergyBulletin.net, which we adopted in January 2009.

* The Post Carbon Cities, Energy Farms and Oil Depletion Protocol programs will be consolidated into Post Carbon Institute's think tank activities.

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6. Is Post Carbon Institute merging with Transition Network?

Post Carbon Institute is not merging with any other organization. We have formed a partnership with Transition US, the American sister organization of the Transition Network (which is based in the United Kingdom). Post Carbon has provided seed funding to Transition US to help maintain the momentum of the work being done by the steadily growing number of Transition and Relocalization groups in the US. We are not currently collaborating formally with Transition Network on activities in other countries.

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7. Why wasn't I or my Relocalization Network Group consulted about this change?

The opportunity to formally collaborate with Transition US arose quickly and had a short window. Given the increasing challenges and constraints we had been experiencing in maintaining a high level of service to the Network, we felt it was in the best long-term interest of our members and the Groups' work to take advantage of this opportunity while we could. We regret that this need for quick action prevented member Groups from being part of the decision, but we are confident that it was the best course of action.

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8. My Group's name is "[YourTown] Post Carbon" or "[YourTown] Relocalize." Will we need to change our name?

No. The terms "post carbon" and "relocalize" are in the public domain. You have full rights to use them.

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9. Where can we find out more about the Transition Model and Transition Network?

Jennifer Gray's presentation to Transition Cotati
Peak Moment TV conversation with Jennifer Gray
Transition Primer
Criteria for becoming an official Transition Initiative
Transition Network (UK)
Rob Hopkins Transition Culture Blog
Official Transition Initiatives Worldwide
Transition US
Transition US Ning Network

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