Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.
In practice, they are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools. One of the key ways it spreads is through telling inspiring stories, and that’s what Transition aim to do on their website. They really hope you feel inspired to take part, and would be honoured if you did.
“I see [Transition] as a wonderful combination of civic local engagement and a worldwide network. In many towns throughout the world people get together, finding community, enthusiastic about the idea of together envisioning a future model for their town that will make it worth living in. There is something out there ladies and gentlemen, I’m deeply convinced, that was set in motion already quite some time ago…”
Horst Köhler, former German president and former president of the IMF
The Transition movement is a ‘grassroots’ movement made up of:
People: Individuals all over the world who feel a desire to get together with their neighbours and see what they can do to make their communities happier, healthier, more resilient and more gentle on the earth.
Transition groups/Transition initiatives: The basic building blocks of our movement are groups of people who are making positive change happen locally – in their village, town or city neighbourhood or sometimes in their school, workplace, college or university. They can access support and connect up with others across the movement, but they’re not waiting for permission to act and nobody gives them instructions.
Transition Hubs: Often groups of people get together to catalyse and support Transition across a particular territory. They may operate at a regional level, connecting and sharing learning across a number of communities or at a national or even transnational scale. We do not assume that the territory of a hub will always follow national or administrative boundaries – it’s up to everyone involved to agree what area they will cover taking into account, culture, geography, language, government structures etc. A few hubs have paid workers or are hosted by a professional organisation, but many are entirely staffed by volunteers.
Transition Network Links