Athena von Oech
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Transition California is a social network focused on “tackling climate change and peak oil, bringing the head, heart and hands to communities together to make the transition to life beyond oil.” In order to make new members feel welcome, Ning Creator Bob Banner added a note to the social network, greeting new people and recommending places to start.

Transition California has added a combination of features to engage members around specific discussion topics. They’ve set up a Discourse tab using the Tab Manager with several sub-tabs of places members can converse including discussions, work groups, and blogs. They’ve also used a text box in the right column to highlight active topics including ones around food, local government, and transportation.