The Transition Network is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world – a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address challenges – even the big ones – they face by starting local. By coming together they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture that is focused on supporting each other – both as groups and as wider communities.
In practice transition groups are causing entrepreneurship, reinventing work and the way of life, retraining and weaving networks of connection and support. It is an approach that has now reached more than 50 countries in which there exist now of groups in all forms and places in towns, villages, cities, universities and schools.
The purpose of the Transition Movement is to help us be catalysts in our community, which can give a historical boost to turn the community into life into a resilient, healthier and vibrant place of strong local character. That reduces at the same time the ecological footprint. The Transition could be conceived as something intermediate between what a person can do as an individual and all the great things that, we think, institutions can do too. With this movement everything arises from the bottom up, led by ordinary people.
Principles of Transition Movements
You want to know what exactly the Transition Movements stand for? Here are their principles on which all the groups that count themselves as part of this movement rely on:
- Respect resource limits & build resilience
- Promote inclusion & social justice
- Adopt subsidiarity
- Pay attention to balance
- Be part of a learning network
- Share ideas & your power freely
- Collaborate & look for synergies
- Promote creativity & positive vision
We helped start a transition group in Mérida, Venezuela. Want to know more about it?
We can start to re-imagine our new world together.
What we like about Transition Movements
We are inspired by the Transition Movements. We share their principles and seek to replicate what they do. Like them, we believe that change must come from below and it must be done in a community way. We hope that these groups multiply everywhere and start looking for solutions to local problems but always thinking globally.
Want to hear a story?
If you want to learn an inspiring tale of how local action can change the world, you can download the pdf here.