I was twenty-five years old when I started working for Transition US almost four years ago, and since then one of my strong desires has been to engage more young people in our movement. I’ve seen the energy and passion young people bring to social change work. And as the ones who are inheriting a planet in distress, we need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the future.
There’s so much attention on the upcoming election, and with good reason: our future is at stake. But it’s important to remember that political power is tied to economic power, and we vote every day for the kind of world we want to live in with every dollar we spend and every purchase we make.
By Fred Brown, Transition Pittsburgh PA
Our Transition Initiative is called Urban Transition Cities Movement (UTCM). It is an intergenerational and multi-disciplinary movement that integrates informal, mediating, and formal service delivery units in a vertical and horizontal manner.
By Erik Lindberg
The Transition Movement is grounded in the belief that the industrial growth paradigm has had, and is having, very damaging consequences on our lives and life on earth.
The World is On Fire
Well… that depends. It depends upon participants suspending judgement. It depends upon participants suspending the need for an outcome, a decision, a plan of action. It depends upon participants suspending a need to be right. And it depends upon participants being willing to really listen to each other, to inquire – with a sense of curiosity – about the assumptions of others and even more importantly, to inquire – with curiosity and courage – about their own assumptions. So yes, dialogue can create understanding across difference if the above conditions are met.
The Transition Movement in the US – and internationally, too, it seems – is at a stage in its evolution where many of us are thinking about how to grow the capacity and increase the impact of our efforts. One strategy for growing and strengthening Transition Initiatives (those efforts that are building-resilience in communities using the Transition Model) is to develop more formal organizations with paid staff, rather than relying solely on volunteers, which can limit participation and often leads to burn-out.
I am a Masters’ student in Ecopsychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and I began working with Carolyne, Marissa and Nils at Transition US as part of my service-learning project in October 2015. Over the six months that my project spanned, I had no idea just how much it would change me and my perspectives.